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Falkville approves reopening crossing

FALKVILLE — The Falkville Town Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to support reopening the Second Street railroad crossing.

CSX closed the crossing, the middle of three crossings in town, after a train smashed into a tanker truck Jan. 3 and tore out the signals.

During a public hearing three months later, Jim Cain, a CSX regional coordinator, made the railroad’s case that for safety reasons the crossing should remain closed. Residents overwhelmingly disapproved.

Mayor Jimmie Walker said he would write a letter expressing the town’s wishes to the state Department of Transportation and to CSX.

- Ronnie Thomas

Red Cross seeks youth volunteers

The American Red Cross and Parkway Medical Center are looking for youths interested in volunteering this summer.

Orientation will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Red Cross office, 431 Holly St. N.E. Volunteers will attend a session at the Red Cross in the morning, with lunch at 11 a.m., provided by Parkway, and a hospital orientation after lunch.

Transportation will not be provided from the Red Cross office to Parkway. Volunteers must attend both sessions to volunteer at Parkway.

To sign up for orientation, call the American Red Cross at 353-4891.

- Amy Pollick

Falkville council OKs rezoning

FALKVILLE — After a public hearing Tuesday during which no one commented, the Falkville Town Council approved Danny and Connie Barnett’s rezoning request.

The Barnetts, who live at 25 Douglas Road, across from where Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store is locating, wanted their lot rezoned from residential to business. The council suspended the rules and gave unanimous approval.

- Ronnie Thomas

Falkville hopes
for sewer upgrade

FALKVILLE — If Falkville gets community development block grant funds later this month from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the town will have almost $1 million for a sewer upgrade.

On Tuesday, the Town Council authorized Mayor Jimmie Walker to execute and submit an application to ADECA for $400,000, with Falkville paying a $147,427 match.

“For that amount of match money, we’ll be getting a combination $971,256,” said Councilman Matt Stiles, also referring to funds the town previously received from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The town plans to rehab the sewer along Pine Street, Piney Grove and East Main Street, all east of the railroad tracks, and run sewer under U.S. 31.

- Ronnie Thomas

Athens professors’ work to go online

ATHENS — Two Athens State University professors are contributing articles for the state’s first free online information databank.

Jess Brown and Harry M. Joiner, professors in the Department of Political Science, will contribute to the “Encyclopedia of Alabama,” developed by the Alabama Humanities Foundation of Auburn University.

Brown’s article will focus on associations and institutional interest groups in Alabama, such as the Alabama Education Association, Alfa and local government.

Joiner’s will focus on an important free-speech case, The New York Times v. Sullivan. The case originated in Montgomery and was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The online “Encyclopedia of Alabama” should be available later this year.

- Holly Hollman

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