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Athens BOE wants to relieve traffic

ATHENS — Athens school officials want to add a road at the Athens Intermediate School to help with traffic congestion.

On Thursday, the Board of Education and Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. discussed making a loop near the Catholic church to provide parents more room to pick up and drop off children.

The school, located between U.S. 72 and Washington Street, wanted a traffic light on U.S. 72, but the state would not approve that request. The city limited access from the highway to help with congestion, but because of lines, some drivers disobey the traffic rules. Only those traveling west are supposed to use the entrance and exit.

There also is an entrance and exit on Washington Street.

- Holly Hollman

Readers: Holiday sale of alcohol OK

Most people answering an online poll said alcohol sales should be allowed on the next two Sundays.

“Should blue laws be suspended to allow sales of alcoholic beverages when Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
occur on Sundays?” the poll asked.

Of 465 respondents, 256 (55.1 percent) said yes and 209 said no.

Blue laws prohibit Sunday alcohol sales in Decatur and many other locations around the country.

This year, Christmas Eve
and New Year’s Eve are Sundays.

The two-day unscientific poll ended Thursday at www.de
caturdaily.com. People could vote from anywhere.

- Steve Stewart

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