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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama Hoping to move on The Tanner Lady Rattlers go on road tonight seeking to advance to NW Regionals jg neNe Now Showing Find out what’s on the big screen at area movie theaters    3A Courier Serving Athens and Limestone Coi n ia : A Commi ni rv of I radihon and Fin re Thi rsday, hEBRI ARY 17, 2005 enewscou ricncom 50 Cen IS Comfort food If paying off those holiday has put a crimp in your food budget, don’t despair. Beef chuck roasts are an economical buy and they also make ideal comfort food. ^    9A Indecent exposure i j Chafing over racy broad-^casts like Janet Jackson’s infa-;mous “wardrobe malhinction’’ ’at the 2004 Super Bowl, the 'House ovemhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday authorizing •unprecedented fines for indecency. 12A Hey, Sound Off: I would like for anyone who has a reason to drive through Canebrake to know that the speed limit down Canebrake Lane is 30 mph! Whether you are a resident, a club member, a contractor, a delivery person, or a visitor, the speed limit is still 30 mph. We have children riding bikes and skateboards and people walking their dogs up and down this street and we should feel reasonably safe to do so since it is a residential neighborhood. Please pay attention, slow down, and respect the residents of this and all neighborhoods. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified 3-5B Comics..........6B Business 13A Ledger .......11-12A Movie Listing .3A Obituaries 2A L Wilbur Abercrombie Augusta Mae Griggs Roger Bernard Kennedy Lillian Hilliard Morrison J.E. “Bill” Nichols Frances 0. Stone Earl Williams Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment ^// things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. i Chronicles 29:14 322 H»\.31.N- Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 69847 00001 Burglars stealing blank checks nvestigators believe thefts committed over the past week Ba Sonna it rnf.r sonnyt^athensnews-coiirier.com Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt believes a group of llispanics is involved in the theft of hundreds of blank checks from three county businesses and the forging of names on those checks at area banks to get cash. “We're pretty sure Hispanics are involved in the burglaries and we feel certain they are using false identification to cash checks at banks in Madison and Lawrence Counties," McNatt said. "Ihcy'vc cashed some checks over S900 and several others from S300 to .S400 " McNatt said investigators Iiavc not yet identified any of the suspects and have very few leads to go on. lie said Wednesday the investigtition is ongoing. Blank checks were stolen at three different L imestone County businesses over the past week, he said. Sometime between I'eh. 10-12, someone broke a Fun at the Gala window to gain entrance to Norwood Plumbing on (ireenbrier Road where the thieves stole blank checks. Then sometime between Feb. 13-15 thieves broke into the Stmdrop Bottling Company on Old Flighway 20 stealing blank checks and short sleeve “Sundrop" shirts. A\ the time of the recent burglary, McNatt said authorities were already investigating a burglary at Tri-State Fencing on Old Highway 20 where blank checks were stolen, “.Ml three burularies arc connected." McNatt said. Contractor set to join water board t'ourtesv Pluno by < ileiin Met nllum Athens residents Louise Steele and Garth Lovvorn had a big smile on their faces as they danced the night away at the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation’s 5th Annual Gala. Proceeds from the event will go to purchase a Lifepak 20, a defibrillator for the hospital emergency room. Watch Sunday for a special photo page on the grand event which was held Friday night at the Marriott in Madison. County will appoint Yarbrough Tuesday BV S()NN\ IT RNER sonnydi athcnsucws-couner.com Limestone County commissioners agreed Wednesday to interview two people they intend to appoint to the controversial Limestone County Water and Sewer .•\uthority. Two applicants to fill the posts will be recommended to the commission by District 1 Commissioner Tommy Raby and District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws. Raby said he will recommend local contractor Mark T'arbroiigh to fill the unexpired term of Nancy Stevenson who resigned recently. Yarbrough owns and operates All Power Construction in eastern Limestone County. Daws said several people have applied for the position now held by Leslie Bagsby. including Bagsby who is asking for another term. But Daws said he will not recommend Bagsby for reappointment although he has served 10 years on the water board. “1 haven’t decided yet who 1 will recommend," Daw s said. "But I'v e had a lot of people interested." Raby said after the new board members are appointed he will attend all water board meet- See Yarbrough, Page 7A Second, 3rd shift workers get raise BV SONNA Tl RNF.R soanvQ aihensnew s-courier.com Second and third shift employees with the Limestone County Sheriff's Department will soon be getting a pay raise. The Limestone County Commission, meeting in work session Wednesday, verbally agreed to give those employees a raise by 20 and 30 cents per hour. “I know private industry does it because of the shift differential and i'm‘for us doing it." said C ommission Chairman David Seibert. “If a guy works all night. I think he deserves to make a little more.” Seibert said the pay differential is some- See Shift workers, Page 2A Superintendent says thanks for ‘Yes’ tax vote Athens Superintendent Orman Bridges said the “Yes” vote Tuesday was a vote for education in Athens and Limestone County. He said voters expressed support for education that proved to be the “backbone” of the school system when they chose to renew an ad valorem tax for local schools. The 60-year-old, 8.5-mill tax is earmarked to fund city and county schools and is up for renewal every 20 years. “On behalf of Athens City Schools, 1 thank all of those who voted for the continuation of the present taxation to support education in our city and county,” Bridges said. “I w'ould like to express my appreciation to all those who spoke to various groups, created and/or mailed pamphlets, wrote letters of support, talked to various media outlets, made See ‘Yes’ vote, Page 7A Drug awareness forum planned \cws-( (Hiner Kim Ryndcrs Athens Police Captain Marty Bruce, Susan Trent and Dawn Furline plan a drug awareness forum that if approved by the school board, will be at 7 p.m., March 14 in Athens Middle School, B\ N \\( a Gi ass( ock nancy((yathensnt :.s-conrier.com A group of concerned parents and community leaders are taking to heart the African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child." Following the recent drug overdose death of a Huntsville student and concern over illegal drug and alcohol use in schools, the group, headed by Title IV Drug Free Schools Coordinator Lucinda Bassham and parent Susan Trent, is working with local authorities to prevent a similar ineident in Limestone County. “We are hoping that we can inform the community about the drug problems in our area,” Trent said. “We don't want to wait until a child is lost to get started on this.” .‘\ hotline, called Red Line, will be activated March 1 and will allow city See Drug forum. Page 7A