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Authorities identify woman found in Weiss Lake

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville. Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 14. Harris says Ortiz's cause of death hasn't been released and authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at 256-845-3801.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Commander David Hartline named Veteran of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year
Posted: July 21, 2014

Local Vietnam Veteran, author and State American Legion Leader David Hartline was recently honored as Veteran of the Year and Legionnaire of the Year by the Alabama American Legion.

Cedar Bluff to purchase new fire truck
Posted: July 21, 2014

The town Council of Cedar Bluff met on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm with all Council members present except Council Member Letha Harp.

Sand Rock supports Dixie boys baseball team’s Muscle Shoals tournament trip
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 2:02 pm

The Sand Rock Town Council met for their regular scheduled July meeting at the town hall. Mayor Ricky Mackey called the meeting to order and welcomed the guest. Councilman George Bud Mackey opened the meeting with prayer.

Sunday 07/20/2014
Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, July 21
Posted: July 20, 2014

Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of First Southern State Bank.

Cherokee County Arrest Report Monday, July 21
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Alabama’s June unemployment rate holds steady at 6.8 percent, record number of jobs reported on state jobs database
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 3:49 pm

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, which is unchanged from May’s rate, and above June 2013’s rate of 6.5 percent June’s rate represents 144,991 unemployed persons, compared to 146,976 in May and 138,344 in June 2013.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Body of woman discovered in Weiss Lake
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:05 pm

About 4:45 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, July 18, 2014, a fisherman spotted what appeared to be a body floating in the lake behind Yellow Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Friday 07/18/2014
Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
Posted: July 18, 2014

Saturday, July 19

Cherokee County Arrest Report Saturday, July 19
Posted: July 18, 2014

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Mr. Alton Paul Brown
Posted: July 18, 2014

Mr. Alton Paul Brown, 66 passed away Friday,  July 4, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Brown was a native of Newport News. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having the distinguished honor of being a Purple Heart recipient and was retired from C.S X. Railroad. He was a member of Centre First Baptist Church and Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA.

Mr. Milburn E. "Jack" Bowlin, Jr.
Posted: July 18, 2014

Mr. Milburn E. “Jack” Bowlin Jr., 83 of Centre passed away Tuesday July, 15, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Bowlin was a native of Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Bowlin was retired from Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Police Department, and was of the Catholic faith. He was a Free Mason, and was a member of Al Menah Shrine Temple, Provost Guard, American Polygraph Association, and Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association

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Posted: July 18, 2014

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Posted: July 18, 2014

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Rogers: Russia, Putin cannot be trusted
Posted: July 17, 2014

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—East Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers (R), Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee held a subcommittee hearing today titled, “Russian Violations of the INF Treaty: After detection—what?” to discuss Russia’s violations of the international treaty and why the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge that Russia continues to cheat.

Shelby announces Critical Defense Funding for Central and East Alabama
Posted: July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 17, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which contains critical funding for programs important to central and east Alabama. Following today’s action by the Committee, the bill will go to the full Senate for consideration.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
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Posted: July 16, 2014

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Thursday, July 17
Posted: July 16, 2014

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Aerospace projects announced for Alabama
Posted: July 16, 2014

Alabama officials announced three aerospace projects on Tuesday, including plans by Science and Engineering Services to expand its Huntsville plant and add 450 jobs over the next five years.

Mr. John William "Jay" Gossett III
Posted: July 16, 2014

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17 arrested in several Alabama drug raids
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 1:10 pm

DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama – Seventeen people were rounded up in DeKalb County over the past 10 days and arrested on a variety of drug charges, including two women who had drugs inside the jail, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

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