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Business of the Month – U-Save-It Pharmacy

Business of the Month – U-Save-It Pharmacy

Instead of waiting hours to have prescriptions filled at major pharmacy chains, customers can have their prescriptions filled in minutes at U Save It Pharmacy, the City of Smiths Station’s January Business of the Month.

Previously known as Plaza Pharmacy, U-Save-It bought and renamed the pharmacy in 2011. Smiths Station’s U-Save-It is one of 26 pharmacies that the company operates in four Southeastern states.

U-Save-It’s staff consists of three pharmacy technicians, head pharmacist David Sanders and two other pharmacists who fill in for Sanders when he is off. Sanders is an Auburn University alum who has been with the pharmacy since his graduation years ago.

According to Sanders, his pharmacy’s five core values are “community mindedness, being honorable, timely, professional and innovative.”

However, another aspect of the pharmacy is the intentionality of creating lasting relationships with their customers, many of whom they know by name.

“When they walk through the door, we know who they are, and know a lot about their families too,” Sanders said.

In addition to filling prescriptions, U-Save-It offers a free prescription delivery service conducted by pharmacy technician Tommy Jackson, well-stocked over-the-counter selection of medicines, immunizations, diabetic supplies and inventory of durable medical equipment including portable toilets, walkers and wheelchairs. Coupons for prescriptions and other services are available via www.usaveitpharmacy.com.

For more information, call 334-297-1505, like and follow their Facebook page or visit their website. U-Save-It is located at 2463 Lee Road 430. The pharmacy’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

City of Smiths Station opens lending libraries on January 3

The City of Smiths Station opened its adult and children’s lending libraries on January 3. They will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on every weekday.

The rules are simple:

-Borrow a book

-Return when finished

The libraries will operate on an honor system – no membership or library card is required. The city’s goal is to promote the importance of reading and provide additional resources for literacy. The libraries are open to all Smiths Station residents and those from surrounding communities.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

— Anna Quindlen, Author and Journalist

City of Smiths Station holds Census 2020 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.

Smiths Station Government Center currently without ATM

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!

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 smithsstational.gov 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.

October Business of the Month – JR’s Steakhouse Downtown

October Business of the Month – JR’s Steakhouse Downtown

Patrons can expect delicious fresh-cut meats and handmade meals served with a smile six days a week at JR’s Steakhouse Downtown, the City of Smiths Station’s Business of the Month.

The business is owned and operated by Angela Tucker, who has been affiliated with the JR’s brand since its founding in the late 1990s. In 2002, she helped open the restaurant’s second storefront in downtown Phenix City.

After operating in several different locations around the area, Tucker settled her business into its present location at 9571 Lee Road 246 in 2012.

“People here in Smiths Station have been very supportive of us (the last seven years), and I really couldn’t ask for a better clientele,” Tucker said.

Different from many establishments is their commitment to quality, fresh-cut meat. Daily, a butcher comes into the store to cut the different types of meat that will be served that day.

Along with their daily lunch specials and wide variety of appetizers and classic Southern sides are menu standards like New York strips, T-bones, pork chops and American pond-fed catfish, meals that draw customers from across the area.

“We have people from as far as LaGrange, Hamilton, downtown Columbus come to eat here. But a lot of our support comes from our local Smiths Station customer base,” Tucker said.

Another important aspect of the business is the strong bond that Tucker shares with both her customers and employees.

Whenever a need arises, she said she will sit down with people in need and talk or share her faith during challenging situations.

“I love interacting with people. There have been times I’ve feel led to pray for people, which I’ve done in the restaurant before,” Tucker said. “We’ll all be crying before I leave a table sometimes … God has really given me the confidence to stand up and be bold.”

JR’s is a family affair for Tucker and her family, as her daughter Brittany helps serve lunch during the week and other daughter Nikki owns and operates a JR’s location in Fort Mitchell.

The Smiths Station location’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. They are always closed on Sundays.

Motorola Talkabout T480

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.

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