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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2007

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Alcohol and weeds on Athens agenda

ATHENS — The alcohol vote and a junk and weed ordinance are the highlights of Mondayís Athens City Council meeting. The meeting at the Athens Police Department on Hobbs Street East starts with a 4:30 work session.

The council will consider a resolution setting a referendum for Aug. 14 on legal alcohol sales.

A local resident submitted a petition June 15 with about 1,330 names asking for a recall vote.

The council will vote on a junk, litter, weeds, non-conforming vehicles and related items ordinance.

The new ordinance is to include requiring officers give warning tickets for certain violations.

Bayne Hughes

Council may set hearing on smoking

On Monday at a 7 p.m. work session, the Decatur City Council will discuss setting a public hearing for Aug. 7 on a citywide smoking ban in public places.

District 3 Councilman Ronny Russell is introducing an ordinance at the meeting.

He recently said he is tired of breathing second-hand smoke.

If approved, Decatur would become the 14th Alabama city with an absolute smoking ban.

Bayne Hughes

Mental Health fundraiser Monday

There will be a kickoff fundraiser for the Mental Health Associationís 27th annual walk-a-thon Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse.

The event will be in Cotaco Park on the north side of the building.

Teams made up of lawyers and law enforcement officers will sponsor a hotdog lunch in their efforts to recruit people to participate in the walk-a-thon, which is July 26.

Sheryl Marsh

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