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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 13, 2005, Athens, Alabama Saturday, August 13,2005 enewscourier.com Hey, Sound Off: To the person that wrote about mothers and child support in last Sunday’s paper: What makes it right for a stepfather to pay for your child? If you were paying for your children —like you should — we as mothers would not have to take you back to court and spend tax dollars. Maybe some mothers don’t work, but that does not give you the right to stop paying for your kids. You had just as much responsibility in making them, so you should have to support them, too. More Sound Off Sunday Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified 4-6A Comics..........5B Golf............7B Ledger..........8B Obituaries 2A Richard Wiley Chambers Nellie S. Entrekin Elvie Eron King Estie Bell McConnell Nix Sports.........1-3B Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment $ lit thou shalt go unto my country', and to my kindred. and take a wife unto my son Isaac. Genesis 24:4 %t t ( 322Hwy.31N*A(fc*ns 256-232-1051 ■'*»'<    Obit    lini    256-771-0934 69847 0 0001 News-Courier Alissa Clark Investigator Justin Camp, above, records items found in the car of suspects who robbed a bank in Elkmont Friday morning. The contents was found inside of a duffle bag including socks filled with bullets and gun clips for an automatic weapon and the straw hats worn into the bank during the robbery. Bank security cameras captured the image at left showing the actual bank robbery in progress. Semi takes out power lines on Hwy. 72 at I-65 B\ Kelly Kazek kellydu a l hens news-courier, com Shoney’s Restaurant on U.S. 72 remained closed all day Friday after an 18-wheeler making a delivery hit a service utility line, knocking out power to the restaurant and the Days Inn next door. Athens Utilities workers worked from three bucket trucks Friday morning to restore lines following the 6 a.m. incident. Shoney’s General Manager Don Patton said the truck was making a regular food delivery to the restaurant when the driver accidentally hit the line. The line was not too low, he said. “Fie clipped a main line, snapped the line going to the hotel and pulled the lines loose on the other side of the road,” Patton said. Those lines lead across U.S. 72 toward the Super 8 motel. Traffic in that area has been diverted to one westbound lane for the past four months as Swan Creek Bridge is being rebuilt. A Bag man was on hand to ensure traffic Bow through the area as the bucket trucks worked from each side of the highway. Electric    Department Manager Gary Scroggins said power was restored to Days Inn after about two hours. More extensive repairs were required at Shoney’s. “It ripped a hole in the roof,” Patton said. “We’ve got to get a new service line and replace three transformers." He expected to be closed at least for the day. Scroggins said an electrician was called to the restaurant to replace weatherheads. the metal pipes on the roof to which the service lines are attached. Patton said the food delivery service is insured. Repairs to downed power lines on U.S. 72 at Interstate 65 disrupted traffic Friday. The lines were knocked down by a tractor-trailer rig making a delivery to the Shoney’s Restaurant about 6 a.m. Friday morning. The restaurant remained closed all day. Students allowed to transfer from 3 county schools By Tashia Lo\ ell tashia@athensnews~courier.com While five schools in Limestone County did not make average yearly progress two consecutive years, which placed them in 1st Year School Improvement, only students from three of those schools could be allowed to transfer to another school within the system due to the fact that they are Title I schools. Parents of students who attend Clements and Tanner High Schools and Piney Elementary School should expect a letter next week notifying them of the choice to transfer their child. While each child in the three schools is offered the option, the school system may not be capable of transferring all requests. “During the 2003-2004 school year, five schools in Limestone County did not make AYP (average yearly progress) due to less than 95-percent participation in state assessments by one or more subgroups,” said Limestone County schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll. “The 2004-2005 report indicated that 100-percent of all Limestone County schools tested 95-percent or higher in all subgroups in every school. We are extremely pleased with this accomplishment.” Carroll said that when the lowest percent of goals met in the county is 82.35-percent, it sends a strong message that they are doing things right. He said he is pleased with the progress in the county schools and the Limestone County School System made AYP in Reading, Mathematics, and the additional academic indicators. “Overall, as a system, we are in great shape," he said. Carroll said that the perceptions of the general public are important and with the See Transfers, Page 3A Leading the pack Colts linebacker LaVar Askins sets example, 1B The News-Co Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Elkmont Disguised duo armed with assault weapons By Tainjie Schrimsher tanjie@athensnews-courier.com Two men wearing masks covering their faces, straw hats and coveralls pulled up and, carrying what appeared to be rifles, strolled into Community Bank in Elkmont just before 9:30 a.m. Friday as brick masons Albert, A1 and Matt Burns watched from across the parking lot. Moments later when the two men emerged from the bank, climbed into a tan Chrysler and took off, authorities had already been alerted by the quick-thinking brick masons as well as employees at an office across Alabama 127. As the bank robbers entered the highway north bound, two police cars, one from Elkmont, one from Athens came into sight from the south, one of the brick masons said. Within an hour, one of the alleged robbers had been captured in a field a few miles from the bank. A search for the second man continued late Friday. Limestone Chief Deputy Jim Landers said identification of the captured man was being withheld until the suspect could be further questioned. Landers said the two men were armed “w ith an assault-type weapon” when they went into the bank and demanded See Robbery, Page 2A bank robbed (ycrd vwCri/h/Livti Donna Bentz of Athens Subscriber of the day Making a stand This produce man has stories to tell Coming Sunday \