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Head-on wreck injures 3 on U.S. 31

A head-on collision sent three people to the hospital early Saturday.

Two cars collided on U.S. 31 South in front of Gerald’s Family Restaurant at about 12:50 a.m., Decatur police reported.

Emergency personnel had to cut away part of one car to free an entrapped Rhonda Bagwell, 37, of Moulton. MedFlight then flew her to Huntsville Hospital. She was in good condition Saturday night, a spokeswoman said.

An ambulance took the occupants of the other vehicle, Matthew Vinson, 24, and Wayne Petty Jr., 24, both of Decatur, to Decatur General Hospital, which treated and released them.

Paul Huggins

Chemicollection Day is Saturday

Decatur and Morgan County residents may get rid of unused household chemicals Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Decatur Public Works complex at 1802 Central Parkway S.W.

Decatur Fire and Rescue is assisting with this month’s event.

Acceptable chemicals include paints, paint products, used motor oil, antifreeze, automotive products, auto and household batteries, and lawn and garden products such as weed and bug killers.

All chemicals should be in original containers or labeled as to contents.

There is a 5-gallon or 50-pound limit per household.

Unacceptable items include farm and business chemicals, unknown chemicals, explosives, medical or radioactive wastes, flares, gas cylinders or tires.

For more information, call Emily Johnson at 351-7760.

Paul Huggins

Second flu shot clinic planned

After the success of its recent flu shot clinic, the Morgan County Health Department will offer another two-day vaccination event this week.

The clinic on Cherry Street Northeast had planned to give the remainder of its vaccines to walk-ins and appointments interspersed with its regular services, but changed its mind Thursday to do another limited event that concentrates efforts on vaccinations.

Doing the limited clinics gives more of a sense of urgency, health officials said, and they want people to get vaccinated before a flu outbreak occurs.

About 750 residents received flu shots earlier this week.

The next flu shot clinic will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shots are $5 or free to people who bring their Medicare card.

Clinic officials said anyone who wants the pneumococcal vaccine to guard against pneumonia must make a separate appointment by calling 353-7021.

Paul Huggins

McElvoy to speak to Ducks Unlimited

ATHENS — Local TV personality Donny McElvoy will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s Ducks Unlimited annual banquet.

McElvoy is from the television show “HuntFishCook,” an outdoor variety show.

The banquet will be at Yesterday’s Event Center on Brownsferry Road, starting at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Wayne Wood at 230-0339 or 732-4695.

Holly Hollman

Holiday dinner for caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Support Group is sponsoring a holiday dinner for those who are caregivers for family members with Alzheimer’s disease. The dinner is Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the Mental Health Association office, 207 Commerce Circle S.W. The guest speaker will be Brenda Parris. She will share ideas for celebrating the holidays with loved ones.

Call 353-1160 by Monday for dinner reservations.

Amy Pollick

Democrats will meet, collect toys

ATHENS — Local Democrats will meet Tuesday to collect toys and celebrate election victories.

The Limestone County Democratic Party will meet at Johnny’s Place at 14441 Lucas Ferry Road for dinner at 6 p.m.

Please bring a side dish or dessert.

A meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

To donate to Toys for Tots, bring a new and unwrapped toy.

For directions or information, call Jackie Thompson at 233-1051.

Holly Hollman

Landmark ornaments for sale

ATHENS — You can hang a landmark on your Christmas tree this season.

The Limestone County Historical Society is selling its 2006 ornaments honoring Athens Grammar School, which operated from 1921 to 1960.

The school formerly was Greene University.

The society annually releases an ornament that honors a landmark. The 2005 edition, the Kreme Delite, still is available.

Ornaments are $14 and are available at Osborne’s Jewelers on Jefferson Street.

For information, call Ellie Frost at 233-2878.

Holly Hollman

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