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Board OKs land for Athens State

MUSCLE SHOALS — The state Board of Education approved Athens State University on Thursday to buy 0.44 acres on 417 Hargrove St.

The college will pay $119,000 for the property and a 2,053-square-foot home located in the northeast section of the school’s property.

The school may use the home as office space.

Bayne Hughes

Decatur approves bus agreement

The Decatur school board approved a resolution supporting an agreement with the state to add full bus service for kindergarten through ninth grade next year.

After a meeting Monday,
the state Department of Ed-
ucation’s transportation officials told Decatur school officials that the state would fund most of a $1.1 million bus service expansion in the fiscal 2009 budget.

Finance Director Melanie Maples said the expansion would cost Decatur about $127,906 to cover the final two months of fiscal 2008.

The board approved the lease-purchase of 10 new buses as part of the expansion as well as eight new buses to replace aging ones.

Bayne Hughes

Priceville approves budget for 2008

PRICEVILLE — The Priceville Town Council on Thursday approved a 2008 budget of about $2.06 million, with projected revenue of about $2.2 million.

Finance chairman Tim Crow said the budget gives Priceville a 5 percent cushion, as recommended by the state.

According to figures the town released, the $2,063,325 budget is an increase of $152,875 over last year.

Expected revenue of $2,200,150 is up by $236,850. Mayor Melvin Duran attributes the rise in part to anticipated increases in building permits.

Ronnie Thomas

Calhoun campus development OK’d

MUSCLE SHOALS — The state Board of Education approved Calhoun Community College’s $2 million campus development plan Thursday at Northwest Shoals Community College.

Calhoun President Marilyn Beck said the college will finish the walkway extension, continue a major landscaping project and add new signage.

The money comes from a combination of a state Department of Transportation grant and the college’s facilities

Bayne Hughes

Fundraiser adds Talladega tickets

Four tickets to the UAW-Ford 500 have been added to the silent auction for the Carnegie Visual Arts Center fundraiser.

The event, dubbed Casino Carnegie, advertised that it had two tickets to the Oct. 7 Talladega race up for auction.

But a recent donation has added four more tickets, all in the Talladega Towers section, said Laura Phillips, Carnegie director.

“The race is sold out, and I’m told NASCAR fans will know these are great seats,” she said.

Tickets remain available for the fundraiser, 7 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Country Club.

Along with 14 tables of blackjack, poker, roulette and craps, the $50-per-person admission includes hors d’oeuvres, silent art auction and prizes from jewelry to junkets. There also will be a cash bar.

For reservations, contact the Carnegie, 341-0562.

Paul Huggins

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