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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007


Park employee exposed to chlorine

A Point Mallard Park employee went to the hospital after being exposed to chlorine at the pool Thursday, Decatur firefighters said.

Firefighters said it was not a life-threatening situation, but the employee was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

Barry Smith, Point Mallard pool manager, said the employee had her head too close to a bucket containing chlorine when she took the lid off. The fumes overwhelmed her, Smith said.

- Seth Burkett

Officials discuss summer school

Representatives of Morgan County, Decatur and Hartselle will meet Tuesday to solve problems with their joint summer-school agreement.

Morgan Superintendent Bob Balch said at Thursday’s Morgan County school board meeting that he met with Decatur Superintendent Sam Houston and Hartselle Superintendent William Reed this week.

He said they agreed that, when several students didn’t get to take the second session of summer school despite pre-registering, there was a “lack of communication and a clear understanding” of the three-way agreement.

Balch said each superintendent would designate a representative to attend a meeting and set the new rules for next year’s summer school.

He said he would have a recommendation at the Morgan County school board’s Aug. 9 meeting.

- Bayne Hughes

Readers will buy during tax holiday

Of readers who responded to The Daily’s poll, most plan to take full advantage of the state’s sales-tax holiday.

The Daily’s online poll asked, “Will Alabama’s sales-tax holiday weekend, Aug. 3-5, cause you to buy more goods during that time?”

Of the 132 readers who responded by 5 p.m. Thursday, 75, or 56.82 percent, said yes, while 57, or 43.18 percent, said no.

The poll was unscientific.

- Franklin Harris

Athens Zaxby’s under construction

ATHENS — As two eateries opened in Athens this week, a third announced construction should be completed later this summer.

Zaxby’s is building a restaurant at French Farms Pavilion across from Wal-Mart on U.S. 72.

Licensee Ben Williams said the restaurant will create 40 to 50 jobs, mostly cooks and cashiers. Zaxby’s offers chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, sandwiches and salads.

Chick-fil-A opened on U.S. 72, east of the Zaxby’s site, on Thursday. Giovanni’s, an Italian restaurant, opened in downtown Athens on Market Street on Monday.

- Holly Hollman

Wallace to receive $2.8 million

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College will receive a special allocation of just over $2 million dollars this fall and a one-time allocation of $860,000 this summer to correct funding inequities.

Newly appointed Chancellor Bradley Byrne is dividing $8 million in discretionary funds among two-year colleges in the Alabama College System that he said are under-funded under the state’s current funding formula.

Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey said colleges in the system of similar size received from $3 million to $7 million more each year than Wallace State received since 1995.

Calhoun Community College recently received a $1.6 million allocation, and Byrne said the Decatur school should receive more funds.

- Bayne Hughes

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