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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama Athens girls’ soccer prepare lor Cullman PAGE IB The News Courie ;    H Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community Tradition and Future I Tuesday, May 5, 2009 ? logo below means we posted a story at enewscourier.com before it was seen in ie News Courier’s print edition. Be sure to check it out daily you saw o«ll treaking news at www.enewsccmrier.com She's the queen clown of reading Clements teachers help kids learn to read by clowning around VALLEY, PAGE 4A NLW3 lUUVtl£Vf/V\im n T nuunj Dr. Robert Glenn watches from the balcony of First United Methodist Church in downtown Athens as participants practice a processional for the ceremony today in which he will be formally inaugurated at the 36th president of Athens State University. Glenn began his duties at ASU in August 2008. University readies to inaugurate Glenn today at 4 p.m. ceremony By Kelly Kazek kelty@athensnews-courier.com At 10 a.m. today, students and faculty will seal a time capsule at Athens State University and preserve it at the college’s library to be opened in 50 years’ time. The contents of the capsule will mark the moment later this afternoon when Dr. Robert Glenn is inaugurated as the historic university’s 36th president. Although Glenn has been on the job for nine months, his tormal installation will be at 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in downtown Athens, followed by a reception at the Beasley Events today • 10 a.m.: Closing of time capsule at ASU library, open to public • 4 p.m.: Inauguration of Dr Robert Glenn at First United Methodist Church in Athens followed by a reception at Beasley Center Center. The events are free and open to the public. The time capsule it one of several commemorative events that culminate in today’s ceremony. See Inauguration, page 3A As 'Scene' online The amateur photos published on The News Courier's Scene page each week show up at ENEWSCOURIER.COM nder Photo Gallery. Send photos to kelly@ athensnews-courier.com Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 69847 00001 Some area schools re-open; still no H1N1 flu cases reported here By Kelly Kazek keUy@athensnews-courier.com While elementary schools in the City of Madison and one elementary school in MaHison County will remain closed for several more days, most schools in the neighboring county re-opened Monday and local officials say there remain no cases of H1N1 flu here. By thè numbers 4 Confirmed cases statewide 13 Probable cases in state 11 Probable cases in Madison 0 Cases in Limestone 14 Date in May when Madison schools will re-open Heritage    Elementary School on County Line Road, which has reported one confirmed case and several probable cases of H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu, may remain closed until May 14, along with three other Madison City elementary schools. Harvest Elementary School in Madison County, which also See Flu, page 3A Relay for Life set for weekend American Cancer Society Relay for Life orgarnz-ers are gearing up for tnis year’s event Friday and Saturday at Athens Sport-splex. “We will walk all night to symbolize that cancer never sleeps,” said Brittany Vinson, publicity chairwoman. Activities will get underway at 7 p.m. Friday and continue throughout the night to 7 a.m. Satur- See Relay, page 3A During the Relay for Life, cancer survivors walk the first lap. this year's event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sportsplex in Athens. Index Classified.....................4B Ledger .......................3A Obituaries ............  •    -2A Desiree Butler James Alvin Collins Charles Davis Cleo Flanagan Betty Ann Lauderdale Billy McGregor Charles Phillips br. Elizabeth Ragan Charles Fred' Vamell Pryor Wiley Sr. Sports ........................I® Breakfast Cooked to Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm Open 6:OOam til 2:OOpm Mon.-Fri. • 6:OQam til 12:СХ}эт Sat. Take Out Orders - Call 232-0205 Check out our Daily Blue P/ate Special $4.63 Mans disarms armed robber at pharmacy By Karen Middleton kuren@athensnews-courier.com A customer returning items to Joe’s Pharmacy on Capshaw Road Monday morning got more in the exchange than he bargained for, according to Limestone County Sheriff’s Investigator Stanley McNatt. A man entered the pharmacy at about 8:45 a.m. Monday with a 12-gauge, double-barreled shotgun drawn and demanded Oxycontin, a narcotic painkiller. This is the second time the pharma- See Robber, page ЗА you saw it 0 т** е U *as breaking news at www.enewscourier.com Authorities search for missing woman Jane Stevenson Hill, 77, of Chica-mauga Trail in south Huntsville, has been missing since the night of Monday, April 27. Hill left her home that night in her car, a 1995 dark green Buick le Sabre with tag number 47D237Y, her son, Shelton Hill Jr. said. The vehicle is damaged on the driver’s side and has no side mirror. The See Missing, page 3A How much is oo much H 2 0? By Karen Middleton karen@athensnews-courier.coin Although Limestone County was on the fringes of a rare weather occurrence Sunday, the community escaped relatively unscathed by storms that pelted the area with 6 inches of rain throughout the weekend. The National Weather Service says a not very common weather phenomenon, called a derecho (duh-RAY’-choh), moved across central Alabama, causing damage and knocking out power in several counties from Mississippi to Georgia. Alabama Power said Monday 48,000 customers were without power at its peak, but all but 100 had power restored. Closer to home, Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said he had a crew out working the entire weekend, but outages were scattered and short-lived. Weather officials said a derecho is a widespread and long-lived straight-line See Rain, page 3A No. 36 Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today