Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Shooting suspect had money woes
A man so broke he didn't have the money to visit his son 30 minutes away opened fire Friday at the engineering firm that fired him two years ago, killing one person and wounding five, authorities said.
Jobless rate shoots past 10%
Just when it was beginning to look a little better, the economy relapsed Friday with a return to double-digit unemployment for only the second time since World War II.
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Project Manager Gabrielle Fuller and Architect Jim Hartsell, both of Davis Architects of Birmingham, discuss the floor plan for Blue Springs Elementary School with Limestone County school board member Charles Shoulders, left. Below, the school courtyard is under constructionSchool Board gets first look at new Blue Springs School
CLEMENTS — Kids heading to the new elementary school next June will likely be enamored by the library. It will feature columns that look like trees and a cozy “story nook” with colored-glass panels.
Parents will like the reinforced steel and cinderblock hallways that will protect their children fk)m storms.
Blue Springs Elementary School, set to open June 2010, will educate students in kindergarten through fifth grade and serve as a feeder school for Clements High School.
Members of the Limestone County school board tombed the school Friday. They had to use their imaginations, though. Now under construction off Hardy Road and U.S. 72, the building so for consists of steel beams, cinderblock walls and concrete floors. Workers mill about welding beams
By the numbers
Blue Springs Elementary School Off Hardy Road and U.S. 72 in Clements community 106,000 Sguarefeet
600 Enrollment in June 2010
900 Total capacity expected
46 Regular classrooms plus
rooms for music, art, computers, reading coach, exceptional education: media room and more.
and doing electrical work. Yards of electrical cords map the hallways. The gym has only sky above.
StiU, the bones of the building are in place, and the plans call fcH* a modem kindergarten-through-fifth school with a
See Blue Springs, page 3AAMS community service classes get students recycling
By Jennifer R. Hill
Students in Athens Middle School community service classes are learning to “upcyde.” Instead of throwing away their Capri Sun drink pouches students are recycling to Terracyde, a company partnered with Capri Sun. Terracyde then reuses the pouches creating feshion bags, totes, pencil cases and more.
,Not only do the students get to help the planet by keeping the pouches out of landfills, the school gets 2 cents for every pouch turned in, community service teacher, Sherry Kilgore said.
Community service dass teachers, Kilgore See Recycling, page 3A
Eighth-grade Athens Middle School student Spencer Kelso and art teacher Jennifer Rosso show off the school's new Capri Sun recycling bins. The school will receive 2 cents per pouch collected and recycled.
Suspect in bank robbeiy remains at large
By Jfan Coie
Law enforcement officials in Alabama and Tennessee are still looking for a man who robbed CB&S in Ardmore, Term., which is just across the Alabama state line on 26314 Main St. The search was called ofilate Friday night but is expected to continue today.
The suspect is described as a black male standing around 5-feet, nine-inches tall, wearing a black jacket, dark pants, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Miller beer hat.
An older, white Oldsmobile with a red top is believed to be involved in the robbery but witnesses say they saw the suspect mnning fi'om the bank, said Sergeant Tracy Luna of the Ardmore Police Department, which is leading the investigation.
“The man handed the teller a typed note to let her know she was being robbed and the note was long and she wasn’t paying a lot of attention,” said Luna. “It started out ‘Hi ma’am I hope you’re having a nice day’ When she got to the part about you’re being robbed he laid a handgun on the counter so she could see it. And she started getting out the money.”
Luna said there were five or fewer people in the bank at the time of the rob-
See Robbery, page 2A
Local couple prays for son, other soldiers at Fort Hood
By Karen Middleton
Daisy McCormack was shopping at Walmart Thursday afternoon when her cell phone rang.
“Mama, I’m okay,” said her 26-year-old son. Staff Sgt. Christopher McCormack.
“I said, ‘Huh?’” Daisy remembered on Friday.
“Then he said, ‘I wanted you to know I’m okay in case you been watching national news,”’ she said. “And then the line went dead.”
She said her 26-year-old son arrived at Fort Hood Sunday with the 270 members of the 135th Expedi-
See Fort Hood, page 6AMan charged with arranging deceptive loan from individual
An Elkmont man accused oi borrowing money from an acquaintance under the guise of opening a lawn-care business has been charged with first-degree theft by deceptioh, an official said.
Lloyd Wayne Cuskaden, 52, of 21414 Harris Loop Road was arrested Friday by Limestone County SherifiPs Department, said Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt.
He is accused of borrowing $4,100 fiom an individual to buy «quipment needed to open a lawn-care business.
“He told the victim he alreadjy had some contracts to do lawn-care service, and he was to pay the money back in Oc-See Loan, page 3A