Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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-7 69847 00002 5Courthouse renovations stall
Plan needed to rework space to give DA’s office ‘usable’ work areas
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Kafvn^ufhensne\\s-couhercom The w heels of justice might be turning a little slower m Limestone Count>’ for the simple reason there isn't enough usable space in the coutlhouse for attorneys to do their jobs.
That's according to Distnct Attorney Knsti Vails who says she would hire another assistant D.A and another secre
tary if she onI\ had somewhere to pul them.
But it's a matter of waiting on architec-Uiral plans for space allocation, according to County Commission Chainnan Da\ id Seibert.
“The whole idea is to make more courtroom space- add two more courtrooms —not just going in and working on the distnct attorney's office," said Seiben.
Seibert said representatixes of the Montgomerx arclutectural firm 2WR have been meeting w ith judges to come up with a plan. “They're working on it, that's all 1 can sa>," said Seilvn.
■Meanwhile, \alls sa\s sites making due w Ith the added space created from the \acant licetise commissioner's otfice.
The county built a counhoiise annex on Clinton Street and mo\ ed all non-couil related ofrices there to make more room for the courts, fhe mam courthouse has lots of unused space, but \ alls said it's not necessaty “usable” space.
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der atid three murder cases to tiy, but she said she wouldn't term this as a “backlog,” but the efficiency w ith which she is able to disjxxse of the great number of lesser crimes is compromised by the lack of usable space.
.\mong capital murder and murder cases awaiting tnal are: .Andrew Lacke\. who was indicted for the Halloween night slaying of SO-year-old Charlie Newman; Melissa Jarrett and .Andy Dugger, each accused in a 2002 murder-for-hire scheme in which Jarrett's husband Shane Jaixett;
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Surviving murder: A mother’s story
Victims’ groups lelp suivivors cope following violent crimes
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Ai.7/y(f/ (it/u’nsnews-ccntrii'r.coni Many victims or families of victims of violent crime beliexe resolution in the court system w ill give them a sense of relief, a feeling of closure.
The Limestone County District .Attorney's Office has a victims' service oft'i-cer, who acts as a court liaison and helps victims through the legalities of a crime's aftermath. The officer notifies families of -
upcoming court appearances, motions that have been filed and explains any procedures they may not understand and prevent them from feeling isolated.
District .Attorney Kristi Vails said Karen Bone, whose son Andy I hompson was murdered Dec. 29,
See Survivors, Page 7A
For inforniation on tlie Homicide Sunivor.s Program, call Jill Gar\'in at (2S6)St1-I6K).
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Karen Bone says she will never “get over” the brutal murder of her only son. Above, she sits in her Tanner home looking at a scrapbook filled with articles about the case.
When Karen Bone’s son was murdered 5 years ago, she began a terrible journey...
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kelly(a^uthensne\vs-courier.com On Dec. 29, bereaved mother Karen Bone will drive into the dirt and gravel parking lot of an unassuming building on U.S. 72 and sit in her car, as so many times before.
She will have a supply of tissues in her purse and terrible
images in her head. _
She will be filled with anger.
She will be filled with sadness.
She will be filled with regret.
But, as she sits cold and alone in her car and stares up at the place where her only child was murdered, the most unbearable feeling of all w ill be the emptiness.
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Bone's son. Andy Thompson, was beaten with a baseball bat inside the building that once housed Premier Spa in 2()()(). His body was found frozen in the trunk of his abandoned car on Jan. 2, 2001. Three people are
now in prison after being con
victed m connection with his death, including Thompson's wife, Daphney.
Thompson left behind a son, then 2, who is now being raised by Bone and Bone's
husband, Paul. The boy's mother is serving a life sen
tence in South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, after pleading guilty a few months after the
See Journey, Page 7A
Ncws-Couricr/Kim Rynders Jill Garvin, above left, talks with Karen Bone recently in Bone’s kitchen. Garvin is Bone’s grief counselor.
Garbage pickup schedule, office closings posted
Athens City and Limestone County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holidays.State offices will also be closed both days.
City, county and state offices will also be closed Monday, Jan. 2.
Garbage collection in Limestone County will not change during the holidays.
Athens garbage, trash and recycling collection will change next week.
The Athens City Sanitation Department will pick up items a day earlier than usual, beginning Dec. 19.
Residents who typically have collection Tuesday should put out items Monday; those collected on Wednesday will be picked up Tuesday; those collected Thursday will be picked up Wednesday and those collected Friday will be picked up Thursday.
No collection will be done on Friday, Dec. 23.
Building homes, one cookie at a time
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Kasey Menefee, a culinary arts student at Limestone County Career Technical Center, displays her gingerbread house creation.
Tech students show off their cooking skills
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Gingerbread house kits are giving even the laziest among us an easy way to make a festive holidiiy treat.
But a few' students at Limestone County Career Technical Center could tell you how to make a gingerbread house the hard way.
Some students in Sheila Lightfoot’s culinaity arts class have recently made gingerbread houses as a part of a project.
"1 do this every year with my first year students,” Lightfoot said. “It’s a lot of frm and it’s
See Cooking, Page 3A