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FSA accepting nominations

HARTSELLE — Farmers have until Aug. 1 to nominate candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.

These committees assist local farmers with decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster relief programs.

For additional information, contact Susan Terry at 773-6541.

- Deangelo McDaniel

Burris retiring after 31 years

ATHENS — After 31 years, Lionell Burris is retiring from the Athens Planning Commission.

As far as city leaders know, that is the longest anyone has served on the commission.

Burris will retire July 31. During his tenure, he served as chairman between 1978 and 2003.

“We appreciate all the years you have given us,” Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks told Burris during Tuesday’s commission meeting.

The council will recognize Burris at its July 30 meeting.

- Holly Hollman

Town Creek man arrested for forgery

MOULTON — A Town Creek man was behind bars Tuesday after admitting to Lawrence County sheriff’s investigators that he stole a checkbook and forged several checks to area businesses, said Investigator Tim McWhorter.

Darwin Scott Terry, 37, of 2933 Lawrence County 131 remained in the Lawrence County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $12,000 bond.

McWhorter said he began investigating Terry after the man whose checkbook was stolen reported that checks had been forged in his name in Hatton and Moulton. A store clerk identified Terry as the forger.

McWhorter said Terry admitted his involvement in the for-geries.

The Sheriff’s Department has charged him with 12 counts of second-degree forgery for the crimes allegedly committed in Hatton, and the Moulton Police Department is expected to make more charges.

- Kristen Bishop

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