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41 counties named disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 41 Alabama counties disaster areas due to unseasonably low temperatures, frost and freezing conditions that harmed crops.

In addition, 14 Alabama counties were deemed contiguous disaster counties.

These designations will allow farmers in all 55 counties to apply for low-interest emergency loans.

The disaster counties are: Augauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

The contiguous disaster counties are: Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Russell and Wilcox.

Local police host ceremony for fallen

Police are inviting the public to join them Thursday in remembrance of Morgan County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

A ceremony honoring fallen officers will be held in Cotaco Park on the north side of the Morgan County Courthouse at 11 a.m.

Decatur police also need help locating family members of officers E. L. Steele, killed April 28, 1905, and Thomas E. Wright, killed March 26, 1930.

Police are hoping to obtain pictures of the officers for a memorial. Anyone with information can contact Lt. Frank DeButy at 341-4609.

- Seth Burkett

Scrapbooking Support Group

Hospice of the Valley’s Community Bereavement Center is beginning a Loving You Forever Scrapbooking Support Group. The group is designed for caregivers or anyone who has recently experienced a death.

The first meeting is Monday at 5:30 p.m. Regular meetings will be the second Friday of every month at 1:30 p.m. and the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Participants will need to bring a new photo album, pictures and scissors. All other materials will be provided. Registration is encouraged, and the group will meet at the Community Bereavement Center, 240 Johnston St. S.E. The support group is free of charge

Call Kristin Gilchrist at 350-5585 to register or for more information.

- Amy Pollick

Police hold annual Ardmore memorial

ARDMORE — Don’t worry about the abundance of Alabama and Tennessee law enforcement officers converging on Ardmore on Wednesday.

Come meet them and eat lunch.

Ardmore Police Chief Doc Oliver said the annual Alabama-Tennessee Police Memorial will start at 10 a.m. at the department on the Alabama side. Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton will be the guest speaker.

Afterward, the event will go to the annex on the Tennessee side for lunch.

The Alabama department is in a former church at 26704 Main St. The Tennessee annex is off Main Street near the business district.

- Holly Hollman

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