Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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■ This is in response to the Sound Off who criticized councilman Wales and the citizens of Athens for not having all the facts concerning Brookhill.
In fact, there is no one on the Athens City School Board who has a child attending Brookhill.
Two board members have older children who attended Brookhill in the past. I have to wonder...How many hours have the people who are so critical of Mr. Wales and the concerned parents at Brookhill actually spent at the school?
Have they seen the sick children or spoke with the teachers who are also sick?
Do they know the frequency or severity of the nosebleeds, rashes and respiratory illnesses? Probably not. Get your facts straight.
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By Sonny Turner
The Athens City Council is expected to vote next week to purchase 3.5 acres on East Hobbs Street that would be the location of a two-story, $3 million police headquarters building.
Athens Mayor Dan Williams and Councilman Ronnie Marks are both on a city building committee that favors the police headquarters building that will consist of approximately 18,000 square feet of floor space.
“It should be presented within the next few days,
Mayor set for surgery
Athens Mayor Dan Williams will enter the hospital April 21 for hip replacement surgery — a medical procedure that will take four to six weeks to heal.
‘i’ll be out for a little while, but Jimmy Gill, the mayor pro tern, will be in and out and will take care of what needs to be done,” the mayor said. “After the surgery, I will be checking in with the people at City Hall. I don’t think I will be out that long.”
Williams said doctors told him he needed a hip replacement as the result of a disease known as Legg Perthese that he had as a child.
“I had this as a child and they tell me that over the years it has taken its toll. The disease left my hip deformed,” he said.
The disease has forced the mayor to use a walking cane over the past several weeks, he said.
— Sonnv Turner
By Melanie Walker
Brookhill Elementary has undergone significant air quality testing in each of its classrooms and open spaces inside the building, Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. told the Athens City School Board Thursday night during its regularly scheduled meeting.
“The test data will be sent to Wisconsin so that Safestate can analyze it,” Bridges said. The results will take approximately 20 days to be returned.
Soil testing is also underway at the school. The surrounding area is currently being studied, including property that is adjacent to the school so that it can best be determined where core samples should be drilled. Historical data, such as runoff, is part of the consideration.
“Parents have also received surveys,” Bridges said. “We are just now receiving the first of these back and beginning to see what Brookhill parents have to say about the situation.”
In other business, the board approved the calendar for the 2005-06 school year. Noted changes were fall break designated as Oct. 10-11 and a full week given as the Thanksgiving holiday. This overall calendar alignment approximates the same calendar year as the county system to within several days.
■ The board approved a slate of extracurricular activities for Athens High School including field trips by student organizations and the Boys’ and Girls’ 2005 Track schedule.
■ The board moved to accept Transportation South’s low bid of $139,905.60 for two school buses. The board will use the option of leasing the buses through a state program that will fund 56 percent of the price and will give ownership of the buses to the school system at the end of the lease period.
■ The board approved a request by Wee
See Brookhill, Page 2A
possibly next week,” Marks said Thursday. “By going this route, we’re going to save $3 million.”
The property the council is seeking to purchase is two parcels along East Hobbs Street between Thomas and Shaw streets. It is owned by Beasley Properties with Bill Ming serving as the broker. Marks said the property is available to the city for $200,000.
“We’re also considering the property near the old City Cemetery,” said Williams. “That is my first
See Police site, Page 2AAthens sues Florence for ‘stealing’ employee
By Sonny Turner
The City of Athens has filed a lawsuit in Limestone County Circuit Court against the City of Florence asking the court to award Athens more than $26,000 as the result of Florence stealing away one of its trained employees.
.The suit contends that on JiUy 15, 2002 Atiiens employed Dennie T. Robinson in its Water and Wastewater Department as a water treatment plant operator trainee. Upon his employment, Athens agreed that it would provide to Robinson the training necessary for him to achieve certification as a Grade IV plant operator.
! During the course of his employment by Athens, Robinson was provided with training for certification and became certified
See ‘Stealing,’ Page 2A
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News-Couner photo.s by Kim Rynders
Night of laughs...
David Seibert, above, is in a bind during Thursday night’s Poke Saiiet Foiiies as he takes part in the “Devii Went Down to Georgia” sketch. At right, Don Manseii raps a iittie diddy during the “Chainsaw Meiody” sketch. Poke Saiiet continues tonight and Saturday night at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street.
News-Courier/Kim Rynders John Riley Tidwell, 3, visits the Athens Police Department on St. Patrick’s Day to distribute treats from his pot of gold. His mother, Monica, said her son loves visiting the police station and wanted to celebrate the holiday.
Local man injured in 4-wheeler wreck, none hurt in fire on Easter Ferry Road
By Sonny Turner [email protected]
com A 24-year-old Limestone County man was transferred to Huntsville Hospital Wednesday night after he wrecked his 4-wheeler on Cottonbelt Road in northwestern section of the
In a separate incident Thursday, Limestone County volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire on Easter Ferry Road.
In the 4-wheeler accident, Danny Martin, of 25826 Cottonbelt Road, Elkmont, suffered a head injury, county authorities said. He was brought to Athens-Limestone Hospital and stabilized and then transferred by ambulance to Huntsville Hospital.
Authorities said he was riding the 4-wheeler and lost control causing the ATV to roll over several times. The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Emergency personnel from West Linfiestone and Pleasant Grove volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.
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Firefighters from three Limestone County volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire Thursday afternoon off Easter Ferry Road in northwestern Limestone County.
Firefighters from Owens, West Limestone and Piney Chapel responded. The fire was at a two-story home near the Rogers Group rock quarry just west of Cross Key. Much of the blaze was confined to the attic of the home and no one was reported to be injured.
The owner of the house and further details were not available late Thursday.