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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 receives grant to help fund addition to the city’s museum complex



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.

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.

Superior Gas, Inc. is City of Smiths Station’s November Business of the Month

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.