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- Trailer fire claims Calhoun County man
- Calhoun County names new School Supt.
- Peanut Butter recalled
Trailer fire claims Calhoun County man
A Calhoun County man was killed Thursday after
fire burned through a mobile home on the Alexandria Jacksonville
Highway. Firefighters said the victims body was found inside the
home. Calhoun County Coroner Patrick Brown said the fire began during
the early morning hours Thursday. Brown said an autopsy will
determine whether the victim died of burns or of smoke inhalation.
Officials said the fire most likely was started by a space heater in
the rear of the mobile home. While officials would not identify the
victim until the autopsy, friends and neighbors said he was 26 year
old Joe Sigafuss.
Calhoun County names new School Supt.
The Calhoun County Board of Education Thursday
evening named Judy Stiefel as its next superintendent. Stiefel,
will replace Jacky Sparks when he retires June 30. the 56 year old
Stiefel, is a graduate of White Plains High School, Jacksonville
State University and the University of Alabama. After 16 years of
teaching, she became the county’s vocational director, child-nutrition
director and interim supervisor. She has been a deputy superintendent
since 1997. With the system planning to build middle schools in
Alexandria and White Plains, Stiefel said the county, which has
remained debt-free for many years, should borrow money only as a last
Peanut Butter recalled
Alabama's two poison control centers say they were hit with dozens of
calls Thursday from people worried about eating tainted peanut butter
produced under the brands Peter Pan and Great Value. Some callers
reported symptoms of possible salmonella food poisoning. Ann
Slatterly, supervisor for the Regional Poison Control Center in
Birmingham said the center received more than 30 calls Thursday from
people concerned about eating the peanut butter brands. The brands
were recalled Wednesday by their manufacturer, ConAgra Foods, after it
was reported that about 300 people in 39 states may have been
sickened. ConAgra told The Associated Press that it was not clear how
many jars were affected by the recall. But the ConAgra plant in
Sylvester, Ga., is the sole producer of the nationally distributed
Peter Pan brand, and the recall covers all peanut butter - smooth and
chunky - produced by the plant from May 2006 until now. The Great
Value brand is produced for Wal-Mart. The plant has been shut down.
The outbreak was detected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and state health agencies when they noticed spikes in the
number of people sickened by salmonella, starting in August. Once
peanut butter emerged as a link, the CDC notified the Food and Drug
Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which
is investigating. Salmonella infections sicken about 40,000 people
and kill about 600 people annually in the United States, according to
the CDC. Poison control officials advised people who were not ill to
discard the peanut butter, and advised ill people to immediately seek
medical attention and save the product for possible testing. ConAgra
advised people to save the jar's lid for a refund. The code on the
lid is 2111.
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