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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama Index Classified .....................4B Comics................. 3B Ledger .......................7A Mini Page.....................5A Obituaries ....................2A Nathaniel Kilgo Vera Simmons Religion .....................10A Sports ........................IB Weather......................2A Liver Special - Tuesday $2.99 Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday 25% Off Athens Locution Only Discount applies to individual meals only, John Madden retires from broadcast booth PAGE IB e News Courier ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Students star in BRAC video School credit recovery will be available this summer By Jennifer Hill and Karen Middleton [email protected] Thursday night Athens City School Board members announced the dates for and unanimously approved summer programs including the annual Drivers Education program and a new credit recoveiy program. The Athens High School Credit Recovery program will allow students who have tailed in mastering content or skills to receive a course credit. Credit recoveiy may be taken only in the summer. Students who have not achieved a numeric score of 50 or above must repeat the entire course through a recognized summer school program or during the follow ing school year. The credit recoveiy program has limited access to approximately 40 students, 10 to each subject core subject — English, math, science, and social studies — and cost $150 per student per course, lire program will be held June 8 through June 30. Students who score at least an 80 percent mastery of their course will receive a numeric grade ranging from 65 to 70 for a final grade to be recorded and a Credit Recovery grade on the student’s transcript. This grade does not replace the original failing grade but will be averaged into the accumulating grade and GPA. The summer school session for Driver See Recovery, page 3ABankruptcy bites utilities Pilgrim's Pride's unpaid bills total $400K By Karen Middleton [email protected] vis/ieu s-ct>uricr. com When Pilgrim’s Pride filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early December it took a bite out of Athens Utilities revenue. Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said Thursday in a City Council budget review work session that the total loss to the city from the Pilgrim’s Pride bankruptcy is $400,000. “That’s what’s tied up in all utilities for Pil- grim’s Pride,” said Scroggins. Earlier in the work session Water/Wastewater departments manager John Stockton said the bite from his budget in uncollectible charges was $170,000, plus a 35-percent reduction in demand for water and wastewater services while the company is in reorganization. The local chicken processing plant employees about 750 workers, a company official said at the time the bankruptcy was announced late last year while stressing that the company was not going out of business. The reduction in revenues comes at a critical time for the Water/Wastewater departments because of the $25 million debt of building a new wastewater treatment facility under a federal mandate. Stockton proposed a rate increase that would take effect July 1 that would have the average customer paying $3.80 more a month. This is in addition to the 3-percent annual increase built See Bankruptcy, page 3A Suspect caught with aid of dogs, turkey hunters Visit us online Inside Training CSIs for animals University of Florida and American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals team up to train investigators to prepare cases for prosecution of crimes against critters. PAGE 5A Action...! NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS PAGE 6A. By Jean Cole jcair&athensnew s-coari( It took a bird, a few dogs, some turkey hunters and about two hours of chase, but Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely and about 15 of his employees caught a burglary suspect north of Elk- ....    .    c . 1    .    Michael Sain mont 1 hursday. Deputy Mike Gunner arrested Michael Dewayne Sain, 25, of 16760 Buckskin Drive in Athens about 2:45 p.m. off Smithville Road at Elkmont, Blakely said. He was being held Thursday night without bond in the Limestone County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary aqd bond revocation, he said. This was round two for Sain and the Limestone authorities. He was arrested 11 See Suspect, page 2A Drinking at home A growing number of consumers are spurning drinking in bars and restaurants and taking their liquor home to save money during recession. BP to monitor groundwater at leak site By Jean Cole jt [email protected] OWENS — Worker s are still cleaning up a xylene spill in a pond and field off Alabama 99, and environmental officials have asked the company to install groundwater monitoring wells and await the next step, an official said. In December, a BP Amoco pipeline leaked at least 500 gallon of the chemical - which smells like paint thinner - near Lebanon Church, alarming residents in the area. A refinery in Whiting Ind., pumps the xylene to the BP Amoco plant in Decatur, which uses the chemical to make polyester fibers and plastic con tainers. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which oversees the state’s groundwater safety, has directed the company to assess the damage it may have cause to the environment and to further monitor groundwater in the area. “We have requested that BP Amoco perform a preliminary investigation on the environmental impact of the spill,” said Scott Hughes, public relations director for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management in Montgomery. “That will in volved approximately eight groundwater moni- See Monitor, page 2A Students in Limestone County and Athens City Schools will be featured in a video which will be available on the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce website and used at town meetings to attract BRAC families. The Limestone County BRAC Committee and the Consumer Confidence Committee are putting the video together. Elementary students from Limestone County and Athens City Schools submitted essays about why their school is great and retired teachers picked the winners. Tammy Britton’s fifth grade class won the contest in Limestone County and Mary Beth Young’s first grade class won in Athens. At top, Greg Warren of Advanced Concepts films Brookhill Elementary students Niya Turner and Anna Brand during class. Directly above, Owens Elementary student Olivia Carter reads her essay while her classmates listen in the background. Olivia wrote the essay at Owens to win the spot in the video for her class. The Brookhill first-graders wrote their essay together as a class to win the spot. Subscribe Get llit* news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 000 01 ;