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seeking suspect in theft
Athens Police do not yet have a suspect in the theft of $22,500 in equipment from now-defunct Athens
Biodiesel off Airport Road, an official said.
Someone stole a forklift, welder, television, five computers monitors a toolbox and tools sometime between May 13 and Tuesday from the business at 25761 Airport Road.
“There was no sign of forced entry,” said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. “The door was raised up.”
A California bank foreclosed on the company’s mortgage loan earlier this year.
Athens Utilities cut electrical service to the plant on the site of the old Knight Lumber Co. for failing to pay bills. Owner Melvin Kilgore later reached an agreement with the city for utility bill payment.
Three companies — Key Engineering, Byrd maintenance and Integrity Electric — also had filed lawsuits in Limestone County Circuit Court, claiming “contract disputes.”
The company, which opened in September 2006, produced some 100,000 gallons of biodiesel but fell victim to lower oil prices and, in turn, a lower demand for its product. The property was put up for auction in April.
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Athens man wages battle against rare type of cancer
By Karen Middleton karen&athensnews-courier.com Will and Emily Haney of Athens are just embarking on careers in public service.
Emily, 29, has been director of the Council on Aging for three years and Will, 31, is a year short of completing his nursing degree.
When they celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary in April it seemed as though life offered endless possibilities. Then, Will found a lump. A biopsy proved the lump was cancer-
ous and he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-growing, highly malignant tumor, wiiich accounts for over half of the soft tissue sarcomas in children.
Six-year-old Sydney Newton, daughter of Cynthia and Jamie Newton of Athens, is currently being treated for rhabdomyosarcoma.
So what was this seemingly robust part-time former and full-time student doing with a cancer that is known
See Cancer, page 3A
Will and Emily Haney sit on their front porch in more peaceful times with their bloodhound and German shepherd. Will is waging a battle against cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Passionate about people
AHS hoops coach hired
By Jennifer R. Hill
The Athens City School Board announced newly hired employees for the 2009-2010 school year, Thursday night. Among the new teachers was Stace Tedford as physical education teacher and head boys basketball coach at Athens High School. Tedford takes over for Venard Hendrix, who resigned from the position in March. Hendrix led the Golden Eagles to the regional tournament at Wallace State four of his seven years and
twice to the Final Four in Birmingham.
(See Sports in the Saturday edition of The News Courier for more about Tedford.)
In other business, board members approved a budget amendment. The State of Alabama requires amendments documenting and recording changes mandated by the state, approved by the school board, or changes that increased or decreased expenditures or revenues. Changes to the Athens City School Board budget included: the use of American Reinvestment Recovery Act
funds; local bond issue received; adjustments to local tax revenue; and school budget adjustments.
Other items approved by the board included:
• Changes to business management section of board policy.
• A bid from Pepsi Cola Bottling in Decatur to provide merchandised beverages/services for the 2009-2010 school year.
• Changes to the 2009-2010 Athens High
See Coach, page 2A
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Making a big sacrifice
Athens High School girls basketball team working hard over the summer to ensure another successful season in 2009.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Powerful storms roll through the Plains, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and several tornadoes.
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Volunteer Coordinator Delores Thompson is excited about taking on the new position with Limestone County Council on Aging and Athens Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound.
New volunteer director cares
for community though CASA
By Jennifer R. Hill
jennileiiG'a thensneu s -cornier, com New Limestone County Council on Aging Volunteer Coordinator Delores Thompson is excited about the upcoming the 21st Annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament but, more importantly she says is the excitement she has for her new position with Athens Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound.
“I am very excited about the prospect of shar-
ing information about COA and CASA,” she said. “Although we wish that there were no vulnerable elderly or homebound in Limestone County, we know that there are.”
Thompson will be responsible for promoting public awareness of the services of COA and securing volunteers that will aid the program. She will also coordinate CASA volunteers who share
See CASA, page 3A