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Author: Lisa Deason

Historic Jones Store Receives Statewide Historic Designation

The Alabama Historic Commission voted today to add the City of Smiths Station’s Historic Jones Store to the Alabama Register of Historic Places, making it the second historic structure in the Smiths Station community to receive this distinction. With this distinction, the City will soon receive, install, and later dedicate a historic marker in front of the museum.

“The importance of preservation is something that our City’s administration and Historical Commission take very seriously, and we are excited that we reached another milestone in preserving in our City’s history,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

The Historic Jones Store was built and operated for several decades by Smiths Station residents George and Maggie Jones. In 2017, the structure was gifted to the City of Smiths Station and relocated to the Smiths Station Government Center campus.

Following a nearly two-year restoration process and conversion to a museum, the City held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the structure in July 2019. Currently, the store houses a number of artifacts pertinent to Smiths Station’s heritage, and includes exhibits commemorating individuals who have contributed to the City both past and present.

To schedule a tour, call 334-297-8771.

City of Smiths Station releases Road Name Change Form for citizens to provide input, suggestions

By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director

A “Road Name Suggestion Form” has been posted on the City of Smiths Station website and social media for Citizens to provide their input on renaming all public roads inside the City limits.

As recently announced, the City of Smiths Station has acquired ownership of all public roads inside the City limits from Lee County. An important part of that transition is to rename these to help give our City autonomy and its own sense of identity.

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland authorized the formation of an ad hoc committee to lead this effort. The form will be available on the website to fill out from August 1 to September 8th.

“The renaming of our roads is the realization of a longtime dream for many of us who call Smiths Station home. And we want our Citizens to voice their opinions and contribute to this process,” Copeland said.

Smiths Station residents are encouraged to visit www.smithsstational.gov and click on the “City Services” tab on the Home page. There, they can scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose to download or preview the fillable form titled “Road Name Suggestion Form.” Once completed, they can download the form and send it to admin@smithsstational.gov. Following is a hyperlink to the form: https://www.smithsstational.gov/wp-content/uploads/Road-Name-Suggestion-Form-with-list-of-Historic-Road-Names-and-Suggestions-by-Committee.pdf

Also, citizens can view a list of committee-suggested names listed below the form as provided by the Committee. After the submission periods, the Committee will evaluate submissions and turn in their final list of suggestions to the Smiths Station City Council, which will hold public hearings on this issue at later meetings before voting to make these name changes permanent.

For more information, call Place 2 Councilman Morris Jackson at 706-905-1247 or Place 4 Councilman Richard Cooley at 706-575-0642.

City of Smiths Station to hold MLK Jr. Clean-Up Day on Jan. 25


“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The City of Smiths Station will honor the legacy and service of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. through its annual “MLK Citywide Clean-Up Day” on Jan. 25.
This initiative is open to Smiths Station residents of all ages.
Prior to the cleanup which begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time, Mayor Bubba Copeland and Council Place 2 Member and Mayor Pro Tem Morris Jackson will hold a short press conference to kick off the day’s festivities.
Afterward, groups will be formed and split up to clean roadsides within the city limits. All necessary supplies will be provided.
The event will end at approximately noon, and all volunteers will be welcomed back to the Smiths Station Government Center for lunch.
“This is an event that we here at the city of Smiths Station look forward to every year. It not only gives us a chance to clean and enhance our city’s roadways, but to honor and acknowledge the impact that Dr. King has made not only on the African American community, but our city, state and country as a whole,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.
There is a need for volunteers. Those interested may register by calling City of Smiths Station Student Intern Taylor Verbowski at 334-560-2034 or through an online form at www.smithsstational.gov.
Media are invited to attend and cover this event. Contact City of Smiths Station Communications Director Lisa Deason 334-297-8771, ext. 5 for more information.
The Smiths Station Government Center is located at 2336 Lee Road 430 in downtown Smiths Station.

ATM removed from Smiths Station Government Center parking lo

Because of operating and necessary future upgrade costs, the ATM located at the Smiths Station Government Center has been removed at the owner’s request. The city is working diligently to find another ATM provider to occupy the space. We will keep you posted!

City of Smiths Station hosts 2020 Census Job Fair on January 3

Census Job Fair TOMORROW! 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Smiths Station Government Center, 2336 Lee Road 430.

LEE COUNTY CENSUS APPLICANT GOAL: 1,865
CURRENT APPLICANTS: 560

LEE COUNTY PAY RATE MINIMUM: $15 PER HOUR (paid training, flexible hours, and mileage reimbursement are provided).

Positions to be filled:

1. Census Takers
2. Census Field Supervisors
3. Recruiting Assistants
4. Clerk
5. Office Operations Supervisor

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

Be at least 18 years old.

Have a valid Social Security number.

Be a U.S. citizen.*

Have a valid email address.

Complete an application and answer assessment
questions. (Some application questions are available in
Spanish.)

Be able to speak, read, and write in English, (Bilingual
applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.)

Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a
qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after
December 31, 1959.

Undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background
check and a review of criminal records performed by the
Census Bureau.

Commit to completing training.

Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days,
evenings, and weekends.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

The City of Smiths Station’s Zoning Board of Adjustments meets on the second Monday of each quarter in the months of February, May, August and November at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center.

Mike Green – Chairman

Byron Weeks – Vice Chairman

Diane Holman-Stein – Administrative Secretary

Sharon Quarles – Secretary

Alice Spengler

Chris Tarno

Steve Stainsby

Shaun Ward

Planning Commission

The City of Smiths Station Planning Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month with work session starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center.

Mike Kane – Chairman

Kathy Rowell – Vice Chairman

Scott Johnston – Administrative Secretary

Dick Key

William Spear

Richard Terry

Jeff Bright

Deborah Whittington

Historical Commission

The City of Smiths Station’s Historical Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center.

City Council

The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Place 1

George Stringer is a native of Smiths Station. As a student-athlete at Alabama State, he played baseball and majored in physical education and minored in social sciences. Becoming Smiths Station High School’s first-ever black educator, he would go on teach and coach there for the next 27 years. Stringer was the first Place 1 representative and is an original member of the Smiths Station City Council, helping craft many of the city codes and ordinances that are used today. 

Morris Jackson grew up in Wacoochee Valley but has called Smiths Station home for the majority of his life. He is a Vietnam veteran and spent 42 years working for Georgia Power. Jackson was a member of the committee whose efforts led to the incorporation of Smiths Station on June 22, 2001. He is the first Place 2 representative and is an original member of the Smiths Station City Council. As a council member, Jackson is the mayor pro-tem and chairman of the city’s annexation and environmental committees.

Place 3
James Moody is a Columbus native but has called Smiths Station home since 1969. He is a musician by trade and worked more than 30 years as a lineman for Smiths Water and Sewer Authority. Moody has served as the Place 3 representative since being elected in 2004.

Place 4
Richard Cooley, born in Opelika, has called Smiths Station home since 1965. He is an Air Force veteran and spent nearly 40 years in education, with 12 of those spent at Smiths Station High School. Serving as the master of ceremonies for the swearing-in of Smiths Station’s first mayor and original city council, Cooley joined as the Place 4 representative in 2004.

Place 5

Dick Key has called Smiths Station home for the past 50 years. He is an Air Force veteran and worked for 33 years at Columbus’s Equifax Services. Prior to serving on the Smiths Station City Council and Planning Commission, Key was a Lee County commissioner for a two terms and president of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners. He was also integral in the development of the Smiths Station Sports Complex. Key has been the Place 5 representative since 2008.