George Smith's column for Sunday, August 28, 2016
State officials recently confirmed Amazon.com, the nation’s largest e-commerce company, would start paying sales taxes Nov. 1 through Alabama’s Simplified Use Tax Remittance Program Act of 2015. Combined with the more than 50 companies already participating in the program, Amazon will pump millions of dollars into the state.
If recently created federal regulations begin in two years as scheduled, the owner of E-Cig South said, he might need to shut his doors permanently. He doesn’t believe he’ll be alone.
Brian Johnson, Anniston’s city manager, said that once a survey, currently underway, of the former rail line is complete, the city plans to begin discussions with the Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board, which has acquired large tracts of the line’s path, to buy it.
Angela Fears, a former candidate for Anniston City Council Ward 1, said Friday she had filed a complaint with prosecutors alleging Jay Jenkins, who defeated her in Tuesday’s election, broke the law by filing campaign finance reports late and not at all.
The event, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, is hosted by the city of Anniston and Main Street Anniston. The Anniston High School band is to perform, and there will be a DJ, free hot dogs, face painting and a meet-and-greet with Cocky.
The event, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. Saturday, is hosted by the city of Anniston and Main Street Anniston. The Anniston High School band is to perform, and there will be a DJ, free hot dogs, face painting and a meet-and-greet with Cocky.
The Anniston City Council Wednesday received a proposed 2017 budget that would give a cost-of-living increase to city workers and a boost to the police and firefighters’ pension fund. But it would do so by cutting a $425,000 supplement to Anniston schools.
Chris Grey, chief of public affairs for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command in Quantico, Va., in a message to The Star on Monday said that the Army determined that the matter was “not within our investigative purview.”
Alabama lawmakers have until the end of the day to take action that could prevent more than 600 local laws from becoming invalid, members of the Alabama Senate said today.
Anniston police Chief Shane Denham was suspended a day for publicly criticizing the timing of an upcoming study the city announced last month, according to a written reprimand.
Incumbent Mary Klinefelter, a longtime school system employee now retired, will face a runoff Oct. 4 with Robert Houston, who retired from BAE Systems in 2013 and now owns a consulting firm.
Voter turnout was lower this year than in 2012, with 3,143 voting in the mayoral race Tuesday compared to 4,959 in 2012.
The National Park Service in July began a study of four acres on Alabama 202 west of Anniston where the Freedom Riders were burned from their Greyhound bus on May 14, 1961. Local organizers and surviving Freedom Riders have planned a park for that site for about a decade.