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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida's child welfare agency investigated the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people after he cut himself in an online video but found him stable, according to state records.

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John Q. Hamm was recently appointed director of the State Bureau of Investigation, according to a press release.

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Fire departments in Athens and Limestone County have new tools to help rescue dogs and cats who have smoke inhalation, thanks to a donation from two groups.

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A bill making its way through the State Senate would allow county superintendents of education the option to take a second job, an opportunity already afforded to city school superintendents. Sponsored by Senator Tim Melson, R-Florence, Senate Bill 153 also removes limits on annual travel ex…

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Editor's note: The News Courier will publish candidate announcements as we receive them and as space allows. Candidate announcements should be sent to editor Adam Smith at adam@athensnews-courier.com.

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The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Athens Police Department reported the following arrests and thefts. Some arrests may be previously reported, probation or bond revocations, or part of a grand jury indictment:

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• Gospel meeting. Hobbs Street Church of Christ will host a gospel meeting at the following times: 7 p.m. tonight; and 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. The speaker will be Mike King of New Albany, Mississippi.

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A 14-year-old male from East Limestone High School has been charged with making a terrorist threat on social media, officials said. School leaders would not elaborate on specifics but said that it was serious enough to get the authorities involved.

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Efforts are underway to increase the output from Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant's three reactors by an additional 465 megawatts, officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority said this week.

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A recently announced partnership between the state of Alabama, Huntsville Hospital System and Calhoun Community College should result in the school producing more registered nurses in the future.

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A classroom of Brookhill Elementary third-graders sat in rapt attention Thursday as Susan Wales explained the steps to making their very own pizzas. Wales, a counselor at the school, has been teaching students how to cook since the beginning of the school year.

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Four people are being interviewed in connection with an investigation into multiple stolen vehicles, an official said late Thursday.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school student who was disciplined after asking her girlfriend to attend the prom says they've been told they can go as a couple.

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More than 300 cans of food were collected for Limestone County Churches Involved's food bank Tuesday during the Athens Mardi Gras Block Party, hosted by the Athens State Artheads and Athens Arts League. The event featured decorated shopping carts where members of the community could drop off…

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Judges who hold court on the second and third floors of the Limestone County Courthouse will have some added security after the Limestone County Commission voted to hire five retired law enforcement officers as part-time security officers.

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An ambitious project underway at Friendship Church in Athens is gaining momentum as more businesses and organizations get involved.

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Like Carl Spackler hunted the elusive gopher in the movie "Caddyshack," the city of Athens Public Works Department is going after the nettlesome Brownsferry Street beaver dams.

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Heart bombs exploded with sentiments of love for an iconic and historic site in Athens that is under renovation by Athens Arts League.

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• After-school program. The after-school program from 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at David's Temple Church in Tanner accepts children ages 5–18. Homework assistants, tutoring and study hall are available. Van pickup is available to all Athens City Schools except Athens High. Children fr…

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The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Athens Police Department reported the following arrests and thefts. Some arrests may be previously reported, probation or bond revocations, or part of a grand jury indictment:

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The Athens Police Department is seeking the public's help in solving a series of car burglaries that occurred Tuesday night, an official said.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Montgomery police officer accused of sexually assaulting a man while on duty was paid for 18 months before pleading guilty to reduced charges and resigning last week.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court says Alabama, at least for now, can proceed toward the execution of an inmate who argues that a lethal injection would be cruel because lymphoma and hepatitis C have damaged his veins.

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While spending quality time with cats Andy and Gracie, I realized that they would soon be 15 years old. That definitely puts them into the category of senior pets.

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When three unconscious Birmingham residents conked out at an Athens Chevron station Tuesday, Limestone County authorities had to overcome the trio's sleepiness before they could arrest them on drug charges, records show.