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Delphi to close June 26
By Karen Middleton
After nearly 35 years, Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems will cease production June 26, according to a UAW official.
UAW President Vaughn Goodwin confirmed Friday that the last day of production would be June 26.
Plant 21, the first in the three-plant complex, opened in 1975.
The company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 8, 2005. Company officials announced a plan to emerge from bankruptcy early last week in which Parnassus Holdings II LLC, a unit of Platinum Equity, would take over U.S. and foreign operations of
the auto parts maker.
Athens City Councilman Harold Wales, a Delphi retiree, said he had talked with the local Delphi personnel office at midweek and was told Plant 21 would close bv September and Plant 23 would close by October.
The state purchased Plant 22
in 2001 as part of an incentive package. The new Robotics Park will soon be built on grounds in front of Plant 22.
“There will be a small decommissioning crew in the plant (after June 26) disconnecting machines and cleaning up the
See Delphi, page 3A
County’s first vault for ashes
Southwest fire station begins to take shape
By Karen Middleton
Athens City Council action on a fire station to serve the Black’s Landing area will be on Monday’s council agenda.
Last month, the council tabled the item because an agreement had not been worked out with Clements Volunteer Fire Department, which will jointly man the station, which is to be built on property deeded over to the city by Oak Grove Church off Cowford Road.
Monday’s agenda will include an authorization to lease the property to Clements Fire Department and expenditures related to the construction.
Black’s Landing, which was annexed into the city nearly 20 years ago, is outside the five-mile limit of a fire station and consequently residents
See Station, page 3A
Ardmore in line for $20K for cameras inside patrol cars
Ardmore Police Department is poised to receive a $20,000 grant to buy digital video cameras for their cars if lawmakers approve.
Other area law-enforcement agencies as well as the National Children’s Advocacy Center would also be in line for money.
U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, said a House subcommittee approved funding for four projects this week. The others include:
• $350,000 for the National Chil-
See Ardmore, page 3A
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Teammates try to take off a coat of mud' between games at a previous Mud Volleyball Tournament. This year's event is July 18 at Swan Creek Park.
Elkmont’s Russ Cleveland named Coach of Year, West Limestone's Jeremy White named MVP
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Athens State University and Athens Middle School are partnering to catch at-risk students before they drop out of school. See story
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Above, Virginia Calvin, who chaired the committee to build the columbarium in the prayer garden of First Presbyterian Church, sits near the wall where ashes will be eventually housed. It is the first facility of its kind in Limestone County.
First Presbyterian Church unveils columbarium in its prayer garden
By Jennifer R. Hill
jennif&0athensnews-courhr.CQin The First Presbyterian Church of Athens recently unveiled a new columbarium memorial built in the church’s prayer garden. The facility is the first of its kind in Limestone- County.
The columbarium, dedicated to the church members who have chosen the practice of cremation, was officially made public in a ceremony May 24 at the church, columbarium committee chair Virginia Calvin said.
What is a columbarium?
Noun: a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
The ceremony included trumpet by Dan Havely, bagpipes by Dr. David Williams, and white doves released by
See Columbarium, page 3A
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Mud volleyball teams forming
By Edd Davis
ecMathensiu‘ws-couner.< oin It’s time once .again to get down and dirty — make that muddy — for dollars at the 21st Annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament.
Dozens of teams are expected to participate on Saturday, July 18 in what usually turns out to be the biggest mud bath of the year. More importantly, it’s also the primary fundraiser for Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound of Limestone County.
This year’s tournament is at Swan Creek Park on U.S. 31, just south of Athens High School. Play starts at 9 a.m. and usually continues into late afternoon
and sometimes early evening. The Mud Volleyball Tournament generates approximately $8,000 to help CASA provide services to the elderly and homebound.
Each team has a minimum of eight players and hundreds of spectators also
See Volleyball, page 3A
How to sign up
To become a team and play July 18 at Swan Creek Park, contact CASA at (256) 232-5751, [email protected]
or stop by the office located at 409 S. Marion St.