Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Thursday, Barbara Whiteside's third grade class at Creekside Elementary School presented several large boxes of storybooks, coloring books and crayons to Michelle Elkins to be presented to Children's Hospital in Birmingham in honor of her daughter, Jessica Elkins, who died of meningitis at the hospital in December 2007. The class collected the materials as part of Make a Difference Day. From left are, Taylor Scarcelli, Brayden Cothren,* Barbara Whiteside, teacher; Stephie Soltys, Sarah Pepper, Jessica Watham, student teacher; Michelle Elkins, McKenna Powers and Jenny Renfroe.
Creekside Elementary students honor Make a Difference Day
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
The students in Barbara Whiteside’s third grade class at Creekside Elementary School wanted to do something that made a difference. They decided they wanted to make hospital stays more pleasant for both young patients and their parents at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
They collected three large boxes of storybooks, coloring books and crayons that will be presented to the hospital Saturday for the national observance of Make a Difference Day, in memory and honor of Jes
sica Elkins, an Athens High School teen who died of meningitis on Dec. 26, 2007, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Make a Difference Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday of October. The brainchild of USA WEEKEND-Magazine, it has become the nation’s largest day of volunteering. Together with its hundreds of carrier newspapers, longstanding partner HandsOn Network and of the Newman’s Own brand, USA WEEKEND rallies millions in a single
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Secondary fire helps save house from blaze
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Fire helped stop a home from burning to the ground Wednesday night. It sounds unlikely, but a fire official with the East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department says a fire sparked by an electrical short melted a water pipe and, in turn, helped douse a fire that might otherwise have destroyed a home at 25205 Copeland Road.
A man arrived at his two-story brick home alter visiting friends in Madison County, discovered smoke and called 911, said East Limestone Fire Capt. Tony Kirk.
Nineteen firefighters from East Limestone and Oak Gfove Volunteer Fire Department responded. They discovered that the fire had burned a 4-by-8-foot section of floor and upper wall in the comer between the kitchen and dinning room.
“We found where the wire had shorted out,” Fork said. “It burned through the floor joist and melted a water line, which acted like a sprinkler system and put out the fire in the floor. We put out the rest.”
Kirk has seen a fire trigger its own demise only one other time in his 23 years as a firefighter.
“This fire would have been really bad otherwise,” he said. “What we did and what the makeshift sprinkler did saved the house.”
Firefighters were at the scene for about 11/2 hours, Kirk said.
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8 bid on demolition; new county offices will include elevator
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Like the five finalists in the Miss America Pageant - eight sparkling contractors are nervously waiting to hear which one will be chosen.
The only real differences - the contractors are vying to demolish part of the old Limestone County Jail and there will be no swimsuit competition.
The eight contractors - two of which are from Athens - submitted bids on the demolition Thursday. The local contractors included Premier Structures and Christopher Plumbing & Electric. Other bidders are from Carbon Hill and Fackler in Alabama and from Henderson-
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Keeping work at home aim of Calhoun milling program
By Antoinette Kauffman [email protected]
It costs more to produce items in today’s market, but people want to pay less. This creates a productivity gap.
One production activity that is frequently outsourced to other countries is milling. Now, Calhoun Community College and Sandvik milling systems and inserts are teaming to train workers so milling work can remain
in the United States.
Wednesday, the college presented a demonstration in the Aerospace Training Center, “The Modern Art of Milling,” which was co-hosted with the college by Sandvik and Jeffrey’s Manufacturing Solutions of Colfax, N.C., the largest distributor of Haas computerized milling machines, which has placed 810 units in Alabama with 98 col-
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A computerized milling machine at Calhoun Community College's Aerospace Center forms a bar with the school's name and logo during "The Modern Art of Milling" demonstration Wednesday.
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Pam Abernathy has opened a deli in the Market Street space formerly occupied by Tortillas Blanco.
Deli opens downtown
By Trisha Black For The News Courier After 19 years in Athens, Pam Abernathy decided to take a leap of faith and open Wildwood Deli in downtown. Growing up in Vienna, Ga., Abernathy watched her parents run a successful full service open pit barbeque business and found that she dreamt of opening her own restaurant.
“I was nervous about opening my own business, but after listening to a recent sermon about God putting us here to succeed, I felt it was time,” said Abernathy. After raising five children she’s ready to fulfill her dream, letting
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