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Saint Clair times (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Saint Clair, Michigan4a a St. Clair times St. Clair county Leeds and Trussville ala., thursday december 13, 2012 general Moody votes to raise diesel tax land Justin Castleberry Ragland teen charged with murder by Gary manner St. Clair times associate editor a teenager was arrested monday and charged with reckless murder. Ragland police chief James a a Bubba Brown said Justin Castleberry 17, was arrested at 570 Creek Ridge drive in Riverside. Castleberry was the Driver of a vehicle that crashed into a tree off Providence Road in Ragland and killed 16-year-old Kristan Cox on oct. 22 of this year. Brown said warrants for Castleberry a arrest were signed monday and he was arrested at about 2 . Also assisting in the arrest was the Riverside police department and the St. Clair county sheriffs department. A the was charged As an adult a Brown said. A Speed and alcohol played a Factor in the Accident. Castleberry lost control went off the Roadway and struck a tree. He was driving a 1998 Ford Brown said the charge is a class a felony and if Castleberry was found guilty he could be facing life. St. Clair county District judge Alan Furr set Bond at $100,000. As of tuesday Castleberry was still in jail. Brown said this is a troubling situation. A you have two teenage kids Here a Brown said. A one lost her life and the other one is in jail. 1 Hope teenagers will take a look at his actions and know that the consequences for doing this Are very Castleberry a initial court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2013. Contact Gary manner at thanner thestil airtime. Com arrest from Page 1a in a prepared statement St. Clair schools superintendent Jenny seals said the charges against Praytor Are troubling. A words simply cannot deep Digap actions. Seals said. A we Lave cooperated fully and will continue to cooperate fully with Law enforcement officials during their investigation of this seals said Praytor began serving As a Volunteer part time assistant coach at Ashville High school in july 2012. It an employee of the St. Clair county school system a seals said. A school officials have informed Praytor that he is no longer permitted to Volunteer with the St. Clair county St. Clair county Board of education member Marie Manning said she is disappointed this has occurred. A we Are pleased that our administration took Quick action to remove this individual from our Campus a Manning said. When asked if a Back describe my deep disappointment in these All by will Heath St. Clair times editor Moody a the City Council approved an ordinance raising the City a tax on diesel fuel to 3 cents per gallon at its regular meeting monday. The Council voted 5-1 in favor of the ordinance which accompanies the construction of new travel centers at exit 147 on interstate 20. Mayor Joe i a called the decision a difficult a but said that �?o90 percent of those affected by the new tax will come from interstate traffic. A at the present time we sell approximately 100,000 Gallons of diesel per month a Lee said. A a we re getting approximately $1,000 per month off our diesel tax right that should change substantially in the near future however a Moody approved a development agreement to bring a new Valero travel Center to the Brompton area at its nov. 26 meeting and Lee said the Council will vote on a similar development agreement for a in vets travel Center at its next regular meeting rescheduled to dec. 17 because of the Christmas eve holi Day. A a love a projects sales of around 1 million Gallons per month a he said. A Valero will sell around 400,000 or 500,000 per As part of the two development agreements the City has pledged to rebate 1 cent per $1 of diesel tax Revenue to the developers provided the tax on the fuel does not exceed 3 cents. Ixe said City representatives have already spoken with Valero and loves and they Are comfortable with the adjustment. The measure passed the Council 5-1, with mayor pro Tern Linda Crowe dissenting. A i had promised the voters that i would not raise any diesel taxes a she said. A it hat was a question at one time and 1 promised that i do it. I had to keep my Promise. A my family my husbands business that a diesel. I had to think about that Small businessman out there trying to also noted that the truck traffic coming from the interstate is Likely to increase with the new Railroad Hub under construction in Mccalla. A a it a a great Opportunity for the City a he said. A truck traffic Between Birmingham and Atlanta will be the tax increase Only applies to diesel fuel and City attorney Bill Weathington noted that off Road diesel fuel a used in farming and construction work a is exempt from the increase. In other business the Council a approved a contract with Stone and son to change out electrical boxes at the intersection of . 