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Woman charged with false report

An armed robbery turned out to be a drug deal gone awry, landing the woman who reported it behind bars, Decatur police said Thursday.

Police charged Charlotte Ma-rie McDaniel, 27, of 505 Cedar Lake Road S.W. with filing a false report, a misdemeanor.

McDaniel told police a wo-man in a car robbed her at gunpoint outside an apartment buil-ding in the 700 block of Cedar Lake Road Southwest Monday.

After Sgt. Rick Archer identified and questioned the female suspect, he questioned McDa-niel, who admitted the incident resulted from a drug deal.

- Seth Burkett

Priceville Council approves furniture

PRICEVILLE — The Priceville Town Council on Thursday approved by a 4-2 vote $7,146 for furniture for the offices of Town Clerk Kelly Dean and Court Magistrate and De-puty Clerk Linda Duran. Councilmen Tim Crow and John Oakley opposed.

After the meeting, Crow said, “To me, it’s a waste of money, just like motel rooms in Hunts-ville for the Alabama League of Municipalities Convention.”

Oakley said the desks “seemed to be in good shape. It just seems like a lot of money.”

Mayor Melvin Duran said that what the councilmen didn’t know is that “the (old) desks are not ergonomical,” which he said could affect the officials’ health.

“They could end up with car-pal tunnel because those desks aren’t made for the computers we have,” he said. “We bought them at surplus for about $400 each. We’ll move them to the Police Department for other uses.”

- Ronnie Thomas

Somerville seeks financial assistance

SOMERVILLE — Somerville has submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service for financial assistance to construct a low-pressure waste-water collection system.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the service prepared an environmental assessment that evaluated the potential environmental effects and consequences of the proposed project for public review and comment.

- Ronnie Thomas

Falkville, Priceville receive state grants

On Thursday night, Morgan County Schools Public Relations Director Dwayne Clemons presented Falkville Elementary Principal Sue Wood and Falk-ville High School Principal Frank Summerford with a $300,000 grant for an after-school and summer program.

This is one of 26 21st Century Community Learning Center grants totaling $3.9 million annually to 38 schools from the state Department of Education.

Clemons asked the Morgan County school board to hire a full-time secretary to manage the center’s paperwork. The center will also require a part-time coordinator. Fees will keep the program operating after the three-year grant ends.

Priceville Elementary also received $5,000 to expand its extended-day program.

- Bayne Hughes

Interim label dropped for Vest

The Morgan County Board of Education voted to take the interim tag off Director of Elementary Education Anne Vest on Thursday night.

Former Superintendent Don Murphy promoted Vest to elementary director in September to replace Jeremy Jones but did not want to fill the position permanently because his term was ending in December. New Superintendent Bob Balch recommended making the promotion permanent.

Vest was supervisor of Federal Programs and has 26 years in education.

- Bayne Hughes

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