Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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By Jean Cole ieunig^iithensncwscoiiricr.coin BELLE MINA - No charges will likely be filed in the fatal shooting of a Belle Mina man but Limestone County authorities are still investigating the matter, an official said Monday.
Ricky Brown, 29, died Sunday at Decatur General Hospital after being shot multiple times about 8:45 p.m. Saturday
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at the home of Tim Garth, 29, of 24753 Garrett Road, according to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Brown’s brother, 31-year-old Sam Brown, who was shot in
the leg, was treated at Huntsville Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
According to a witness, Ricky Brown had stopped at Garth’s home and was getting in the face of a man in the front yard who was on dialysis and in bad health,” Blakely said.
Garth came around the house and told them to leave
the man alone, prompting the two Brown brothers to assault Garth. A brother of the Browns intervene d and was able to get his brothers to walk away, the sheriff said.
“They turned to leave, took a few steps and then started beating him again,” Blakely said.
“He was not going to take
See Shooting, page 3A
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Nell Lutz was the first off the plane Saturday night when Honor Flight landed in Huntsville to a rousing welcome from families and two brass bands. Lutz was a WAVE in World War II and was the first woman from Limestone County to take the flight, which transports WWII veterans for a free, one-day visit to the WWII Memorial in Washington.
Major sidewalk project planned
By K.\hen Middle ion kurciiiS>tilhf^n<ine\\s-coiiricr.c()m The city of Athens has received nearly $400,000 in stimulus package funds through the Alabama Department of Transportation to build a greenway, or major sidewalk project, on the east side of Athens.
Monday, the Athens City Council approved on a four votes and one abstention from Councilman Jimmy Gill to build the about a mile-and-a-half of sidewalk. Gill abstained from voting because he said he did not understand how the city’s portion would be funded.
The city has to provide a 20-percent match to the $385,000 coming from AL-DOT, which $77,000. Out of those funds, the council approved a $25,000 fee to Taz Morrell Engineering to draw plans for what is officially known at the U.S. 31 Pedestrian Facilities and Streetscape Project.
However, this portion of the project does is not adjacent to U.S. As outlined in a memo from Public Works Department Director James Rich, one leg oi the sidewalks will extend southward down Lindsay Lane from the roundabout at Nick Davis to Publix shop
ping center. The other leg would extend eastward from the roundabout to Linton Road.
Marks said the $77,000 in matching funds would come from city reserves.
Mayor Dan Williams said the city had applied for $1.8 million in stimulus funds in sidewalk, parking lot and three building projects. In total, the city applied for 821.3 million in stimulus money to fund 25 projects, which includes several large utility projects.
“I received eight letters
See Sidewalk, page 2A
Wash hands, avoid the sick to guard against flu
By Kami n MiddinoN
knrcn ^¿ith('nsii(‘\\ s-a)nri('r.c()in One school official said Monday that personal hygiene lessons taught in day-to-day classes take on added importance in the threat of swine flu.
“We promoted good personal hygiene before,” said Limestone County Assistant Superintendent Mike Owens. “We would tell students if you must share something, wash your hands and do not put your hands around your mouth. But it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder now and then.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,H()0 cases of swine flu have been reported in Mexico and 149 people are suspected to have died from the outbreak. No one has died in the United States and just one person has been hospitalized of the 40 people who have come down with the disease.
Owens said the school system has no policy on how high the percentage of absenteeism must be before temporarily closing a school. ,
“We would keep in close contact with the Department of Public Health, and also, we would depend upon our school nurses to decide on whether it would be in the best interest of that school or community to shut down,” said Owens.
While the strain invading the U.S. seems less severe than the outbreak in Mexico, the Department of Health and Human Sendees has declared a public health emergency as a precaution.
Americans are advised to avoid travel to Mexico.
See Flu, page 3A
Reward offered in Saturday pharmacy robbery
Jviiiitnn(hrnsn(‘\\ s-couricr.coni Limestone County authorities are offering a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who stole narcotic painkillers from a Hanest pharmacy Saturday and who is believed to have robbed Eastside Phannacy in Athens two weeks ago, an official said.
“We believe it is the same suspect in both robberies,” Limestone County Mike Blakely said Monday. “Someone
See Robber, page 3A
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