Friday, May 30, 2008

This weekend in The Star

On Saturday:

Some Anniston buildings have been named to the Alabama Historical Commission's "Places in Peril" list for 2008 . The "Gateway to Anniston" includes the old Anniston Land Co. building. Hannah Dame has this story.

Christina Smith takes a look at the race for the Cleburne County Revenue Commissioner. The primary is Tuesday.

Christina also checks in with plans for the Heflin industrial park.

On Sunday:

More than 7,000 inmates return to communities from Alabama state prisons each year, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. Many of them suffer from drug and alcohol addictions. Once out of the corrections community, former inmates must find their own way through a myriad of options for treatment. Todd South has a story looking at what were once known as "halfway houses" - support and transitional centers.

Nick Cenegy will tell you about the candidates for family court judge: Incumbent Mannon Bankson and challenger Ray Bryan.

We'll also have coverage of the Fun Day at Constantine Park, Music at McClellan and Hobson City's end-of-the-school year party for young people.

On Monday:

Andy Johns will have a very informative story about the things people can do if they are attacked, as well as how to prevent attacks and burglary.

Andy also checks in with the pine beetles. Infestation numbers are expected to continue to decline from last year's epidemic levels.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thursday in The Star

These stories are coming in Thursday's Anniston Star:

Megan Nichols follows up on the Anniston City Council's decision to offer City Manager George Monk a six month contract extension.

Dan Whisenhunt surveys local legislators about the pay for the special session. Most say they will accept the payment, but one says no.

Norwood Hodges and Carver community centers are undergoing renovations. What's in store for the community centers? Hannah Dame will let you know.

A new pediatric center in Anniston is finished. It was financed with funds from the Monsanto lawsuit and will serve children in the area affected by environmental pollution. Todd South has this story.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wednesday in The Star

Check out Wednesday's Anniston Star for these stories:

High gas prices are hurting school systems - many are overbudget on fuel as the price of diesel to run school buses is climing just as fast as regular gas. And with the uncertainties over next year's budget, no one knows how much money there will be to buy fuel next year, let along how much it will cost.

Dan Whisenhunt checks in with our local delegation as the Legistlature's special session gets underway.

The Anniston City Council meets. Hearing public comments about plans to pull back coverage from police jurisdictions is on the agenda. Megan Nichols will cover this and will also see if there's more discussion of City Manager George Monk's contract.

Citizens for Better Schools holds a meeting in Anniston tonight. Nick Cenegy will be there and will let you know what was discussed.

Markeshia Ricks has a run-down of the Republican candidates for the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Oxford and Jacksonville city councils meet and the Anniston Board of Education meets as well.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thursday in The Star

You can find these stories in Thursday's Anniston Star:

George Monk’s term as Anniston city manager will end in June, after the City Council was unable to commit to a one-year extension of his contract. Monk today told the council Wednesday he would leave the post when his contract ends June 30. Megan Nichols has this story.

Megan also has an update on the search for a JPA chief executive. One candidate has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position at McClellan’s Joint Powers Authority. James West Jr., of Augusta, Ga., e-mailed Anniston Mayor and JPA Vice-Chairman Chip Howell on Wednesday to inform him of his decision.

The Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board earlier this month settled a lawsuit it filed in the summer of 2006 against Oxford Water Works. Megan will also have this story.

Markeshia Ricks takes a look at the District 3 congressional race, Congressman Mike Rogers os the Republican incumbent. Who is challenging him and what's the political scene look like in the upcoming race?

Andy Johns has an advance on Memorial Day. Troopers will be out in force patrolling the roadways, but it's also likely that high gas prices will keep a lot of travelers home this weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wednesday in The Star

Check out Wednesday's Anniston Star for these stories:

Those involved with the Stop the Violence group have identified one concern they think could help keep kids on the right side of the law - addressing truancy. Nick Cenegy and Dan Whisenhunt take a look at this issue.

Megan Nichols will let you know how Monday's round of interviews for JPA CEO went.

There's no education budget as the school year draws to a close. What do local schools say that means for their systems? How about colleges and universities? Dan will have this story.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and tourists on the Tallapoosa River have a new option of fun - tubing down the river. Christina Smith reports on this business.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Answers to my questions

Ask, and you shall receive.

On Friday, I wrote about a small, obscure civilian cemetery up at McClellan that I enjoy snooping around in. It's a beautiful place. It's adjacent to the larger military cemetery. In the course of my column, I identified a few graves by name and wondered if they were related, and asked the question, why were they buried here?

You can read my Friday column here.

An answer to my questions has arrived from a member of one of the families represented at the cemetery. Below is the response I received.
To answer your questions about the Reaves buried adjacent to the military cemetery at McClellan:

The older portion is New Hope Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. The church was removed shortly after 1912 when the federal government bought the land.

David Reaves, Emory Reaves and William McGuire Reaves were all brothers and were the sons of William Reaves and Narcissa Chandler Reaves. William and Narcissa had 7 sons who served in the Confederate army. The previous three mentioned are buried on McClellan; another, John Harrison Reaves, is buried at Four Mile cemetery; James W. Reaves relocated to Texas; Carter Hill Reaves, who donated land and lumber for the construction of "Reaves School" in NW Jacksonville and which was eventually replaced by Roy Webb School.

