Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 26, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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AH schools in county accredited
By Jean Coir
jeanaHthvnsi iews-couner.com Limestone County Schools recently received some news that should get the attention and admiration of parents.
A review team recently performed a qualitv-assurance review which consisted of visiting eight of the 11 county schools; interviewing 323 people, including parents, teachers and administrators; observing various classrooms; and reviewed relevant school artifacts. The team unanimously agreed Limestone County Schools met the standards needed to receive district-wide accreditation. Fhe report, which is available on-line »¡in print from the Central Office, identifies strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
“This should mean a lot to the parents to know they are in a school district that is fully accredited." said Limestone Countv school board member John Wayne King at this week’s board meeting.
See Accredited, page 3A
Experts warn: Use caution in extreme heat
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The Alabama Department of Public Health is cautioning people to look out for signs of heat illnesses during what has been described as a record-setting heat wave in. the south.
Associate Press reports show that a least one person has died due to the high heat. A Dothan woman is thought to have died from heatstroke over the weekend. Fhe Dothan area has had temperatures over 100 degrees during past week.
The temperatures for Athens and surrounding areas are expected to be in the mid to lower 90s throughout the weekend, the National Weather Service in Huntsville said. However, temper-
See Heat, page 3A
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Farrah Fawcett, sex symbol of the 1970s, succumbs after lengthy and public battle with cancer; Self-proclaimed "King of Pop" Michael Jackson dies suddenly of heart attack.
Fawcett, Jackson: Icons pass
Limestone factory will closel
today after almost 35 years
The (cotton) candy man
Church plans benefit for teen with leukemia
By Karen Middleton
Today, the remaining 100 hourly production workers still at the Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems plants in South Limestone County will leave the site for the final time.
Earlier this month, UAW President Vaughn Goodwin confirmed that today would be the last day of production.
Delphi —then known as Saginaw Steering Gear—began production here nearly 35 years ago. The company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 8, 2005.
Lions Club Kiddie Carnival now open for entertainment
The Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival kicked off Thursday night on Forrest Street. The carnival will be open every Thursday through Saturday night throughout July but are closed on the Fourth of July. August dates are 1,7,8,14 and 15. Call 256-262-1983 to book a private party. Above, Sam McClendon, Athens Lions Club treasurer; prepares the cotton candy machine.
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Members of Pleasant Grove imberland Presbyterian lurch in America have organ-■d a benefit for a 13-year-old ?mber of the congregation who is recently diagnosed with ikemia.
Rantavion Scott was diag-sed with acute lymphoblastic ikemia on June 10.
Rantavion is the son of Claris-Scott and Shelton Hobbs, both of Athens; and the mdson of Ponester and Carrie Wiggins of Athens, d Sandra Scott of Athens and Shelby Hobbs of Tan-
He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., according to family members.
A gospel benefit program will be held to help pay medical bills at 5 p.m. July 11 at the church at 15389 Hastings Road.
For more information about the concert, contact Turocy Jackson at (256) 431-3211 or Constance Wiggins at 278-6781.
Anyone who would like to send well wishes to Rantavion may do so in care of: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 N. Danny Thomas Boulevard, Memphis, Tenn. 38105
On June 1, Delphi unveiled a new plan to emerge from its nearly four-year-old Chapter 11. The deal calls for Delphi to sell to four U.S. auto-parts plants and its steering business to former parent GM. Most of Delphi’s remaining assets would be sold to Platinum Equity, a Beverly Hills, Calif., pri-vate-equity firm in a transaction largely backed by GM.
Human Resources Manager Harry Fuller said Thursday that some salaried workers would remain on site throughout most of
See Delphi, page 3A
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An unidentified Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems worker loads boxes as the plant prepares to close today. About 60 employees will remain onsite to close out functions and clean the plant.