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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Ratings up  Local restaurant improves score in health inspection  See shells  As a result of Hurricane Ivan, shells are plentiful along Gulf Coast 1C  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  VVednesday, May 18, 2005  cneHAcourler.coiii  50 ( IM S  ^(y<yct  Jacqueline Posey of Tanner  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  Concerning the graduation exams and those students who will not get to walk at graduation, 1 do not think that 13 years of school should be based upon a single test, but either way, it is still the requirement for this year.  It would not be fair to all of the students who worked and passed their graduation exams if the other students who didn’t pass were allowed to “walk” and participate in the graduation ceremony.  Those students who failed the exit exams were given a choice to take a GED and still graduate with their class. Those who thought that it was worth it at least attempted to take the GED, but most didn’t even attempt it. If it is so important, then why not take your GED? Do they expect it to be handed to them?  Just letting those students “walk” is like telling the students who passed that all of their hard work was for nothing.  More Sound Off VaUey, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-7B  Comics ..........3B  Headlines  4A  Heaith...........8A  Ledger...........6A  Obituaries  2A  Marvin Paul Batts Onzell Morris Stephen Ollie Putman Floyd J. Whitt Jr. Sports .........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  3 will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.  > Psalm 119:46 ¿‘■cl  322 Hw>. 31 N> Athens ■    254-232-1051  fir, Cm. Obit Une 254-771-0934  7 '69847 00001 1  Siegelman running?  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-couner.com   Former Gov. Don Siegelman was standing inside the door at the Catfish Cabin II Restaurant in Athens early Monday night when a gentleman and his wife walked in.  “Well, hello governor,” the gentleman said. “1 hope you are running again cause we need you back.” ■  The older gentleman had some choice words for a likely Siegelman opponent. Republican Judge Roy Moore who will likely be candidate for governor in 2006.  “1 hope the (expletive) does run,” he told  ii If that dea(Jline was today, I would sign up.”  — Former governor Don Siegelman  Siegelman. “I want him to run so we can vote him down. And I hope Riley goes again too, I feel the same way about him.”  Siegelman was in Athens and he was talking like a candidate for the post he formerly held. But he  would not say anything, adding that he was in Athens meeting some friends in a “listening post.”  “I’m here to eat some catfish,” he said. “I’m meeting w ith some friends to hear what they have to say and the problems they face in this state.”  Among the few at the dinner meeting were Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert and District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws.  But Siegelman told them that he hasn't decided anything for sure on the 2006 race, but certainly would not rule it out.  “1 haven’t made up my mind yet and probably  See Siegelman, Page 2A  Man jailed for assault on deputies  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-coiirier.com   A Limestone County investigator said Tuesday that a man who was arrested over the weekend for punching and biting three county deputies was likely “high on some type of drug.”  Randy Joe Nelson, 39, of 13693 Dart Circle, Athens, remained in the Limestone County Jail Tuesday under $12,000 bail bond. Nelson was jailed Saturday night charged with two counts of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  Limcstomr Chief 'investigator-'- Starriey McNatt said the department received a 9 U call on Patty Lane and Limestone Deputy Joshua McLaughlin responded. When the deputy arrived, he was told the man had left the home and was walking toward U.S. 72.  The deputy then spotted a man at U.S. 72 and Gordon Road and asked him the man what type of emergency he had. The man responded by cursing the deputy and pointing to an emblem on the deputy’s patrol car, saying, “I’m that man right there. I’m Sheriff'Mike Blakely.”  McNatt said the individual then walked away from the patrol car and hurled rocks at McLaughlin. The man then stepped on to busv U.S. 72.  “Several cars had to slow down to keep from hitting him,” McNatt said. “When Deputy McLaughlin caught up with him the man hit him in the jaw and bit him on the left arm near the elbow. When Deputy Joel Hammons and Reserve Deputy Brenda Pack arrived, he struck Deputy Pack in the face with his fist.”  McNatt said when off'icers finally did subdue the suspect that he was taken to jail and while in a holding cell he started beating on the cell door and causing problems.  “Jail Sgt. Roy Brooks went in to subdue him and he struck Sgt. Brooks in the lip,” the investigators said.  McNatt said investigators believe the suspect was intoxicated on drugs. He said at the time of the attacks. Nelson was out of jail on bond from a DUI arrest in April.  “We’ve had this man in jail numerous other times,” McNatt said. “He has a long arrest history that goes way back and some of those arrests include charges of criminal mischief, DUIs, assaults and disorderly conduct. He’s not a stranger in this jail.”  Rodeo prizes top $36,000  Lt. Gov. to attend Friday’s events  By Keui.y Kazek  • keUy@athensnew.s-courier. com  With 289 contestants registered to participate in this weekend’s Limestone County Sheriff ’s Rodeo, cash prizes will total more than $36,000, said Sheriff Mike Blakely.  The prizes will be awarded in eight events and rodeo officials will add $1,550 to the cash award in each event.  Alabama’s Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley will attend Friday’s events, the sheriff' said. She will be introduced as she rides in a stagecoach during opening ceremonies, which begin at 8 p.m.  “She wanted to stop and spend some time mixing and mingling with the crowd at the rodeo,” Blakely said.  Events continue at 8 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night so that children can participate in activities such as pony rides and a gold rush. Winners in the rodeo Queen  See Rodeo, Page 2A  News-Courier/Kim Rynders T.J. Krumiing and partner Rachel Fowlkes, top, left, and Debbie Blakely and partner Allen Craig, enjoy a spin at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Street Dance Tuesday night. Above, Danielle Cassady catches a bubble on her tongue.  Gulf, shored  After 8 months of oard work, coast Diisinesses are ready for summer  By Kelly Kazek   kelly@athensnews-courier.com  It is eerily dark walking along Orange Beach at night. Typically lit by the glow from hundreds of  Related Story, 1C  hotel rooms, light now shines from only four or five buildings that have re-opened since Hurricane Ivan struck last September.  During a recent stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on Orange  Sue Shored, Page 3A  News-Councr/Kelly Ka/ok  The photo above shows the varying stages of renewal in Gulf Shores — to the far right, a home is being rebuilt, another stands tattered and a third was wiped out by Ivan. A sign shows that property is for sale. At right, Iverson’s, a candy shop and old-fashioned soda fountain on Alabama 59, placed a sign denoting “high water mark” on the second floor of the business. Construction is und^r way to rebuild Iverson’s.   

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