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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Golden Eagles face crucial early-seasoii game PAGE IB  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Comiminity of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Friday, September 4, 2009  Visit us oNine  www^newscourier.com  Inside  Tbday  QBs aiming for heights this season  Tide quarterback Greg McElroy and Hokies counterpart Tyrod Taylor are relative newcomers, but both bring high hopes to the 2009 season.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  LA wildfire ruled arson  The U.S. Forest Service says arson is the cause of the wildfire north of Los Angeles that killed two firefighters. Deputies have launched a homicide investigation.  PAGE 3A  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger.........lOA  Lottery..........3A  Mini Page  6A  Obituaries.......2A  Jo Ann Helstrom  Religion ........IIA  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  Weather.........2A  7    69847    00001  Pilgrim’s Pride may sell  ByJfanQile  jenn(^iUh('nsnc\\s-iX)iiritT.a)in  There may be hope for the 640 Pilgrim’s Pride woifcers in Athens set to lose their jobs in October.  Brazilian beef pnxlucer JBS SA may buy the Texas-based chicken processor.  Local workers — who learned in July their last day at the Athens plant would be Oct. 6 — hope  JBS will buy Pilgrim’s Pride, slap a new name on the plant and put them back to wodc, said one worker who asked to remain anonymous.  Ihey have reason to hope.  When Pilgrim’s Pride bought ConAgra’s poultry division six years ago, everything stayed the same except the name, the worker said.  According to the Wall Street Journal, JBS is set to announce the $2.5 bilhon acquisition of Pil  grim’s Pride as soon as next week, though tlie deal could still fall apart. The deal would puU the second-largest chicken company in the U.S. out bankruptcy court and shake up the global meat business, creating a rival to Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. producer of beef, chicken and pork, the Journal reported.  See Processor, page 7A  "I know it's going to be painful, but how much pain does a cancer patient go through every day/"  - RONNIE FOGG OF ATHENS ON PLANS TO SUSPEND TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER  0benefit  COURTESY PHOTO  Body modification artist Brad Warden of Newport, Tenn., demonstrates above how a hook would be inserted to prepare a person to suspend in a "suicide" position.  Men to dangle from hooks to support Cancer Society  By JENNIFKR R. Hill Jtmiif(‘ixa\itlwnsiu‘\\s-a)urier.min  People dangling from hooks inserted into their flesh may sound like a scene out of a horror movie, but there is a subculture of people who practice suspension of their own free wiU. Some do it for the spiritual experience, some do it for the pain, and some just for frm. However, despite the possible pain associated with the practice, a local business will be hosting a body suspension for charity event this weekend.  Ronnie Fogg, 36, of Athens plans to be hoisted off the ground by ropes and a pulley connected to large hooks through the sldn of his chest. He’s actually impiatient and eager to do it. He and at least one other person will take turns suspending to raise money for the American Cancer Society, from 5 p.m. until midnight Saturday at West Coast Tattoo in Athens.  “It’s my first time getting suspended.  See Suspensions, page 7A  Sewer line replacement held up by paperwork  By Kari n Middlfion  kiiroii{Ontht'nsin'\\s-a)uriir.c<)iu Water/Wastewater Department Manager John Stockton said Thursday that paperwork with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is all that remains before work can begin on replacing 100-year-old clay sewer pipes under downtown Athens.  Several weeks ago Stockton revealed in a City Council meeting that the city had been approved for $6.8 million through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to replace the deteriorating pipes that are allowing millions of gallons of rainwater to flow into the waste treatment plant during heavy storms.  ADEM recently determined that the project would have no detrimental environmental impact.  The delay in the city getting to use the ftmds is because the $6.8 million is stimulus funds that must pass through a state agency.  “We’re still working to tiy to get this together,” said Stockton. “We don’t have to pay the entire $6.8 million back. This is an unusual program that has not progressed because of stimulus debt forgiveness. ADEM can’t give out grants and the EPA appointed them as the ones this has to go through.”  Meanwhile, 38 miles of clay sewer pipes remain in the ground deteriorating and allowing millions of gallons of rainwater to infiltrate the water treatment plant, which must treat the rainwater as it does regular sewage.  Stockton said the crockeiy pipes are under the Hobbs Street railroad crossing and in the downtown area. The exception is a trunk line that runs along the south side of U.S. 72 West out to Kings Drive in Vestavia. Also, a network of clay pipes north of Athens State University are in danger of “catastrophic failure” within the next five years, he said.  Six pounds of methr $112K cash seized from 67-year-old suspect  ByJf:anQ)ii: jviUh^nthcnsiivws-ixniricr.ann Limestone County investigators arrested a 67-yearold man considered a major supplier of meth-amphetamine Wednesday night and came away with a pile of ihethampheta-  Bobby Ray Miller  mine, a pile of cash and a small fleet of vehicles.  Area narcotics agents believe the drug bust is the biggest in north Ala-  bama histoiy in both the quality and quantity of the drug.  Investigators seized 6.5 pounds of ice - one of the purest forms of crystal methamphetamine - along with $112,000 in cash, a Peterbilt tractor, two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a GMC truck, a Chevrolet Avalanche four^œr truck and a Chrysler 300 car, said Limestone County Sheriff's Lt. Lance Royals.  Bobby Ray Miller of 28541 McKee Road in Toney was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, records show. He is suspected of being a major suppli-  See Meth, page 7A  COURTESY PHOTO  Limestone County Sheriff's Lt. Lance Royals, left, and Chief Deputy Randy King look over some of the evidence confiscated during a drug bust Wednesday night in which a 67-year-old man was arrested. Pictured are more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine and $112,000 in cash.  NS PAPPy’ff  p,-rr4 f  FREE  BRLADSTiCHS  The features you love. The brand you trust.  At neos  lilac IcBf^rry“ 'Lour  $ I‘lit. 99  Í>*| r«M» MM MHI41M.IS. WM n*w 2yr aMMtw)  Call uf today!  l-800-NBW'LINB   

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