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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Jacksonville enacts mandatory water
- Woodland man killed in weekend accident
- Odenville welcomes newly annexed citizens
- 30% of wildfires the result of arson
Jacksonville enacts mandatory water
Faced with the continuing drought and a dwindling
water supply, Jacksonville Mayor Johnny smith has declared a water
emergency in the city. The mayor has instituted mandatory
restrictions that apply to all water customers in the city. Customers
on the Jacksonville water system are prohibited from washing vehicles
at their residence and any outside watering shall occur only between
7pm and 8am based on the following schedule. Residents or businesses
in the Northwest and Southeast Quadrants of the city may water on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Residents in the northeast and
southwest quadrants of the city can water on Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday. Watering will not be permitted in the city on Sunday. The
city Police department will be enforcing the mandatory restrictions
with $25 fines for the first offense, $50 for the second and $100
fines for the third offense. The declarations states that the
restrictions will continue until further notice that the emergency no
Woodland man killed in weekend accident
A 42 year old Woodland man died in a one vehicle
accident in Randolph County Saturday night. David Wayne Stewart of
Woodland, died when his 1994 Ford F150 pickup wrecked on Randolph
County road 33, about two miles east of Wadley at about 8:50 p.m
Saturday night. State Troopers said that Stewart was the only person
in the truck.
Odenville welcomes newly annexed citizens
Officials in Odenville spent Saturday welcoming
their town's newest additions - the more than 900 residents of nearby
Branchville. The two St. Clair County towns recently merged after
Branchville's residents voted to be annexed into their larger
neighbor. Town officials think this will push Odenville over the 3,000
population mark. Branchville officially ceased to exist as a municipal
entity earlier this month. Saturday’s meet-and-greet at Odenville City
Park gave town officials from all departments - administrative, fire,
police – a chance to shake hands and answer any questions the towns
new residents had. Since the merger, Odenville has added three
full-time policemen to its seven-member force and has split the town
into north and south patrol sectors. The town converted the old
Branchville fire hall into its No. 3 station. Overall, though, city
officials say the merger has been relatively smooth.
30% of wildfires the result of arson
Commission officials say that a third of the 3,000 wildfires reported
this year in the state have been deliberately set.
As drought conditions
worsen, officials fear the damage could only get worse. Forestry
commission firefighters spent most of last week fighting a 600-acre
wildfire in Ragland on a pine plantation. Derrick Heckman, a
commission fire investigator, said fires usually burn at a steady rate
and speed, depending on the area, vegetation and wind. That can give
firefighters time to contain the fire. In a drought, however, dry
ground and foliage give fires an unpredictability. The fire follows
the areas with the least moisture in the soil, looking for fuel to
burn. The higher number of fires this year continues a trend from last
year, when the state had about 5,000 wildfires, about 1,000 more than
usual. The punishment for setting a wildfire is up to more than a year
in prison, plus restitution, assuming the fire isn't more destructive.
And Alabama law treats a deliberately set wildfire different from
arson in an urban area. But officials say that a deliberately set
wildfire can sometimes cause more damage monetarily than urban arson
by affecting hundreds of acres of timber and property.
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