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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Meet Mary Barksdale  After 25 years working for Limestone County, Mary Barksdale shares her memories, coming Wednesday  Showdown  Illinois and North Carolina go head-to-head in the NCAA championship game IB  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Fi esday, April 5, 2005  MM  ¡Lf ood ¿wot hsCn0  Brenda Walter of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  SHtOfF  Hev, Sound Off:  Responding to the item about the condition of the area in Swan Creek Park where kids skateboard, I agree something should be done.  Maybe the city should do like other cities everywhere and give these kids something better than a little section of asphalt to practice on.  Maybe some bleachers or benches like other sports have so skaters and fans could enjoy their time at a park instead of a dead end street. Recently, the Athens City Council approved a bid of $42,000 for renovations to Big Spring Park, including the installation of a new keystone wall around the pond.  I wonder if we could find some money to build the skaters something that would not be an '‘eyesore.”  The city has talked about a park for the kids for so long now, maybe it is time to seriously do something instead of just talking about it.  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  Rogersville  8A  Valley...........5A  Ledger ..........6A  Obituaries 2A  Lorene P. Hardiman James Michael Porterfield Sarah Elizabeth Smith David B. Yarbrough Sports .........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  I elight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4  Mme&tme Tÿiabd  322 Hwv. 31 S • Athtns 256-232-105!  Obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  enevvscoiiner.com  - - ' L.::< -J  50 Cents  County names 3 new coaches  By Phil Willis   phil@athensnews-courier.com  The coaching slate is again filled for Limestone County high school football.  Ken Adams will coach the Ardmore Tigers, Barry Daniel the Clements Colts and Chad McGehee the Elkmont Red Devils after the .Limestone County School Board approved their hiring during its regular session Monday night.  Adams comes to ArdmorfcTrojn Calera, where he has been head coach for nine years. His team last year posted an impressive 11-1 record. He takes over for Barry Gibson, who spent three years at Ardmdre and turned the Tigers from a state laughing-stock in Class 3A to a Class 4A playoff team. The Tigers, who at one point approached a state record with 33 straight losses, went 7-4 last year, including a 28-14 opening-round playoff loss on the road at Dora. Gibson’s first team went 2-8.  Since that time, the Tigers have a 13-9 record.  “Coach Gibson has done a great job at Elkmont for the last three years and I just want to continue his success,” Adams said. “I know the expectations are great in Ardmore and we’ll just have to get a little better each day.”  Daniel spent the last 10 years at perennial power Russellville High School, where he served as defensive coordinator, special teams coach and strength coach. His teams won 40 games over the last three years and have proven a nemesis for Athens High School, defeating the Golden Eagles four times during that span.  Daniel takes over for Mike Young, who resigned on Jan. 29 after directing the Colts to a 2-8 record last season. Young, in six seasons at Clements, improved the team’s work ethic and increased the numbers in the program.  He said upon resigning that he believes the ground-  Adams    Daniel    McGehee  work has been laid for a successful season for the new coach in 2005.  “I'm really excited about where we are and where we can go,” Daniel said of the prospects at Clements. "1 just have to work hard to keep developing that work  See Coaches, Page 2A  Woman runs over common law husband  »i  mW "if  La  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@athensnews-courier. com On Sunday afternoon, Jeanna Kilpatrick placed her toddler in her Oldsmobile Alero with the intention of leaving her common-law husband.  He had other ideas.  Timothy Emerson, 40, of 14109 Deb Drive, stood in front of the car in an attempt to stop his wife.  Kilpatrick had other ideas.  She drove the car over Kilpatrick Emerson — not once but twice — before leaving the scene, according to Limestone County investigators.  “She knocks him down and, according to witnesses, he was struck twice by the vehicle, like she backed up and struck him again,” said Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.  Emerson was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, then transferred to Huntsville Hospital, where he was treated for a broken  See Run over, Page 2A  Inmate dies at Athens City Jail  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Athens police are expecting an autopsy to tell them what caused the death of a 31-year-old Athens man Saturday who was found dead on the floor of his cell at the Athens City Jail. Preliminary toxicology tests proved inconclusive, Capt. Marty Bruce said late Monday.  Luis Garcia Martinez, of 1311 Wheeler Street, Athens, was arrested after he jumped on the back of an Athens policeman who was attempting to arrest Martinez’ brother for domestic violence.  “He was laughing and talking while he was being booked in at the jail,” Bruce said Monday of Martinez. “But when our officers checked his cell a little later they found him on the floor and he was not breathing.”  Bruce said Martinez was in the same cell as his brother, Jose Coriano, 18. Coriano was in the bunk asleep when officers found his brother dead, Bruce added.  See Inmate, Page 2A  On Thin Ice?  rî’sRwa.  Of/*  *13> r    V Irr  * 1  News-Courier/Kelly Kazek  Above, Athens City Council members Harold Wales, left, and Johnny Crutcher pick up some of the debris left at a temporary skate site in Swan Creek Park. Crutcher is holding wheels of a skateboard. At left, graffiti and nails litter the site.  Are skateboarding vandals hurting chances of getting city skate park?  By Kelly Kazek   kelly@athensnews-courier.com   The stuffing from a tattered, weather-beaten sofa is strewn across the asphalt area. Its dirty cushions — also tossed around the lot — are decorated with graffiti written in black marker.  “(Name omitted) is a (profanity) turd burger,” reads one.  “Skate 4 death,” says another.  Nearby, boards lay stacked like a  “If we build a skate park,  77ransacked  ihis one is?”  dangerous game of pick-up sticks, rusty nails pointing skyward.  Concrete benches placed by the city for people using Swan Creek  Park have been rutted and gouged in tracks that appear to have been made by the wheels of skateboards.  Locks and chains hang from the gates of the adjoining tennis courts to keep vandals at bay. They also keep residents from the easy access they once had.  Someone is vandalizing the temporary park created for local skate-  See Skateboarding, Page 3A  Three injured in crash at Glaze and Quinn  News-Couner/Kim Rynders  Three Athens motorists were injured in a grinding two-car collision just after lunchtime Monday at the intersection of Glaze and Quinn roads, about a mile west of Athens. The drivers of both vehicles, Llean Jones, 72, and Mahion Nixon, 63, were transported by ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital. Nixon’s wife, Shelby, 63, a passenger in their 2005 Toyota, was transported by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. According to a report filed by the Alabama state troopers, all three wreck victims were wearing seatbelts.  Summer school gets ‘new wrinkle’ in county  By Phil Willis  phil@athensnews-courier. com There will be a “new wrinkle” in summer school for Limestone County students this year.  “We’re going to offer them an opportunity, not just a review,” School Board Member John Wayne King remarked as the board approved changes proposed by Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.  With the changes, students will be given the opportunity to advance in their schoolwork, Carroll explained. Rather than being remedial classes, as in the past, summer school classes will  closely mirror those offered during the regular session.  “Classes will be taught on the same level as during the regular school year, so students can get ahead with their studies if they choose to do so,” the superintendent said.  Parents of out-of-state students attending school in Limestone County will have to pay a bit more for them to do so next year. That cost is based on ad valorem tax collections in Limestone County, according to Carroll, and will  See School, Page 2A   

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