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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama EHS’s Robinson wins AHSAA 3-point contest PAGE IB The News CoiirieSening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Tuesday. March 3, 2009 Visit us online wwnv^enewscouiierxom Inside Today West at Clements On a chilly night for baseball, Clements took on West Limestone In a double-header SPORTS, PAGE IB Mom shows up for duty with kids A North Carolina mother said she has no one to care for kids If she Is deployed to Iraq with the Army PAGE 6A Subscribe Get tlie news with your morning coiiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 _7 *'69’847 00002 ' 5 NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Several shops in EastSide rented the space. Junction, the Publix shopping center at U.S. 72 and Lindsay Lane, have signs in windows teiling which businesses have Publix eenter readies for new shops . By Karkn MiDDLFnx)N kcin'iiiS'iithcnsnows-œurirr.niw EastSide Jimction, the shopping center developed by Ming Enterprises and anchored by Publix Su-permaricet, will have more new tenants. Pet Depot will soon open and Solar Nails & Spa is already open for business. Signs on other store spaces announce that New China Buffet, Cost Cutters (hair cutting), Cole Family Dental and Sweet Peppers DeU have reserved spaces. Publix opened in mid-December. However, there are still a few spaces left vacant. Developer Bill Ming could not be reached Monday for comment on when the new businesses will open. In November, the city of Athens approved a new economic development project with Ming that would include property tax abatements. Under the measure, the city an nually pays the developer of the 25-acre EastSide Junction site in arrears, excluding receipts from the education portion of taxes 50 percent of the pnx:eeds from the city’s portion of sales tax and 50 percent of the ad valorem taxes levied by See Shops, page 3A Thing 1 & 2 invade ASU NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Celebrating Suess birthday, reading Above, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 do the Hokey Pokey in the ballroom at Athens State University on Monday. Local preschoolers were treated to green eggs and ham as part of Read Across America Week, which is an event that celebrates the birthday of Dr. Suess on March 2 and encourages reading. Athens-Lime-stone Public Library sponsored the event. At right, local actor Frank Travis, dressed as the title character, reads “The Cat in the Hat” for the children. County BOE may expand to fofmer jail offices By Karen Middleton kawn^uthensm^ws^xmrier.txmi A feasibility stucfy hired ty the Limestone County Commission has come back showing that the cramped Board of Education offices could expand into the old county jail oflBces at a minimum of expense. County Commission Chairman David Seibert Monday asked the commission for authorization to advertise for bids to partially demolish the old jail. Several months ago the commission had signed a contract with architectural firm of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood for a study to see if it would be feasible to use any part of the old jail building See Offices, page 2A Fire at duplex probed Another blaze hits at mobile home Sunday By Edd Davis and K\RI:N MiDDLErON kiirvtm idiu ‘IISIH ‘\\S-C()iiri( r.( xuii Members of four area fire departments fought what is being described as a fire of suspicious origin Monday morning on Newby Chapel Road, just north of Nick Davis Road. Called in about 7:30, a blaze in the north end of a duplex spread rapidly and got into the bedrixrms of the south unit txicupied by an elderly woman, said Tony Kirk, captain of the East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department. There were no injuries. Firefighters were able to save about 30 percent of the building. Kirk said the occupant of the north unit was in the process of mov- See Fire, page 3A Parents tell board Reid's like a family By Jennifer R. Hii l jcindftrF'idliciisiicws-txHiricr.ixnn Parents and community members filled the Reid Elementary School gymnasium Monday night to give their input at a Limestone County School Board work session concerning the possible closure of the school. “1 don’t want my children to become a number,” Sandy Satterfield See Reid, page 3A Index Classified .................... Ledger ....................•    oA Obituaries ....................2A James Kenneth Clem Larry Neil Elkins Jr. Bertha Rogers Garner James H. Hamilton Sports ........................IB Valley ........................4A Washington Street Diner One Block Eost of Athens Square 1 GO Washington St- Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 ;OOam-2;OOpm Open 6£Oam «12<XDpm Mon.-Fri. • 6£)Oam tH 12<X)pm Sc*. Take Out Orders - Call 232-0203 Ch&ck out our Daily Bluo Plato Spocial Let it snow! Send your snow photos to kelly@ for publication on The News Courier's Sunday photo page and online at enewscounerxom under Photo Gallery ;