Alton Craft and Chris Spurlin drew no challengers in announcing bids in the approaching August elections, and state law allows for such no-contest candidates to be voted in by sitting elected officials.

Stacie Marie Gardner, 31, worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega when she accepted $1,474 in January 2015 to smuggle a cell phone to the inmate, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s office in Birmingham.

“No one has asked for more money, but I am just here to tell the council that if they can’t get good candidates then we’re not going to be able to fill positions,” said Terri Summerlin, chairwoman of the civil service board. “I just want y’all to think about it.”

The cemetery is a small, well-kept plot of land just past a neighborhood at McClellan. Simple white headstones line the bright green grass, many of them with pennies resting on top to show that people visited. One grave has a pot of pink flowers in front of it. That’s Peter Gnau’s grave.

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