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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Find us at    and    P    I    acelmok Details Page 2A  HI LJP  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Tuesday, June 23, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Banned parents meeting topic  Limestone board member thinks exceptions should be consistent  By Jean Cole   jean@athensnews-couricr.com   A Limestone County school board member called for consistency in the way county schools treat parents who are banned from schools for misbehavior.  Board Member Earl Glaze  told fellow board members at a meeting Monday that a parent who was recently banned from Johnson Elementary School was later given a one-time pass to attend a graduation ceremony. He said a parent from Piney Chapel Elementary school, whose ban  ning the board was about to vote on, should be granted the same leeway.  “If we are going to ban them, let’s ban them,” Glaze told board members.  Board members were considering whether to ban the Piney Chapel parent for being in a state that required removal from campus by a law-enforcement official, said Superintendent Dr.  Barry Carroll.  Glaze said he had received a letter from the sister of the Piney Chapel parent asking that he be allowed to attend only those activities in which his child participated. Glaze favored doing so because an exception was granted to the Johnson parent. The Johnson parent  See Parents, page 3A  you saw it fijgst ^  Of as breaking news  at  www.enewscourier.com   One last goodbye  Upcoming players meet with new coach  Athens High welcomes Stace Tedford  SPORTS, PAGE IB  The News Courier's Father Day Winner  Congratulations to John F. Brown  VALLEY, PAGE 4A  Subscribe  Get the news w ith your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Classifieds 4-6B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries 2A  James Alton Cagle Billy Wayne Daniel Linnie O. W. Hardy Hazen White Sports...........IB  7  ,,B, 6 9 8 4 7"Ö 0001    6  No brownout: U.S. 72 strip dark by downed wire  By Karen Middleton   karcn@athensnews-couricr.com  People trying to conduct business or even navigate through traffic on U.S. 72 in Athens Saturday morning might have thought the city had suffered a brownout from all the hot weather when traffic lights were  dark and shops had no power.  Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said power was out from South Jefferson Street eastward to Lindsay Lane for about an hour Saturday morning as the result of a motorist knocking down a guy wire late Friday night.  “The car hit a guy wire across U.S. 72 from Shoney’s either very late Friday or very early Saturday,” said Scroggins. “It knocked the wire. down and loosened the pole. We went out and tied it up and were going to fix it Monday, but it slipped into the trees during the night and  shorted out.  “That line serves from east of Jefferson Street, which is mostly commercial businesses but not many residences. The traffic lights were out to Lindsay Lane. I would say they were out for  See Outage, page 3A  Authorities search for robbery suspects  3 Dollar General robbers still at large  Limestone County authorities are seeking anyone who might have seen three men who robbed Dollar Genera] store at 16521 Alabama 251 on Saturday night.  “We do have some video of them and we will have that available as soon as possible,” said Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt.  The robbery occurred about 9:20 p.m. as two employees were about to exit the store, McNatt said.  “Three black men wearing red bandannas over their faces came around the corner of the building,” he said. “They ordered the employees inside the store and to open the safe. They were in the store about 40 seconds. One was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.”  After taking an undetermined  See Robbers, page 3A  Athens City to get input about sewers in July  By Karen Middleton   karen@athensnews-courier.com   The Athens City Council has scheduled a series of meetings in July to get the public’s input about installation of sewers in their neighborhoods.  The meetings will also be information meetings to explain the funding process and schedules for installing sewers in those neighborhoods still not sefved.  The tentative schedule calls for Glenn Valley residents to meet in the old City Council chambers on Marion Street at 6:30 p.m. June 14; Winslow and Whitfield at 6:30 p.m. July 16; Ezell at 6:30 p.m. July 20; Byram Heights at 5 p.m. July 22; and Hannah Heights at 6:30 p.m. July 23.  See Sewers, page 3A  PHOTOS COURTESY OF KAREN RUSSO  Families gather on tarmac for 203rd s farewell  Above, Company Commander Brad Priest runs to pick up his daughter Campbell, 5, at Signature Flight Support, a field at Huntsville International Airport where a chartered plane would land Sunday morning to take about 80 members of the 203rd Military Police Battalion to training. The National Guard unit left from the armory in Athens at about 9:30 a.m. on Father’s Day for about a year’s deployment in Iraq to help train police forces there. It marks the first time since 1950, when the 1343rd Battalion left for the Korean Conflict, that a local guard unit deployed overseas. At right, an unidentified little girl waves a flag at Signature Flight Support airfield. For more photos of the deployment Sunday, see page 6A and an online photo gallery at enewseourier.com.   

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