Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Clifton Lakeith Gross, 34, of Attalla, was arrested and charged with theft of property, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. Gross was arrested Monday and was charged with one count of first degree theft of property, a felony. He allegedly stole a 1983 Datsun pickup truck from a residence on Copeland Gap Church Road, Attalla, on April 13th. Gross is in the Etowah County Jail on a $6,500 bond.
 
Governor Robert Bentley’s tax returns show he is not receiving income from being governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of $372,687 for 2013. Of that, $232,881 resulted from Bentley selling his interest in the building where his medical practice was in Tuscaloosa. Much of the remainder was from IRA distributions and Social Security. The governor and first lady reported paying $81,442 in federal taxes and $10,460 in state taxes. They also made cash donations of $15,086 to charity.
 
Amanda Leigh Johnson, 27, of Southside, was arrested and charged with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, a felony, that according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. Johnson, who is three and a half months pregnant, tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine. Johnson is in the Etowah County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
 
Hitting the grocery store is getting more costly. Beef prices are at their highest level in two decades. The cost of ground beef has hit $3.55 a pound, that according to government readings. That price is up 56% since 2010. The average for round steak is at $5.28. The cost of other staples, such as milk, butter, eggs, fruit and vegetables are also climbing. With a severe drought ravaging farms across most of California, experts say prices could rise even more.
 
Pay raises for county employees are another two years away according to Etowah County CEO Patrick Simms. Before that, the county will do an assessment of existing pay and benefits with counties of similar sizes. According to Simms, discussions about pay increases will probably take place in July 2016 for the 2017 budget year, which will begin that October. Simms said the reason the county will wait until then is due to about a million dollars in debt coming off the books at the same time, "freeing up money" to make the pay adjustments.
 
A portion of the land recently annexed by Jacksonville will be used in part to build a new school. The school board has been considering a site near Jacksonville High School as the new home of Kitty Stone Elementary School. Tuesday, the council voted to annex 65 acres and nearly half of that land will be used for the school. The city already owned the land but it wasn't yet inside city limits. The property is bordered by George Douthit Drive and the Chief Ladiga Trail.
 

SPORTS!

 
Auburn players, coaches and administrators will receive their 2013 SEC Championship rings during halftime of the A-Day game Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The rings were unveiled on coach Gus Malzahn's Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
 
With heavy downpours, high winds and even a chance of snow and a sharp drop in temperatures, the Phillies postponed Tuesday nights game against the Atlanta Braves. The game has yet to be rescheduled but it won't be this week, even though the Braves are in town for two more days.
 
Madison Academy 4-star recruit Kerryon Johnson committed to play for Auburn Tuesday. Johnson is rated as the nation's #2 athlete in the 2015 recruiting class by the 247Sports Composite, Johnson decided between the Tigers, Alabama and Florida State.