Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Friday, August 28, 2009
Area students offered swine flu vaccination
By Jean Coi e
Area students — including those in Athens, Limestone County and area colleges — who want to be vaccinated against swine flu may be rolling up their sleeves in middle to late October, an official said.
That is when the Alabama Department of Public Health ex
pects the vaccine to be available in North Alabama.
AD PH officials met with area school officials Wednesday at the Athens-Limestone County Emergency Management Agency to discuss the matter. Parents would decide whether they wanted their children vaccinated.
Plans for a mass inoculation
came less than a week after an AD PH nurse told The News Courier the HlNl virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, is widespread and circulating throughout Alabama.
The Associated Press reported late Wednesday that hundreds of students are out sick with swine flu or flu-like symptoms in Opelika, Lee County and Auburn
Opelika City Schools had 340 students out sick and 414 Auburn City Schools’ students are out. Meanwhile, Auburn University is reporting approximately 50 potential flu cases while Lee County Schools has numerous absences and was planning a head count Wednesday.
See Swine, page 2A
Riley talks robotics
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Gov. Bob Riley speaks to the Robotics Committee Thursday at Calhoun Community College as site preparation for the Robotics Center began across U.S. 31. The governor urged the committee to "push the envelope" in completing the center because of two major industrial prospects considering location in Alabama.
Riley pledges resources of state in getting robotics center running
By Karen Middi.eton
\\s-couri-cr.com Gov. Bob Riley told a gathering of the local Robotics Committee Thursday that he would use all meahs at his disposal to get the three-phase Robotics Center up and running as soon as possible to attract two major companies to Alabama.
Committee Chairman Joe Sparks said Phase I, the Industrial Robotics Maintenance Training Center is scheduled to be in operation by July 2010, and the grand opening and ribbon-cutting is slated for August.
Phase II is the Advanced Technology Research and Development Center and Phase III is the Integration and En
The group, comprised of business, industry and education leaders, hosted the governor in the third-floor President’s Conference Room of the Math and Science Building at Calhoun Community College, while across U.S. 31 on former Delphi Saginaw proper-
See Rliey, page 2A
Suspect ill Athens robbery nabbed in Kan.
By Jean CIole
icnn c iillieiisiicw s-couricr.cotu A man suspected of robbing Movie Gallery stores in Athens and two other Alabama cities has been arrested in Kansas in connection with a Movie Gallery robbery in Oklahoma, an official said.
Robert Cameron Foust, 25, was arrested Wednesday night by investigators in Salina, Kan., Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce confirmed.
See Robber, page 2A
Industrial board and city grant rail easement
By Karen Middi eion
knri'ii ftiitln'iisin'w s-cotiricr.com The long-awaited rail spur for Custom Polymers in Elm Street Industrial Park has passed the last hurdle toward construction.
Thursday, the Limestone County Industrial Development Board and Athens City Council granted a railroad easement to the company and clarified a payment process utilizing company, city, county and grant funds.
The company, which leases a city spec building in the park, uses recycled plastic to produce pellets used in the manufacturing of bottles, clothing, fencing and benches.
City attorney Shane Black explained to the Industrial Development Board that the company is growing beyond expectations.
“They are up to 55 employees,” said Black. “They are running at 70-percent capacity and are looking to going to 100 percent and expanding.”
See Robber, page 2A
Gray & Holt celebrating 75 years of business
By Karen Middleton kurcni&uthensncws-courier.com Seventy-five years ago E.T. Doc” Gray and Ollie Holt opened Gray & Holt Dry Goods on the north side of the Limestone County Courthouse Squarfe. Today, it is a landmark and a frequent tourist stop as people stroll the aisles and reminisce about bygone days.
Two owners later not much has changed. The store deals in serviceable jeans, shoes and boots as well as many other useful items.
In continuous operation since its founding, the store décor and fixtures have re-piained the same. All the wood and glass showcases are original, along with a 1925 National hand-cranked cash register, which is still in everyday use.
Gray and Holt opened the store in 1934 in the old Dixie Theatre building and today many of the original movie posters from the silent film era decorate the walls. In
See Celebrating, page 3A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Mark, Carol, Owen and Bob Griggs are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gray &
Holt Dry Goods on the Athens square Saturday.
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