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December 28, 2014

About Us

Welcome to The Anniston Star Online, an electronic edition of The Anniston Star. This Web site is a service of Consolidated Publishing Co., which also publishes The Anniston Star, The Daily Home, The Jacksonville News, The Cleburne News, The St. Clair Times and The Piedmont Journal. This document describes the terms of use for this service. Your use of this service means you accept the terms of this agreement.

Because the Internet is evolving, we may need to change the terms of this agreement occasionally. We will post any changes on this page. If you continue to use the service after we post changes, you accept this agreement with its modifications.

Most questions or comments regarding this site should be sent to Chris Pittman, Online Director, Consolidated Publishing Co., P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202.

Questions or comments about The Anniston Star newspaper should be directed to Editor Bob Davis, P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202.

The Anniston Star Online contains material derived in whole or in part from The Anniston Star and from other sources. Content of this site is for informational purposes only. We strive to present information that is accurate and useful. However, errors may occur occasionally. When we discover an error, we try to correct it as quickly as we can, but we do take the time to make sure the new information is accurate. We invite you to tell us about any errors or information you believe to be inaccurate. Please contact the Online Director.

This site is updated at or around midnight seven days a week, barring a technology breakdown. Breaking News on the site is updated throughout the day. Before acting on information you have found in The Anniston Star Online, you should confirm any facts that are important to your decision. The facts may have changed since the site was updated.

We provide links to other sites from news stories, other informational content and advertisements. Consolidated Publishing Co. is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the performance of, goods and services provided by our advertisers or others to whose sites we link. A link to another Web site does not constitute an endorsement of that site, nor of any product, service or other material offered on that site, by Consolidated Publishing Co.

One function of The Anniston Star Online is to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas, and we believe that story commenting provides a vehicle for such an exchange. We expect participants in our public posting areas to treat each other with respect. However, you should expect participants to express their unfettered opinions.

The Anniston Star Online and Consolidated Publishing Co. do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting to a story, regardless of whether the posting comes from a user, from an invited guest, or from a member of our staff.

Responsibility for what is posted on stories and any other public posting areas within The Anniston Star Online lies with each user — you alone are responsible for material you post.

We reserve the right to remove any post for any reason without prior notice.

We will not, in the ordinary course of business, share IP addresses of those individuals leaving comments on our site. However, we will comply with the requirements of the law regarding disclosure of such information to others, including law enforcement agencies.

By using The Anniston Star Online, you agree not to post or transmit any defamatory, abusive, obscene, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy The Anniston Star Online or that infringes on the rights of others. We retain the right to deny access to anyone who we believe has violated these terms or any other term of this agreement.

You may not use any trademark or service mark appearing in The Anniston Star Online without the prior written consent of the owner of the mark. "The Anniston Star," "The Anniston Star Online" and The Anniston Star Online logo are trademarks of Consolidated Publishing Co.

You may not use this service to violate copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights. By submitting material to The Anniston Star Online, you are representing that you own the material or are have the express consent of the owner to submit the material. Submitting material that is the property of another, without the consent of its owner, is a violation of this agreement and may also subject you to legal liability for infringement of copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights.

You agree not to use The Anniston Star Online to advertise or to solicit anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind, without our express written approval.

You may not gather e-mail addresses from the public areas of The Anniston Star Online for the purpose of including them in mass electronic mailing.

You may not make changes to any non-public area of The Anniston Star Online.

You may not frame any of the content of The Anniston Star Online, or incorporate into another Web site or other service any intellectual property of The Anniston Star Online, Consolidated Publishing Co., or any of their licensors without prior written permission. Requests for permission to frame our content may be sent to the Online Director.

All material you submit to any of our forums and other public posting areas becomes the property of Consolidated Publishing Co. and may be reproduced, modified and distributed as we see fit in any medium and for any purpose.

Text, pictures, graphics and other materials appearing on this site are the property of Consolidated Publishing Co., or its licensors, and are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. You are free to display and print for your personal, non-commercial use information you receive through The Anniston Star Online, but you may not otherwise reproduce any of the materials without the prior written consent of the owner. You may not distribute copies of materials found in The Anniston Star Online in any form (including by e-mail or other electronic means), without prior written permission from the owner. You may, however, distribute the Web address for any page included in The Anniston Star Online. Requests for permission to reproduce or distribute materials found in The Anniston Star Online should be sent to Online Director, Consolidated Publishing Co., P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202.

