Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Tuesday, August 2, 2005 eneMscoiiricr.comAthens man dies in wreck
By Tanjie Schrimsher
An Athens groom-to-be — en route home after a bachelor-party weekend in New Orleans — was killed when the SUV in which he was a passenger was involved in a four-car crash in Meridian, Miss., Sunday evening.
Lee Michael Henley, 24, died in the 4:30 p.m. accident, which occurred on rainslick Interstate 59.
He was engaged to Paige Greenhaw of Athens. The wedding Lee Henley
was planned for Oct. 1.
The son of Sonny and Beverly Henley, Lee was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and was enrolled in an advertising graphics school in Atlanta. He was a former employee of The News-Courier.
Two other Athens men, Britt Barley and Matthew Beddingfield. were also injured in the crash, according to Sonny Henley.
“Britt s doing fine,” Sonny Henley said. “Matthew had some injuries to a leg that will require some surgery'. But I believe the outlook is really good. 1 believe, long-term, they will both be fine.”
Jackie Greenhaw. Paige's father, said wet conditions
apparently contributed to the crash.
“From what we understand, it had been raining and they came upon a wreck and when they applied the breaks they began to hydroplane,” Greenhaw said.
On Monday, both the Henley and Greenhaw families were struggling w ith the weight of their loss.
Lee s father said his son was excited both about the engagement and his enrollment at Creative Circus, an advertising design school he said is among the most highly regarded in the advertising industry.
“They were really good together,” he said of Lee and
See Fatality, Page 3A
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Survey: Republicans favor Riley over Moore
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A survey of members of the State Republican Executive Committee found Gov. Bob Riley has more support than former Chief Justice Roy Moore among GOP leaders going into next year’s election for governor.
The Birmingham News surveyed the 364-member committee and got responses from 160, or 44 percent. Of those, 72 percent supported Riley, 21
percent supported Moore, and the remaining 7 percent were either undecided or had a different response, the News reported Sunday.
Neither Riley nor Moore have announced their intentions for 2006, but num Republican officials expect the two to face each other in the Republican primary in June.
The State Republican Executive Committee includes members from every county and sets the policy for the party. Its members often help candidates put together grassroots organizations.
University of Alabama political scientist William Stewart said Riley appears to have regained a lot of the ground he lost with the party establishment when he proposed an unsuccessful $1.2 billion tax package in 2003. But Stewart said the survey of party leaders wouldn’t guarantee how a primary would come out.
In The Birmingham News’ survey, executive committee members were asked how they would vote if the primary election were held today and the choices were
See Survey, Page 3A
It was the first day of practice and it was a hot one Monday as high school football players countywide took to the field. Athens senior Antwain Orr takes a water break here in between practice at Golden Eagle Stadium. It will be short pants only for the first three days and on Thursday the boys strap on the pads.
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This same parent who is not providing any support is also not following the court order? Are the laws not the same for the custodial parent to follow the law as the non-custodial parent? Can someone out there help me here because I have seen court orders saying the custodial parent is responsible for cost of care yet pays nothing and receives welfare and lives rent free by own admission in a relatives home and receives money from Social Security Disability, Welfare, and child support. Does this not show this parent is not willing to do their part?
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By Tashia Lovell
Two people were injured in two separate wrecks in Limestone County Monday morning.
State troopers said Hollie Huber, 29, of Trussville, was injured in the first accident that occurred at 7:25 a.m. on Interstate-65 three miles north of Athens. It was a single vehicle accident and remains under investigation.
Huber was treated and released at Athens-Limestone Hospital.
The second accident occurred at 7:45 a.in. on U.S. 72 East near Sugarplum Lane, six miles east of Athens.
John William Sykes, 56, of Madison was driv ing a 1999 Ford Ranger and was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital with injuries.
He was later transferred to Huntsville Hospital for treatment where he was listed in fair condition late Monday.
Charles Edward Terrell, Jr., 26. of Fayetteville, Tenn. was the driver of a 1999 Ford F-350. He was not injured.
The accident also remains under investigation by troopers.
Stadium named in Cavnars memory
Bv Kelly Kazek
After as many as 100 East Limestone students and parents made a request to honor football coach Phil Cavnar, who died July 7. the Limestone County School Board approved naming the school’s stadium after him.
A ceremony will be at the team s first home game Sept. 9, said Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll at a Monday night school board meeting.
Also at the meeting, the board approved the fiscal year 2005-’06 budget and finalized personnel for the school year, which begins Monday.
Carroll recommended that the board approve naming the stadium in Cavnar’s honor after receiving a letter from East Limestone Principal Dennis Black.
Black said “no less than 100 people” had approached him about honoring the late coach; Carroll said he heard from 25 to 30 people about the idea.
“This recognizes the time and
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This two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 72 East Monday morning caused injuries to the driver of a 1999 Ford Ranger. John William Sykes, 56, of Madison, was listed in fair condition at Huntsville Hospital late Monday.
City to let bids on new complex
Bv Karen Middleton
net If all goes as planned, the city should advertise in September for bids on a new police complex, according to Police Chief Wayne Harper.
“They've closed on the property' and we had a meeting w ith the architect last week because we wanted a few more minor changes,” said Harper. “September is the target date to let bids.”
Harper called the process to build the police complex on East Hobbs at Shaw streets to replace the 1950s-era jail and police station a "long, drawn-out thing, hut I’m really looking forward to being in it.”
Harper said it would he at least 18 months between when the bids are let and the completion of construction.
“There’s been so many changes, so many roadblocks, hut it looks like it’s all coming together now,” he said.
The multi-million-dollar complex has been planned at
See Complex, Page 2A