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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Вата wins SEC opener  Crimson Tide to meet Florida in semi-finals  be Ш'  S\n ÌUÌW, Maiu II 12, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.coin  50 Cents  Jerry Taylor of West Limestone  Subscriber of the day  Military women  The Alabama Veterans Museum on Pryor Street offers a program on Women and the Military this month. Coming in the Lifestyles section  Sunday  iWNT  Hey, Sound Off:  If Mayor Dan Williams and council members Harold Wales and Ronnie Marks want to close Brookhill or even publicly suggest that there is a problem at the school that would warWj^t the closure, I believe they should also provide the source for funding a new school, renovating the existing elementary schools and provide a solution to the problem instead of simply pointing to the school board and telling them “if they can't stand the heat to get out of the kitchen.” This was not very professional of our mayor nor was it a professional echo from the council members!  — A parent  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu’s-Courier  232-2720  Police search for gunman  Index  Classified ....... .4-5A  Comics..........6B  Obituaries 2A  Leona Blakely Addison P. Norton Brenda Stanford Airlena Turner Elgie Wright Frances E. Yarbrough Sports .........1-5B  Daily Bible Moment  2i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.  Romans 1:16  322 Hwy. 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 0Ы1 liM 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001    6  AP photos  Law enforcement and courthouse personnel gather outside Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta on Friday. Judge Rowland Barnes and a court reporter were shot to death in the courthouse earlier Friday and several others were injured in a courtroom shooting, authorities said. A search for the suspect remained under way at press time Friday night.  Man shoots, ki udge, 2 others in Atlanta courthouse  ATLANTA (AP) — A man being escorted into court for his rape trial Friday stole a deputy's gun, killed the judge and two other people and car-jacked a reporter’s vehicle to escape, setting off a massive manhunt and creating widespread chaos across Atlanta, police said.  Hundreds of officers in cruisers and helicopters swarmed the area in the search of the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Brian Nichols. The suspect, a former computer technician, had raised alarm a day earlier when he was found in court with two sharp objects hidden in his shoes, prosecutors said.  The rampage led to chaos around the city, with schools, restaurants and office buildings locking down amid fears that the suspect might strike again. Nichols’ mug shot was plastered all over TV screens, and highway message boards issued descriptions of the stolen vehicle.  “Mr. Nichols is considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached” Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman  See Gunman, Page 3A  Judge Rowland Barnes  Council: Not ready to close Brookhill yet  By Sonny Tlrner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Athens Mayor Dan Williams has sent a letter to Athens Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges saying that he and Athens City Council members do not want Brookhill Elementary closed or abandoned.  But the mayor said the council does want the school board to consider moving sick children and staff to other schools or facilities to determine if that move would cure the problem of those affected.  “The mayor and council certainly feel that the school administration is trying to find the cause of the illnesses, and we feel the administration has the interest of all at heart,” the mayor said in the letter to Bridges. “It is not my opinion that the hoard should close the school and I don’t think the council majority feels the school should be closed and abandoned. We are all aware of the cost of new facilities. 1 also do not think the entire student body should be moved to First Baptist unless we find that the solution to the problem warrants such a move.” Williams wrote the letter dated March 9 to Bridges at a request of the city council.  See Brookhill, Page ЗА  Carter around town  les filed cK'er displays ai'flea market  ^    By Phil Willis  phil@athensnews-courier com A Decatur man remains under $500 bond in the Limestone County Jail after his arrest Friday on charges of distributing pornography to minors.  Athens Police served a warrant Friday on Kenneth Dwight Looney, 40, 4th Ave. SE, Decatur, after his arrest there on other charges, according to Lt. Floyd Johnson.  “He was not actually distributing pornography to minors, but had'pornographic magazines displayed so that minors could see them,” John said. “According to Al^ama state law, only the title of such a magazine offered for retail sale may be displayed. Any pornographic images must be blocked out in the display.”  Looney had the magazines on display in a booth he rented at a flea market on Elm Street, Johnson said. Athens police examined the booth  See Pornography, Page 2A  News-Courier/Tashia Lovell  Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, left, talks with Robert Allen Tinnon, right, Friday before speaking to members of the Athens-Limestone Education Retirees Association at the Athens Recreation Center.  E(ducation Trust Fund expected to be on Legislature’s table after spring break |  By Ta.shia Lov ell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   The education budget is expected to be on the table after spring break, according to Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont.  “We still don’t have as much as we’d like to,” Carter said Friday while speaking to members of the Athens-Limestone Education Re  tirees Association.  According to Carter, Gov. Bob Riley is wanting to take $70 million dollars from the Education Trust Fund for prisons, state troopers etc.  And although Carter supports a need for additional state troopers on the road in Alabama, he doesn’t want this money taken from the trust fund and he says Riley is not going  to get it.  “I’m certainly glad to hear him say that they were going to prevent diversion of funds from the Education Trust Fund,” Anita Raby, 1st Vice President of the association, said. There would be less money in the classroom this year if  See Trust Fund, Page 2A  Sports Hall of Fame tickets available  Tickets for the 2005 induction banquet of the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame are on sale at The News-Courier Eight people will be inducted May 14 during the annual banquet at the ballroom at Athens State University.  Tickets are $20 each or $100 for a table of four. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  The Hall of Fame Board of Directors have set aside 16 tickets for each inductee and their families. Those tickets will be available until April 1, After that date, the tickets will be offered to the public.  “We are now offering tickets to the public and to the families of the inductees,” said HOF President John Wayne King.  “We wanted to make sure the families of the inductees are not left out and we decided to set aside tickets for them to purchase.”  The 2005 induction class includes former .Athens High and NBA basketball star Keith Askins; former Limestone County coach and athlete Debbie Blakely; former Athens and Abilene Christian University coach Wallace Bullington; former .Athens coaching legend Ferman Elmore; former Athens athlete and coach Brub Hamilton; former West Limestone star athlete Tommie Smith; former Limestone County athlete and coach Morris Schrimsher and former Tanner volunteer coach Rip Swanner.   

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