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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Making fun  Creekside Elementary School spotlights young inventors 5^  TbeNe  ^^alling short  West Limestone loses to Hokes Bluff in 3A baseball playoffs jg  Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Fridu, Aprii 29, 2005  e new scD u r ler. cn in  50 Cems  William Sisson of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  Bush speaks  Bush asks Congress to adjust Social Security benefits  Page 3A  «U)(fF  Hey, Sound Off:  I have three kids who play at the Sportsplex and i think it’s great that the Athens Police have started writing tickets.  The city can put up all the signs they want, but things did not change until they started writing tickets.  There is plenty of parking and no reason to park on the curbs.  I am up there at least three nights a week and I have not seen the parking lots full since they added the new parking last year.  Who knows whose child might be saved by keeping cars off the curbs and increasing driver visibility?  — Concerned parent  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Gel the ne\A’S with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 3*76  Comics..........86  Ledger..........12A  Religion 9-11A  Movie Listing 8A  Obituaries 2A  Flonnie M. Coffman Joseph Fred Hunt Willie Thomas Jones Jr.  Doris E. Maples Robert Jackson Pitman James Thomas Whitt Sports .........1-26  Daily Bible Moment  e angry blit do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger  Ephesians 4:26  ЩmeШ^ne  ILjS    322 Hwv. 31 N* Athens  „    25Ì-232-1051  i»«    (jbii line 256-77I-0934  7    69847    00001  Member wants scrutiny of water board spending  By Phil Willis  phil@athensne\vs-couher.com  New appointee Mark Yarbrough failed to get the answers — or the action — he sought at a Thursday afternoon meeting of the embattled Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority.  “You voted down doing your own job,” Yarbrough told fellow board members when they voted down 3-2 his request to review monthly expense reports at each regular board meeting. “I think that is just unconscionable.”  Yarbrough, appointed in the wake of the resignation of Authority General Manager Bobby Chandler in  February, asked for the review of expenses after finding Chandler had used an authority credit card some 17 days after his Jan. 11 temiination. Records show, he said that Chandler charged $28 on the card Jan. 28 at the Holiday Inn in Decatur. The occasion, he said apparently was a meeting with the local legislative delegation attended by Chandler, Authority Board Chairman Bobby Gilbert, State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, and State Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont.  “Did that not raise a red flag?” Yarbrough asked accountant Annette Barnes of the local accounting firm  See Water board, Page 3A  California officials ooking at Athens family’s adoption  From s i aff rf.ports A Limestone County oft'icial said he is investigating a local adoption petition that ctime under scrutiny earlier this month when Calitbmia officials issued a warrant for the child’s biological mother.  The family’s name is not being disclosed said Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis. “That information is confidential.” he said.  A California judge issued an order for the child to be returned to Yolo County. Calif, but she reportedly remains in Athens. Davis said a motion was filed in  See Adoption, Page 6A  News-Couricr/Kim Ryndcrs  News-Courier/Kelly Kazek  News-CourierKim Rynders Top photo, 220 participants — including Cosmo, the mascot for the Huntsville Flight (in yellow suit) — lined up facing each other to break 10,000 water balloons Thursday at Calhoun. At left, a soldier who was helping oversee kids’ activities sponsored by the Army,such as a football toss and climbing wall, decided to join the fray. Directly above, Chris Shaw, Willy Bynum and Jason Barrett were all wet by the time the last balloon popped.  Busted!  Calhoun students break Guinness record by topping 10,000 water Walloons in 5 minutes  B\ Kfli.v Ka/ek  kelly(a0hensne)is-courier.com i don’t want to get wet,” said Alli Davis as she lined up tor battle.  But her hopes of avoiding water Thursday afternoon would soon be splashed, er, dashed.  After all, she was preparing for a water balloon fight of massive proportions — 220 Calhoun Community C'ollege students, staff, faculty and friends lined up in front of Chastecn Student Center with 10,0(X) balloons piled at their feet.  Their goal? Splatter, pop, smash, splash, plop or oth-  See Water balloons. Page 6A  City Board reviews draft on drug tests  By Phil Willis  phil(a>0hemneVi's-courier.com  The Athens City School Board, during a Thursday night work session, discussed implementation of a drug and alcohol screening procedure for students who participate in extracurricular activities.  A draft policy prepared by a local panel and presented by b)oard attorney Shane Black specified four types of testing which might be applied. These include:  ■ Broad-based testing of all participants in extracurricular activities;  ■ Random testing of participants;  ■ Reasonable suspicion testing, when a student gives some indication he or she may be using drugs or alcohol; and  ■ Return to participation testing after being suspended from extracurricular activity following a positive test.  “In the event of a positive test, the student would be given an opportunity to explain the results,” Black explained. “There are some instances in which positive test results could  See Drug tests. Page 6A  Chamber honors Burlingame, Jackson  New.s-Courier/Tashia Lovell Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year for 2005 are Kay Burlingame, left, and Jackie Jackson, right. They both work for the Waddell Senior Health Center. Business Person of the Year was awarded to Athens-Limestone Hospital CEO Phil Dotson, center.  Citizens of Year named Thursday  By I ashia Lovell  tashia^xjthensnews-courier.com To the surprise of Kay Burlingame and Jackie Jackson, they each walked away with the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce award for Citizen of the Year.  A luncheon was hosted Thursday by the Chamber of Commerce w here Burlingame, Jackson and several others were honored.  Burlingame was recognized for her involvement in several organizations including United Way, Council on Aging, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Better Business Bureau, Moms On-a Mission, Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life, HOSPICE, Clean Community and the Athens-Limestone Hospital foundation.  Jackson was recognized for her involvement in several organizations as well, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way, Council on Aging, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Moms On-a Mission, Chamber of Commerce, and the hours she  See Honors, Page 2A   

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