Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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By Sonny Turner
A former Clements High School student who commanded a boat crew that was involved in a nighttime heavy-weather rescue of six high school students involved in a school-sponsored canoe trip has been honored for her heroic actions.
The four-member boat crew, led by Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Kristen Lindsay, formerly of Athens, conducted the heroic rescue in adverse conditions that required the crew to push the limits of their vessel. The rescue was on the Suwannee River near Clearwater,
The crew members were honored and awards presented to the Coast Guard Station Yankeetown small boat crew.
When the six high school students from Rome, Ga., were located by a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the small boat from Station Yankeetown diverted to their position which required them to go further offshore than the boat’s normal operational range. On arrival, in rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, the boat crew transferred all six students onto the Coast Guard vessel even though the additional weight exceeded maximum allowed by that vessel. Each member of the crew then gave up their own safety gear and extra clothing to the young students to slow the effects of hypothermia.
The courage and skill of the boat crew continued to be displayed as they made the slow transit back to shore in very heavy seas. As the storm intensified further, waves occasionally broke over the bow of the boat making the navigation of the boat even more difficult.
The six students rescued were safely returned to shore due to the coxswain’s life-saving risk assessment and the valiant efforts
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This is in response to Preston Marshall’s recent letter about Web access. No, Athens students are not the only students affected by this. The Limestone County School System has taken an approach that blocks the Internet and requests must be made to access
“approved” Web sites.
However, many “approved” Web sites, like the Alabama Virtual Library, may be open but as you get further into your research, you’re restricted because some links are blocked. This keeps the students from getting needed information and prolongs student searches, which aren’t always finished because students cannot get to that information.
I agree completely with Preston. I do not agree with what is going on in our school’s technology department and I feel as if I, along with all other students, are being held back. What will it take before someone stands up and gets our educational resources back?
Parade kicks off rodeo
Rodeo parade Grand Marshall Jimmy Pugh, retired Limestone County Sheriff’s Department employee, rides along the parade route Saturday afternoon after an hour’s rain delay held the parade up. The event kicked off the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo which will be held next Friday and Saturday night. Below, parade participants wave to the crowd along the parade route.
City streets falling apart?
Athens eyeing $2.65 million project to repair roads
By Sonny Turner
The City of Athens could extend its debt limit by another $5 million to finance a proposed street and drainage improvement project without raising its payment, a financial advisor has told council members.
But Johnny Dill with Joe Jolly and Associates of Tuscaloosa, told councilmen that it will cost the city another $150,000 to do that if the council so desires.
“That is one of our options,” said Councilman Harold Wales. “I can’t speak for the others, but I
think I like that option. This way we could have a citywide paving and drainage project.”
Wales said this weekend that he hopes the council is about ready to act on the proposed $2 to $3 million street improvement project because he said some Athens streets are falling apart.
“We’ve got a lot of streets that need paving, even one that hasn’t been paved since 1967,” Wales said. “We've talked about it, but as yet we have not set a date on when to start this project.”
Wales said he. Council President Jimmy Gill and Councilman Johnny Crutcher will meet sometime in
the next two to three days to discuss the street paving project.
“We will discuss the paving project, prioritize, the streets in the order we think they should be paved and come up with a plan on how to finance this project,” Wales said. “I think we will need $1 to $2 million to start with.” *
Councilman Ronnie Marks said earlier that Athens has not had a street paved since 1995 and that some of the city’s streets were in bad shape. Wales
See City streets, Page 2A
Ardmore crash claims 1 life; 3 others injured
By Tashia Lovell
One person was killed and three others injured Saturday in a two-vehicle wreck on Alabama 53 in Ardmore, according to State Trooper Dwight Thompson.
The occupants of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, David Blankenship, his wife Karen and son Jake, were on their way to a baseball game at Ardmore when the accident occurred.
David Blankenship is an assistant coach for the West Limestone II, 11-12 year old baseball team and his son Jake is shortstop for the team. All three were transported via ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital for treatment following the 1:30 p.m. crash.
The driver of the truck was killed in the accident. Authorities had not yet released that person's identity as of press time Saturday evening. Neither speed nor rain is expected to have been a factor in the wreck, the cause of which is under investigation.
Five injured on Edgewood Road
In aDilate accident just before 7 p.m. Saturday, five men were injured in a rollover crash on Edgewood Road in Athens. All five were described by emergency personnel as “non-English speaking.” All were transferred via ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital for treatment. No further information was available at press time.
News-Courier/Tashia Lovell One person was killed and three others injured in this crash on Alabama 53 in Ardmore Saturday afternoon.
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Principal: allegation unfounded
By Tanjie Nash
Officials at Elkmont School say allegations made to The News-Courier by an anonymous caller that a student was made to drop his pants before a paddling are unfounded.
Principal Mickey Glass said a strict protocol is followed when corporal punishment is administered.
“We have procedures in place we follow and
that definitely is not one of them,” Glass said Friday. “We never have students drop their pants for a paddling.”
According to a spokeswoman for the Limestone County School system, each student’s file contains a form through which parents and guardians may choose to allow or disallow corporal punishment for their children.
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Limestone County mobile home park battling bothersome sewage problem
By Tashia Lovell
Some residents at King’s Mobile Home Park in Limestone County have had to deal with sewage problems for months.
Raw sewage has seeped to the top of the ground near their homes due to too much water going into their septic tanks that in turn caused
sewage to rise to the ground, according to Bob Smith, Senior Public Health Environmentalist with the Limestone County Health Department.
“It’s being taken care of,” Smith said.
Deborah King, owner of the park, has been cooperative and is working to have the problem
See Sewage, Page 3A