Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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1 hope many of you saw the feature on Ciood Morning America on Tuesday about the problem of litter and illegal dumping around the county.
It is an especially big problem right here in Limestone C ounty. Statistics show that 72% of litterbugs are men. How many of you would stand up in a second and say that you are a I’roud American and that you hate it when other countries verbally "trash" the USA.....but some of you would not think twice about trashing the beautiful state of Alabama with litter and garbage.
How can you say one and still do the other? Please be a true Proud American and do your part to make living in Limestone a litter free event!
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Coach charged with rape
Clements coach admits ‘consensual’ sex with student, 15
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kclly(axithensnc\\s-courier.com .After Clements High School students reported to a deputy that a teacher had sex with their 15-year-old classmate, assistant football coach .Arthur Kyle Rae was arrested Friday, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
“That’s something that's totally unacceptable e\en though it was consensual sex." the sheritTsaid.
Rae. 27. of Athens, who formerly taught at Buekhorn High
School, admitted ha\-ing consensual sex with the girl, tilakely said. He was taken into custody at the school and charged with second-degree rape. The R3e Class B felony carries a sentence of tw o to 20 y ears.
Students reported the incident to school resource officer Randy Burroughs, who works on the (dements
See Coach, Page 3A
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Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely holds a press conference in his office Friday to announce the arrest of Kyle Rae, an assistant football coach at Clements High School.
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Plan for mass vaccinations approved by school board
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Ha\e you ever wondered what would happen should there be a need for mass vaccination in Limestone County due to a viral outbreak'.’
One might be comforted to know that there is a plan if such a situation should arise.
The .Athens City School Board approved a mass vaccination plan for Limestone County in a meeting Thursday night. This plan also included the l imestone County School system.
.According to Athens City School Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges, the plan would become active if the Athens- Limestone t-mergency Management Agency should need to utilize facilities for such a need.
The purpose of the plan is to provide guidance to be followed for the mass vaccination of a population in Limestone County.
This is an addition to an existing emergency plan with FATA.
The plan outlines the responsibilities of the local FM A. the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Resources in conducting a Mass Vaccination Clinic in Limestone County.
Should the plan go in place the following sites would be used as facilities in the city; .Athens High School and Athens Intermediate School.
To date. Limestone County Central Otfice personnel were not iivvare of any LM.A mass vaccination plan that had been board approved.
The city school board also approv ed a resolution to requesting the city of .Athens to finance the general obligation school warrants in the approximate amount of S5.5 million for the benefit of the .Athens City Schools System Capital Outlay Plan.
Bridges said Friday that this would cause no increase in taxes to anyone. According to Bridges, the money is already set aside and is basically five mill bond tax proceeds.
He said that there will be no impact on the city's general fund budget and it will not count against the city's constitutional limit.
The .Athens City Council must approve the request.
Several schools will be recognized in the State Department of Education's state report
See Vaccinations, Page 3A
Adoption.s celebrated today
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Vonda Gilliam,left, a child welfare case aid for Limestone County DHR, along with Dee Dee and Randy Smith, Limestone County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association officers, arrange centerpieces for the FAPA regional meeting to be held today at Truth Baptist Church.
‘Fosters’ ever hopeful they wif one day become a ‘forever family’
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Bobby and .lane, not their rca! names, struggled for many years to have children. After several miscarriages, they were still childless. They handled the stress as best they could, but at times Jane felt she was at the breaking point.
They discussed adoption and
years before had considered being foster parents but were terrified at the prospect of becoming attached and then hav ing to give the children back.
They were aware that when possible. the Department of Human Resources returns abused or neglected children who have been placed in foster homes to their biological parents.
Jane weighed the posiliv e w ith the negative and decided that she would risk the heartbreak if it meant, during this bleak time in the child's life, she could bring some joy.
Finally the couple decided to get fingerprinted and approved to be licensed foster parents.
See Fosters, Page 3A
Voices in the Valley
The Alalxima-Auburn game begins at 2:30 p.m. today at Jordan-Eiare Stadium. Some local residents answered the question, “Elow much would you be willing to pay for tickets to the Iron Howi?"
— Jaleen Finney, a fan of neither Alahama nor An hum
“Well, it all
depends...probably about S12-S15 because the gas prices are up and you’ve got to watch your pocket...’’
— Kenneth Kosohud, a fan of both teams
“I don't even know what they cost...SI00 (for two).’’
— Mike Clem, Auburn fan
“1 wouldn’t pay anything for a ticket. I’d rather watch it at home.’’
— Sally Marks, Alabama fan