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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 More power  Tractor pull action continues at 7 tonight at Tanner High School  ews-Coutier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  SvruRDAV, July 30, 2005  e II e\v sc mi r I e r. CD n i  50 ( EM S  (y<yc(/  Jeremy Fleming of Lester  Subscriber of the day  One of the family  mr d'  Guest writer Tim Williams recalls the impact of radio deejays on his youth  Sunday  mvf  Hey, Sound Off:  1 just moved to the Athens area, and don't know a soul here. 1 would like to get to know people so 1 was wondering if there is a newcomers group in the area.  Respond in Sound OtT if you know of anything.  Also I’m looking for a job so 1 would like to hear from anyone with job-hunting advice.  Thank you for letting me sound off.  Editor’s Note: While readers may respond to items in Sound OtT, The New’s-Courier does not publish personal phone numbers, or e-mail or other addresses. Any information traded here should be general.  More Sound Off Sunday  Gel ihe news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier •  232-2720  Index     Classified...    4-6A      Comics.....    5B      Golf.......    7B      Ledger .....    6B      Obituaries...    2A      Betty Jane Bullington      Sports.....    1-4B      Weather —    2A     Daily Bible Moment  ncnv he hath obtained a more excellent ministry', by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  '.w  Hebrews 8:6  m    31 >• Athens  256-232-1051 Obit line 256-T71-0034  69847'QOOOI  ALH may offer long-term care  Dotson applies to convert 40 beds for oatients needing long-term acute care  Hospital, applied to the State Health Planning and Development Agency for a certificate of need, which verifies that such a facility is needed here.  Dotson said the State Health Plan identified need for such a facility in North Alabama.  “In our region, they’ve identified a need for 42 LTAC (long-term acute care) beds,” he said. The region includes Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone and Jackson.  The cost of the proposed project is  Bv Kkliv Kazek  kelly (cCMthensnews-courier.com If a state agency approves, Athens-Limestone Hospital may convert 40 of its existing 101 beds to create a long-tenn acute care hospital within its Market Street facility.  Phil Dotson, chief  executive otTicer of_______  Athens-Limestone Dotson  $9.2 million.  The State Health Planning and Development Agency issued a press release Friday requesting statements from residents and interested parties who wish to have input into the plan. The release states that those who wish to submit written statements or appear before the Certificate of Need Review Board should do so on or before Sept. 12. The application number is AL2005-039.  Copies of the requests must be provided to Dotson at Athens-Limestone Hospital, 700 W. Market St., Athens, Ala., 35611, the release states.  Dotson said many people may think an LTAC facility is the same as a nursing home, but it is not.  “They are a special category of beds for patients between acute care, or the regular hospital, and either rehab or skilled nursing,” Dotson said. He said the average length of stay in LTAC is 25 days, which are reimbursed similarly to how Medicare reimburses for acute care.  State guidelines require that LTAC beds be converted from existing beds rather than adding new beds, Dotson said. The facility, which would be inside the existing hospital, would have a staff, board of directors and management separate from Athens-Limestone Hospital, he said.  “There has to be a complete break between the host hospital and the LTAC facility,” he said.  Tools for School  Program helps students whose families struggle to buy supplies  Ha I asiiia I.on ei i  tushiaia athensnews-couriercom  School starts back in less than tw'o weeks and with the return to class comes a list of supplies that your child will need.  But for some, buying these supplies will not come easy, especially for those in need who have multiple children.  CTiannel 19 s Tools for Schools Supply Drive offers assistance across the valley, including for students in Limestone County.  This year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Limestone C ounty is helping collect items for deserving children through their project that runs from July 25-Aug. 5.  Tools for Schools is donating 100 backpacks to Limestone County to be filled with supplies donated by the community.  Redstone Federal Credit Union in Athens is the collection site for this area.  