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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama Prep Sneak Preview: Q&A willi Ardmoi i' ^ Bf uwn PAGE IB The News Courie Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Coininunity of Tradition ¿ind Future Visit us online www^newscourier.com Woodstock: Were you there? On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the most famous rock concert ever performed, The News Courier is looking for those who attended. If you were there, please write your recollections and send them to Managing Editor Kelly Kazek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611. Inside Today Celebrating Power Friends hold benefit for cancer patient Will Haney PAGE 7A Index Obituaries 2A Jennifer C. Jackson Valley...........4A Ledger..........7A Sports...........IB Comics..........3B Classifieds.......4B Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7 69847 00001 6 \K- "We had a good opening - probably one of the best in a long time." - ATHENS CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT OR. ORMAN BRIDGES Ready to hit the books NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNOERS Students at Athens Intermediate School read in the library on the first day of school. From left are, Tionna Moore, Christion Lucas, Riley Adams, Cade Bolen, Anna Duncan and Laven-dar Bailey. Athens Intermediate is hosting a 'Back to School Bash' Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the school. Admission is $5. First day went ‘smoothly’ for city, county schools liy Kt'llv Kii/.ck kcllw^^ ullu'usiicw s-courivr.com Athens City and Limestone County school systems opened Monday with no problems, superintendents said. “We had a good opening — probably one of the best in a long time,” said Athens Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges. “All of our buses were on time. Everything ran pretty smoothly.” Buses also ran smoothly at county schools, said Limestone Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll. “Everybody seemed to know where they were going and what they were doing,” he said. “There will be some adjustments we’ll have to make with schedules and By the numbers Final count of Athens City Schools students Monday was 3,054, up from 2,995 last year. Limestone County Schools first-day tally was not complete Monday afternoon but officials expect to have more than last year's total of 8,735. all that but we were ready.” Bridges and Carroll said school staffs See School, page 2A Attorney General gives advice for being safe this school year By Kelly Kazlk kellyi^^it hetisnews-courier.com Athens City and Limestone County school systems opened Monday with no problems, superintendents said. “We had a good opening — probably one of the best in a long time,” said Athens Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges. “All of our buses were on time. Everything ran pretty smoothly.” Buses also ran smoothly at county schools, said Limestone Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll. “Everybody seemed to know where they were going and what they were doing,” he said. “There will be some ad justments we’ll have to make with schedules and all that but we were ready.” Bridges and Carroll said school staffs spent time this summer trying to ensure students would not face sickness this fall, as well. Staffs cleaned, disinfected and studied statewide guidelines to prepare for a potential outbreak of HlNl virus, or swine flu. “We did a lot of cleaning, a lot of painting and maintenance with air conditioners and AC systems,” Carroll said. See Attorney General, page 2A City to use stimulus funds to replace clay sewers By Karen Middi i’ion kuivn iithensiK'w s-eourier.i‘om Thirty-eight miles of clay sewer pipes, many of which have been in the ground since 1909, interlace subterranean Athens, designed for a time when they carried raw sewage to be emptied in the creek. A hundred years after they were installed, 2009 stimulus funds will go toward replacing at least 10 miles of those pipes. Water/Wastew'ater Manager John Stockton told the City Council Monday that the deteriorating crockery pipes, which are in some places totally collapsed, such as under the Hobbs Street railroad crossing, are letting in millions of gallons of rainwater, taxing the sewage treatment plant. “In all. the city has 130 miles of sewer pipe and 38 miles of that is clay tiles,” said Stockton. “'I’hese date to no later than the 1950s. A lot of those that were installed never were intended to be watertight. “On a typical day 4-to-5-million gallons go through the plant, but in heavy rains that capacity can jump to 18 million. Our capacity is chewed up by groundwater.” Stockton said $40 million in stimulus money flowed into Alabama specifically for sewer building or rebuilding. “We have been approved for $6.8 See City, page ЗА Carroll finalist for job in Tenn. By Jean Cole JEANCfipAIHEN.SNEWS-COUHIEH.COM The superintendent of Limestone County Schools is a finalist for the superintendent’s post in Tennessee. Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll and two other men will be scheduled for daylong visits and final interviews at Williamson County Franklin, Tenn., on Aug. 18,19 and 20, said Communications Director Carol Birdsong. Other finalists for the job are Michael Looney of Butler County, Ala., and Dennis Deardon of Arizona, she said. Carroll, 51, and his wife, Teresa, See Carroll, page 3A Or. Barry Carroll Schools in library has trouble meeting summer demand By Kyre.n Middleton kcireniS^athcnsnews-eourier.com Athens-Limestone Public Library Director Susan Todd said the facility has a two-fold task during summer: Providing materials for the annual in-house reading program for pre-school and elementary grades, and trying to provide enough copies on the shelves of required reading for local schools’ reading Rsts. ^ This becomes an especially tricky balancing act when the library’s book budget has steadily decreased from $78,522 in 1999 to $40,000 in 2009. Todd said the library could better keep up with required reading selections for middle school and high school students if the schools would loan their titles to the library for the summer months, such as Athens High School did this summer. “We serve everyone in the county from birth to the elderly and part of that is in supporting the curriculums of our local schools,” said Todd. “We cany a certain number of what could be termed the ‘classics’ in reading from Shakespeare to Mark Twain for regular book reports and terms papers and also what is assigned for summer reading.” This summer, the library has checked out some 3,(XK) books to See Library, page 3A Vpgrude your aid Heat Pump to the new 14 Seer Heat Pump Tax Credit CNr«o Inri«n«th>i» or RctrofitsY Blackberry* Tour $199.99 Акт $70 т«йп пЫм daM amd S269 99 vaiu*-$7Q matf-r taoaia daM e•^dm$^9в 99. WMt naw 2yr achvabe«i Call us today! 1-800-NEW-LINE
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