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- JPA board makeup to change
- Election Suits consolidated
- Auto Supplier breaks ground in Pell City
- Man robs convenience store to pay for lap
JPA board makeup to change
The Joint Powers Authority at McClellan may be
headed for a major shakeup. Widespread criticism and questions about
actions involving the the board has prompted many of it’s members to
jump at the chance to relinquish their seat to someone else. Anniston
City Councilman Herbert Palmore has said he does not wish to serve
saying it is time for other councilmen to share the responsibility.
Anniston Councilman Ben Little along with Councilmen Jeff Fink who are
next in line to serve on the JPA, have said that they do not wish to
serve but instead want to appoint representatives. Little made his
attempt for an appointee Tuesday night to the Anniston city council.
Littles motion failed for the lack of a second. Commissioner Herbert
Palmore said that Little should serve on the board. Anniston city
councilman Stan Bennett who currently serves on the JPA board said he
would be willing to continue on the board, however Little said that
there needed to be a minority on the JPA board. Calhoun County is
also looking to place new members on the board. Commissioner J.D.
Hess has expressed an interest not to continue serving on the board
and will be replaced by Commissioner Rudy Abbott. The county
Commission is expected to take action tomorrow. Critics of the JPA
say they hope the new blood on the board will bring about a shakeup
and a change in the public perception of the JPA.
Election Suits consolidated
A judge on Tuesday consolidated the two campaign
finance violation lawsuits that could ensnare one-third of the
Legislature and at least two state appellate court judges. Montgomery
County Circuit Judge Charles Price approved a motion to consolidate a
lawsuit filed by Birmingham attorney Mark White with a previous
lawsuit filed by Montgomery attorney Mark Montiel. White's lawsuit
seeks to nullify the Nov. 7 re-election of state Sen. Larry Means,
D-Attalla, for alleged violation of the Fair Campaign Practices Act
that governs campaign finance reporting. The lawsuit says Means did
not properly report campaign finance activity and should be
disqualified White wants write-in candidate Jack Lowe Jr. of Gadsden
certified as the winner. Lowe apparently received nearly 600
last-minute write-in votes, although they haven't been counted by
Etowah County Probate Judge Bobby Junkins. Rep. Blaine Galliher of
Rainbow City has also been drawn into the suits. Means said the
secretary of state's office advised his campaign he didn't have to
file reports because he had no primary or general election
opposition. But following a Sept. 7 attorney general's advisory
opinion, he filed an amended report. Montiel's lawsuit sought to
disqualify Senate President Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, and Sens. Roger
Bedford, D-Russellville, Zeb Little, D-Cullman, and Hank Sanders,
D-Selma. They were unopposed also. The four senators had contributed
money to defeat Barron enemy Gerald Dial, D-Lineville, in the June 6
primary but didn't report it until after the primary. A motion to
intervene by Democrats in Montiel's lawsuit alleges that Republican
legislators and appellate judges Greg Shaw and Craig Pittman also
didn't properly file campaign finance reports. Republican Sens. Jabo
Waggoner of Vestavia Hills, Del Marsh of Anniston, Steve French of
Birmingham and Harri Anne Smith of Slocom were added .
Auto Supplier breaks ground in Pell City
A German automobile supplier will break ground
today at a site in the Pell City industrial park, bringing more than
300 new jobs to the area.
Mayor Adam Stocks said it will be one of the
largest employers in the county. WKW Erbsloh Automotive Group will
manufacture aluminum molding for automobiles.
Erbsloh Automotive Group is a worldwide company,
which employs about 3,000 workers. Site work for the facility has
already begun, and construction should be completed next summer. St.
Clair County Commission Chairman Stan Batemon said trips taken by the
local economic development team are paying off. This is the third
German automobile supplier to locate in Pell City in the past year.
Eissmann Automotive Group located came last year, and in July, VST
Keller Inc. broke ground on a facility in the industrial park. Both
companies are German automobile suppliers.
Batemon said one of the tough selling points for
Pell City and St. Clair County when recruiting new companies is the
low unemployment rate. Gov. Bob Riley is expected to take part in the
Man robs convenience store to pay for lap dance
An Attalla man apparently used money from a robbery to pay a dancer at
a nearby lounge early Tuesday. The 22-year-old man was arrested at
Babe's Lounge on U.S. 11 about 30 minutes after he allegedly robbed
the Kangaroo convenience store on Alabama 77, next to Interstate 59.
Gadsden police said the man was at the store about midnight and bought
about $1 worth of gas, then went inside to pay for it. He went back
and forth into the store a couple of times, apparently to go to the
restroom. The man then went to the clerk at the register, pulled out
a pocket knife and demanded cash. The man left the store, and someone
got a description of the truck he was driving and got a tag number.
Officers were patrolling in the area when Gadsden officer Josh Partee
spotted the truck in the parking lot at Babe's Lounge about 30 minutes
later. Partee called for backup from Gadsden and Attalla patrol
officers and then went inside the lounge, where the man was arrested.
He reportedly used the money from the robbery to pay for a lap dance.
The man is expected to be charged with first-degree robbery.
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