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 ARAB - A vacancy has taken place in the girls basketball program at Arab High School.

 Justin Jonus, who guided the team for the past three years, submitted his resignation over the weekend to become varsity basketball coach at Boaz High School.

 Arab posted a 23-7 record this past season, winning the Marshall County Tournament and the Cullman High School Yule Tide Classic at Wallace State.

 Jonus is a 2003 graduate of Douglas High School who played collegiate basketball at the University of Alabama.

 The quest to find a successor for Jonus is now under way.

 

 

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 ARAB - No charges will be filed against a homeowner at a residence on Ruth Road in the Arab community after he shot and wounded a burglary suspect.

 T.J. Freeland sustained injuries from a firearm when confronted by the homeowner. Freeland escaped to a nearby residence. A 9-1-1 call was placed with Freeland being taken to Marshall Medical Center North.

 After being treated, Freeland was identified and transported by police to the Arab City Jail. Freeland was charged with 3rd degree burglary, a felony crime.

 

 

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 Positive numbers were reported by the Cullman City Council Monday night of $140,000 in revenue from the recent Alabama High School Athletic Association Track & Field Meet that was held at Cullman High School.

 Attendance drew better than 6,000 people per day for the two-day event held during the first weekend of May. Attendance was up by 13 percent when the event came to the Cullman High campus in 2015.

 The meet has one year left on the current contract and will have to bid for future meets after the 2017.

Getting the state meet for the small schools to Cullman has been a concentrated effort by the city of Cullman, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, Cullman High School and the Cullman County School system.

 

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 VINEMONT - Residents who use the Vinemont, Anon & West Point (V.A.W) Water System, will get its water supplied by the Cullman Water System until further notice.

 This came after V.A.W. was one of eight water systems across North Alabama that contains hazardous chemicals with possibility of cancer for those who consume the product.

 V.A.W. receives a portion of its water supply from the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority. Chemicals have been discovered in the system with the Alabama Department of Public Health now involved in trying to get the system clean.

 Cullman Water System received a clean slate from inspections and will provide to over 4,300 customers from the Addison, Battleground, Falkville, Vinemont and West Point areas that get water supplied through V.A.W.

  

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 BREMEN - Cullman County Sheriff's Department continue to investigate a robbery that took place Sunday evening at the J&D Four-Way Gas Store on Cullman County Road 222 in the Bremen community.

 Two suspects, dressed in dark clothing with hoods, entered the store around 10:00 p.m. with one carrying a gun. They fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 Photos of the suspects are available on the department's Facebook page. If you have information, contact the investigators at the sheriff's department at 256-734-0342.

 

 

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 HARTSELLE - An arrest was made in the city of Hartselle over the weekend for solicitation of murder.

 Twenty-seven year old Sarah Heather Shepard reportedly gave an undercover officer money to murder her husband, Richard Shepard. Shepard had been under investigation by the Hartselle Police Department with assistance from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for a month.

 Once the payment was made by Shepard to the officer, she was taken into custody and charged with the crime, a Class A felony.

 Shepard was taken to the Morgan County Detention Center with bond set at $500,000.

 

 

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 Spring football practice for several teams ended this weekend with jamboree games.

 The Addison Bulldogs got past the Good Hope Raiders 14-13 at James Shabel Stadium, the Fairview Aggies defeated Locust Fork 21-14 and Ashville 14-7 in their assignment at Locust Fork.

 Cold Springs played its jamboree Saturday night at Cranford Stricklin Stadium and had a solid performance in shutting out the Clements Colts 15-0.

 And the Hartselle Tigers toppled the Lee Generals 41-14 in a game played at Hartselle's J.P. Cain Stadium.

 The 2016 regular season will get under way the weekend of August 19 with a series of entertaining games on opening night such as Cullman at Hartselle, Hanceville at Cold Springs, Hamilton at West Point, Elkmont at Addison and Fairview at North Sand Mountain.

 

 

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 Cullman City Council member Johnny Cook announced over the weekend, he is seeking a third consecutive term when the municipal election is held on August 23.

 Cook has been with the city council since 2008. If elected, Cook is wanting to have the completion of a pipeline for the Duck River Reservoir, repair the bridges at Eva Road and Larkwood Road and building a third fire station in the city limits.

 

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 HANCEVILLE - A paving project got under way Monday by the Cullman County Road Department in the city of Hanceville.

 The project is to repave Hopewell Road near Section Line Road. An emergency meeting was held last Thursday with Mayor Kenneth Nail and the Hanceville City Council approving the project.

 The mayor has been in contact with the road department and the county commission's office with it necessary to repave this area due to erosion and weather problems.

 With good weather, the project should be completed by the end of the week. The cost of the project with the bid going to Cooper Asphalt Comapny was $7,900.

 

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 Two arrests have been made by the Cullman Police Narcotics Team for possession of methamphematine, unalwful possession of drug paraphenalia and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

 Mary Pate was captured at a location on Cullman County Road 1082 while Jamie Hyde was pulled over for a traffic stop in the city limits.

