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October 26, 2014


Trauma common for officers, but stoic culture can prevent PTSD diagnosis

Mental health experts say that emergency responders are susceptible to the same kinds of trauma that can send soldiers home from war with PTSD. While the military has become more accepting of the disorder, those experts say that PTSD is rarely discussed among law enforcement officers.

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Sunday 10/26/2014
Jacksonville opens dog park at Germania Springs
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 1:41 am

Janis Burns, director of Parks and Recreation for the city, has been working on the dog park project for several years. Residents had asked for the park, she said.

Friday 10/24/2014
Bus drivers appreciate cookout, want better pay
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Calhoun County Schools on Friday took an opportunity to show appreciation for bus drivers as well as the vehicles’ mechanics, with a cookout held at the transportation department’s garage in Jacksonville. 

Discount retailer’s plans raise concerns among neighborhood residents
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:11 am

According to a report from a newspaper in Hendersonville, N.C., the Broadway Group represented Dollar General in an effort to set up a store there in May of 2013.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Out, class: DeArmanville second graders learn from forest and farm
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:40 pm

More than 100 second-graders from DeArmanville Elementary School were on a Rabbittown farm Thursday for the school’s annual “Classroom in the Forest” field trip. 

Monday 10/20/2014
Trustees consider tuition hike
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 11:20 pm

The Jacksonville State University board of trustees on Monday approved a new $110.7 million budget that includes projected revenue from a yet-to-be approved 5 percent tuition increase.

In state House race, candidates disagree on way to bring jobs to Calhoun County
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Rep. Koven L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, believes the answer lies in attracting industries, one by one. Democratic challenger Ted Copland says the state has neglected some of the area's biggest employers: colleges.

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.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Work on new Jacksonville police, fire building could start in January
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 6:17 pm

JACKSONVILLE — With an architect's timeline in hand, city officials here are expecting to begin building their long-planned public safety complex in January.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
City Council discusses Mountain Street plan
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Members of a Jacksonville City Council committee on Monday discussed concerns some community members have about the possibility of establishing a special business district on West Mountain Street.

Monday 10/13/2014
Committee discusses new district for businesses on Mountain Street
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Members of a City Council committee on Monday discussed concerns some community members have about the possibility of establishing a special business district on West Mountain Street.

Sunday 10/12/2014
Regional Medical Center's roots at issue in today's struggle with city
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Confusion lingers over the status of Regional Medical Center, the name by which Anniston Memorial is known today. Is the hospital's board of directors a government agency subject to transparency laws? A nonprofit corporation with the right to keep some things quiet while operating in a competitive industry? Some combination of both?

Southeastern high school bands compete at JSU
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Kell High was just one of 16 high school bands from across the Southeast that gathered at Jacksonville State University Saturday to compete in the Bands of America Regional Championship. Bands from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina duked it out in the preliminary round all afternoon

Friday 10/10/2014
Committee recommends firm to find new JSU president
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Jacksonville State University’s board of trustees executive committee Friday recommended a Philadelphia-based search firm to help find the institution's next president.

Poll seeks input on West Mountain development
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 9:10 am

If the potential investors’ ideas are realized, at least a portion of West Mountain will be populated with new businesses and restaurants.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Commission orders study of city police jurisdictions
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 6:09 pm

The Calhoun County Commission on Thursday approved a $10,000 contract with Jacksonville State University to study the police jurisdictions of the seven municipalities in the county.

Final formal review held for new Kitty Stone plans
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 12:56 am

“It’s going to be a very exciting project and I think the end result you’ll be very proud of,” Mckee told the board members.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Jacksonville one step closer to obtaining historic building
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 11:41 am

MONTGOMERY —  A state historical board gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan to give the Dr. Francis Medical Museum to the city of Jacksonville.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
Superintendent wraps up tour with pitch for new standards
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 10:15 pm

State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice on Tuesday wrapped up his six-week tour of Alabama school board districts with a stop at Jacksonville High School.

Sunday 10/05/2014
Trustee committee narrows search firm list to three
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 8:15 pm

The board in its entirety met Monday in Birmingham to speak with a consultant about the steps it should take to complete the search, and on Oct. 20 will hold its regularly quarterly meeting.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Dog-friendly ground to open in Weaver's Elwell Park
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 1:59 am

Though Weaver’s park is slated to be finished first, both it and Jacksonville's dog park are at about the same point in the development process. The Weaver park was supposed to be complete Friday, but was not due to rain delays.

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