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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Jacksonville Council to discuss Senior Center
  • Battle Lines drawn for June 6th primaries
  • New Tuition structure set for JSU
  • Riley seeking more Trooper training to fight illegal immigration
  • Storms damage home and business in Ohatchee
  • Frustration building over gambling laws

 

Jacksonville Council to discuss Senior Center 

The Jacksonville Mayor and City Council is set to discuss the future of the city’s senior center when they meet Monday evening t the Jacksonville city hall.  The city has been pondering where to locate the center which was relocated to the Jacksonville Community Center after the 50 year old building they occupied on Ladiga street began crumbling around them.  Councilman Charles Notar, Chairman of the council’s finance committee, asked his fellow council members to consider options for a new center and present their options at Monday nights city council meeting.  One option that the city is already considering is remodeling the city owned two story building at the vacant Union Yarn Mill which the city purchased for $350,000 in 2003.  Several council members support moving the library, senior center and city hall to the building.  The council must first, however, decide how to fund the renovation of the building.  The Jacksonville council meets at 6 Monday evening for their planning session and the official meeting begins at 7 Monday evening at the Jacksonville city hall.

 

Battle Lines drawn for June 6th primaries 

The battle lines have now been drawn for the June 6th primary elections in Alabama.  The Calhoun County Republican Executive Committee says they are fielding an unprecedented number of candidates in this years county elections with a total of 20 candidates qualifying for the June 6th primary.  In races for state offices Rep. Randy Wood from House district 36 and Del Marsh in Senate District 12 Are running unopposed.  In the race for house district 32, Incumbent Barbara Boyd, a democrat, has republican opposition from Anniston City Councilman Ben Little.  Democrat Lea Fite in House District 40 faces republican opposition from Tom Shelton.  Judge Laura Phillips, a republican, is running unopposed for District Judge Place 1.  Ray Bryan is running unopposed for Judicial Circuit 7 place 2.  State Senator Jim Prueitt of Talladega, a democrat, faces opposition from democrat Larry H. Barton of Talladega, and Republicans Ralph Bradford Sr. of Anniston and Jim Hethcox of Sylacauga.   Rep Gerald Dial, a democrat form Lineville who initiated legislation this year to ban houseboats on Alabama lakes is facing opposition from democrat Kim S. Benefield of Woodland and Republican Jim Ingram of Lanett.

The republicans who have qualified for positions in Calhoun County include for Sheriff, Jason “Hoss” Campbell and Hugh Allen Mayfield,  for Probate Judge, Joe Dobbins, George E. Salmon and Steve “Rex” Smith.  For County Commission District 4, Incumbent J.D. Hess faces opposition from Kevin Stewart,  For County Commission District 2, Jimmy O’Dell, for Coroner Marvin Southard,  For Calhoun County School Board,  Janet Brittain, Elizabeth Decker, June Evans, David Gilmore, Dale Harbin, Larry Henderson, David Holden, Patricia Liles, Phil Murphy, Larry Stewart and Tom Young. 

On The Democratic Side:

For Probate Judge , Anniston attorney Alice Martin, Real estate appraiser Ed Meadows and Jacksonville Businessman Sam Stewart Jr.

For Calhoun County Commission:  District 2, Incumbent Robert Downing is unopposed in the democratic primary but will face republican Jimmy O’Dell

For District 3, Incumbent Eli Henderson faces George Teague in the democratic primary.

Both incumbent commissioners James Pappy Dunn and Rudy Abbott, both democrats, have no opposition in either party. 

For sheriff:  Incumbent Larry Amerson faces Steve Frank Wilson in the Democratic Primary.  For Coroner, Lynn Forbus and Patrick P. Brown will face off in the democratic primary.  Democratic County school board candidates are Mike Almaroad, Francis Higginbotham, Shirley Cash, Guy Howell, Howard “Mouse” Waldrep Jr. and Ed. Denham.

 

 

New Tuition structure set for JSU 

Jacksonville State University has a new tuition structure that will take effect in the fall.  Under the plan, undergraduate students will pay by the credit hour,  $169 per hour for in state students and $338 an hour for out of state students.  The new structure changes the universities tuition structure that has been in place for more than ten years.  Currently in state undergraduates pay $2,020 to take 12 to 16 credit hours while out of state undergrads pay $4,040.

University officials say that the majority of the students take only 12 hours a semester so they will not see the increase. 

 

Riley seeking more Trooper training to fight illegal immigration 

Alabama Governor Bob Riley wants to add to the 44 Alabama state troopers that have training in working to control illegal immigration in Alabama.  Riley announced Friday at the Jacksonville Trooper post that he has asked the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Program, or ICE, to offer another five week training program in the state so more troopers can help in cracking down on illegal immigration.  Officials say that troopers have detained illegal immigrants from China, Southeast Asia, Korea, The Balkans, Russia and Mexico.

 

Storms damage home and business in Ohatchee 

Friday night’s storms which moved thru northeast Alabama left a path of damage thru one area of Calhoun county.  Officials say that high winds uprooted a tree which fell on Boiling springs road near Ohatchee.  The large tree went thru the roof of the home collapsing the ceiling in the living room of the home.  The home was occupied at the time but no one was injured.  High winds also took a third of the roof off of the Dollar General Store in Ohatchee, shattering the windows and sending merchandise flying throughout the store.  Other buildings in the area received minimal damage.

 

Frustration building over gambling laws 

Law enforcement officials say that frustration is building over the lack of a clear cut law in Alabama regarding gambling.  Alabama 810 News Director Mike Mitchell has a special report……..  

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