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Schools unaffected by Hartselle move

HARTSELLE — If Hartselle follows through with plans to establish a police jurisdiction, school-age children in the jurisdiction will still be considered out of district.

“This has nothing to do with school districts,” Mayor Dwight Tankersley said.

Also, property taxes for residents in the jurisdiction will not increase, the mayor said.

But, business owners will have to purchase a Hartselle business permit and may have to collect sales taxes for the
city.

The council will have to finalize these charges in the ordinance that creates the police jurisdiction.

- DeAngelo McDaniel

Barber shop closing in Athens

ATHENS — While an Italian restaurant and other businesses have shown interest in locating in downtown, a shop that has provided haircuts since at least the 1930s will close.

Athens City Council President Harold Wales said the children of the late Dwight Davis told him they want to sell the Razor’s Edge on Washington Street.

Davis, who owned the barbershop, died in November. He bought the barbershop in 1976. The shop still has a barber’s pole that has been on the building since 1936.

“The daughter wanted to know if I knew of anyone who wanted to buy it,” Wales said. “She said maybe an eatery or some other business would be interested.”

Giovanni’s Italian Grill plans to open in Athens, and Wales said an unnamed eatery and manufacturing type business have expressed interest in downtown, as have those who want to open apartment lofts.

- Holly Hollman

Cramer appointed to 2 subcommittees

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, was named Tuesday to two Subcommittees of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Cramer has been a member of the House Intelligence Committee since 2002.

The committee provides oversight over the Missile and Space Intelligence Center at Redstone Arsenal.

In the 110th Congress, Cramer will serve on the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Cramer served on both in the previous Congress.

- Franklin Harris

Road work closing one Ingalls entry

Boaters planning to launch at Ingalls Harbor on Thursday morning will need to use the Neher Street Northwest entrance to avoid road work.

Beginning at about 7, city crews will fill a deep gutter with asphalt at the Alabama 20 entrance near the wastewater treatment plant.

Jim Ray, an assistant city engineer, said the gutter caused some difficulty for vehicles and trailers entering the boat launching facility.

The city temporarily remedied the problem with rocks before Riverfest, and the asphalt will fix it permanently, he said.

Barricades will mark the work site, and Ray said the work should be complete by afternoon.

- Paul Huggins

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