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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- School Suit
- Stop the violence
- Fallen officers to be remembered
The Anniston City board of education is facing
yet another lawsuit. A Birmingham nonprofit group has filed a
lawsuit against the Anniston Board of Education, claiming they
violated the Alabama Open Meetings Act when they hired Joan Frazier
as permanent school superintendent. The suit, if successful, could
force the board to reverse its decision to hire Frazier and open the
job up to other applicants. The suit, filed by the advocacy group
Citizens for Better Schools, is the third ongoing lawsuit filed
against the board. Officials say that the Anniston school board now
has the distinction of spending more per student on lawyers than any
other school system with the exception of the Birmingham City
Schools. The lawsuit alleges that the board violated the Open
Meetings Act by meeting secretly before an April 24 meeting where
the action was taken to hire Frazier. The lawsuit also alleges the
board failed to properly notify the public of its meeting by failing
to post the preliminary agenda on the bulletin board at a place
convenient to the public" in the board's main office.
Stop the violence
Anniston new Stop the Violence group is hoping
to bring a community together Saturday thru the hosting of a fun
day at Glen Addie homes. Families in the area are invited to come
enjoy food, T-shirts, music, and collect information about social
services that are available to them from 10 am till 7 pm saturday.
The event is the first in an effort coordinated by Anniston Funeral
Services Outreach Ministry to target crime "hotbed" areas to rally
the community against recent violence. Representatives from area
churches and nonprofits will be on hand to distribute information on
drug and alcohol programs, GED training, parenting classes, anger
management classes, and religious material. The group also will host
the fourth in a series of Stop the Violence meetings Monday at
Anniston Funeral Services at 6 p.m.
Talladega Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth
sentenced a Sylacauga man to two consecutive life sentences plus 99
years in prison Wednesday for one count each of sodomy in the first
degree, rape in the first degree and sex abuse in the first degree.
46 year old John Steven Absher, was convicted by a jury in April.
The victim in the case was a 3-year-old girl, who also suffered
serious physical injuries in the assault and required extensive
reconstructive surgery. Absher has four prior felony convictions,
including two counts of forgery in the second degree, one count of
burglary in the third degree and one count of fraudulent use of a
credit or debit card, all from Shelby County.
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