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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News


  • Calhoun County’s third largest employer to close plant
  • Oxford City Council approves land purchase for Police Department
  • Calhoun County School Board sets school calendar
  • Battle over Houseboats continues
  • Troopers to target spring break “Hot Spots”


Calhoun County’s third largest employer to close plant 

Calhoun County's third largest employer has announced they will be closing one of their  Piedmont plants.  According to Ted Matthews, a corporate spokesman for Springs Global,  they will be closing their fifth avenue plant in Piedmont merging it with a plant on highway 278,  the closing will result in the loss of 90 jobs.  According to Matthews,  the move will streamline their Calhoun County operations .  Springs is the third largest employer in Calhoun County following the Anniston Army Depot and Regional Medical Center.  Matthews said that the company does anticipate being able to rehire almost all of the affected employees  over a period of time.  Springs, based in Fort Mill South Carolina is a privately held home furnishings operations founded more than 116 years ago and employs more than 17 thousand employees in 12 states, Canada and Mexico.



Oxford City Council approves land purchase for Police Department 

The Oxford City Council gave final approval Thursday night for the purchase of 14 acres of property for the construction of a new police station.  The city has agreed to purchase the property for it’s appraised value which totals 850 thousand dollars.  The police station is one of three major projects being undertaken by the city, the others are construction of a recreation complex and a new library.  The City will hold a Public Involvement Meeting on March 21st from 6-8pm at the oxford civic center to gain public input on the projects.


Calhoun County School Board sets school calendar 

To comply with a new state law signed this week by Governor Riley extending the school year by five days,  the Calhoun County Board of Education has approved a new school calendar for next year that adds the new days without extending the school year.  The board approved the calendar which shortens the Christmas holiday break by three days.  The new calendar also eliminates two built in days for severe weather, one in April  and the other in may.  The calendar for the 2006-2007 school year calls for students to break for the Christmas holidays on December 22nd and return to classes on January 3rd


Battle over Houseboats continues 

A bill introduced by Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville what would ban houseboats longer than 30 feet, 6 inches from nine Alabama lakes including Logan Martin and Weiss Lake did not have senate support and is dead in the water.  The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is drafting a proposal that would not outlaw houseboats outright, but would keep lawbreakers from owning big boats.  The proposed legislation would prohibit a person from owning a boat longer than 30 feet, 6 inches if he is continually cited for violations on public waters.  Alabama Power, which created the lakes, said the company does not support the proposal because if would not phase out houseboats.  Alabama Power is concerned with floating condominiums, basically houseboats.  The utility company does support a substitute bill prepared by Dial’s office which would “grandfather” existing houseboats on the lakes and would exempt sailboats.  Under the new substitute bill, new houseboats on the lakes that are longer than 30 feet, 6 inches long would be prohibited a year after passage of the bill, which supporters say would eventually phase out the houseboats over a period of time.


Troopers to target spring break “Hot Spots” 

As spring break begins this weekend the head of Alabama’s Department of Public Safety says that Troopers will be targeting high traffic areas during the spring break.  Col. W.M. Coppage says that troopers will be targeting speeders, tailgaters and motorists who violate seat belt and child restraint laws.  Among the hot spots being targeted are U.S. Highways 331, 231 and interstate 65 which are the most commonly used roadways during the spring break period.  Coppage said the stepped up enforcement will also include checkpoints to catch drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. 


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