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2 bridges being replaced
By Sonny Turner
Work has started to replace a bridge on Easterferry Road at Four Mile Branch and within two weeks construction to replace a second bridge in Limestone County will start. Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders said this weekend.
Sanders said the bridge now over Poplar Creek on Friend Road in District 3 is included with the Four Mile Branch bridge replacement project.
Total cost of the bridge replacement project is $210,000. “These are the last two bridges we will get to replace under the Amendment 1/Garvee Bridge program which begun in 2000,” Sanders said. “When completed, Limestone County will have replaced 13 bridges at a cost of approximately $3.2 million over a five year period.”
The work on both bridges is being totally financed by the State
See Bridges, Page 2A
Limestone County District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws at bridge on Easterferry Road.
Students, parents question policy on graduation
By Kelly Kazek
com Jennifer Leone’s cap and gown were still in the plastic bag they were shipped in. She hadn’t tried them on in front of her mirror; she didn’t practice moving the cap’s tassel from left to right just to see how it would feel to be a high school graduate.
She didn’t do these things because Jennifer Leone won’t be graduating this May.
After 13 years of school and completion of neces-
Why have a high school grad exam?
By Kelly Kazek
In 2001, the State of Alabama began requiring exiting seniors to pass a test in reading and language before receiving a diploma.
The test, the first phase of
sary courses with bet-J ter-than-average^ grades, Jennifers won’t walk across the* stage at Clements High School. The reason? She failed to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, also known as the exit exam, required by the State Department of Education to receive a diploma.
See Graduation, Page 3A
Jennifer Leone, left, looks over memorabilia from her senior year at
Clements High School with parents Janice and David. JEnnifer won’t get to participate in graduation because she did not pass all portions of the state exit exam.
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the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, was introduced to determine if students were learning a new core curriculum. That curriculum was developed as part of the
See Exam, Page 7A
Yarbrough: Vote cost taxpayers $70,000
B\ Sonny Turner
Mark Yarbrough, one of two members recently appointed to the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority, said this weekend he is still miffed as to why the board refused to accept a plan he proposed at the Thursday meeting that would have saved the taxpayers $70,000 a year.
“The motion 1 made was to do our job,” Yarbrough explained. “The primary job of this water board is to oversee monthly expenses. In doing that we could hav e eliminated $70,000 a year. By turning this down, the board voted not to do our job.”
Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said the 3-2 vote by the board backed up what he has been saying all along that the board has not been making decisions in the best interest of the people.
“1 think the Water Authority has lost the trust of the people and their vote Thursday strengthens my case,” Seibert said.
Yarbrough had wanted to review monthly expense reports at eacli regular board meeting. But the board’s refusal to accept his recommendation came when Board Chairman Bobby Gilbert, Alton Robison and George Binford voted against it. Jerry King, who joined Yarbrough on the board in March, voted with Yarbrough.
Yarbrough, appointed in the wake of the resignation of Authority General Manager Bobby Chandler in February, asked for the review of expenses after finding Chandler had used an authority credit card some 17 days after his Jan.
11 termination. Records show, he said, that Chandler charged $28 on the card Jan. 28 at the Holiday Inn in Decatur. The occasion, he said, apparently was a meeting with the local legislative delegation attended by Chandler, Gilbert, State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, and State Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont.
“Did that not raise a red flag?” Yarbrough asked accountant Annette Barnes of the local
See Yarbrough, Page 3A
Soulstock scheduled for May 7
The 7th annual Soulstock is just around the corner.
The Contemporary Christian music festival will be from 2-10 p.m. Saturday at the Athens State University Beasley Field.
Admission is free and in the past has drawn as many as approximately 14,000 people.
According to Phillip Presley it’s the single largest one-time event in the city of Athens.
It started as a youth event several years ago and has turned out to be family affair. There will be Christian music, food and merchandise for sale at Soulstock.
“Good clean fun,” Presley said
See Soulstock, Page 2A
Photo Courtesy Tony Grigsby Ernie Dogwolf was in Limestone County this weekend honoring those who served in Vietnam. Dogwolf here plays his flute during a visit to the Vietnam Memorial at the Alabama Welcome Center off 1-65.
Dogwolf visits to honor local Vietnam vets
By Sonny Turner
The man some say was the spirit in the movie “In the Shadow of the Blade” was in Limestone County this weekend meeting many of the county’s Vietnam veterans.
Ernie Dogwolf, a native American who himself served in Vietnam from 1969-70, met and honored dozens of Limestone County’s veterans who served in the war.
The movie is all about Vietnam and the sacrifices soldiers played in that war. Dogwolf, of New Mexico, an Apache Indian, was one of the main characters in the movie.
“We’re travelling the country in a 34-
See Dogwolf, Page 2A