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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Rattlers fall in finals  Flomaton bursts Tanner’s dream at state  IB  s-Courier  Saturday, May 21,2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: à Communityo^Tradition and Future  enewscouricr.com  50 Cents  (Ufrocl  Paul Lasseter of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  Honor rolls  See lists of local honor roll students, inside  Sunday  Hey, Sound Off:  I have just come from the Athens City Cemetery where I visited the resting place of my deceased mother. I went there to place flowers at her grave for Mother’s Day.  I was appalled to find that some of the narrow streets on the cemetery grounds were almost blocked by cars of Soul Stock attendees. Many people were visiting the cemetery to place floral memorials at their loved ones graves. We had to navigate our vehicles through a very narrow space that had been left by the cars parked on either side of the cemetery streets.  As I was leaving, a car pulled up and parked in the cemetery and several family members climbed out with picnic baskets and blankets in hand.  How disrespectful is that?  A cemetery should not be used as a parking lot.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Wen s-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 5-7A  Comics..........3B  Ledger ..........8A  Obituaries 2A  LeRoy Christ Marty Gilbert Lela Mae Washington  Sports .........1-2B  Weather .........2A  Daily Bible Moment  bis commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.  I John 4:21  ÊàtneUme yQkabel  322 Hwy. 31 N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obil Itot 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Code addresses gambling, harassment  Policy under consideration by school board outlines offenses  By Kelly Kazek   kelly@athensnews-courier.com  Students soon may have a clearer understanding of school rules and what will happen if they don’t follow them.  The Athens City School Board is considering an updated code of conduct that was recommended by a committee of principals and parents, said Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges.  It adds behaviors such as gambling, carrying a pocketknife and littering as offenses. Bridges said principals were  already punishing students for those offenses, but, if approved, the manual would outline those offenses.  “It kind of identifies and specifies the different types of offenses they were being punished for anyway, but now it’s in the handbook,” he said.  The proposed manual also would bring the school’s code in line with a district policy manual.  “I think there was some numbering of codes of conduct in the district policy manual that didn’t coincide with the  (local) handbook, so we’re structuring them so they match,” Bridges said. “Specific items have always been outlined in the handbook and in the district manual, but this would make them the same.”  At a Thursday night meeting, school board members saw the policy for the first time. Board President Ernest Campbell expressed concern about some behaviors that could result in punishment, such as cell phone use and littering. He said he didn't want principals to be locked in to punishments too severe for the offenses.  A state statute prohibits possession of cellular phones in schools statewide, but board attorney Shane Black said  Legislators might change that law this year. He added that while the school must abide by the law, administrators could determine the punishment.  But Athens High School Principal Chris Bolen and Athens Middle School Principal Joe Jackson said they have already been dealing with cell phone use at school. Their handling of offenses won't change, they said, for cell phone possession or for any offense.  “There won’t be a great deal of changes from what we’ve done in the past." Bolen said. “What we’ve done is put in print those policies and made them more clear.”  See Code, Page 3A  Capa-buTl kids  Event focuses on abilities of local handicapped kids  By Tanjie Nash  tanjie@athensnews-courier.com  With a smile spreading across his face, the 6-year-old boy looked up at Andy Kyle and said, “Today J get to do what my brother and sister do every day.”  The child was enjoying a day in which he could ride horses, practice his roping skills, take a hayride and have his face painted. He was enjoying a day in which the disabilities he deals with every day were put on a back burner and his ability to have fun was in the spotlight.  Some 400 people turned out Friday for the third-annual Exceptional Rodeo, an event for those who are physically or mentally challenged, held in conjunction with the 23rd annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo.  Kyle said he volunteers to help with barrel racing at  See Exceptional, Page 2A  News-Couner/Kim Rynders  Trying with all his might, Brennan Ashmore, above, hones his calf-roping skills Friday during the Limestone Sheriff’s Exceptional Rodeo at the Sheriff’s Arena on Alabama 99. At left, it’s a fight to the finish as Nicole Paeton and Amanda Bohanan compete in stick-horse barrel racing during the event.  Development group awards posthumous honors to two men  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net  Two of the community’s strongest supporters were absent from the annual Limestone County Economic Development Association meeting on Thursday.  But LCEDA officials invoked their memories and contributions when they jointly honored the late H. Clyde Mabry and the late Joe Johnson with the Binford Turner Extraordinary Effort Award.  Accepting the award for Mabry, who died in March, was his grandson, George Adams, and accepting for Johnson, who died in November 2004, was his widow, Jackie Johnson.  Lakin Collins made the Mabry presentation, praising the late civil engineer for his expertise in numerous local infrastructure and industrial projects. He also praised the military service of Mabry, who retired from the Alabama National Guard as a brigadier general after having served for many years with the local 1343rd Engineering Battalion.  “Clyde Mabry had a lot of common sense,” said Collins. “And he wasn’t afraid to buck command. He told the brass in Korea that intelligence didn’t know what they were talking about and got his men out of the way when the Red Chinese just about overran their site. He probably saved my father’s life.”  Collins’ father, J.T. Collins, retired businessman and lifetime member of the LCEDA, served under Mabry in the 1343rd in Korea.  See Honors, Page 3A  Out of the chute  News-Courier/Alissa Clark  An unidentified bareback bronc rider appears ready to take a tumble as he comes out of the gate Friday night at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Action continues tonight at the Sheriff’s Rodeo  Arena on Ala. 99 in Athens.   

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