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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Index  Classified 4-6B  Comics..........3B  Ledger .........12A  Headlines........4A  Health ..........8A  Lifestyles ......1-4C  Obituaries 2A  Catherine Louise Adams Jan Carol Stringer Alma Louise Vaughn  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  knows th way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.  Job 23:10  Limestone Chapel  i J 322 Hwv.31 N «Athens 256-232-1051 •*»Tw  0bil Bn * 256-771-0934  Failing grades  Bama’s football graduation rate worst in the conference jjj  Cool Santa  An icey Santa and nativity are part of the exhibit ICE! See story  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commi nity of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, Dec ember 21. 2005  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  69847 0000  1  98 pints of blood collected at first Hunter Bauer Drive  Organizers of the first annual Hunter Bauer Memorial Blood Drive reported Tuesday that the Dec. 18 event collected some 98 pints of blood.  Officials with the North Alabama Region of the American Red Cross say this is a particularly difficult time of the year to collect donations, but it is a time when there is a high blood demand because of more people traveling.  Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of 14-year-old Bauer’s death from methi-cillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. During his two-month battle against the rare disease, the Athens Middle School eighth grader  required a high number of blood products while on a lung bypass machine, according to his mother, Jo Ann Bauer.  More than 30 of Bauer’s friends and classmates organized the blood drive, which was held at First United Methodist Church Beasley Center, and according to Cathy Brett, mother of Brock Brett, one of the organizers, the drive will become an annual event.  “Thank you to all the adults who helped pull it off, to those who shared their blood with others, and to Hunter’s 30-plus friends who worked so hard,” said Brett. “This will be an annual event and we hope to grow each year.”  — Karen Middleton  ■  ft J  , k-/ (r O' Cv * fv O' i t'l't H QI  Corine  Daws  Subscriber of the day  Miff  Hey, Sound Off:  I couldn't believe what I read Tuesday morning on the front page of your new spaper. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion — 1 realize this.  You personally may not believe in Santa Claus, but other people in this town do. My child is 9 years old. She is “struggling” to still believe.  In her heart, she wants to, but some of the kids at school make that harder.  I tell her that Santa Claus gives gifts to the children that still believe in him and the ones that don't, their parents have to buy their gifts.  Note: We at The Nexvs-Courier also believe in Santa, that is w hy we offered to publish letters to him in Friday’s edition. Look for them then.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Browns Ferry worker  convicted in fuel card use  By Tashia Lovell  tashia(ii athensnews-courier.com  A Tuscumbia woman employed by the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant contractor GUMBk has been convicted of misusing Tennessee Valley Authority’s fuel cards.  Theresa R. Mothershed 43, was convicted last week after an investigation that began in 2003, said Dewayne Broome, a criminal investigator for TVA police.  Broome'said that Mothershed was not a TVA employee and had worked on and off as a contract employee through GUMBK.  Mothershed was convicted of misusing four fuel cards and making personal purchases and buying fuel. She also had given two of the cards to family members.  Broome said that family members understood that  Mothershed was going to pay restitution for the charges placed on the cards.  TVAs management had recognized inconsistency in billing statements and cards used in places they shouldn't have been used. Broome said.  For example, purchases had been made in Collinwood. Tenn.. and Russellville.  The investigation was conducted by TVA criminal investigation in conjunction with the company's Office of Inspector General. Broome said that once the investigation was completed Mothershed pled guilty and was fired.  Mothershed was given a two-year suspended sentence, restricted from coming on TVA property and ordered to pay restitution of more than $7,500.  Broome said TVA issues the fuel cards, which are  See Worker, Page 3A  Athens man tells police roommate stole his identity  Bn Sonm Tirner  sonnv a athensnews-courier.com  Athens police have obtained arrest warrants charging a former Athens man with stealing the identity of his former roommate.  “He is accused of using his roommate’s credit card, running up a bill of more than $3,600,” said Athens Police Detective-Sgt. Trevor Harris.  Harris said the warrants charge 40-year-old Peter Ochoa w ith two counts of identity theft, a felony.  Harris said police were searching for Ochoa fuesd.y. He said the warrants were obtained after his former roommate, Jason Williams, filed a report with police after he received a bill on his credit card account that wasn’t his.  Get the news with  your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier  232-2720  Local courts recognized by Chief Justice  Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr. has recognized the Limestone County C ircuit Court for its case management eff iciency dunng fiscal year 2005.  Based on caseload statistics that have been released for the fiscal year, which concluded in September, Circuit Judges James W. Woodroof and Robert M. Baker were assigned 2,448 cases. During this same period, case dispositions totaled 2,603 cases, resulting in a throughput ratio of 106.3 percent.  A throughput ratio greater than 100 percent equates to a court disposing of an equal number of cases that werdTifed as weH as a portion of the pending caseload. The 39th Judicial Circuit, comprised of Limestone County, ranked third in the state in throughput in fiscal year 2005.  “The citizens of Limestone County are very' fortunate to have judges such as these serving on the circuit bench,” said Nabers. “As reflected in the caseload statistics, these judges operate a most efficient court, and also one that is faithful to the Rule of Law. I congratulate Judges Woodroof and Baker on this accomplishment and consider it an honor to serve with them.”  Alabama's circuit courts consist of 41 circuits and 142 circuit judges, and case filings of 207,658 cases.  Woman claims car used for beer run  An Athens woman has filed a report w ith police, saying that while her car was in the shop being repaired that it was driven at least twice by shop workers to the store to buy beer.  “The woman says that her sister and brother both witnessed her vehicle being used by the people at this North Jefferson Street business at least twice, and she’s not happy about it." said Athens Police Detective-Sgt. Trevor Harris.  He said police are investigating the complaint.  The woman still owes the business for the repairs, police said, and could be w ithholding payment because of the alleged improper use of her car.  — Sonny Turner  Courtesy Photo  Athens resident Lucrecia Woodroof was among those giving blood at the Hunter Bauer Memorial Blood Drive Sunday at First United Methodist Church Beasley Center.  In time for Christmas  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Athens Firefighters Neil Gooch and Marcus Huseth load bicycles on a fire truck to take back to the station for repairs. Wal-Mart donated the bikes that had been returned to the store to the fire department. Firefighters will repair them so they can go to needy children for Christmas.   

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