About a dozen residents stood to speak about the deal during the meeting. A few voiced support for the decision and others urged city leaders to keep the school at the current site of Kitty Stone Elementary.
Number of fire deaths linked to colder weather Forty-nine Alabamians lost their lives to fires between December and February this winter, up from 39 during the same time last winter, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. The number of fires typically increases during the cold-weather months, but the number of blazes — and deaths that have resulted from them — have been abnormally high in Alabama this winter.
Ministry in Oxford packages 100,000 meals for Hondurans After less than half-a-day of work the volunteers had packaged 100,000 meals comprising long-grain rice, soy beans, dried vegetables and vitamins. By April, the meals are expected to be picked up and shipped to Honduras, where they will be distributed in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.
RMC closing some departments in Jacksonville Regional Medical Center officials this week said they had closed the intensive care unit at RMC Jacksonville, and that the smaller hospital’s obstetrics services will be combined with those at the main campus in Anniston.
Piedmont gives power customers another break Through a second measure the council decided to move back the late payment date for power bills in March. The bills are usually late on the 15th of each month, but residents will have until the 20th at 2 p.m. to make the payment this month only.
JSU to begin new sports medicine program The Andrews Research and Education Institute is partnering with Jacksonville State University to create the JSU Sports Medicine Education Initiative, a new online certification program to teach coaches and school administrators how to prevent youth sports injuries.
Piedmont dentist’s moonlighting gig seen in primetime Piedmont dentist Staley Colvert, a part-time actor who’s gained a spot on a national stage in his most recent role, played the part of Judge Feldman in two episodes this season of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which airs Tuesdays on the OWN network.
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JSU’s Canyon Center to receive chestnut trees The American Chestnut Foundation will plant two American chestnut trees during a ceremony at Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center near Fort Payne on Saturday at 9 a.m. Billions of the trees once populated the eastern United States.
Piedmont pays off $331,387 overdue bill The city owed the money to the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, which sells electricity in bulk to 11 cities across the state. Those cities, like Piedmont, break the energy down at local power processing plants and resell it to their local customers.
Science competition helps students prepare for high-tech jobs, experts say Jacksonville topped 31 other teams recently to take the state title in a math, science, engineering and technology competition, but the long-term benefits competitors receive for their work may be better than the recognition they've already received. Experts say students who learn science and math skills early are more likely to be prepared for a workforce with jobs for people who have technical expertise.
Jacksonville plant to expand, adding 106 jobs Jacksonville's Shelco Foundries, which makes iron components for large engines, plans to add 106 jobs by the end of 2015. The workers who take the new jobs will fill a new 65,000-square-foot machining facility to be built at the company’s current location on Francis Street.
Representatives from Jacksonville State University on Tuesday offered to conduct an analysis of Piedmont’s retail sector — information they say could help city leaders know what businesses to attract and how to attract them.
Many Calhoun County families who spent time at home this week waiting in vain for a winter storm were looking forward Thursday to sending kids back to school on Friday. The storm never quite materialized, but it did cause parents to adjust their schedules when school officials canceled classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The city received a construction estimate of $16.5 million Monday, but the municipality has $14 million to pay for the entire project, including construction , architectural fees and other development expenses. Mayor Johnny Smith said officials had expected the construction estimate to be between $11 million and $12 million.
Bond attorneys with the Montgomery investment firm Merchant Capital secured $8.6 million for the construction project in a deal that closed Saturday. That gave school officials $1.6 million more for the project than they had expected, said Jacksonville schools Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell.
“I have no professional training in any of that, but I can drive in the snow in a four-wheel vehicle,” Marty Boyles said. “You can’t stop on ice in a four-wheel vehicle, but you can move and that’s what I kept doing.”