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No action on DU sewerage contract

In a meeting Monday, Decatur Utilities recommended the City Council not seek to change a waste-water contract.

The contract between Decatur and the Limestone County Commission restricts Decatur from using sewers as an annexation incentive in Limestone County.

The contract has not been updated to reflect the commission’s transfer of ownership of the sewer system to the Limestone County Water Authority.

DU officials suggested the council reaffirm the contract and possibly suggest name changes to clarify who is responsible for upholding Limestone County’s end of the bargain.

- Seth Burkett

Browns Ferry road to close for repairs

ATHENS — A heavily traveled route between Limestone County and Madison will close Wednesday.

Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency said Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road between Gray and Bowers roads will be closed for three weeks.

The county is conducting repairs on the Limestone Creek bridge, east of Tanner Crossroads. Motorists should use Mooresville, Gray, Burgreen and County Line roads and U.S. 72 as alternate routes.

- Holly Hollman

Greenhouse near Athens high open

ATHENS — If spring weather has inspired a desire to plant flowers, visit Athens High School.

The greenhouse behind the high school is open on Saturdays and has a variety of flowers available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call Jerry Davis at 233-6613.

- Holly Hollman

Lawrence may limit school field trips

MOULTON — The Lawrence County Board of Education may limit the distance students can travel for field trips and the number of days they can miss school while away.

The issue was discussed Tuesday after the board approved an eight-day field trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., and Henderson, Nev., for R.A. Hubbard students in grades 5-12. Board member Jackie Birch said Nevada was a long way to travel and suggested the board put limits on field trips.

The board did not make any policy changes at Tuesday’s board meeting, but members agreed to revisit the issue before updating the policy manual this spring.

- Kristen Bishop

Wreck at Coxey injures 2

COXEY — Two people were injured in a wreck Tuesday in front of Clements High School.

The wreck occurred just before 3 p.m. at the red light on U.S. 72 in the Coxey community west of Athens.

According to radio reports between the Athens-Limestone 911 Center, Sheriff’s Department and firefighters, a concrete truck and a pickup collided.

Driver Anthony Holt, 47, of Athens remained in serious condition at the Huntsville Hospital emergency room late Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released driver Philip Terry, 42, of Florence.

MedFlight landed on the highway, momentarily blocking traffic.

- Holly Hollman

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