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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 i *  14  Tax renewal vote today  ■r Residents in Athens and Limestone County will decide whether to renew an _    _    8.5 mill property tax to fund education. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.  we News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Fun re  Ffbrijarv 15, 2005  e ncH SCO u r le r.com  Athens to Africa  Read Jennifer Parker’s tale of a young Athens woman in the 1920s who opted for a life of sacrifice and adventure.  Wednesday Meeting tonight  The Athens Planning Commission will meet tonight at 5:30 at Athens City Hall. On the agenda is whether to approve a housing development off West Market Street. Residents are concerned the new development will bring problems of traffic, drainage and insects.  1HD№  Hey, Sound Off:  On a recent visit to .Ardmore High School, 1 was appalled at the way the girls were dressed.  \V hat happened to the dress code?  Why isn't it being enforced? I wonder what would happen if a boy walked into the school wearing low-rider jeans and a cut-off f-shirt.  Has anyone else noticed the dress codes not being enforced?  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  C'jcI the news with your morning coffee  Subscribf tc)  The Seivs-Coiirier  2.^2-2-^20  Index  Classified 3-5B  Comics..........6B  Ledger  1M2A  Farm Page 6A  Movie Listing 3A  Obituaries 2A  Linda Siniard Adcock Brownie Colvett Reba Dicie Favors Finley Jones Sr. Rev. A.D. Kellum Louis Nelson Malone Sr. Charles E. McMullins Julia Lynn Mitchell Sports .........1-2B  Daily Bible .Moment  jTear God and keep his coni-mandinents, for this is man's all.  Ecclesiastes 12:13  tùim/one ^Juihel  322 Hw\.3l \* Alhens 256-232-1051 Obii line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Fires destroy two homes  No one hurt in East Limestone, Athens blazes; pets killed  Bn Nanc n Glassc (K к  mmcy(iorhensne\\s-c(nir\ey.coin l.ady Mae Burleson’s son was working on home repairs at her residence off Copeland Road in Fast Limestone when he noticed flames shooting skyward from two mobile homes and a shed behind his mother's house Saturday afternoon.  “My son was out here working on pieces to go on my vinyl in the floor,'' Burleson said adding that her son. Tommy, usually slept in one of the mobile homes. “He looked around and the fire was coming around the window. I le ran out there but it was too far gone."  Fast Limestone I ire Chid Joey Boyd said the mobile homes had no electricity, but e.xtension cords stretched Irom the house to the mobile home. Firefighters responded to the call sometime after 2 p.m.  See Fires, Page 2A  East Limestone volunteer firefighters battle a blaze that Copeland Road and killed a family’s pets.  Michael Boley honored at Elkmont  ^ 2 0  Conference USA  99 m V9RR  ^tkus Award  99nil~finag/sf  Ncws-foiiricr Kim Rynders  Michael Boley shakes hands with his former coach, now Elkmont Assistant Principal Tommy Hunter, as the school Monday retired his No. 24 football jersey. Boley, an All-American linebacker at the University of Southern Mississippi, is expected to go high in the upcoming NFL draft. See story on Sports, IB.  Light voter  turnout  exoectec  Bv NaN( V (a ASS( (K K  nancy(a athensimvs-ioiirier.<vm Though low voter turnout is anticipated tor today's special election, bad weather isn t likely to discourage residents from visiting the polls.  “Hopefully with a pretty day, people will turn out to vote,’’ said C'ircuit Court Clerk Charles Page. “Our anticipation would be that we would have a lower than normal turnout because this is a special election.”  Voters will decide today w hether to renew the 6()-ycar-oki 8.5 mill ad valorem tax estab-  See Voters, Page 2A  A Valentine surprise  Ncws-C'ourici Klin Kyiuiers  Christy McBride of Cook’s Travel Agency receives a gift basket Monday from Vickie Camp. The baskets were made by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Limestone as a fund-raiser for Valentine’s Day.  New s-t'ourier .Amanda Siniard destroyed two mobile homes behind a residence on  Animal Control now under APD auspices  Bn Phii M m is  phiKa aihc)ts)ic\\ s-coiirirr.fom  Animal Control officers in Athens w ill see their duties expand to include codes enforcement after the City Council Monday night approved the absorption ot the department into the Police Department.  Council President Jimmy (lill east the onlv vole against the proposal. Ciill questioned the \ alue of the action, staling he saw no benefit in the reorganization, especially if the cit} decides to remain in the pound business.  Limostone County officials withdrew from pound operations two yeais ago, contracting with a local \eterinarian for animal control chores. Fhe move has drastically reduced traffic at lli^ pound.  “Without the county, we prood '■ ci maybe 10 animals a month at the pound." C ouik eman Ronnie Marks said, noting animal control ofticials, as a result, now ha\e time for other duties.  "It also cuts down on t‘ •* number of department heads in city government he said.  Police C hief Wayne Harpi'r .iipporied the move, which w ill see the animal control budget absorbed by the police budget.  "It will help us with code enforcement and will allow us to pul another office back on the street.'' Harper said.  Director of Animal Control Ron LMtz dismissed C ouncilman Harold Wale's concern that animal control in the city would suffer with the move, assuring him that would remain top priority.  The reorganization passed by a 4-1 vote, with onl\ Cull opposing.  Hie council passed without comment a requested reorganization of the Natural Cias Department. That move saw an administrative assistant post changed to regulatory compliance coordinator and two locator positions become a loeater tech I ,ind loeater tech 11.  Retiring police offices will be able to take their weapons with them after the council passed an ordi-  See Animal Control, Page 8A  License denied or store near ABS camous  Bn Phii W il l is  phil{(i lltllCllsni’W .K-COUriCKCOni Beer sales will not be allowed at a comenience store located just across Forrest Street from .Athens Bible School after the Athens C it\ Council .Mondav night denied a license tor the establishment.  I he Spencer Co. had requested the license for the Minuteman No. 53 market located at the corner of Forrest Street and L .S. 31,  While the city's alcohol ordinance prohibits beer sales in such close proximity to a school or church, the presence of a four-lane highway between the buildings negates distance requirements. In this instance, some confusion arose due to the turn lanes on Forrest Street as it approaches U.S. 31. In the eyes of the council, the turn lanes did not make 1 orrest Street a four-lane highway, thus distance requirements did stand.  “We need to look at clearer definitions." ( ouncilman  See License, Page 2A   

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