Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Man killed by dump truck
Falling truck bed crushes repairman at construction site
A man working on the hydraulic mechanism of a dump truck was killed Monday morning when the dump bed fell, trapping him between it and the frame, authorities said.
Daniel Duplechain, 31, of Blackburn Lane in Athens was pronounced dead at the scene, said Limestone County Coroner Mike West.
West said Duplechain was working at a
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construction site for a new subdivision on Hardiman Road near the Madison County line in southeastern Limestone County when the incident occurred. An emergency call
went out to Huntsville Emergency Medical Systems Inc. at alxmt 9:55 a.m.. West said.
The incident has been ruled an accident, said Lt. Tim Albright with City of Madison Police Department. The construction site was in a portion of the county annexed by Madison.
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Above from left, volunteers Ciera Jones and Amanda Roberts help pack bags of school supplies for families who signed up with the Department of Human Resources. DHR still needs cash and supplies to serve local students in need of supplies.
Local DHR distributes school supplies; still needs items, cash
From .staff reports Lisa Turner said losing her income has made life more difficult for her family of four, but a little help, from the local Department of Human Resources will mean her daughters’ backpacks are filled this fall.
Turner, who said she left her job for health reasons, was at DHR on Monday with Tabetha, who will be in sixth grade at Ardmore High School, and Destiny, who will begin first grade at Johnson Elementary, to gather supplies they will need for school.
“This is great,” said Turner, whose family has been living on her husband’s
How to help
The Limestone County Department of Human Resources accepts cash donations and still needs washable markers and fat glue sticks. Visit 1007 W. Market St. between 8 a.m.-4:30 pm. weekdays or call (256) 216-6380.
salary since she left her job. “It has helped us out and taken the stress away. School supplies are expensive.”
DHR gathered enough supplies through donations to help as many as 600 local students get the supplies they
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Is summer reading program a killjoy?
By Karen MioDLErroN karcii(^atlwnsnews-courier.c()in A program meant to expand students’ horizons through reading is an intrusion on summer fun and there aren’t enough Dooks to go around, according to two Limestone County Board of Education members.
“I’ve heard nothing but complaints,” said Earl Glaze. “And as a parent with a child in the sum
mer reading program, I know we would like to never got a hold of a book.”
Jan Tribble, who coordinates the program, said she had asked Athens-Limestone Public Library to stock more copies of the summer selections. She said some students were able to find books for under $1 online at Amazon.com.
While Board member James
Shannon said he had nothing against the summer reading program, he had also heard complaints froni students and their parents that the summer is the only time they have free.
“I have a hard time telling children and their parents what to do with their time in the summer months,” said Shannon.
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J('an alhciisiH'w s-coiirit'r.com A U.S. District judge has dismissed a rock quarry’s lawsuit against Limestone County Commission members but the court still has to decide whether the quarry violates four state laws aimed at preventing a quarry near Tanner.
United States District Judge Sharon Blackburn has dismissed a request by attorneys for the Limestone County Commission and several landowners to move the rock quarry case back to Limestone County Circuit Court, according to Mike Cole with Wilmer & Lee of Athens, the firm representing the commission and several Limestone landowners.
I n a separate ruling Thursday, U.S. District Tudge Inge P. Johnson dismissed Rogers Group’s claims against individual commissioners, Cole said. She also dismissed some of the company’s claims against the commission and landowners, specifically its claim that the lawsuit filed by the commissioners and landowners violates the company’s right to
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Chimes to be heard on square
By K\RhN MiDDITTmN kcircn(patli(‘iisiu‘\vs-(x)uri(r.('()in It’s been a long time since chimes have been heard from the Limestone County Courthouse dome clock.
The chimes recently have been reactivated and strike every 15 minutes. But workers and visitors to the downtown will soon get an added treat.
Tlie courthouse chimes wiU play songs such as “My Cbuntry Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful.” County Commission Chafrman David Seibert said he was ordering the tunes Monday afternoon.
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