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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location

Those in our area affected by the disaster can apply for assistance by going to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Smiths Station Fire & Rescue, Station One, 50 Lee Road 430.

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Important Volunteer and Contractor Information

All volunteers must register at the Volunteer Resource Center located at Smiths Station Baptist Church. This includes contractors whether paid or unpaid. Paid contractors also require state and municipal business licenses.

Do not allow a paid contractor on your property to provide repairs or clean up if they are not wearing an armband and displaying a permit from the City of Smiths Station.

During this initial phase of disaster relief, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep the potential scammers away.

This prevention method is proving very successful so far and we have received very few reports of those attempting to take advantage of property owners. Continue to stay aware and if you have any suspicions whatsoever, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or City Hall.

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From Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland to The Smiths Station Community

To: The Smiths Station Community

From F.L. “Bubba” Copeland

Like others in our county and surrounding area, today’s severe weather and tornadic activity made an impact on the lives of citizens in the City of Smiths Station.

Storm damage has resulted in the closure of Lee roads 294 and 295, damage along Lee Road 430 in downtown Smiths Station and left several families in our city homeless.

We will be unable to utilize citizen assistance until the Red Cross has come and assessed the situation. Once that process is completed, however, we will rely heavily on volunteers to assist us with relief.

We grieve and extend our condolences to those in Beauregard and other portions of Lee County who were injured or lost their lives.

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Storm Update-Emergency Personnel and Road Closures

All emergency personnel, search and rescue and recovery teams should meet at Sanford Middle School (1500 Lee Rd 11 Opelika, AL) for briefing and assignments. Any displaced families or those looking for loved ones can go to Providence Baptist Church (2807 Lee Rd 166 Opelika, AL), Red Cross will also be located here. Any media is directed to go to Beauregard High School (7343 Alabama Highway 51 Opelika, AL). Missing persons can be reported to: redcross.org/safeandwell or call 334-749-5651(Lee County Sheriff’s Office) The following roads are closed: Highway 51 from Lee Rd 42 to Lee Rd 39(diversions are set up at Hwy 51 and LR 11, hwy 51 and LR 44, Hwy 51 and Hwy 280.) Lee Rd 38, Lee Rd 39, Lee Rd 721, Lee Rd 294, Lee Rd 293. Property damage reporting should be done directly to your insurance company. Non-urgent reports can be made online at www.leecountysheriff.org/online-reporting.

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Community Foundation of East Alabama establishes Disaster Relief Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF EAST ALABAMA ESTABLISHES LEE COUNTY DISASTER RELIEF FUND
CONTACT: BARBARA PATTON 334-744-1020 or info@cfeastalabama.org

Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by the devastating tornado’s that hit parts of Lee County on Sunday, March 3.
In order to help those affected, the Community Foundation of East Alabama (CFEA), Inc. has established a Lee County Disaster Relief Fund.
The relief fund has been set up for donors seeking an official conduit to contribute monetary relief efforts.
The Community Foundation of East Alabama will receive, hold, and disperse monies contributed to this fund in a manner deemed appropriate by the CFEA Board of Directors with input from the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, and members of a Disaster Relief Committee. The distributions will help local organizations, municipalities, or other relief efforts as determined by the CFEA Board of Directors and advised by the Disaster Relief Committee.

Contributions may be made on the Community Foundation of East Alabama via the website, cfeastalabama.org, or directly to the Lee County Disaster Relief Fund or mailed to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, P. O. Box 165, Opelika, Alabama 36803-0165. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. For additional information, please contact Barbara Patton at 334-744-1020 or info@cfeastalabama.org

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Sgt. Billy Dingler Jr. presented annual James Anderson Award

A LCSO deputy, Anderson was struck and killed during a routine traffic stop on Sept. 24, 2009. Since 2010, the City of Smiths Station has presented this award to officers from the department to recognize their service and honor Anderson’s sacrifice.

During the award presentation, Copeland said that Dingler was very deserving of the award and is an exemplary figure in local law enforcement.

“I’ve watched you and known you for many, many years … as a friend first of all and then as a sheriff’s deputy. You have always conducted yourself with professionalism,” Copeland said. “Never have I ever seen you do anything selfishly. This award could not be given to a better person than you.”

Dingler said receiving the award came as a complete surprise. “It’s a big honor. James Anderson was one of the best,” Dingler said. “He had the drive and all to do the job. This is a real and something I didn’t expect.”

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Successful Smiths Station service day

Successful Smiths Station service day: We had over 100 volunteers who come help clean up the city.

On Saturday, the Smiths Station Government Center was full with volunteers who were ready to show some love to their city. During the annual clean up, there were over 100 volunteers who helped pick up trash around the community. Even Smitty made an appearance.

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Smiths Station City Council February 2019

Sgt. Billy Dingler Jr. of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was presented with the 10th annual “James Anderson Award” during Smiths Station’s regular city council meeting last Tuesday.

Deputy Anderson was struck and killed during a routine traffic stop on Sept. 24, 2009. Since 2010, the City of Smiths Station has presented an annual award named in his honor to officers from the department as a way of recognizing their service and honoring Anderson’s sacrifice.

During the award presentation, Mayor Bubba Copeland told the audience of his longtime friendship with Dingler and expressed his gratitude for his more than 25 years of service with the sheriff’s office.

“I’ve watched you and known you for many, many years … as a friend first of all and then as a sheriff’s deputy. You have always conducted yourself with professionalism,” Copeland said. “Never have I ever seen you do anything selfishly. This award could not be given to a better person than you.”

The council also approved a resolution allowing Copeland to enter into an agreement with Alabama Power for the installation of new lighting fixtures in the Smiths Station Government Center’s parking lot to enhance safety.

In other business, the council: received a $2,000 economic development grant check from East Alabama Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dennis Beson, which can be spent at the city’s discretion approved a petition from nearby residents Samuel and Mary Malloy allowing them to annex their property into Smiths Station.

The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. During the coming months, the first Tuesday’s work session will begin at 5 p.m. E.S.T., and second Tuesday’s will begin at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T., followed by their regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T.

Meetings are held in 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.

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Chamber Presents City with Economic Development Check

During Smiths Station’s City Council meeting on Feb. 12, East Alabama Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dennis Beson presented the city with a check for $2,000.

The funds will be used for a special economic development project of the city’s choice. The funds came from a larger grant presented to the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce from Alabama Power for local economic development.

Read more at The Citizen of East Alabama