411 and St. Clair 10, to make the traffic signals adaptable for new Light bulbs already ordered by the City. A approved an ordinance to surplus a White 2000 Ford Taurus and 3ut it out for bid. The minimum 5�d is $250. A approved extra pay for City employees. A tabled consideration for getting an appraisal of City property located on Carl Jones Road. A approved the minutes of the nov. 27 regular Council meeting. Contact will Heath at wheat thestil airtime. Com. Ragland excited for new Library by Gary manner St. Clair times associate editor As 2012 comes to a close the Ragland Council is excited about the new Library that will officially open Early in 2013. At the same time the Council is looking at continuing obligations into the old buildings downtown. A it looks a Little bit better and the Price is a Little bit More reasonable into the Purchase of the other two buildings beside the old Library a mayor Lanis White said. A a it a going to be on into january alter we have talked to some folks about the possibility of purchasing these White said no matter what happens with the other buildings they have to look at How and when they Are going to level and demolish the old Library building. A it will be better for us to do it in the Winter months a White said. A hopefully by next months meeting we will be prepared to take bids on the demolition of this building. I think we need to be read and move Forward to get this taken care of White said they Are close to having the new Library ready to open. He encouraged the Council members to Stop in take a look at it and if there Are things they see that they done to like Point it out to the builder. A i believe it is very important that we Stop by and Check out this building a White said. A when we move in it we done to want to be continuing to work on Little things. Lets get it taken care of now. I will get with Paul Davis to get him to go ahead and get the bookshelves out and get them cleaned in. We should have plenty of bookshelves for the new White added that he has also had some interest from some leaders within the town who have said they would like to Volunteer their time and help pan time at the Library to keep it open longer. A we re still trying to operate on a pretty tight budget a he said. A but to get Pell City to take Over ownership of old Hospital by will Heath St. Clair times editor Ashville a the St. Clair county commission approved a Resolution tuesday that will deed the former Hospital to Pell City. The commission unanimously approved the measure in which Pell City will take full ownership of the former Hospital property. The two entities jointly purchased the property for $4 million As part of the agreement to build the new St. Vincent a St. Clair near interstate 20. They have both made interest Only payments since then. Per the agreement. Pell City will take Over the $4 million note for the prop erty along with the former Headquarters of the county a department of human resources which burned in August 2009. Mayor Joe Funderburg said the City is in discussion with a company that would bring a wellness Center to the location. A we feel this is an Opportunity not Only for the commission but for the City because we do have some opportunities for some things in the works a Funderburg said. A we have a commitment. Hospital or almost have from some people who Are willing to come in and work with us on a project specifically this has to do with. What was presented As a wellness Center. We re also looking at a possibility of a Library being relocated to the Der As part of the agreement the City will also turn Over the current Headquarters for the chamber of Commerce to the county sheriffs department. Sheriff Terry Surles said the building will provide space for his investigations department. City manager Patrick Draper said the property would be the first step in a larger plan. A a it a something that would absolutely serve the entire county not just Pell City a Draper said. A was we look at this entire property not just what the county currently owns but from West of 231, All the Way to Comer Avenue a we have envisioned a master plan for the entire Raymond Praytor ground Check had been performed on Praytor Manning said yes. A we do background checks on Volunteer coaches and it was Clear a Manning said. Ashville High school principal Patti Johnson said she is devastated concerning the entire situation. A the number one goal Here at Ashville High school is to protect our students a Johnson said. A i have cooperated with the local authorities and will continue to do so until this matter is Contact Gary manner at thanner thestil airtime. Com from Page 1a anniversary for St. Vincent a St. Clair Hospital. The Hospital officially opened dec. 10, 2011, exactly one year to the Day monday. John of Neil president and ceo for St. Vincent a health system said 113 years ago the daughters of Charity came to Birmingham on a Mission and built a Hospital for the people. A it was built by Faith 113 years ago and this facility was built by Faith a of Neil said. A we Are committed to this facility to this Community and we Are committed to he thanked the partners in the joint venture to build the Hospital which included the St. Clair