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- Jacksonville increases water restrictions
- Quarry suit settled
- Weaver man killed in Sunday accident
- Cooling stations set up in the area
Jacksonville increases water restrictions
Mayor Johnny Smith said Friday that the cities water supply from
Germania Springs and Big Spring has decreased to alarmingly low
flows, forcing the city to issue tighter water restrictions that
will begin Monday. Germania Springs normally can produce up to 3
million gallons of water per day. This week, production has been
about half that. To ensure conservation, the city has issued
restrictions which include:
• A mandatory ban on landscape irrigation, such
as sprinklers, hoses and irrigation systems
• A ban on washing vehicles, excluding car wash
• A ban on washing sidewalks, streets,
driveways, parking lots, patios and on filling swimming pools
• A limit on fire-hydrant use to city officials
for public safety.
The city also will add the following surcharges
to residential customers:
• $50 for using between 10,000 and 15,000
gallons per month
• $150 for using between 15,000 and 20,000
gallons per month
• $300 for using more than 20,000 gallons per
Water department officials said most
residential customers use less than 10,000 each month. The new
restrictions and surcharges will begin Monday.
Quarry suit settled
A Calhoun county jury was dismissed Friday
after attorneys for eight Oxford and Hobson City residents reached a
settlement Friday morning in their suit Michael McCartney and
McCartney Construction of Gadsden. The residents were seeking
compensation for damages to homes and property and mental anguish
they said resulted from blasting at the company’s Quarry on
Coldwater Mountain overlooking Oxford. The settlement did not
mandate that McCartney stop mining or blasting at the quarry. The
value of each of the plaintiffs’ settlements was not revealed, but
attorneys for both sides said they are satisfied with the
agreement. The Coldwater Quarry is one of two in the area owned by
Gadsden-based McCartney Construction. On an average day, the company
mines 1,500-2,000 tons of refined quartzite from the quarry. The
company’s other operation, Speedway Quarry, is a limestone quarry in
Eastaboga. Shortly after announcing the settlement, Circuit Judge
Brian Howell dismissed the jury Friday just before 11 a.m.
Weaver man killed in Sunday accident
An early morning accident Sunday morning
claimed the life of a 69 year old Weaver man. According to State
Troopers, the accident occurred on highway 431 4 miles north of
Anniston when Troopers said that Charles Jackson Burns died when a
2000 GMC pickup driven by 28 year old Mark Edward Smith, of
Alexandria, hit Burns’ 1994 Chevy Geo from behind, sending the Geo
out of control. Both vehicles were northbound and moving with
traffic at the time of the accident. Burns’ out-of-control car
crossed the median and the southbound lanes, coming to a rest near
the fence of Wright Dairy. Smith was taken to Regional Medical
Center in Anniston, where he was treated for injuries and released.
Officials said it appeared Burns died as a result of blunt-force
trauma from the impact.
Union approves Delphi contract
Members of a
union representing about 2,000 of Delphi Corporation's hourly
workers voted to ratify a new four-year contract with the auto parts
Seventy-five percent of International Union of Electronic
Workers-Communications Workers of America members at locals with
Delphi employees voted in favor of the deal. The union has
workers at three plants that Delphi plans to keep including the
plant in Gadsden.
In a statement, union President Jim Clark says the past two years
have been a difficult period for union members and local unions. He
says this vote gives members options about their future on the job
and allows the union to start the rebuilding process.
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