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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Growing interest  Look for Athens Garden Club members this April during National Gardening Month jc  Scenes from the farm  Images from Limestone County’s long history of farming in a special section coming Thursday  The News-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  W f.dnesdav, \f vR( h 30, 2005  enewscmirier.coiti  50 Cem s  Florence Russe of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Dedicated service  Billie Jacoby is being honored for a decade of dedication to the Athens Public Library.  шит  Hey, Sound Off:  The city seems to have plenty of funds for land and new buildings, but the streets have deteriorated beyond belief.  Besides the patching, making it as rough to drive on as a gravel road, the paint marking the middle of the road and the stopping points at stop signs are practically non-existent.  You can’t tell where the middle or sides of the road are.  And a lot of people can’t seem to make a square turn at an intersection, cutting into your lane when they turn.  Come on, city leaders. Please try to do something about our streets. Visitors to our city may liken them to the looks of unpolished shoes — they make our whole outfit look bad.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified ........4-8B  Comics............3B  Ledger...........13A  Movie Listing  3A  Vaiiey ............5A  Obituaries..........2A  Charles Wendell Greenway Sr.  Edward O’Neal Hodges Sports ..........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  ^i^eceive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.  James 1:21  ШпьШопе ^abd  322 Hwy.31N*Ath«i» 256-232-1051 Ubil Uae 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001    6  County Schools may abandon block schedule  By Phil Willis  phil@0hensne\\'s-courier.com Limestone County schools soon may drop the current block scheduling for a return to the old seven-period school day.  Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll told the school board during a Tuesday night work session he would prepare for an academ  ic year 2006-07 switchover if given approval.  Students are spending less time on academics with the block scheduling than they previously did with the seven-period school day, Carroll told the board as teachers often lecture for only an hour and allow students to complete  See County Schools, Page 3A  File Photo Former Athens QB Philip Rivers.  Rivers on  trading  block?  Bv Sonny Ti rnek  s(mny%athensne\\'s-courier.com Athens Fligh School's Philip Rivers could be traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a first round pick, rumor had it Tuesday.  According to ESPN, Rivers, who was the fourth overall pick in the National Football League draft a year ago by the New York Giants and then  See Rivers, Page 2A  Former Sen. Howell Heflin dies at 83  TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) Former U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin, a popular, joke-telling Alabama politician who served as chief justice before becoming an arbiter of senatorial behavior during    three  terms    in  Washington, has died family  Heflin  See Heflin, Page 2A  Johnnie Cochran dies at age 67  itti  LOS ANGELES (AP) Johnnie L.  Cochran Jr., who became a legal superstar after helping clear O.J.  Simpson during a sensational murder trial in which he uttered the famous quote  Cochran  See Cochran, Page 2A  Teen airlifted from wreck  News-Courier/Sonny Turner  An Elkmont teenager and her mother were injured Tuesday when this car wrecked on Pettusville Road just east of Elkmont. Kristin Clark, 15, was taken from the scene by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital where she was treated and released. Her mother, Regina Bates, 36, of Elkmont, was taken to Huntsville Hospital by ambulance and was also treated and released. No other vehicles were involved In the crash which occurred less than a mile from Lockes Crossroads.  Timber!  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Workers from James Paul Tree Service remove a tree in the parking lot of the Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Human Resources. The tree was hollow and had to be removed to keep it from falling on a business.  TRIAD hosts trail ride at Belue Farm  The 10th Annual Limestone County Triad Trail Ride will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Belue Farm off Lentzville Road at Shoemake Branch.  The trail ride, the primary fund-raiser for the TRIAD organization, is sponsored by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, the Athens Police Department, the Ardmore Police Department, the S.A.L.T. Council and the Limestone County Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.  Gates open at 9 a.m. and a meal will he provided after the ride, at approximately 1 p.m. Gate prices, including meal, are SIO for adults, $5 for non-riders and S5 for children age 12 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  There will be a drawing for a cedar chest donated by Ed Hall.  No alcoholic beverages will be allowed and sponsors of the trail ride and owners of the property will not be responsible for any accidents.  Triad is a commitment between chiefs of police, the sheriff and senior leaders and affiliated organizations. They reduce elder victimization and increase law' enforcement services to older persons.  The purpose of a Triad is to develop and implement crime prevention and education programs for older individuals. Activities center on both pre-victimization (preventive) and post-victimization (victim/witness assistance)  See Trail ride. Page 2A   

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