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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 EHS’s Robinson wins AHSAA 3-point contest PAGE IB  The News Coiirie  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Tuesday. March 3, 2009  Visit us online  wwnv^enewscouiierxom  Inside  Today  West at Clements  On a chilly night for baseball, Clements took on West Limestone In a double-header  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Mom shows up for duty with kids  A North Carolina mother said she has no one to care for kids If she Is deployed to Iraq with the Army  PAGE 6A  Subscribe  Get tlie news with your morning coiiee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  _7 *'69’847 00002 ' 5  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Several shops in EastSide rented the space.  Junction, the Publix shopping center at U.S. 72 and Lindsay Lane, have signs in windows teiling which businesses have  Publix eenter readies for new shops  . By Karkn MiDDLFnx)N  kcin'iiiS'iithcnsnows-œurirr.niw  EastSide Jimction, the shopping center developed by Ming Enterprises and anchored by Publix Su-permaricet, will have more new tenants.  Pet Depot will soon open and Solar Nails & Spa is already open  for business. Signs on other store spaces announce that New China Buffet, Cost Cutters (hair cutting), Cole Family Dental and Sweet Peppers DeU have reserved spaces.  Publix opened in mid-December. However, there are still a few spaces left vacant.  Developer Bill Ming could not  be reached Monday for comment on when the new businesses will open.  In November, the city of Athens approved a new economic development project with Ming that would include property tax abatements.  Under the measure, the city an  nually pays the developer of the 25-acre EastSide Junction site in arrears, excluding receipts from the education portion of taxes 50 percent of the pnx:eeds from the city’s portion of sales tax and 50 percent of the ad valorem taxes levied by  See Shops, page 3A  Thing 1 & 2 invade ASU  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Celebrating Suess birthday, reading  Above, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 do the Hokey Pokey in the ballroom at Athens State University on Monday. Local preschoolers were treated to green eggs and ham as part of Read Across America Week, which is an event that celebrates the birthday of Dr. Suess on March 2 and encourages reading. Athens-Lime-stone Public Library sponsored the event. At right, local actor Frank Travis, dressed as the title character, reads “The Cat in the Hat” for the children.  County BOE may expand to fofmer jail offices  By Karen Middleton  kawn^uthensm^ws^xmrier.txmi  A feasibility stucfy hired ty the Limestone County Commission has come back showing that the cramped Board of Education offices could expand into the old  county jail oflBces at a minimum of expense.  County Commission Chairman David Seibert Monday asked the commission for authorization to advertise for bids to partially demolish the old jail. Several months ago  the commission had signed a contract with architectural firm of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood for a study to see if it would be feasible to use any part of the old jail building  See Offices, page 2A  Fire at  duplex  probed  Another blaze hits at mobile home Sunday  By Edd Davis and  K\RI:N MiDDLErON  kiirvtm idiu ‘IISIH ‘\\S-C()iiri( r.( xuii  Members of four area fire departments fought what is being described as a fire of suspicious origin Monday morning on Newby Chapel Road, just north of Nick Davis Road.  Called in about 7:30, a blaze in the north end of a duplex spread rapidly and got into the bedrixrms of the south unit txicupied by an elderly woman, said Tony Kirk, captain of the East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department. There were no injuries. Firefighters were able to save about 30 percent of the building.  Kirk said the occupant of the north unit was in the process of mov-  See Fire, page 3A  Parents tell board Reid's like a family  By Jennifer R. Hii l  jcindftrF'idliciisiicws-txHiricr.ixnn  Parents and community members filled the Reid Elementary School gymnasium Monday night to give their input at a Limestone County School Board work session concerning the possible closure of the school.  “1 don’t want my children to become a number,” Sandy Satterfield  See Reid, page 3A  Index  Classified ....................  Ledger ....................•    oA  Obituaries ....................2A  James Kenneth Clem Larry Neil Elkins Jr. Bertha Rogers Garner James H. Hamilton  Sports ........................IB  Valley ........................4A  Washington Street Diner  One Block Eost of Athens Square  1 GO Washington St-  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 ;OOam-2;OOpm  Open 6£Oam «12<XDpm Mon.-Fri. • 6£)Oam tH 12<X)pm Sc*.  Take Out Orders - Call 232-0203 Ch&ck out our Daily Bluo Plato Spocial  Let it snow!  Send your snow photos to kelly@ athensnews-courler.com for publication on The News Courier's Sunday photo page and online at  enewscounerxom  under Photo Gallery   

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