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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 22, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Bouncing back  Lady Indians drop opener, then win six in a row to take tourney title.    ib  Itty, bitty, mini...  Longtime collector Don Osborne has many items on display locally.  5A  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Гу| SDvv, M \R< II 22, 2005  enewscoiirier.com  50 Cents  Go'O'á"  0^7 vTvrtA.  Nick Holland of Ardmore  Subscriber of the day  Soybean threat  Soybean rust has become agriculture’s public enemy No. 1 as it reaches U.S. after devastating crops throughout South America over the last three years.  6a  iWflT  Hey, Sound Off:  I’m just wondering if a girl who is trying out for cheerleader is judged by her talents and not by how much money her family has got. Again, I’m just wondering.  Hey, Sound Off:  You ever notice when you’re driving the speed limit and passing a car on the left side on Interstate 65 and look up in the mirror and there is another car right on your bumper? This happens much, much too often and if you will look carefully, most of those drivers are women. Those gals may be small, but they love to put the foot to the pedal.  - Concerned on 1-65  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index     Classified.....    3-7B      Comics......    8B      Farm Life ____    6A      Headlines____    4A      Ledger ......    5A      Lifestyles ____    7A      Lottery ......    ЗА      Most Wanted .    8A      Sports ......    1-2B      Valley ......    5A      Weather .....    2A     Daily Bible Moment ^^here shall he  no more curse, hut the throne of God and of the Lamh shall he in it.  Revelation 22:3  ■>ir<  322 H»).31>*AthiBS 256-232-1051 0Ы1 line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  5 teens rescued after  car plunges into water  By Tanjie Nash  tanJie@athensnew's-courier.com Four quick-thinking teenagers came to the rescue of five other youths Sunday night after a single-car crash on Sagewood Circle in eastern Limestone County.  Tony Kirk, of the East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, described the rescuers — who apparently witnessed the crash — as heroes.  According to a State Trooper report, the accident took place about 8:30 when 15-year-old Jacob Green lost control of the 1994 Honda he was driving. The  vehicle left the roadway and traveled about 60 yards into a field before plunging into a pond. The report also noted speed as a factor in the crash.  Sagewood Circle is located just off Copeland Road about five miles east of Athens.  Kirk said the wreck occurred in a curve of the road.  “They just didn't make that curve and the car went into the field and into the water,” Kirk said. “Straight over to the pond measured about 20 yards but from where they left the roadway to the pond was more than that. They went downhill and traveled about 60 yards  before going into the water.”  Kirk said the car was completely submerged in about five feet of water.  Passengers in the car were Amanda Thrasher, lb. Katie Vandersarl. 15. Ftrittney Harris. 14. and .laramiall Ricardo. 15.  Green. Thrasher, Vandersarl and Harris were treated at .Athens-l.imestone Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.  See Rescued, Page 2A  Judge gives no decision ■or Schiavo feeding tube  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Armed with a new' law rushed through Congress over the weekend, the attorney for Terri Schiavo’s parents pleaded with a judge Monday to order the brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube reinserted. But the judge appeared cool to the argument.  U.S. District Judge James Whitle,raore did  idf meTwo-  not immediately a rrd44=»g a hour hearing, and he gave no indication on when he might act on the request.  The hearing came three days after the feeding tube was removed. Doctors have said Schiavo, 41, could survive one to two weeks without the tube.  The courtroom showdown, the latest in what has become a legal cliffhanger captivating the nation, followed an extraordinary political fight over the weekend that con-  See Schiavo, Page ЗА  AP Photo  Demonstrators cover their mouth with tape during a news conference outside the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., where Terri Schiavo is a patient.  Jackson gives up position as deputy coroner  By Sonny Turner  s()nny@athensnews-courier.com Longtime    Limestone  County Deputy Coroner Andy Jackson recently resigned and was replaced Monday by Barry Jones, another Athens-Limestone Hospital employee who once served as a dispatcher with the Athens-Limestone Ambulance Service.  “I resigned several weeks ago, but Tm still a volunteer with the Limestone County Coroner’s office,” Jackson said Monday. “All I did was give up the monthly pay check.”  The job pays $200 per month, plus expenses. The deputy coroner serves in the absence of Limestone County Coroner Mike West. West is also the director of the hospital ambulance service.  The Limestone County Commission    approved  Jackson’s resignation Monday and hired Jones to replace him.  “I wanted to devote more  See Coroner, Page 2A  News-Courier'Kim Ryndcrs  Andy Jackson is at his desk at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Jackson has given up the deputy coroner position.  Edgewood Road funding sought by Butler, Carter  B\ SOW^ I t RNER  sonny(a,iitliensnc\\s-courier.com  Limestone C'ounty District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws said Monday that he has been assured by state officials that they are working to fund the $538,000 needed to resurface Edgewood Road in Athens and Limestone C ounty.  “I was told today (Monday) by State Sen. Tom Butler that it looks favorable and that the money would be coming from the Alabama Department of Transportation.” Daws said. "We're hoping he's right and it will only be a matter of time before we get the money."  The road is heavily traveled by both city and county residents and has undergone rapid deterioration in recent years due to the construction of the rock quarry at Cross Key, said Daws, who along with Athens Councilman Henry White, announced plans for the resurfacing project several weeks ago.  The two met with Butler and  Tom Butler Tommy Carter  Rep. Tommy Carter recently and all agreed to look into the possibility of obtaining state funding for the resurfacing, Butler said then Ciov. Bob Rile\ may have some funds a\ailable for the project.  Edgewood Road runs from Easter Ferry at Cross Key to Elm Street on Alabama 99 on the northern edge of .Athens. The road is 4.1 miles long and is approximately 20 feet u ide.  Daws said the construction of the rock quarry at Cross Key and the subsequent increased truck usage, has caused a great deal of damage to the road o\ cr  See Edgewood, Page 2A  Woman admits to stealing $5,000 from elderly resident  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  An Athens woman charged Friday with violation of an ordinance to return a library book, later confessed to stealing more than $5,000 from an elderly woman who hired her as a sitter, authorities said.  Barbara Siniard, 36, of 18209 Sunrise St., Athens, has been charged with nine counts of forgery. Limestone County investigators said Siniard confessed to stealing the money from the woman who is in her 80’s and cashing them. Additional charges are pending against Siniard, authorities said.  Siniard was inside Compass Bank Friday when Athens police got a call. They said the woman was attempting to get money from someone else’s account. When police arrived, they took her into custody and brought her out of the bank in handcuffs. She had an alias warrant against her for failing to return a library  book.  Lt. Floyd Johnson said the arrest was the result of a warrant taken out by Athens Public Library.  Johnson said police have made sev eral other arrests on similar charges ov 'r the past year. He said police work closely with library officials.   

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