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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

Area News In Brief

Cramer requests agriculture funding

BELLE MINA — This year’s drought emphasizes the need for funding that U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer is trying to get for a research center in Belle Mina, Cramer said Thursday.

Cramer, D-Huntsville, said the Agriculture Appropriations Bill includes $593,000 for pre-
cision agriculture at the Tennessee Valley Research Center.

“Having a strong understanding of the layout and composition of one’s farm would enable our farmers to better prepare for emergency weather situations when our agriculture resources are scarce,” Cramer said.

With precision farming, a Global Positioning System uses coordinates of a field and determines which areas need more nutrients and which areas need less.

The fiscal 2008 bill goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Holly Hollman

Fiddlers a top 20 Southeastern event

ATHENS — Tourism officials have denoted the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention as a Top 20 Southeastern event.

The Southeast Tourism Society designates the top events based on the events representing a part of the area’s culture and heritage.

This is the second time Fiddlers has made the top 20. The event draws more than 15,000 people.

This year’s event will be Oct. 5-6 at Athens State University.

Holly Hollman

$2,000 worth of paper stolen

ATHENS — If folks in the area get a good deal on the street for photo paper, it’s probably stolen.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said someone stole 697 packs of photo paper from a Salem storage building. It’s worth $2,000.

The paper was in gray plastic tubs. Each pack contains 20 sheets.

McNatt said anyone who is approached about buying photo paper, especially flea market type businesses, can contact the Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.

Holly Hollman

Man arrested while naked on roadside

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 41-year-old Arab man on charges of indecently exposing himself on a Morgan County roadside early Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Mike Corley said the sheriff’s office received a call about a white male trying to flag down trucks on Alabama 67 near the Hulaco Car Wash at about 2:20 a.m.

A deputy arrived on the scene to find that there was, indeed, a naked man on the roadside, Corley said.

Morgan County Jail released the man Wednesday on $300 bond.

Seth Burkett

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