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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Rodeo preview  A look at this May’s Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo on Horse Sense ^  TbeNe  4 m  Road warriors  Tanner battles Red Bay for berth in Class 2A Northwest Regional jg  ouner  I RIDAV, Fkbri \R\ 18, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.com  50 C tms  More about Annie  The continuing saga of Annie' Parker» who attended Atfiefis Pei^aW Cbltege then became a missionary in the African Congo.  Pan 2 coming  Sunday  JfWMT  Hey, Sound Off:  This is in answer to the person objecting to the war in Iraq. I’m a Navy vet of World War II, having volunteered in September, 1942. The World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists strongly linked to the Iraq Regime. We lost more of our beloved citizens there than at Pearl Harbor. We lost over four million in freeing the world of Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. I think that our armed forces, since they are volunteers, know that they put their lives on the line to free a nation from tyranny and oppression. ril end by quoting the immortal words of Nathan Hale. “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” I also believe that God has a place reserved for brave soldiers who give their lives that others may be free.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier  232-2720  Index     Classified ...    3-6B      Comics . .    ... 8B      Headlines ..    4A      Ledger .....    13A      Obituaries ..    ... , ,2A      George T. Bagsby Jr.      Religion____    9-12A      Sports .....    1-2B      Weather ...    , 2A     Daily Bible Moment  hen Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them.  Matthew 14:14  i2tn’  ÈÌime^done %haj)el  322 Hm.31 NvVhens 256-2.32-1051 Obit line 256-771-09.34  Brookhill mold concerns return  By Nancy Glasscoc k   nancy@athensnews-couner.com   Brookhill parent Leah Stevens and her family chose Athens City schools because of the reputation of one of its principals, Janet Poole.  Poole has been principal at Brookhill Elementary School for the past six years, but hasn’t been able to work recently due to an illness, which Stevens said is also afflicting students and faculty at the school.  Stevens said a custodian, lunchroom worker and teacher have become ill because of mold inside Brookhill.  “That’s not a coincidence,” she said. “It’s a trend and it’s a terrible trend.  Stevens said that faculty and parents were promised mold tests every six  months, but the last tests were conducted in July and August 2004.  “The potential for law suits is there,” she said. “We feel that in the past it has been a band aid fix to transfer a teacher to another school because she's sick or transfer a child to another school because he’s sick.”  Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges has offered Poole the option of transferring as principal to another school if another principal was willing to trade positions.  Faculty and parents from Brookhill stood as a spokesman, read a letter in support of Poole to the Board of Education at its Thursday night meeting, which was ongoing at press time.  See Brookhill, Page 2A  A chili receotion  ' '    • \  'v V \    :    : N    v .  New's-Courier Kim Rynders  Lynn Hedgepeth of ChiroCare of Athens bends the rules to entice Chili Challenge celebrity judges Denny Koenders, Debbie Blakely and Dennis Marshall before Saturday’s event. The event, a fund-raiser for Hospice, will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Athens High School gym. Tickets are $7, which includes tasting chili from 30 challengers, lunch at the cafeteria, entertainment, a silent auction, kids’ events and more.  Surprise on aisle 5!  New.s-Coiirier Kim Rvndcrs  Janice Moore was given a “surprise” retirement party Thursday at Wal-Mart. She had worked for the company for more than 27 years.  Employee receives surprise retirement party  By TASHtA L()\ EI.L  tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Dozens of people gathered Thursday morning at the east entrance of Wal-Mart to greet Janice* Moore, their colleague, relative or friend.  “I’m overwhelmed,” Moore said.  Wal-Mart employees were there to give a surprise retirement party for Moore.  Moore has worked at Wal-Mart for more than 27 years.  “She's been awesome to work with,” said James Hogan who has worked with Moore for 16 years.  “She’s been like a sister to most of us and a mother to these younger girls,” said long-time Wal-Mart colleague and friend Fran Campbell.  “I’m sad. I’ve known her since 1 was 8 years old” said Mary Lynn Clem who has worked with Moore for 18 years.  See Party, Page 2A  Stray dog problems increase in county  Melanie Wai.ker   melanie@athensnews-courier.com  It's part of the charm of living in the country, the wide open spaces and the relaxed atmosphere. Many people move to rural parts of the county in anticipation of the comfort of more space and casual neighborhood restrictions.  Some eastern Limestone County residents find that attitudes have relaxed too far and there are dogs being allowed to roam wild over the area and into yards and  See Dogs, Page 2A  BF reactor online after breaker trios  (AP) The Unit 3 reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens was back on line Thursday after an electrical problem forced it into an immediate shutdown Friday afternoon.  Craig Beasley, a spokesman for Browns Ferry, said the plant returned to power Tuesday night and is being tested as it resumes full operation. Unit 3 was  See Breaker, Page 2A  Athens Police capture suspect after brief chase  By Phil Willis   phil@athensnews-courier.com   An Athens man learned the hard way Wednesday night that turning down a dead-end street when fleeing police is not the best strategy for avoiding arrest.  Milton McDonald, 41, of Tanner, was nearing the intersection of Market and Hine Street, according to Lt. Floyd Johnson of the Athens Police Department, when his erratic driving attracted the attention of Officer Wesley Little.  Little, a new patrolman, pulled behind McDonald and turned on the flashing lights to make a traffic stop, Johnson said. But McDonald ignored the police cruiser and refused to stop, the investigator said, even when Little sounded the siren.  The patrolman followed the fleeing suspect for a few' blocks, Johnson said, until McDonald turned onto Westmoreland Ave., a dead-end street in west Athens. McDonald drove to the end of the cul-de-sac, the lieutenant said, abandoned his car in a yard there and fled on foot into a field behind the house.  Little quickly ran down the fleeing suspect and made an arrest, Johnson said. McDonald has been charged wdth resisting arrest, attempting to elude a traffic stop, violating the open container law and driving on a revoked license.  Police also are investigating the Wednesday night vandalizing of a rental house in Athens, Johnson said, but no arrests have been made.  Beautiful music  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Susan Stewart of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra plays the French horn for Cowart Elementary fourth-grade students Wednesday. The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild will be holding a total of four young people’s concerts Feb. 23 and 24 for area fourth graders. The conductor is Carlos Miguel Prieto.   

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