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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama <3?    f.*    f--    *    ;    '    ;    'cA-iiißA-«'The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future One dollar Visit us online Inside Today Never lose hope ABS grad has missing class ring returned 49 years later. PAGE14A New Ideas for your Garden A special section INSIDE TODAY Index Classifieds 1C Ledger.........16A Lifestyles........9A Obituaries 2 A Steven Louis Goode Florene Rene Holland Thomas Gautney Hughes Jackie Bates Kelley Willie Douglas Smith Opinion.........4A Sports...........IB Weather.........2A Sunday, April 12, 2009 m a 7 l,B,698 4 7 00002    3 3 Chevron DEAL OF THE DAY «iti OU* AO ON mi II NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Twin white hearses escorted the caskets carrying murdered mother and daughter Tammy and Chelsie Garner to Rogers High School in Lauderdale County, where they were eulogized on Good Friday by friends. ‘Best friends’ laid to rest in hail-bitten ground on prom day; a not-so-good Friday By Kelly Kazek kt ihif atht ‘iisik ‘\\' GREENHILL, Ala. — Most folks here already had shopped and laid out their finery for two of the community’s most important upcoming occasions — Friday night’s high school prom and Sunday morning’s Easter service. But as Friday morning dawned gray and damp from an early morning thunder-bumper, hundreds of residents pulled on jackets, dresses, ties and heels and showed up at the door of Rogers High School’s gym. The computerized scroll on the school’s Home of the Pirates sign announced prom’s start time that evening at the Florence Coliseum. Inside the gym, a young girl waited to be buried in her prom dress. Stormy day The twin white hearses parked in front of the gym were another indication this would be anything but a good Friday in this tiny unincorporated town. At 11 a.m. on the Friday before Easter, those in the gym attended the funerals for mother and daughter, the last of several services — impromptu as well as planned — held See Angel, page 8A NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK This wreath from the softball team bears Chelsie’s number. Chelsie Garner Tammy Garner Limestone school board will discuss old jail, school projects during retreat By Jean Cole [email protected] Limestone County school board members plan to discuss state funding cuts, school building projects, hiring procedures and what do to with the old jail during their daylong retreat April 17. The annual meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the boardroom of the Central Office off Jefferson Street in Athens. Board members plan to discuss the following topics during the day: 8-9 a.m. - Discussions on book studies and literature 9-10:15 a.m. - Discussions on AdvancED/SACS 10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break -10:30-11:30 a.m. - Limestone County Schools projects update 11:30 a.m.-noon - Old Limestone County jail feasibility study and Elm Street building Noon-1 p.m. - Lunch 1-2 p.m. - Promethean board presentation canceled; materials and information will be provided to board members 1-2 p.m. - Alternative school programs 2-2:15 p.m. - Break 2:15-3:45 p.m. - Proration, ARRA and staffing 3:45-4:30 p.m. - Hiring procedures 4:30-5 p.m. - Contracts/supplements/facility use/other issues Bob Glenn Glenn to get formal nod after 9 months It has been nine months since Bob Glenn first entered office as the 36th president at Athens State University. The university will make it official May 5. Glenn will be glad to hear that because he hit the ground running and hasn’t let up, according to Guy McClure, university advancement manager. “My initial orientation to campus life was an exciting week — a new job, a new towm, and a host of names, places and faces to learn,” Glenn said. “Starting this new life w ithout my fem-ily, I was happy to have immediate projects to occupy my time and focus.” Glenn, formally a vice president at Middle Tennessee State University, accepted the position to lead the Athens institution while knowing that his son, Carl, had previously made a commitment to lead his class at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. “After a long family meeting we agreed that it was best for our family for Laurie to stay on in Murfreesboro with our son until he graduates,” Glenn said. “Our daughters are already on their own — lisa is working for “Teach for America” in Phoenix, Ariz., and Katie is a student at Birmingham-Southern. Once Carl has graduated, Laurie will join me to build our empty nest here in Athens. It is an exciting new chapter in our lives.” Although this particular Glenn family is new to Athens, the name certainly has a known heritage in the town and on the ASU campus. Glenn’s great-grandfather, Edgar M. Glenn, was the 23rd president and served the then Athens College at the dawning of the 20th century. The Glenn legacy and the university’s historic past will be highlighted during the festivities planned to celebrate the inauguration. Many events will be held on campus and at First United Methodist Church between See Glenn, page 2A Senator lunches with Limestone County residents GREENBRIER - U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was at the old Greenbrier Barbecue Restaurant for lunch Saturday to talk with local residents about the legislative agenda for the ongoing 111th Congress, which lasts until January 2011. “Over the years, these meetings have provided an excellent opportunity for area residents to listen and voice their opinions on the activities of our government,” Shelby said. “This will be a great chance to discuss the impor tant issues feeing our state and our na- See Shelby, page 3A Richard Shelby to Cß» Gd Ym Untomi tim tk WA facesm Change out your old system wi$k a NEW High Efficiency Htatpnmp to^w^l 00, {rjgoigfKSHg AvttiWbiB thrangjb AiKmm UUtMw 4 TVA ftpN £nf 0odübl è IB Jirky Kino Company 1613 1 Gray Itvd. • AHtM«, Al 35611 230-0402 QNC Mambvr ;