Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Good for consumers and economy - 2009 promises plenty of free or low-cost family fun at Limestone County events, such as the Fiddlers Convention, above.
Hilary Duff set for area film
Hilary Duff has signed to play Bonnie Parker in a North Alabama director’s film "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde." Kevin Zeqers will play Clyde Barrow. Filming is set to begin in April. Details ,„
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Snow possible tonight
By Karen Middleton
Some parts of Limestone County received a half-inch of rain Thursday night and there was a report of at least one tree down on Dupree-Worthy Road, close to East Limestone, and some scattered power outages in Athens because of a lightning strike.
Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said there were brief power outages
on Lucas Ferry Road, Glenn Valley Subdivision and West Hobbs Street.
For the most part the community escaped unscathed.
But bundle up for the weekend. National Weather Service forecaster Andy Kula in Huntsville says there might be some snow showers late tonight and into Sunday mom-ing.
“Heavy rain was expected for Friday night
south of Huntsville in the Cullman. Albertville and Fort Payne areas and gusty winds at 20-to-30 miles per hour are expected tonight.” said Kula. “If w'e get some snow', the gusts could cause a visibility problem. It definitely won’t feel like spring. But any accumulation we get won’t last long because the ground has warmed up and temperatures
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Jerry Evans with Greenbrier Restaurant talks with students in a culinary arts class Friday at Limestone Career Technical Center's Career Fair.
Civic leaders tell students about careers
Eighth grade students from Limestone County schools attended a career feir Friday at Limestone Career Technical Center. In its second year, the career feir was established because many dropouts regularly dte “lack of relevance” as a contributing fector in their decision to quit school, said Gayle Black with the Tech Sdiool. “It is important for students to see a connection between what they are doing in school and what they plan to do in life,” Black said Representatives from local businesses and industries, including The News Courier gave presentations covering educational requirements for their careers, salary information and job outlocdc.
The program is sponsored by the Limestone County PASS Initiative, the Limestone County Career Technical Center and Calhoun Community College’s Tech Prep Program.
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Athens Mayor Dan Williams tells students at Limestone Career Technical Center's Career Fair how local government works.
building lines from prison to East plant
By Karen Middifixin
Bids will be opened Mimch 10 for an appniximiite $750,(KX) pixxject to conned the Urne-stone Correctional Facility lagoon wastewater system with the East Limestone Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Interim Manager Tammy Smith Sixid the solicited bids will \yc for construction of a sewi^e lilt station, flow meter imd gravity sewer.
“phe authority] will lie installing approximately 2,225 feet of 12-inch gravity sewer from an existing manhole located the edge t)f the existing lagoons at the Correctional Facility and placing a sewage lift station on Nick Davis Road, which will pump to our FiLst Limestone Wastew^ater Treatment Facility,” said Smith.
A force main will 1« installed from the lift station along Nick Davis Road to the w'astewater plant.
“We are currently in the engineering phase to replace our existing E^st Limestone
Wastewater Treatment Facility,” said Smith.
Tbe $3 million aist of replacing the East Limestone plant with a 5(K),lXX>-gallon-per-day tacility will be ftinded throu^i a 2007 Ixind issue.
“T’his new wastewater plant’s increased capacity will take care of the Qirrectitinal Facility and also the aintinued growth in the community,” said Smith. “We plan to continue using the lagtxin wastewater system to treat wastewater from some developments in the area. Also, keeping the lagoons active will enable us to route the Qirrectional Facility’s wastewater through the lagxxin ^stem if nec*essary.”
Decatur man, juveniles charged in weapons theft
By Jean Cole
jean (^a thensnews-courier, com A Decatur man was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the theft of guns and ammunition, according to Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
Jamaul Antoine Craig, 21, of 416 Hay Drive S.W., Apt. F-8, is accused of breaking into an apartment at 700 S. Clinton St. on Feb. 10, along with juveniles ages 16 and 17, and stealing a 52-inch television, three pistols, a 12-gauge shotgun, a Colt brand rifle and ammunition.
Most of the stolen property has been recovered by authorities, according to Bruce.
Craig was located in Lawrence County.
He was transferred to the Limestone County Jail.
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