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January 8, 2012

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The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

Thanks for vaccination support

Dear Editor:

In memory of “ Jessica Michelle Elkins” our family would like to thank everyone who supported us in bringing awareness of Meningitis out to the Athens-Limestone community as well as other surrounding communities. 

Through your support we have been able to vaccinate many of our local children against this horrible disease free of charge! This would not be possible without your help and the sponsors that continue to support us. 

If you were unable to make the clinic on Dec. 10, we hope to be able to have another clinic in 2012. Please take this opportunity to have your child vaccinated. 

Again, thanks to everyone who supported us in any way whether it be through volunteers, donations, money, food or just through prayer. Our family is forever blessed!


The Elkins family


What's with state conservation?

It was about two years ago that a black bear was observed in Athens. He did nothing other than raid a bird feeder. He was born in Florida and tagged there. Tagged again in Georgia as he traveled North, then shot and killed in Athens by conservation officers. I thought they were supposed to protect our wildlife.

Now the bull elk that was sighted in Capshaw is shot and killed in Jackson County by conservation officers. The elk made it from Capshaw through or around Huntsville and was on his way to the mountains.

States like Kentucky and Tennessee have gone to the effort to restore these endangered animals that once inhabited this area. But in Alabama we kill them. Alabama conservation officers please rethink your polices.


Walt Merritt


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