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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama Tanner heads to state hoops playoiTs today PAGE IBThe News XjnurierSen ing Athens and Lhncstone County: A ÇorÊfàMof Tmhtion and Futureesdly, February 24, 2009 Visit us online www..encwscourier.coni Inside Today AHS opens new ball The Athens High School baseball and softball complex opens SPORTS, PAGE IB Alabama man provided astronauts' training PAGE 6A Subscribe Get the news with your uiorning coiiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720 7    698    47    00001 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS/FILE In August, producer Hugo Soskin of New York, right, interviewed local residents Donnie and Felica Powers for an upcoming show on The Weather Channel about the tornadoes that struck here in 1974. Local recollections of 1974 tornadoes to air Wednesday Kb l l Y hLxZKK kclln(ftdhcnsnc\\\vs-(xniricr.i-()Jii Although prtxlucers initially reported a show on The Weather Channel featuring interviews with local people would air tonight, a Weather Channel spokeswoman said the program would debut at 8 p.m. Wednesday. An episode of “When Weather Changed History” will focus on \iolent tornadoes that hit Limestone County in 1974, part of what became known as the Super Outbreak. It is set to air at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Central time When to watch Ag episode of The Weather Channel show "When Weather Changed History" featuring interviews with local people will air at 8 and 11 p.m. Wednesday. Wednesday and will be repeated at 3 p.m. Thursday and at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. On April 3,1974,148 tornadoes struck in 13 states. Two storms that struck near Tan- See Tornadoes, page 3A By KARt:.N MiDDIKIDN himittiillu'nsitc\vs-aHih(r.a)m Although the Limestone County Health Department welcomed the community Friday for an open house, the facility has been up and running in its new location since mid-December. Office manager Melinda Adams said there was a good turnout for Friday’s event at the new department at 20371 Clyde Mabry Drive. “There were quite a few people that showed up,” she said. “We didn’t keep a sign-in sheet to keep track of how' many, but it was pretty good.” The 16,000-square-foot building is located See Health, page 3A Open house held at new Health Dept. NEWS ..OURIER/KIM RYNDERS The new Limestone County Health Department moved to its new facility off U.S. 31 South, on Clyde Mabry Drive two months ago, Friday, the staff welcomed the community for an open house and tours. City, library officials discuss expansion options By K.\rhn Mii)dit:ix)n hm‘iif'iithcnsiu'\ys-ix>uricr.('(>iit How much space does the libraiy really need? Athens City Council President Ronnie Maiks says the library needs as much space as its board and foundaticMi can pay for. However, library officials say they need all the space they can get to keep up with the needs of a growing population. Last year, the city purchased the old 39,000-square-foot Kroger building for 8650,000. City officials said at the time it was a bargain and could conceivably accommodate not only a library but also municipal offices. Now, Marks is suggesting the city a)uld also accommodate the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and the Limestone County Economic Development Association in the structure. IJbrarian Susan Todd said il the collection of the current 1970-era 10,000-square-foot libraiy were expanded to meet state libraiy standards, it would require 377,10frsquare-teet, just 1,000 -square feet less than the Kroger building. Todd said projectec population growth would necessitate the Ubrary See Council, page 3A Sheriff: Girl cut man’s neck in self defense By Jk.\n C:oi t iciiiiFuthciisiicws-aninvr Authorities will probably not charge a 15-year-old girl w ho cut the neck of a transient Sunday at her home, an official siiid. The victim. Jerr>' L\Tin Clinard. 45. of 1092 Old Railroad Bed Road. Madison, was treated at Hunts\ ille Hospital and released but was later arrested for hiiling to pay child support, sffid Limestone County Chief Investigator Stimley McNatt. He is being held without bond in the Limestone County Jail. The girl, whose name was withheld by The News Courier liecause she is a juvenile, told authorities ^he feared for her safety. “She said Clinard made a gesture like she he was tiying to grab her and she got a bo.x cutter,” McNatt said. “She said that See Defense, page 3A Trial is set for July 20 in sex case of foniier Clements coach By Jk.\n CxMi it'nnFnlhi'usiu'ws-ixuihcr.anti A former Clements High Schcx)l teacher will be tried on charges of rape, sodomy and se.xual abuse July 20 in you saw a, breaking news M wwR'enewvouTiercom Brian "Keith" McGuire Franklin    County, reaiids show. Brian    “Keith” McGuire, 49, of 509 Portis Ave., Jackson, is accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing a 19-year old woman in 1990 in Lauderdale County. He was charged with the crimes in 21X)6. TTie Lauderdale County case is of interest here for two reasons. McGuire resigned from Clements on March 7, 2(X)2, amid allegations that he in-appnipriately touched two girls. An administrative law judge tor the state See Coach, page 2A Investigation stalls in crochet needle case The investigation into a man’s claim that he awoke with a crochet needle in his urethra appears to be stuck. Limestone County sheriff s investigators have been unable to reach the man despite repeated telephone calls and a visit to his home. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Monday. A deputy sheriff was called to Huntsville Hospital about 11 p.m. Wednesday to interview a man who said he went to sleep with an ex-girlfriend and aw oke with the needle inserted. The man, who is not being named pending investigation, told the deputy he did not know how the needle got there. “He and the girlfriend had been drinking and it was there when he woke up,” Sheriff Mike Blakely said. Doctors X-rayed the man and removed the needle, the sheriff said. - Jean Cole Index Obituaries ....................2A Harold L. Beam Bradley Carlton Brooks Martha Y. Gray Musia Elizabeth Marhut Edi Erskine Nelson William Stanley Woodard Sr. Sports Ledger , .IB .7A Washington’Street Diner One Block East of Athens Square 1 OO Washington St.    ------ ¡D TO Order ^ Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm Open 6:OOam ti* 2:OOpm AA^n.-Fri. • 6:OOam KH 1 2:0C^3m Serf. Take Out Orders - Call 232-0203 Check out our Daily Blue PicMte Special $A.03 Online edition See a slideshow of Tuesday's playoff game between Tanner and R.C. Hatch online Thursday afternoon at under Photo Galleries ;