New retail trends present opportunity for downtown growth in Anniston, Jacksonville
Since the recession hit, shoppers have increasingly shunned enclosed mall spaces, electing for a more boutique-friendly, “town-hall” type of experience, according to state and national retail experts. “That is the same kind of concept as the downtown, which lends itself to that kind of shopping,” said Nancy Dennis, the director of public relations for the Alabama Retail Association.
Nov 25, 2012 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Incoming Anniston council to ask residents for planning help
In its retreat meeting Friday, the next Anniston City Council has sought help from people who have more experience with government than it does.
Nov 03, 2012 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rural communities left behind as some state newspapers focus on digital production
Gina Wilson, a librarian in the Clarke County city of Thomasville, said many residents come to the library to get on the Web because they can’t access it at home. People there like to read the papers, she said. Some have expressed disappointment about the new, online focus of the Mobile paper.
Oct 28, 2012 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deadline is today for registering to vote in November
Residents who are already registered but who are voting absentee have a little bit more time than that to fill out their forms; the cut-off to request absentee voter applications is in a week, on Nov. 1.
Oct 26, 2012 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Life cut short: Family, classmates remember Oxford teen
Izamar Linares loved the color purple, the boy band One Direction and teasing her younger sister before bedtime. When she grew up, she wanted to be a lawyer. But Monday the Oxford High School sophomore’s life was cut unexpectedly short. Found unresponsive in a bathroom at the school, Linares was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Oct 23, 2012 |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bark in the Park parade supports pet adoption
Dogs of all shapes and sizes came to play, some participating in the adoptable pet parade, others trussed up like pumpkins and skeletons for the Halloween costume contest.
Oct 21, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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To go or not to go? More Americans than ever don’t attend church
Stacy Jackson grew up a Southern Baptist, but now the 28-year-old social worker worries less about the label. She knows she’s a Christian, even though she doesn’t go to church.
Oct 20, 2012 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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50 shades of cheating: Defining right and wrong in the digital age
¿Puedo ir al bano? That’s “Can I go to the bathroom?” in Spanish — the only phrase that a local high school senior really remembers from his two years of foreign language class. The 17-year-old took the course during his sophomore and junior years.
Oct 07, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public, private projects help Anniston-Oxford area hold on to construction jobs
While public sector projects don’t have the same straightforward connection to economic growth, officials said, they do spur a kind of chain reaction that is good for the local economy.
Oct 07, 2012 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Owens family learns how brownies can fit into a healthy diet
The third Meal Makeover class was the sweetest. Anniston couple Lynetta and Nathaniel Owens made brownies Wednesday as they discussed tips for portion control and grocery shopping with a nutrition instructor from the Calhoun County Extension Service.
Oct 03, 2012 |  0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aquatic center at McClellan hosts largest swim meet so far
A lot of kids participated, but there was also a lot of space to accommodate them.
Sep 30, 2012 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fetal Argument: County DA to begin prosecution of mothers who use drugs during pregnancy
Calhoun County prosecutors have joined a handful of other district attorneys’ offices across the state in prosecuting women who use drugs during pregnancy and give birth to babies in drug withdrawal.
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Journalism attracts local teens to Anniston Star advisory panel
The group meetings at The Star are part of a newly launched effort to give local teens an inside look at what happens in a newsroom while providing newspaper officials a chance to glean insights from a demographic that sometimes goes unnoticed in their industry.
Sep 28, 2012 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Half your plate’: Owens family learns about fruits, veggies in second Meal Makeover class
The day was long, and the mother and daughter were tired. Lynetta Owens and her daughter, Natalie, had just made it home Wednesday when the nutrition instructor from the Calhoun County Extension Service and a reporter from The Star arrived at their Anniston home.
Sep 26, 2012 |  0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rocky road: Good neighbors try to remove blight from old Anniston street
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 23, 2012 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Rocky Hollow's homes and shaded sidewalks hearken back to the style of the 1920s and '30s, but they also belie the decline the entire neighborhood has seen in relatively recent years. But the old guard and newcomers alike are getting mad and don't plan to accept that decline anymore.
