Monday, Oct 20, 2014

There will be a Veterans Day parade in Anniston this year. The Calhoun County Veterans Organization met this week and reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the parade on Noble Street despite an unusually small number of entry forms returned so far. Ben Cunningham reported that as of Monday there are 17 confirmed entries. Entry forms are available at the American Legion Post 26 beside the Anniston High School football stadium. More information is available on the Calhoun County Veterans Facebook page.
Monday, the Anniston City Council OK’ed the construction of a $1.7 million fire station on Highway 21. The facility will be located at a former Marvin's retail store location. Construction is scheduled to begin in November. The facility will replace the Fire Department's old station at McClellan. Hurst Construction in Oxford won the project as the low bidder of eight companies that submitted bids. City officials said that Anniston would not use any general fund money to pay for the fire station.
About 20,500 homes in central Alabama remained without power before dawn Tuesday as fast moving storms Monday night toppled a tree onto a mobile home, killing a woman in Walker county, and high winds damaged buildings and knocked out power to thousands across the state. Alabama Power reported that crews had restored service to more than 41,000 customers during the overnight hours. Shirley Hicks, 75, died when she was crushed by a large tree that fell on her mobile home in Burnwell, Alabama.
Anniston is adding two officers to its code enforcement department as it looks to crack down on nuisances such as junked cars and illegal dumping. The city has also earmarked money for demolition projects. The two additional officers will help with enforcement of nuisance complaints. Anniston will step up efforts against illegal signs, abandoned vehicles, overgrown lots, non-permitted construction projects, housing standards and residential and commercial zoning violations.
Paul Hubbert, the former Executive Secretary of the Alabama Education Association, which, under his leadership he crafted into a juggernaut of political power and influence during four-plus decades at its helm, is dead. Hubbert, 78, was born on Christmas Day, 1935. Hubbert's death came not quite three years after he stepped away from the AEA, a decision he said he made after concluding his health would no longer allow him to do the job. Our condolences to his family.
On Tuesday, the Gadsden city council voted unanimously to take the Riverfest brand from the Chamber of Commerce in Gadsden, which has put on the annual music festival for the last 29 years. Earlier this year the chamber's board voted to abandon the event. City officials say there are several groups interested in taking over the event. One group who made a formal presentation to the council already, wants to re-invent the annual concert as a family-friendly Christian music gathering.


A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Dallas Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting from a suburban mall Monday night. Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to Frisco, Texas, police.
Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Royals' bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.