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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama § Don’t miss the Gridiron Guide magazine Inside today e News Courier StTviiig Athens and Limestone County: A Cominunity of Tradition and Future One dollar Sunday, August 23, 2009 Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Realignment ends rivalry With Decatur moved back to Class 6A by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Red Raiders' rivalry with Athens is over... at least for now. SPORTS, PAGE IB Playing history Group works to polish play based on pivotal Civil War event in Athens. LIFESTYLES, PAGE 9A Index Classifieds 1C Crossword 21A Ledger.........21A Letters..........5 A Lifestyles........9 A Lottery ........3A Obituaries.......2A Janice Bottom Opinion.........4A Sports ..........IB Valley...........6 A Weather.........2A 7 69847 OOQÖ'2 3 Schools brace for swine flu By Je:\n Q)le In an attempt to thwart the so-called swine flu virus, Athens and Limestone County schools are cleaning, advising parents and emphasizing hand washing as the school year enters its third week. Two weeks into the school year, dty and county schools have been free of the novel HlNl influenza, commonly referred to as swine flu, but one county school system in /Vlabama closed Thursday due to HlNl flu absences. State health officials announced Friday that routine testing for the HlNl virus is no longer necessary because patients with flu-like symptoms most likely have the HlNl virus, the Associated Press reported. As of Wednesday, Alabama had 1,298 confirmed cases of novel HlNl influenza, bringing the total number of probable and confirmed cases in the state to 1,314. Three of the cases oc- curred in Limestone County over the f)ast year. Novel HlNl, a new influenza virus, w'as first detected in the United States in April 2009. Two people statewide have died of the virus. To combat HlNl influenza, Athens City Schools have been cleaning and disinfecting during the summer, emphasizing proper hand washing, cautioning students and parents to stay away ‘ See Swine flu, page 7A Making ordinaiy extraordinary Daniel Tribble will display and sell some of his works Sept. 12 during Art oh the Square in downtown Athens. Tribble does experimental photographs like the ones shown here. Above is Torch Café at Sundown, at left are Ignoring One Another: Man Ray Series 2 and Ferris Wheel No. 10. COURTESY PHOTOS Athens photographer s work to be featured in art festival By Jean Cot Ji jeiui^f/iithensnc\\s-i'()urier.c'()n} Athens native Daniel Tribble did not find the artist within until he looked through the lens of a camera and began seeing the ordinary' in a different way. “I got my hands on a camera in high school, weaseled my way onto the high school newspaper and got access to the darkroom and was off and running fix>m there,” said the 32-year-old owner of Tribble Studios in Auburn. “I found I was good at it — that it was an art form that meshed for me.” Tribble will be among more than 40 artists featuring their artwork at the 4th annual Art on the Square arts festival Sept. 12 in downtown Athens. The featured artists were chosen during a juried art event con- See Festival, page 7A Daniel Tribble How to 90 Art on the Square will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in downtown Athens. Free children's art camps will be offered and artists will display and sell a variety of works. Council to discuss new city haii Stacy ^Hs at banquet B^ Karen Middij^:ix)n kciivn^:^athcnsiK'ws-a)uricr.c(>in The Athens City Council will hold public meetings to discuss architectural plans for a new city hall Monday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room. If additional seating is needed the meetings will move to the old City Council chambers off Marion Street. Discussions will continue when the council meets for a work session at the Athens Police Department at 4:30 p.nr and regular session at 5:30. On Monday night’s agenda is a resolution to approve an environmental assessment of the dty hall, which was built more than 50 years ago. Also on Monday night’s agenda will be a discussion of amending the fire line tap fees and fire hydrant serviœ charges. WaterAVastewater Department Manager John Stockton asked that the discussion be placed on the agenda two weeks ago, but Council President Ronnie Marks asked that it be tabled until Stockton presented a dearer explanation on how the amendments differ from the existing policy. Stockton said current ordinances call for charging for each non-metered sprinkler line. “We required that they used to pay per sprinkler head, but they were never See City hail, page 7A ài NEWS COURIER/ASHLEY HARCROVE Former University of Alabama football star Siran Stacy speaks to guests at the 3rd Annual Golden Eagles Legends Banquet Saturday night at the Beasley Center at First United Methodist Church. Look for more on the event in Tuesday's Sports section. r FREE RagersvUle. ÂL 25B-247-1557 rv V .i-'. heeU‘f U'kepizza.cc'i BREADSTICKS order with any PIZ/h aicu i H'f \ :V:d ,■ 'th j')v other i-fi Jerry King Company 1613 I Gray BM. • Aátmnt. 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