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Aquadome Pool open after repairs

The Aquadome Pool has swimmers again after being closed for a $78,000 refurbishing.

The indoor pool at 1202 Fifth Avenue S.W. re-opened Feb. 2 after getting a new surface, plumbing and other improvements.

The pool’s public swim sessions are Saturdays, 1 to 4:45 p.m., and Sundays, 2 to 4:45 p.m. Call 341-4953.

- Melanie Smith

Limestone buys event warehouse

ATHENS — The Limestone County Commission on Friday paid $130,000 for an old warehouse building on Pryor Street, formerly used by Pilgrim’s Pride.

Commission Chairman David Seibert said the county will use the more than 20,000-square-foot structure as an event center.

“We will renovate it ourselves in conjunction with the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives,” he said. The building is across the street from the museum.

Seibert said the purchase became attractive for the county after the owners sliced $50,000 off the original price of $180,000.

- Ronnie Thomas

Clements student faces drug charges

A 16-year-old Clements High School student is facing adult penalties after his arrest Thursday on drug charges.

Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department said Student Resource Officer Jon-athan Yerdon arrested Jerome Eugene Bailey of 12282 Snake Road, Athens, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

The deputy found Bailey with two pills of what appeared to be hydrocodone at about noon at the school, McNatt said.

He said Bailey is being treated as an adult because of his juvenile criminal record.

- Bayne Hughes

Poll: Refuge sex deters visitors

Daily readers say reports of public sexual activity discourage them from visiting certain parts of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

In an online poll, 174 readers (79.1 percent) said such activity does deter them, while 46 said not.

The two-day, unscientific poll ended Friday at

Officials have said one reason they prosecute those who go to the refuge for sex is that they want families to feel free to visit there.

In the latest in a series of trials, Huntsville lawyer Gary C. Huckaby was convicted Thursday of abusive sexual contact on federal lands and of indecent exposure.

- Steve Stewart

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