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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007


Groups join to aid youths with careers

The Tennessee Valley Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development program, coordinated by Calhoun Community College, and Junior Achievement are forming a partnership to provide career awareness and career exploration opportunities to youths.

The program serves the North Alabama and South Central Tennessee regions.

The partnership will provide students with several opportunities, including job shadowing and a chance to meet many role models from a variety of career options.

- Bayne Hughes

Athens council looks at ordinances

ATHENS — City leaders are ready to approve an ordinance that specifies officers donít have to issue warnings for clean-community offenses. But they are more hesitant about an ordinance that would require officers to impound vehicles when drivers donít have a license.

The Athens City Council discussed both ordinances Monday and will vote on them at its June 25 meeting. The clean community ordinance addresses litter, junk, nonconforming vehicles and weeds. Violations include fines between $30 and $500, and community service hours.

On the impound ordinance, some council members question a section that lets the unlicensed driver bring any licensed driver to the impound lot to recover the vehicle. Council President Harold Wales said that, legally, the city could not stop an owner from recovering the car.

The council wants more information on that issue and impound costs before approving the ordinance.

- Holly Hollman

Student seeks help on Athens dorms

ATHENS — An Athens State University student sought city support Monday for keeping dorms open at the school.

Ryan Green, who lives at the dorms in Sanders Hall, told the Athens City Council that the university plans to close the dorms and renovate them into classrooms and offices for the College of Business. He said closing the dorms will add transportation costs and increased rents for students.

Athens State spokesman Rick Mould told The Daily in May that 20 students live in the dorms. Since cutting athletics and adding online and distance learning courses, the number has kept decreasing, he said.

Council President Harold Wales and Councilwoman Milly Caudle said they sympathize but the city has no jurisdiction in the matter.

- Holly Hollman

Hartselle board taking applications

HARTSELLE — If you are interested in serving on the Hartselle Utilities Board, you have less than a month to submit an application.

City Council President Kenny Thompson said Hartselle will accept applications though June 29. The council will interview applicants July 9.

Mike Gunter and Jimmy Moore currently hold the positions.

- Deangelo McDaniel

School officials seek Lakeside artifacts

School officials are trying to collect artifacts from the Lakeside High School era for display in the newly renovated Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

Leon Sheffield was originally Lakeside High, the cityís black high school before integration in the late 1960s, and is now a grades three-through-five magnet school. The school has two display cases hanging in the front hall to commemorate the former high school. Anyone with photos, trophies, uniforms or other interesting artifacts should call 552-3000 or school board member Tommy Sykes at 340-0542.

- Bayne Hughes

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