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December 20, 2014


Community comes through: Last-minute donations help Salvation Army meet toy need

Herbert Cunningham wore a powder gray jack­et, khaki pants and a Santa hat as he stood just outside a building in Anniston on Thursday morning.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Anniston students spread Christmas cheer for nursing home residents
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Tenth Street Elementary School students on Thursday gave gift baskets to 76 residents at Beckwood Manor Nursing and Rehab in Anniston.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Cuba thaw could mean more money for Alabama
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 7:12 pm

The announcement Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades could mean more money pumped into Alabama economy, experts and state officials said.

City of Anniston moving forward with bicycle lane, trail projects
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Paid for with hundreds of thousands of dollars of state and federal grant money, the engineering signifies the first actual work on the long-awaited projects and is the precursor to construction later next year. 

Vet testifies in animal abuse case involving Anniston restaurant owner
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 5:32 pm

A veterinarian who treated a dog allegedly abused by an Anniston restaurant owner in November told a judge Wednesday that the dog showed no obvious signs of abuse.

Depot delivers toys to area children
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Employees at the Anniston Army Depot spent part of their morning delivering toys to the department as part of their annual Christmas Cheer program. This year, the depot fulfilled the Christmas wish lists of 192 area children.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Regional Medical Center hires new CEO
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 5:36 pm

In a Tuesday press release, the RMC board of directors announced it had promoted its chief financial officer, Louis Bass, to chief executive officer of the Anniston hospital, effective Thursday. 

Anniston woman killed in single-car wreck in Oxford
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 11:29 am

An Anniston woman was killed when her car crashed into a ditch along U.S. 78 in Oxford early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Monday 12/15/2014
City seeks attorney general's opinion, approves terms of deal with RMC board
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Anniston city leaders agreed Monday to seek an attorney general's opinion on whether the Regional Medical Center board must comply with state open meetings law. They also approved the terms of a deal to end various legal disputes with the board.

Anniston man’s car hit with gunfire Saturday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 4:58 pm

The 46-year-old man told police that between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday someone shot into the driver’s door and window of his Kia Soul while the car was at a home on the 1800 block of Brown Avenue.

Sunday 12/14/2014
Septic tanks solve a problem, but may hold back some economic development
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 2:20 am

Our wastewater flows down those pipes and into septic tanks: boxes buried in the backyards of a majority of the homes in Calhoun County. There, it’s treated, broken down and absorbed by the soil.

Anniston Housing Authority applauds youths for good grades, community service
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 2:24 am

In addition to the award ceremony, the event featured performances by Anniston High School's jazz band, the Anniston Housing Authority Praise Dancers and a rendition of Christmas music on the violin by Landon Wilkins with Cheaha Creative Arts.

Fallen veterans honored with wreaths at McClellan
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 7:51 am

Nearly 100 strong, the youths were from different communities; some were part of the Boy Scouts of America while others were East Central Alabama Young Marines. However, all of them had one thing in common.

Saturday 12/13/2014
Organist remembered for love of music, nature
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 2:27 am

James Roberts, a lifelong Annistonian, had been the organist at First United Methodist for 35 years. He was also the owner of Golden Springs Nursery and Landscape Company. He was remembered this week as a true gentleman, humble and caring.

Anniston police investigating Friday shooting death
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Capt. Allen George of the Anniston Police Department said Randall Dale Gaddy, 42, of Anniston was found dead at the scene from a gunshot wound around 8 p.m. Friday. Gaddy was found on the front porch of a house on the 200 block of South Wilmer Avenue.

Remains found in Irondale likely those of missing Saks man, sheriff says
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 1:33 am

Investigators on Friday were awaiting medical identification of human remains found in a wooded area in Irondale, but Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said the body is likely that of Saks resident Roy Pelfrey, missing since June.

Anniston City Council expected to seek RMC meetings ruling
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 1:08 am

During its Monday meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the Anniston City Council will vote on a resolution seeking an opinion from the Alabama Attorney General's office, according to an agenda released Friday evening. 

Wreaths Across America event planned for Saturday at McClellan
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 1:14 am

The wreath-laying ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m., is part of Wreaths Across America Day, on which volunteers come together to host similar events at cemeteries throughout the United States and in some foreign countries.

Friday 12/12/2014
Anniston woman charged with animal cruelty
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:04 pm

An Anniston woman faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly abandoning eight dogs inside a home, according to police.  

Study finds state policies encourage prison-based punishment
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:39 am

At Thursday's meeting, the task force heard that despite recent reforms, prison is still the most-used punishment for felony offenders. Two thirds of the people sentenced to prison committed property or drug offenses. And Alabama treats low-level property crimes more seriously than any state in the South.

Lightly attended law enforcement roundtable hears discussion of trust
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:59 am

Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said that oftentimes officers don’t stay in their first jobs long before leaving for better opportunities. Officer retention is a problem that needs to be addressed, Wade said.

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