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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.

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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/Online - Customer Service: 256-235-9253; or e-mail Customer Service Manager Mandy Schlemminger: mschlemminger@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 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.