Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Fathers leave behind families as local unit leaves today for Iraq
By Jean Cole jcantfathensncws-courit r.com
As Patrick Buckelew prepares to ship out for Texas and then Iraq this Father’s Day, he worries that his 2 1/2 year old son, Hudson, will forget him during his yearlong absence.
The 35-year-old Hartselle man is among 78 members of the 203rd Military Police Battalion from Athens -many of them fathers - who will have to learn to live without the ones they love for the next year.
They will have to learn to live without the wife who sleeps next to them at night.
The toddler who shrieks with delight when daddy comes home.
The teenage daughter who lives on
To see photos of the soldiers in the 203rd Military Police Battalion as they depart from the armory Sunday, go online to enewscourier.com.
The teenage son who will fill dad’s shoes.
The parents who try to mask their worry.
“This is my first deployment,” said Buckelew, an Army National Guard soldier who works as an environmental technician for NASA. “I’m nervous and anxious - all the above. My son - that’s
See Fathers, page 3AIndex
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Limestone will rehire more teachers, consider principals
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Limestone County school board will rehire the bulk of the 179 employees it had to fire in May in order to cut $1.87 million from its budget.
That is just one actions scheduled for the school board meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the Limestone County Career Technical Center. Lower-than-expected
state tax collections have forced schools in Limestone County and throughout the state to cut their budgets.
Limestone officials determined they needed to cut about 30 employees. So, in May, they fired all first- and second-year contract employees (teachers), all first-and second-year non-contract employees and all
See Rehlre, page 2A
Honoring lost friend
Eleven teams participated in a tournament at the Boys & Girls Club honoring former Athens High School basketball star Tank Beavers, a supporter of the club who died in a 2006 shooting.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
‘I’ll miss watching my child grow’
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Company Commander Brad Priest with his daughter, Campbell, 5. Priest is a member of the 203rd Military Police Battalion from Athens shipping out today to eventually go to Irag.
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Patrick Buckelew of Hartselle, left, and Jimmy Black of Moulton are heading to Irag for the first time. Buckelew said he is worried about his 2 1/2-year-old son, Hudson, forgetting who he is during his absence. Black said he will miss seeing his 17-year-old son graduate from high school next year.
Council to once more take up rezoning request for duplexes
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
\vs-courierxx)in The Athens City Council will once more take up the rezoning request of Steve Bauer and Tim Coffman when it meets in regular session Monday.
Bauer and Coffman have requested that the council rezone 3.2 acres in the southwest quadrant of the Brownslerry at Hine streets intersection from singlefamily residential to duplex residential to build a duplex for the elderly.
However nearly a dozen area resi
dents attended the June 8 meeting to protest the duplexes, saying the comer is already congested because a low-in-come apartment complex is located on the opposite comer.
Councilman Jimmy Gill, in whose district the duplexes would be built, who stood by the opposition. Before the council could vote on the rezoning at the same meeting as the public hearing on the matter, a unanimous vote
See Rezone, page 2A
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