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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Si nday, August 21, 2005  cnewscoiiricr.com  One Doli ar  Index  Classified 1-16D  Crossword 12A  Ledger .........10A  Church Bulletin 9A  Movie Listing  9AA  Obituaries 2A  Peggy Jean Brewer James Albert Broadway Cora Lee Moore Dobbins Jeffery James Newman Luerener Williams Sports.........1-4B  Daily Bible Moment  W,  hile the earth remains.. .day and night shall not cease.  Genesis 8:22  ШЩныШпе Цш/tf  322 Hwy. 31N • Atkeas 236-232-1051 ■fWn 0M () Ы , |i ne  256-771-0934  Ufrcycl'  ryvOt/И/СП  Verna Perry of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  Once again the city schools have planned open houses for several schools on the same night at the same time. Most people do not have children in more than one elementary school, so that is not the issue.  There are, however, many families with children at more than one level of school.  There are two city elementary schools having their open houses on the same night at the same time as the middle school. Parents are encouraged to get involved in their children’s schools, but it makes it very difficult when you cannot be two places at once.  Is there not some method of scheduling school e\ ents so that important ones like the beginning of the year open house are not scheduled on the same night? Low turnout does not mean disinterested parents. It means parents have had to choose which child’s event to attend.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Gridiron Glory Getting ready   u . . , . „ , , „    Limestone    teams prepare for  High school, college football section inside today season with jamborees    jr  News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Troubled youth camp under way  Former religious retreat being converted in north Limestone  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net A former religious retreat in north Limestone County is being converted into a camp for troubled youths, an official associated with the project confirmed Friday.  Karen Lee of Huntsville, who would not say if she is the owner or divulge the company’s name, said that the project has not yet been officially approved or per  mitted by the state Department of Youth Services. “Our application is not complete yet,” she said.  Lee, who expressed a desire for The News-Courier to hold off running news of the camp, refused to give any information other than it is a facility for “troubled youths.”  A construction manager on site, Rusty Russell, told a News Courier photographer that organizers are planning an open  (i No one has Г bothered to |||L . tell us it was  coming in.  Commissioner Tommy Raby  house for the Elk River Wilderness Challenge for Sept. 1 and requested no pictures.  The group has reportedly purchased the former 86-acre Christian Outback  Retreat off Copperhead Lane near the state line and has done extensive renovations, according to District 1 County Commissioner Tommy Raby, in whose district the facility is located.  “Someone called me and told me what was going on.” said Raby. “I got Rodney Jackson (county revenue enforcement officer) to ride up there with me. They have a tremendous building and the woman we talked to up there made it sound like one of those camps they advertise in the back of Southern Living where rich people can send their kids.  “But no one has bothered to tell us it  See Youth camp, Page 2A  Ramos  pleads  guilty  Manslaughter plea entered in shooting death of teen here  By Kelly Kazek  kelly(a athensnews-courier. com  A man accused of shooting to death a teen during a birthday party pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter, said District Attorney Kristi Vails.  Miguel Ramos, 25, of 1304 N. Houston Street, entered the plea in the case of the shooting death of Javier Mendoza-Romero, 15, of Decatur. His trial was to begin Monday.  Vails said Probation Office authorities will now conduct a pre-sentencing investigation to determine Ramos' reputation in the community, prior convictions and the facts of the case.  Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof will consider the information and sentence Ramos on Oct. 14. Vails said manslaughter carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.  Ramos was charged with murder following the Sept. 25 incident, in which Mendoza-Romero was shot once in the chest  See Ramos, Page 2A  69847  00002  1 INJURED WHEN TRAIN STRIKES CAR  News-Courier Photo  The driver of a 1997 Infiniti was injured when a northbound train struck her vehicle as she attempted to cross the tracks while traveling eastbound on Washington Street shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. The woman, whose identity was not available at press time, was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital by ambulance. From there, according to authorities, she was stabilized and transported to Huntsville Hospital via helicopter. Athens Police Officer Tom O'Hara said the vehicle apparently pulled onto the tracks just as the train reached the intersection.The train came to a stop just short of the Pryor Street crossing after striking the vehicle. Emergency workers with Athens Fire & Rescue were called to the scene to extract the woman. Upon arrival she was removed from the back seat of the car without the use of emergency tools. Officer O’Hara said railroad warning signals were knocked to the ground in the crash. He said the woman suffered head trauma. CSX Railway crews were on the scene Saturday night to repair crossing signals. Washington Street between Marion and Clinton streets is expected to be closed until Monday while repairs are completed.  Supporting the PowWow  News-Courier Alissa Clark  James “Bo” Middlebrooks seasons a vat of chicken itew at the Clements Volunteer Fire Department. Middlebrooks and others put on a yard sale and chicken stew to raise money for the Eagles Message 11th Annual PowWow at the Limestone County Sheriffs Arena. The PowWow will have a variety of of native American crafts, dancing, storytelling and food. The PowWow will be Sept. 24-25 fromIO a.m. - 5 p.m.  Tim Hice to make bid for Carter’s seat  Get the new s with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu s-Courier  232-2720  IUI1 nice  computer specialist who has been w lieel-chuir bound since breaking his neck during football practice in 1977, is considering a run for the state House of Representatives seat being vacated by the retiring Tommv Carter, D-Llkmont.  Hice is a Democrat.  Hice, who graduated • with lii''  Elkmont High     TirT _     u ._.  School class of 1979     Tlm    Hlce   after therapy at Spain Rehabilitation Center Birmingham, attended Calhoun Community Collej and took computer science training in Birmingham.  He attended Athens State College while working 40-hour week for McCormack and Dodge, a subsidiai of Dun A Bradstreet. in human resource managemen graduating 111 1990.  Hice also worked for Boeing and Marshall Spai Flight Center on personnel computer programs.  While at Marshall. Hice was the liaison betwet  See Hice, Page 2A   

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