Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

According to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, a 26-year-old man was shot while hunting Tuesday morning about 8:30am. The unidentified man was turkey hunting in Ball Play when he was accidentally hit with a shotgun blast, causing wounds to his face and chest. He was transported to a local hospital; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The call from property on Centre Road in the Ball Play community. The Sheriff’s office is working with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to investigate the accident.
 
The board of trustees at Jacksonville State University voted unanimously Monday to keep tuition rates level in 2014-15 fiscal year. The decision fulfills a commitment to students not to increase tuition unless JSU lost state funding and comes even as JSU faces a budget shortfall. The legislature only slightly increased the schools appropriation for the coming year but it was not enough to cover employees' insurance costs that increased by an amount that will total $702,000 and result in an overall loss of $456,000.
 
Oxford Mayor Leon Smith, 74, remains at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham for observation but doctors confirmed to his family Tuesday that tests show Smith did not have a stroke or heart attack. The mayor had been experiencing virus-type symptoms which could have been the cause of the problems he experienced at Easter church service Sunday that caused his hospitalization. Mayor Smith's family wishes to thank everyone for the support being shown during this difficult time. 
 
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and the Drug Enforcement Unit are asking Etowah County citizens to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, this Saturday, from 10am until 2pm at the East Gadsden Walmart. A law enforcement officer will remain with the drug disposal box at all times, and the drugs turned in will be properly disposed of. The Take Back initiative is designed so law enforcement officers will not handle the medications, and there is no cost for those who wish to turn drugs in.
 
The city of Anniston, during its regular work session Monday, considered a request by Anniston City schools to spend nearly $279,000 for proposed projects, from a culinary arts program at Anniston High to a computer technology pilot program and hiring a curriculum director. The council will vote on the request at its next regular meeting. If approved, the money would come from the $500,000 Education Innovation Fund which the council began last year for education improvements.
 
There were shots fired Monday afternoon near the East Gadsden Community Center, but no one was hit or injured. According to Gadsden Police reports, an 18-year-old woman said she was sitting in her car outside the community center, talking with three other women when another woman came up to the group, fired two shots in the air and three shots at the intended victim. She was not hit by the gunfire, but her car, a green Ford Mustang, was hit on the passenger side door. Police are investigating the incident.
 

SPORTS!

 
Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out Atlanta 1-0 on Tuesday night.
 
Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.
 
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy is already in analyst mode. The newly-hired SEC Network analyst is not letting his allegiances get in the way of naming a frontrunner in the SEC race in 2014: Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers.