Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Limestone students will get free dental screenings
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Students in Limestone County schools will receive free dental screenings that could lead to free or affordable dental care down the road. «
Limestone County school board members agreed during their monthly meeting Monday to work with Sarrell Regional Dental Center, a non-profit group, to provide free screenings for students.
The group will screen students and, if needed, provide treatment at a clinic it plans to open in Limestone County, as soon as it finds a building.
“The screenings will not cost the students and it will not cost the schools,” Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll told board members.
The school system’s roll is to allow the screenings and to help Sarrell find a building to use for a clinic, he said.
The goal of the clinic is to provide oral health to the underserved children of Alabama.
It covers its costs by serving children, ages 1-20, who are eligible for Medicaid or BlueCross/BlueShield ALL Kids, Alabama’s free and low-cost insurance for kids.
Sarrell has similar dental clinics in Anniston, Bessemer, Boaz, Enterprise, Heflin, Leesburg Talladega and Mobile, and vision centers in Anniston, Bessemer, Boaz and Heflin.
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New resident praises county involvement
By Karen Middleton karen &>a thensnew s-courh r.cotn Howard Rhodes told the Limestone County Commission he is “happy to be here.”
Rhodes said he and his wife moved here from Oxford in Calhoun County and he wants to learn more about local county government so he can be as involved as he was in his home county.
“I have been surprised by the Fiddlers Convention and all the courthouse square entertainment. But I don’t understand all about county government, such as what is the relationship with the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority,” he said. “How does that work?”
The water authority is not under county government rule, but organized as an independent authority in the 1980s. However, the County Commission does appoint members to the authority.
Commission Chairman David Seibert said it was good to hear someone show up at a meeting offering compliments rather than complaints.
See Involvement, page 2A
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Man guilty in judge’s assault
Eva man to appeal verdict in attack on Limestone judge
By Jean Cole
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ing $1,000, and court costs he received Friday, a court official said.
William “Cliff” Sanders was convicted of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor
offenses, following a bench trial in Morgan County District Court with appointed Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway.
He is accused of assaulting Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker on March 27, 2008, while Baker was watching his daughter play in a soccer match between Athens and Brewer at the Brewer High stadium.
On Friday, following testimony
and exhibits — including photographs of Baker’s injuries — Hardaway found Sanders guilty on all three counts, a court official said.
On the charge of reckless endangerment, Sanders was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs. But the jail sentence
See Assault, page 3A
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Organizer extends parade deadline
By Kelly Kazek
Saturday’s local Veterans Day parade has as many as 50 entries but an organizer is hoping to see more patriotism from Limestone County.
The deadline to enter the parade was extended to Wednesday, said organizer Roxanne Haggermakef.
Anyone interested in entering a walking group, truck or float can call Haggermaker at (256) 374-2073.
“I think we’re up to about 50 or 60 now,”
How to register entry or ride in parade
Anyone interested in entering a walking group, truck or float can call Haggermaker at (256) 374-2073. Veterans who wish to ride on the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives float should call the museum at (256) 771-7578.
Haggermaker said Monday. “We have two floats — an honor flight float and Veterans Museum float.”
See Parade, page 2A
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Cotton can t soak up rain
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Water stands in these cotton and soybean fields from two months of rain. Experts say up to 50 percent of crop yields could be lost to the prolonged rainy season.
Ag experts: Up soybeans, com
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
Local farmers are feeling the woes of too much rainfall through September and October.
Being too wet to get in the fields has cost some planters as much as 30-to-50-percent of their crops, according to an agriculture expert.
to half cotton, could be lost
“Very little cotton has been harvested at all,” said Charlie Burmester, extension agronomist with the Tennessee Valley Substation at Belle Mina. “Most got their corn out, but there is still a lot of soybeans and cotton out there. It’s not normal to be looking at the first of Novem-
See Crops, page 3A