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Local river port plans on the table

Plans are once again on the table to construct a river port about 10 miles east of Decatur on the north bank of the Tennessee River, according to reports.

Ditto Landing Marina General Manager Ed Mitchell is leading the effort that would require the construction of a 200-foot-wide barge canal through Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to an unloading dock, The Huntsville Times reported Sunday.

The proposed port would be south of Huntsville International Airport and receive barge shipments of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, the paper said.

While not identifying a user, Huntsville leaders tried to get the port several years ago, but Wheeler officials refused to allow a canal through the refuge.

This time, Mitchell has a petroleum company that would operate and maintain the port, but he refused to identify the company, the Times reported.

He told the newspaper it would cost between $25 million and $30 million to construct an 800-foot-long, 250-foot-wide canal.

Grill likely culprit in CO sickenings

A charcoal grill is the likely source of carbon monoxide that sent six people to Decatur General Hospital late Saturday, a Decatur Fire and Rescue spokesman at Station 2 said Sunday.

The family returned to its mobile home in Kimberly Court on Sunday. At the request of hospital officials, firefighters checked the residence before noon to make sure it was safe, the spokesman said.

Emergency officials suspect that Saturday’s high winds, some reaching as high as 45 mph, blew fumes from the grill into the mobile home.

Decatur Utilities workers found high levels of carbon monoxide in the mobile home, which is on Alabama 20 west of Decatur.

The home did not have gas heat, but the family grilled earlier in a detached room nearby.

The names and ages of the victims were not available, but they were all out of the hospital by Sunday evening, a firefighter said. The Daily went to the home on Sunday, but no one answered the door.

Deangelo McDaniel

Athens Rotary Club creates scholarship

ATHENS — The Athens Rotary Club established a scholarship to assist students attending Athens State University.

The club completed a $10,000 endowed scholarship when it presented University President Jerry Bartlett a check for $4,000.

The scholarship will be awarded through the Athens State University Foundation. The club’s scholarship committee will select the student.

The scholarship will be available to students of all academic disciplines who are in good academic standing. The club intends to contribute $500 annually to help another student with tuition and fees.

“We are grateful to the Athens Rotary Club, its board of directors and its membership for its support of Athens State,” Bart-lett said.

This year, the foundation awarded more than 100 annual or endowed scholarships donated corporately or by individuals. Criteria vary from grade-point average to field of study, student involvement and financial need. To learn more about Athens State scholarships, contact the foundation at 233-8215.

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