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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama Prep Sneak Preview continues with Clements Colts Coming SundayThe News CourieServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureSaturday, August 8, 2009 Visit us enfine www.« Inside Today Rivers still awaits ring Eli Manning has one Super Bowl ring and just became the NFL's highest-paid player. Ben Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl victories in four seasons and got his big payday last year. Philip Rivers is still waiting for both. SPORTS, PAGE IB Jobless rate down as layoffs scaled back Employers sharply scaled back layoffs in July and the jobless rate dipped for the first time in 15 months, sending a strong signal the worst recession since World War II is ending. PAGE 6A Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........4A Lottery..........3A Obituaries 2A Orín Haggenmaker Louise McGuire Littleton Sandlin Sports...........IB Weather.........2A 7 "■'69847 00001 feel the pinch ByJeanCoiji jt'cund^ Biiying colors, notebooks and other school supplies is fim for kids but it is stressing classroom teachers in Athens and Limestone County who are dealing with budget cuts at school as well as at home this school year. Many teachers buy supplies for children in need who would otherwise go without. Tighter budgets at woik and home have teachers hoping for relief — and equity — in this area, an education association oflBcial said. “Our survey six years ago showed that teachers spent an average of $400 of their own money each year to pay for classroom supplies,” said Donna McDaniel of the Athens City Educators association. “And that was before the Alabama Reading Initiative was implemented in our system.” WBth ARI in place, teachers report spending “a lot more than they did before,” McDaniel said. The problem of teachers having to help biy school supplies became more complicated this year when the state Legislature approved an education budget that didn’t include money for instructional supplies for teachers or money for copy machines, paper and other items for common use. “A few years ago, teachers received $525 per classroom for supplies, which ranged ik)m class- rtx)m libraiy Ixjoks, a)nstruction paper, material for reading and math centers, bulletin boards, o)mputer ink, computer disks, dry-erase maricers and other items,” McDaniel said. “Principals received $200 per teacher for items used by everyone, such as copy machines and copy paper.” To balance the state education budget this year, officials had to cut $48 million for school technology, library enhancement, teacher school supplies and principal supplies for common use, which saved about 1,2(X) teaching positions. But, it also meant reducing the $525 per classroom See Supplies, page 2A Shoppers show no signs of dropping ilFl Jill A NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK Maurices Store Manager Dana Birdyshaw, left, rings up clothing and accessories for local students Rebecca Butler, center, and Katie Kelsoe. The clothing is tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday weekend, but accessories are not. Rebecca is preparing to enter her sophomore year Monday at Athens High School. Katie will be a junior. Stores have busy Friday kickoff for tax-jfree weekend By KEiiY Kazek keliy^athensnews-cvurier.coni Katie K^koe headed out for some back-to-sdiool shopping Riday afternoon with her fiiend Rebecca Buder. Tbeir first stop? Maurices, a juniors’ and women’s clothing store in French Farms on U.S. 72. Katie, wffio will start her junior year Monday at Athens School, said she and Rebecca, a sophomore at AHS, planned to shop in Athens first and then go to Huntsville. Tbey had not bought any back-to-school clothes before Friday, she said. “We’re buying them all during the tax-finee weekend,” Katie said. Maurices manager Dana Bircfyshaw said the See Tax-free, page 2A NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK Rue 21 in French Farms posted signs to lure customers inside during the tax-exempt weekend. Sales Tax Holiday The Sales Tax Holiday continues through midnight Sunday. Athens City Council and Limestone County Commission approved waiving local taxes during this weekend when state sales tax is waived on certain back-to-school items. Some tax-exempt items include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies valued at $50 or less, books under $30 and textbooks under $50, computers that cost less than $750 and some computer equipment and software. For more information, visit and click the Sales Tax Holiday Quick Reference Sheet of Exempt Items. Athens man accused of forging father's signature on checks An Athens man accused of forging 17 of his father’s checks was arrested Thursday by Athens Police, an official said. Adam Alexander Mont gomery, 25, of 22094 Compton Road was charged with 17 counts of second-degree forgery, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. Montgomery is accused of forging the- checks, which totaled more than $1,600, on his father’s account and cashing them at local businesses, Bruce said. Montgomery was transferred Y,l( (I .-ili;!! > Prhifiid S()ii It Uusini-S'. The features you love. The brand you trust. H/ivf,; ?t T' A'l-' ''-t-    L''i'    ' to the Limestone County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of posting $42,500 bail, records show. — Jean Cole Blackberry Tour $199.99 Athens Athens Can us today! 1-800-NEW-UNB (256)729-6010 ÍrSnMiHANiMiBAMawá -«M(he»*eee**.BtW» WUhmvIwmMi ! .....Him ;