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.”

In a 2008 email exchange with appointees of Gov. Bob Riley, then-Medicaid commissioner Carol Steckel said the Alabama Nursing Home Association requested the moratorium. Three years into the moratorium, though, only one nursing home in the state met the state’s requirements for running an inpatient hospice, which included having a nurse on hand 24 hours a day.

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