county health care authority the St. Clair county economic development Council the City of Pell City and the St. Clair county commission. Evan Ray the president of Rural Hospital operations for St. Vincent a health system said he Felt privileged and blessed to be at the Celebration. He joined the health system three months ago. Ray talked about the Progress made at the Hospital built in Pell City Only one year ago. He said St. Vincent a St. Clair Hospital has seen dramatic increases in the volume of patients in Hospital services. Ray said emergency department visits Are up 30 percent inpatient discharges Are up 47 percent outpatient visits Are up 25 percent and surgical procedures Are up 20 percent compared to july october of last year. Fie said while St. Vincent a St. Clair has seen More patients the Quality of service or patient satisfaction has continued to climb. A there at St. Vincent a St. Clair we Are exceeding our satisfaction goals a Ray said. A Quality scores continue to be High at St. Vincent a St. he said since the Hospital opened the new physicians Plaza on St. Vincent a St. Clair Campus has added Many programs and services including an Advance wound care Center and a new sleep diagnostic Center will soon open in the physicians Plaza. Hospital officials said More than $6.8 million in new equipment was purchased and installed at the Hospital and the St. Vincent a foundation raised More than $3 million for the St. Vincent a St. Clair Hospital. St. Vincent a St. Clair was recently named the Pell City chamber of Commerce Large business of the year. During the past year the Hospital hosted heart Day which helped screened 268 people. The Hospital also held its first health fair on the new Campus which is located adjacent to the $50 million col. Robert l. Howard state veterans Home which houses veterans from across the state. The Hospital has added new medical staff in ent gastroenterology obstetrics gynaecology Nephron orgy neurology ophthalmology endocrinology and general surgery departments. Hospital officials said there Are Many things to celebrate during the one anniversary of St. Vincent a St. Clair Hospital. A a it san exciting Day for All of us a of Neil said. A if things continue going so Well we May be celebrating another ground breaking in another the Hospital held its annual tree lighting ceremony following the anniversary program and reception. The tree lighting ceremony was hosted by the St. Vincent a St. Clair auxiliary. Contact David Atchison at Atchison . From Page 1a Jackson said the Freshwater land Trust could possibly help front the Money for the match out of its revolving i and Trust fund with the understanding that the county could provide reimbursement. A this property is As Well positioned As a property can for this a she said. Isley stayed until the project was approved and called it a an answered a i thank you for your help a he said. Contact will meath at wheat thestil airtime. Com. The Library up and running it might be Good to get some volunteers who Are willing to work a couple of Days a week. They Are real qualified people and retired teachers. We will know More in the coming White said the new Library is something the townspeople can be proud of for years and years to come. In other business the Council a approved the minutes Isom the previous meeting in november. A approved payment of due Bills. Contact Gary manner at thanner thestil airtime. Com Jacqueline Lenton Jerry Lenton couple from Page 1a of another the couple was indicted by a St. Clair county grand jury that convened last week. According to authorities two Rottweiler dogs attacked Thomas when he was retrieving mail from his Mailbox. Police killed both dogs responsible for Thomas death at the scene. St. Clair county Coroner Dennis Russell said Back in october that Thomas died from Csan Gui nations or blood loss. The Leeds police department took custody of 33 Rottweiler or Rottweiler mixed dogs that were on the Lenton a property adjacent to Thomas property. The leptons were not in court tuesday afternoon during a civil proceeding related to the 33 dogs confiscated at their residence in september. The Len tons Birmingham attorney Bill Myers said the couple was not Able to appear at the hearing. He said the leptons were still being processed at the St. Clair county jail on criminal charges. At the hearing St. Clair county District court judge Alan Furr ordered that the couple pay the City of Leeds $5,870 for the Cost of housing the animals from sept. 20-oct. 2, the time that the dogs remained in the custody of the Leeds police department. Those involved in the civil Case said the leptons admitted that the were unable to care for the dogs. The dogs were housed at the Birmingham Jefferson animal control. Several of the dogs were euthanized but Many others were later released to three animal clinics which were finding Homes for the dogs. The couple should appear in circuit court for their arraignment next month. Contact David Atchison at Atchison daily Home. Com

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