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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama Local Humane Society tries to restart PAGE 6AThe News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Coniniiinity of Ivadition ¿wd hiitiire ( )iK' dollar Visit us onftie www.en«wscouiiencoin Inside Today All-County Team Girls' All-County Basketball Team named SPORTS, PAGE IB More AIG trouble Amount of bonuses $218M rather than $165M PAGE 24A Tri PHE MOV ‘Hillary: The Movie' Now showing at Supreme Court PAGE 7A Subscribe Get tlie news with your morning collet' SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Sunday, March 22, 2009 69847 00002 All S-Müey COURTESY PHOTO Siblings, from left, Milik, Tristan, and Marcilla Matthews, look over the memorabilia they have from their experience on set as extras in the Hannah Montana Movie. The Matthews children were all paid extras for the film, shot in Tennessee. Local kids are extras in ‘Hannah Montana film with Miley Cyrus By Jennifer R. Hu e puinifiridiitlicnsiH'ws-courivr.coni The story of most of the Matthews family, plus their vehicle, being in the new Hannah Montana movie, due out April 10, is a testament for all children, all adults even, to keep faith in their dreams. Their unspoken family motto — be sure who you are, do the w'ork, and things 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Debuting in theaters April 10, the Disney film starring Miley Cyrus has the tagline: "She has the best of both worlds... now, she has to pick just one." The film stars her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, shown with Miley at right, and features a cameo by popular singer Taylor Swift. Rated G. Tickets are on sale now through or For more information, visit ypic- tures/hannahmontanamov ie/ft/home will work out when you least expect it. The Matthews family of Athens, made up of Jannifer and Gary Matthews, and their three children, Marcilla, 15, Tristan, 14, and Milik, 11, are big Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus fans, at least they all are now. Last spring, Jannifer’s cousin, Sherres-sa Mayberry-Lockett, told the Matthews See Hannah Montana, page 3A Gubernatorial candidate Davis visits Athens Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, D-Birming-ham, chats with Judy Wilson, president of Chapter 1480 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, at a meet and greet reception Saturday at the Limestone County Water Building. Davis launched his gov-ernership campaign in February for the 2010 election. NEWS COURIER/EDD DAVISCouple’s trial set June 27 Melinda Barnes    Kevin    Bennett Charged with child abuse in beating of daughter, 6 By Jean C'oee jcuiiiu ¿ithcnstH'w s-nnihiT.roiu A trial wall be June 27 for an Ardmore mother and her boyfriend, w’ho were charged wath felony child abuse tor allegedly spanking her 6-year-oId daughter so severely it left bruises on her buttocks and legs, records show. Melinda Leigh Barnes, 29, and Kevin Bruce Bennett, 32, both of 29775 Elkw'ood S(?ction Road, w'ere indicted in November by a Limestone grand jury. Barnes and Bennett have pleaded innocent to the charges. Their trial is scheduled to be held in Limestone County Circuit Court. The time will be announced. An Ardmore schoolteacher first detected what she believed was abuse. When the girl kept fidgeting in her seat at school, her teacher asked if something was wrong, said Limestone County Sheritf’s Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt. “The girl wouldn’t complete her supper meals, so they spanked See Abuse, page 2A More prison land up for grabs; local doesn’t sell By Keei y Kazek krlWunili(‘iisnc\v'<-<-(mn(r.a)in The Alabama Department of Corrections announced Friday nine more parcels of prison land for sale across the state; meanwhile 4(K) acres is still up tor grabs in Limestone County. Ttie acreage at Limestone Correctional Facility Tjvas put up for bid in February but DCX? spokesman Brian Corbett said it did not sell. “At some point in the iuture it will go out for bid again,” Corbett said Friday. I le did not have a date. The DOC planned to ask the City of I luntsville to annex the land at the request of any potential successful bidder, Cforlxitt said, but the See Prison, page 2AIndex classified ---- .................1C Editorial..... .................4A Ledger ...... ................18A Letters ...... .................5A Lifestyles .... .................9A Obituaries ... .................2A Annie B. Wittrock Sports ....... .................IB (1fc|||p«N»y<Ty «#«***”» Wi*» ifltabnqr HiWBiimi «wjiyl CritiKDMNW e IB JuwY Kino Comwvny UlBlOrayUod. • AA*<m,M3M11 230-0402 QNC MwnterOnline edition WEIRD NEWS Find the day's oddest news at www.enewscourierxom ;