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Teen gives false name to police

ATHENS — A 14-year-old boy caught breaking into vehicles at an apartment complex gave police a false name, lied about why he was at the apartments and ran from authorities, police said.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said the teen broke into two vehicles at Sandpiper II Apartments on South Clinton Street. Someone saw him and called police. Lt. Trevor Harris found the juvenile in the lot, and the teen claimed he was staying with friends at the complex.

Bruce said Harris took the teen to his friendsí apartment, and the people there did not know him. The teen ran toward the railroad tracks, but police arrested him at his home nearby.

Police charged the teen with two counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle.

- Holly Hollman

Priceville school schedules available

Priceville High School and Priceville Junior High will hold schedule pickup days July 23-26.

Students can also buy lockers, parking passes and physical-education lockers. Fee information is available at the school.

Sixth-graders can get their schedules July 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. Seventh-gradersí time is July 24 from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by eighth-graders from 1 to 3 p.m.

Seniors can pick up their schedules from 9 to 11 a.m. July 25, followed by juniors from 1 to 3 p.m. Sophomoresí time is July 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., and freshmen should go to the school from 1 to 3 p.m.

- Bayne Hughes

Morgan board sets budget hearing

Where does the Morgan County School System stand in its effort to rebuild its depleted reserves? Citizens can find out Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Finance Director Rodger Spillers holds the first of two public hearings on the proposed 2008 fiscal year budget.

Originally, Spillers projected the school system would end the 2007 fiscal year with about $1.6 million in reserves, far short of the state required $4.5 million thatís equal to one month of operating expenses.

The state ordered Morgan County school officials to submit a plan to rebuild its reserves. In May, the school board did not renew the contracts of 45 non-tenured teachers to give its flexibility in the hiring process.

- Bayne Hughes

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