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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 10-digit calls in 256 area codt* set to begin PAGE 4A  The News Courier  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Wednesday, October 7, 2009  visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Media ask where's Julio?  Alabama's preseason All-American wide receiver has been the invisible man as the Crimson Tide rolls to a No. 3 national ranking.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Warmth should be cheaper  People who heat with natural gas should do especially well this winter, seeing their lowest power bills in five years.  PAGE 11A  Subscribe  Ciet the news with your morning cofiee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001  Mom gets her kids back  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A mother was reunited Tliesday with her newborn son after losing him twice, first to a kidnapper and then to state custo<^ after someone claimed a femily member had tried to sell him.  Infent Yair Anthony Carillo and three siblings were no longer in foster care and authorities do not believe parents Maria Gurrolla and Jose Carillo were involved in the baby’s Sept. 29 abduc  tion, the Department of Children’s Services and Nashville police said.  Gurrolla lost custody of Yair and his three siblings after the baby was found safe in Alabama. Two officials ^miliar with the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it, said the state took the children after someone claimed a femily member had tried to sell the baby.  A police statement says “significant unanswered questions remain” in the case, including why Gurrolla and her infant were targeted. Thomas Miller, an attorney appointed to represent the children, told AP that police informed child welfere officials Tuesday they had “cleared the parents of any wrongdoing.”  See Kids, page 7A  Giant and Gentle Giant  h ' '"■'4 у  *■  COURTESY PHOTO  Will Haney of Tanner and Sydney Newton of East Limestone are brave warriors in a war against a rare form of cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma.  lOK Walk-A-Thon to raise funds for 2 cancer victims  Karen MiDDijrroN  kcUX'tM u tiu 'usiu'w sHxnirit'r. a m Giants come in all sizes. Sometimes he’s a 31-year-old nursing student and sometimes she’s a 5-yearold kindergartener.  What .makes them each a giant is in how Will Haney and Sydney Newton handle the rare cancer that has stricken both.  Now, the East Limestone High School City Council is ready to lend a hand in their fi^t by sponsoring a lOK Walk-A-Thon at the school fix>m 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18.  Both Haney and Sydney are being treated for rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare malignancy of the soft tissue that most often afiects children.  Sydney, daughter of Jamie and Cynthia Newton, was diagnosed in May after a strep infection and experiencing double vision fixjm a tumor behind her sinus, and Haney, son of Tink and Sharon Haney and husband of Emily Page Haney, was diagnosed after  See Giant, page 7A  Regional dental center may provide free screening for Limestone County students  By Jean Cole jeajt^S'idhvmncws-courier.com  Limestone County schools may help a nonprofit group screen students for dental and vision problems in an efibit to improve care for students from poor families.  Representatives of Sarrell Regional Dental and Eye Centers asked Limestone County school board members during a meeting Monday to work with them in establishing a centef in Limestone and in letting them screen students to help reach those who are poor and without dental care.  The schools would pay nothing.  Board member, Charles Shoulders, who recently toured the Sarrell Regional Dental and Eye Center in Anniston, invited group representatives to the meeting.  “I was impressed with the stafi", the office, the procedures and the equipment,” Shoulders said. “They treated 35 kids the morning I was there. We are living in an area where there are a lot of children who do not have insurance and dental care.”  Brandi Parris of Sarrell said the non-profit group is the largest dental practice in the state.  See Dental, page 7A  Pilgrim s Pride win close plant doors on Friday  By Karen Mfi)DIe:ixln кип ‘iiif H tiu 'listи '\vs-ix)urit r. a)Hi  ТЪе final day of processing live chickens was Tuesday for the soon-to-be closed Pilgrim’s Pride plant.  As a part of restructuring to come out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pilgrim’s Pride consolidated the processing ftmctions of the Athens plant with those in Boaz, Gun-tersville and Franklin County.  The closing of the Athens plant left 640 workers unemployed. Ray Atkinson, Pilgrim’s Pride director of corporate communications, said “a few” employees had been transferred to other plants.  “Not a large number,” said Atkinson. But the reported number of those transferred has been 12.  When asked it the company has any plans to sell the plant, Atkinson said, “No plans that we can tell about right now.  “The iacihties are idled and will stay that way unless we need additional production capacity,” he said.  While Tliesday was the last day for processing Iwe chickens, Atkinson said about 40 fieople would remain on-site through Friday.  “We will have a few people finishing up the product run,” he said.  Atkinson said the plant closing would not affect Icxal contract growers.  “The company does not expect a reduction in contract growers,” he said. “They will be supplying other complexes.”  ТЪе plant has been in production for 57 years. Among owners were Sweet Sue, Beatrice Foods and ConAgra. Pilgrim’s Pride took over in 2003.  Pilgrim’s Pride has also idled plants in Athens, Ga.; El Dorado, Ark., and Farm-ersville. La., in the wake of which more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs.  ТЪе corporation continues to employ nearly 41,000 people in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico.  Faith Christian student receives commendation from Merit schoiarship  By Jean Qjle  jt •Hiu^uthcusnvws-amrivr.coni Sarah Adams of Athens hopes to par-lay her brainpower into a great job in the medical field someday.  For now, the student at Faith Christian Academy is happy to have been recently named a commended student by the 2010 National Merit Scholarship program. She will receive a commendation letter fipom both the school and the National Merit Corp.  “For almost eight years, Sarah has been a dedicated, high-peribrming student, and we congratulate here on being  See Student, page 7A  Sarah Adams  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics.......   ,3B  Ledger ......................12A  Lifestyles .....................1C  Obituaries ....................2A  William McCracken Kevin White Bernice Witherspoon  Opinion ......................5A  Sports ........................IB  _    Ш&7  In our Rko  Join discussions of daily stories, current events, football and more on The News Courier's Facebook page. Some comments made during the week are chosen to run on Wednesday's Opinion page.  Join the fun!   

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