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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama Soldier laid to rest Travis Lynn Nelson, killed in Iraq Kickin’ it up The Rockettes perform a Christmas Travis Lynn Ne son, killed in Iraq    The Rockettes perform a Christmas ^    ^ Dec, 10, is laid to rest in Cullman 5^ Spectacular, story Wednesday ^ ^ M The News-Qmm Serving Athens and Limestone Coi ntv: A Commimty of Tradition and Fi ri re    I TtESDAV, December 20, 2005 enewscourier.com 50 Cents Wesley Reynolds Subscriber of tlie dav Closings tor state In a listing of holiday closings, the state otTiecs referred to the otTiees in Limestone C ounty Courthouse being closed Friday. Dee. 23 and Monday. Dee. 26. Other state otTiees will not close Friday. i№№ He>, Sound Off: The current Merry Christmas-Happy Holiday controversy is much less important than the Santa Claus seam. The most hated parental threat of my childhood was that “Santa Claus won’t come to see a bad boy.” Sooner or later, if they live long enough, every child in the world will be disappointed to find out that the people they trust the most have lied to them about Santa Claus. Thankfully the truth about the origin of Christmas presents is much better than the lie of Santa Claus. Christmas presents come from flesh and blood people, usually relatives. These people who usually work hard for their money do this because of their love and devotion to their children. To me, this is much better than the myth of Santa C'laus. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 4-6B Comics..........3A Ledger..........5A Obituaries 2A Jimmy L. Brooks Frances Jane Holland Frances Gilbert Shaw Norma J. Torres John William Weaver Sports.........1-2B Daily Bible Moment © on do not • k)ioiv what will bapptni tomorrow. James 4:14 Limestone Cbaoe 322 Hv*v3l NvMhen«, 256-232-1Ü51 Obit line 256-77HW4 69847'DOOOI Woman found dead after wreck Elkmont resident likely taking out trash when car struck her Bv I VSHIA I.OVI I I tush id a aihcnsncws-courier.com An Elkmont woman is dead following an accident SuiuUtv night at Bethel Road in Limestone County. Norma .lean Torres. 44, was believed to have been takimi out the trash around the time a 2005 .leep struck her. The accident happened at 8:25 p.m. Limestone County C oroner Mike West said Torres was found by one of the emergency workers who responded to the accident. “She was underneath a bush.” West said, who got a call at 0 p.m. Sunday. He said Torres was dead on the scene. ,\n .Alabama State Trooper dispatcher said the .leep was driven bv kristel May. 21. of C^ullman. May was iniured and wearing her seatbelt. She has since been released from Athens-Limestone Hospital. The accident remains under investigation by .Alabama State I roopers. The funeral for Torres w ill be at 0 a.m. Thursday at Limestone C'hapel Funeral Home. \Tsitation will be from 5-4 p.m. Wednesdav. Torres was a member ol' St. lAiul Catholic Church and was emploved at •Athens-Limestone Hospital, where she worked in the Mother Baby Ihiit and as a translator. She also worked at Sam’s C'lub in Huntsville. Tories was born in Mexico C’ity, Mexico. Council votes down retirement plan Bv Kvrkn Middi kion Karetva athensnews-couriey.com The .Athens City CTiimcil voted 4-to-l Monday night to decline offering the Deferred Retirement Option Plan to employees. ■Approved by the Legislature for Retirement System of Alabama employees in 2002, the system allows someone to remain on the job three to five years past the mandatory retirement age of 55. The city and employee continue to pay into the retirement fund and the employee receives the extended benefit in a lump sum upon retirement. C'ouncilman Henry While, who otfered the motion, said he is working as a principal at Reid Elementary School under the county schools DROI^ program. "It’s hard to pu a price tag on experience.” said White. "Value outweighs the cost.” However. Councilman .limmy Gill said that the city would eventually lose the employee, so it is more beneficial to move others into the retiree’s job. Also the program could cost the city anywhere from $54.ООО to $140.000 for combination of Utilities and (ieneral 1 und employees who would become eligible within the year. (iill said it is ditficult for the city’s budget to justify the expense when having to make cost-of-living raises. Coimcilmen Gill, Ronnie Marks. Johnny Crutcher and Harold Wales voted against the measure. In other business, the council: • Held a public hearing on the application of Raceway at 1523 U.S. 72 E. to sell alcohol. No one spoke for or against the request.. • Adopted the 2003 International Building Codes. The city has been inspcct- See City Council, Page 2A Christmas comes early Students in Jill Adams’ Health Care Science class at the Limestone County Career Technical Center held a Christmas party for Bill Swindell’s Special Education class from Athens High School. Students from the technical center raised funds for the service project. Above, Ashlee Tribble and Emily Smith present a gift to Kim Jefferson. At left, Jefferson is excited about opening her gift. Ncvvs-Uouricr Kim Rvndcrs Last minute parcel posting News-CouricT Kim Rynders Judy Foster hands Michelle Stogner, of the Athens Post Office, a Christmas package to mall Monday. Lines were long at the post office as people were trying to get those last packages to loved ones before Christmas. Car-.SLirfing iiidclent Teen hit by car released from hosDita A 14-year-old has been released from Huntsville Hospital after sliding off the hood of a moving vehicle and falling beneath it Saturday night. Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Monday that a report states that the victim. Joshua Brown, jumped onto the hood of a vehicle that was traveling west through Swann Creek Mobile Home Park. Riding on the hood of a moving car is known as “car surfing.” “He couldn't hold on,” McNatt said, adding that Brown fell and went between the vehicle’s front tires. Brown was transported to Huntsville Hospital following the accident. The incident occurred at approximately 7; 10 p.m. Swann Creek Mobile Home Park is located on U.S. 31 and is formerly known as Lawson’s Trailer Park. Tashia Lovell