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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Calhoun County Republicans rally behind Salmon
  • Anniston school system facing deficit
  • Governor coming to Jacksonville Monday
  • Next round of chemical weapon disposal set to begin at ACADF
  • Election Results from Tuesday July 18, 2006

 

Calhoun County Republicans rally behind Salmon 

Calhoun County republican leaders are rallying behind George Salmon, winner of Tuesday’s Republican nomination for Calhoun County Probate Judge.  Party leaders held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Calhoun County Administration Building in Anniston where Salmon received the endorsement of both of his republican opponents in the primary, Rex Smith and Joe Dobbins both encouraged their supporters to vote for Salmon.  Salmon thanked his opponents and said he is up for the challenge. Salmon will face Democrat Alice Martin in the November general election to replace retiring Probate Judge Arthur Murray. 

 

Anniston school system facing deficit 

The Anniston city schools are expected to end the fiscal year with a $680,000 deficit, draining the systems reserve account to just nine hundred thousand.  The state requires the system to maintain one month of operating expenses in reserve, which for Anniston is about 1.3 million.  The board is considering a proposed budget which includes a new roof at Golden Springs Elementary and an ROTC program and new gym floor at Anniston High School. But the bottom line is the system would be spending about $178,000 more than it takes in next year.  An issue that concerns school board members.  Board member Bill Robison is wondering why the may cut of 30 jobs to save 1.2 million did not have a greater impact on the systems finances.  The school system will hold a public hearing on the budget at 6pm on August first.

 

 

Governor coming to Jacksonville Monday 

Gov. Bob Riley and state school Superintendent Joseph B. Morton will address more than 100 government and community leaders along with 250 educators at Jacksonville High School - site of the general session of the Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative summer institute - on Monday.  AMSTI is the Alabama State Department of Education's initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. AMSTI training is for K-12 public school teachers and administrators who were selected by their school systems.  The general session will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jacksonville State University President William A. Meehan and state Board of Education member Stephanie Bell also will address participants.  Jacksonville State University's In-Service Education Center is one of eight regional in-service centers providing AMSTI training.  The summer institute, which is under way and will continue through July 28, will have 250 participants from 75 public elementary, middle and secondary schools primarily in Northeast Alabama.   

 

Next round of chemical weapon disposal set to begin at ACADF 

A team of Anniston Chemical Activity employees completed the moving of obsolete rockets containing nerve agent VX from storage igloos to the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility yesterday.  The palletized rockets were strapped to a tray and placed in an Enhanced on site sealed container.  Disposal operations of the rockets may begin as early as this weekend.  Initially, the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal facility will be slowly and methodically processing M55 rockets, all of which will be monitored by representatives from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and treaty inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 

Election Results Tuesday Runoff July 18th

Calhoun County 

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s runoff elections brought out just 4,000 voters in Calhoun County.  George Salmon won the Republican nomination for Calhoun County Probate Judge 57 percent to 43 percent for Joe Dobbins.   George Salmon will now face Democrat Alice Martin in the November general election. The winner will succeed Arthur Murray, who is retiring after 31 years as probate judge.   In the only other local race on the runoff ballot, Sarah Semmes narrowly defeated Sonny Coker with 52.7 percent of the vote for a place on the State Republican Executive Committee.  

Cherokee County 

Cherokee County voters chose Kimball Parker and Carlton “Bubba” Teague as their Democratic candidates for county commissioner in the Tuesday runoff election. In the District Two Commission race. Parker will face Incumbent Republican Mark Green in the General Election.  Teague will face Incumbent Republican Kay Chumbler in the General Election.  

Etowah County 

In Etowah County Tuesday,   Judge Will Clay defeated Christopher Griffith, a Gadsden attorney, receiving 57 percent of the votes in the race for Place 2 Circuit Court judge.  Clay was appointed to the post this year by Gov. Bob Riley after the retirement of Judge William Cardwell.  Clay will now face Democratic nominee Clark Hall in the November general election. Hall received 56 percent of the vote in his party's June 6 primary and won without a runoff.  The voter turnout Tuesday was even lower than Probate Judge Bobby Junkins expected.  A total of 4,473 votes were cast in both the Democratic and Republican runoffs.  Jimmy McKee  won the Democratic runoff for the Etowah County Commission District 1 seat by a landslide, defeating Butch White, who has served two terms.  McKee, received 407 votes to White's 165. White and McKee are both retired from the Gadsden Fire Department.  McKee will new face Terry Dunn, who qualified as a Republican and had no opposition in the primary, in the November general election. 

St. Clair County 

With a margin of less than 600 votes, Jenny Seals, principal at Moody Elementary School, has been elected to lead the St. Clair County School System as its new superintendent of education.  Seals, who won with 55 percent of the vote, has been an administrator at Moody Elementary for 13 years. Seals will take office Jan. 1, 2007. In another school-related runoff, Angie Cobb defeated incumbent Drew Goolsby for the Republican nomination for the Board of Education’s at-large seat.   Cobb, garnered 61.78 percent of the vote, while Goolsby earned 38.22 percent of the vote.

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