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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Anniston community centers to remain open
  • Anniston teens lead police on chase
  • Officials question appointment by Gadsden mayor
  • 3 injured in Talladega County accident
  • Anniston police seeking robbery suspect

  • Piedmont puts final touches on budget

  • Attalla man convicted of sex crimes

  • High School Football Week Three


Anniston community centers to remain open 

The Anniston City Council, during a two hour budget meeting Wednesday evening, agreed that The three community centers the city is considering closing will remain open at least another year. The council agreed on a revised version of a proposal by Mayor Chip Howell that would have kept the Glen Addie and Wiggins Community centers open for seven months.   The agreed revision will keep those two centers and the Lenlock Community Center open for another full year. The council agreed to amend its proposed budget for the coming year to cover the operating costs of the three centers, using a $100,000 contingency fund and taking $188,325 from a planned road project at 6th and Noble streets.

The council also agreed that during the year’s reprieve, to discuss ways to keep the community centers open without city funding, such as giving them to churches or non-profit groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Howell and Councilman Ben Little both said the controversy over the centers will recur if the council can not figure out how to keep them open. Both expressed confidence the council will find an answer during the coming year.


Anniston woman killed in accident 

A 62 year old  Anniston woman died early Wednesday after her car slid off Glade Road and struck a tree. Assistant Coroner Marvin Southard said Rosemary Nevills,  of Anniston was pronounced dead at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday morning,.

Troopers reported that the womans  1996 Pontiac Grand Am slid off the wet pavement around 5:30 a.m. and striking a tree in the 5500 block of Glade Road. State troopers said no one else was injured in the accident, which they said is still under investigation. 



Officials question appointment by Gadsden mayor 

Gadsden Mayor Steve Means apparently does not have the authority to name a director for the Gadsden-Etowah Emergency Management Agency without the approval of the City Council and the Etowah County Commission.  Means named his administrative assistant, Fred Sington, as director on Friday, the same day a letter was sent to Means by the state EMA office outlining the job standards established in 2003 and explaining that federal and state funds could be cut if requirements are not met.  State and federal funds account for more than $151,000 of the annual EMA budget, while the city of Gadsden contributes $63,200 and the Etowah County Commission contributes $40,000.Means said he believes the County Commission and the City Council will ratify his recommendation.The EMA job became vacant after former EMA Director Marie Bankson was placed on administrative leave and later retired.City Council President Bob Echols said the council could consider the appointment Tuesday. He said he would support Sington for the appointment.Echols said the appointment would be discussed during Tuesday's pre-council meeting and could be brought up at the council meeting if no council member objects to it.However, Councilman Robert Avery said he would oppose the appointment being brought up Tuesday.Saying he would like to see it tabled until after the new administration comes in.


3 injured in Talladega County accident 

Two victims of a Wednesday afternoon accident on Alabama 21 near Winterboro were airlifted from the scene to Birmingham, and a third was taken by ambulance to Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

Troopers say that  a silver 1997 Honda Accord and a black 1987 Ford F150 pickup were in a muddy field about 20 yards off the side of the northbound lanes when emergency officials arrived on the scene during the noon hour wednesday.

The Honda had  a crumpled front end, but the F150 was heavily damaged, with its cab collapsed, windshield shattered, passenger door bent backwards and tailgate torn off.

State Troopers identified the driver of the Honda as 29 year old Jessica Bennett, of Weogufka, who was taken by ambulance to Citizens. The truck’s occupants, 62 year old  Willie Bledsoe Jr.,  and  64 year old James Simmons,  both of Sylacauga, were airlifted to University Hospital in Birmingham.

Authorities said that  both occupants of the truck were thrown from the vehicle, which appeared to have rolled several times. The passenger was found trapped under a rear wheel.


Anniston police seeking robbery suspect 

Anniston Police are searching for a man who robbed the Lenlock Hobbies store in the the Lenlock Shopping Center in Thursday morning. According to Police said the man walked into the store armed with a large-caliber handgun around 11 a.m. Thursday and demanded money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of money. According to Police employees at the business were not able to provide an accurate description of the suspect.


Piedmont puts final touches on budget 

The Piedmont Mayor and City Council have put the finishing touches on the cities  proposed $12.06 million budget for 2007.  Mayor Charlie Fagan said that the increase from last year’s $11.35 million budget is due primarily to increased operating costs across all the city departments. The budget will be submitted for final council approval on Sept. 25.  The new budget includes increased salaries for firefighters.  Adjustments in workman’s compensation payments will result in a slightly lower Police Department budget. And, the General Government budget also will drop slightly. Piedmont’s  Board of Education will continue to receive $250,000.   And pending a more thorough account of drug activity in Piedmont, council members decided to dramatically reduce the city’s allocation to the Calhoun County Drug Task Force, from $24,314 this year to $12,000 in 2007.


Attalla man convicted of sex crimes 

An Etowah County jury has convicted at Attalla man on two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.  39 year old Terry Lee Heiser,  was convicted after a jury deliberated less than an hour.  The charges stem from an incident in June 2002 and one in May 2003 in which Heiser engaged in sodomy and sexual intercourse by force with two juvenile females. Heiser was taken into custody and remains in the Etowah County Jail.Assistant District Attorney Marcus Reid credited the victims for the conviction saying that it sends a very clear message to others who are victims in these type cases to report abuse to police.  Heiser is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 24. 


High School Football Week Three 

Alexandria at Boaz

Moody at Anniston

Donoho at Coosa Christian

Jacksonville at Douglas

Jacksonville Christian at TCC

Ohatchee at Woodland

Huffman at Oxford

Ider at Piedmont

Saks at Ashville

Cherokee County at Guntersville

Weaver at Lincoln

Wellborn at Munford

Lineville at White Plains

Cleburne County at Elmore County

Sylacauga at Talladega


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