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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 ì  Ready for action  Auburn’s Brad Lester says he is 100 percent for Capital One Bowl  News-Qmner  Sermng Athens and LimestqI^^oi ntv: A (|pN!MiM ia ok Tradition and PT it re  Sait Ri>AY, Dec ember 31, 2005  enewscouHer.com  50 Cents  line  Mac  IV  Subscriber of the day  Election update  With the exception of Rep. Tommy Carter of Elkmont, local otTicials plan to run again for their seats in the 2006 election.  Coming  Sunday  nmtfF  Hey. Sound Off:  I know that .Athens and Limestone C'ounty have two of the best police forces in the nation, but I don’t think they treat us drunk dri\ ers as fair as the Huntsville police do. Huntsville police advertise on TV where their road blocks are gi>ing to be so the drunks can take another route to avoid being caught for DUl on holidays.  Please. Athens and Limestone, give us drunks a break.  Sound Off policy: Not all items sent to the Sound Off column are published. Items that mention a person or husi-ness by name are discarded, unless the person mentioned is a public figure. Send items to kelly(a^athensne\vs-eouri-ercom.  More Sound Off Sunday  Cet the new s with your morning eolfee  Subscribe U)  The Seu's-Courier  232-2'20  Index  Classified 4-6A  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........3A  Obituaries 2A  George F. Bohorfoush Carl Franklin Carr Jr.  Betty Jean Gilliam Lillian Bonnelle King  Sports.........1-5B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  "^heti Ciod saw their works, that they turned from their evil ways: and God relented.  Jonah 3:10  limestone Ckoe  m Hsv 31 N* Athens 256-2.3M051 Obit line 256-77I.W34  7    69847'OOQOI    6  Man indicted for sex abuse returned to Limestone  SONNA I I RNKR  sonnydi athensnews-courier.com  \ man w ho was iiidicled in October for sexually abusing an 11-year-old Limestone C'ounty girl in 2004 has been extradited to Limestone C'ounty from Indiana and is now in the Limestone C'ounty jail charged with that crime.  Christopher Allen Reece. 33. of 111 Hurcm Reece St., Goshen Ind.. is charged w ith first-degree sex abuse, first-degree sodomy and felony DL'I. He remained in |ail Lridav under $55.000 bond.  "We had been looking for him and he had been 111 jail m Indiana, apparently on charges for indecent exposure, when they noticed we had warrants on him from here,” said limestone C'ounty Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. "He arrived here Wednesday."  McNatt said the sexual abuse dates back to April and June of 2004, but the victim did not report the incidents until later.  “We issued our report in .laiuiary, and he left for Indiana." McNatt said of the suspect. "The grand jury indicted him m October, and we have been looking for him ever since."  McNatt said Reece had been in jail in Indiana since .August on the indecent exposure charge.  Man charged in assault  In an unrelated incident. .Athens police arrested a 20-year-oId county man Thursday for breaking into his wife's apartment on .Audubon I ane, a day after he his accused of choking her with his hands.  Police were called to the scene and had to wrestle the suspect. Jason Michael C avanaugh . to the ground to take take him into custody,  C avanaugh is charged with domestic violence, second-degree illegal possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.  C'apt, Marty Bruce said Cavanaugh had been ordered not to go near his w ife's apartment. He said the two apparently were separated.  See Assault, Page 3A  Top 5 of 2005  Ncvvs-(. oiincr Kim Ryndeis  Workers picket in front of the Delphi plant in Limestone County in this file photo. The Delphi company filed bankruptcy earlier this year.  Economic newcs tops Limestone County’s list of biggest stories  From SI VI K Rt I'OKis  This year brought good and had economic new s for Limestone County, and business news takes two spots on our list of Top 5 stories. I rouble at Delphi created concern, with the year ending in uncertainty for the plant's many local workers.  But a huildmg boom at the Interstate 65 intersection brings hope for more jobs and a choice of eateries for local residents.  Here are the top local stories of 2()()5, as chosen by the staff:  1. Delphi goes bankrupt. On Oct S. Delphi which owns and operates the former Saginaw Steering Ciear plants in south I imestone County announced it had filed  tor bankruptcy, leaving the 2.200 employees m I.imestone County in limbo. To elate, nothing has been settled ami it appears a nationw ide strike by the L’.\V\ is looming. Ihis comes after Delphi management called for sweeping wage cuts to as much as S9 per hour. Delphi employees protested in November at the plant, carrying signs that entici/ed Delphi management for what employees called "mismanagement."  2. New development at Interstate 65. The "hospitality sector" of .Athens boomed in 2005, I hose areas adjacent to the Interstate 65 and U.S. 72 Hast intersection saw the start or opening of five new restaurants and  See Tops, Page 3A  CASA director changes jobs; position open  Bv Iasmia Eov ki.i.  fashiaCa athensnews-eourier. com Deb Kohlhase was director of Limestone County's Care Assurance System for    the Aging and  Homebound for about six years before beginning her current position as executive    director of The  .Amyotrophic    Lateral Sclerosis  .Association in mid-December.  Kohlhase said her new job is keeping her busy but she is enjoying it.  Part ofThe .ALS Association’s mis- Kohlhase sion is to help and give hope to patients living with ALS, which is sometimes known as "Lou Gehrig's  Get involved  Anyone who would like to get involved with The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association can contact Executive Director Deb Kohlhase at 509-5955 or by email at  debk@ALSAIabama.org .  Disease."  This disease is a progressive neuromuscular disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles, and eventually kills the nerve cells  and pathways in the brain and spinal chord. No cure is known for the disease and there are more than 30.()0() ALS patients in the United States.  Kohlhase said that there are approximately 15 patients currentiv signed up with the local chapter of ALS.  C urrently. Kohlhase is working from her home for Al.S. but she said she would have an office at some point, probably in Madison C’ounty.  She said that currently ALS covers 19 counties m Alabama and is looking to expand to the Birmingham area in the next few months. It will eventually expand throughout the state.  See CASA, Page 3A  T  Valley Voices  Did you make a New Year’s resolution? What is it?  “Yes...No soft drinks and I’ve got to \A/ork out at least two times a week.”  —Evan Thornton, Limestone County  “Yes, uh, get in better shape, lose 10 pounds.”  -Erik Waddell, Sheffield  “I think they’re a good idea. I haven’t made one yet. Probably to take my dogs tor a walk everyday.”  —Deb Kohlhase, Athens  “I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Never have. Never will.”  —Carmeal Jenkins, Athens  “I always made a resolution to quit smoking. The year I didn’t, I quit smoking, so they’re kind of silly.”  —Alex Smith, Limestone County   

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