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District 53 candidates square off State House seat represents most of Deschutes County By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: October 13. 2006 5:00AM PSTThe Republican and Democratic candidates who would represent most of Deschutes County in the state House of Representatives squared off in a heated and sometimes personal forum in Bend Thursday afternoon.Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, the incumbent, and Bill A. Smith, his Democratic challenger and a...

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No need for speed Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 18, 2006OHATCHEE - It's a familiar sight for school administrators: Teenage drivers hopping in their cars at the end of the school day and tearing out of the parking lot, blithely speeding past school zone signs in their haste to leave. Ohatchee High School officials hope to slow student drivers down by revoking parking permits for those...

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Anniston City Schools Foundation will hold high-tea fund-raiser Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 16, 2006For anyone who has ever dreamed of returning to the era of high tea and white gloves, the Anniston City Schools Foundation may provide the chance at its fund-raiser Saturday. The foundation will hold a benefit at the Classic on Noble restaurant featuring tea, a table-setting contest and a fashion show.Catherine Chappell,...

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A ghost town Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 15, 2006OHATCHEE - In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, Ohatchee's downtown square was a bustling place, with a café and soda fountain, two grocery stores, a drug store, a doctor's office, the town hall - and a movie theater known for playing films deemed too explicit for Anniston's theaters. Ohatchee didn't have censors, meaning that the theater could...

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Mock crime scene sharpens police skills Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 11, 2006OHATCHEE - Police in Ohatchee rushed to the site of the old fire department Wednesday and discovered a bullet-riddled car and a trail of blood that led to a chaotic scene inside. Sort of.The entire "crime scene" was staged by the Ohatchee Police Department and Jacksonville Crime Lab, although the drivers rubbernecking on Alabama...

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23 rooms added to reduce wait times Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 9, 2006Emergency rooms are notorious for long waits and crowded conditions. Regional Medical Center in Anniston hopes to reduce the amount of time patients have to spend in those conditions with 23 new private rooms for patients.The new rooms, 11 of which opened July 24, are intended for patients who do not need surgery...

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Kids are ready for kindergarten ... but are Mom and Dad ready? Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 7, 2006Maren Russell, 5, is excited to enter kindergarten, where she will learn to read and write and, most of all, have the chance to use as much glitter as she wants in her arts and crafts projects. "They use lots of glitter in kindergarten," her mother, Polly Russell,...

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New expansion to ease growing pains in Alexandria schools Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 3, 2006ALEXANDRIA - Jill Marsh's sons have felt the space crunch at Alexandria Elementary School. Marsh said her older son, who is entering fifth grade this fall, has special needs and works with physical and occupational therapists."There were a lot of the times when the physical therapist and the occupational therapist would...

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West Anniston Foundation program takes on obesity, diabetes Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: August 2, 2006Southerners have a reputation of liking to eat a lot - especially fried, fatty foods. That tendency could be putting their lives at risk.As the nation continues its battle with obesity - more than 65 percent of adults are classified as overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -...

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Ohatchee looks to annex strip south to county line Rachael Scarborough KingStar Staff Writer Published: July 28, 2006The Ohatchee City Council is moving forward with plans to annex a strip of land bordering both sides of Alabama 77 to the Talladega County line, 5 1/2 miles away. Council members agreed at a recent meeting that annexing the strip would be a strategic move, designed to protect the town's...

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