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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 8, 2005, Athens, Alabama Whim sim,.fi \i 8, 2005 com 50 Cfi\TS Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Diner with heart The Box Car Diner is the site of a benefit for a local cancer patient \q Prince to lead West Jeff Prince hired Tuesday night as Wildcats’ football coach    IB Starting summer with a splash News-Courier/Kim Rynders Members of the Athens and Tanner Boys & Girls Clubs made a splash at the city pool Tuesday. From left, Samara French, Austin Harris, Maurice Mull, Nicole Davis, Meagan Cooper and Justin Turner hop into the pool to cool off. The pool was full of children enjoying the sum’mer break from school. /0 j &&ct Alvin Wallace of Athens Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: The two items published Ibesday about the Gwen Stefani song were obviously written by young peonle. Who else would use the excuse: “All songs have obscenities in them?” Firstly, that is patently untrue. Secondly, it is no excuse for playing songs with obscenities on the radio. One of the writers claimed that radio stations are thinking of children when they bleep the “it” and leave only the “sh.” Children know what this word is, no matter how they try to disguise it. My question is, if a song contains words that must be bleeped, why play them at all? They are there only for shock value. They contribute nothing to the song. They are not “art.” Young people don’t realize they are buying into what the singer wanted of them: Buy it because it’s shocking. Buy it because it makes you feel cool to sing along to “bad words.” Really, it should make us all feel embarrassed. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 4-8A Comics..........3B Ledger..........12A Health...........8A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries 2A Addie Will Coffman William Lee Gilbert Cecil Levert Holland Sports .........1-2A Daily Bible Moment He, love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. o r f W< <W Romans 12:9 JDt 322 H»v.31 N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001'    6 Accidental death not ruled out Search still on for missing teen AP Photo/Jay Reeves Friends of Natalee Holloway, from left, Amber Andrews, 17, Sara DeFuniak, 19, and her sister Kate DeFuniak, 27, make prayer bracelets Tuesday in remembrance of the missing Alabama teen in Mountain Brook. By Michael Norton Associated Press Writer ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) Accidental death has not been ruled out in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student, despite the arrest of two men known to police for trying to pick up women in hotels in this resort, authorities said Tuesday. Police and FBI kept up a search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, but a lack of any solid leads was hindering progress after nine days, according to several officers. A massive search involving more than 700 volunteers on the southeastern tip of Aruba — where the two suspects were arrested Sunday — yielded no leads Monday. More than 4,000 civil servants who had been given the day off and encouraged to volunteer in the search effort returned to work Tuesday. The parents said they had not received any request for ransom or any other evidence that she had been kidnapped in this Dutch See Missing, Page 3A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Sews-Courier Teacher raises begin Board votes to locally fund state-approved raises until October 1 By Kelly Kazek kelly@athensnews-courier.com Teachers in Limestone County will receive their state-approved pay raises earlier than Oct. 1, but those additional weeks’ pay will cost the local board $215,000. The state is funding a 6 percent pay increase approved last month for teachers statewide, but funding begins with the state’s fiscal year on Oct. 1. Local teacher contracts begin at vary ing times, depending on whether they work on 10-, 11 -, or 12-month contracts. Limestone County School Board members voted at a Tuesday night meeting to begin paying the increases when the individual teacher contracts begin. Some begin July 1. Board member Charles Shoulders questioned why local funds have to be used to make the pay raises affective early earlier. “Why don’t we make it affective when we get the funds from the state?” he asked. Director of Finance Jonathan Craft said that was a possibility, but that is caused difficulty when figuring payroll. He said a previous board tried to See Teacher pay, Page 2A Commissioner to represent Limestone on Hawaiian trip By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet. net “When you look at it, Hawaii is just another state,” said Gerald Barksdale, who will represent Limestone County at the National Association of Counties in Honolulu next month. “It doesn’t cost any more to go there than San Francisco or Denver, at least that’s what I’ve been told.” Reports have placed the cost of the trip for airfare, lodging and registration at $1,990, which does not include meals. No one from Morgan County will be making the Barksdale trip. Lawrence County Clerk Administrator Linda Harville said Tuesday that two commissioners, Bradley Cross and Hutson Parker, have registered to go, but because of some recent “health concerns” may not See Hawaiian trip, Page 2A New member named to county water board City School Board approves drug testing guidelines By Tashia Lovell tash ia@athensnew>s-courier. com Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. said it’s a move he hopes is implemented in the 2005-06 school year. The board approved drug-testing guidelines in Tuesday night’s meeting that would allow for drug testing for students participating in extra-curricular activities. Private funding will allow for the testing, which Bridges said could someday be as extensive as covering the cost for all students involved in extracurricular activities to be tested. But for now, the future looks as if funding will only include random testing for students. “We’re looking at full drug testing now,” Bridges said. He said testing could cost anywhere from an estimated $35 to $40 and up to 1,000 students could eventually be tested. Bridges said drug testing is a method of prevention. “(It’s) for their safety,” Bridges said. The guidelines state that students may be randomly tested for: alcohol, inhalants, amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine, and opiates and See Drug testing, Page 3A 232-2720 pointed. “There’s a lot of people in Limestone County who have lost trust in the water board and I want to restore that trust,” said Hardaway. “I think I can do that by making the right decisions that will restore public confidence.” Earlier this year, County Commission Chairman David Seibert had called for the resignation of the entire board in the wake of a controversy in which the LC’WA awarded $500 Christmas bonuses to each of the water authority employees and a $15,000 bonus to former manager See New member, Page 2A News-Courier/Kim Rynders Mike Hardaway, right, was named as the newest member of the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Tuesday, replacing Jerry King who resigned earlier this month because he moved out of district. At left is District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws and Commission Chairman David Seibert. By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet. net The newest member of the Limestone County Water Authority says he hopes he can “restore public confidence” in the governing body. The County Commission on Tuesday unanimously appointed Mike Hardaway, 46, to sit on the five-member board. Hardaway, a 28-year employee of Delphi, thanked District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws, who nominated him to the board to replace Jerry King, who moved out of the district. King had served on the board since March 1, replacing longtime member Leslie Bagsby who did not get reap-