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Students finalists for week in D.C.

ATHENS — Two Limestone County students have a chance to experience national politics.

Ardmore High School senior McKenzie Green and Clements High School senior Rachel L. Richter are among the top 10 finalists in the state for the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Two of the 10 students will spend a week in Washington, D.C., in March with delegates from other states.

The students will hear senators, cabinet members, Department of State and Defense officials, and directors of federal agencies discuss policy.

They also will meet with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each student also receives a $5,000 scholarship for undergraduate studies.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses including transportation, hotel accommodations and meals.

Green and Richter will undergo interviews this weekend at the American Village at Montevallo as part of the selection process.

Holly Hollman

Police: 2 attack, rob Athens woman

ATHENS — An Athens woman was knocked down and choked by an assailant, and then robbed Thursday afternoon, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

The victim was sleeping on her couch at her North Madison Street home when a man and woman knocked on her door. Bruce identified the couple as Cheri J. Twitty, 35, of 705 Second St., Athens, and Steven L. Emery, 29, of 1016 W. Washington St., Athens.

Twitty asked the victim if any men were in the house, and when the victim said no, Twitty allegedly pushed her down and grabbed her around the throat, Bruce said.

Emery allegedly grabbed a cell phone and money, and the two fled in a red car.

Bruce and Lt. Floyd Johnson spotted them in a red car at a drug dealer's house on Plato Jones, Bruce said.

Bruce and Johnson arrested the two and charged them with second-degree burglary and second-degree robbery. They were to be transferred to the Limestone County Jail.

Holly Hollman

Police say search uncovers dope

ATHENS — Athens investigators looking for stolen household goods at an Athens man's home also found bongs and dope, according to police.

Investigators Katrina Flanagan and Johnny Campbell went to the home of Anthony Brandon Simons, 33, of 416 N. Clinton St. Apartment B, on Wednesday to question him about the Oct. 13 burglary of his neighbor.

While there, they allegedly found $3,800 in household items taken during the burglary, such as an iron, clock and microwave. They also found marijuana and several bongs, police said.

"He said the victim's ex-boyfriend gave him the items, but that's not true," Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Simons was in the Limestone County Jail on Thursday on $8,000 bond, charged with first-degree illegal possession of marijuana, second-degree receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

There are no charges yet for the burglary.

Holly Hollman

Doctor to open practice in Moulton

Dr. Chad McElroy, a board eligible family practice physician, plans to start a practice in Moulton and join the Lawrence Medical Center staff in February.

The son of Kenneth and Jackie McElroy of Hatton, he was a 1994 graduate of Hatton High School. He received his medical degree from The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He is completing his family medicine residency at The University of Alabama Family Practice Residency Program in Tuscaloosa.

McElroy joins Dr. Nick Gillespie at Complete Family Care adjacent to Lawrence Medical Center.

Bayne Hughes

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