North West Alabama residents will be learning a new set of numbers come summer 2010. The Alabama Public Service Commission recently approved a new area code that will replace the 256 prefix starting June 5, 2010. The new area code will be 938 and will effect the region that includes Cherokee County. The new area code will be across the northern part of the state from the Mississippi state border across to the Georgia border, reaching towns such as Muscle Shoals, Decatur, Huntsville, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Anniston, Talladega and down to Alexander City.