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September 22, 2014


Piedmont Council gives OK to sell fire truck, buy a new one

The truck the city plans to sell was bought in 2007 for $320,000. The fire chief said he thinks the city will be able to sell it for as much as $220,000.

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Friday 09/12/2014
Budget squeeze has Piedmont leaders looking at sales tax increase
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:37 am

If the council's plan works, council members said, the city will have $4.6 million in revenue, and its expenses will match that sum. It is still in the process of developing its budget, which will later come before the City Council for a vote.

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Piedmont BOE adopts budget
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:40 am

The city system plans to spend $11.03 million, collect $11.01 million in 2015, and rely on savings to make up a $16,901 overage in expenses.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Piedmont City Schools face lean budget year
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:07 am

The Piedmont school board cannot vote on the budget until after its second hearing, which will be held Thursday at 8 a.m.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Piedmont mulls health insurance increase
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 12:07 am

The City Council on Tuesday discussed whether the city should absorb increasing health insurance costs or pass some of the expense on to employees.

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Friday 08/29/2014
Friendliness counts for cyclists visiting welcome center
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 5:07 pm

A logbook used to record the number of visitors at the center shows that 533 visitors stopped by in July. That’s the highest number of visitors who have been by in July since records began in 2001, when 171 signed in there.

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Two killed in crash east of Piedmont
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 1:24 pm

According to a press release from the Alabama Department of Public Safety, Nikki Stancil, 24, of Piedmont and Michael Barnwell, 31, of Anniston died after their vehicle overturned at 8:35 p.m. on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of Piedmont.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Piedmont City Council supports effort to attract VA medical facility
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Former Mayor Rick Freeman wants to persuade the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build a medical facility in Piedmont, and the current mayor, Bill Baker, said Tuesday he supports the effort.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Piedmont Middle School moves toward mastery model
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:22 am

Teacher Stephanie Steward said while the program couldn’t work without the technology, the purpose of the plan is not to promote the tools but to help the students who use them. “It’s all about making that human connection,” she said. 

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Sunday 08/10/2014
Normal fluctuation expected in local schools' enrollments
Updated: August 10, 2014 - 12:40 am

School administrators stressed that numbers given for the 2014-2015 school year are estimates and could change given transfers or late arrivals. 

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Friday 08/08/2014
Piedmont BOE gets good audit report
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 7:23 pm

PIEDMONT — The city school board here received a generally positive audit report Friday regarding how well it kept track of its finances in 2013.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Piedmont backs away from economic study plan, citing cost
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 1:00 am

“At that time, I thought it was a good idea,” said Councilman Terry Kiser, who called for the vote, referring to the study. “I think we may need it in the future. Right now the funds are just not there.”

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Sunday 07/27/2014
Alabama 21: From panhandle to Piedmont, it's a route of history
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

 Atmore Mayor Jim Staff mostly just thinks about the parts of Alabama 21 that matter to him — in his town, it’s called Main Street. Before a phone call Thursday, he said he’d never considered that there was a town something like his at the other end of the line.

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Sunday 07/20/2014
UAB study: Residents more tornado-ready than in 2011
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 1:23 am

In 2010, the state’s Department of Public Health asked a randomly-selected group of Jefferson County residents if they had on hand specific items needed for a storm readiness kit.

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Three years after tornadoes, work remains on Alabama’s storm-preparedness to-do list
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 1:45 am

Ron Gray, a member of the recovery council, said the panel proposed a mix of simple and complex resolutions, some that could be implemented reasonably quickly and some that would require more time.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Piedmont woman faces assault charges in shooting
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Susie Ann Little, 53, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with first-degree assault. She was released from jail the next day, according to the Sheriff’s Office website.

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Piedmont spending curbs OK’d; one-cent sales tax hike dies
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 5:21 pm

City Council members Tuesday agreed to several measures aimed at reducing city spending, but more such cuts may come as the city also agreed to ask experts for advice.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Piedmont council to consider sales tax hike, 9 other cost-saving proposals
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

The City Council today could vote on as many as 10 measures to bring in money to give the city some reserve funds  —  measures that include freezing employee pay raises and a one cent sales tax increase.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Road repairs under way in Piedmont’s Highland Cemetery
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Repairs started this week on the cemetery's roads, thanks to help from Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and the Calhoun County Commission, Piedmont's mayor said.

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Monday 07/07/2014
School lunch rates inch up in Piedmont
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:32 pm

The Piedmont Board of Education voted Monday to increase the rate to $2.50 per lunch from $2.25. The change comes at the recommendation of schools Superintendent Matt Akin, who said the increase is needed to keep up with rising food and production costs.

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Judge: Man charged in wife’s 2003 death must remain in Calhoun County
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:32 pm

A Calhoun County judge said Monday that a former Piedmont man indicted in the 2003 shooting death of his wife must stay in Calhoun County while he awaits trial.

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