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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 31, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Bound for NBA?  Experts predict AHS basketball star Richard Hendrix will go pro jg  History of farming  A look at Limestone County’s long history of agriculture in a special section side today  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Thursdw, !VIarc h 31, 2005  enewscourier.com  50 ( ENTS  ^ cy&d  Jimmy Messer of Tanner  Subscriber of the day  Making memories  Edith Waddell shares her favorite recipes with readers as Cook of the Week.  13A  MIKffF  Hey, Sound Off:  In response to block scheduling, I would like to give one parent’s view:  I was against block when it started, but since then I have seen one of my children actually learning and retaining what she is learning, and I have seen the other child with two or three hours of homework from just two core classes. ,  With five to six classes and possible homework in all, it is just terrible.  Although I was against block to begin with, I have seen the definite advantages to having it.  Block scheduling is what is best for the students, and sometimes student learning has to come before the price.  Thank you!  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Coutie,  232-2720  Index  Business 12A  Classified  ......4-7B  Comics..........8B  Headlines  6A  Ledger ..........9A  Obituaries 2A  Audrey Simpson Couch Charles W. Greenway Sr. Bobby Ray Ham Mary Adean Marlow Margaret R. McMahan Sports .........1-3B  Daily Bible Moment  o you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, hut also to suffer for His sake.  Philippians 1:29  'meäone  mû#    322 Hmt. 31 N> Athens  „    256-232-1051  •rut.    Obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Dump site to be cleaned?  Huntsville recycler offers to help clear mess eft in East Limestone by Madison company  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@,athensneM's-couner. com Residents who must drive past a huge illegal dump in eastern Limestone County may soon have some relief  Limestone County Commissioners on Wednesday voted to support a proposal by a Huntsville business to remove all plastic recyclables, which make up the largest portion of the garbage at the dump, said Commission Chairman David Seibert. The mounds of household garbage, appliances and other items are, in some places, as  much as 40 feet high.  Mike Bias of Diversified Recycling offered to remove the plastic items at no cost to the county. The county could end up being responsible for the cost of clearing the dump unless a Decatur judge orders the owners of the dump site to pay, Seibert said.  Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails requested to be appointed Deputy Attorney General last year so she could file a nuisance suit to help recoup losses from the owners. However, the Alabama Department of Environmental  Management stepped in and filed a claim with bankruptcy court, so Vails appointment was not necessary at that time.  But Vails said she may still take action if the situation languishes. “If it’s not cleaned up, at some point, a nuisance suit is not out of the realm of thinking.”  The commissioners’ vote Wednesday approved sending a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to show the bankruptcy court in Decatur that the county would like to accept Bias’ offer. The county cannot accept the offer without the court’s approval because the property is now under the jurisdiction of the court, Seibert said.  Rebecca Patty, assistant attorney general for ADEM, said she now will investigate  Diversified Recycling to ensure that accepting the offer is the best course of action.  “They want to come in and clean up the site and not charge the county to do it all,” she said. “They’ll do it just for the cost of the plastic that’s there. We want to make sure that's something w'e want to happen."  If ADEM agrees that Bias’ offer is in the best interest of the clean-up effort, she will gather support — including the letter from the County Commission — to present in bankruptcy court.  The dump was created on F3urgreen Road near Copperfield Subdivision after owners abandoned the business Recycling  See Dump, Page 2A  Limestone  courthouse  renovation  planned  By Kelia Kazek  kelly@athensnew's-coiirieKcom  Climb the steps to the second floor of Limestone County’s historic courthouse and, on most days, you’ll find yourself alone, footsteps echoing from the marble floors to the detailed wooden walls to the high ceilings.  In a small conference room, an open door shows a table and four empty chairs, probably used by attorneys for quick client conferences. Another small folding table and chairs are in a hallway alcove.  A few dusty record books remain on the shelf of the service window outside what was once the office of the Probate Judge, but a wooden partition covers the window and the darkened offices behind it.  Other than those few items that suggest someone has been there, the second floor of the courthouse is bare.  But not for long.  Limestone County Commissioners will vote Monday to decide whether to hire a construction manager to oversee proposed renovation of the building. Once a bustling site where people came to conduct business from having drivers licenses renewed to paying property taxes, the courthouse is now occupied by state and judicial offices since county offices moved to the new courthouse annex on Clinton Street in November.  It is still a bustling place when court is in session or a grand jury is convened but on slow days Duncan Farrar, the shoeshine man, sees few visitors.  The renovation would allow space on the second floor to be better utilized by the court system, as well as maintain the building’s historic integrity. Completed in 1919 and the fifth courthouse in the history of Limestone County, the building is listed on the register of historic places.  The move of county offices to the new annex allowed District Attorney’s Oft'ice employees to spread out from their cramped quarters and created much-needed storage space. But attorneys must make use of one Circuit Courtroom and a  See Courthouse, Page 2A  Would-be thieves attempt to stea ATM machine  Limestone County authorities were searching for suspects Wednesday who attempted to steal the ATM machine from the Village Mart on Alabama 99.  Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said thieves backed their vehicle to the door of the business to break the glass and then hooked a cable to the ATM machine in an attempt to pull it away.  But the cable broke and they left with nothing.  “They did manage to drop some paperwork out of their vehicle and we were able to get a vehicle identification number from it and we determined the truck they were driving is a 1989 GMC that was stolen two weeks ago in Giles County, Tenn.,” McNatt said. “We know what they are driving, but we are still searching for suspects.”  McNatt said the ATM incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday.  — Sonny Turner  Visit from a soldier  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell  Tanner second grader Mindy Hunt, left, was one of several students Wednesday who had questions about Iraq for Sgt. Kent Schrimsher. Tanner High School Principal Billy Owens is pictured in the center.  Sgt. Kent Schrimsher visits Tanner students on trip home from Irac  By Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnews-couriercom On Wednesday morning, Tanner High School elementary students welcomed Sgt. Kent Schrimsher, who has been stationed in Iraq for around a year.  Schrimsher, who attended high school at West Limestone, is married to a former Tanner High School student, Lori and is the son of Tanner school nurse Faye Hill.  Not only was Wednesday morning a chance for students to ask  Schrimsher questions about Iraq, it was also a chance to celebrate his 27th birthday.  Students made him birthday cards and gave him a gift bag.  See Tanner, Page 3A  News-Courier/Tanjie Nash  Sisters Peggy and Grade Payne work together to ring the bell on the Old Brick Church in Mooresviile.  Historic town a click away  Mooresviile launches new tourist Web site  By Melanie Walker  melanie@athensnew's- courier com  Historic Mooresviile is now only a click away. An Internet Web site has been launched to publicize the  Mooresviile _  Festival to be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  May 14 rain or shine. The town of 53 is located just off of Interstate 565 at the Mooresviile Road exit in south-ern Limestone County. Mooresviile is bordered to the south by Joe Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  The festival will highlight the 1800s feel of the town with its circa 1840 post office and its vintage homes and build-  See Mooresviile, Page 3A  For more information, visit WW'V'. mooresvilleal-abama.com.   

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