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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama Preserving the cross Members of the local United Daughters of the Confederacy _,    Athens,    East,    Tanner    boys, are trying to preserve Southern Crosses of Honor    ‘    Tanner    girls    battle in tourney IB The News-Courier Four in Finais Athens, East, Tanner boys. Tanner girls battle in tourney SuNDAV, Fkbriìàry 13, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone Coi ntv: A Commi nitv of Tradition and Fi it re eneWScourFeF.coTrt One Doeear Making a difference Our special section on People Who Make a Difference appears Feb. 27. Take a sneak peak at a few of those who those whose stories will appear 1C Hey, Sound Off: 1 read Mr. Lowery’s guest column Jan. 27 and would like to inform readers about Social Security. Social Security was first introduced into law by President Roosevelt around 1935 and was doing fine until 1965 when President Johnson decided to start taking our money and using it to find government projects up to and including the financing of war. We paid our money into the fund for security , not for any other purpose. Since 1965, the government has taken trillions from Social Security and gave us lOUs. I am against Bush’s plan to reform Social Security. The honest way to reform it would be for the government to start repaying what it borrowed from us. More Sound Off Valley, 6A Gel ihe news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified 1-140 Ledger ..........7A Obituaries 2A Virginia Hart Brown Jeannette Arlene Cancil Jerry Robinson Ella Louise Younger Other Views 5A Our Opinion 4A Sports .........1-4B Daily Bible Moment ^ 11 mhle yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. I Peter 5:6 'Otìù 322 Hm. 31 N-Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 ino / f nnnn-j Cases of flu on rise here By Nancy Cìi.asscoc k nancy(a>athensfie\v.s-courier.com Though spring is approaching, local residents aren’t seeing relief from influenza, which has become widespread in Limestone C'ounty in recent days. .Athens physician Dr. Max Boone said cases of the flu and other viral upper-respiratory infections have been on the rise since January and he doesn't expect the viruses to slow down any time soon. “I don’t think so,” he said. “I think it’ll be a while,” Boone said he sees about two cases of the flu per day but what many patients assume are flu symptoms are actually other types of infections. While common flu symptoms include chills, fever, headache, weakness and body aches; cold symptoms are less severe and include sneez- ing, running nose, sore throat, cough and minor fatigue. Boone said patients are given in-office tests to determine whether they have the flu or cold virus. While Boone said he has seen an increased number of viral infections within the past month, residents are apparently turning to private practitioners for help. Limestone County Health Department Manager Donna Shelton said Friday morning that the number of flu cases reported at the Health Department didn’t appear to be above average. Fortunately, flu vaccinations are again available in Limestone County. Shelton said the department expected to receive an additional 100 doses of the vaccine on Friday, but that many residents may have given up hope of avoiding the flu. “I think people have given up,” Shelton said adding that the number of calls from residents requesting the vaccine had decreased dramatically since the onset of flu season. “Or they think everybody who’s going to get the flu has already had it.” WebMD.com offers the following tips for preventing the flu: frequent hand washing, coxering the mouth and nose with a tissue instead of hands when coughing or sneezing, avoiding hand and face contact, drinking plenty of liquids, taking a sauna, getting exposure to fresh air, aerobic exercise, eating yogurt and foods containing phytochemicals, minimizing stressful situations and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. See Flu, Page 2A Ncws-Couricr Kim Ryndcrs Patricia Frey shows uniform package auctioned at Boys & Girls Club Banquet Thursday night for use in Feb. 25 “Behind Bars Bed & Breakfast” fund-raiser. All proceeds from the event will go to the club. Boys & Girls Club Tmd-raiser serves up food and fun... aehind bars By I AsniA Lovei I tashiu(^athensnews-courier.c(im "Room Service. Jailhouse style.” said Suzanne Rainey executive director of the Boys & Girls clubs of .Athens-Limestone C’ounty. That's what you'll be getting Feb. 25 if you attend the “Behind Bars Bed & Breakfast” at the new Limestone C'ounty Sheriff’s Office and Detention - Facility on Elm Street. The event will raise money for the local Boys & Ciirls Glubs, including clubs in .Athens. Ardmore. Tanner and a Teen Center. "They just need to raise their bonds to get out.” said Rainey. Participants must raise bond. S200 a person. S300 a couple. Rainey says roughly a hundred people are expected to attend. The jail will hold approximately 280 people. “We’re going to have the booking in between 6 and 8 p.m.,” Rainey said. Participants will have then mug shots taken, be suited m jailhouse jumpsuits, and be escorted to their cells. Rainey says they get dinner from 8-9 p.m. About 9 or 9:30 they get to go to a separate portion of the jail w here there will be a band and buffet. Those spending the night will get to go back to their cells, where they will be served breakfast the next morning, after which they will be released. For more information, call the fJoys & Girls Clubs of .Athens-Limestone C'ounty at 232-5545. If you plan to participate, you need to notify to Suzanne Rainey at the Boys & (iirls Clubs by Tuesday, Feb. 22. The ’ Ikhind Bars Bed ik Breakfast" will be held Friday Feb.2S at the new Lime.stone County Sheriffs Office and Detention Facility on Flin Street. Commission to discuss plans for subdivison Residents on West Market Street express concerns By Tashia Lon ell tashia@xithensnews-courier.cum There is concern on the west side of Athens about the possibility of drainage and traffic congestion problems near a proposed subdivision off West Market Street. According to Brad Pullum in concert A planning commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the municipal building. Athens Public Works Director James Rich, a single-family residential development called Breckinridge Subdivision Phase II is up for approval at the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night. If approved, construction can start on the subdivision according to Rich. Rich said there have been some general concerns by residents. Drainage is a primary concern. There is a proposed site for a detention pond in the area of Market Street and Jackson Drive. Detention ponds are built to reduce flooding. The construction of the subdivision is one of many topics on the agenda. News-Courier Kim Rynders Former Limestone County Sheriffs Deputy Brad Pullum performs at Athens Middle School Friday night. Scenes from his concert, page 20A.