Boot camp a weight-loss option for area kids
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 17, 2012 |  0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
About 80 people have signed up for the boot camp through Facebook, and Anniston pediatric nurse practitioner Chase Thomas hopes they’ll commit to the full program, and not drop out after the first session or two.
Montgomery man convicted in Anniston murder
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 13, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
A Calhoun County jury Thursday found a Montgomery man, Robert Devon Jenkins, guilty in the 2011 murder of Anniston resident Marcus Marks. Jenkins, 23, shot Marks during a domestic dispute in front of Marks’ home in March 2011. Throughout the four-day trial prosecutors presented testimony from three witnesses at the scene at Marks’ house on East 22nd Street in Anniston, Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh said.
Residents gather to launch west Anniston mural
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 11, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The lot at the corner of West 15th Street and Glen Addie Avenue is grassy, overgrown. The building there bare. But it won’t be that way for long.
New Alabama DUI law requires ignition interlock device for offenders
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 08, 2012 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
“I think this device will help, although I’ve not seen it yet,” Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said. “Anything we can do to prevent an individual from getting behind the wheel drunk is a good thing.”
New generation of leadership rising at The Star
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Sep 02, 2012 |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Anniston Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers said both he and company president Phillip A. Sanguinetti were pleased with the leadership changes.
Heart of slain Anniston police officer gives grateful Florida man a new chance at life
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 26, 2012 |  0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
For the first time in years, Joe Sorvillo can climb a long flight of stairs. He did so Thursday morning on the steps at the Kirklin Clinic: down and up and down again, as he went from chest X-rays to the waiting room to the pharmacy and back to waiting. “I couldn’t do that before,” he said, referring to the time prior to the implant he received from Justin Sollohub.
Hard fast: This summer, Ramadan means long, hot days of fasting for local Muslims
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 18, 2012 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
During Ramadan, Zaahra Ahmed doesn’t play outside as much as she normally does. She doesn’t exercise a lot when she’s fasting through these hot Alabama days, and she spends more time resting and praying. She watches TV, reads more to keep her mind active and on things other than her fasting.
Rocky Hollow residents want to reclaim neighborhood
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 17, 2012 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Some residents of one of east Anniston's oldest neighborhoods are feeling the tentacles of blight and crime wrapping around their streets, but based on turnout at a community meeting, it's evident they are determined to banish that 'monster' from their midst. They'd rather fight than move, some said.
Depot officials: Fiscal 2013 outlook better than expected
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 16, 2012 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The extra work comes in the form of programs with the National Guard, the Army Reserve and the countries of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Over the past eight months, the depot has received new vehicle maintenance and repair orders from the Guard, the Reserve and foreign military sales.
Police: Man shot in knee at Quintard gas station
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 15, 2012 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Anniston police this morning were investigating an apparent shooting at the Shell gas station at 1731 Quintard Ave. that left one man in the hospital, injured but expected to recover.
Police say woman punched RMC nurse
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 15, 2012 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
A 20-year-old woman was in the Anniston City Jail on Wednesday morning, charged with second-degree felony assault for allegedly punching a nurse.
Amber Alert issued for Anniston 5-year-old
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 12, 2012 |  0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
(Updated 12:30 a.m.) Police have issued an Amber Alert for a 5-year-old boy believed to be abducted from a yard near his west Anniston home. Investigators are searching for Michiri Zaquae Dabney after his mother called authorities to say her son had been kidnapped, Lt. Fred Forsythe said. Forsythe urged anyone with information about Dabney, the suspect van or the case to call the Anniston Police Department's investigative division at 256-240-4000.
Bariatric surgery becoming more accepted way of handling severe, long-term weight problems
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 12, 2012 |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
For the first time in her life, Andrea Cheeks has hope about her future, about her health. She can tell the ulcer on her leg is receding. Since her surgery in May, she no longer needs medication for cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Cutting weight
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
Aug 12, 2012 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
She needed a cane to hobble 15 steps from her apartment to her car. She used a wheelchair for anything farther than that. At 5-foot-5, Andrea Cheeks weighed 550 pounds. The Sylacauga woman couldn’t walk, couldn’t work, couldn’t shop, couldn’t leave her home without help. Couldn’t breathe sometimes. At 43, she had high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and an ulcer eating away at her leg as a result of problems with blood circulation.
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