Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hey, Sound Off:
I have children that attend one of the elementary schools in Limestone County.
We have a small athletic program and we have a problem getting parents to do their share, fhev refuse to work the concession stand they will not come and help out on Work Day. The coaches and the AA officer and one or two parents ending up having to work every time.
They always have something else to do. Do they not realize that we have a life also'.’ Lots of times we have to cancel our plans to work because they do not show up when they said they would be there or they just will not work.
Sometimes we ha\ e to have the grandparents come in and work.
It is only for one hour and most the time they only have to work once or twice during the season.
I Just do not understand why everyone is not willing to do their share.
Does anyone else have this problem, if so how' do you deal with if.’ The kids need your support.
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Brookhill to be tested for variety of spores
By Nancy Glassc ock
I’arents and faculty who addressed Athens (’ity School Board members Thursday night left the meeting happy after learning there will be additional inspections for mold and other allergens in Brookhill Elementary School.
Board member Sabrina Holt said the group discussed further testing at the school with Terry Painter of WS Electrical and Air Conditioning who tested the school last year.
“He made everybody happy,” Holt said. "They formed some groups and some committees. Certain molds aren’t at unsafe levels. They're going to find out what’s causing the problems.’’
A large group from the school filled the meeting to address the board about the mold and to voice their support for principal Janet Poole, who they said has become ill recently because of the mold.
Painter conducted tests at Brookhill last year, after which the school was said to be free of unsafe levels of mold. He presented the report to the board in August.
He said before the treatment, Poole’s office w as reported to be the moldiest location in the school, with a spore count of 295.
Holt said there are more than 300,000 molds on Earth, in addition to chemicals or other bacteria that could cause potential health problems. Once the testing is complete, results will be verified by The University of Alabama.
Holt said attendance at Brookhill is not unusually low. although some parents indicat-
See Brookhill, Page 2A
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Joseph Schlosser and his wife, Joan, were back at the Limestone County Clinton Street Courthouse Annex Friday but they didn’t take the elevator. The couple got stuck in the elevator last week. They were later freed by Athens firefighters.
Couple’s desire to fulfill woman’s dying wish nearly stopped by faulty elevator
By Sonny Ti rnf.r
Joseph Schlosser and Joan Burch w'ere in a hurry Feb. 10. They had just purchased a marriage license and were getting married so that his mother, who was dying of cancer, could see that happen.
But on their way out of the new Limestone County Courthouse Annex on Clinton Street they got stuck -trapped inside the elevator and it seemed no one
heard their calls for help.
“We pushed the alarm, but no one heard us,” said Burch. “That is when Joseph used his cell phone and dialed 911. The Fire Department then arrived a few minutes later.”
They had taken the elevator on the second floor from the Limestone County Probate Judge’s office to
See Elevator, Page 2A
Raised in song
Celebrating Tlack history
A group of young people from Southslde Church of Christ performed old time spirituals Thursday night as a Black History Month presentation at a meeting of the Athens City School Board. The group performed a cappela versions of “Wade in the Water” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Group members are, front row from left, Lavendar Bailey and Kennedy Malone; back row, Janae Malone, Chandler Malone, Destiny Bailey, Lexus Scott, Taylor Malone, Shon Bailey, Jasmin Bailey, Javan Bailey and John Malone Jr. The group is directed by Bryant K. Malone.
Man charged with assault following fight
By Sonny Tlrner
Athens police charged a 44-year-old Athens man Thursday with assault after a warrant was taken out by the man he is accused of hitting in the head with a pipe.
Willie Mack Turner, of 14th Street, .Athens, has been transferred to the Limestone County Jail under S5,0()() bail bond. He is charged with second-degree assault, a felony.
Lt. Floyd Johnson said Friday that Turner was arrested from a warrant taken out by the man he is accused of hitting, 32-year-old Patrick Malone, of 1102 Sommerest Drive, Athens.
Malone was injured Monday night and taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital. Fie was struck in the head with the pipe during a fight with Turner, Johnson said.
Malone was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital by ambulance where he was treated in the emergency room. The assault occurred at 11:40 p.m. Monday night, police said.
After the assault, Johnson said investigators were searching for Turner, a homeless man, for questioning. He said Malone told detectives that Turner assaulted him and hit him in the head with the pipe while he (Malone) was down on the ground.
Johnson said the assault took place on Bridgeforth Street. At the time, police said they were not sure why the two men were fighting.
State reaches Medicaid deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of wrangling over the financing of Alabama’s Medicaid system, the state and federal government reached a deal to fund the program that provides health care for about 1 million poor residents in the state.
“This agreement allows us to protect our program and build a better foundation upon which the state can work with our federal partner,” Medicaid Commissioner Carol Herrmann said in a statement in Montgomery.
For years, Alabama has clashed with the federal governmem over the way it calculates its 30 percent share of Medicaid costs. Federal ofTicials have complained the state takes more than its fair share for charity care and owes more than $1 bil-
See Medicaid, Page 2A