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Athens High wing to be ready August

ATHENS — Athens High School's new science/technology wing should be completed in August.

City Schools Finance Director Barry Hamilton told the Board of Education on Thursday that the exterior walls are up.

Workers also have started renovations of the existing science classrooms.

Hamilton said the design for an additional classroom wing at Julian Newman Elementary is in the final phase with the state's Building Commission.

"That wing won't be ready for the start of school," Hamilton said.

The board has $6.4 million in construction money, and hopes to get up to $3 million from a proposed state bond issue.

- Holly Hollman

Laundry pile sparks apartment fire

ATHENS — A pile of clothes apparently erupted into a fire that damaged part of an apartment unit on Matthew Way.

Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said when the renter left Friday, the clothes were in a hamper in the bathtub. When the renter returned at 12:25 p.m., the clothes were in the floor and on fire.

Clements Volunteer Fire Department responded.

McNatt said the department will send samples for testing to see if an accelerant was used.

Apartment owner Mike Moore said the complex has 40 units but there was only minor damage to the one apartment.

- Holly Hollman

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