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  • Two Killed in freak accident at Talladega Speedway
  • Anniston Teacher among 7 arrested in drug raid
  • Jacksonville City Council faces protests over Sr. Center
  • Jacksonville water customers will see 5% increase in bills
  • Over 140 participate in 2006 Special Olympics


Two Killed in freak accident at Talladega Speedway 

Two Birmingham area men were electrocuted while setting up their campsite at Talladega Superspeedway Monday afternoon.   Talladega County Coroner Jerry Castleberry said that 39 year old Keith Stell of Birmingham and 42 year old Donny Wright of Remlap were pronounced dead on the scene near 1 Monday afternoon.  Witnesses said the two men were erecting a metal flagpole when a gust of wind pushed the pole into contact with high voltage wires along Speedway Boulevard.  The accident took place in the track’s north parking area across from the entrance to the speedway.


Anniston Teacher among 7 arrested in drug raid 

Seven people, including a teacher at Anniston Middle School, have been arrested on various drug related charges following a raid on two homes in Jacksonville Friday afternoon.  According to Sheriff Larry Amerson, Deputies armed with a search warrant went to a residence on Smith Circle where the found a quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine as well as 30 pills.  Deputies also recovered a 45 caliber pistol that was listed as stolen by Piedmont Police.  Two other weapons were also recovered from the home.  Officers arrested 26 year old Sharrissa Shanta Cook, a teacher at Anniston Middle School, along with 32 year old Andre Lamar Collins who both resided at the address.  Deputies also arrested 43 year old Karen Ann Dickerson and 46 year old Billy Wayne Dickerson both of a piedmont address and 40 year old Nelda Ruth Pierce of Jacksonville.  All were charged with three counts of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Dickerson also faces a charge of Receiving Stolen Property 2nd degree.  Deputies also executed a search warrant at a Short Street address in Jacksonville where they arrested two men for possession of marihuana 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Deputies recovered a quantity of marihuana and crack cocaine arresting 35 year old Thomas Henry Ragland Jr. and 40 year old Gerald Cleoufus Bell of an Anniston address.


Jacksonville City Council faces protests over Sr. Center 

The Jacksonville Mayor and Council met Monday night faced with picketing protestors outside Jacksonville City Hall.  Six protesters carried signs expressing their opposition to re-locating the senior center to the union mill property.  Mayor Johnny Smith says they are moving forward on trying to make a decision.  Senior citizens at the Monday night meeting told the council that they were opposed to locating at the mill saying that they deserved a new building.  Many said they felt it was time the council took action saying they wanted to see the center issue resolved while they were still seniors.   Mayor Johnny Smith says he expects a decision very soon as they are awaiting cost estimates for both choices.  The council has already approved a spending cap of a half million dollars for the Senior Center.


Jacksonville water customers will see 5% increase in bills 

Customers on the City of Jacksonville water and sewer system will be seeing a five percent increase in their bills come July.  According to Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith, The increase was necessary to maintain a quality system and to pay for necessary maintenance on the water and sewer system.   The city council approved the increase Monday night which will be reflected on bills in July.


Over 140 participate in 2006 Special Olympics 

Students from 19 schools in Calhoun and Cleburne counties will meet Tuesday at Jacksonville High School to compete in the 2006 Special Olympics Athletics track and field events.   According to Event Co-ordinator Pattii Tiller, 140 student athletes registered to compete in up to three of the nine available events   Tiller said that Special Olympics participants can also advance to further competition on both the state and national level.


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