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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Troops supplies needed  Moms On-a Mission hopes to collect 1,200 AA batteries to power head lamps  Cats in playoffs  West Limestone is in the Class 3A baseball playoffs beginning Tuesday IB  batteries to power head lamps    5\    jft    \yP™    baseball    playoffs    beginning    luesday    IB  The News-Courier  Friday, APRIL 22, 2005  Bessie Garner of Athens  Subscriber of the day  «IE OFF  Hey, Sound Off:  This is in response to the bitter liberal who is critical of those of us who display a Support the Troops magnet on our cars. This is the kind of response we see from people whose only solution to problems is to criticize, not come up with a better solution. If you don’t like how American is handling the terrorist situation, move to a country you think is doing a better job. Spain or France might be a good choice for you. What are you doing to help the situation? If you don’t support the troops who are protecting you, who do you support ? You sound like a "wannabe" but are not sure what it js you “wanna be.” God bless all of our military men and women who are quite sure what they want to be, one of which is my own son. If it weren’t for people like him protecting people like you, this would not even be America. You are not worthy to shine his shoes. Semper Fi...  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news w r ith your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 3-5B  Comics..........6B  Ledger..........12A  Movie Listing 8A  Religion 9-11A  Obituaries 2A  Samuel Gothard Bacon Albert Douglas Black William Carlos Jones Dauphene Motter Knox Willie Roy Vance Sports .........1-2B  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  No abnormalities at Brookhill  By Phil Willis   phil@athensnens-courier.com  Fungal and bacterial concentrations inside Brookhill Elementary School are “within normal limits” an environmental expert told the Athens City School Board Thursday night after completion of a “ 100-percent survey” of every room in the building.  “The building and mechanical systems are doing what they are designed to do,” John Sykes, assistant director of the University of Alabama’s Safe State Environmental Program, told the board. “Based on what we’ve seen, the overall condition of the school is very good.”  The board hired Safe State to conduct its environmental study in the wake of parental complaints conditions at the school are causing various illnesses in the student attending the school.  Five years ago, high levels of mold and mildew were found to be the cause of Brookhill student illnesses and the school was shut down for a semester for cleaning. Thus far, however, nothing has been found to definitively tie any current student illnesses to conditions at the school. Sykes said he found no reason to believe mold and mildew levels have again reached a problematic level.  “We have not been able to determine that  the health complaints are related to what we've seen,” he said.  The highest concentrations of mold and mildew found by Sykes appeared in two locations — a storage closet oft'the school auditorium and the PE room and surrounding facilities. Even there, however, the numbers are not alarming, he said "and the rest of the building looked quite good.”  “I recommend you focus your efforts (at cleaning up potential problems) on those two areas,” Sykes recommended to the board.  Relative humidity levels of 70 percent or higher are needed to support the growth of mold the environmental expert explained.  Humidity levels in Brookhill actually were found to be too low, 19 to 25 percent, he said while 50 percent is normal.  “The low humidity levels would correlate better with the complaints of nosebleeds than anything else we found" he told the board.  John Ozier, an engineer with OMI of Huntsville, and environmental engineering firm, conducted soil tests at Brookhill and surrounding areas. He presented the board a similar report/  “We look for possible causes of contami-  See Brookhill, Page 2A  Daily Bible Moment  rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly he destroyed.  Proverbs 29:1  7 69 8 47 00001 6  Two cars collide at East Limestone  News-Courier/Kelly Kazek  No one was injured Thursday morning when two cars collided at East Limestone Road and U.S. 72. A traffic light was installed in 2003 after several fatal accidents occurred at the intersection, which is in a valley. Drivers traveling west are also cautioned of the upcoming intersection with flashing lights. Thursday’s accident involved driver Derek Grigsby, 52, of Athens and driver Regena Gentry, 42, of Huntsville, according to a State Trooper.  In a class by herself  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Athens State University student Melissa Hyde enjoys the warm weather on campus. During a break between classes she decided to bring out a blanket and a snack while working on homework.  Autopsy: Drowning was cause of death  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier. com  The man found dead in the Tennessee River Thursday drowned despite the fact he was an excellent swimmer, an autopsy has revealed.  “Evidence at the scene indicates to us that he had been drinking and we believe that may have been a contributing factor in his death,” Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Thursday. “We were told he was a good swimmer, though.”  Robert Keith Bryant, 48, a Mississippi native, was fishing when he apparently fell from a barge that was parked near the bank of the river at the campground at Lucy’s Branch.  The body was recovered Wednesday morning at the barge after barge workers discovered it after reporting to work.  McNatt said Bryant was staying at the campground at Bayhill Marina while working at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant as a  See Autopsy, Page 2A  East Athens residents hear costly sewer plan  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnens-courier.com  Residents from two east Athens subdivisions were told Thursday night that it will cost Athens nearly $1 million to provide public sewer service to their neighborhoods.  The residents, who packed the Athens City Council chamber, were also told that some of those expenses must come from their pockets.  “The Athens City Council will have the final say of whether this project is approved,” said Athens Wastewater Department Superintendent John Stockton, who showed residents two proposals — one that would provide a grav ity flow that would go from their homes to beneath Interstate 65 and another that would allow residents to purchase a pump that would go underground in their yards to pump it away.  See Sewer plan, Page 2A  Benefit raises $9K for playground  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   A benefit last weekend for the Kids Special Needs Project raised more than $9,000 dollars to benefit children in Limestone County.  Some of the money raised will go towards Phase II of a playground for special needs students located at Tanner School.  All multi-disabled students from Athens City and Limestone County attend the program at Tanner School.  Kim Flannagan, president of Kids  Special Needs Project, said the playground, which has a few pieces of specialty equipment, benefits more than children.  Flannagan said multi-disabled students attend school from age 3 through age 21.  The group has made an effort to include playground equipment that will benefit children in that age group.  According to Flannagan, the benefit concert known as Kim’s Kids will be an annual event and the group’s biggest fundraiser.  She said her goal is for the event to get  bigger and to raise more money.  “Eventually we may be able to help other counties,” Flannagan said. “I just want to be able to help as many kids as we can.”  The benefit was held Friday and Saturday at Athens State University’s ballroom and featured gospel music, concessions and a silent auction.  More than $8,600 was raised at the event and several hundred more dollars have come in through donations this week pushing the total raised to more than $9,000.  Gill to act  as mayor following Williams’  surgery  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill will be the acting mayor for the next several weeks while Mayor Dan Williams recuperates from hip surgery.  “He (Williams) is predicting about five to six weeks,” Gill said of how long the mayor expects to be out of the office.  Gill said he will be doing everything the mayor does during that time, including handling complaints, signing purchase orders, as well as attending ribbon cuttings and meetings.  He said after being on the Athens City Council for 12 years, he has a “feel” for everything. But he has never been the acting mayor before.  Gill planned to attend the North Alabama Mayor’s Association meeting Thursday night in Madison to represent Athens.  Gill said while Williams is out, the mayor’s door is still open and they are going to keep business as usual.  Gill’s main concern is to do his best for the city and its residents, he said.  Williams   

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