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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Ex-Bama, NFL standout to speak in Athens PAGE IB  The News Couri  Strviiiiy Athens nnd Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futmx  Sunday, July 5, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Former Titans star QB killed  Former NFL star Steve McNair and unidentified woman found shot to death in Nashville apartment.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Bugging out  Even where dwindling tax revenues haven't forced mosquito control budget cuts, they're concerned about keeping up with the summer swarms.  PAGE 16A  Index  Classifieds 1C  Crossword 13A  Ledger.........13A  Lifestyles........9A  Letters..........5 A  Lottery ...; 3A  Obituaries.......2A  Roy William Burchel Dalea Elizabeth Hobbs Bobby Peppers  Opinion.........4A  Sports...........IB  Valley ' 6A  Weather.........2A  7    69847    00002    3  COURTESY PHOTOS  Limestone County residents joined Decatur residents Saturday at a Taxpayer Tea Party protest at Gateway Shopping Center. About 250 people joined the rally against federal bailouts and what organizers say is too much government control.  Locals join Decatur Tea Party protest  By Km I V Kazkk  kcllu^ ntln'IISIU'WS-l'Olint'r.COIII  limestone County residents joined forces with Decatur residents for a July 4 T axpayer Tea Pcuty Saturday to protest government bailouts and citizens’ “rights being taken away,” said Deborah King, one of the event’s organizers.  About 250 people turned out for the rally, which was from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gateway  See Protest, page 8A  Grieving father continuing to seek skateboard park for Athens youths  Bl KAHt:N MlDDIJh'IXlN Avar‘II    In‘iisiicw s-iiHirh‘r.aiin  Jeff Koberts said although it’s been 3 1/2 years since his son, 13-yearold Clinton Kirby Roberts of Elkmont, died when he wns struck by a motorcyclist while riding his skateboard on a county road, it’s only been recendy, “That 1 had enough sense to talk about it.”  Roberts said he wonders why the city does not provide a skateboard park. He believes his son would not have skated on public roads if a park had been available.  Three years ago young Roberts’ death spurred an emotional reaction to the issue and the city appoint-  ed a group of parents of skateboarders to a committee to study the cost of building a park. Depending on how elaborate the plan and how many modules, such as ramps and jump boards, the city purchased, the park could have cost as much as $100,000.  The city council three years ago also worried about liability issues for such a high-risk sport.  City oflBcials witnessed a demonstration of skateboard modules by Skatewave Modular Skateboard Systems of Delano, Minn., in August 2006, and Athens Mayor Dan Williams said at the time that if the council decided to go ahead with building a paik  See Skateboard, page 8A  Former teacher’s rape trial will start Monday  By Jfan Criii;  /< ‘;in ^\lllll ‘IISIU ‘W S-( r.< tnil  Jury selection is. scheduled to begin July 20 in Lauderdale County in the trial of a former Clements High School teacher on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse, records show.  Brian “Keith”  McGuire, 49, of 509 Portis Ave. in Jackson is accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing a 19-year-old womiui in 1990 at a Florence residence. He was not charged with the crimes until 2(X)6.  The case is of interest in Limestone County for two reasons.  McCîuire resigned from Clements on Marth 7, 2002, amid allegations that he inappropriately touched two girls. 'Fhe parents of the girls, ages 12 and 16, complained that McGuire was touching students’ breasts while playing one-on-one basketball with them. He Uxrk a polygraph test, during which he admitted he might have accidentally touched the breasts of one of the students.  “He did not admit to any inappropriate actions,” Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely told T’he News Courier at the time. “He did admit he may have a problem and he agreed to get counseling.”  He was never charged with a crime.  In 2(X)8, the state department of education finally began investigating the 2002 allegations against McGuire and whether his teaching license should be revoked.  After taking testimony from several students in June, Chief Administrative Law Judge Walter Turner stayed the case on Aug. 22. He is awaiting the outcome of the Lauderdale case before recommending whether McGuire’s Alabama teaching license should be revoked, lire state superintendent of education will make the final determination.  McGuire has been fi^ee since August on  See Trial, page 8A  Brian McGuire  Inspectors ready to act on abandoned home complaints  By Kyren Middijton hircniPiithcnsncws-aHiricrxxini A group of Athens women are concerned about their neighboihocxl. Conscientious in keeping their properties clean, attractive and in good repair, they wony about the unsightliness and danger of dilapidated and abandoned nearby homes.  From time to time they bring their complaints to the city council, usually alone or in pairs, but at the last council session, at least six women who live in. the 12th Street, Highland, and Plain-view streets area came to say they are fed up with conditions.  “Is someone hired to check up on this?” asked Rosie McLin. “Why do we need to come up here time and time again?”  "Ihe answer to McLin’s question is that the city pays code enforcement officers to contact owners of rundown or dangerous properties to warn them, dte them if they don’t comply, and turn the complaints to the city Building Inspection Department to begin condemnation proceedings.  But both inspection oflBcials and code enforcement oflBcers say they rely heavily on citizen complaints to zero in on the problem areas.  Athens Police Code Enforcement QflBcer Paul Tucker is taking over fulltime duties since the Thursday retirement of Ron Ultz.  “We do regular patrols, but we’re going to miss some,” said T\icker. “We  See Complaints, page 8A  Getting made up to celebrate  NEWS COURIER/EDD DAVIS  Nela Brandon, 7, of Athens chose a fireworks display at the freehand glitter face-painting booth of Charlotte Holmes, left, of Athens during pre-fireworks activities at the Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival. The annual event at Athens High School stadium Saturday also included inflatables, pony rides, food and music leading up to a giant fireworks display at dusk.  Ruiinrsvillo. AL 256-247-1557    ^  vy vj xvheelei take pu/О.К от  Jerry King Company  IÓI3 I Gray Blvd. • Alhwu, AL 356) I  A 230-0402  QNC ÀftomiMr  Flimip    nÜ)    •  ш  СЛЬкЬтМ   

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