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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 2, 2009, Athens, Alabama Crimson Tide football star shot during robbery attempt PAGE IB The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Wednesday, September 2, 2009 Visit us online www.en«wscourier.coni Inside Today Spacewalk removes huge tank A pair of spacewalkers successfully tackled a hefty tank removal job at the international space station Tuesday as their crewmates unloaded comedian ■Stephen Colbert's namesake treadmill. PAGE 2A Wolf hunt is on - for now Gray wolves were back in the cross hairs of hunters Tuesday, just months after they were removed from the endangered species list. PAGE 7A Index Classifieds ... 4B Comics...... 3B Health ...... 8A Ledger ...... lOA Lottery...... 3A Obituaries . .. 2A Martha Greene Virgia Hargrove Jerry Kelley Cora Phillips Janies Wooten Opinion   5A Sports Valley Weatfi er .IB .4A .2A * ____ _____ Schools brace for budget cut ByJean^u: jeaii&athvi)si)v\\s-t'()uricr.(\)m Limestone County Schools are prepared for a state funding shortage of $3.6 to $5 mQlion in the next school year. But officials still expect to be able to build the Blue Springs School in the Clements community and afford $750,000 in roof improvements at East Limestone and Elkmont hi^i schools. They have also applied for $8 million in federal loans, which they may get an answer on this week, that would allow them to pay for the $750,000 in roof repairs and allow them to build the $4.5 million gym at East to replace the middle school gym that was condemned and tom down. Board members approved the fiscal 2010-2011 budget Tuesday during their regular monthly meeting. The budget includes $85.9 million in total revenue and $91.2 million in total expenditures. Already, Chief Finance Officer Jonathan Craft said the schools for the past couple of months have had to tap the schools’ reserv^e fund to the tune of $500,000 to $600,0(X) a month to rover state funding shorties from the current fiscal year. State education officials warned public schools last week to prepare for a third-straight year of budget cuts. The state is giving Limestone County schools and schools throughout the state less money than first anticipated due to lower than ex- See Budget, page 3A Raising funds to fight disease COURTESY PHOTO Athens' own Bradley Walker will perform with bluegrass group The Grascals Sept. 7 during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2009 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Walker, who released the album "Highway of Dreams" on Rounder Records in 2006 has appeared several times on the annual telethon. Local singer Bradley Walker to perform on MDA telethon Countiy/bluegrass vocalist and Athens native Bradley Walker wiU perform Labor Day, Sept. 7 on the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2009 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. ^ Hailed as “the next great voice of bluegrass music” by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, Walker, 31, was bom with muscular dystrophy and has used a wheelchair his entire hie. He made his first Telethon appearance with the Oak Ridge Boj^ in 1989, followed by appearances in 2001 and 2002. Walker and bluegrass group The Grascals will perform the bluegrass standard, “Wll You Be Loving Another Man,” after which Walker will sing the gospel song, “Why Me” by Kris Kristofferson, Their performances are scheduled to air between 8- 9 a,m. CST. In 2006, Rounder released Walker’s debut album, “Highway of Dreams.” Produced by Grammy-award winning musician and songwriter Carl Jackson, the album is a collection of hard country and bluegrass, featuring guest support by Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Alecia Nugent, Ron Block, Rob Ickes, and others. The Telethon will originate “live” fix>m the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 8 p.m. CST Sunday, Sept. 6. It will be broadcast nationwide to nearly 40 million viewers in the U.S. and Canada via 180 television stations in MDA’s “Love Network” as well as on MDA’s Web site, www.mda .org. Local air See Telethon, page 3A 7    69847    00001    i 60 Corvettes will roar into Athens today By Karen MiDOLErroN karen^athensnews-courier.ann Every guy’s — and a lot of gal’s — dr«am car will be roaring into Athens late this afternoon. A caravan of at least 60 Corvettes, dating fixrm a third-generation 1978 to two 2009 ZR-ls, will See Corvettes, page 3A COURTESY PHOTO Two 2009 Corvette ZR-ls like this one will be part of a caravan to stop in Athens late this afternoon. Bryant Clark One charged with robbeiy; more arrests are expected A 21-year-old Athens man was walking to Sanders Street Monday night when he noticed two men in a dark Ford Explorer following him. He tried to mn into his house at 809 Sanders but was cornered and robbed at gunpoint, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bmce. Police tracked down the two suspects and arrested Biyant Dewayne Clark, 21, of 1012 Highland St. and charged him with first-degree robbery, Bmce said. “The victim tried to run into his house but the men cornered him and stuck a handgun to his chest,” Bmce said. TTie victim gRve the robbers his money — $280 — and they fled on foot, traveling south on Sanders, Bmce said. Officer Mickey Hart quickly found the Ford Explorer, occupied by the two suspects, at Lucas and Plato Jones streets, Bmce said. One of the suspects ran but Clark was detained and arrested, the cap>-tain said. A handgun was found in the vehicle, Bmce said. Clark was transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where he remained Tliesday afternoon in lieu of posting a $20,000 bond. More arrests are pending Bmce said. — Jean Cole United Way seeks volunteers for Day of Caring activities The United Way of Athens-Limestone County and its 18 member agencies are asking local residents to participate in vol-unteerism. On Tliesday, the United Ways of North Alabama will collaborate for the largest volunteer effort in the state of Alabama. Organizations, companies, individuals and agencies will have the opportunity to make a difference in the community by participating in community service projects proposed by UW agencies. “This is a chance for you to meet the people whose lives you have improved and continue to improve daily through your United Way financial and time contributions,” said Kaye McFarlen, executive director of UW. This is the 12th annual Tennessee Valley Day of Caring. “Last year in Limestone County, we had over 400 volunteers who worked cm over 45 different community projects,” McFarlen said. The Day of Caring Cook Out and Com- See Volunteers, page 3A