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Clements High to honor Greenhaw

ATHENS — A man who devoted his life to music will be memorialized at Clements High School.

On Monday, the Limestone County Board of Education approved naming the band’s concession stand at Clements in honor of Dexter Greenhaw.

Greenhaw was a former band director at Clements and Hartselle High School, and the former music director at Friendship United Methodist Church in Athens.

He died in March from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Before his death, while confined to a wheelchair, he taped an interview for Friendship United Methodist called “Discovering Hope.”

On the video, he talks about keeping a positive attitude while facing death.

“He was very instrumental in helping the Clements band, and this would be a nice gesture,” said board member John Wayne King.

Holly Hollman

Shooting threat ends in expulsion

ATHENS — An Owens Elementary sixth-grader received a one-year expulsion Monday for bringing a BB gun to school and threatening a student.

The Limestone County Board of Education held the student hearing Monday evening.

Limestone authorities have charged the 12-year-old boy with making a terrorist threat.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the boy got into a fight and threatened to kill a witness — a fellow student — if the witness told anyone.

The boy pointed the BB gun at the student’s head.

The witness told school officials, who suspended the student pending an expulsion hearing.

Holly Hollman

DU will replace 3 transformers

The Decatur Municipal Utilities Board will spend $4.5 million to replace three large transformers that serve more than 12,000 customers.

Constructed by English Electric, the existing units have been in operation since 1960.

They receive electricity directly from the Tennessee Valley Authority and distribute it to 23 substations.

“Our tests have shown these units are at the end of their useful lives,” said Decatur Utili-
ties Interim Manager Stan Kee-num.

The new units will come from Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries, but Keenum said the old units will have to hold out a little longer.

The estimated delivery date for the new transformers is about 78 weeks away.

Keenum said DU does not anticipate a rate increase as a result of the purchase.

Evan Belanger

Teen’s condition serious after wreck

TOWN CREEK — A local teen was listed in serious condition Monday at Huntsville Hospital after wrecking a sport utility vehicle on Alabama 101.

Alabama state troopers said Bert Terry, 16, apparently lost control of the SUV he was
driving at 7:30 a.m. Monday about three miles north of Town Creek.

A spokesperson for Hunts-ville Hospital said Terry was in surgical intensive care.

Troopers said no one else was injured in the wreck.

Nancy Glasscock

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