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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Local Humane Society tries to restart PAGE 6A  The News Courier  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Coniniiinity of Ivadition ¿wd hiitiire  ( )iK' dollar  Visit us onftie  www.en«wscouiiencoin  Inside  Today  All-County  Team  Girls' All-County Basketball Team named  SPORTS, PAGE IB  More AIG trouble  Amount of bonuses $218M rather than $165M  PAGE 24A  Tri  PHE MOV  ‘Hillary: The Movie'  Now showing at Supreme Court  PAGE 7A  Subscribe  Get tlie news with your morning collet'  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Sunday, March 22, 2009  69847 00002  All S-Müey  COURTESY PHOTO  Siblings, from left, Milik, Tristan, and Marcilla Matthews, look over the memorabilia they have from their experience on set as extras in the Hannah Montana Movie. The Matthews children were all paid extras for the film, shot in Tennessee.  Local kids are extras in ‘Hannah Montana film with Miley Cyrus  By Jennifer R. Hu e  puinifiridiitlicnsiH'ws-courivr.coni The story of most of the Matthews family, plus their vehicle, being in the new Hannah Montana movie, due out April 10, is a testament for all children, all adults even, to keep faith in their dreams.  Their unspoken family motto — be sure who you are, do the w'ork, and things  'Hannah Montana: The Movie'  Debuting in theaters April 10, the Disney film starring Miley Cyrus has the tagline: "She has the best of both worlds... now, she has to pick just one." The film stars her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, shown with Miley at right, and features a cameo by popular singer Taylor Swift. Rated G. Tickets are on sale now through Fandango.com or Movietickets.com.  For more information, visit  http://disney.go.com/disne  ypic-  tures/hannahmontanamov  ie/ft/home  will work out when you least expect it.  The Matthews family of Athens, made up of Jannifer and Gary Matthews, and their three children, Marcilla, 15, Tristan, 14, and Milik, 11, are big Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus fans, at least they all are now.  Last spring, Jannifer’s cousin, Sherres-sa Mayberry-Lockett, told the Matthews  See Hannah Montana, page 3A  Gubernatorial candidate Davis visits Athens  Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, D-Birming-ham, chats with Judy Wilson, president of Chapter 1480 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, at a meet and greet reception Saturday at the Limestone County Water Building.  Davis launched his gov-ernership campaign in February for the 2010 election.  NEWS COURIER/EDD DAVIS  Couple’s trial set June 27  Melinda Barnes    Kevin    Bennett  Charged with child abuse in beating of daughter, 6  By Jean C'oee  jcuiiiu ¿ithcnstH'w s-nnihiT.roiu  A trial wall be June 27 for an Ardmore mother and her boyfriend, w’ho were charged wath felony child abuse tor allegedly spanking her 6-year-oId daughter so severely it left bruises on her buttocks and legs, records show.  Melinda Leigh Barnes, 29, and Kevin Bruce Bennett, 32, both of 29775 Elkw'ood S(?ction Road, w'ere indicted in November by a Limestone grand jury.  Barnes and Bennett have pleaded innocent to the charges. Their trial is scheduled to be held in Limestone County Circuit Court. The time will be announced.  An Ardmore schoolteacher first detected what she believed was abuse.  When the girl kept fidgeting in her seat at school, her teacher asked if something was wrong, said Limestone County Sheritf’s Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt.  “The girl wouldn’t complete her supper meals, so they spanked  See Abuse, page 2A  More prison land up for grabs; local doesn’t sell  By Keei y Kazek  krlWunili(‘iisnc\v'<-<-(mn(r.a)in  The Alabama Department of Corrections announced Friday nine more parcels of prison land for sale across the state; meanwhile 4(K) acres is still up tor grabs in Limestone County.  Ttie acreage at Limestone Correctional Facility Tjvas put up for bid in February but DCX? spokesman Brian Corbett said it did not sell.  “At some point in the iuture it will go out for bid again,” Corbett said Friday. I le did not have a date.  The DOC planned to ask the City of I luntsville to annex the land at the request of any potential successful bidder, Cforlxitt said, but the  See Prison, page 2A  Index     classified ----    .................1C      Editorial.....    .................4A      Ledger ......    ................18A      Letters ......    .................5A      Lifestyles ....    .................9A      Obituaries ...    .................2A          Annie B. Wittrock      Sports .......    .................IB     (1fc|||p«N»y<Ty «#«***”» Wi*»  ifltabnqr HiWBiimi «wjiyl  CritiKDMNW  e  IB  JuwY Kino Comwvny  UlBlOrayUod. • AA*<m,M3M11  230-0402  QNC Mwnter  Online edition  WEIRD NEWS Find the day's oddest news at  enewscourier.com   www.enewscourierxom    

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