Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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News-Courier/ Kim Rynders Boss Hill, In top photo, stirs the stew at his home In Elkmont. Harry Turner, above, plays harmonica as a member of the Golden Age Band. Joe Crowley, right, takes a bite of beef stew.
Hundreds attend annual event at Boss Hill’s home
By Tashia Lovell
A first-timer might be shocked at the hundreds of people w ho turn out for Boss Hill’s annual goat and chicken stew.
Wednesday morning, cars were parked alongside the road, in the yard and across the street in a field while many patiently waited in a line that stretched to the roadway for their bowl of stew' at Hill’s home in Elkmont.
“I’ve been coming several years,” said Ernest Adams who waited in line with his wife Lucy for chicken stew. “I believe it gets larger every year.”
See Stew, Page 2A
Local Hispanics, Americans gear up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
By Karen Middleton
Break out the sombreros, maracas and ser-apes. Today is Cinco de Mayo.
Several Athens Mexican restaurants are offering specials to celebrate the day.
May 5 marks the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the United States, the celebration of this battle has come to be known simply as the “Cinco de Mayo.” Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
As of 2003 there were 25.3 million residents of Mexican origin living in the United States. According to the 2000 census, there were 1,774 Hispanics living in Limestone County.
But according to Sergio Portillo, publisher of the Spanish-speaking newspaper Panorama, in Florence, there are froth five to 20 Hispanics in North Alabama illegally for every five registered Hispanics. So the numbers observing Cinco de Mayo may number in the thousands.
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Board may do away with block schedules
By Tanjie Nash
With 26 years of teaching experience under his belt, one Limestone County educator this week encouraged members of the board of education to move away from block scheduling, saying the system is damaging to students’ ability to learn effectively.
Speaking during Monday night’s board meeting, Ardmore Band Director Stanley Nelson said, “In my opinion we’re damaging our students. We’re not giving them what they need with this block schedule.”
At its last meeting, Superintendent Barry Carroll suggested that the board consider doing away with block scheduling beginning with the 2006-07 academic year.
The move would require advance planning on everything from ordering textbooks to rescheduling classes in order for students to meet core requirements.
With the block system, students spend 90 minutes in each class each day but do not take all courses both semesters of the academic year. If the system were changed back to a seven- or eight-period day, class sessions would be shorter and more classes would be offered each day for both semesters.
At a previous meeting, Carroll told board members students are spending less time on academics through the block system because some teachers lecture for an hour and allow students to complete their homework during the remainder of the session.
Carroll also cited studies that show operational costs are 15-20 percent higher under block scheduling than under the seven-period system.
During Monday night’s meeting, Nelson prefaced his remarks by saying he was speaking based on his concerns as a parent. However, he said as an educator he’s never supported the block scheduling system.
See Schedules, Page 2A
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Sheriff Mike Blakely gives Lillian Glanton a ride Wednesday at the Kid’s Rodeo at Once Upon a Child Preschool and Childcare. Blakely and and his deputies went to several school to let children ride horses to promote the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo, which is May 20-21.
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Hallelujah! Finally after traveling from the west side to the east side to Athens High School for many years, it has been great to walk on the new walking track at Athens Intermediate School.
I want to take this opportunity to thank former District 4 council member Brian Terry for having the forethought to place a walking track on the west side of Athens and 1 want to thank acting mayor Jimmy Gill, Cemetery, Parks and Recreation Director Ben Wiley, and other city employees for finally completing the long-awaited walking track.
The new track is really convenient but it still needs some smoothing out, drainage work and lights for evening walking! No complaints just suggestions. Thanks again!
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Hearing today may decide who presides in police shooting case
By Sonny Turner
A hearing to determine if there is a reason why Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker should recuse himself from the bench in the upcoming Farron Barksdale capital murder trial is scheduled for today.
The hearing is before Baker at 9:30 a.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse.
Baker, who took office in January replacing Judge George Craig, could decide to recuse himself from the case because he attended the funeral of the two Athens police
officers Barksdale is charged with ambushing and killing on Jan. 2, 2004.
Barksdale's attorney, Jake Watson of Huntsville, has filed a change of venue motion asking Baker to move the trial away from Limestone County. That motion is still pending.
Limestone District Judge Jeanne Anderson has already recused herself from the Barksdale case because she too attended the funeral of the two fallen officers, Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims. Craig, who was still in office at the time, did not attend the funeral because he knew at the time he may have to hear the Barksdale
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