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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007


Council to meet on ambulance contract

The Decatur City Council scheduled a second meeting to discuss the city’s ambulance situation.

City Clerk Betty Marshall said the council will meet on the seventh floor of City Hall on April 30 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the ambulance contract.

In November, a seven-member panel of the city’s Emergency Medical Services Committee recommended the council drop the current provider and contract exclusively with Care Ambulance of Alabama.

City Attorney Herman Marks said the council would not vote on the matter April 30 but could have questions on the panel’s recommendation. The council held an April 2 meeting with one panel member, but didn’t discuss legal issues that have apparently delayed a vote on the matter.

- Chris Paschenko

East Morgan Board to discuss park

The East Morgan Economic Development Board will meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Eva City Hall to discuss whether to become a funding partner for a proposed industrial park between Hartselle and Falkville.

East Morgan board Chairman George Crawford said the organization will probably contribute to the park’s development.

“The board will have to decide how much,” he said.

The board receives between $200,000 and $250,000 annually from county property taxes. The local bill that created the board and set aside funding expires next year.

District 4 Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, who encouraged the board to become a funding partner, wants the county to continue to fund the organization.

- Deangelo McDaniel

3 more arrested in drug initiative

HILLSBORO — Lawrence County authorities made three more drug arrests Wednesday as part of Operation Rx, a multi-agency initiative to decrease the amount of prescription drugs being illegally distributed in the county.

Lawrence County Drug Task Force Commander Amard Martin said he received a tip that a vehicle was delivering a large quantity of illegal prescription pills from Decatur to Hillsboro on Wednesday.

Officers pulled over a vehicle matching the given description headed east on Alabama 20 at about 4 p.m. While searching the car, officers found six hydrocodone pills hidden in a pack of gum inside a purse belonging to Bridget Reed, 24, of 4459 Lawrence County 217, Trinity, authorities said. They also found a plastic bag containing 237 more pills in the backseat.

Amy Smith, 25, of 2517 Newport Drive, Decatur, and Jean Melson, 33, of 1213 Stuart Ave., Decatur, were passengers.

Officers charged all three with possession of a controlled substance and took them to the Lawrence County Jail where they remained Thursday. Bond had not been set.

- Kristen Bishop

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