Long-time photo shop owner changing with the times During an era when most people are content taking photographs with their smartphones and the use of film is nearly nonexistent, Dave Brandsma has had to change with the times to survive. But he doesn’t seem to mind.
Anniston removing traffic lights to improve travel flow In the last few months, Anniston workers have changed 17 of of the city's 105 traffic lights to four-way stops. In the coming weeks, the city plans to do the same at other four-way intersections, with the goal of removing one-third of area traffic lights.
Plan unveiled to redevelop Anniston public housing Kathy Dreyer, chairwoman of the board, said she liked what she saw in the plan. "I think this has been needed for a long time," said Dreyer, who has been on the board for 23 years. "I think this is a well thought out, analytical strategy."
Budget proposal could help lessen primary care shortage President Barack Obama on Tuesday revealed his 2015 budget. In it is a proposal to spend $5.23 billion to train 13,000 primary care residents over the next 10 years. Some medical industry experts say the proposal is a good start in combating a growing shortage of primary care physicians across the state and country.
Anniston residents offer opinions on what's next for city improvement plan More than 100 Anniston residents turned out at the Anniston City Meeting Center Thursday to voice their opinions on the actions the city should take first to improve the city. The gathering was part of the final public meeting for the city's One City, One Vision community strategic planning initiative.
Mayor Leon Smith, along with other Oxford officials and employees, were present Wednesday for the official naming of the Leon Smith Water Treatment Plant. The approximately $7 million facility was activated in January 2013 behind the Home Depot at the Oxford Exchange.
City officials say the moratorium will give them time to plan where best to allow such businesses in the future to foster greater success for their owners and encourage economic development downtown overall.
Dozens of students from the Anniston school system performed in the 34th Black Heritage Festival. Around 100 people attended the event to hear the students recite poetry celebrating black history and culture. The all-day event also featured vendors who sold African jewelry, clothing and artwork.
"We have three projects that we need to see how we can fit together and make one big, overall project," said Jason Ponder of the KPS Group, a Birmingham-based architectural firm that led the meeting and will develop the final master plan.