Local Democrats open party field house in Anniston The clouds broke only briefly Wednesday afternoon, but long enough for Mark Kennedy, the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Majority, to stand in the sunshine on the Calhoun County Courthouse steps and implore a small crowd of party supporters to take back the state.
Weaver mayor to negotiate contract with county 911 Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush said if the city doesn’t contract with County 911, it would need to update its own software, 911 console and antenna. He estimated the costs for the upgrades would total more than $200,000.
Schools using sub-hiring services to avoid federal penalties Like many school systems in Alabama and across the country, Calhoun County has partnered with an outside contractor for hiring substitute teachers. That’s to avoid penalties from the federal government under the Affordable Health Care Act, because any employee working more than 30 hours a week would have to be offered health insurance, or the employer would face a fine.
State lawmaker wants a tax free holiday for gun purchases A bill sponsored by state Rep. Becky Nordgren, R-Gadsden, would create a tax-free holiday the weekend before Independence Day for all gun sales in the state. The bill would also include purchases of ammunition and firearm supplies.
State officials hold cycling summit in Huntsville City leaders and the biking community gathered for the North Alabama Bike Summit at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville to discuss strategies to make Alabama communities more accommodating for alternate modes of transportation.
Alabamians still snapping up guns 14 months after Sandy Hook According to FBI statistics from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, 52,138 firearm background checks were conducted in Alabama in January. That’s down slightly from the 52,210 in January 2013, but still well more than the 28,358 conducted in January 2012.
To increase the number of trainers and guides for the sport in the area, the International Mountain Bicycling Association hopes to host an instructor certification program at the Coldwater Mountain Bicycle Trails in March. The three-day, 19-hour course is designed to prepare more-experienced riders to lead groups of all skill-levels on trail rides in the area, and to help them learn to teach mountain biking to novices and beginners.
The County Board of Education agreed Thursday night to a contract with Kelly Educational Services for the staffing service. Kelly is the largest staffing service for substitutes in the country, serving 35 school districts in Alabama including Anniston and Cleburne County schools.
A series of workshop hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency and the Cleburne and Calhoun counties chapter of the American Red Cross, aims to teach business leaders how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.
“The biggest danger for the area will be straight-line winds that can cause some damage,” said Jim Westland, a meteorologist with the service. “The threat of tornado is low, but I wouldn’t say it’s zero.”
Already on standby for the winter storm that never materialized Tuesday, Calhoun County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm said the county’s Highway Department couldn’t do anything but watch the Weather Channel all afternoon.
The National Weather Service office in Calera said rain and sleet could turn to snow Wednesday afternoon, with the cities of Anniston and Oxford seeing an inch of accumulation before the night is over. Northern portions of the county could see as much as 2 or 3 inches.
The City Council on Tuesday approved purchase of a four-wheel-drive truck to help employees do their jobs in case of severe weather. The vehicle will not, however, arrive before Wednesday's forecast snowstorm.
Most of Calhoun County this morning missed the ice and sleet forecast for today, but the National Weather Service office in Calera says Anniston will likely see 2 to 3 inches of snow starting Wednesday afternoon.