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Editor’s note: The News Courier will publish candidate announcements as we receive them and as space allows ahead of the Aug. 25 municipal election. Announcements should be no longer than 700 words and emailed to lora@athensnews-courier.com. They may be edited for length, grammar, style and …

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Editor’s note: The News Courier will publish candidate announcements as we receive them and as space allows ahead of the Aug. 25 municipal election. Announcements should be no longer than 700 words and emailed to lora@athensnews-courier.com. They may be edited for length, grammar, style and …

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000.

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed coronavirus cases— the highest number yet for a single day— as doctors and state officials expressed concern about further spread during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Limestone County Schools will spend its more than $1.5 million in CARES Act funding on new technology devices, water fountain upgrades, thermometers and more, according to a budget shared during the school board's Tuesday meeting.

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The United States Department of Transportation is launching a public safety campaign to help prevent the deaths of children due to heatstroke after being left in hot cars.

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Elkmont High principal Bill Tribble will soon be moving to the Limestone County Schools' Central Office as the system's new executive director of human resources.

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The Athens City Council added a new provision to an existing ordinance during its meeting June 22 that will help communities be proactive when it comes to traffic safety.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police turned out in force early Wednesday at the city's "occupied" protest zone, tore down demonstrators' encampments and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.

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Annie was the dog that escaped her cage at the shelter and jumped, unbidden, into my lap. Naturally, I adopted her along with the two puppies I had originally planned to adopt for my sister’s and my own Christmas gifts that year. Clever dog that she was, she played that same, “save me” game …

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Snakes are found just about anywhere. Inevitably, humans and snakes will cross paths. Like everything in nature, snakes play an important role in their environments. While many people may  fear or dislike the slithering creatures, there are many tasks they perform that help keep the natural …

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FLORENCE — With coronavirus guidelines putting school field trips in doubt, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area is offering grants to help teachers and destination sites connect online.

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DECATUR — The Cook Museum of Natural Science, located in Decatur, is now home to a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which is the most endangered sea turtle species in the world. The turtle, whose name is Kale, arrived at the Cook Museum in June and is housed in the museum’s 15,000-gallon saltwater …

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The Fourth of July weekend is usually a time set aside for grilling out, pool parties, days out on the lake and fireworks shows. Local and state officials want people to have fun this weekend, but do so in a safe manner.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been good for those who enjoy procrastinating on filing their tax returns. But the deadline is finally coming up, as the Department of the Treasury and IRS announced Monday it will not extend the July 15 deadline for tax filing and payment.

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Students who missed out on a spring graduation ceremony at Athens State University will soon get their chance to take a walk in the spotlight.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida and other states across the Sunbelt are thinning out the deck chairs, turning over the barstools and rushing to line up more hospital beds as they head into the height of the summer season amid a startling surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.

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MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey announced Monday that $30 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money will be used to create COVID-19 testing and safety development programs.

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Mark Byington has spent more than three months as the men's basketball coach at James Madison without being able to take a recruiting trip or meet personally with the eight players joining his program during the coronavirus pandemic.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The man dubbed the Golden State Killer made incriminating statements after his arrest and indicated he was driven by an internal force he couldn't control, a prosecutor said Monday.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters who were marching toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation support the Black Lives Matter movement and don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney s…

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CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — A controversial Alabama mayor has resigned after posting disparaging comments about the University of Alabama football team voicing its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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I received a question from reader Myra C., asking about a particular pest that was setting up shop on her roses. The pest was a Japanese beetle, and roses are one of their favorite snacks. This leads us to this week’s common gardening question: How do I deal with insect pests on my plants?

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Obituaries

Glinda M. Hogan, 66, of Athens, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Spry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Spry Funeral Home.

Charles M. Roberts, 75, of Athens, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020. A graveside service will be held in Rogersville Funeral Home Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 5. Visit rogersvillfh.com to share condolences with Mr. Roberts' family.

Annette Black Hammons, 95, passed away June 30, 2020. She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Athens, Ala., to Ross and Bertha McCormack Black, who preceded her in death. She eloped and married her longtime friend and love, Thomas Lee Hammons, in May of 1942. He preceded her in death in 1987. Funeral…

Mr. Fred Allen passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his residence. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, at Thatch-Mann Cemetery. Public viewing will be 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Royal Funeral Home-Mason Chapel.

Visitation for Jean Kahl Clark will be from 10-11:45 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Service will follow at noon. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.