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More Severe Weather Headed Into Area; After School Events Canceled Countywide

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

Another line of severe storms is headed into Madison County, prompting area schools to suspend all after-school activities. Classes will run on their normal schedule, according to a release.
At 1:40 p.m. the line of storms was just west of Madison County and moving east. Several watches and warnings have been posted and hail the size of golf balls was reported in the Lauderdale/Shoals area.

Power Out In West Huntsville As Storms Move Through Area

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

Strong thunderstorms moved through the Huntsville area before dawn Friday, causing a power failure that has left portions of west Huntsville in the dark.
Several businesses in Cummings Research Park are without power as are traffic lights in the area.
Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when driving to work as police are directing traffic at several key intersections.
Another line of storms is headed towards Madison County and should arrive around lunch.

Communications Center Named For "Pioneer" Of Madison County 911

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

The Huntsville-Madison County 911 Center is now known as the Harold H. Potts 911 Center after being named Wednesday in honor of the “Pioneer” of area public safety communications.
A crowd of around 100 turned out for the ceremony at the center.
According to Director Ernie Blair the center, which opened in 1997, is the largest in Alabama and has the most call traffic statewide as well.
“I just am overwhelmed by what everybody’s done,” said Potts, who laughed when asked for his reaction to the honor.
“My first reaction was ‘I’m not dead yet’.”

HandsOn Greater Huntsville Opens New Office In Madison

A volunteer organization with four decades in Huntsville is expanding into the city of Madison.
HandsOn Greater Huntsville announced the creation of HandsOn Madison at a press conference Tuesday.
According to President and CEO Sheila McFerran, the group saw a need to coordinate various volunteer projects with the goal of serving the Madison area.

EMA To Test; Troubleshoot Warning Sirens Wednesday

(From release) The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency will test the Outdoor Siren Warning System on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 beginning at 12:00 Noon.
This is a troubleshooting test of the system in response to the technical difficulties of last Thursday, April 2, 2009.
The events will be recreated to mimic the timing of the various tornado warnings last Thursday evening.

Part Of Whitesburg To Close Wednesday NIght

(From release) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009, FROM 7:00 P.M. UNTIL 5:00 A.M THE HUNTSVILLE UTILITIES WATER DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSE LANES ON WHITESBURG DRIVE, BETWEEN WHITESPORT DRIVE AND TEAKWOOD DRIVE, IN ORDER TO INSTALL REQUIRED WATER FACILITIES TO THE MAYFAIR REHABILITATION AND SURGERY CENTER (4700 WHITESBURG DRIVE).

Sheriff: Teen "Recklessly, Purposely" Endangered Community

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

A Hazel Green teen is facing life in prison after being arrested and charged in connection with more than a dozen recent arson fires in northern Madison County.
According to Sheriff Blake Dorning, Sean David Vinson, 18, of 479 Stephens Road has confessed to setting fire to 11 automobiles in the Hazel Green and Toney areas.
Three homes were damaged as a result of the vehicle fires.
“It was just his purpose to set fires,” said Dorning, who added Vinson showed little remorse about his actions.
Vinson also set a fire that damaged the home where he lived with his parents, the sheriff said.

BREAKING: Teen Charged In Serial Arsons

A Madison County teen is facing more than a dozen felony charges in connection with a series of recent arson fires in northern Madison County.
Sheriff Blake Dorning announced Monday afternoon that Sean David Vinson, 18, of 479 Stephens Road, Hazel Green, has been charged with 11 counts of first-degree criminal mischief and 3 counts of first-degree arson.
All the charges are felonies.
More information will follow shortly.

Statement of Rep. Griffith on Planned Defense Cuts

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith released the following statement Monday regarding announced cuts to the defense budget:
“I was very troubled to learn of the planned cuts to the defense budget,” said Griffith. “With news breaking every day about new missile launches and research into weapons development by rogue nations, it is paramount to both national and international security that we keep our defense systems fully funded.

Area ROTC Squads To Compete At A&M Saturday

(From release) Some 13 area high school ROTC programs are expected to participate in a drill competition at the Louis Crews stadium at Alabama A&M University, including a few squads from Birmingham on Saturday. The programs have committed to bringing 300 students to the event that starts at 9 a.m. on the AAMU Track with the athletic events.
The event will move to the tail-gate parking area at 10:45 a.m. for drill events, and it will end at 4 p.m. with an award ceremony behind the visitors’ side of Louis Crews stadium.

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