Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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SEE OtfR AD ON PAGE 4Poiiltiy woricers to transfer?Pilgrims Pride Corp.: ‘Many’ employees to be given choice when l(K‘al iiicilitv' closes
By Keuy Kazkk
kcll}ifi^athensncn's-(x)uritr.cx)m After The News Courier broke the story that Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. plans to close its Athens chicken processing fecility in October, a corporate spokesman released a statement Friday morning saying “many” of the 640 employees here wUl be offered positions at other company locations. Spokesman Ray Atkinson said these workers will be offered a choice of locations.
iTie company has four other plants in Alabama — in Russellville, Guntersville, Boaz and Enterprise — and others across the country.
An employee who asked not to be named said
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a new manager was brought to the site Wednesday to handle the plant’s closure.
The corporate press release also states a plant in Athens, Ga., wiU close and operations will consolidate to other fecilities.
The press release does not state how' many jobs fix)m the local plant will transfer to other locations, but adds: “The company will provide transition programs to employees who are not retained in order to assist them in securing new em
ployment, filing for unemployment ¿md obtaining other applicable benefits.”
In addition, it states: “The hatcheiy in Moulton, Ala., the feed mill in Falkville, Ala., and other live pnduction operations ass(x:iated with the Athens (Ala.) pUmt will amtinue to operate.” While an employee stated that wa)ikers were told Wednesday the pkmt would close Oct. 6, the press release states operations will cease “within 60-75 days.”
Closum of the plants in Athens, Ala., and Athens. Ga., is piirt of the company’s “continuing
See Poultry, page 3A
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Doris Welch, chairperson for this year's Literary Taste fundraiser for renovation of the new Athens-Limestone Public Library, visits Madelyn's in the Grove on Elkton Street, which will be the site of the Sept. 21 event.
Public library prepares for a fundraiser that s a tasty treat
By Karen Middietton
karen(^athensne\vs-ix)urier.cx>m There’s a way for local residents to sample the tempting fore of many residents and at the same time help build a libraiy
The second annual Literaiy Tastes is planned for Sept. 21. Local eateries will have attractive tables of examples of the foods served in their establishments. For the cost of a ticket, residents can wander at their leisure between servers and nibble to their hearts’ — and stomachs’ — content.
This year’s event is chaired by Doris Welch.
“This is great way to showcase your food and services,” said Welch.
Last year, 155 people purchased tickets to sample the food of 10 vendors in the Athens-Limestone Public library fiom 5-7 p.m.
“We’re having it this year at Madelyn’s in the Grove so we hope to be able to sell more tickets,” said Susan Todd, library director.
See Library, page 2A
Ramsey testifies in McGuire rape trial
By Ki ijy Kazkk
kt ilwa ill In ‘iisin 'ws-i xmrii rxxiiii Prosecutors from the state Attorney Cieneral’s office rested their case Friday afternoon in Lauderdale County Circuit Court in the rape trial against former Clements High Sch(X)l teacher Keith McGuire.
Among those who testified Friday was Limestone County Sheriff’s Investigator Leslie Ramsey, who was asked about statements McGuire made to her in 2006 when the accusations first surfaced.
The alleged sexual attack occurred in 1990 but the victim, who was 20 years old at the time, did not a>me forward for 16 years, saying she was ttx) embarrassed and afraid to report it at the time.
McGuire, now 48, is chaiged wdth first-degree rape, first-degree scxlomy and first-degree sexual assault. His trial started Monday and testimony got under way Wednesday.
The defense begins calling witnesses Monday and the case may go to the juiy by Tuesday.
Others to testify Friday were the victim’s mother and father and doctors who stated the victim was a viigin at the time of the alleged crime and that she contracted a sexually transmitted disease of the same type that McGuire had.
In his opening statement Wednesday, McGuire’s attorney Jeff Austin claimed the woman had consensual sex with the then 30-year-old McGuire. Austin said she had a “crush” on McGuire at the time.
The victim testified Thursday that McGuire raped her while she was babysitting at McGuire’s brother’s home in Florence.
She said when questioned by the prosecution she did not consent to sex or have feelings for McGuire.
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Extreme Home Makeover seeking local family
By Karen Middlkhxin kan4i(fi)athc‘nsnews-ix)urier.cx)ni Local viewers who tune in every Sunday night to see Ту Pennington and crew in the big bus iring joy to fomilies down on their uck may see their neighbor’s home the subject of the next Extreme Makeover.
A representative of the popular ABC show contacted The News
Courier in search of local fomilies, “We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring fomilies that America can really root for,” said Casting Supervisor Morgan Fahey. “We’re looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up. Whether it’s keeping their chin up in really tough circumstances or going out of their way to
help others. We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives.” The Extreme Makeover Home Edition producers are looking for fomilies whose homes desperately need to be rebuilt.
• “We really want to help fomifies whose homes present major problems for the family, those big issues
that affect the family’s quality of life on a daily basis,” said Fahey. “We want to find deserving people who just don’t have the resources, ability, or time to fix those serious issues without our help.”
To be eligible, a family must own their own single fomily home and be able to show producers howSee Makeover, page 2A
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