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Decatur board OKs personal leave day

The Decatur school board approved an additional personal leave day for non-certified personnel Tuesday at its monthly meeting.

Non-certified personnel now get five personal leave days. Certified personnel already get five personal days. The employee, the school system and the state divide the cost of the personnel days, depending on the employee’s years of service. The school system and state pay for all of the employee’s days if he has 16 or more years.

Finance Director Melanie Maples said she was unsure how much the additional day would cost the school system because employees could choose to convert unused personal days into sick leave.

Bayne Hughes

Limestone charges 3 in vehicle thefts

ARDMORE — Limestone authorities have charged three men for allegedly stealing vehicles and selling them at a salvage yard, an investigator said.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the trio stole eight vehicles from a man on Alabama 53 in the past month.

Authorities charged the three with first-degree theft.

They are Vascar Thad Barnett, 39, of 25712 Seventh St., Ardmore; Randall Daly, 50, of 27016 New Bethel Road, Elkmont; and Joshua Gabe Hasting, 30, of 209 Wingate Ave., Huntsville.

Hasting and Barnett are out on $5,000 bond each. Daly was in jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Holly Hollman

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