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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 16, 2009, Athens, Alabama Tanner’s Stephens is Player of the Week PAGE IB The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Friday, October 16, 2009 Visit us online www^newscourierxom Inside Today Taking it one game at a time West Limestone Coach David Arnsparger is not concerned about the Wildcats' place in the state playoff standings - the most pressing issue is to win tonight's game with Colbert Heights. SPORTS, PAGE IB Swine flu 6 months later: Relief It was six months ago scientists discovered an ominous new flu virus, touching off fears of a catastrophic global outbreak that could cause people to drop dead in the streets. Doomsday never came to pass. PAGE 5A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK Pink Elephant Luncheon attendees Jo Ann Carter, Lisa Carter Payne and Debbie Schaus prepare to listen to speakers talk of the importance of early breast cancer detection and funding research. The event was sponsored by the Vera Bradley Foundation and Athens-Limestone Hospital. Speaker says about mammograms: ‘Do it for the people who love you By Kn i y Ka/fk    alonv    with her three sisters — Kim Han By Kazp:k kclly'i^atlh ‘iisni ‘w s-aHiritr. ami A woman whose mother died of breast cancer said Thursday she does not want sympathy — instead she pushed women to be more responsible about preventing the disease. Stacy Tribble, who works at Athens-Limestone Hospital, was honorary chairwoman of the second annual Pink Elephant Luncheon, sponsored by the Vera Bradley Foundation and Athens-Limestone Hospital. The event raised funds for the Foundation, which was founded in 1998 and donates 100 percent of funds raised to breast cancer research. Tribble was named honorary chairwoman along with her three sisters — Kim Hammond, Amy Gargis and Jill Britt. Hammond could not attend. Tribble said she and her sisters were ages 3, 5, 10 and 12 when their mother died of breast cancer at age 32. She said when she mentions this, people sympathize. “i’m not looking for sympathy,” an emotional Tribble said. She wants people to realize it is not just the cancer victim who is hurt. Entire families are hurt when a loved one succumbs to the deadly illness, she said. “I miss her laugh, the sound of her voice. See Mammogram, page 3A Heidi Floyd, spokeswoman for the Vera Bradley Foundation, speaks Thursday at the hospital's Pink Elephant Luncheon at Athens State University's Ballroom. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. DUI case continued to Nov. 19 The trial for a Killen man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol has been continued to Nov. 19, a municipal court official said. William Hyatt Jeffers, 43, was scheduled for trial Thursday in municipal court but the case was continued. According to records, Athens Police third-shift Officer Jason Threet puUed over a black Chrysler 300 driven by Jeffers at about 2:26 a.m. June 7 on U.S. 72 near Seven Mile Post Road in Athens after seeing his vehicle swerve and leave the road. His blood-alcohol content was 0.17 - twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to records. He was released from the Limestone County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond, according to jail records. His name and the DUI charge were published in the June 9 edition of The News Courier. A copy of Jeffers’ ticket shows that Threet did not swear the complaint to the Municipal Court magistrate, June Whitt, until 38 days after Jeffers was arrested. What transpired during that time is unclear. The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether an Athens Police supervisor attempted to void Jeffers’ ticket. Threet is not under investigation. Pohce Chief Wayne Harper said several weeks ago that the AG’s has not issued a report on the matter. — Karen Middleton Trial reset for man charged in assault on Limestone judge By JtLVN Qjle jt‘aiiii('atht‘iisiu‘\ys-amrier.a)m The man accused of assaulting a Limestone County judge at a HartseUe soccer game more than a year ago is scheduled for trial Oct. 30, a court oflB-cial said. Williani “Clifl^’ Sanders of Eva was chained in April 2008 with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor offenses. He is accused of assaulting Circuit Judge Bob Baker on March 27, 2008, while Baker was watching his daughter play in a soccer match between Athens and Brewer at the Brewer High stadium. Sanders pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial had been set for June 15 but was postponed because the prosecutor had a baby. The trial is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Morgan County Circuit Court. Baker said he and other parents were sitting in the bleachers watching the game when a man began yelling. Baker See Assault, page 3A City schools will offer flu shots to students By Jennifer R. Hili. jeiuuieiv«?athcnsne\vs-amrier.a>m Athens City Schools will be offering students HlNl flu shots the last week of October, the superintendent said. Each school will have a different schedule for the vaccination. Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. said at the monthly board meeting Thurs day. Students will be required to have a parent fill out a consent form. Due to limited availability of flu shots, only one parent will be allowed to have the vaccine in addition to his or her child. Bridges also reported that a decision is near on selecting an architect and design for the planned central oflBce. He and Chief Financial OflB-cer Barry Hamilton have been toui^ ing several sights designed by Lath-an Associates Architects, Krebs Architecture and Engineering Inc. and others. Bridges said. In other business, school board members agreed to buy a new clock and intercom system at BrookhiU Elementary School. BrookhiU Prin cipal Felicia Phillips told Bridges early this month that the system had been down since July and could not be repaired. A Dukane Interccan System wiU be purchased from Building Systems Technology} The Madison-based company was the lowest bidder at a cost of $28,995. It See Shots, page 3A Index Ledger .......................8A Obituaries ....................2A Kristy Lynn Butler Harold David Clem Anna Mae Dirigo Peggy McCoy Hamlin Douglas    R.    Johnson James    W.    Watson Religion ......................9A Sports ........................IB biS RagersviitB. AL 2SB-ZA7~tSS7 Л л<л'л\ heeler I a kep I z/a.com BREADSTICKS order with <\ny PIZZA order On-- per 11;'.ro'f,r f • -Mi/ii pM»si-nf roupon • not eohd any other otte Submit your photos Don't forget to send your amateur photos of family scenes, outdoor fun or sports activities to kelly@ athensnews-courier.com. Photos are published on The News Courier's Scene or At Play pages each Sunday To see past galleries of photos, visit enewscourier.com and click Photo Gallery.