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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 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 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(^ 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 ;