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City Council

The City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night. The new ordinance requires people convicted of their second drunk driving charge to serve a minimum of 30 days in jail and to have their driver’s license suspended for six months.
 The ordinance passed by a vote of 5–3. Councilwoman/Councilmember (is better) Clarissa Atwell sponsored the change in the law, which will take effect Dec. 31.
 “I think this new law will save the lives of a lot of people,” Atwell said. **”said” should always be last in sentence!
 The council chamber was overflowing with people interested in the law. Many of the people present were members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
 One council member who voted against the law, Les Honeycutt, said he felt that the laws against drunk driving were strong enough and that they needed to be more strictly enforced. His comments received hoots and jeers from the crowd, and at one point the council president, Harley Sanders, threatened to have some of the audience removed.

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Power Failure

Power was cut off to nearly a third of the residents of Midville Tuesday night after a violent storm ripped through the city around 6 p.m.

Police Chief Robert Dye said power was restored to most homes within about two hours, but “a substantial number of people had to go without power for most of the night.”

Dye said that many of the city’s traffic lights were knocked out by the storm, and traffic problems developed on several of busier streets.

Dye said that everything should be back to normal Wednesday.

A power company official said that more than 1,500 homes were without electricity for some part of the night. They said that crews worked throughout the night to get people’s power turned on.

The storm dumped more than 2 inches of rain on the city in about 30 minutes. The power failure was due to lighting hitting one of the power company’s substations in the western part of the city.

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