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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 1, 2009, Athens, Alabama Ardmore girls take second in sectional tourney PAGE IB The News Couriei Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future _"    50 Friday, May 1, 2009 Subscribe Get (lit* news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232*2720 7 69 8 47 000 01 6 ASU Community Band changes venue for Sunday concert Due to potential spring showers, a change of venue has been announced for one of two upcoming concerts by Athens State University’s Community Band. Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert that was to be on the lawn of Founders Hall will now be in McCandless Hall. Monday night’s 7 p.m. concert in honor of Dr. Glenn’s inauguration is still being planned for the front of Founders. But if it rains Monday, the venue will be changed to McCandless as well. The Community Band was founded in 2003 and is supported by Athens State University. The ‘band was originally conceived as an oudet for Athens High School band graduates to continue their musical interests. It is under the direction of Dan Havely who con ducted the Athens High band program for 34 years, The band meets weekly to practice and welcomes any local musicians with an interest in good music, fun, and community performances. “We’re going around the world in 80 minutes,” Havely said of the planned concerts. “We’ll be playing music from England, Ireland, Ger many, Italy and of course the United States.” Havely said some guest artists will appear, and for the Monday evening performance they will honor President Glenn with “The Presidential Polonaise” by John Philip Sousa. Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call (256) 233-8126. Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Playoffs rescheduled The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced a tentative new schedule for athletic events disrupted by the threat of swine flu around the state. SPORTS, PAGE IB While they wouldn't blow away the competition on "Dancing with the Stars," scientists find that birds really do have rhythm and some animals actually will "dance" to a musical beat. PAGE 5A ‘We’re being proactive’ Police: Woman used ID from dead friend to get medication By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier.com The woman who found male and female acquaintances dead following a night of drug taking has been arrested for allegedly pretending to be the dead woman to get pain and anxiety medications, an official said. Tonya Renee Terry, 31. of 18108. Coffman Road, Lot 2, Elkmont, was charged Wednesday with possessing and receiving a controlled substance, according to Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. She was released from the Limestone County jail after posting a $5,000 bond, records show. She is accused of pretending to be the late Jackie Hughes Bates, 51, of Athens, who was found lying dead on a couch April 9 inside a North Beaty Street home along with Steven Louis Goode, 40, who had been staying a the house. “She called a local doctor’s office and acted like she was the lady who died and told them she wanted to get a prescription for Lortab and Xanax,” Bruce said. “The doctor’s office checked the tile and found the name she was using was that of the dead person.” Police believe Bates and Goode as well as Bates’ brother - 48-year-old Thomas Hughes of Delaney Road - died by overdosing on drugs. Hughes, who had been at the party the night before, was found dead in his home. There was no evidence of foul play but authorities are still awaiting autopsy results from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences laboratory in Huntsville. Boogie birdies More flu cases around state? MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama health officials said Thursday night that a third probable case of swine flu Had been reported in Alabama. News that a Montgomery woman in her 20s had been diagnosed with a probable case of swine flu came just hours alter state officials shut down schools for about 31,000 students in Madison County and postponed athletic events to try to curb spread of the disease. After two probable cases of sw ine flu were reported in Madison County, Huntsville’s 52 city schools and another 10 in Madison were closed from Thursday through Monday. The school attended by two 6-year-old kinder-gartners believed to have swine flu, Heritage Elementary in Madison, will See Cases, page 2A City streets to be filled with soulful sounds Saturday — even if it rains By Kelly Kazek kelly@athensnews-courier.com SoulStock will go on as planned Saturday — rain or shine. “If it rains, we get wet,” said organizer Phillip Presley. “We may have to stop if there are thunderstorms until they pass.” The 11th Annual SoulStock will be from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Field at Athens State University off Hobbs Street. Hobbs to be closed Don't forget - access will be blocked to Hobbs Street from Clinton to Shaw streets from noon-10 p.m. Saturday for SoulStock. As many as 20,000 people are expected at the event, and Presley said attendance could possibly be See SoulStock, page 3A Local school administrators prepared for a potential outbreak of swine flu SOULSTOCK 2009 NEWS COURIER/FILE PHOTO As many as 20,000 people are expected during SoulStock Saturday, which is celebrating its 11th year. From stall'and w ire reports School superintendents in Athens and Limestone County are urging parents not to panic after two suspected cases of swine flu in Madison prompted officials to shut down school for about 31,000 students in Madison County and state athletic officials to postpone all sporting events in the state. Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. and Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll say the school systems are taking precautions against swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu. So far, neither school system haS had a reported case. Offi- See Flu, page 3A AP PHOTO/DONNA MCWILUAM Custodian Thomas Hanford uses cleaner to disinfect lockers Thursday at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth School District closed its schools until May 8. Local school officials are cleaning keyboards and other surfaces as a precaution against flu. Index Classified .....................4B Comics.......................3B Obituaries ....................2A Katharyn Lovell Arnold Adams Willie T. Goodman Cagle Mary Andrews Dollman Marcus Madison Neal Harriett Grace Parsons Leonard Alvin Van-Hoozer Sports ........................IB RV s, BOATS 8 VEHICLES Stored Under Roof 256-771-ROOF U-COVER-IT' STORAGE HOOi CtwhrMgw fat Online edition Follow us at newscourier for updates