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November 2019 Business of the Month – Smiths Station Animal Hospital

From basic exams and emergency visits to bathing and grooming, Smiths Station Animal Hospital is the go-to spot for local petowners and is the City of Smiths Station’s December Business of the Month.

Originally founded by Dr. Buddy Bruce of Opelika’s Animal Health Center within a small brick home further down Lee Road 430, the business was purchased by Dr. Steve Griffin, a 1997 graduate of Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Because of the business’s growing customer base, Griffin purchased a lot adjacent to the Panther Quick Stop and constructed a new facility that officially opened in December 2006.

Practice manager Jennifer Williams joined in January 2007, and has helped oversee the business’s growth and adaption to today’s technologically driven world, which maintains a presence on social media and has its own phone application.

Griffin has added two more vets, Drs. Nicole Namie and Rachel Kring, to his team. Namie and Kring are fellow Auburn graduates and nearly 20 combined years of veterinarian experience, with Kring being the newest member and having joined in the last three weeks.

Cats and dogs are typical patients at the animal hospital, but staff members have and can take care of a number of animals, including birds, ferrets and pigs, among others.

Like other animal-oriented businesses, payment is normally rendered at the time of service, but there are several credit and payment plan programs availble for customers.

Williams, who has more than 20 years of experience in the veterinary world, said there is a tight-knit bond between themselves and their customers.

“It is so rewarding to do what we do. We have customers who were our teachers that taught (Dr.) Griffin and I when we were in school, as well as neighbors and friends,” Williams said. “We really enjoy our role in the community and are glad to be a part of it.”

Besides Kring’s addition to the staff, the animal hospital has a state-of-the-art ultrasound system that Williams said Griffin and staff “are very proud of.”

Smiths Station Animal Hospital is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 334-297-1050, like and follow the business’s social media pages or visit The business is located at 2778 Lee Road 430.

Smiths Station City Council votes to reappoint William Spear, Richard Terry to city’s Planning Commission

Members of the Smiths Station City Council voted unanimously to reappoint William Spear and Richard Terry to the city’s planning commission last Tuesday night.

Spear’s new term will expire Dec. 31, 2023, while Terry’s will expire a year later on Dec. 31, 2024.

“Both of these men have been great (commission) members and play vital roles,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

The council also approved a resolution to enumerate next year’s holidays and dedicated days off for city employees. According to City Clerk Scott Johnston, the city of Smiths Station’s calendar will mirror Lee County’s schedule, which rents a space within the Smiths Station Government Center.

The council’s next and final meeting of 2019 will be held on Dec. 23 because of the Christmas holiday.

The Smith Station City Council regularly meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by their 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

Smiths Station City Council votes to make all parks and athletic facilities tobacco-free at Nov. 12 meeting

All parks and athletic facilities within the Smiths Station city limits will be tobacco-free after an ordinance passed by the Smiths Station City Council during their meeting last Tuesday.

Those guilty of violating the ordinance will be asked to dispose or refrain from using their tobacco products on first offense. Continued violation will result in being asked to leave the park or facility.

“Before, there was smoking and tobacco use allowed in designated areas, which has resulted in problems and is the reason behind drawing up and passing this ordinance. I hate that is has come to this, but it has gotten out of control,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

“This is something I’ve been looking at more and more over the past six months,” added Smiths Station Parks and Recreation Director Jason Stewart. “It had become increasingly hard for the youth leagues to police the smoking at the park themselves, with people smoking or vaping in such close vicinity to the children. This ordinance was brought forth because the kids in our community deserve better from all of us. I’ve personally witnessed and had many discussions with visitors to our park these past few months that are smoking in areas that kids must pass through nightly to get to their respective fields, not even counting the citizens who are using the walking trail for exercise and walking right into a cloud of smoke. I don’t want to ever alienate anyone, but this was the best course of action we feel. Our park houses so many of our youth sports, and I think in the end our citizens will appreciate that we continue to put those children first”

The council also heard and approved a request for a special-use permit for modifications to Verizon equipment on an existing cell-phone tower at 31 Grace Road from David Andrews of the Center for Municipal Services.

“They will remove six antennas from their part of the tower, two from each sector, and replace them with new ones. This will be a capacity upgrade,” Andrews said.

In other business, the council:

-approved minutes from the Oct. 22 meeting
-approved a rescheduling of the Dec. 24 regular meeting to Dec. 23
-held a first reading for changes to the city’s business license ordinance. The council will be able to vote on this ordinance at their next meeting on Nov. 24.

The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T. Their meetings are held in the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, visit or call 334-297-8771.

City of Smiths Station creates Smiths Station High School Football Hall of Fame

Members of the Smiths Station Football Hall of Fame Committee enjoyed the grand reveal yesterday of a new exhibit at the Smiths Station Government Center that will celebrate great players, coaches and volunteers in Panther gridiron history. In the near future, the glass display case will contain trophies and jerseys from members of great Smiths Station teams from the past. The exhibit is available for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Smiths Station City Council revises city’s business ordinance at Nov. 26 meeting

Smiths Station City Council members passed an updated version of the city’s business ordinance during their meeting last Tuesday.
Revised by City Clerk Scott Johnston and Executive Assistant Brenda Dockery, the document contains some much-needed simplifications, according to Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.
“This document is not only much easier to understand, but it also contains language that parallels what the majority of cities in Alabama use,” Copeland said.
Later in the meeting, Copeland read a proclamation alongside William Epps Jr. of Phenix City’s Disabled Veterans Chapter #66 honoring the lives of those lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec.  7, 1941.
Before dismissing, Copeland issued a reminder to council members, citizens and the general public that the city’s “9th Annual Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony” will be held Dec. 12 at the Smiths Station Government Center, beginning at 6 p.m. E.S.T.
In other business, the council:
– approved October’s general fund budget report
– approved a rezoning of land from R-1 to R-5 for a planned apartment complex on Chicken Farm Road
– heard updates from Copeland on a tornado shelter that is slated to be constructed behind the Smiths Station Government Center.
The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. 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

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Early weather warning can save lives and keep you safe

We have sought out Lee County residents, who escaped serious injury on March 3rd, to see if we can enhance their weather preparedness. Having a plan and alerting them, with enough time to be safe before severe weather strikes.

Mayor Bubba Copeland and Commissioner Robert Ham both helped us organize 15 residents of Smiths Station and 15 residents at or near ground zero in Beauregard to bring us in that space that had too many residents left with only minutes to seek shelter or were lost without communication. Now our residents have a plan, and we were able to help out with weather preparedness.

Full story on WRBL

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FEMA Disaster Assistance

Lee County residents affected by the March 3rd tornado may visit a Mobile Registration Intake Center to register for disaster assistance.

Centers are open Monday-Sunday from 7am-7pm CST.

Disaster Survivor Assistance teams at these centers can help you:
Register for disaster assistance, update your records and information with FEMA, and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners.

During this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including:
Social security number, annual income and bank information, and names of occupants of the impacted property.

Locations for the Mobile Centers can be found by clicking here.

 **ALL RESIDENTS NEEDING ASSISTANCE MUST REGISTER WITH FEMA BY CALLING 1-800-621-FEMA.**Additional information can be found by visiting , visiting the Lee County EMA site or by clicking this link.

Smiths Station Continues to Make Great Strides in Storm Recovery

Friday, debris clearing and removal crews in Smiths Station continued to work in their assigned groups. An incredible 700 volunteers worked with members of Alabama Forestry Commission’s Type 3 Incident Management team to provide assistance to area property owners.