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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- NTSB & FAA Investigating small plane
- Body found in Little River Canyon
- Smoking ordinance upheld in Circuit
- Farmers feeling impact of drought
NTSB & FAA Investigating small plane
Investigators with the National Transportation
Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are
investigating two separate incidents in east Alabama involving small
planes. Officials reported A small plane crashed in Randolph County
Friday night, killing the pilot and a passenger. Authorities
identified the victims as 28-year-old Emily Clark of Madison and
37-year-old James Brown of Huntsville. Clark, a certified flight
instructor, was in the pilot's seat and Brown, believed to be a
student, was in the passenger's seat. The sheriff's department
received a call about a crash in the Bethel East Community. A search
located the crash site in woods just off Randolph County Road 112.
Investigators said the 1978 single-engine Cessna took a nose dive
into a hillside. In a separate incident a small kit-built bi-plane
made an emergency landing Saturday afternoon in a pasture on Whites
Gap Road near White Plains after part of the plane’s propeller broke
away. Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies said the pilot of the
bi-plane, which is called a Celebrity, set down in the pasture just
off Alabama 9 between 2 and 3 p.m. after the pilot noticed vibration
in the engine. Deputies said no one was injured, although the wooden
aircraft was damaged. FAA officials were at the scene Saturday
evening, investigating the incident. According to the tail number
of the plane shows it is registered to an owner in Mt. Olive, N.C.
Body found in Little River Canyon
The FBI is investigating the death of a man
found Thursday night at Little River Canyon in Cherokee County. FBI
spokesman Paul Daymond said that the investigation is ongoing. The
man’s identify had not been released. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff
Shaver said his officers assisted with the initial processing of the
body and the scene but that federal investigators were called in
because the body was on federal land. The body was found near a
campfire and a vehicle.
Oxford’s smoking ordinance has survived it’s
first challenge in circuit court.
Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge John
Thomason ruled that an Oxford restaurant had violated the ordinance
and does not fit the ordinance’s criteria for exemption of a private
function. The ruling was the first circuit court decision on a
smoking ordinance in Calhoun County. While smoking ordinances in
the county vary from city to city, Officials are saying this case
gives residents an idea of how the court may rule on future
challenges to the laws.
Farmers feeling impact of drought
A second year
of drought has had a dramatic impact on farmers.
David Derrick, regional Extension Service agent for row crops for
nine Northeast Alabama counties, including Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb,
Calhoun and Marshall, said the year was "pretty bad." He said in
some areas yields were as bad or worse than expected. But in some
areas, crop yields were "surprising." Derrick said corn overall did
better than expected. Rainfall amounts in July that were just below
normal did help crops. Derrick said cotton yields were variable,
with some fields yielding only about 200 pounds an acre. Other
fields - perhaps only 5 miles away - might have gotten rain at the
right time and had yields of 800 or 900 pounds an acre. Derrick
said soybean yields in North Alabama were more uniform, averaging 15
to 20 bushels an acre. He said with soybean prices at $8 to $10 a
bushel, farmers could pay their bills. Derrick said the drought
affected "the whole agriculture spectrum," including cattle farmers,
greenhouses and other farmers. He said some cattle farmers will
struggle with a lack of hay because of the drought. He has seen
farmers baling corn stalks and soybean stubble for roughage for
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