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October 25, 2014


Board hears first pitch for a new middle school in Alexandria

The design calls for two science labs and separate choir and band rooms, each about the same size as a classroom. The school’s corridors would also double as a 7,500-square-foot storm shelter capable of holding 1,500 people.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Sheriff requests commission plan to replace jail
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 7:47 am

Sheriff Larry Amerson asked county leaders Thursday to starting planning to replace his jail, saying it's overcrowded, old and too costly to maintain.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Trial begins for Anniston man charged in 2012 kidnapping
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:53 pm

A trial began Tuesday for an Anniston man who prosecutors say kidnapped two women and then robbed, raped and shot one of them in 2012.

ALDOT moving local district office to McClellan
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:14 pm

The state's Transportation Department plans to move its Saks district office to McClellan to gain more space and quicker drives to local projects. The move could also juice new development at the former fort.

New trail grants to help Anniston move forward in becoming cycling hub
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Anniston leaders want more tourism and the sales tax that comes with it and are one step closer to those goals with $200,000 from the state to extend local cycling, hiking and walking trails.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Area businesses seeing improvement this year
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 12:25 am

Representatives from many of the 100 businesses that participated in the 30th annual Calhoun County Regional Business Expo at the Anniston City Meeting Center on Tuesday said they've seen their bottom lines improve this year. 

Hubbard won’t step down, accuses attorney general of ‘witch hunt’
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard won’t step down from his position as he fights a 23-count indictment on felony corruption charges, Hubbard and supporters said at a press conference in Auburn Tuesday.

Monday 10/20/2014
Anniston council considers tax break for $13M expansion
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 11:48 pm

City and county economic developers announced Monday that an existing Anniston industry plans to spend $13 million to expand its operations.

Planned road closures for parkway work canceled
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 5:23 pm

State transportation officials say they've postponed plans to close parts of two roads to accommodate Veterans Memorial Parkway construction.

Judge weighing arguments for competency expert in trial over teacher's killing
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

A judge on Monday heard arguments over whether an expert is needed to determine whether an Anniston man is mentally competent to stand trial in connection with the death of Wellborn Elementary School teacher Kevin Thompson in April 2011.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Politicians mostly mute when asked about looming Alabama budget crisis
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 10:38 am

In a speech last month, Gov. Robert Bentley said that Marsh and other legislative leaders are coming up with a plan to solve the budget crisis. In that speech, Bentley also said he'd never opposed a vote on a lottery, but would want a cut of the money from any lottery to go to the General Fund.

Choccolocco residents gather for the festival
Updated: October 19, 2014 - 12:17 am

One of the newer transplants is Jerry Anderson, who had set up a table to sell some of the woodwork items he made. Anderson said he moved to the Choccolocco area almost five years ago. He recently retired and wanted to get more involved, to meet neighbors in his community.

Experience vs. change: Newcomer challenges longtime state representative
Updated: October 19, 2014 - 12:12 am

The race for House District 32, which stretches from Anniston southward into Talladega County, is in some ways a battle between the old broom and the new.

Friday 10/17/2014
Ebola training begins for RMC employees
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 6:08 pm

On Friday Regional Medical Center staff practiced getting into and out of protective equipment without contaminating themselves with chocolate syrup as a way to prepare for the possibility of Ebola.

Thursday 10/16/2014
City and RMC board agree on mediator, set date
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 5:46 pm

The city of Anniston and Regional Medical Center’s board of directors agreed Thursday to mediate their recent legal disputes starting Oct. 28 to avoid a lengthy court battle.

Education, spending main topics at political debate
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 12:46 am

Residents wanted to know how Brown and Copland would help reverse some of the cuts the state's education budget has endured in recent years. They also wanted to know what the Legislature could do to raise teachers' salaries.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Officials end McClellan munitions cleanup with a bang
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 5:22 pm

The explosion signified the end of 11 years and millions of federal dollars spent to clean up unexploded munitions at the former fort to make way for industrial development.

Local hospitals say they're ready to treat Ebola
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Regional Medical Center plans to train staff starting Friday to safely treat patients with Ebola, in case anyone infected with the virus shows up at the hospital.

Portions of Lindale Drive, Sprague Avenue to close for work on Veterans Memorial
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Transportation officials announced on Wednesday that construction crews working on Veterans Memorial Parkway will close sections of Lindale Drive and Sprague Avenue near U.S. 431 Thursday, Oct. 16.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Anniston woman charged in connection with not reporting sexual abuse of her child
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

An Anniston mother faces a charge of sexual abuse in connection with an alleged failure to tell authorities that her 5-year-old daughter was being sexually abused by a man.

Investigation of complaints against Piedmont police chief halted at resignation
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Piedmont city officials on Tuesday said an investigation into complaints against police Chief Steven Tidwell ended when he abruptly resigned last week.

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