Brian Anderson

An upgrade to dispatch at Calhoun County 911 could decrease response times and increase accuracy in gathering information during emergency calls, a 911 official said.

After two years of city leaders tightening belts, Weaver employees could see a little more in their paychecks in the next fiscal year.

Residents with pets would be eligible to apply for a new program which would charge $25 to have animals spayed or neutered, with Cheaha Regional Humane Society providing transportation to local veterinarians to perform the operations. 

In a simulation scenario at Calhoun County Humane Society’s animal shelter, veterinary teams with the National Disaster Medical System evaluated the needs of local veterinarians and animal rescue groups should disaster strike. The teams have been training this week at the CDP.

The commission approved a one-year contract with the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission for $53,567 toward the flexible-route public transportation system. The program uses wheelchair-equipped vans to pick up disabled or elderly residents as an on-call service.

For seven years city officials haven’t been able to do much with the former Victory Gas Station on the corner of Jacksonville and Main streets, at the heart of Weaver’s small downtown.

The city will pay the company $200 to set up the service, and residents will be charged a $2 handling fee per transaction when paying their bills. There will be no Internet or phone payments with the system, but customers can continue to pay through mail.

A $5,100 contribution from the Calhoun County Achievement Foundation and a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor, both received Monday, will drop the center’s mortgage to just $24,000, said Director Joe Nabors.

City officials shut off water to parts of Jacksonville State University Tuesday afternoon after a water main burst on campus.

“The first year we did this, we came away with 9,000 pounds,” said Lex Brown, a former owner of Tallapoosa River Outfitters, about the amount of trash volunteers pulled out of the river in 2004.

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