Carter Hill is buried in the Green Cemetery on Merrellton Road in J'Ville but the marker is missing and the last son, Rev. Ira Jackson Reaves, is buried in Macedonia Baptist Church, in Cleburne County.

The Reaves family came from Georgia and settled on farm land that is now known as McClellan. Each had separate acreage. William's farm was located only 1/2 mile from the New Hope Primitive Church and cemetery. There are two rows of Reaves in the cemetery, a Chandler family row, the Reidenger family row and the Bonds family row. The Reaves, Chandlers, Reidengers and Bonds are all related by marriage.

This is probably more than you wanted to know but there has been extensive Reaves family research done by W. Patrick Reaves of Munford. His published book is entitled THE RYVES-RIVES-REAVES FAMILIES OF EUROPE AND AMERICA.
Cool, huh? Now we know.

Friday, May 16, 2008

This weekend in The Star

Coming this weekend in The Anniston Star:

For Saturday:

Andy Johns has a story about beekeeping. What's going on in beekeeping today?

Andy also rounds up the rainfall totals from Thursday.

Dan Whisenhunt has a follow up to the lawsuit filed by Citizens for Better Schools, who are they, where are they based and why are they getting involved in Calhoun County issues?

Dan will also have a story about a celebration of arts by the county's gifted enrichment program.

On Sunday:

Capitol Correspondent Markeshia Ricks recently talked with former Governor Don Siegelman. What did he have to say?

Nick Cenegy takes a look at Calhoun County 911 - now in operation for 20 years, the office recently took its 1 millionith call.

Andy Johns will cover the fun day at Glen Addie and a remote control aircraft festival in Lineville.

George Smith will have an appreciation of country music legend Eddie Arnold, who recently passed away.

And on Monday:

Nick and Dan write about truancy. Those involved with the Stop the Violence group have identified one concern they think could help keep kids on the right side of the law: addressing truancy. But the law can be tricky for schools and cops to enforce. Part of our ongoing series on the roots of crime.

We'll also have a story about the Big Alabama Scenic Trail event at the stateline this weekend.

Green Insight

A quick preview of Sunday's Insight section -- we're going green in Calhoun County, thanks to the reporting of Cassandra Mickens, a Knight Community Journalism Fellow at The Star.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Friday in The Star

Coming Friday in The Star:

The region got a bunch of rain Thursday, but we're still in an extreme drought. Andy Johns will have this story.

Dan Whisenhunt reports on Wellborn Elementary's outdoor classroom which was dedicated Thusday.

A ceremony in Washington, D.C., honored fallen police officers, including Oxford Police Lt. Dexter Holcomb who was killed last year when he was struck by a school bus. Andy will have this story and advance a ceremony happening in Oxford Friday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This Thursday in The Star

Check out Thursday's Star for these stories:

Todd South has a story on the reaction at Jacksonville State University of the news that former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has signed a letter to transfer to JSU.

Residents and city leaders will meet to discuss the recent string of rapes and robberies that have police looking for a single perpetrator. Nick Cenegy will be at the meeting and will let you know what was discussed.

Knight Fellow Christina Smith has a follow-up on those cleaning up after the tornado in Heflin. She talked with the owners of a family-run daycare center that was demolished, leaving six families scrambling for childcare. Andy Johns will also have an update on what weather we can expect in the next few days - there might be more storms on the way.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Thursday in The Star

Check out Thursday's Star for these stories:

Markeshia Ricks has a story about a public hearing at the state Department of Agriculture on opening up tourism relations with Cuba. What was discussed?

Rising gas prices and overtime costs are hurting the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department's budget, which has already busted projections. The possibility of having to pick up patrols in Saks, Wellborn and other areas outside the Anniston city limits, has the County Commission them starting to wonder where the money is going to come from. Megan Nichols looks at this issue.

Calhoun County is home to the country's champion Southern magnolia. Andy Johns will tell you all about the big tree.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Tuesday in The Star

Check out Tuesday's Anniston Star for these stories:

Picking up litter in Calhoun County is a seven-day-a-week task, one that officials say could be made much easier with residents’ help. Megan Nichols has this story.

Dan Whisenhunt has a story about a possible JSU transit system. If planning stays on track, students at Jacksonville State University could be served by a campus bus system by fall 2009, JSU officials say.

Landlords could have a little more flexibility in dealing with tenants and appealing eviction judgments if a bill clears the House.The legislation clarifies some of the requirements for landlords in the state’s Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act that was passed in 2006. Markeshia Ricks takes a look at what the law would do.

Friday, May 02, 2008

This weekend in The Star

Check out this weekend's Anniston Star for these stories:

We'll have full coverage of the Noble Street Festival, Sunny King Criterium and Cheah Challenge bike races.

On Saturday:

Megan Nichols has a story about the three candidates for the CEO position at the JPA.

The Jacksonville trees are heading back to court. Andy Johns has this story.

Andy will also check in with the weather experts to see what is in store for Saturday's weather.

On Sunday:

For the second year, the State Senate has been plagued by fighting that has effectively rendered it incapicitated. Markeshia Ricks looks at the possible ramifications of the slatemate.

Andy Johns checks in with George Howard Racing, who want to build a complex in Lincoln.