Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama
Celebrating successPhotos from a busy postseason for Limestone hoopsters, coming TuesdayExcellent educatorsMeet the Teachers of the Year from Limestone County Schools
Sunday, March 6, 2005
Poke Sallet time
The annual Poke Sallet Follies will be March 17-19
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What are the chief complaints at Brookhill Elementary School? Nose bleeds, headaches, respiratory problems, itchy skin and rashes. Everyone of these problems can be attributed to excessively low relative humidity.
Major changes were made to the HVAC system at Brookhill to impede growth of mold. Reducing humidity was a primary goal. Could it be the humidity levels are so low now that they are causing health problems that are not directly related to mold?
A handful of students and the principal have problems that warrant transfer to another environment. If I was a parent with a child at Brookhill with severe health problems, seeking transfer would be my first action.
Closing an entire school because of a handful of students and staflf members is a kneejerk reaction. Yes, there are problems at Brookhill, but there are workable solutions that stop short of closing the school
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storm damage will be costly
Broken poles project now finished in city
By Tashia Lo\ ell
It’s a high price to pay, but according to Athens Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins an estimated S75,000 is how much it will cost to replace the broken utility poles on Lucas Ferry Road that were brought down by last month’s storm.
‘ I won’t have the exact figure for another week or so,” Scroggins said. “But this is what we’re estimating it will cost.”
High winds and one bad pole is said to be the cause of 15 poles breaking in half almost two w'eeks ago when severe weather hit Athens and Limestone County.
According to Scroggins, the bad pole was decayed at the ground and when it broke, it brought the others dowm with it.
“They’re designed to withstand the winds we had that day,” Scroggins said. The pole was only 10 years old. “Ten years is a short life for a pole,” Scroggins said. They normally have a life span of 30 or 40 years.
Scroggins said they are having some tests done on the rest of that line which stretches three miles to make sure there are not any other bad poles in that line.
The line stretches from Elm Street down Lucas Ferry to Sanderfer Road and then over to South Jefferson Street and into Athens Industrial Park.
They have spot checked to make sure there are no other dangerous poles, he said. The city is contracting out to have the other poles drilled to make sure they have no more wood decay.
As of Friday, Scroggins said all work in the replacement project should be complete except cleanup.
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Athens has replaced several poles that came crashing down on Lucas Ferry Street two weeks during a severe thunderstom.
A new president
News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell
Newiy hired Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce President Hugh Ball has been a busy man since he started his new job last month.
Ball seeking to increase membership at Chamber
By Tashia Lovell
Hugh Ball has many ideas as the new president of the Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce, but new membership is at the head of that list at the moment.
“We need to increase our members because the more members we have the more we can accomplish,” Ball said this weekend.
There are 400 members that make up the Athens Chamber.
“We have some really excellent talent currently,” Ball said.
Now there are four councils and 17 committees operated within the Chamber.
“We need to keep new people coming into these committees,” he added.
See Hugh Ball, Page 3A
Chamber Tourism Council to hear Jackson speaker
The Tourism Council will meet at 2 p.m. March 10 at the Chamber The President of the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be there to speak.
Over the past three years the Jackson County Chamber has experienced some positive results from efforts to promote tourism.
Dangerous dog law eyed for Athens
Phil W ii.lis
Witnessing a growing number of complaints concerning dangerous dogs, the Athens City C'oLincil has pondered adoption of an ordinance giving authorities stricter control over where such animals may be kept.
A new “dangerous dog” bill currently pending before the State Legislature may negate the need for council action, according to Mayor Dan Williams b\ empowering local courts to tine pet owners, order do^s Liuinn tilled, or even euthanize threaten- Dan Williams ing animals. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved the proposed legislation and passed it on to the full House for debate.
"We can cite people to court for strays or other problems concerning animals now,” Williams said. "The owner of the animal then has to go to court and answer for what the animal has done.
"But this bill w'ould make it much easier for cities to deal with the problem. It would establish procedures whereby dogs could be labeled as dangerous and gi\ e everyone a better understanding of
See Dog law, Page 2A
Veterans return to ABS Musica
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Sixteen local musicians and bands will perform at the 38th annual Athens Bible School Musical Explosion March 11-12 and March 18-19. This year's entertainers will include Roger Whitt and Bobby Hudson who have been a part of the Explosion for almost 40 years.
“They’re good people to work with.” said Pam Ennis, who has performed as a backup singer at the E.xplosion since the 1980s. “ There’s a lot of young people with new' talent. They’re just really good."
Ennis performs with two backup singers at Athens Bible School - Bill and Tina Swindell. The three sing backup for a variety of music that Ennis says should appeal to any age group.
“Bluegrass, country pop... We just try to have a variety in there, something that everyone would like.”
After graduating from Athens High School. Ennis moved to Nashville in 1977, where she and her husband Paul performed with the group “Caravan” for several years. In 1984, she returned to Athens and joined the Musical Explosion.
During that year the Ennis’ son, Matthew was born. He is a guitarist and works with the Fame
See ABS Musical, Page ЗА