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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama Richard Petty eyes a run at the Brickyard PAGE IB The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community oi Tradition and huture 50 cents Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Will feds take wheel at GM? Under restructuring plan set forth this week, the ailing automaker would give majority ownership to federal government. PAGE 5A Author to be in Athens today Judson Emens, whose book highlights the plight of child abuse victims, will be at The Clubhouse Café at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for book signings VALLEY, PAGE 4A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 *69847 00001 Thursday, April 30, 2009 Bank robbed with BB gun By Jean Cole jean@athemnews-courier.com A Tennessee transient accused of robbing a bank with a BB pistol in the Capshaw community Wednesday morning may soon have a room of his own. Stephen Lamar Vaughn, 40, of Tennessee was arrested and charged after leading a 20-car-string of law-enforcement officers on a chase through Athens and s breaking new you saw 0*1, ireaking news at www.enewscourier.com along Interstate 65 before being rammed and then striking a guardrail, an official said. “It looked like the* Talladega 500, ” with a gray Pontiac as the pace car and patrol cars following, said Limestone County Sher iff Mike Blakely. Vaughn, who had a Tennessee driver’s license but had been living out of his car the last few weeks, has quite a lengthy criminal history, the sheriff said. Authorities say Vaughn entered Reliance Bank in eastern Limestone County before 10:20 a.m., produced a gun and a note demanding money, then fled with $4,000, the sheriff said. A good description of the car and quick action by law-enforcement led to Vaughn’s arrest. “We had the call within a couple of minutes and put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) to Athens P.D.,” Blakely said. Athens officer Jimmy Flynt first spotted Vaughn’s car on Nick Davis Iload coming east. Though See Robbery, page 2A Showcasing abilities COURTESY PHOTO Four local NAACP youths, Rosalyn Danielle Malone, Jazmin Ghent, Wade Brown Jr., and Destiny Battles, scored high enough at the Limestone County ACT-SO competition to compete in July at the national competition in New York. Local youths head to national ACT-SO competition in July By Jennifer R. Hill J( miifenS :il In ‘iisiH '\vs-courit r.com Four local NAACP youths have placed in the Limestone County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics enabling them to compete in July in the national ACT-SO competition. High school students Rosalyn Danielle Malone, Jazmin Ghent, Wade Brown Jr., and Destiny Battles will compete in the NAACP’s principal youth initiative, the national ACT-SO competition July 8-12 in New York for scholarships, awards and prizes. In the program, sponsored by local NAACP branches throughout the United States, students are coached by adult volunteers and mentors to compete in a variety of academic and cultural categories that showcase their abilities in 26 areas ranging from chemistry, computer science and biology to dance, filmmaking and playwrit-ing. “It has a tremendous, positive impact on these youths,” Limestone County ACT-SO Chairperson Kim Hunt said. “Going to the national competition gives them a light into the direction in which their future could advance ... it opens their eyes to the endless possibilities of their future.” It’s all about encouragement, self-esteem and self-confidence, she said. See ACT-SO, page 3A Roots and Wings named celebratory theme of inaugural It was Aug. 4 of last year when Bob Glenn first entered his office as the 36th president at Athens State University. SpGCidl Section inside Glenn Inaugural Athens State history It was his first day on the job and he hit the ground running. In early May, nine months later, Glenn will formally be inaugurated into his new role. “My initial orientation to campus life was an See Inaugural, page 2A COURTESY PHOTO Left to right, Dr. Robert Glenn, Laura Glenn, Carl Glenn, and Katie Glenn. Not pictured, Lisa Glenn. 2 probable swine flu cases seen in Madison The Alabama Department of Public Health announces the detection of two probable cases of swine flu in students attending Heritage Elementary School in the City of Madison. The children at the school located on County Line Road w r ere seen bv a local doctor for respiratory symptoms and were treated as outpatients. you saw 0*1 s breaking new: as breaking news at www.enewscourier.com Preliminary information indicates other children in the school have respiratory illness. The department is w'orking with local city and county governmental officials and the local school district to investigate the situation further. Based on a report, there is similar illness among classmates. Heritage Elementary will be closed for seven days, with the remainder of Madison County schools, including those in the Madison and Huntsville city systems, closed until Monday. Ill persons should voluntarily isolate themselves from others for seven days ¿liter they became ill. Close contacts should limit their contact with others for a periixl of seven days since they were exposed. The incubation period from the moment of exposure to swine flu until symptoms develop is two to seven days. Individuals are infectious to others one day before until seven days af- See Swine flu, page 2A County to begin demolition process for old jail building By Karen Middleton kart‘n(Oiithcnsne\vs-couner.C(>m The Limestone County Commission will vote Monday on approving $11,700 for limited architectural and engineering services for partial demolition of the old jail. The Commission approved a feasibility study earlier this year, which showed that the cramped Board of Education offices could expand into the old county jail offices at a minimum of expense. ’The study, conducted by the architectural firm of Goodwyn, See Jail, page 3A Index Classified .....................4B Comics.......................3B Ledger .......................5A Lottery.......................3A Obituaries ....................2A Jerry    Lee Clark Steven    Ray Crabtree Dan    McKnight Sports ........................IB Weather......................2A Liver Special - Tuesday $2.99 Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday 25% Off Athens location Only Discount applies to Individual meals only. A DEAL OF THE DAY SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 6