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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 2, 2009, Athens, Alabama Athens High football coach tries to make system fit players PAGE IB The News Courier Visit us олЯпе www^newscouríer.com Inside Today Щ Ticket ..... Ш f I LaGuardia Airport evacuated Travelers at New York's LaGuardia Airport suffered through a mess of delays after a bomb scare involving a homeless man. PAGE ЗА J. ' t    UjK) Obama campaigns for reform President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail, but he's facing a rpore complicated opponent this time - reforming health care. PAGE 5A Index Classifieds 1C Crossword ISA Ledger.........ISA Letters..........5A Lifestyles........9A ^)tteiy..........3A bbituaries 2A Ronald Mills Sr. Billy Joe Stovall Leard Yarbrough Opinion.........^ Sports...........IB Valley...........6A Weather.........2A Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future One dollar Sunday, August 2, 2009 7    69847    00002    5 Rescuer sues sanctuaiy Lassie's Friends owner contends dogs she had euthanized vicious By Jean Cole it‘inna)8(bensnvws-a)uricr.coin A Helena animal-rescue volunteer is suing the owner of Lassie’s Friends Animal Sanctuaiy in Athens, claiming the owner accepted $500 to socialize and care for three dogs from the rescue but instead had them killed. The owner, Karen Morrow Johnson, a retired chiropractor, said her sanctuaiy does not euthanize dogs capriciously; it euthanizes only vicious or sick dogs. Two former employees of Lassie’s Friends — who Johnson said were fired due to animal abuse — said Johnson had several dogs euthanized unnecessarily and that she shot three dogs in the neck herself rather than pay a veterinarian to euthanize them. See Sanctuary, page 8A ,    COURTESY    PHOTO A dog rescuer from Helena is suing the owner of Lassie's Friends Animal Sanctuary in Athens, claiming the owner took money to care for and socialize three dogs but had them euthanized. Pictured are the three dogs, from left, Ms. Mason, Jiggles and Mimi. NEWS COURIER/FILE PHOTO A new book by Emily Liebert, "Facebook Fairytales," will feature remembrances from the social networking Web site shared by friends and family of the late Jessica Elkins. The Athens High School student died June 26, 2007, after a five-day battle against bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. Story of local family's loss to be featured in new book called 'Facebook Fairytales' By Kaiu:n Middleton kart'ni^iitbcnsnews-courier.coin A book coming out by Emily Liebert, titled “Facebook Faiiytales,” is a compilation of human interest.stories shared over the popular social networking Web site, including remembrances shared by friends and femily of the late Jessica Elkins. Jessica, a vivacious, popular Athens High School cheerleader died June 26,2007, after a five-day battle against bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. Since then, the daughter of Talbot and Michelle Elkins of Athens has been memorialized with the establishment of the Jessica Michelle Elkins Love, Live and Laugh Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded through the Limestone Area Community’ Foundation. Her Athens High classmates have worked diligently on fundraisers throughout the year and a half since her death to fund the scholarship and. See Fairytales, page 2A About the book "Facebook Fairytales" by Emily Liebert is scheduled for release in February 2010. It contains 25 true stories that have resulted from Facebook connections. Visit http://www.facebogk.com/Fa cebookFalrytales for more Information. Drug Court: No free ride By Karen Middleton karen(f?athcnsncws-cr)urier.iX)m If drug offenders believe by signing up for drug court monitoring in place of a prison sentence is the ea^ way out th^d better think again. Assistant District Attorney Eddie Alley says only offenders completely committed to getting clean will make it through and avoid jail. Drug Court, a collaborative effort of the District Attorney’s OflBce, the Community Corrections Center and Limestone County judges with the suj^rt of local law en-fprcement, was est^lished in late April. According to District Judge Jeny Batts the program began accepting applicants in early June and now has six people enrolled and a waiting list awaiting screening. ‘“niis is only for non-violent drug offenders — DUIs are automatically disqualified,” said Batts. “It serves to move offenders more eflB-dently through the court system and they pay for their own treatment with the goal of preventing recidivism,” said Alley. “And it’s a cost savings for the justice system, and at the same time they hopefully will become See Court, page ЗА NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON District Judge Jerry Batts and Assistant District Attorney Eddie Alley review an application from a non-violent drug offender who wants to participate in Drug Court, an alternative to prison time. JiRiiY Kino Comrany Iéf a i Omt 9M. • Mmt, M    f ÚHC Rufun    A!    У'if; УЛ / f'l'.y (У