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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Hey, good cookin' Colts stampede  Betty Nails shares down home    Clements High gets big recipes as Cook of the Week 6A area win over Mars Hill  The News-Couri  $er\ inc; Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futu  Thi rsdav December 15, 2005    enevvscourkr.com  RE  /0 J  CrCrOL  Anna Beers  Subscriber of the day  Sudoku Friday  The Sudoku puzzle will return to The News-Courier in Friday's edition. If you have been enjoying the puzzle, send e-mails to kellyfaathen-snews-courier.com or drop a note to 410 W. Green Street, Athens, Ala., 35611.  Hey, Sound Off:  Thank you. Bobbv Lindsay,for the loving restoration work you have done on some of the old tombstones in Athens City Cemetery.  For the first time in decades, we can read the inscriptions.  I understand you used Clorox to clean away the moss and lichens that had accumulated on the monuments.  The deceased would be pleased they have not been forgotten and the descendants must be very pleased and honored to have someone who is lov ingly restoring their resting place to its early glory.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Classified 5-8B  Comics..........3B  Headlines 6A  Ledger.........10A  Lifestyles  9A  Mini Page 12A  Obituaries 2A  Sarah Poole Biles Carolyn Lou Green Fe A. Gonzalez Dale Lagrone Joel David McNatt llene Hardy Moss Cynthia M. Townsend Alfred Zampella  Opinion .........4A  Sports.........1-4B  Valley...........5A  Weather .  Daily Bible Moment  eject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.  I Timothy 4:7  Limestone Chapel  ISel 322 Bwv. 31 V * Athens 256-232-1051 •Tv* Obit line 256-7714)934  69847 00001  Ardmore brothers charged  One in jail on $85K bond; another is sought for assault and robbery  Bv SONM Tt RNER  somv(ii athensnews-courier.com An Ardmore man was in Limestone County Jail on Wednesday charged in connection with the assault and robbery of a 64-year-old Coxey man Sunday and county authorities were searching for a second suspect w ho they identified as the  suspect’s brother.  James Clay Scott. 37, of 27894 Sterling St.. Ardmore, was in jail in lieu of $85,000 bond. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said warrants have been obtained for Scott’s brother. Frank Lane Scott, 44. of the Ardmore area.  “We’re trying to find him,” the sheriff  said. "He's 011 the run. but we'll get him.”  Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Scott may be hiding somewhere 111 Giles County, Tenn.  Both men are charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.  The victim was struck over the head with a gun inside his home. He was later taken to Huntsville Hospital with serious head injuries and hospitalized. He remains in the hospital in stable condition.  The victim told investigators that two  men, who he considered lus friends, were visiting him Sunday 111 his home. He said when he turned Ins back on them after showing them Ins gun collection, he was hit over the head and knocked unconscious.  “He was showing them lus guns and w hen he turned his back on them, one hit him over the head with the stock of one of the guns." said McNatt. “He was knocked unconscious and lie wasn't able to get  See Brothers. Page 3A  School Board votes to keep driver on staff  Bv T.ASHI \ LOV ELL  tashiaa athensnews-courier.com  The Limestone County Board of Education lias voted 5-2 to keep West Limestone and Owens Elementary school bus driver I ina Coats as an employee of the Limestone County School System.  This was against Superintendent Dr. Barry C arroll's recommendation to terminate her employment.  Coats was accused of using what some would consider profanity in the presence of more than 30 children on school bus on Nov. 2.. as well as, causing children to fly out of their seats by driving too fast around a dangerous curve on Ala. 99.  Not long after the incident Coats was placed on administrative leave with pay.  Several witnesses, chosen by Coats, spoke before the board 111 an effort to defend her.  “She’s a very honest person...she doesn't lie." said bus driver Kerry Roden.  Roden said that she new Coats to be a very conscientious driver who cares aiiout the students.  "It's very difficult to keep control on a bus,” she said.  Student Damian Pugh said that Coats is a good bus driver and he really likes her.  Teacher Ann Robertson said. "She's safe. The children love her.”  Robertson said that it is hard to believe what’s being said about C’oats.  "I trust her completely with my kids,” said parent Edyie Owens. “My kids lov e her.”  Emmitt Jimmar represented Coats to the board.  "She's worked for this school system for nine years." he said. "I rise to ask this board to vote against Dr. Carroll to terminate this lady.”  Jimmar said that Coats was a bus driver at Owens and was happy. She didn't ask to be moved, he said.  See Teacher, Page 2A  Showcasing the good life  News-Courier/Karen Middleton  Tom Hill, president of Limestone County Economic Development Agency, emphasizes the short commute to Redstone Arsenal from Limestone County.  Selling Limestone’s quality of life task of BRAC committee  By Karen Middleton  Karen(d at hens new s-courier, com Many of the jobs targeted for relocation to Redstone Arsenal through Pentagon Base Realignment and Closure are held by people used to living in the cosmopolitan northern Virginia area.  Selling these prospective residents on north Alabama’s simpler way of life is the task of the Greater Limestone BRAC Committee. Athens may not host the  Second of Two Parts  likes of the Smithsonian Institution, but proponents of this community say its quality of life and short commuting distance to the arsenal make it the best choice.  However, local BRAC Chairwoman Mignon Bowers emphasizes that the drive to attract new residents is a  See BRAC, Page 2A  That's one big hood to check under  Athens firefighter Paul Anton looks over a fire truck with Greg Ponder, of Sunbelt Fire Apparatus. Ponder was working on maintenance repairs on the truck.  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  County to add two positions to payroll  By Sonny Turner  sonny(a athensnews-courier.com  The Limestone County Commission announced plans Wednesday to establish two new positions and rev ised the county staffing plan to upgrade two others.  Commissioners will soon vote on establishing the positions of grant coordinator and information technology coordinator, which will add more than $72,000 to the county payroll.  County Administrator Pam Ball said the new' grant coordinator position will be in the office of the County Revenue Enforcement Department and will be responsible to search out possible grants and to make application for those grants. The coordinator position will pay $22,300 per year.  The new l.T. Coordinator position will fall directly under the County Commission and among the duties the new' coordinator will have is to oversee the county phone system, com-  The Limestone County Commission is in the process of purchasing five acres to build a new senior center. Story’, _page    5A  puter upgrades, etc. That job, if approved, will be advertised at a starting pay of $50,000 per year.  Commissioners, meeting in work session, also are considering revising its staffing plan to include a Human Resource Coordinator trainee because the existing director, Anita Jewell, is retiring.  Commissioners also said they will vote Monday to upgrade the county’s animal control position from Grade 6 to Grade 7. That means the officer will be raised in salary from $11.97 per hour to $12.31 per hour.  See Positions, Page 3A   

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