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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Friday, Jam any 21, 2005  tnmvscoii ricr.com  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Highway safety  DPS requests budget increase aimed at hiring 100 new troopers  Tournament schedule  Limestone County basketball tournament starts Saturday at Elkmont. Schedule inside  2B  The Nms-Cmrier  Hey, Sound Off:  After purchasing $70 in medicine recently, I asked for a glass of water in order to take a pain pill. 1 had been in severe pain for hours. In the drug store, I was charged 25 cents for the glass of water. The amount of the charge was not the issue. However, my family spends close to $500 each month for medicines. I think a 25-cent glass of water should have been furnished free of charge. This type of business will result in much lost business in the future. From now on, I will probably purchase medicine at another store or take my water with me.  More Sound Off  Two arrested in robbery  Miracle house  Angela Heinkel was told she and her husband may never have children.  Eleven babies later, she is still counting her blessings  Sunday  president  AP Photo  President Bush and first lady Laura Bush attend the Texas State Society’s Black Tie and Boots Ball at the week s first inaugural gala in Wàshington.  Bv Terence Hi nt  AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of “the great objective of ending tyranny.”  Four minutes before noon. Bush placed his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39 tradition-hallowed words that every president since George Washington has uttered.  With 150,000 American troops deployed in Iraq at a cost of $1 billion a week and more than 1.360 killed. Bush also beseeched Americans for patience.  “Our country has accepted obligations that See Bush, Page 3A  Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier 232 2720  -^Iftfrfrnrj_  fit > iitfS     Index          Classified.....    3-6B      Comics .......    m      Movie Listing ...    BA      Horse Sense ...    7A      Ledger .......    BA      Obituaries.....    ?A      Eleanor Rachel Coggin      Floyd E. Hall      Clara Macky Milam      Robert Moore Jr.      David Earl Stinson      Sports .......    1-?B     Bv Phil Willis   phil@athensnews-courier.com  Limestone County Deputies arrested a suspect in the Thursday morning robbery of a rural convenience store as he visited a crack house on Box Alley a few hours after the holdup.  James Rainey, 32, of 14981 Elk River Mills Road, was arrested and charged with the robbery of Looney’s Store on Upper Snake Road. An alleged accomplice, Vemola Beard, 33, of 1700 Elkton Road, also was taken into custody  tending to have a gun in the pocket of his jacket, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely. Upon receiving some $200 from the clerk, the man ripped phone and surveillance camera lines from the wall and tied on foot, Blakely said.  When deputies arrived on the scene, the sheriff said, they quickly called for tracking dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility. The suspect was tracked about 200 yards through a pasture. Blakelv said, but dogs lost the  track at Stanley Hollow' Road.  Meanwhile, the sheriff said deputies learned Rainey had been seen at nearby Spoilsman's Park earlier in the morning wearing a pair of gloves matching the description of those worn by the robber. Witnesses also reported seeing an unidentified woman with Rainey.  Although w'itnesses could not give a description of the car Rainey was driving, the sheriff said, deputies learned the type of vehicle the suspect was known to  be driving recently and began a search.  “We had officers check at known crack houses and a deputy spotted the car at a house off Box Alley,” Blakely said. “No one answered the door, so they checked several surrounding houses and found the female suspect hiding in an abandoned home on nearby Bndgeforth Street.  “She first denied any knowl-  See Robbery, Page 2A  Daily Bible Moment  the mercies of the Lord forever.  Psalm 89:1  322 Hm. 31N ' Athens 256-232-1051 ••W.&w obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  and charged with robbery.  A man wearing a ski mask and gloves entered the market about 7 p.m., demanding money and pre-  City eyeing new site for police station  Bv Phil Willis  ph it (aa t hens new's-courier, con i Constructing a new standalone building to house the Athens Police Department may be the most logical route to proceed toward construction of a new municipal building for the City of Athens, a committee studying the various options decided during a Thursday afternoon meeting.  "There’s just too much potential (with this plan) to take it lightly,” Councilman Ronnie Marks observed. "This does not change the city council’s direction of building a new municipal building  downtown, but it may change the  date.”  The new city council that took office late last year nixed the previous council’s plans to build a new facility to house Police and Fire departments at a site near the intersection of U.S. 72 and Interstate 65. Instead, the council voted to build a new municipal building, which would house those departments along with other city offices, on the downtown site of the current city hall.  Razing the existing building to  See Police station, Page 2A  City Board honors Teachers of the Year  Bv Nancy Glasscock  nancy (a athensnews-courier.com Nina White and Carla Burkhardt will have the opportunity to enter district and statew ide competitions after being selected 2005-2006 Teachers of the Year from Athens City School system.  The Teachers of the Year and nominees were recognized at the City Board of Education’s Thursday night meeting.  Superintendent Orman Bridges said the last statewide Teacher  See Teachers, Page 2A  Petition for safe U.S. 72 presented  From staff reports  A petition asking Gov. Riley to take action to make U.S. 72 in Limestone County a safer highway has gained the support of more than 1,700 signees, State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, reported Wednesday.  Paul Parker of Rogersville, a former state legislator, and his wife Susan, a former state auditor and administrator for Athens State University, delivered the signatures to Butler. In the petition, the Parkers asked the governor to give “urgent attention toward any and all actions necessary to stop the carnage on U.S. 72.”  Butler said he planned to forward the petition to the governor’s office.  Riley visited Athens last month to view the dangerous stretch of highway where 24 motorists have died in accidents in the last decade. In turn, the governor approved an additional $200,000 to pay for increased state trooper patrols. Speed limits also were lowered from 65 mph to 60 mph, 45 mph when raining.  Troopers report ticketing more than 400 motorists for traffic violations along U.S. 72 since the first of the year, with more than 200 of those tickets written for speeding.  The Alabama Department of Transportation also has been authorized to conduct a study to determine what improvements are needed to make the busy highway safer. Butler has called for the widening of the four-lane highway to allow the addition of medians in areas where there currently are none.  News-Coutier Kim Rynders  The state has posted new speed limit signs on U.S. 72 West during times of rain. Since the signs were posted, state troopers have issued a number of speeding tickets.   

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