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  • EPA to begin lead testing
  • Anniston High to be inspected
  • Bingo Palace in Piedmont has new owners
  • St. Clair County man zapped by lightening strike


EPA to begin lead testing 

The EPA and the foothills community partnership are coordinating a community outreach program this Wednesday to identify people who are concerned that their property may contain contaminated sand from Anniston’s old foundries.  The EPA will conduct free testing.  The program is part of the administrative order consent agreement between the foothills community partnership and the EPA.  EPA officials estimate that some 14,000 residential homes in the area may be at risk for lead contamination.  If lead is detected, the soil will be removed and hauled to a landfill in Ragland.  Residents who want to be tested can contact the foothills community partnership at 256-238-6244 or toll free at 800-877-4613


Anniston High to be inspected 

An inspector with the Alabama Building commission will visit Anniston High School next week to decide whether the building can be occupied for the start of school on August 10th.   A major part of the inspection will deal with repair to fire damage at the school as a result of a may 19th fire which caused extensive damage to the school library as well as the gym and classrooms.  Repair to the school has been hampered by continuing vandalism, however school officials said that security has been increased at the school and that work has been progressing.


Bingo Palace in Piedmont has new owners 

The Bingo Palace property in Piedmont has been sold to of out-of-state investors.

After paying $244,800 in back taxes to the Calhoun County Tax Assessor’s Office and $3,208.50 in recording fees to the Probate Office, Ken Kellar and Craig Potts of Blaine, Wash., now have a new deed for the property. The tax liens were satisfied July 3 and the new deed recorded July 6.  New owner Ken Kellar said that “ nothing will change at that location. It will stay at status quo. For the time being, it is merely an investment,”.  Kellar, who makes his home in Blaine, Wash., is associated with a trucking company and a bank in the state of Washington, a Minnesota bank, and is the founder of the Kenneth L. Kellar Foundation. Records indicate that the foundation had assets of $4,243,422 as of September 2005 and no reported income. The address for the foundation is identical to that used for the buyers on the deed for the Bingo Palace property.  Kellar also is the sole owner of a corporation called Exports, Inc.  Exports, Inc. has rental properties in the Banner Bank Building and the Dockside Building in Blaine, Wash., the Commerce Building in Aitkin, Minn., and International Falls Mall in International Falls, Minn.  It also has an office in Deadwood, S.D., where the town began limited stakes gaming in November 1989 and was the third in the nation to have legalized gaming, after Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J. Today Deadwood has 80 gaming.   Craig Potts founded a company called Cash Systems, Inc. in 1997,  A “provider of cash-access and related services to the retail and gaming industries.



 St. Clair County man zapped by lightening strike 

A man in St. Clair County was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Sunday after being knocked unconscious by lightning that struck a tree 100 yards from where he was sitting. The unidentified man was sitting in a metal chair on a concrete slab under a deck at about 4:15 Sunday afternoon when lightning hit the tree,. The man was moved into the house on Tunnel Mountain Road, where he regained consciousness 30 seconds later.

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