Some items needed include spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers, three-ring binders, folders with pockets, index ctirds, construction paper, school glue, glue sticks, scissors, markers, watercolor paints, zippered pencil pouches, crayons, colored pencils, supply pouches and metric rulers.  Donna Peck, mentor manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Limestone C ounty, said Friday it would be a joint effort to decide w ho gets the supplies and that schools and community agencies would be contacted for referrals of children in need.  “We just want to get them to the children who need them,” Peck said.  News-Courier K.im Rynders  Beth Ann Haynes, above, is an employee at Redstone Federal Credit Union in Athens where people can donate school supplies for NewsChannel 19’s Tools for Schools Supply Drive.  The supplies will be given to the students sometime close to the beginning of the school year.  Separate from the Tools for Schools Supply Drive, Limestone County Department of Human Resources could also use help collecting school supplies for children in their program.  .Anyone interested in donating supplies to DHR can contact Jennifer White at 216-6411.  Limestone County and Athens City Schools, as well as Athens Bible School, start classes Aug. 8. Most classes Faith Christian • Academy also begin Aug. 8.  City Board gets ’05-06 proposals for budget  BA T vsillA LOAtI.I  Tashia(a athensnews-couriercom  In a meeting of the .Athens City School Board Friday night. Chief School Finance Officer Barry Hamilton presented board members with a proposed budget for the 20()5-20()6 fiscal year.  The proposed budget consisted of revenues in the general fund with the total of all sources as being 22,107.725 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2005 and ending Sept. 30, 2006 and expenditures with the total of all uses as being 22.090,168.  Friday night s hearing was only a first hearing concerning the budget. There will be a second reading at a later board meeting.  The board has not yet approved a budget.  In other business the following personnel items were approA cd by members of the .Athens City School Board: Letters of Resignation; Mary Vanhoozer as custodian at .Athens Middle School and David Howse as Art Teacher at Cowart Flementary School; Employment; Robert Be.ss at Athens High School as freshman boys' basketball coach. Tanya (jritfin half-time ESL teacher system wide, Jamie Hill .AS Alternative School Assistant and .Athens High School head basketball coach, Tandy Norns. Child Nutrition Coordinator. Serena Owsley. Finance Clerk. Lisa Townsend third grade teacher at Brookhill Elementary School, Tracy Chastain, Science Teachei at Athens Middle School and Todd Walton. Science Teacher at Athens Middle School.  2 critically injured  Two people were critically injured late Friday evening when thrown from a motorcycle in a accident at the Sulpher Creek bridge on Ea.stcrferry Road.  Names of the injured parties were not available at press time, but rescue personnel responding to the scene quickly called for a MedFlight helicopter to evacuate the accident v ictims.  The vvreek occurred at about 8 p.m.  Students enriched by summer spent on volunteer work  Bv Tanjie Sc hrim,sher  tan jie(a.a thensnews-courier.com  As the summer break from school draws to a close, many students prepare to mournfully say goodbye to long, carefree days spent lounging by the pool or joyfully engrossed m video games.  Some teens, however, look forward to heading back to school with a summer of work experience under their belts.  Such IS the case for Jessica O’Connor and Kristara Kyle.  Both girls spent the summer doing volunteer work in Athens.  Jessica, 15, and a rising sophomore at Athens High School, volunteered in the office of the Athens-Limestone Hospital foundation under the supervision of Norma McCollum.  Kristara, 16, a junior w ith the Freedom Academy home-school association, volunteered with the Athens-Limestone Recycling C'enter.  Both girls say they have gained valuable insight into the workings of the vvork-a-day world.  Jessica’s last day at the ALH Foundation office was  See Volunteer, Page 2A  As part of her volunteer duties at the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation office this summer, Jessica O’Connor,  15, has taught Foundation Director-Norman McCollum, right, quite a few helpful computer essentials, such as grouping items and creating a new file folder. Jessica heads back to classes at Athens High School next week but she plans to spend next summer volunteering as well.  Nevvs-t ouner Tanjic Schrimsher   

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