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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Trail ridin’  Saddle up - it’s time for the Cowboys for Kids Trail Ride  Key matchups on tap  Tonight’s gridiron action determines fate of playoff contenders IB  ibe News-Cour  StRMNG Athens and Limestone Coi ntm A Commiлил oe Tradition and Fin re  Friday, Oc iober 28, 2(И)5  enewscourier.com  Phillip Romines of Athens  Subscriber of the dav  шон  Hey, Sound Off:  In respond to Tuesday's Sound Otf article the writer apparently doesn't watch the news or read the newspapers or he/she would have known that the federal and state guidelines have pulled certain products in attempt to control obesity in our children.  All flavored 1 percent milk has already been implemented in our school system. (Any milk product is available upon doctor's order.) As for the lunchroom workers having it made. 1 feel 1 can speak for us all. we are tired when we get home after cooking — not just heating something up.  We still make a lot of our food items i'lom scratch and we have to pre-poftion most of them based on the guidelines.  The w riter can visit any county lunchroom and see firsthand how we prepare their child's breakfast and lunch meals and all other tasks.such as carrying out trash and cleaning dining room after serv ing is complete, involved in a days work as a lunchroom worker.  As far as the candy at break these are to be phased out by 2006-'07 school year according to the guidelines.  More Sound Off Saturday  Dailv Bible .Moment  who comes from Heaven is above all.  John 3:31  Limestone Chape  Сям  322 H«v. 31 V • Atheaj 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-T7I-W34  69847 00001     Index          Classified. .    5-8B      Comics.......    4B      Headlines.....    4A      Horse & Farm ..    4A      Ledger .......    12A      Obituaries.....    2A      Francisco Zacarías Lares      Jenny Lind Patton Riddle      James Wilson Rouse      Ben Steelman      Religion.......    9-11A      Sports........    1-2B      Valley........    5A      Weather......    2A           Fire in t  FIELD  t-5'д } ’■j  This cotton picker owned by Billy Bridgeforth of Tanner was destroyed Thursday afternoon when it caught fire in a field off Bob White Lane south of Ripley. Firefighters from Tanner Volunteer Fire Department responded and said the picker had nearly a “full bucket” of cotton when the fire started.  Thieves threaten workers with gun  BV SOWV I I RNKR  si)nny{it iit/iensiu’w s-coia ii'r.Lom  .Athens police were searehmg for two men riuiiMlay who walked into the Sam Cioody store in Athens Town Center, stole 20 video games and threatened to shoot several of the emplovees as thev ran i>ut to stop them as they exited the store.  ”\\ hen the emplovees ran out after them, one shouted that he had a gun ,ind that he would shoot if thev did not stay back," .Athens Police ('apt. Marty Bruce said investigators were told. But Bruee saul none of the employees w itnessed a gun being pulled during the meident.  The 20 video games are valued at SI.ООО, police said.  Investigators were searching for two white males fhursdav and had no suspects, Bruce said.  fhe two men stole the video games when the emplovees were not looking and were in the back of the store. However, they set otf the sli>re alarm and alerted store workers to the theft.  “T hat IS when the employees came to the front and attempted to stop the suspects." said Ifruce. “I V en though no gun was produced, one did threaten to shoot if thev did not stay back."  EMA examines scenario calling or a care center  Bv I vSIIIA Eov H I  tashiu(^i aihensricws-amricr.com  Imagine this scenario—The temperature is 35-degrees and heavy snow has caused motorists to be stranded on Interstate 65.  Local law enforcement officials have picked them up and are wondering where to take them.  Rita White, with the Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency, introduced an initial scenario like the one abov e to a group of representatives from local agencies, etc. during a meeting Thursday.  This is a very realistic situation. White said.  The meeting was an opportunity for EMA personnel and local agencies, that have to open a mass care center in time of emergency, to discuss what to do if something major happens in the area and if people have to leave their homes what would be done in that situation.  It was also a chance to make sure that each agency knew thetr role in the Mass ( are Plan and to determine if anything needs to be changed and if equipment needs to be purchased.  A newly revised Limestone County Mass Care Plan is in place.  "The Mass Care Plan ties into the EOP (Emergency Operation Plan),” W hite said.  See EMA, Page 2A  Nevvs-Courier/ Kim Ryndcrs  Caroline Page, with Athens-Limestone County Department of Human Resources, and Kathy Harland, manager of the Limestone County Chapter of the American Red Cross, sit at the Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency office before a meeting Thursday. Daphne Ellison, at left, is with the Athens-Limestone County EMA.  Bill woul(d allow retire(j (jeputies to keep weapons  Bv Sonny Ti rnf.r  sunny(a,athensnews-courier.com  A bill that would allow Limestone County deputies who retire after 10 years of service with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department to take their badge and weapon with them has been introduced in the state legislature in Montgomery.  The bill states that “any person employed as a commissioned deputy of the Sheriff’s Office of Limestone County for a period of 10 years or more who unon retirement leaves the office in good standing shall receive from the office, without cost to him or her, a retired badge, a retired commission card and his or her serv ice pistol."  The bill is being advertised this week and will be voted on at the next session of the legislature.  If approved, it would become law once the governor signs it.  Miers withdraws nomination  AP Photo  President Bush listens as White House Counsel Harriet Miers speaks from the Oval Office Oct. 3, after Bush nominated Miers as is his choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking defeat for President Bush, White House counsel Harriet ,Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday after three weeks of brutal criticism from fellow conservatives. The Senate’s top Republican predicted a replacement candidate within days.  Miers said she abandoned her quest for confirmation rather than give in to Senate demands for documents and information detailing her private advice to the president.  Senior lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they had made no such request. Instead, Republicans and Democrats said politics forced her to withdraw', particularly the demands of Republican conservatives who tw ice elected Bush and now seek to move the high court to the right on abortion and other issues.  “They had a litmus test and Harriet See Miers, Page 3A   

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