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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama Focus on Limestone County’s community leaders PAGE 13A TTie News Courier Sening Athens ami Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Fut uiv Friday, March 27, 2009 Visit us опйпе www.«fMwscourierxofn Inside Today Twin sisters inseparable on or off the field Teammates throughout high school, Tanner twins now play softball at Calhoun. SPORTSr PAGE IB 20 injured by twister A fierce storm system kicked up devastating tornado in Mississippi and thunderstorms across the South early Thursday, leaving a trail of ripped-up rooftops, shattered mobile homes and downed power lines and trees. PAGE 5A Subscribe Get the news with your moriuiiii coliee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720 Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........8A Lottery..........3A Mini Page 5A Obituaries.......2A Thomas Edison McCravy Religion........lOA Sports...........IB Weather.........2A 69847 00001 ASU tuition hike waived SBQE gives break to PACT students From staff ami wire reports Students attending Athens State University who bought into the state tuition program will, for the next three years, not have to pay a tuition increase at the school. The State Board of Education agreed Thursday to waive tuition increases for Prepaid Affordable College Tuition participants for the next three years through the end of the 2012 academic year. This waiver of tuition increases also applies to students attending the state’s technical schools and community colleges. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Bradley Byrne recommended the waiver. Although the board approved a small tuition increase for Athens State students - $10 per credit hour beginning in fall 2009 - they also approved a three-year waiver of that increase for current and future students enrolled in the PACT program. The tuition increase waiver will take effect in the fall 2009 semester and run through the end of the 2012 academic year, and will apply to PACT participants currently enrolled at ASU as well as PACT participants applying for enrollment. Just a few weeks ago, Byrne announced that he would not recommend a tuition increase for the 2009-2010 academic year, the fifth year in a row that tuition at the state’s community and technical colleges has remained level at about $2,700 per year. “The Alabama Community College System remains committed to providing a quality. accessible and affordable higher education to Alabama citizens,” Byrne said. “In this difficult economic climate, we must do all we can to provide educational opportunities which will help to maintain a trained workforce and See PACT, page 2A Sound science, ethics? AP PHOTO Stem cell researcher Tadashi Sato holds a dish containing stem cell growth medium at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, Neb. The University of Nebraska Medical Center's Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dave Crouse said the lifting of a ban on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research marked a "big day for science." Does stem cell research open new Pandoras Box? what is the real question about embryonic stem cell research? Is it about Politics vs. Science or the science of politics? Some wonder whether embryonic stem cell research is morally sound, while others call the practice obsolete BvJtiWireR R. HiiJ. JcuiiHcnn atlK'nsncwsH 'ourivr.t'orn President Barack Obama’s reversal earlier this month of former president George W. Bush’s 2001 legislation putting restrictions on federal funding for embiycmic stem cell research has opened up new avenues of debate. See Research, page 3A AP PHOTO Research associate Crystal Pacutin pulls a frozen vial of human embryonic stem cells at the University of Michigan Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich. Inaugural celebration to highlight ASU history By Gi V M(Gi rill Chirst wnti'r The theme “Roots and Wings: An Institution Roofed in a Historical Foundation of Building Success Stories by Providing the Wings to Discover New Horizons” is the theme of the April 26 to May 5 inauguration ceremonies for Athens State University’s 36th president, Robert Glenn. It was August 4 when (ilenn first entered his office as the 36th president at Athens State University. It was his first day on the job and he hit the ground running. “My initial orientation to campus life was an exciting week —a new job, a new town, and a host of names, places and faces to learn,” said Glenn. “Starting this new life without my family, I was happy to have immediate projects to occupy my time and focus.” Glenn, formerly a vice president at Middle Tennessee State University, accepted the position to lead the Athens institution while knowing that his son, Carl, had previously made a commitment to lead his class at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. “After a long family meeting we agreed that it was best for our family for Laurie to stay on in Murfreesboro with our son until he graduates.” said Glenn. “Our daughters are already on their own.” Lisa Glenn is working for “Teach for America” in Phoenix, Ariz., and Katie Glenn is a student at Birmingham-Southern. “Once Carl has graduated, Laurie will join me to build our empty nest here in Athens,” he said. “It is an exciting new chapter in our lives.” Although this generation of the See Inaugural, page 3A Robert Glenn East sewer upgrade set for late summer ■ By Karen Middi.eix)n karen^"athensnews-(vurier.a)ni East Limestone resident Paul Hargrove has lived most of his life on the banks of Piney Cr^k. He told the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board Thursday he hopes they are careful when they run a new sewer line nearby. Hargrove told the board that he wasn’t there to complain, but he knows students, including those of Athens State and Calhoun Community College, take samplings ftt)m the creek and he would hate to see it polluted. Engineer Alton Hethcoat assured Hargrove that he would see that precautions to protect the creek were taken in construction of the $3.5 million East Limestone plant upgrade and sewer lines. “Design plans should be complete by June and we shoiild solicit bids by July,” said Hethcoat. “Construction should talce from 15 to 18 months.” In other business, the water board approved: • Reimbursement of Cannon Farms, $11,132; and The Arbors, $29,013, under the Developer Contribution Policy that calls for reimbursing the developer after completion of off-site utilities. • Purchase of 6-inch and 8-inch sanitary sewer force main 'for installation along Nick Davis Road. The 6-inch line wiU be the second phase of extending line ffom Antler Point to the East Limestone Treatment Plant. The 8-inch line will be a portion of force main fiom Limestone Correctional Facility to the East Limestone plant. In-house engineer Melissa Greene said she wanted to get the line instaUed before farmers get crops planted. • Awarded low bidder Patterson & Wilder Construction Co. at $361,234, to build a lift station, headwoilcs, flow measurement and gravity sewer for Limestone Correctional Facility. Heth- Sm Sewer, page 2A Student expelled for gun at school The Athens City School Board met for almost an hour and a half Thursday night in executive session for a student hearing. Board members voted to expel the male student for possession of a weapon on Athens High School grounds. When the regular school board session was called back into session Athens City Schools Superintendent E>r. Orman L. Bridges recoimnended that the student be expelled for possession of what he said later was a shotgun in the truck of the student’s vehicle. Board president Larry Keenum and members Pat Waldrop, Gary Hill and Russell Johnson voted to expel the stu- ,    See    Gun, page 2A