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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama Sports reinstated It's all in the planning Calhoun Community College renews Lois Hovis works ahead to make its defunct sports program jp wholesome family meals    9A The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future I hi RSD\Y, May 26, 2005    enowscouner.com    50    Cents 3 apply to build facility in Madison; locals won’t join venture ALH plans to focus on new community services By Kelly Kazek kelly@athensnews-courier.com Athens-Limestone Hospital will not take part in a new medical facility in Madison — instead board members w'ant to increase services locally, including building a medical complex in eastern Limestone County. “We’ve decided what we really need to do is focus on our community,” said Phil Dotson, chief executive officer of the hospital. The hospital board met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of forming a partnership with one of the entities wanting to build a hospital in Madison. “We had the opportunity to discuss being a participant in the building of a Madison hpspi-tal,” he said. “But we want to ensure we’re doing the very best we can to meet the need of our community. If we do that well, that will help position us in the future if ever there is a hospital in Madison.” Talk of building a hospital in Madison began about three years ago when both Crestwood Medical Facility and Huntsville Hospital asked the state for permission to build facilities of varying sizes. The Statewide Health Coordinating Council previously denied requests from Crestwood and Huntsville Hospital, but SHCC members approved a request last month to add 60 beds to the state plan. The board is charged w ith ensuring that there are not too many or too few beds across the state based on demand. Athens-Limestone Hospital officials vowed to fight the proposal, saying a hospital so close See Hospital, Page 3A Four-year old still caught up in legal battle By Tashia Lovell tashui@athensnews-courier.com Anna Baldizan, a 4-year old caught up in legal issues regarding her pending adoption by an Athens couple, now has an attorney representing her in the case in California, said Gloria Allred based on what she had heard of recent updates in the case. Allred was with Brian and Dawn Barlow, the girl’s adoptive parents, Tuesday when Anna was released to be with her paternal grandmother. For weeks, issues have arisen over the legality of the Barlows adopting Anna. The concern is due to the child being put up for adoption by her mother without the father’s permission. Allred said the transition Tuesday was very emotional but said she was not sure what Anna understood about the situation. She said that Anna did call the Barlows “mommy and daddy.” See Legal battle, Page 2A of the day Park won’t open Cowford Landing w not open as scheduled Friday due to legal lerns. See story Friday. Plant workers Sweet Sue officials say plant closing not revealed because of ‘top secret’ project By Sonny Turner sonnv@athensnews-courier.com The closure of Sweet Sue Inc. in Athens was considered a “top secret” project and not even the 175 employees were notified prior to Monday, city and county officials said they were told Wednesday. But Athens Mayor Dan Williams and Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert, who were among four local officials meeting with Sweet Sue executives Wednesday, said Sweet Sue workers will be allowed to draw their pay for another 60 days despite the fact the plant will close and cease production in Athens June 3. “They are follow ing the rules of the Warren Act which states they must give a 60 days notice of closure,” said Seibert. “We were concerned about that, but now we are satisfied they are following the rules and regulations of that act. “The bottom line is they are doing See Sweet Sue, Page 2A offered pay Index Classified 4-11B Comics .........12B Ledger..........10A Business 11A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries 2A Bennie Lee "Pete” Lockett Anderson Winton Sports .........1-3B Daily Bible Moment e have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. w Hebrews 4:14 322 Hwv.31 N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 vision of Bumble Bee Seafoods, LLC Hey, Sound Off: On Sundays policemen are stopping traffic at the intersection of State Hwy 72 and Lindsay Lane to allow the Lindsay Lane church traffic to flow. According to the Decatur Daily, Lindsay Lane Baptist Church is paying for this service. They, if that is true, are paying and causing me an inconvenience and others fo*-their own convenience. Whether that is true or not, there is a traffic light there, abide by it or go in another direction! If the policemen are off duty, why are they driving an official vehicle and in uniform or if on duty why is the city paying them as well as Lindsay Lane Church? More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier 232-2720 Oh no, Bo! Man charged with assault after wreck By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com A 51-year-old Tennessee man employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant was arrested Tuesday for assault in connection with an automobile accident May 12 on Shaw Road. State Trooper Eric Smith obtained a warrant charging Stanley Earl Tidwell, 51, of 607 Buffalo River Road, Lobellville, Tenn. with first-degree assault. The warrant charges Tidwell with driving drunk when the wreck occurred. Randall Gene Musick, of Athens, was injured in the wreck. Musick was travelling on Shaw Road just north of the nuclear plant when his motorcycle collided with the vehicle driven by Tidwell. He was taken to Huntsville Hospital and treated for injuries. “Any time there is a DUI involved and a person is injured, the charge is automatically first-degree assault,” said Limestone County Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page Jr. “In this case, it was a truck versus a motorcycle and the injuries were pretty serious. The trooper took out the warrant and filed the charges with our office.” News-Courier/ Alissa Clark High profile attorney Gloria Allred speaks at press conference held Tuesday. Brian Barlow, left, and his wife Dawn were chosen by Anna’s parents to adopt her. The Barlows have already adopted Anna’s baby sister. From staff, wire reports Disappointment was too simple a word for what many fans of Bo Bice felt in North Alabama following Wednesday’s announcement that Carrie Underwood is America’s new idol. Sure, there will be life after “Idol” for Bo. He already has deals to sign. He’s made connections. He’s gathered a huge fan base — including those who were at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center to watch the show. But locals remained hopeful that, just this once, See Idol, Page 2A AP photo Bo Bice, left, and Carrie Underwood congratulate each other after a performance of “Up Where We Belong” during Wednesday night s American Idol’’ finale. Underwood was named this season’s winner in the last minutes of the show. Country rolled over rocker for ‘Idol’ title mm ■