Several area warming stations to remain open through Thursday
by Eddie Burkhalter
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With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Wednesday night, most area warming stations will stay open through Thursday, organizers said.

About eight drivers who found themselves stranded Tuesday near the Oxford Civic Center at 401 McCullars Lane stayed the night there, said Rick Harris, who works at the center.

Harris was the only employee at the center Wednesday morning, where those drivers remained to take advantage of the warmth and wait for roads to improve enough to head home.

The civic center had no food, cots or blankets, Harris said, but “we’ve just got a warm place for them.”

The center will remain open as a shelter for as long as it’s needed, Harris said. The center can be reached at 256-831-2660.

Cornerstone Worship Center at 2885 Choccolocco Road in Anniston closed its emergency shelter late Tuesday night after the last stranded family there went home with the church administrator, Steve Sanders.

“We had a group there earlier, but someone had a huge truck and they were ferrying them one and two at a time to their homes. We got everybody pretty well placed early in the evening,” Sanders said.

The church will reopen its shelter if the need arises, Sanders said. Outreach pastor Tommy Graham can be reached at 256-283-1951.

About 35 people were inside the Anniston Salvation Army’s warming station at 420 Noble Street Wednesday morning. The warming station will remain open until at least Thursday afternoon, said Salvation Army manager Jose Perez.

Cots, blankets and meals are ready, and no one will be turned away, Perez said.

“Anybody coming in off the street is going to be taken care of,” Perez said.  “We never turn anybody away. There will always be folks here to help them.”

The Salvation Army of Anniston can be reached at 256-236-5643.

Greenbrier Road Baptist Church associate pastor Jim Usher said the church will keep its warming station open until at least Thursday morning.

Tuesday night the church took in four people, providing food and a warm place to sleep. Only two remained there Wednesday morning, Usher said.

The church is at 1235 Greenbrier Dear Road in Anniston and can be reached at 256-831-8854.

Joe Jankoski, community chapter executive with the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of the American Red Cross, recommends that no one attempt to drive.

“The roads are largely impassable and dangerous, so we’re advising people to stay in their homes if they can,” Jankoski said. “If there’s an emergency call 911.”

Warming stations open are:

  • The Salvation Army of Anniston at 420 Noble Street. 256-236-5643
  • Greenbrier Road Baptist Church at 1235 Greenbrier Dear Road in Anniston. 256-831-8854.
  • Oxford Civic Center at 401 McCullars Lane. 256-831-2660.

The warming station at Cornerstone Worship Center at 2885 Choccolocco Road in Anniston is closed, but will reopen if the need arises. 256-283-1951.


Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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