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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2007

Area News In Brief

Community Ed releases schedule

Youth classes fill the summer schedule for Decatur City Schools Community Education.

Children can learn baton, become a certified baby sitter, take driver education and even play the violin this summer, or choose six other youth-only classes.

Youths also can sign up for one of more than 20 adult classes. Add a little class to your life with ballroom dancing, guitar lessons or beginning yoga. One-day-only classes range from digital photography to learning Microsoft Vista.

The first sessions start June 4. Varying fees are required. For more information, call 552-3067 or visit and follow the links through Community Partnerships to Community Education and click on Class List.

Paul Huggins

Readers 50-50 on church, state

Daily readers appear to be of two minds about an issue of church and state.

“Should churches penalize their members if, as public officials, they take actions contrary to church doctrine?” the newspaper asked in a poll at

Respondents split down the middle, with 66 voting yes and 66 voting no.

The question came up after Pope Benedict XVI suggested that Catholic politicians in Mexico had excommunicated themselves by legalizing abortion.

The two-day poll, which ended Friday, was unscientific. People could vote from anywhere.

Steve Stewart

Teens charged in junked cars theft

Two teens were arrested for trying to get the salvage money on two junked cars they stole, Limestone County officials said.

The two boys took a Geo Metro and Ford pickup, total value $900, from the 30,000 block of Wooley Springs Road.

They sold the pickup to a salvage yard, said Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.

Investigator Josh McLaughlin located and arrested the suspects: Jason Lee Kelley, 19, of 24254 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont; and Michael Thomas Haney, 18, of 24055 Bethel Road, Elkmont.

Both are charged with first-degree theft. Each remained in Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Paul Huggins

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