Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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This past Saturday, we had opening day festivities for the Athens Girls Softball League. It started with a parade through town, the first pitch was thrown by Athens Police Officer Jason I'hreet, who has just returned from military duty in Afghanistan.
Our thanks to Recreation Director Ben Wiley and his hard-working employees for getting our fields in playing condition for the first games of the season.
1 wonder where all our elected city officials were on this day? We had none of them there for any of the festivities or games. Is this how our officials will keep In touch with the comtnunity and keep abreast of the problems and issues facing us and our children?
Athens will never grow unless we have elected officials willing to commit lime and money to improve our town.
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7 69847 00001Brookhill survey presented
Council members see results of parent-ed effort to identify health problems
By Phil V\ ii.lis
phil(aathensne\\'s-coiiner.com A group of concerned parents of Brookhill Elementary School students presented the Athens City Council Monday night with the results of a voluntary siir\ ey of student health problems.
The survey represents 73 of the 213 students registered at Brookhill 34 percent of the student body. Fomis were passed out in the car line at the school, explained one of the parents, Mrs. Michael l iiqiia, who conducted the survey.
Of the 73 responses received 12 were
returned with no health complaints circled. The vast majority, 61 survey forms, had one or more complaints circled. .Almost half, 31, had five or more complaints circled.
Brt)okhill had to be closed nearly five years ago to be cleaned of mold and mildew believed to be causing student health problems at that time. Parents of current students contend the health problems have returned and again want the school closed and cleaned. But testing conducted by the Athens
City School Board has shown no ev idonec of the mold and mildew returning.
“\Vl' felt you needed to be notified ot the survey results along with the school boauL" Fuqua told the council.
Copies of survey results were delivered to the school board office last Thursdav. Mrs. Stan Cannon told the council, but tliere has been no response. T he school btxird eon-
See Brookhill, Page 3A
City Counci contemplates options for Cowford Dark
By Pmi Willis
With spring in full bloom around the Tennessee Valley, the Athens City Council had recreation on its collective minds during its Monday night meeting.
City Attorney Shane Black briefed the council on available options for accepting TV.As proposed turnover of the Cowford boat landing and campground to local government entities, while Councilman Johnny C'rutcher relayed complaints about the behavior of youngsters using the skateboard park near Athens High School.
Three options are open to the city regarding the acceptance of the Cowford Landing facility, Black explained. The city could accept the property and take management in-house, it could accept the property and contract with a third party to manage it, or the city could join with Limestone County in accepting the property and create a joint entity to manage the facility. Black recommended the third option.
Placing the property under the management of the existing Limestone County Parks and Recreation Board is not a viable option for the city. Black said, as that is a county board and the city has no legal means of appointing representatives.
Councilman Ronnie Marks said he had discussed the propt)sed Cowford Landing takeover with members of the Limestone County Commission and receiv ed assurances they are interested in a joint venture with the property.
“I think we should look at it together,” .Marks :>aid.
Mayor Dan Williams noted TVA has a total of some 14,000 acres in Limestone County the agency hopes to relinquish to local government. If the city and county do not accept, he said, there are plenty of developers who would jump at the opportunity.
“It would be a bad deal if the city and county don’t get this property,” Williams said. “The taxpayers and citizens should be the ones to enjoy the benefits.”
Council President Jimmy Gill asked that the matter be placed on the agenda for an April 25 joint meeting between the city council and county com-
See Cowford, Page 2A
Tanner student expelled for bringing BB gun to schoo
Bv T ASHI.A Lov LLl.
The Limestone County Board of Education has voted to expel the Tanner High School student recently accused of having a pellet gun at school.
Every board member except District 1 Representative Charles Shoulders, Jr., who abstained from the vote, voted in favor of Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll's proposal of a one-year expulsion from the school system.
Tanner High School Principal Billy Owens agreed with the decision.
“That’s my recommendation as well,” Owens said Monday after the meeting.
The 17-year-old remains at the juvenile detention center in Tuscumbia and is expected to have a court dale later this month.
The incident happened last week.
After information was reported to Owens and the school's resource oft'icer, a search revealed a BB gun, ammunition, marijuana and a notebook with terrorist threats written in it.
The boy is charged with making terrorist Jhreats and with possession of marijuana. If convicted, the student faces a 10-year prison term and a S5,000 fine for the threats.
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Children enjoy spring break in Rogersville
Maybe Jalyn Jones, top left, thought classmate Jake Sewell w'as (iumby but Jake’s cheeks will only stretch so far.
At left, Kimberlyn Snoddy takes a seat on a piece of playground equipment as someone tosses a ball in the background.
The children were playing Monday outside the All About Me Childcare and Learning Center in Rogersville.
The center is located on Lee Street not far from downtown Rogersville.
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Faye McElyea, A/ews-Cour/er receptionist, and Alex Smith, advertising manager and general manager, admire some of the door prizes to be awarded at the Taste of Home Cooking School on Thursday at Athens Middle School. Sponsored by The News-Courier, the event begins at 4:30 p.m. when doors open for vendor displays and food concessions. The cooking demonstration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 each and available at The News-Courier as long as the supply lasts, if any tickets remain on Thursday, they will be available at the door.
ATVs taken fom three county yards
Three four-wheel all-terrain vehicles were stolen during the past weekend, according in Limestone County authorities.
Two of the vehicles were taken tiom the same area of the county one on (lailin Road and one on 7 haeh Road.
“We have two in the north end of tlu* county fairly close together.” said Investigator Stanley McNatt. “ I hey could he connected.”
The thefts included:
• A 2002 Honda valued at S4.500 taken Saturday from the ISOOO block ofThompsiui Road;
• A 2004 flonda four-wheeler valued at S2,900 taken between Saturday and Sunday from the 27000 block of Gatlin Road;
• A 2002 Kawasaki valued at S5,000 tak-_ ii Sunday from the 27000 block of Thach Road.
McNatt said reports of stolen four-wheelers are fairly common.
“The biggest numbw are reported in the fall,” he said.
People can help protect the vehicle- by putting them under lock, he said.
“.Most of them were just sitting out,” McNatt said. “ I hey do need to keep them in a locked building.”