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Decatur sets coaches’ pay

The Decatur school board approved coaching supplements for the 2007-08 school year Tuesday, which include changes to the baseball, softball and soccer coaches’ salaries.

Boys and girls coaches in all three sports will get an additional 10 days added to their teaching contracts, and their supplements are now $1,953 each. Baseball and softball supplements decrease about $893, while the soccer supplement increases $304. With additional days, coaches will get between $1,500 and $1,800 more. The amount depends on their salary.

Superintendent Sam Houston said the coaches needed the additional days on their contracts because they have additional duties in the summer that previously were unpaid.

- Bayne Hughes

Delano gets grant for playground

WASHINGTON — Decatur will receive $200,000 to help construct a playground at Delano Park, U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, said Tuesday.

“Delano Park is a jewel for the city of Decatur, and the addition of a boundless playground, along with a splash pad opened last year, only adds to its community value,” said Cramer.

The grant will be provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fund administered by the National Park Service, to help communities acquire and develop outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

- Seth Burkett

Convenience store robbed Saturday

A man succeeded in robbing Somerville Mini-Mart on Saturday night despite the cashier struggling, Decatur police said.

Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman, said police are looking for a black male who went into the store at 1024 Somerville Road S.E. at about 9:20 p.m. and purchased an item to get the clerk to open the money drawer.

“When the cash register was open, he reached in and grabbed the stack of $20 bills from the register,” Mathews said. “The cashier tried to stop him. There was a brief struggle and the suspect was able to pull away with the money. He was last seen running towards East Acres.”

- Seth Burkett

Train hits truck in Hartselle

HARTSELLE — A southbound CSX train hit a delivery truck that got caught on the tracks near Hickory Street on Tuesday, Police Chief Ron Puckett said.

The truck driver, Earl Sherill III of Anniston, was delivering merchandise to Giovanni’s Italian Grille at about noon.

“He was trying to get the truck unstuck when the bells went off,” Puckett said.

A Hartselle officer was near the scene and alerted Sherill that a train was coming.

No one was injured.

Puckett said the train moved the truck the length of the restaurant, which is about 30 yards.

- Deangelo McDaniel

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