A former chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party, Twinkle Cavanaugh was first elected to the Public Service Commission in the GOP landslide of 2010. Two years later she defeated then-PSC President Lucy Baxley, the last Democrat to hold statewide office in Alabama. Cavanaugh won re-election unopposed last year.

The board plans a work session starting at 8 a.m. at Anniston Middle School. Items up for discussion include a line of credit with Regions Bank, the district’s one-month reserve solvency plan, staffing and other expenses for the 2017 fiscal year as well as budget amendments and carryover for 2017 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Anniston’s Police Department is now the 12th in the state to be accredited by the national commission and the second in the county after the Jacksonville State University Police Department, according to the police chief. 

Annicon, an Asian cultures festival, started by humble means, said Kelly Barkwell, Annicon planning chairwoman and volunteer coordinator. She said that each year attendance has nearly tripled but the first year “maybe 50 people attended.”

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