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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama Economic woes force states to rethink prison policy PAGE 5AServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community    and    Future One dollarSunday, January 11, 2009The News Courier Steelcase brings new jobs By Karen Middleton [email protected] Athens Steelcase Plant Manager Brenda Borkowski said she would know more at late week how many employees are moving here from the Atlanta plant. In early December plant officials and local industrial recruiter Tom Hill announced 250 jobs would be moving to Athens from the Atlanta plant, which is closing. Local employees told The News Courier that at least two busloads of “illegal aliens” were transferring into the plant. However, Borkowski dispelled that rumor early in the week. “We had several busloads of Steelcase Atlanta employees here prior to Christmas,” she said. “Included were Hispanics, Caucasians and African-Americans. The plant has a very diverse culture. We brought them over here to see it they would be interested in transferring, but I doubt that all will be coming.” Borkowski denied that Steelcase employs illegal aliens. “They all must have their 1-9 cards,” she said. When hired for a new job, employees See Steelcase, page 3A Submit your photos Send your amateur photos to The News Courier for publication each Sunday and in a photo gallery online at Send .jpgs to kelly@ or sports photos to ashley@ SCENE, PAGE 15A Visit us online Inside Today . Athens native Michelle Crawford returns to teach yoga workshop LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Are you ready for switch to digital TV on Feb. 17? By Karen Middleton [email protected] Those with analog televisions who didn’t take advantage of the government’s offer for free $40 coupons for digital converter boxes are probably too late for the offer. The $1.34 billion coupon program is on hold because the government ran out of money. The Commerce Department’s    National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTTA) announced recently that all the money Congress appropriated had About the switch On midnight Feb. 17 all full power stations in the U.S. will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100-percent digital broadcasting. Visit for more information. been spent. Analog owners can visit the government’s Web site: for a coupon application and See Digital TV, page 2A Yoga's in vogue Index Classifieds.......1C Crossword 14A Ledger.........14A Letters..........5    A Lifestyles........9A Lottery..........3A Obituaries  none Opinion.........4A Sports...........IB Weather.........2A Pet shelter drop-offs rise, adoptions drop in economic crunch dominate a person who has ìelped shape our community We all know someone who has devot-[ his or her time to make this commu-ty a better place to e. Whether through ►lunteer efforts, public rvice or civic duty, •untless people have anged lives by giving ne, sharing ideas or lving problems. The News Courier ill feature these people a special section in February called >p 25 Over 55. We are seeking nominations from the immunity. Use the form on page 2B of today’s lition and mail to Top 25 Over 55, The News Courier, 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611, or e-mail the information requested on the form to Kelly Kazek at [email protected] Required information includes: Name of nominee, contact numbers for nominee, nominee’s place of business, name of person making nomination, contact numbers for that person, and a few sentences about how this person has helped make Limestone County a better place to live. Nominations must be received by 5 D.m. Ian. 30. Pets losing homes, too Above, three abandoned puppies step over one another to get to the fence to greet visitors to The Dog Pound on U.S. 72 in Athens. One caramel-colored pup that wanted to get closer stuck his head beneath the gate to the kennel and watched visitors with eyes that begged, "Pick me! Pick me!” By Kelly Kazek [email protected] nsnew s-countr. com Buddy puts his nose to the chain-link fence and tries to lick the hands of visitors. His big, brown eyes beg the humans to like him enough to take him away from the concrete-floored kennel to a warm, loving home. Buddy, a black-and-white Border collie, is one of dozens of large dogs being dropped at The Dog Pound on U.S. 72 in Athens in growing numbers — many because of their owners’ economic woes. Timberly Sands, manager of the animal shelter, said adoptions are decreasing as more owners are giving up pets. See Pet shelters, page Ik How to adopt Cost of adoption is $79, which covers spaying or neutering and rabies vaccinations. Call (256) 771-7889 for more information. NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Timberly Sands, manager of The Dog Pound, pets Buddy, a Border collie awaiting adoption. ;