Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 16, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Gilliam ieads on sidelines and field
Athens High lineman has learned from experience as he spent several crucial games on the Golden Eagles' sidelines due to injuries.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Runnina out of clunkers
Mom and Pop used car dealers are feeling the crunch as the vehicles that provide their livelihood Q^t traded in and banished to junkyards under the Cash for Clunkers program.
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Health care plan confuses
By Karen MiDDi^TON
karen<S>athensnews-cx)urier. mni Sheila White, as an active member of the group Athens-Limestone Seniors Organization, has a lot of opportunity to talk with a segment of the community that has deep concerns about health care reform. _ T^e ЙГО1Ф, formed after the local chap-A^odaiibn^of Retired Persons disbanded, is comprised of those
either already receiving Medicare benefits or who soon wiU.
While White is not an official spokesperson for ALSO, she said she is confused by much of what she is reading and hearing and would like answers fiom our Washington legislators. But she doubts they understand the administration’s health care reform proposal themselves.
“In general, there’s just a lot of coiifti-sion,” said White. “I’m not sure how the proposals read and it’s really something to comprehend and I’m not sure even our legislators comprehend it.”
White said that “overall” of those she has talked to there is no support for the proposed reforms outlined in President
See Confuses, page 8A
Sharing in the Fimfest
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Fun and games fill the Sportsplex on a hot summer Athens afternoon
Athens Middle School teacher and coach Kerry Donaldson, above, gets soaked during the Aqua Blaster Saturday at the Athens Funfest. Held at the Athens SportsPlex, Funfest featured events including a seed-spitting contest, disc throw, women's skillet throw, men's wrench throw and many more. A variety of booths housed fun games for kids and the wares of vendors. At right, Athens High School cheerleader Hannah Ward paints Cody Scott's face. Scott's hair was green from yet another booth at Funfest.
Ardmpre principal: List of schools needing improvement unfairly labels
By Jean Cole
's-a)urier.com lliings are not always as they appear, according to Ardmore High School Princfoal Tcanmy Hunter.
The school's graduation rate recentfy landed it on a state list of schools needing improvement but Hunter says its inclusion is misleading and parents and students should not be alarmed.
“The manner in which graduation rate is calculated has chained fix)m time to time
and is different fixan state to state,” Hunter says. “A school automatically makes adequate yearly progress if the @:aduation rate is above 90 percent or if the graduation rate inqjroves fixrm one year to the next.”
He notes Ardmore’s graduation rate fix)m 2005 through 2008 has been 78 percent, 77 percent, 90 percent and 83.78 percent.
“The projected rate for 2009 is 93.08 per^ cent,” Hunter says. “A 1 percent drop ill the
See Labels, page 3A
Local churches are encouraged to take part in race conference
By Karen MiDOLtrroN
kan'nCohthcnsnows-cxmriir.crmi Limestone County churches are encouraged to give input to “Better Together: A Conference on Race,” set for Sept. 10 and 11 at Redstone Federal Training Center.
Frank Broyles, staff member of the Interfoith Mission Service in Huntsville, is sending out letters to North Alabama churches, seeking congregations who are actively promoting racial unity and reconciliation in their communities and diversities within their own churches.
“We want as many churches as we can to support this
See Conference, page ЗА
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