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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Searchers seeking drowning victim
- Shots fired at Oxford fireworks
- Marines celebrate 4th in
- University of Alabama offers tuition break
Searchers seeking drowning victim
Authorities in Etowah County are searching the
Coosa River for the body of a middle-aged man who reportedly drowned
Wednesday afternoon in the River near Hokes Bluff. An official said
the man, Danny Ray Williamson of Glencoe, was with a group and was
swimming around a pontoon boat around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon
when he went under and didn’t come back up. Divers searched and
rescue workers dragged the river unsuccessfully Wednesday afternoon
and Wednesday night. Officials resumed their search today.
Shots fired at Oxford fireworks
Oxford police are searching for a young man who
reportedly fired two shots into the air with a pistol during
Wednesday night’s Fourth of July fireworks show at Oxford Lake Park.
Officials said that no one was injured during the shooting, which
reportedly happened near the Freedom Park parking lot. Witnesses
described the suspect as a black man in his 20s wearing a red and
black Atlanta Falcons No. 7 jersey. After firing the shots,
witnesses said, the man fled the area with about 10 other men. It
marks the second year that gunshots were fired at the celebration.
Last year one person was shot at the fireworks display. Oxford
police are asking that Anyone with information regarding the
shooting contact Oxford Police (256) 831-3121.
Marines celebrate 4th in Anniston
Members of one military unit at McClellan,
preparing to be deployed to Iraq, spent the July 4th
holiday with their loved ones. Private First Class Lukus Shoffner
said this Fourth of July was not only about spending time with each
other – it’s about paying tribute to fellow soldiers. Shoffner is
just one of 10 Marines from the 3rd battalion 5th Marines Kilo
Company who've been in Anniston for a month of training. The group
is from Camp Pendleton, California. The soldiers are training at
fort McClellan with the Auburn University canine training facility
as they prepare to be deployed to Iraq. As Shoffner gears up for
battle, he said he’s proud to know he'll not only be defending his
country, but that his family will be rooting for him. The group,
which will be working with specially trained dogs from Auburns
McClellan facility to sniff out improvised explosive devices, will
be deployed to Iraq in September.
University of Alabama offers tuition break
Some students looking to transfer from a
two-year college to the University of Alabama this fall will be
getting a little help in the financial department. The university
is starting a new program called Alabama's Promise to help cover
tuition and fees. Eligible students have to complete two years of
community college, have a "B" average and qualify for full federal
Pell Grants awarded to students from low-income families. If
Congress approves increases to the Pell Grant program, the
need-based award will provide $4,600 annually for students. Alabama
will contribute more if the maximum Pell Grant award stays at
$4,310. The university will cover tuition and fees not paid by the
grant, amounting to about $2,908 per student annually. Trustees
approved an allotment of $500,000, which would cover about 170
students. Other states have similar programs, but this is the first
of itsind in Alabama.
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