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NARCOG OKs bus purchase for CDD

The North Alabama Regional Council of Governments approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Center for Developmentally Disabled on Friday.

The $39,685 bus is a typical capital request as part of an ongoing replacement cycle, said Dewayne Hellums, NARCOG director of transportation.

NARCOG also amended its three-year Transportation Improvement Program to reinclude a highway project in Hartselle that was removed last year.

- Paul Huggins

Atlas V successfully places satellites

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched six satellites at 9:10 p.m. Thursday for the U.S. Air Force.

The mission deployed the satellites into two different low-Earth orbits.

The mission included a two-satellite configuration that will evaluate the feasibility of robotic on-orbit refueling and reconfiguration of satellites for national security and commercial space programs.

Lockheed Martin Corp. built the rocket, but future Atlas V rockets will be built at Decatur’s ULA facility. ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed and Boeing Co. The Decatur facility, located at Mallard Fox Creek Industrial Park, employs 650.

- Eric Fleischauer

Athens woman faces contraband charge

ATHENS — A woman, facing charges after multiple purse snatchings in the city, allegedly hid drugs on her body before going to jail, a Limestone investigator said.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt identified the woman as Kelly Diane Willard, 29, of 23533 Berzett Road, Athens.

Athens police charged Willard with three counts of second-degree theft for allegedly grabbing purses from women at Wal-Mart and Town Center, Capt. Marty Bruce said. Police transferred Willard to the county jail Tuesday, where during a search, authorities found narcotics.

“She hid it in a private, feminine place,” McNatt said.

On Thursday, Limestone charged Willard with promoting prison contraband, a felony.

- Holly Hollman

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