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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 26, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Are you ready? Prep football ^^^^^begins TTiursday PAGE IB  TheNe  Serving Athens ¿ind IJinestone  ourier  tv of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Official: Don't close schools for swine flu  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that a massive school closing wouldn't stop the spread of the swine flu virus  HEALTH, PAGE 8A  It's all good for Rivers  Chargers give Athens native Philip Rivers 6-year contract extension  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Health..........8    A  Ledger.........13A  Lifestyles........1C  Obituaries.......2 A  Marvin Hargrove James Hicks  Opinion.........5A  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  7    698    47^00001    6  Official: Swine flu ‘widespread’  By Jkan Coi f  JciurP ullicnsiwws-couhrr.com  The so-called swine flu virus is now widespread in Alabama, though it is not as virulent as anticipated last year, an official said Tuesday.  The prevalence of the HlNl virus, commonly called the swine flu, has prompted Athens  and Limestone County school officials to mieet today with officials with the Department of Public Health and the Emergency Management Agency to discuss vaccinations for school-age children.  Althpugh Limestone County has only three officially confirmed cases of the HlNl virus  as reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health, an official said there are more cases than that.  “It’s widespread and circulating in the state,” said state health department nurse Can-dece Adkins, who covers Limestone and six other Alabama counties.  Ninety-nine percent of all of the flu samples tested by the ADPH during the past four weeks were positive for swine flu, officials reported Friday. Because of this statistic, health officials said routine tests for  See Flu, page 3A  Piggly Wiggly dosing doors  NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE  This Piggly Wiggly in Athens Town Centre on U.S. 72, formerly a Food World, will close by the end of September. Other stores in Limestone County will remain open.  Grocery located on U.S. 72 to close by end of September  By KaRKN MlDDFErCJN  kiirrii(S^cttlicnsn(‘\vs-iX)urivr.c(>ni  A Southern Family Maricets spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the Piggly Wiggly supermarket in the Athens Towne Center is closing.  See the advertisement in today’s News Courier about reduced merchandise at the U.S. 72 West store.  Spokeswoman Angela Comfort said the store, which opened for business at that location in October 2007, would close completely by the end of September.  She said the store at U.S. 31 and Hobbs Street would remain open, however.  See Piggly Wiggly, pageZA  Search continues for robber of Movie Gallery  By Jkan Coi f  Ji‘un(g^uthcnsnc\vs-coiirivr.i'Oin  The Movie Gallery at 117 U.S. 31 South in Athens was robbed about 8:50 p.m. Monday, and Athens Police Department is seeking the public's help in trying to catch the culprit.  The suspect — described as a  you saw it fir^  news  at  www.enewscoiumcom   white male between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, about 170 pounds and with a blonde buzz-cut hairstyle — entered the business and began looking at movies.  When he came to the checkout, he placed a handgun on the counter and told the clerk to give him all of the money.  After obtaining the money, he made the clerk go to the back of the store, and then he fled.  He was last seen headed north on U.S. 31 in a silver, four-door Ford Taurus.  Anyone with information is asked to call Athens Police Department at (256) 233-8700.  See Robber, page 2A  Vandals damage greenhouse at Athens High  In a greenhouse behind Athens High School, students leam to seed, grow, propagate and transplant flowers and vegetables, and then they sell the plants each spring to keep the project going.  The cycle is designed to sustain itself like the winter renews the land for spring.  But one or more rock-throwing vandals has put a chink in the circle.  Sometime between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, someone threw rocks through the back wail of the greenhouse, where it over-  See Vandals, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE  Plants reared by Athens High School students in the school's greenhouse show through one of the fist-sized holes created by rock-throwing vandals Sunday or Monday. The greenhouse sustained $3,040 damage and police are seeking tips on who may have done the damage.  Former water manager killed by falling tree  By Karfn Middleton  kiircn(^nlhensnews-couher.com  Retired Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority general manager Bobby Chandler of Athens died Monday when a tree fell on him while he was operating a Bush Hog in Jackson County, according to a report in the Scottsboro Daily Sentinel.  The newspaper quotes Sgt. Scott Matthews of the Scottsboro Police Department in saying Chandler, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene when law en-  See Manager, page 3A  we oftennq 20 jO"'-} oft tor nVvVj  I  We offer: Mciriicuro; • Pfdntnos •    Ndik    &    Custom    Acrylic Colors » Waxing  115 Cloverleaf Duve Athens, AL. 35611 * 232-8553   

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