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From the Athens News Courier

Athens City Council members on Monday will likely schedule a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 to see how residents feel about the city holding a special election in the fall of next year on a …
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is increasing patrols — some in unmarked vehicles — to help protect the lives and promote the safety of motorists in Alabama this holiday season.
MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Luther Strange announced Friday that he and the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal …
Do you know these burglary suspects?
MONTGOMERY – Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate is 6.0 percent, down from October’s rate of 6.3 percent, and …
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday for former Decatur Mayor Bill Dukes.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed the leader of an Alabama nonprofit to a newly created task force on community policing.
Typically when children see firefighters, they are either on a field trip to the station house, or something much worse has happened. Thursday evening, however, the firefighters of Athens Fire …
Arrest reports for 12/19/14 Today at 2:00AM
County arrests
A Dollar General Store clerk in the Tanner community was injured Thursday when a shoplifter struck her with the door of his vehicle as he fled the scene, an official said.

From The Decatur Daily

Area Briefs Yesterday at 11:00PM
St. Ann school principal resigns
Police Reports Yesterday at 10:59PM
Thefts
Police Briefs Yesterday at 10:58PM
DU issues alert on payment scams
MONTGOMERY – North Alabama Medicaid recipients will receive managed care from one of two regional care organizations approved by the state under the overhaul of the system.
HUNTSVILLE — Madison County Circuit Court Judge Karen Hall sentenced an Athens woman to life in prison Wednesday for a 2012 car wreck that killed an Athens State University student.
ELKMONT — A suspect bit a Limestone County sheriff's deputy on the arm while officers tried to arrest him Wednesday, authorities said.
Idea from the heart 12/17/2014
ATHENS — Athens Intermediate School student Spiritual Mullins is willing to give up her Christmas for the homeless.
Police Reports 12/17/2014
Area thefts
Police Briefs 12/17/2014
Man charged with drug trafficking
ATHENS — The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department is investigating suspected arson in a series of Sunday night and Monday morning fires in the Clements area.

From Huntsville Times

The bands from Athens and Ardmore high schools are among 40 marching bands from 16 states who are playing in either the Outback Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Bill Dukes, a long-time Decatur mayor and former state representative, died Thursday in Decatur at the age of 87.
Jonathan Royce Courson, 35, faces a first-degree rape charge. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the case first came to police attention after the CAC interviewed a 9-year-old witness. Police say …
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks was grand marshal of the 2014 Reliance Bank Christmas Parade held Thursday night.
Jamie Alan Bowman is accused of stealing from a school band fundraiser. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely reports Bowman confessed to the theft on Tuesday and was charged with first-degree theft. …
Artist Carole Foret couldn't believe anyone would really steal from a Christmas tree. But someone did.
"We're very pleased with this outcome, that Mr. Pigg finally took responsibility for killing his grandmother," Brian Jones said.
An Athens man charged with torturing and killing 22 kittens, including some he bought from Craigslist, is set to appear in Limestone County Circuit Court today.
A warm day with temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s is forecast across the Tennessee Valley today.
Martha Elizabeth Allen Newby, 92, of Athens, a beloved teacher, died on Thanksgiving Day.
 
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