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Auburn University donates care bags for Smiths Station youth sports leagues

By Morgan Bryce

Assistant Communications Director

On Friday, June 5, Sidney James Nakhjavan and a representative from the Auburn University College of Human Sciences donated 1,800 bags filled with coloring books and crayons to be distributed to children who participate in youth sports at the Smiths Station Sports Complex. Pictured from left to right are Parks and Recreation assistant Hunter Purvis, Maintenance Technician Charlie Dozier, Assistant Communications Director Morgan Bryce and Event Coordinator Taylor Verbowski.

The City of Smiths Station holding Peace Walk on June 4

Smiths Station Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland and members of the Smiths Station City Council, along with a contingent of local African American figures and leaders, will participate in a Peace Walk on Thursday, June 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

The walk will begin at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church (784 Lee Road 298) and end in front of the flagpoles at the Smiths Station Government Center (2336 Lee Road 430). Once all walkers have assembled, there will be thoughts and prayers offered for peace and unity in our city, county, and country.

“Our community came together last year after the March 3 tornadoes, and we need to come together now  as a city and community to take a stand against racism and division, because the recent acts of violence that have occurred in our country are not reflective of the beliefs and values that we hold here in Smiths Station,” Copeland said. “We want to show that we are a united front, regardless of our gender, race, or sexual orientation.”

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, walkers are encouraged to wear a mask, but they are not mandatory. There will be masks available for those who wish to wear them during the walk.

Following the event, transportation back to Mount Olive will be available for walkers.

June 2020 Business of the Month – Cook Family Dental

Cook Family Dental, located at 2355 Lee Road 430, is the City of Smiths Station’s June 2020 Business of the Month.

The dental practice was originally started by Dr. Billy Ashcraft in August 1985. Nearly 28 years later, Dr. Andy Cook took over the practice following Ashcraft’s retirement. Cook holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Auburn University and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received his doctorate degree.

Cook and his wife Cathy have two daughters, Layla (13) and Norah (6).

The dental practice is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 334-297-5992.

The City of Smiths Station approves contract with Alabama Power to install light fixtures on main thoroughfares

The Smiths Station City Council unanimously approved a resolution with Alabama Power for the installation of LED streetlights on Lee Roads 298 and 430.

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said the streetlights will not only increase safety for drivers but enhance the nighttime driving experience through the city.

“Those two roads serve as some of the main thoroughfares of our city. Some portions have low visibility at night, and this will help to alleviate that problem,” Copeland said.

The City Council voted to rezone the Summer Lake Apartment Complex to R-5, which is residential, multiple-family high density.

The council concluded their meeting by approving the general fund statement for the month of April.

The Smiths Station City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for June 9, with the work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time followed by the regular meeting which starts at 6 p.m. All meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430.

March 2020 Business of the Month – Livingston Service Company

Business of the Month – Livingston Service Company
For nearly four decades, Livingston Service Company has strived to meet the cooling and heating needs of commercial and residential clients in the Chattahoochee Valley area, and is the City of Smiths Station’s March Business of the Month.
Opened in 1982, the company prides itself on “installs, services and repairs all HVAC makes and models for (their) customers,” which includes air conditioners and handlers, furnaces, heat pumps and indoor air quality.
Livingston is a proud partner with Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, a company dedicated to “high efficiency home cooling, economical performance, comfort and value.”
For more information, call 334-297-7863 or visit www.livingstonservicecompany.com. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The business is located at 9105 Lee Road 246.

February 2020 Business of the Month – Horne’s Pest Control

Business of the Month – Horne’s Pest Control

Since 1973, Horne Pest Control has been a go-to for pest control services in our city and surrounding areas, and is the City of Smiths Station’s February Business of the Month.

Started out of a home on Summerville Road, the business was moved in 1975 to its present location at 1919 Lee Road 430.

Three years later, business co-founder William Horne took over the business and renamed it “Horne Pest Control.” He had previous experience working for Orkin.

After William’s passing, his wife Vera took over ownership and their daughter Lisa Williams oversees the day-to-day operations.

While the bulk of the business’s clients can be found in the Smiths Station-Phenix City area, they provide service for clients in Auburn, Columbus, Lumpkin, Opelika, Roanoke and Talbotton.

According to the business’s website, they “provide complete termite and pest control services for both commercial and residential clients” and can “deal with every infestation situation, from routine scheduling to emergency eradication of pests.”

Entering their 47th year in business, Lisa said their customer service and attention to detail have and will continue to be the key ingredients to their success.

“We’ve had some customers who have been with us for 30 years or more, and that’s just a wonderful thing. They’ve just stayed with us … and we’re grateful for that,” Lisa said.

Staff are on call from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are closed on weekends.

For more information, call 334-297-6012 or visit www.hornepestcontrol.com.

City of Smiths Station receives clean report on annual audit

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland and the Smiths Station City Council were all smiles after hearing the annual audit report from Larry Young, a senior partner of the Columbus-based accounting firm Albright, Fortenberry and Ninas LLP.

Young thoroughly covered each detail of the report with the council. The most notable statistic was the nearly 14 full months of operating expenses covered by the city’s current financial reserves, which far exceeds the 3 to 6 month average of most municipalities in Alabama.

“We are happy to give the city of Smiths Station a clean report on its annual audit. Everything here is ‘fairly presented,’ which means all the financial paperwork presented requires no changes or corrections,” Young said.

Following Young’s remarks, Copeland took a moment to thank the city’s Chief Financial Officer Shelby Branton.

“Ms. Shelby, you are a one-woman department and this clean report would not have been possible without you. You don’t know how much your efforts mean to our city,” Copeland said.

The council heard a second reading of an annexation petition and pre-zoning of property found on Lee Road 293 owned by Allyson Patten and voted to approve this measure. The property is now classified as R-1 residential, single family.

In other business, the council:

-approved the renewing of annual contract with Parks and Recreation Assistant Larry Hart
-approved a resolution authorizing Copeland to accept bonds on behalf of the city and
-approved the general and environmental fund budgets for December.

The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session that regularly begins at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
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.

Smiths Station City Council establish polling hours, qualifying fees for August’s municipal elections



Smiths Station City Council members voted to finalize protocols for the city’s municipal set to take place this August.
As in previous election years, Smiths Station residents will be able to cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time at the Ruritan Club building located at 2000 Lee Road 430. Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said the 2024 voting place will probably take place at a proposed tornado shelter that will be located behind the Smiths Station Government Center.

The council also approved a $50 qualifying fee for candidates. By state mandate, the qualifying period will last from July 7 to 21.

Alongside Officers Fox and Tompkins from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Copeland read a proclamation recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” stating that the issue is much broader than people may realize.

“There are cases of this happening in our area and all around us. Hopefully, proclamations like this will help increase that necessary awareness among our citizens, awareness that may save someone’s life,” Copeland said.

In other business, the council:
-authorized the city to deem some solid waste accounts uncollectable
-authorized Copeland to enter into a contract with Alln, Inc. to handle employee payroll
-heard first reading on a planned annexation and pre-zone of property owned by Allyson Patten on Lee Road 293. The council will take action on this item at their next meeting on Jan. 28.

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 www.smithsstational.gov.