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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama Offbeat locals? HGTV hosts a new show called Offbeat America. Are you eccentric enough to be featured? McCandless facelift Rep. Bud Cramer presents a check to help fund restoration of one of ASU’s historic buildings Are you eccentric enough to be featured? ic restoration of one of ASU’s historic buildings    5AThe News-CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureVVednesda\, Febri \r\ 23, 2005 50 Cems Red carpet gowns New York exhibits show the history of glamour gowns. 1C Cook of the Week Recipes from Green Doors’ Suzanne Schrimsher. Thursday inOFF Hey, Sound Off: 1 cannot believe the Sound Off in Tuesday's paper about the woman who hit the dog. What kind of person would do such a thing? I can't believe she would not even slow down to try to avoid the dog, then not even stop to help. Some people do not even have heaits beating in their chests. It makes me sick to think there are people out there like that woman. She probably went home and never once thought again about the pain she inflicted. Worse, she may have even enjoyed the pain she caused. It makes you wonder whenever you look around at people, doesn’t it? More Sound Off Valley, 5A (iet the news with your morning colfee Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier ^ 232-2720 Index Classified ... 4-7B Comics ..... 8B Health...... 7A Ledger ..... , , , ,9A Movie Listing . 3A Obituaries ... ......2A Opal Christine Chambers Charles Allen Chastain Sports ..... 1-3B Daily Bible .Moment 'he word is vety } war you, in your mouth cuid in your heart, that you may do it. Deutertììwmy 30:14 lìiàìlf'ìie 122 HHV..11 N'AlhíBS 256-2.12-lüîl Ohit line 256-771-09.14 69847 00001 Man killed in hit-and-run Coroner says victim was on way to visit wife when incident occurred Bv Sonny Turner sonny^a Athens police were searching for a hit-and-run driver Tuesday who they believe struck and killed a Decatur man late Monday night on U.S. 31 Just south of Tanner Crossroads. Police identified the victim as Royce Dale Ramsey, 42, of Harrison Street Southeast, Decatur. Investigators believe he was riding his bicycle on his way to visit his wife who lived in Tanner when he was stuck and killed. “He was headed to visit his wife, Angie, on Spring Road,” said Limestone County Coroner Mike West. “She told me they had been separated for months and that he lived in an apartment in Decatur.” “We received a call at 11:20 p.m. from a passerby advising that he saw a person lying in the ditch in front of Lawson’s Trailer Park,” said Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson. “When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found the body of a man in the ditch and a bicycle nearby.” Johnson said detectives are seeking information on the hit-and-run driver. “We’re looking for the driver and the vehicle that struck him. Judging from the paint left on the bicycle it appears the vehicle that struck him is red and it may have the right front turn signal broken ouf” “We don’t know what happened, “ Johnson said. “At this point we're not sure if someone just ran over him and didn't stop or that they struck him and got scared and ran away or that they hit him and didn’t know it. Apparently it was foggy down there and it had been raining.” Johnson said the bicycle did not ha\e all that much damage to it as though someone struck it with a passing-type blow. The bicycle was in the ditch a few ieet from the victim, he said. Ramsey was often seen riding his bicycle up and down the highway to \isit See Hit-and-run, Page 2A . Limestone garbage fees to increase on April 1 By Sonny Turner Garbage pickup rates in Limestone County will increase by $2.19 per month beginning April 1. The Limestone County Commission approved the rate increase Monday following a public hearing. A new contract will be awarded to CCS Garbage Service Inc., of Athens, on March 7. CCS was the only bidder on the new contract and that firm is the current garbage pickup contractor in Limestone County. The rate will go from $8.56 to $10.75 per month. CCS serves 18,702 customers in I.imestone County. The garbage pickup contract expires every three years. Commissioners said bids were sent out to BFI and Waste Management and both companies responded with “no bids.” CCS owner-operator Steve Gatlin said price increases in fuel, insurance and other things led to the rate increase. “l.vcrything has gone up and we had no other choice but to go up too,” Gatlin said, “fhrce years ago oil cost us $235 per barrel and now it has gone to $352 to the barrel. (iarbage is picked up once per week. Gatlin said his company operates eight trucks and employs 23 workers. He said routes are run Monday-Friday. See Garbage, Page 2A Testing under way for mold at Brookhil Bv Nancy Glasscock nancy(^ A white, powdery substance found in three areas of Brookhill Elementary is being tested to determine if the substance could cause health problems, according to Athens Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges. The school was inspected for mold and other harmful materials after Brookhill parents and faculty asked Athens School Board Members for additional testing at last Thursday night's board meeting. Bridges said the inspectors, with WS Electrical and Air Conditioning found chlorides and salts, which they said were left in areas where water seeped through, leaving a white powder in three locations at the school. A Brookhill faculty spokesman at the board meeting said Brookhill Principal Janet Poole has been unable to work because of a mold-related illness. Bridges said Tuesday the board doesn't know if Poole will continue as principal at the school. “1 guess we're in discussion with her,” he said. “Nothing has been finalized yet. Hopefully, we’ll know something within a few days.” Brookhill parent Leah Stephens said at Thursday night’s meeting that a custodian, lunchroom worker and teacher are also sick because of the mold. She said Tuesday afternoon she felt better about the situation, but See Mold, Page 2A Pulling for Athens New's-Couher Kim Rynders Athens High School students Adam Clem, Rob Ezell and Vincent Azzarello show their support at the Northwest Regional basketball game Tuesday at Wallace State-Hancevilie by painting AHS on their chests. Athens beat Parker and advanced to the finals. See Sports 1B for details. Motorcycle rider injured News-Courier/Kim Rynders When a van and a motorcycle met unexpectedly on Shaw Road, about 6 miles west of Athens, Tuesday afternoon, it’s no surprise the van won. Michael Prestage, 50, of Florence, sustained what rescue workers described as non-life threatening injuries In the 2:30 p.m. accident and was transported by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. Tracy Hansen, 32, of Athens, driver of the van, escaped injury, according to the report filed with the Alabama Highway Patrol. Two water 3oard seats ;Tled by commission Bv Sonny Ti rnkr [email protected] (■< >ni The controversial Limestone County Water and Sewei Authority now has two new members and they will be joining the five-member board come Tuesday. Mark Yarbrough and Jerry King were appointed to the board replacing Nancy Stevenson who recently resigned and Leslie Bagsby. a 10-year veteran on the board who had sought reappointment. “1 will do the best 1 can and I’m going to work with Mr. King and the rest of the board to try and restore some faith m this board." Yarbrough said. "One big thing I want to work on is to , upgrade our lines so we will have all six-inch lines so we can lower our fire insurance rates to our residential customers.” Yarbrough said he has been told there are 325 miles left in the county still on three-inch lines. “I understand that 1 am just a link in the decision process,” King said. “I hope my decisions will help take this board into the 21st Century. The men on this See Water Board, Page 3A ;