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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 29, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Thursday, October 29, 2009  MoivTues-WedThurs 5:30 pm * Athens Ree Ctr, 270 US 31N Call rm 256-729-1160  In our Face  Join discussions of daily stories, current events, football and more on The News Courier's Facebook page. Some comments made during the week are chosen to run on Wednesday's Opinion page.  Join the fun!  Index  Classified  ........ 4B  Comics.............  3B  Ledger .......................6A  Lottery.......................3A  Obituaries .....................2A  James Jamar Jr. Helen Smith  Sports ........................IB  Valley ........................4A  Weather......................2A  Chase leader uneasy as NASCAR heads to Talladega PAGE IB  The News  Feral hogs roam rural sections of Limestone  By Karen Middleton  kareniP athi nism 'ws-coiiricr.i tun  It’s been nearly four years since The News Courier announced wild hogs were headed this way.  One hunter confirmed Wednesday that they’re here, they aren’t a threat and they make for good eating.  Robert Norman, along with friends Jamey Hobbs and Corey Wilson and their dogs, hunted down and killed four of the beasts near Easter Ferry Road about three weeks ago.  I le said three of the animals were young and edible and subsequently so tender “you could cut them with a fork,” but a fourth kill was old and had to be skinned and fed as a reward to the dogs.  From photos, the old hog appears to be a veritable “Hogzilla” sprawled out in the bed of a pickup truck, but Norman said he probably weighed no more than 250 pounds.  Norman knows what he’s talking about. He does measurements for Weiser Weight & Tusk Trophy W’ild Boar Record Books, the bible in hog circles.  “The boar we killed had lost his cutters and had only one whitder,” said Norman.  “Cutters” are the tusks, or amine teeth that grow up from the bottom. The “whit-tlers” are the top canine teeth in hogs. Norman said hogs use the whittler to sharpen the cutter.  Norman said that although the boar looks large in the photo, he is not as large as the 264-pounder he killed several years ago.  “A buddy of mine killed one over by Anderson that weighed 310 pounds and had 2-inch cutters,” said Norman. “The one I caught  See Hogs, page 3A  Flu prompts schools to close  The number of students staying home with the flu is multiplying nationwide and normally quiet school nurses' offices suddenly look like big city emergency rooms, packed with students to sick to finish the day.  PAGE 3A  New moon rocket test successful  Subscribe  Get the news with your mornirig coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  69847 00001  Fall leaf collection begins next week in Athens  The City of Athens will begin leaf collection Monday, Nov. 2. The leaf collection schedule is based on the day of the week a resident’s garbage is collected. However, the schedule is subject to change. The schedule will be updated every two-weeks at the City of Athens Web site at  www.athensal.us , and in the Sunday edition of The News Courier.  leaves containing limbs and other debris will not be collected. Leaves that are bagged will be collected on a  weekly basis.  Here is the schedule for Nov. 2 through Nov. 13:  • If Tuesday or Wednesday is your regular garbage collection day, loose leaves will be collected the week of Nov. 2.  • If Thursday or Friday is your regular garbage collection day, loose leaves will be collected the week of Nov. 9.  For more information, call (256) 233-8747.  — Jennifer R. Hill  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  2 die in  By Jennifer R. Них   jennifer@athensnews-courier.eDm   Two women were killed in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Clyde Mabry Drive and U.S. 31 late Wednesday morning.  The crash happened just before noon near the Limestone County Health Department located on Clyde Mabry Drive. The Health Department was holding a flu vaccination clinic at the time.  A 2005 gray Chevy Malibu was pulling out horn Clyde Mabry Drive to travel northbound on U.S. 31 when a southbound 2008 gold Kia Soren-to, driven by Bethena Bynum, 44, of Ardmore, impacted the driver’s side of the Malibu, said Sgt. Frank Murphy of Athens Police Department, who was on the scene.  The 56-year-old driver and 82-year-old passenger of the Malibu were pronounced dead at the scene, Murphy said.  “The gray car rolled and the SUV hit it every  See Fatalities, page ЗА  U.S. 31 collision  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Police and rescue personnel work the scene of a Thursday wreck on U.S. 31 in which two women were killed as they left the Limestone County Health Department flu vaccination clinic.  Squealing with delight  NASA's newest rocket successfully completed a brief test flight Wednesday, the first step in a back-to-the-moon program that could yet be shelved by the White House.  PAGE 7A  Creekside Elementary fourth-grade student Elizabeth Gresham squeals in delight with Kylee McConnell as storyteller Bil Lepp entertains the crowd of Limestone County and Athens City students Wednesday at the Athens Storytelling Festival. The festival was open only for local schools Wednesday and will kick-off to the public today with a Storyteller's Showcase at 7:30 p.m. The event opens at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. On Friday night ghost stories will be told at 10 p.m. by Kathryn Tucker Windham and "Granny Sue" Holstein. For more information, visit athensstory-tellingfestival.com.   

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