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Man accidentally shoots himself

CAPSHAW — A Limestone County man who was cleaning his semi-automatic gun accidentally shot himself Monday night.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the man, who lives on Morris Drive in eastern Limestone County, unintentionally left one bullet in the chamber. He shot himself in the knee.

Huntsville Hospital treated him.

Holly Hollman

Lawrence chamber backs petition

MOULTON — The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is actively encouraging residents to go online and “sign” the petition supporting school consolidation.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Morese said Tuesday that she is sending e-mails to all chamber members with a link to the petition. She also plans to add the link to the Chamber of Commerce Web site,

“We are not afraid to say that, in order for our community to grow, our education system has to grow,” she said. “So we’re asking everyone to sign this petition.”

The petition, started Saturday by Barclay Key, had 270 names as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. To add your name to the online petition, go to www.petitionon

Kristen Bishop

Decatur councilman one of 100 ‘Ageless’

Decatur’s drag racing City Councilman has something in common with an 88-year-old Wisconsin lion tamer and a Washington resident, who, at 76, is the oldest woman to finish an Ironman.

A Japanese game manufacturer named Councilman Ray Metzger as one of its top 100 Ageless Americans.

Metzger, 69, said Tuesday he received a package in the mail in December that contained a Nintendo DS game system, Brain Age software and a certificate.

Metzger, the only Alabama recipient, shared the honor with people in 34 states.

The company likely chose Metzger after reading an Aug. 18, 2006, article in The Daily, which detailed his drag-racing hobby, he said.

“I’m probably the only 69-year-old drag racing high-performance motorcycles,” he said. “The Lord is using me, and I’m just really enjoying it.”

Chris Paschenko

Man gets away from robbers

A man struck in the head by robbers put up a fight and escaped, Decatur police said Tuesday.

The robbery attempt took place outside an apartment in the 1200 block of Beltline Road Southwest on Monday at about 10:30 p.m., police said.

James Henry Groves, 37, told police he was taking out the trash when two men came up behind him and struck him in the head with an unknown object, knocking him to the ground.

Groves fought with the suspects, striking one in the face, then ran into his apartment, police said.

His attackers didn’t succeed in taking anything.

Groves told police both attackers were black males, about six feet tall, wearing all-black clothing and hoods.

Seth Burkett

Decatur woman shot leaving party

Someone shot a woman as she was leaving a party Saturday, Decatur police said.

Lateria Me’sha Orr, 22, of Decatur told officers she and her cousin got into an argument at the party at an apartment in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue Southwest at about 2:20 a.m., said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

As she was walking to the door, a gunshot rang out and Orr felt pain in her right arm, Mathews said.

A friend drove Orr to Decatur General Hospital where she underwent surgery on her triceps, Mathews said.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

Seth Burkett

Driver disappears after accident

According to an accident report released by Decatur police Tuesday, investigators found no sign of a man who was supposedly driving during a crash on U.S. 31 that sent one man to the hospital.

The southbound car lost control and started skidding on U.S. 31 South at about 2 a.m. Sunday. The car flipped and came to rest on its side in the lot of Midsouth Motors, damaging a mailbox and three vehicles, police said. Police arriving on the scene found Donald Martin Moats, 22, of Hartselle trapped in the vehicle’s passenger seat. Moats told police he was not the driver of the vehicle.

An ambulance took Moats to Decatur General Hospital for treatment.

Moats and his mother both named another man as the
driver, but police could find no evidence to suggest that that man was driving, the report stated. The damage done during the accident was estimated at about $7,525.

Seth Burkett

Hartselle delays board appointment

HARTSELLE — It will be another two weeks before city leaders name a replacement for Greg Cain on the Hartselle City School Board.

The City Council removed the item from Tuesday’s agenda because Councilman Bill Smelser could not attend Monday’s work session to discuss the candidates. Hartselle interviewed seven applicants last week and narrowed the list to Bruyne Rollins, Dr. James Joy and Nicole Mashburn.

Cain’s position has been vacant since Morgan County voters elected him probate judge in November’s general election. His replacement will serve until June 2008.

Deangelo McDaniel

Cramer to serve on intelligence panel

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, was appointed Tuesday to serve on the new Select Intelligence Oversight Panel within the House Appropriations Committee.

“The creation of this panel meets a key part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for improving Congress’ oversight and funding of our nation’s intelligence agencies,” said Cramer.

The new panel will review the administration’s annual budget request for intelligence operations and make recommendations for appropriations. It will consist of members from both the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense as well as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Forklift runs over man’s leg in Decatur

A forklift ran over a worker’s leg at Austin High School on Saturday, Decatur police said.

The worker, Norman Champion, age unavailable, was taken by ambulance to Decatur General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. His condition was not immediately available.

Champion was escorting a forklift carrying two plastic pipes when he walked too close to the machine, Mathews said.

Seth Burkett

Chamber learns how to balance life

CADDO — Michael Scott, a therapist at The Enrichment Center, taught Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday how to achieve happiness while struggling to balance daily demands.

During his presentation entitled “Life in Balance: Navigating Family, Career and Community,” Scott said people can’t control what life brings them, but they can control their attitudes.

He also taught attendees the 80/20 method, which instructs people to concern themselves with the 20 percent of demands that only they can handle.

For example, a wife is the only person who can fulfill a wife’s duties, and a father is the only one who can fulfill a father’s duties.

Scott said the other 80 percent of demands should be delegated, so that people can stay
focused on the things that matter most.

Kristen Bishop

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