You are free to establish a hypertext link to this site so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by The Anniston Star Online or Consolidated Publishing Co. Keep in mind that access to part of the content of this site is restricted to members; links to restricted pages will be accessible only to members of The Anniston Star Online.

Some of the content of The Anniston Star Online is provided by wire services and syndication services. These include but are not limited to The Associated Press, McClatchy-Tribune News Wire, MCT Interactive, MCT Direct, the New York Times News Service, King Features Syndicate, United Media and Universal Press Syndicate and others. Materials from these services are protected under U.S. and international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. The Anniston Star Online cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from these or other information providers. Please contact them directly.

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these AP materials nor any portion of these materials may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in these materials or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part of these materials or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.

If you are an owner of intellectual property who believes your intellectual property has been improperly posted or distributed via this Web site, send a notice by U.S. Mail to Consolidated Publishing Co., P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202, or deliver it to our offices at 4305 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, Ala.

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Please read this Disclaimer carefully before using this service.

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE, AND THE INHERENT HAZARDS AND UNCERTAINTIES OF ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION, THERE MAY BE DELAYS, OMISSIONS, INACCURACIES, OR OTHER PROBLEMS WITH SUCH INFORMATION. IF YOU RELY ON THIS SERVICE OR ANY MATERIAL AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SERVICE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED FROM OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED THROUGH THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE.

THIS SERVICE IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS," "WITH ALL FAULTS," AND "AS AVAILABLE." THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE, CONSOLIDATED PUBLISHING CO., AND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS CANNOT AND DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE. NOR DO THEY GUARANTEE THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE ERROR-FREE, OR CONTINUOUSLY AVAILABLE, OR THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE, CONSOLIDATED PUBLISHING CO., OR THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF USE OF THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED BEFOREHAND OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE, CONSOLIDATED PUBLISHING CO., AND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.) YOU AGREE THAT THE LIABILITY OF THE ANNISTON STAR ONLINE, CONSOLIDATED PUBLISHING CO., AND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS, IF ANY, ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF LEGAL CLAIM IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO THE SERVICE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO THE SERVICE FOR THE USE OF THE SERVICE.

MISCELLANEOUS

Every effort is made to ensure that information in news stories posted to this site is timely and accurate. In the case of breaking news, later stories may contain information that contradicts earlier reports. In such cases, we will post follow-up stories while maintaining accessibility of the original report. While we don't amend the original report to reflect new developments, we do reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions.

To obtain access to certain interactive services on our site, you may be asked to register with The Anniston Star Online. As part of the registration process, you may be asked to provide your real name and phone number so that we may verify the authenticity of those participating in online forums, for example. You may also be asked to select a user name and a password. You agree that the information you supply during that registration process will be accurate and complete and that you will not register under the name of, nor attempt to enter the service under the name of, another person. The Anniston Star Online reserves the right to reject or terminate any user name that it deems offensive. You will be responsible for preserving the confidentiality of your password and will notify the Online Director of any known or suspected unauthorized use of your account.

You agree that this Agreement, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Alabama applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a state or federal court in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

By using The Anniston Star Online, you agree to abide by the terms of this visitor agreement.

REFUND POLICY

It is the policy of Consolidated Publishing Co. to resolve all delivery issues as quickly as possible. If you choose to cancel, a refund will be issued to you for the remaining unused portion of your subscription.

If we don't meet your delivery needs, please contact the appropriate customer service department:

The Anniston Star

Our circulation department is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until noon. Our online department is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Delivery - Customer Service: 256-235-9253; or e-mail Customer Service Manager Mandy Schlemminger: mschlemminger@annistonstar.com.

Online - E-mail Online Director Chris Pittman: cpittman@annistonstar.com.

The Daily Home and The St. Clair Times

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For customer service please call: in Talladega 256-362-1000; in Sylacauga 256-249-4311; in Pell City: 205-884-3400.

The Jacksonville News and The Piedmont Journal

Our circulation department is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until noon. For customer service please call 256-235-9253.

The Cleburne News

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For customer service information, phone 256-463-2872 or 1-800-408-2872.

The Anniston Star, The Daily Home, The Jacksonville News, The Cleburne News, The St. Clair Times and The Piedmont Journal are properties of Consolidated Publishing Co., P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202.

Privacy Policy

Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. We won’t knowingly allow anyone under 13 to register with us or to provide any other personal information. If you’re under 13, please do not provide us with any personal information about yourself (such as your name, your e-mail address or your phone number).

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn or more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising for some companies, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org and http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

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