Come visit the Historic Jones Store Museum on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Second Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. This is free and open to the public. Guided tours are offered on Second Saturdays and last until 3:30 p.m.
Thanks to a grant provided by the Alabama Historic Commission, a new lavatory is being constructed behind the City of Smiths Station’s Historic Jones Store Museum to accommodate facility guests and visitors, according to Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.
This structure is part of Copeland’s push to turn the Smiths Station Government Center into a venue for hosting events.
“The (lavatory) will be ADA compliant have a toilet and urinal, sink and hand dryer. It will be open when City Hall opens and closes when City Hall closes and Saturdays when the (museum) is open,” Copeland said. “This, along with other future developments in the works, is all part of our plan to make this complex a place people want to come visit and hang out.”
Later in the meeting, the council authorized Copeland to enter into a real estate contract to help improve access in and out of the Smiths Station Sports Complex. Unable to delve into specifics because of ongoing negotiations, Copeland said this purchase will alleviate major traffic issues park visitors face during the week.
“I’ve heard from some of the parents whose kids play in sports leagues that play on Tuesday and Thursday nights that it’s taking them a long time to leave the park. This land purchase will create another path for people to take when coming to or leaving,” Copeland said.
Place 4 Council Member Richard Cooley informed the council before their dismissal about a planned POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony scheduled to take place at the March 24 meeting in observance of “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” on March 29.
“We want to honor those who have died and those that are still listed as MIA. I, along with the two other veterans on our council (Morris Jackson and Dick Key) to help me conduct the ceremony,” Cooley said. “We invite any area veterans to attend also.”
In other business, the council:
– approved minutes from the Feb. 25 meeting and
– heard from Human Resources Director Brenda Dockery on proposed changes to the city’s health insurance coverage for employees.
The Smiths Station City regularly 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. Their meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771 or visit www.smithsstational.gov.
“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.
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!
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
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
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
Commit to completing training.
Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days,
evenings, and weekends.
Business of the Month – Superior Gas, Inc.
Looking to stay warm during the coming winter months? Superior Gas, Inc., the City of Smiths Station’s Business of the Month for November, has you covered.
The Smiths Station storefront is part of a family-owned business headquartered in Roanoke, which officially opened in 1948. Superior has locations across East Alabama, including Lanett, Notasulga, Wetumpka and its headquarters.
While the exact opening date of the Smiths Station storefront is unknown, manager Gary Mitchell has been affiliated with the local branch since 1985. He spent his first six years with the company as a driver and serviceman in 1988 until his promotion to store manager in 1991.
Mitchell worked several years at the Notasulga branch in the 90s before returning to Smiths Station. He has held that role since.
Superior’s services include commercial and residential propane delivery, tank installation and appliance repairs. Inside their storefront, patrons can select their next stove or set of gas logs.
“We’re a company that you can trust and depend on. We’re up front with people, and what we tell them they’re going to do, we do,” Mitchell said. “I try to treat everyone the way I’d want to be treated.”
Mitchell noted that the fall and winter seasons are a particularly busy time for the company, but that they work to make sure all their ”customer’s needs are in a prompt way.”
Superior’s hours of operation 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. For more information about Superior and its list of services, call 334-298-0641 or visit www.superiorgas.biz.