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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 29, 2009, Athens, Alabama Who will be QB at East Limestone? PAGE IB The News Couri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Visit us online «rww.enewscourierxom Inside Today 2 Keeping officers The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $1 biiiion in grants to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn PAGE 11A Faith on trial A Wisconsin mom testified she thought prayer could save her dying daughter, who had undiagnosed diabetes HEALTH, PAGE 8A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coitee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds    4B Comics    .3B Ledger..........6A Lifestyles........1C Obituaries 2A Jack McDowell Mary Stewart Ellen Thomas Sports...........IB \^ey...........4A 7 •'69847*00001    6 OF THE DAY ! AD ON PAGE I Local home sales on rise By Karen Middleton karon(^a thensnew s -courier, com Local home sales are not showing the ll-perdent rise seen nationwide, but one Realtor said sales are improving, Patsy Gooch, president of the Limestone County Realtors Association, said Monday, “We’re still down below last year, but we’re looking up,” Gooch said. According to the National As sociation of Realtors, U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in more than eight years in June. Officials take this as a sign the housing market is recovering from the worst downturn since World War II. “This quarter, we sold a total of 215 homes in May, June and July,” Gooch said. “This is 39 units down from the 254 we sold in the same time last year.” Nationwide, sales have risen for three-straight months with the median sales price of $206,200, which was down by 12 percent from last year’s $234,300. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a home in the South is $159,300. “We’re improving but we’re not back to where we were,” Gooch said. “The Athens and Limestone County real-estate market remains very sound. While we are down from the previous year, I believe our figures still reflect a healthy market and are in line with seasonal sales. “We are so encouraged by what’s happening nationally in home sales,” she said. “All of our Realtors have stayed very positive and we all feel we will recov- er very soon. Preserving history NEWS COURICR/KIM RYNDCRS District 3 Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill accepts a check from state Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, accompanied by Trinity High School graduates. In front is 1946 Trinity graduate and former Trinity teacher Earline G. Hobbs, and in back, from left, are: Shelby Hobbs, Geraldine Harris, Jacgueline Harris, David Malone, Edward Gilbert and Gloria Harris Hardy. Sen. Butler presents $25K check to Trinity project PoKce take bite out of crime with arrest of ‘Sweet Pear’ By Kelly Kazek kellytS'iithensucws-courier.coni Athens police took a bite out of crime Monday when they arrested a man named Sweet Pear at Huntsville In- ternational Sweet Pear Peterson Airport in connection with a car theft. Sweet Pear Lacy Peterson, 32, of 2234 Levert Ave., was charged with first-degree theft of property and transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where he was held in lieu of posting $5,000 bail, records show. According to Police Capt. Marty Bruce, Peterson 'went to D&J Motors on U.S. 72 near Jefferson Street at about 9:30 a.m. and asked to test drive a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Peterson was told he By Karen Middleton karen@a theusnews -courier, com Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill said he was riding by the site of the former Trinity High School, from which he graduated in 1966, and commented to fellow councilman Ronnie Marks, “I wonder if Senator Butler could help us out with this project.” Gill is part of the Athens-Limestone Community Association, which is trying to raise about $1 million to restore the site as a museum and cultural attraction. “That was an expensive ride Ronnie and I took that day,” Gill said Tuesday at the school site before state Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, presented Gill and other members of the association and Trinity alumni with a check for $25,000. “I am so very thankful for Sen. Butler,” Gill said. “He is one person I can count on. He has helped me with so many things.” The money will be used to preserve the history of the school, which was on the site, and to create a museum to record the See Trinity, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill explains plans for renovating the old Trinity High School into a museum to state Sen. Tom Butler, who contributed $25,000 to the project. See Crime, page 2A No verdict in McGuire rape triai By Jean Cole Jean@athensnews-courier.com No verdict yet in the case of a former Clements High School teacher accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually assaulting a woman 16 years ago. Brian “Keith” McGuire, 49, of Jackson, is accused of attacking a 20-year-old Lauderdale County woman on Dec. 20, 1990, while she was babysitting at his brother’s home in Florence. A six-man, six-woman jury received the case by late afternoon Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court and deliberated for about an hour before adjourning for the day. They deliberated all day Tuesday, breaking for lunch, and then adjourned at 4:30 p.m. Dehberations continue today. The victim, who did not report the incident until 2(X)6 because See Trial, page 3A HIBWCBIY 608 South Jelfersun Street • Athens Shoppint) Center ')!()i (' 11( i( II s Sun I hi u I 1111    /    . i: 11 III! t li I () ()P I • t 11 UK ! ‘-.UI / , nu , i nhl ; ! pin A