Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 9, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Plane hits helicopter, nine dead
A small plane collided with a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River Saturday, killing all nine people aboard the two aircraft.
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Shooting victim stiD hospitalized
jcHn^athemnews-a)urivr.aym An East Limestone man shot while playing basketball at his home remains hospitalized more than a month after the incident but he has improved an ofiicial said.
Since the shooting, many people have asked about the fiate (rf 41-year-old Kelvin Davis.
Thiiiy-nine days have passed since he was shooting hoops in the driveway with his wife, two sons and a neighbor’s child at his McCulley MiU Road home and was struck by a bullet.
Just before 9 p.m. June 30, the family and neighbor heard a loud bang. Because it was so near July Fourth, they assumed it was the sound • of fireworks. Then they realized Kelvin had been shot.
Davis remained in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit of Huntsville Hospital immediately after the accident. He is now listed in stable condition, said Limestone County Sherift'’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“He is improving,” McNatt said.
Huntsville Hospital will not release informa
tion about Davis, and the family could not be reached at home Friday afternoon.
Although Sheriff Mike Blakely initially be-heved the shooting was accidental, investigators now say they do not know whether it was accidental or intentional.
“We haven’t ruled out anything,” McNatt said Friday.
The Davises newly built home sits on a corner lot at 16476 McCulley Mill Road at the in-See Victim, page 8A
Race conference will include Limestone County panelists
^ By Karen Middleton [email protected]
Do minorities face inequalities in housing, education, criminal justice and health care?
While it’s a widely held belief that minorities face discrimination in all these areas, a September conference in Huntsville, which wiU include Limestone County representatives, seeks to find remedies.
“Better Together: A Conference on Race,” wiU be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Redstone Federal Training Center, according to Joyce Maples of the University of Alabama in Huntsville marketing office.
See Better, page 8A
"Better Together: A Conference on Race" will study Inequalities faced by minorities.
Overflow at Village source of violation?
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kitrrihi^iiihcnsncws-anirivrxxmi A source who says he is a certified Grade 1 and Grade 1C wastewater operator says the alleged reporting violations by Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority concern rainwater overflows fiTom the Elkmont Rural Village sewage system.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management spokesman Scott Hughes confirmed July 31 that the violations reported for the LCWSA concern “some operations and maintenance issues” at a wastewater treatment plant.
Friday, The News Courier asked Hughes whether the complaints were about the Elkmont Rural Village and whether they are public record.
“The only thing I can say is that we have received complaints about the water authority up there and we are investigating,” said Hughes. “There could be the potential for enforcement actions, and we are not going to speculate about the outcome of matters we are investigating.”
Water board member Jim Moffatt had distributed a press release that stated the violations involved “reporting regulations.”
The release said the authority was working with ADEM to share all information fixim an internal investigation.
Interim General Manager Tammy Smith said in an e-mailed response to News Courier inquiries:
“As the press release stated, the Board is investigating the allegations and will report the results to the public as soon as we receive the report. Documents are being
See Ovefflow, page 8A
Calhoun Community College moves to 4.5’day schedule this fall
On the heels of the successful pilot of a fourday workweek this summer, Calhoun Community College officials announced the college will go to a four-and-a-half day schedule beginning Aug, 24, the first day of fell classes for the college.
The decision to move to a four-and-a-half day schedule this fell was
reached after the college conducted a cost analysis of ener®^ savings during the five-week pilot of this summer’s altered schedule, which showed a savings of close to $40,000 in energy costs. Additionally, the college’s Institutional Research office conducted a college-wide survey of Calhoun personnel
to determine opinions for the four^ day summer schedule and a proposed four-and-a-half day fell schedule. “Sevenfy-six percent of our personnel indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the fouiMJay schedule this summer, with Tlpercent of those surveyed indicating their preference for a
four^d-a-half day schedule for the fell semester,” said Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.
Beck added that in order to accommodate student needs, the college’s Financial Aid and Admissions offices at both campuses will
See Schedule, page 8A
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