Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Board may reinstate program
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jeun^uthviism'ws-ixnirior.c'om It appears that six special education students participating in a Limestone County dropout-prevention program called Ombudsman wül remain in the program.
Limestone County school board members appeared after a Thursday night woric session to reconsider a Sept. 1 vote that could have sent the students back to their regular classrooms..
Board attorney J.R. Brooks told board members they would be violating federal law if they denied special education students the same opportunity as regular education students to use the drx^ut-prevention program.
In a 4-3 vote Sept. 1, board members had rejected a request to hire an aide needed to keep the students in the program. In justifying the aide, Special Education Director Tara Bachus had told board member that 41 percent of the stu
dents who tailed to graduate trom Limestone County schools last were special-education students.
Board member's were never opptrsed to helping special-education students at risk of dropping out. They were merely unhappy with the way the request was handled. They disliked that the position was advertised, that three cimdidates were
See Ombudsman, page 2A
Tribute to fly on militaiy holidays
NCWS COURICR/KAREN MIDDLETON
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives Director Sandy Thompson, left, Teresa Smith of Compass Bank and Tom Ed Wright of the Woodmen of the World look over one of the flags that will be offered for sponsorship in the "Flags Over Athens" project to honor veterans and active duty members of the military.
Tlags Over Athens’ launched to pay tribute to our veterans
B^ KaRKN MiDDIETroN кип 'П(ОЫ1и ‘HsiH 'w s-i t)i iritr. (чип Athens will soon join numerous cities across the state and nation to display American flags along main thorou^iferes on patriotic holidays.
“Flags Over Athens” is being launched and for a fee of $75 residents may honor a veteran or a currendy serving member of the militaiy with a flag to be displayed either on U.S. 31 or Hobbs Street.
A group of local citizens have been meeting to finalize details for the project. Flags will be displayed on city utility poles fiiom the Interstate 65 exit on U.S. 31 North to the city limits on the south and dovra Hobbs
Holidays on which the flags will be flown are: Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, POW-MIA Day and Veteians Day. The committee is still determining if the flags will be flown for other events.
Teresa Smith, AVP/Banldng Center Manager for Compass Bank, is chairing the committee and also has a son in the militaiy.
“I, being the mother of an active duty soldier, would love nothing more than to pui^ chase a flag in honor of my son, Joe B. Broadwater II,” said Smith. “My son has al-
See Flags, page 2A
‘Phishing’ scam resorts. to threats of ^ prosecution
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Ifyou receive an e-mail trom the Office of the Attorney General saying you are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation tor money laundering and terrorist activities, don’t believe it.
Chances are if you were involved in either of those pursuits, the FBI would come with a SWA’r team, surround your house, arrest you, chaige you, handcuff" you and throw you in the slammer.
They would not threaten to forward the e-mail to the “United State of America Police/Authorities” unless you obtain a “mandatory clearance certificate” friim the “Economics and Unanciai Crimes Commission in Nigeria.” The e-mail goes on to say you can get the certificate that will clear you of “overwhelming evidence” from Mrs. Earida Waziri tor “only” $370 within seven days or the FBI and Homeland Sec-urity will begin pnxsecution.
Which when you think about it is a bargain price tor beating raps of money laundering and terrorism.
One Athens woman received such an e-mail and called the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.
Michelle McDaniel, Better Business Bureau CE]0, said the threatening tone of the e-mail is just the latest variaticm on phishing schemes targeting private e-mail users for the pa.st several years.
“We’ve had a few people contacting our office with complaints about similar e-mails,” said McDaniel. “TTiis is the first time we’ve seen people threatened with action by law enlbrcement. Sometimes it will be other threats. Phishing scams have been around for numerous years. This is a different twist, the latest variation.”
McDaniel said if people save the original e-mail it might be possible for authorities to trace it back to its source.
Consumers can forward phishing scams to is spamfcOuce.gov.
“That will tbnvard the e-mail to the Federal Trade Commission so they can consider investigating it,” said McDaniel.
Piggly Wiggly a place where workers knew you, helped you
By Jean Cche jewidTnthviisncws-nmrivr.cvni Piggly Wiggly cashier Maiy Phillips happily took time Thursday to tell a customer in the checkout line -who was buying a weather radio - to ceep the device plugged into an outlet and rely on the batteries only during power outages,
“b that r^t?” the woman in the checkout said. “I didn’t know that. Thank you.”
It is the kind of supermarket хлТгеге the cashiers help you instead of running you through the checkout Шее
soup cans over a conveyor.
But in exactly 16 days, Phillips and the rest of her co-woikers - some of them long-timers like her - will help their last customers at the store in the Athens Towne Center oflF U.S. 72 West.
ft will close to the public Satuid^, Sept. 26.
The Pi^fy WT^y at U.S. 31 and Hobbs Street will remain c^n.
Phillips talked about the closing and her future plans by telephone
See Workers, page 3A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Piggly Wiggly off U.S. 72 in will close Sept. 26. Employees - some of them 20- and 30-year veterans - will go to other Piggly Wiggly stores or take severance pay.
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