The Anniston Star hosts a forum for candidates in the upcoming Anniston runoff election at 4 p.m. Thursday at Anniston High School auditorium, and live on the Star's Facebook page. 

Chris Collins, the chief who built up the Anniston Fire Department's training facilities and led the department through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, will retire Oct. 8 after 24 years. 

Not only did Oxford's freshly passed 1996 budget allow for a 6 percent raise for all employees, it also anticipates the creation of a new community center at the old Friendship School.

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