Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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County sharing library costs
By Karen Middleton
Sharing the costs of a new library in the soon-to-be renovated Kroger building should entide Limestone County to half ownership in the facility
The city of Athens and the county have each provided operational funds for the existing library, but the city purchased the Kroger building at auction for $650,000 more than a year ago.
Council President Ronnie Maries said at the May kick-off of the fundraising project that it should cost about $100 per square foot for renova
tion with the final cost of the project being about $4.5 million.
Several months ago, County Commission Chairman David Seibert asked for a clarification of state law on the makeup of public boards, should the county seek representation on the Athens-Limestone Public Library Board of TVustees.
The Athens City Council in its regular meeting two weeks ago reappointed Board of Trustee members Cliff Byrd to a three-year term; Juana Malone to two years, and Jeriy Duke to one year on the five-member board. Librarian Susan Todd
said at the time that state law allows for nine members on the board. She said the county could appoint the remaining four.
Friday, Seibert said, “We’re not there yet, we’re still making plans.”
However, while the county has not entered a cash transaction wit!} the city to purchase half of the Kroger building, Seibert said the county is beginning to commit funds toward the renovation.
“We’re paying for the architect, which would have been a cost incurred by the board if we had
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swine flu vaccine last week of OctoberStudents should get
By Jean Cole
Swine flu vaccinations won’t begin in Athens and Limestone County schools until the end of October or the first part of November, a state Health Department official said Friday.
The state department is waiting until enough vaccine arrives before giving vaccinations in clinics at K-12 schools.
“We are still hoping to start in the schools the last week of October and the first week of November so we can target the school population,”
said Candece Adkins, a Health Department officer who serves Limestone County and six other North Alabama counties.
“But to do a community clinic, it will be more into November or as late as the end of November to the first part of December.”
Getting enough vaccine for students and then the general population is the challenge. School students will be first because they represent the median age for those contracting H1N1 influenza, commonly referred to as the swine flu.
“The challenge is that the vaccine does not
come out in a smooth process,” state health officer Donald Williamson said in a press release Friday. “Every day we see how many doses we are allowed to order. We know there is demand for the vaccine, but the vast majority of the supply will not be received until November or December. Twenty percent of the vaccine will be in the form of intranasal spray.”
Last week, the state was allowed to submit an order for H1N1 vaccine with the Centers for Dis-
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Storms pass through with little damage; local football rescheduled
By K\ren Middleton
Limestone battened down the hatches as a line of severe thunder-storms tracked eastward across the central Tennessee Valley, but the area seems have to escaped any serious damage.
At early afternoon, Rita White of the Emergency Management Agency said the “big mass” of storms was breaking up, but meteorologists warned that this could mean even stronger winds.
“It can be bad when individual cells develop into stronger cells than the big mass,” said White.
The area was under a tornado watch until 5 p.m., later extended to 7 p.m., and one time during late afternoon sirens sounded as a tornado was spotted on the ground in Lauderdale County that threatened the Rogersville community.
Several county schools postponed football games until tonight, but Athens High School went ahead with its match against Lee High School, played in Huntsville.
Schools did not dismiss classes early, but the Athens city schools Latch Key Program did not meet and several extracurricular activities were canceled.
Along with the threat of severe weather, the area was expected to be deluged with as much as 3 inches per hour. Ibere were no reports of local flash flooding, although a flash flood watch was issued for the afternoon and evening hours, according to the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville.
Rainfall was expected to taper off during the overnight hours, but light to moderate rains along with an isolated thunderstorm were expected to be ongoing into today. The rainfall, though, is expected to come to an end late this afternoon and evening.
No hazardous weather is expected Sunday through Thursday.
A matter of life and death
Lack of house numbers hinder
emergency responders on calls
By Karen Middleton
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If you’re a lawbreaker, you might not want your house number clearly visible, but if you’re a heart attack or crime victim you’ll be grateful if an emergency responder can find you easily.
A lack of clearly visible nine-digit house numbers mapped by the local E-911 system is the bane of all law officers and emergency responders.
“Several times a week I have my deputies
come in and complain that they can’t find an address,” said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. “This is frustrating for my deputies but it’s also dangerous for the people involved when we can’t find them.
“This is especially true of trailer parks. They will have a whole row of mailboxes out by the road that might have the 911 numbers on them, but when you get into the park there are no numbers on the trailers and my men
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Local emergency responders say mobile home parks might display five-digit 911 numbers on mailboxes, but the homes are often not clearly marked and it uses up valuable time finding those in need.