Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa

National Pesticide Information Center

Authorities say the Alabama Poison Center at Shelton State Community College is set to close at the end of September.

The closure comes after a decision by state lawmakers to cut the center's funding.

The control center, which has a staff of 14, is scheduled to close Sept. 30. The center provides the public and health care professionals statewide with emergency information, via a 24-hour call center, in the case of poisonings.

The three finalists for president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa come from Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.

The state Department of Postsecondary Education reports 48 people applied, and a search committee appointed by the State Board of Education came up with three finalists: Robert Gunter, who's deputy director for career and technical education at the Arkansas Department of Career Education; Linda North, who's dean of academics at Southern Union Community College in Wadley, Ala.; and Stephen Vacik, who's president of Colby Community College in Colby, Kan.