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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama The second round Athens, East and Tanner were on the road Friday night. See Sports for results. ews-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commumty of Tradfhon and Future S vri Rinv, November 12,21И)5 enewscourier.com ^ocrcL Hal Coffman of Athens Subscriber of the da\' Hey, Sound Off: For what it’s uorth I think the people of Limestone County and Alabama deserves better than this. These (Delphi) executives should be investigated for fraud. Something is going down and they are trying to bail out. People have to start taking Alabama senously. 1 am a union worker and if this type of thing came up in our industry I’d fight like you know what. Strike, shut down , closing. It’s worst than ndiculous, it’s downnght criminal to even try to pull off something like this. This is an Enron unfolding before before your eyes. Hey, Sound Off: I would like to solicit the opinion of your readers of an idea 1 have for safer driving. I have written to several government agencies about this only to receive a form letter that olfere nothing. The idea I have’ is to place brake lights on the front of a car. They need not be large but should be placed near the vicinity of the turn signals. The reason for this idea: have you ever sat at a four way stop sign and wondered if the car approaching from a side street is going to stop or not? Front brake lights would give you a clue. Is that car going to stop for the red light? The front brake lights would let you know. A second idea I have is to add a caution light at the rear of a car. In addition to the red brake light there should be a yellow light when your foot is off the gas and you are just coasting. Perhaps a green light could be used when your foot is on the gas. Thank you for your opinions. More Sound Off Sunday Index Classified.......4-8A Comics..........5B Ledger ..........7B Obituaries 2A Benjamin M. Whitworth Sports.........1-3B Dailv Bible Moment 4rive together with me in prayers to God for me. Romans 15:30 limestone Chapel 322 Нил. 31 >• Athens ЧыГ '    256-232-1051 Obit line256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 ‘Freedom is not free,’ mayor tells audience at Veterans ceremony By Jennifer Hili News -Courier Reporter The VFW Post 4765 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony Friday to honor those who have and are servicing in the military. .A chicken stew lunch followed. The .Athens High School .IROTC presented the colors and the flag that was recently donated by the local Woodmen of the World Chapter. Senior Vice Commander. Bill Smith and attendees were in charge of the Pledge of Allegiance and Taps. Athens Mayor Dan W illiams was the guest speaker at the event. His message was clear and honored military personal, “Freedom is not free.” he said. “Today is to remember and never forget those who have gone before us, who arc ser\ing now and will serve in the future," said Williams. Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, was established on Nov. 11 because Nov. 11, 1918 was the date the Gcnnans signed the Annistice to end World War I. “This was supposed to be the war to end all wars. W^e would like to believe that about every conilict." W'illiams said. He went on to talk about the ongoing war against terror. “The leaders of tomorrow are in Athens High School today..." he said. “They will continue to fight against terrorism." The audience diiwned several uniforms. a lot of red. white and blue and many pins to remember and honor those who serve. David A. Crooks. 78, was wearing hi> uniform proudlv', decorated from head to toe, representing the .Alabama State Defense Force 1st Infantry ITittalion out of Huntsville, as command Sergeant Major. Crooks proudly listed his years of See Veterans, Page 3A New s-C'ouricr Kim Ryndcrs Vietnam Veteran Roger Keyes hangs his head while Taps is being played at the Veterans Day program at the VFW building on Alabama 127 Friday. At left, Athens High ROTC member Robert Tanksley, leads the a 21 Gun Salute. In honor of his dad Train slams on brakes to miss two teenagers News-Courier/Jennifer Hill Tony Grigsby of Lanny Rose Band has carried out a commitment to keep his father’s name alive by getting a road named for him. His father Lanny Grigsby died in 1965 while he was changing a light bulb in a utility pole not too far from the sign off of Hines Street. “He was Just doing it for charity and that’s what our band does, “ said Grigsby. His band is named for his father and daughter who never got a chance to meet. “This is just in memory of my dad and all the charity he was doing. The sign will always be here for years to come to remind people that a man died out there just so they could play ball or go to the fair.’’ He said, “I just want to thank the community, the mayor, and everybody for the support with this and the band.’’ Bv SONW Tl KNFR sonny(a athensncw's-conricrcow I he conductor of an L&N 1 reiglil Train moving through downtown Athens Thursday night says he was forced to slam on his emergency brakes which halted the train because two teenager boys on foot crossed in front of the train as it approached the Pryor Street crossing. Athens Police C'apt. Tracy Harrison said Friday that police made no arrests, but did locate the two 16-year-olds and warned them how close they came to possible death. “They were on foot and were carrying their skateboards when they crossed the traeks," Harrison said. “The teenagers said they realized the train conductor slammed on his brakes, but they didn’t think they were that close to the train. They told our officers they had thought they were crossing the tracks in plenty of time." Harrison said police determined that that signals at the crossing were flashing at the time of the incident at approximately 8 p.m. “VVe didn’t make out a report on it although the conductor told us he put on his emergency brakes and stopped," Harrison said. “1 think the juveniles now realize that the train was way too close when they crossed the tracks." Bus driver suspended in county school system B\ SOVNV I t RNER sonnyia athensnews-couriercom A veteran Limestone County school bus driver has been suspended although county school officials Friday refuse to say why. “This driver has been suspended and placed on administrative leave with pay. but by law 1 can’t release why," said Limestone County Superintendent F)r. Barry Carroll. “A letter will be sent to the driver explaining the charges and a hearing will be set w ithin 30 days.” Several residents expressed anger Friday that the driver, Tim Coats, was suspended for what they said was the “word of one student and parent.” Coats, who has been unavailable for comment, has been a driver in the county school system for nine years and over those years has been an excellent driver who cares for the kids, said one parent, Kasey Quiroz. “1 can’t believe they would suspend a bus driver of nine years over one complaint from a parent,” she said. “She was the first bus driver we have had and she took good care of my children.” Bank Independent acquires Colonia Bank Independent has completed the acquisitions of 13 Colonial Bank offices in six northern Alabama counties including the Colonial Bank in Athens. With the expansion. Bank Independent, based in Sheffield, now has two offices in Decatur, Moulton, Red Bay and Russellville and a single location in Athens, Hartselle, Lexington , as well as 12 office in the Shoals area. “This acquisition effectively doubles our bank’s presence in the Northwest Alabama market,” said Bank Independent President Mack B. .Mauldin. “We were very pleased w'hen this opportunity was presented to us, because our intentions are to continue focusing our efforts in the communi- See Bank, Page 3A