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Steve Stewart

Electricity price cut goes to you

Talking about ways to save Decatur money, one councilman asked whether keeping an electric rate reduction, rather than passing it along to consumers, was allowed.

Decatur Utilities manager Kem Carr told the City Council about the 4.5 percent cut passed down from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Councilman Ray Metzger wondered aloud if the city could make money on the deal.

Chris Paschenko said Councilman Gary Hammon leaned over and whispered something to Ray, who is known for his frugality. Asked after the meeting about the statement, Ray said he was only joking.

Carr said DU customers can expect to save $5 on monthly electric bills.

The name is literal

When Assistant Limestone County Engineer Bryant Moss asked the County Commission to set a 15 mph speed limit on Dusty Road, a couple of commissioners couldn't help but ask, "Is that its name because the road is dusty?"

Holly Hollman says Commissioner Gerald Barksdale was quick to reply, "Well, when it's not dusty, it's muddy."

Scouting Canada birds

Decatur attorney Phil Mitchell missed his installation as first vice president (and, more importantly, Pancake Day chairman) of the Kiwanis Club of Decatur. But he e-mailed fellow board members, hoping for an excused absence.

"I am north of the border on a personal expedition, tracking down avian flu," he said. "I have seen lots of feathers, but no sign of infection."

Patrice Stewart reports that upon his return from Stanley's Goose Camp near Balmoral, north of Winnipeg, Canada, Phil thoughtfully shared his observations so that others can plan their winter outings.

"The count is way up for ducks and geese at the nesting range, and if it gets real cold up north, it will be a phenomenal year for waterfowl in North Alabama."

Too good to be true

The letter told Vicky and Randy Paulson they had won $160,000 in a lottery.

First they had to cash the accompanying check for $1,996 to help cover taxes and send money to the Netherlands to pay costs associated with sending the jackpot to them in Oshkosh, Wis.

They didn't fall for it. The check would have bounced after a few weeks, leaving the recipient responsible for that amount and additional charges.

Police Capt. Jay Puestohl said the Oshkosh Police Department receives a few complaints a week about similar scams, originating in such places as Spain and Africa. The foreign locations make it difficult to prosecute or get money back, The Associated Press explained.

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