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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 23, 2010, Athens, Alabama Clements girls play in state tourney at 4p.m. today PAGE IB The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of t radition and Future 50 cents Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today ic roundup Bode, goalie Ryan come up big for USA SPORTS, PAGE Bl Endeavour back on Earth Space shuttle makes rare night landing PAGE 5A Subscribe Gel the news v\ itll your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 it in^r Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Flores pleads guilty to murder I Athens man sentenced to 22 years in 2008 shooting By J f an Cole jean@athensnews-ayurior.com Daniel Ramos sat quietly in the second row of a Limestone County Court room Monday as the judge sentenced the man who killed his brother. When Limestone Circuit Judge Bob Baker accepted Mario Alberto Flores’ guilty plea to felony murder and sentenced him to serve 22 years in prison, Daniel hoped it would have been more. “Of course, I would like for him to get more time,” Daniel said through his interpreter. Assistant District Attorney Edward Alley. “I would have liked him to get the maximum, but I understand. I am satisfied with what the District Attorney Kristi Valls’ Office and the Athens Police have done.” See Murder, page 3A Mario Alberto Flores Will ASU head downtown? t    NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Athens State University officials have approached the Boys & Girls Clubs about purchasing The Clubhouse building in downtown Athens. The plan would have to be approved by the State Board of Education. University considering buying Clubhouse building on square By Kelly Kazek hell} °' athensnew s-courier,com Athens State University may soon have a presence on the downtown square. University officials are .negotiating with the local Boys & Girls Clubs to purchase the building from which the organization runs The Clubhouse, which includes a cafe, office and meeting space. “We are just beginning the process of looking at purchasing that building dow ntow n,’' said Bick Mould, \ ice president for university advancement. “It’s very preliminary.” ASU President Dr. Robert (Uenn and his staff are gathering information to present to the State Board of Education for approval. Mould said. That presentation would likely take place a month or # See Clubhouse, page 3A Two plead guilty to sex abuse By Jean Cole jean a athensnews-couricr.com Two Limestone County men facing trials on sex abuse charges have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. Herman Curtis Haygood Jr.. 50, of 23554 Fain Road, Lot 5, Elkmont, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse, according to Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Valls. I le was accused of sexually abusing a 22-year-old mentally incapacitated woman, an official said. Limestone Circuit Judge Bob Baker sentenced Haygood Jr. to a split 10-year sentence, Valls said. He will serve 18 months in prison, day for day, and spend two years on supervised probation, she said. Brian Keith Lambert, 43, of 18452 Blue Springs Road, Athens, pleaded guilty Friday to production of pornography with a minor. He was accused of secretly videotaping a 14-year-old girl disrobing before showering at her home, Limestone County Sheriffs Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said when Lambert was first arrested last December. McNatt said the victim looked at the tape without know ing what was on it, saw the secretly taped footage and re- See Sex abuse, page 3A Herman C. Haygood Jr. Brian Keith Lambert City officially vacates road it never owned By Karen Middi i ion kan , iK a athensnew s-wurit tx oui Hie Athens City Council on Monday officially abandoned a driveway, which over the decades had become a cutoff tor drivers between U.S. 72 and Clinton Street. But there tire no city records that show the city ever owned the street in the first place. Adjacent owners say that the unofficial street is necessary as a driveway to their businesses, but they do not necessarily want the liability connected with it. During a hearing at Monday's council meeting, City Attorney Shane Black slid he was told by officials in the Public Works Department that the road is a private drive. “There has never been a tormal dedication or acceptance by the city,” said Black. “The public has used it over tune mid the city has repaired it from time to time. There is no deed. But to the extent that it is a public- drive, the city movcs to vacate it. II the council passes it , ownership would split down the middle to belong to adjoining property owners. The* city would not put up barricades.” City St re-et Department Manager I am-Elkins said the cut oil was never built > to city standings and it would cost tex) much to bring it up to standard. “The slopes on each end are tex) dangerous.” said Elkins. “To bring it up to th« maximum grade standards, you would have to till the roadway itself.” Elkins also said that the road is not needed from a public traffic standpoint because there is an intersection just east ot the driveway tint connects U.S. 72 and See Council, page 3A Non-profit VA adds hours Bi Jean ( OI t /can <’ athensnew ^-courier.com A new Athens dental center created to serve children in need is treating so many patients it will extend its hours and may hire more dentists, an official said. Sarrell Regional Dental Centers, a non-profit group in Alabama that has opened dental centers in Athens and other locations, has treated 767 patients since it opened Feb. I, said Sarrell representative Christine Marsh. It will begin free screenings in Athens City Schools this week. “We have been greatly encour- See Dental, page 3A Index Classified .....................4B Sports ........................lh Ledger .......................SA Obituaries ....................2A Ralph G. Campbell    Aileene    Jarrett Irma L. Finley    George W Putman Ann Green    Henrietta B. Word Lorene Hodges Online edition We hit 1,000! The News Courier has more than 1,000 fans on Facebook. Join the discussion.