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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Showtime  Athens High School’s Tom Woodroof y eager to take big stage    ig/    j    >  TheNe  Brookhiii ciosure?  Concerns about illness at a local school have city leaders talking about its future. Story below  ■Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, IVIarc ii 2, 2005  enewscourier.coin  50 Cents  The Campbells  Ernest and Arteen Campbell talk about their families’ beginnings in Meet the Neighbors.  i№№  Hey, Sound Off:  1 want to thank the kind man who, on the last day of February shortly before 5 p.m.. risked his life to rescue my little blind dog from the middle of Nuclear Plant Road.  He even carried her all the way to my house and helped to get my other dog inside also. He would not let me pay him for his help.  1 had thought the dogs would be safe with the older dog's leash attached to the younger dog's Radio Fence collar while I pulled a weed and planted a flower; however, as they played the Radio Fence collar came off and the dog ran free.  The gentleman said that he has a dog that is just like a family member.  I appreciate so much his thoughtfulness for our dogs and our family.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  .Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index     Classified.....    4-7B      Comics......    8B      Heaith.......    10A      Ledger ......    9A      Movie Listing ..    ЗА      Obituaries____    2A      Beatrice Poteete Kenyon      Bulah R. Pepper      Birdie Bee Tillery Powers      Sports .......    1-3B     Daily Bible Moment  on, O Lord, are a shield for me, my gloty and the One who lifts up my head.  о  -'iVi  Psalm 3:3  ((у/  322 Н«\,31 Athens 256-232-1051 ОЬй line 256-771-0034  69847  00001  4 arrested in drug bust  Hines brothers, two others in federal custody in Huntsville  SoNNA Ti rm:r  sonnytaiaihensnevi's-coiirier.com  Limestone County authorities, working w'ith federal Drug Enforcement Agents and Huntsville police, arrested four Tanner residents Tuesday in w hat Sheriff Mike Blakely called a major drug bust that before it ends will remove many of Limestone County’s drug dealers from the streets.  “1 think people in Limestone County who have been complaining about these people aren’t going to have to worry' about them for some time to come.” Blakely said after the arrests of Kelvin "Blue” Hines. 28, Kendall “Rooster” Hines, 28, George Thatch, 30, and Johnny “Frog” Fletcher, 31, all of Tanner. The Hines brothers are tw ins, the sheriff said. All four suspects were taken into federal custody and jailed in Huntsville.  The investigation, which started more than two years ago, is expected to lead to other arrests in the county' today, the sheriff said.  “We’re right in the middle of it and it w ill be sometime Wednesday or even longer before w'e stop executing search warrants,” the sheriff said. “We know we have removed some major drug dealers from the streets.”  In addition to the arrests, authorities confiscated at least tw'o 4-w'heelers, a go-cart, a big screen television and other trailer loads of equipment and cars from several homes. The 4-wheeler and go-cart were removed from the Hines home on George Washington Street on “Tanner Hill.”  “We’ve been working on this for two to three years and it’s the culmination of work between Limestone Sheriff’s Department, the DEA and the Hunts\ille Police Department s Organized Crime Unit.” Blakely said.  Several search warrants were executed in the early morning hours TuesiLiy on locations in Huntsville and in Limestone County.  “We had several targets who were going to be arrested as a result of buys that have been made as part of this joint investigation over tw o to three years." the sheriff said. “It’s going to take some time. I'm sure this  See Drug bust, Page 3A  ATVs, other equipment are seized  Kendall “Rooster” Hines (above) is in handcuffs as authorities remove him and his twin brother, Kelvin “Blue” Hines, from their parents’ home on George Washington Street in Tanner Tuesday. At right. Limestone County Deputy Randy Bates, left, and Reserve Deputy Dennis Brooks load a 4-wheeler on a trailer Tuesday after It was confiscating from the Hines home. The Hines brothers and two others were in federal custody in Huntsville Tuesday night facing drug charges.  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Mayor: Public pressure may force closure of Brookhil.  Bv Kelly Kazek  kelly(q)athensnews-courier,com Athens Mayor Dan Williams said public pressure may result in closure of Brookhiii Elementary School.  “I’m not saying close the school,” he said Tuesday. “But people want something done. I think they’ll probably have to decide to shut it down.”  Athens City Councilman Harold Wales said he considers closing the school the only option for school officials because he believes the building or its surroundings is the source of illnesses he witnessed there Monday.  “How many more students have got to get sick?” asked Wales, who was one of several council members to talk with a group of sick children and teachers at the school Monday morning. “When do you finally say. ‘Hey, we’ve tested and we’ve failed'!’’ I’d close the school - that’s how I feel. After a while you just have to admit we cannot find the problem. Maybe it’s the soil, maybe it’s not even mold.”  Wales said he does not have a recommendation about how the board would handle closing the school, which more than 200 students attend. “That would be up to the school board,” he said.  Dan Williams Harold Wales Ronnie Marks  Also, no one offered a plan for financing a new' school, or what to do with the abandoned school.  Williams said if the closure does occur, he realizes some people may lose their jobs, at least temporarily.  “It’s easy to say, ‘Close it down,’ but it’s hard to do,” he said. “They could probably assimilate the students into other schools...Some of the faculty and staff may have to be laid off (if that occurred). I reckon the ideal thing would be if you moved the school itself. Certainly, if you shut the school down, it would cause  See Brookhiii, Page ЗА  Athens can’t act on church plan without zoning  Bv SONN^ Tl RNER  so)my(aatherisne^\'s--couner.com .An Athens cit\' councilman said Tuesday that unless the controversy involving the proposed expansion of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church involves rezoning, the council has no power or authority to act on it.  “The council won’t be involved unless that comes up,” Marks said. “But if rezoning of some propert>- is involved, the council will have to act on it.”  Approximately 200 people were in attendance at Monday night’s council meeting, many saying they were neighbors of the church and were concerned about church plans to expand into their residential neighborhoods.  The church is located just north of U.S. 72 on the eastern side of Athens.  According to city oft'icials, the church will be unable to build at the proposed site unless the council grants a zoning variance.  Those at the meeting said the> recently discovered the church put together a master plan for future growth. Included in the plan is a proposal to build a parking lot  See Zoning, Page 3A   

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