 Pate is in the Cullman County Detention Center with bond set at $85,000.

 Hyde is also in jail with his bond currently at $1 million dollars.

 

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 BAILEYTON - An Arab resident passed away in an auto accident Sunday evening that sent two other people to the hospital with injuries.

 The accident was reported at the intersection of Summit Road and Cullman County Road 1718.

 Sixty-two year old Richard Chambers was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, 48-year old Vickie Chambers and the driver of the second vehicle, 48-year old Max Miller were taken to Huntsville Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

 The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers.

 

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 MONTGOMERY - Hillcrest High School of Tuscaloosa prevented the Cullman Bearcats from bringing home their second straight AHSAA 6A baseball championship, taking two dramatic games in the title series over the weekend.

 The Patriots won 4-3 in the opener Friday night, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

 Cullman fell 1-0 on Saturday in game two. Will Morrison had a no-hitter for five and a third innings until the Patriots broke up the no-hit bid, got a runner on due to an error and scored on an infield single.

 The Bearcats finish the season with a 41-14 record and have appeared in the state championship series nine times since the 2002 season, winning four.

 

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 HANCEVILLE - Twenty-nine former Hanceville football players took part in a flag football game Friday night at Ray Talley Stadium in an event presented by the Hanceville Quarterback Club.

 The alumni game matched graduates from odd years vs. grads from the even years. The Purple team, featuring 1973 graduate and well-known politician James Fields, got past the White team 36-34.

 Among those playing for the White squad was 1974 graduate Tim Eskew, now the mayor of the town of Garden City.

 2005 graduate Stephen Chandler threw for 332 yards and six touchdowns for the Purple with two going to 2015 grad Heath Dean. Dean intercepted two passes including a two-point conversion with 2 seconds left to prevent the game from going into overtime.

 Funds raised from the game were donated to the Quarterback Club to assist in projects with the football team.

 

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 HANCEVILLE - Wallace State Community College and the Cullman County School System has joined forces for the creation of a fine performing arts academy.

 The academy is available to any student in the county system who are in the 11th and 12th grade. Courses are available in art, dance, music, theater and visual communications.

 It will be open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Wallace State Fast Track Center. For more information, contact Wallace State at 256-352-8000.

 

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  A new fire station held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning. The Berlin & Fairview Volunteer Station # 3 is located at the intersection of Alabama Highway 69 and Cullman County Road 1651.

  Half of the land is deeded to the Berlin area with the other half to residents in Fairview. The property was donated courtsey of Merchants Bank with a $15,000 grant provided by the Cullman County Department of Economic Development.

 

 

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 An investigation by the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency has the Vinemont, Anon, West Point Water Systems, better known as V.A.W., affected with a man-made chemical that can cause cancer in adults and impact breast-fed infants.

 The advisory was issued for V.A.W. and seven other locations across North Alabama during the weekend.

 The Alabama Department of Emergency Managment will work with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the affected water systems to get the drinking water into the safety guidelines for the consumers.

 

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 A traffic stop by Cullman Police Narcotics Team led to the arrest of two people for a series of drug violations.

 Fifty-one year old James Holmes of Bremen and 36-year old David Evans of Baldwin were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphanelia, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

 A handgun and several other items were confiscated by investigators after the two were taken into custody. Both are in the Cullman County Detention Center with Evans' bond set at $14,000 and Holmes' bond at $11,000.

  

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 A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at In-N-Out Storage at 106 13th Street SW in Cullman.

 The purpose was to unveil a solar panel unit that has been designed in the latest effort for businnesss to become cost efficient.

 Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were on hand to present owner Steven Skinner a solar grant check for over $28,000. 

 Skinner's business is now the third in the area to become involved with the usage of solar energy. Apel Steel Inc and Cullman Heritage Funeral Home have solar panels at their facilities.

 

 

 

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 HANCEVILLE - Hanceville Quarterback Club is sponsoring football alumni night Friday at Ray Talley Stadium on the Hanceville High campus.

 A flag football game between former Hanceville players will be held at 7:00 p.m. The game will match up graduates from the odd years vs. grads from even years. The game will be played on a 50-yard field.

 Admission is $5.00 with proceeds to go to the quarterback club.

 

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 MONTGOMERY - Cullman Bearcats are aiming for their fifth Alabama High School baseball championship this weekend in the Capitol City.

 The Bearcats and the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Patriots meet in the best of 3-game series in Class 6A. Game one is Friday night at Patterson Field at 7:00 p.m.

 Game two of the series will be played at Riverwalk Stadium at 4:00 p.m. Saturday with game three, if needed, to follow.

 Cullman is the defending 6A champion, coming into the championship series # 1 in the rankings and 41-12 overall. Hillcrest is 37-10 and has a victory against the Bearcats in late March in a game played at Hoover High School.

 

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