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County begins rehiring
45 of 179 pink-slipped school staffers back on job
By Jean Cole hired. Last Wednesday, board mem- ing essential positions by rehiring
Many more will be rehired at the bers essentially fired all of the first- all but about 30 of those they fired.
After only six days out of woik, June 22 meeting. and second-year contract employ- They will continue to hire more em-
45 of the 179 school employees fired Board members also reassigned ees, all first- and second-year non- ployees as they determine what six days ago by the limestone 13 teachers from Reid Elementary contract employees and all year-
County school board have been re- School, which has closed. only employees. They are now fill- See Rehiring, page 2A
Spicher headlines Delmore Days
The late Delmore Brothers, Rabon and Alton, natives of Elkmont, became a country music sensation in the 1930s. They were inducted into the Nashville songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Annual bluegrass fest promises big names, local acts, family fun
Legendary Nashville fiddler Buddy Spicher will headline this year’s Delmore Days Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, June 13.
Spicher’s is a familiar face to attendees of the Tennessee Old Time Fiddlers Convention held in Athens each October. Starting his career as part of a backing band with Audrey Williams — widow of Hank Williams
— in the late 1950s, Spicher later became a Nashville-based sessions musician, backing the likes of Bob Dylan.
He will perform at Delmore Days at 8:30 p.m. at Beasley Field at Athens State University.
Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the tribute to the Delmore Brothers.
See Delmore, page 3A
How to go
Live entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 10:15 p.m. June 13 at Beasley Field. The Delmore Brothers memorabilia exhibit, located at Athens State University Founders Hall, will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Delmore family members will be at the festival to talk with everyone. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12. Tickets at the gate are $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12. Ages 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, visit www.deimoredays.com or call (256) 232-5411.
At left, famed fiddler Buddy Spicher will headline Delmore Days Bluegrass Fesitval.
Rabies vaccinations urged for pets
Limestone County rabies inspector Dr. Jack Goodman announced the rabies clinic is Thursday through Saturday. The fee for shots during this vaccination clinic is reduced to encourage vaccinations for more pets.
According to Alabama law, dogs and cats three months and older must be vaccinated annually.
“We are fortunate to have very few rabies cases each year in the
Tennessee Valley area, but vaccination of pets is essential to keep the incidence at this low level,” Goodman said. “Bats, raccoons and other wild animals can serve as a reservoir for the rabies virus and pass it on to your pet or to humans.”
Schedule for clinics, Thursday, June 4, beginning at 8 a.m. at:
• Athens High School
• East Limestone High School
• Tanner High School
• Clements High School Friday, June 5, beginning at 8
• Piney Chapel Elementary School
• Owens Elementary School
• West Limestone High School
• Elkmont High School Saturday, June 6, from 8-10 a.m.:
• Town and Country Animal Hospital
Bids sought on robotics campus at Calhoun
By Jean Cole
The Alabama Development and Industrial Training Institute is seeking construction bids for the first phase of the robotics park at Calhoun Community College.
Construction of the research-and-educational phase of the park should begin in July and finish by the end of Mav or the first of June 2010.
The robotics park is located across from Delphi on U.S. 31 North.
The Alabama Building Commission recently approved construction plans for the $15 million facility, which will include the building and equipment, according to Ed Castile, executive director of AIDTI.
The institute will choose a bidder by the end of June.
Construction of the $9.4 million second phase, which includes research and development, should begin in August or September, Castile said.
The $7.8 million third phase, which will include a 25,000-square-feet integration and incubator building, is only in the planning stages, though it is scheduled to begin in March 2010. AIDTI hopes to have plans firmed up be-
See Robotics, page 3A
Bank robber described as 'heavy white' male in 30s
By Jean Cole
Athens Police now have a clearer description of the man who robbed Citizens Bank & Trust on Monday.
A man dressed in black clothes and a hood entered the bank at 1260 U.S. 72 East about 4:55 p.m. and told a teller, “Give me the money,” said Capt. Marty Bruce.
The murky bank surveillance photo didn’t help the public identify the suspect. However, police now have a better description. They are looking for a heavy-set white man, about age 30, with short, neck-length brown hair, a green plaid shirt and blue sun-
See Robber, page ЗА
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