Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Air Force retiree at helm of museum
Three weeks into the job as director of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, Sandra Thompson said she awakes each morning looking forward to getting to work.
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Space is donated for an arts center on the square
By Karen Middijeton
kurcn a ;itIn'¡isncw s-<vuritr.mm A local business concern has donated a loft on the courthouse square to be used as a permanent art gallery by the Art On the Square organization, according to AOTS Vice President Lisa Milby.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to keep art growing in the downtown Athens
community.” said Milby.
The gallery will occupy 2,(XX>-square feet above 201 West Washington Street.
“The space has been offered to Art on the Square on behalf of Athens Pharmacy and Westside Jitfv Pharmacy’, said Milby. “These businesses have met the call to have a comprehensive arts center and gallery that can provide on-going classes, projects, and shows in Athens. We are currently discussing a potential film project with Spirit of Athens in order to incorporate the art education piece with dow ntown revitalization.” Milbv said it is one of the organization’s goals to work with Athens State University in providing a place for ASU art students to exhibit their work.
“We have invited Dr. (Robert) Glenn to be a member of our juried art show for Art on the Square.” said Milby. “We hope to sit down with Dr. Glenn sometime this week.”
Art On the Square (AOTS) organized four years ago as the concept of local artist MaCherie Kerr. The organization set up an art festival on the grounds around the courthouse and children's art camps in the summer.
Milby said that some of AOTS’ plans for the year include Kid’s
See Arts, page 3A
Athens, Limestone County schools set dates for graduation
Thursday, May 28
• 4 p.m. - Tanner High Schcx^l
• 6 p.m. - East Limestone 1 ligh School
• 7 p.m. - Athens High School
• 8 p.m. - Ardmore High School
Friday, May 29
• 4 p.m. - Elkmont High School
• 6 p.m. - West Limestone High School
• 8 p.m. - Clements High Schoolat bay
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Andy Kula, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Huntsville, said as of Friday afternoon, 7.95 inches of rain had fallen in this area, which is 6.81 inches above normal.
See Rain, page 3A
Rain keeps gardensGround too wet for tomatoes, squash, other summer veggies
By Kelly Kazkk and Jfan Cole
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farmers and gardeners with no place to plant vegetables, said Doug Chapman with Limestone County Extension Service.
“Right now, it’s just so wet, they can’t get out and do any cultivating,” Chapman said of those wanting to plant tomatoes, squash, okra or other summer veggies.
Chapman said commercial growers plant tomatoes several times during the year, depending on weather. Home growers typically
Getting by on fewer hours
Jody Taylor dodged the bullet twice in the past year when the factory where she works went through a series of layoffs. But her hours have been cut back to a four-day workweek.
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Susan Casey, above right, was looking for information on women inventors when all she could find were books featuring 100 men and three women. Her book, "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World" set the record straight and inspires fledgling inventors -like Athens’ own Harriette Rost, below - to be mothers of invention.
Book describes women who have helped shape our world
By Jean Cole
./< ‘a nP ntlii ‘iisik ‘us -< •ouricr.com As a teacher and journalist, Susan Casey was looking for information about women inventors when she realized information was scarce but women inventors weren’t.
“I kept finding invention books with 100 men and only 3 women in them,” Casey recently told The News Courier.
So, she decided to write a book to correct the problem and inspire young inventors. Her invention: “Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World.”
If you have ever used Liquid Paper, you can thank the mother of the invention, Bette Nesmith Graham, according to Casey's book.
See Mothers, page 8A
Ceremony honors those who fell in line of duty
By Jean Cole jt uima uthensnews’courier. com Athens Police Department ranks up there with the big departments when it comes to the number of officers who have died in the line of duty over the years.
Six Athens officers have lost their lives here.
“A lot of people don’t know this but we are number eight in the state for the number of officers we’ve lost,” said Sgt. Jason White. “Only Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Anniston, Tuscaloosa and Bessemer have lost more.”
Limestone County has lost one
and state troopers have lost two within the county, White said.
Line of duty deaths include deaths by general accidents, assaults, automobile accidents, duty-related illnesses, gunfire, heart attacks, motorcycle acci-
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