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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 It’s on to Birmingham  The Athens High School Golden Eagles win at ^nceville. Up next, State Final Four. 1B  ews-Couner  S vrHKIXW, 11 BR11\K\ 26, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  eiteMscourier.com  50 Cents  Inside today  The Seattle Seahawks released Jerry Rice Friday, likely signaling an end to the career of the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.  4B  LR Band in concert  The Lanny Rose Band featuring Melvin and Mamie Dugger will be in concert tonight from 7-9 p.m. at B&S Grocery on Elkton Road during songwriters and pickers night. There is no admission.  Hey, Sound Off:  What is it going to take for the Athens City Board of Education and the Superintendent to take action against the mold at Brookhill? Instead of denying that mold is still at Brookhill, they need to get the ball rolling and fix the problem. In past years, there have been several teachers and students that had to be moved to other schools because of the mold.  Now the principal is sick and has to wear a surgi-cal-looking mask upon entering Brookhill. Why haven’t the school board members moved her to a different school? We hate to lose her at Brookhill but we all want her to get well!  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier ч.  232-2720  Index     Classified......    4'6A      Comics.......    6B      Ledger .......    ЗА      Obituaries.....    2A      Thomas J. Bailey      SEC Preview ...    3B      Sports ........    1-5B      Weather ......    2A     Daily Bible Moment  in  here do wars and fights come from among yon? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure?.  James 4:1  322 H»>3l ,N* .AthcM 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  After loss of family, she’s helping others  By Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnew's-coiiheKcom  A drunk driver changed her life. Since then, the life of Glenda Richardson has been a reflection of determination and strength.  In 1971 her husband and two children were killed in a drunk driving crash. Today, Richardson lives what she says is a happy life, but she admits there will always be a hole there.  “Victims need to see you can go on,” she said. “1 have a passion for working with victims.”  Since her tragedy, Richardson has made efforts to promote awareness about drinking and driving. She is a national board member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  She traveled to Montgomery this week to promote a new program that will possibly stop some DUI offenders from being able to start their cars if they have been drinking.  “1 think this is a real deterrent. It’s another way to fight the crime of drunk driving,” she said during her visit to Montgomery.  Rep. Pnscilla Dunn, a Bessemer Democrat, has introduced a bill that would allow judges to require some drivers previously convicted of driving under the influence to only drive vehicles equipped with an interlocking device.  Richardson said she believes putting these devices on cars would save lives.  “In areas that have laws for the interlock device, they have results ranging from 50-90 percent reduction in repeat offenses by those offenders who are assigned interlock devices compared to those who were not assigned interlock devices,” Richardson said.  She said it would cost the offenders $2 a day for the device, which is leSs than they would spend on alcohol.  See Helping, Page 2A  News-Couricr lashia l.o\cll  Glenda Richardson holds the first draft of a proposed state bill regarding the interlock device.  The thrill of victory  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  It was a happy bunch of happy Athens Golden Eagles Friday after AHS captured the Northwest Regional championship in Hanceville. Athens moves on to the State “Final Four” next week In Birmingham. Atl^ens beat Ramsay 49-48 for the right to play for a state championship at the BIrmingham-Jefferson Center. Details in Sports, 1B.  New home burglaries solved, one now in jail  B\ SOWA Tlrner  sonnyT^cithcnsnew's-courier.com  A Hunts\illc man has confessed to committing six burglaries last year of several now homes under construction in ea^[erп Limestone County.  Limestone County C hief Investigaii>r Stanley McNatt said Earl Drake Jr., 36. of Limon .^ treet. Huntsville, confessed Thursday while in the Madison County Jail on similar charges.  Warrants from Limestone County charge Drake with two counts of third-degree biirglaiw and McNatt said four other cases will be presented to a Limestone County grand jur\ for possible indictments.  “Early last year we had a number of homes under construction on the east side of the eoun-ty and on Mooresville Road south of I S. 72 East that became a target of burglars." NL'Natt said. “This started in February and continued into May. This individual has confessed that he is the burglar.”  McNatt said Drake was arrested this week m Madison County for burglarizing a number c.f homes under construction there and Limestoni. County Investigators Randy King and Justin Camp were in Huntsville Thursday questioning him about the possibility he might be iin oh ed in the Limestone burglaries. McNatt said that is when the suspect confessed to being involved in six burglaries.  “We had a couple more burglaries of new homes under construction, but we don’t think he was involved in those,” McNatt said.  During the Limestone County burglaries, McNatt said microwave ovens, dishwashers and ranges were stolen.  Police still searching for hit-and-run driver  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-couner.com   Athens police now believe 42-year-old Royce Dale Ramsey was riding his bicycle on the road when a car struck him from behind on a dark, dreary night late Monday.  But who struck him and why is a question police have not yet been able to answer. They were continuing to search Friday night for the hit-and-run driver.  “We’ve got a lot of people telling us they observed him riding his bicycle on the road and from interviews we can pretty well say he was struck sometime between 10:30 and 11:15 p.m. that night,” said Lt. Floyd Johnson.  “We’ve had people to tell us that they spotted him riding on the road and couldn’t see him until they almost hit him and others said it was a misty, foggy, dark night,” Johnson added.  But he said no one witnessed the accident and it’s possi-See Searching, Page 2A  ABS students National Merit scholars  By Melanie Walker   melanie@jathensnews-courier.com  For Levi Pressnell and Collier Raley the future seems a little brighter these days. Through their hard work and diligence, they have received the ultimate scholastic recognition.  In a recent school assembly, Athens Bible School Principal Joe Olson announced to the school that the young men had won the honor of being named 2005 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.  “I was surprised,” Pressnell said. “1 knew I had made the semifinals, but I didn't know' what kind of scores it would take to become a finalist.”  Pressnell    Raley  The biggest surprise came for Pressnell’s mother who works as a teacher at the school.  “My mom was absent the day the announcement was made and 1 forgot to say anything about it to her when 1 went home. She didn't find out I'd won until several days later when another  teacher told her about it." Pressnell said.  Pressnell is the son of Laron and Kathy Pressnell.  Pressnell has been acti\e in Beta Club, Beta Club Talent Group, Alabama Beta Club Spanish Champion 2004. Runner-up in 2003, Alabama Quiz Bowl Runner-up in 2004. Drama Club, Spanish Club. Pep Club, basketball, tennis, all-area tennis team. Scholar's Bowl. Who's Who Among American High School students. National Honor Roll, ABS co-representative for organizing Frida> Chapel, and an active member of  See Merit, Page 2A   

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