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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Friday;. Мл\ 13,2005  enevvscourier.com  mO'btvb'tor  Tim Bauer of Athens  Subscriber of the day  VFD fund-raiser  June 4-5 water garden tour in Limestone County will benefit East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department  5A  Hey, Sound Off:  This is to the person who 1 am watching closely.  You have no right buying liquor for my child.  And I know you buy it for underage children at a profit because you know they cannot get it any other way.  You do not have the right to put them in danger. What you are doing is illegal and you will be caught.  1 will not give up until I catch you buying for him. And I do not think the profit you earn will be worth the price you will pay.  I know you do not make them drink it and for that you are not to blame. But with a low life like you buying for them, using alcohol becomes easier.  You have been forewarned.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified ......3-5B  Comics .........6B  Headlines 4A  Ledger..........6A  Obituaries  2A  Aver French Leslie William Franklin Tillery William H. Zeigler Jr.  Religion ......9-11A  Sports ........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  esus said,  “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  о  ¿w  Matthew 19:14  322 Hwy. 31 N » Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Old jail on auction block  Schools reject county’s offer saying renovation too costly  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  The Limestone County Board of Education is not interested in the old jail building on Green Street because it would be too costly for the system to renovate. The old jail now will likely be auctioned.  That was the word Thursday from Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll who said he has discussed briefly with Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert the possibility of the board of education headquarters moving  to another location to free up the entire corner at Green and Jefferson Streets. But Carroll said “no” to the old jail and property.  “That is all that has been discussed on it,” Carroll said. “Our board has been made aware of the discussion, but it hasn’t been discussed further and no decision has been made.”  Seibert said Wednesday that the county is offering to donate the old jail and property to the school system if it wants it.  “It would be too costly for us to renovate or tear down,” said Carroll.  The old jail building connects to the Washington Street Annex that now' houses the offices of the county school system. Seibert said since the two buildings connect, he thought the school system might be interested in the old jail.  “1 think they are looking at some options, but 1 don’t know what they have in mind right now,” Seibert said Wednesday. “But if they want it, 1 think I can speak for the commissioners and say they can have it.”  See Jail, Page 2A  An ageless bunch  Members of the Limestone District 2 litter crew from left are Doug Stewart, 70, J.D. Jones, 65, and Harry Turner, 85.  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  District 2 litter crew getting job done  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  They are no spring chickens that’s for sure, but put a piece of litter in front of these guys and they go to work.  They are so good at what they do that their boss, Limestone County District 2 Commissioner Gerald  Barksdale, said he’ll rank them over the younger generation any old time.  It’s the three-member litter crew that Barksdale has put together in the summer months to cruise his district looking for paper, cans and bottles that people have discarded from their vehicles. This crew,  though, is old enough to be at home, but proud enough to continue working.  “These are retired, temporary employees that we pay $7.35 per hour,” said Barksdale. “They work three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from May-September and it takes them  about a month to cover the whole district. They do a great job.”  The crew consists of Harry Turner, 85, Doug Stewart 70 and J.D. Jones 65.  “I’d rather have them than inmates any day,” said Barksdale.  See Litter, Page 2A  Local agencies test performance in drill  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Athens firefighters and Hazmat team members assist a patient in Wednesday’s mock disaster at Athens-Limestone Hospital.  By Karen Middleton  News-Courier Reporter  A school bus carrying 18 students collides with a farm vehicle hauling the herbicide Paraquat.  Paraquat poisoning can occur through skin exposure or through cuts, or if inhaled, could cause lung damage. The chemical can also cause heart, liver and kidney failure. How quickly could local emergency responders respond to such a disaster?  Officials involved in a Wednesday mock disaster scripted to this scenario say all 18 could be decontaminated, triaged and received treatment within 90 minutes.  Wednesday’s drill, staged from the Emergency Management Agency parking lot, included responders from Athens Fire Department, Athens Police, Limestone  County Sheriff’s Department, EMA, Athens-Limestone Hospital Ambulance Service, and Athens-Limestone Hospital.  While the hospital is required to annual conduct disaster preparedness annual to retain accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, this is the first time that so many agencies have come together for a drill, according to ambulance Director Mike West.  West said that while JCAHO requires the annual drill, anyone accepting federal Homeland Security money is required to conduct disaster preparedness drills at least once every three years. The agencies plan to repeat this drill in September.  Limestone County EMA has received  See Drill, Page 2A  Athens pool to open May 28  The Athens Municipal Pool will open May 28 at noon.  This year the pool in the Athens Sportsplex will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.  The daily fee is $3 for children and $4 adults.  A season pass will be $160 per  person and must be purchased at the Athens Recreation Department. The pool can be rented on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The rental cost for the pool is $75 per hour with a maximum of 100 people.  For additional information contact the Athens Rec Center at 233-  8740.  Pryor set for Senate vote  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to recommend former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench, sending the nomination to the floor where a contentious fight looms over the use of the filibuster.  After debating the nomination for almost two hours, the panel approved Pryor on a 10 to 8 vote, with all Republicans supporting him and all Democrats opposing him.  Pryor currently holds a temporary  See Pryor, Page 2A  Lending a hand I QK9e Rodeo Week  Local masons help with construction    Horse    & Tack Sale helps kick off  at Mississippi church    9A    annual    Sheriff’s    Rodeo 7A  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future   

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