Construction has started on several spec homes in the 60-lot Ledges of Oakdale subdivision in an area of Athens east of Interstate 65 and, in a couple of weeks, visitors will be able to stop by a sales trailer to choose finishes for homes yet to be built-out.

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw military support from the United States' ally in Syria, leaving the Kurds vulnerable to an attack by Turkey, has been criticized by some Republicans nationally. In Alabama, at least one Congressman thinks it’s the correct move.

The Alabama Department of Transportation advises motorists that crews will be repairing guardrail on Alabama 20 at the U.S. 31 interchange in Decatur in Limestone County from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.