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Ulrich appointed to licensing board

Gov. Bob Riley has appointed William Ulrich Jr. of Decatur to the Board for Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Ulrich is employed at Daikin. He replaces Charles Haynes.

The five-person board provides for the licensing and regulation of people who practice engineering and land surveying. The governor appoints the board, composed of four professional engineers and a professional land surveyor.

- Regina Wright

Father indicted in newborn’s death

A Morgan County grand jury indicted a Lacey’s Spring man this week on a capital murder charge in the death of his newborn son.

Deputies on Tuesday arrested James Robert Hill Jr., 31, who had been out of Morgan County Jail on $250,000 bond on the initial charge of murder. He is now held on no bond.

An autopsy revealed Hill’s son, whose 71/2-pound body was found stuffed inside a clothes basket, died of blunt force trauma, said Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett.

Bartlett said Hill apparently also strangled the baby with its umbilical cord after his common-law wife gave birth at the couple’s mobile home on Dry Creek Road Cove Road on or about Oct. 29.

- Seth Burkett

State experiences blood shortage

The American Red Cross has sent out an urgent request to eligible blood donors in Alabama. In the midst of a blood shortage, the Red Cross needs more blood units in order to perform lifesaving surgeries.

The Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Region is in urgent and critical need of O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative and AB negative blood types.

In Decatur, donors can give blood at 431 Holly St. N.E. on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Red Cross requires donors to be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds.

- Catherine Godbey

Water main break closes courthouse

A water main broke at the Morgan County Courthouse on Thursday, forcing officials to close the courthouse about 3:30 p.m.

The break was on the Lee Street Northeast side near the front. It is uncertain whether the courthouse will be open Friday. Call 351-4868, ext. 3, on Friday to find out if the courthouse will be open.

Limestone County investigates cutting

GREENBRIER — Limestone County investigators are trying to sort out an assault that ended in one man getting cut on the chest.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said two men were at a Greenbrier home Wednesday night and got into an argument.

One man cut the other with a box cutter. The victim went to Athens-Limestone Hospital, which notified authorities.

Investigators plan to question both men Friday.

- Holly Hollman

Chancellor to speak at Athens State

ATHENS — More than 170 students are expected to graduate from Athens State University on Aug. 25.

Bradley Byrne, chancellor of the Alabama College System, will be the keynote speaker. Ceremonies start at 9 a.m. in front of Founders Hall.

Byrne, an attorney, was a state senator before Gov. Bob Riley persuaded the school board to name him chancellor in May.

- Bayne Hughes

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