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ChemiCollection Day is Saturday

Saturday is the monthly ChemiCollection Day, an opportunity for Decatur and Morgan County residents to discard household chemicals from 9 a.m. to noon at the Decatur Public Works Complex, 1802 Central Parkway S.W.

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

No farm or business chemicals will be accepted, nor will unknown chemicals, explosives, medical or radioactive wastes, flares, gas cylinders or tires.

Bring all chemicals in original or labeled containers. The limit is 5 gallons or 50 pounds per household.

For more information, call Emily Johnson at 341-4770.

- Steve Stewart

Limestone utilities agreement OK’d

ATHENS — Circuit Court Judge Bob Baker approved a settlement Thursday between Athens and the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority.

In simultaneous December meetings, the two entities agreed to settle the lawsuit.

The Limestone County Commission also agreed to the settlement, which decides the areas the authority and Athens Utilities will serve.

The Athens City Council agreed to give the county utility a franchise to operate within city limits. Athens will continue its agreement with Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. The authority will serve the growing area in eastern Limestone County.

- Bayne Hughes

Suspected dealer caught with drugs

Narcotics agents stopped an alleged drug dealer as he left his residence Friday and found marijuana on his person, then searched his residence and discovered crack cocaine, Decatur police said.

Cedric Deshawn McCoy, 32, of 1311 Cloverdale Ave. S.W., was already wanted on two counts of distributing a controlled substance stemming from operation landslide, an undercover operation targeting street-level dealers, said Investigator Archie Letson, a member of Decatur’s Organized Crime Unit.

Now facing additional charges of possessing a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana, McCoy will be transferred to Morgan County Jail, where he will be held in lieu of bonds totaling $4,250.

- Seth burkett

Most in poll oppose Bush plan

A slight majority of respondents to an online poll said they oppose President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.

“Do you support President Bush’s plan to send 21,500 more American troops to Iraq?” the unscientific poll asked at

A total of 234 readers answered in two days. Of these, 122 (52.1 percent) said no and 105 (44.9 percent) said yes. Seven (3 percent) were undecided.

- Steve Stewart

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