Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Banned parents meeting topic
Limestone board member thinks exceptions should be consistent
By Jean Cole
A Limestone County school board member called for consistency in the way county schools treat parents who are banned from schools for misbehavior.
Board Member Earl Glaze
told fellow board members at a meeting Monday that a parent who was recently banned from Johnson Elementary School was later given a one-time pass to attend a graduation ceremony. He said a parent from Piney Chapel Elementary school, whose ban
ning the board was about to vote on, should be granted the same leeway.
“If we are going to ban them, let’s ban them,” Glaze told board members.
Board members were considering whether to ban the Piney Chapel parent for being in a state that required removal from campus by a law-enforcement official, said Superintendent Dr.
Glaze said he had received a letter from the sister of the Piney Chapel parent asking that he be allowed to attend only those activities in which his child participated. Glaze favored doing so because an exception was granted to the Johnson parent. The Johnson parent
See Parents, page 3A
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No brownout: U.S. 72 strip dark by downed wire
By Karen Middleton
People trying to conduct business or even navigate through traffic on U.S. 72 in Athens Saturday morning might have thought the city had suffered a brownout from all the hot weather when traffic lights were
dark and shops had no power.
Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said power was out from South Jefferson Street eastward to Lindsay Lane for about an hour Saturday morning as the result of a motorist knocking down a guy wire late Friday night.
“The car hit a guy wire across U.S. 72 from Shoney’s either very late Friday or very early Saturday,” said Scroggins. “It knocked the wire. down and loosened the pole. We went out and tied it up and were going to fix it Monday, but it slipped into the trees during the night and
“That line serves from east of Jefferson Street, which is mostly commercial businesses but not many residences. The traffic lights were out to Lindsay Lane. I would say they were out for
See Outage, page 3A
Authorities search for robbery suspects
3 Dollar General robbers still at large
Limestone County authorities are seeking anyone who might have seen three men who robbed Dollar Genera] store at 16521 Alabama 251 on Saturday night.
“We do have some video of them and we will have that available as soon as possible,” said Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt.
The robbery occurred about 9:20 p.m. as two employees were about to exit the store, McNatt said.
“Three black men wearing red bandannas over their faces came around the corner of the building,” he said. “They ordered the employees inside the store and to open the safe. They were in the store about 40 seconds. One was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.”
After taking an undetermined
See Robbers, page 3A
Athens City to get input about sewers in July
By Karen Middleton
The Athens City Council has scheduled a series of meetings in July to get the public’s input about installation of sewers in their neighborhoods.
The meetings will also be information meetings to explain the funding process and schedules for installing sewers in those neighborhoods still not sefved.
The tentative schedule calls for Glenn Valley residents to meet in the old City Council chambers on Marion Street at 6:30 p.m. June 14; Winslow and Whitfield at 6:30 p.m. July 16; Ezell at 6:30 p.m. July 20; Byram Heights at 5 p.m. July 22; and Hannah Heights at 6:30 p.m. July 23.
See Sewers, page 3A
PHOTOS COURTESY OF KAREN RUSSOFamilies gather on tarmac for 203rd s farewell
Above, Company Commander Brad Priest runs to pick up his daughter Campbell, 5, at Signature Flight Support, a field at Huntsville International Airport where a chartered plane would land Sunday morning to take about 80 members of the 203rd Military Police Battalion to training. The National Guard unit left from the armory in Athens at about 9:30 a.m. on Father’s Day for about a year’s deployment in Iraq to help train police forces there. It marks the first time since 1950, when the 1343rd Battalion left for the Korean Conflict, that a local guard unit deployed overseas. At right, an unidentified little girl waves a flag at Signature Flight Support airfield. For more photos of the deployment Sunday, see page 6A and an online photo gallery at enewseourier.com.