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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Saturday, April 25, 2009  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics .................3B  Ledger .......................4A  Lottery.......................3 A  Newsbeat.....................4 A  Obituaries ....................2A  Lurie Virgilene Hightower  Sports ........................IB  Weather......................3 A  Liver Special > Tuesday  $2.99  Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday  25% Off  Athens Location Only Discount applies to individual meals only,  eks new    in sex case Story coming Sunday  The News Courie  Subscribe  Gel the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001  options eyed  The council is considering purchasing another leaf machine at a cost of from $25,000 to $30,000. But that’s not the end of the expense. A leaf machine must be hauled by a small dump truck and from two to three workers must man the truck and machine.  In early July, Public Works Department Manager James Rich will present a proposal for a pilot pro  gram in which residents in a designated part of the city will collect leaves in biodegradable bags furnished by the city for curbside pickup.  Many communities have banned the use ol regular plastic bags for yard waste removal, because polyethylene-based plastic bags cannot  See Leaves, page 2A  Taking a break  Military recruiters debated  Congress to consider whether to limit recruiters' access to contact information for high school  students.  PAGE 7 A  Coroner awaiting toxicology reports in deaths of 3 people  Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Wednesday he is awaiting toxicology reports to declare official causes of deaths for three people whose bodies were found in their homes April 9.  Authorities say the dead are Jackie Hughes Bates, 51, and Steven Louis Goode, 40, who were found lying dead on a couch inside a North Beaty Street home about 12:36 p.m., and Thomas Hughes, 48, of Delaney Road, located just north of the city, who had been at a party earlier at the North Beaty Street home, and died after returning home.  Bates and Hughes were sister  and brother.  Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said investigators learned both Bates and Goode took a laige quantity of drugs the night before the bodies were found.  The bodies were transported to Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences lab in Huntsville for autopsies.  Police said there was no evidence of foul play.  A witness told police that both Bates and Goode, who had been living at the house for about a week, had taken Xanax, an antianxiety medication.  — Karen Middleton  Friends of Library sponsor garden tour  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  The Athens-Limestone Friends of the Library Garden Tour will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16. Tickets are $15 and are available at Athens-Limestone Public Library, Pablo's on Market, Pimentos and Suzanne's Bakery. There will be nine gardens featured - seven residential and two church gardens. Proceeds will benefit the library. Above, Billie Murphree works in her featured garden on North Madison Street.  Homework hut encourages players to study at the ballpark  ByJean Cole  jean@athensnews-courier.com  When Larry Faulk learned Booster Club ball practice was No. 1 on the list of reasons Johnson Elementary School students gave for not being able to finish their homework, he said to himself, “We don’t want to be that.”  So, as Booster Club president,  he set about fixing the problem for the eight teams that play Booster Club ball.  Faulk first learned that Booster ball practice was cited as the No. 1 excuse for ailing homework from Rebecca Valenzuela, a reading copch and fellow Booster Club member at Johnson. She mentioned the fact during a program about  homework help for parents she gave in March for the Parent-Teacher Organization.  “From that discussion, Larry said he wanted to change that,” said Valenzuela, whose youngest daughter is on a Johnson T-ball team.  The Boosters zeroed in on what was once a portable classroom — aka trailer — that was already at  the ball fields and had been converted to a concessions stand and storage area.  “It was a junk room,” Faulk said.  Using Btx)ster Club money and Booster Club muscle, the members put in a new subtloor, created storage shelves, insulated and replaced  See Homework, page 3A  Leaf removal  By Karen Middlepon kureiuP athensnew s-coiirit r. com Athens Mayor Dan Williams and his council say a laige amount of the complaints they get from their constituents is about when the city will remove leaves from in front of their homes.  For city officials and the head of the Sanitation Department, Earl Glaze, it seems like it’s a never-end  ing job. By the time all leaves are removed from city streets, trees begin once more to shed leaves.  “When our equipment is running — two leaf machines — then we are picking up leaves every two to three weeks, but when one of them is down, it’s seven weeks between leaf pickups,” Glaze told the City Council in a mid-year budget review session last week.  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Norman Hice and Ronnie Clark take a break Friday from cutting firewood to enjoy a guick lunch. The two were cutting the tree, which fell when the latest storm came through, to make firewood.  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside Today  Collision fears slow drone use  Leaps in unmanned aircraft technology have the military clamoring to use them, but fears of midair collision slow domestic applications.  PAGE 9A   

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