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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama Christmas Coloring Book inside For our valued subscribersThe News CouriSerxing Athens ¿ind Limestone County: A Coninmnity of inidition and Future 50 centsFriday, December 18, 2009 Visit us onAne www.enewscourierxom Inside Today 'Nova faces tough task Villanova's Wildcats face a tough opponent in the 14-0 Montana Grizzlies in tonight's Football Championship Subdivision title game in Chattanooga. Montana is playing in its fifth title game in a decade. SPORTS, PAGE IB First look at volcano Scientists witness the eruption of a deep-sea volcano for the first time, capturing on video the fiery bubbles of molten lava as they explode 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. MINI PAGE, PAGE 5A Subscribe (iet tlie news with your iriorning cofiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 69847'DOOOI Trials set for abuse cases By Jean 0)1 J^; jvaiKOa(lH'iisiH'\vs-c<Hiri(r.c(>ni Trial dates have been set for several Athens and Limestone County, residents charged with crimes involving children or minors. However, some of the trial dates overlap and may have to be changed unless some of the defendants plead guilty. Trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 22 for I ler-man Curtis Haygood Jr., who is charged with first-degree sexual abuse; Brian Keith Lambert, who is chaiged with production of pornography with a minor, Dou^as Oneal Butler, who is chaiged with pom piossession; and James Seay 'fhome, who is charged with child abuse. Circuit Judge Bob Baker is scheduled to hear the cases. A Feb. 18 settlement docket is also scheduled in each case. At that time, each defendant could plead guilty to the charge, or a lesser charge, which could eliminate the need for his tri al. Hagood Jr., of 23554 Fain Road, fort 5, in Elk-mont, who was first arrested in January, is accused of sexually abusing a 22-yeaiH)ld woman who is mentally incapacitated. Lambert, of 18452 Blue Springs Road in Athens, is accused of secretly videotaping a 14-yearold girl disrobing before showering at her See Abuse, page 6A Gifts for more than 500 kids COURTESY PHOTOS Creekside Elementary students aid Marines Toys for Tots drive Creekside Elementary School students collected 550 toys to donate to the Marines’ Toys for Tots drive. Students in 37 classes collected for the drive for the fourth year. Above, Marine Corp. Andrew' Stewart and Lance Corp. Jeremy Stover are introduced by Creekside’s Toys for Tots coordinator Rachel McRee, center. The Marines spoke to students about the toy drive and answered questions about their service for the Marines. Below, fourth and fifth gnrde students pose with the Marines, including, ifont row from left, Kaylin Sevigne, Sarah Baker, Savannah Tyler, Annie Foss, Nina Ciuerrero, Tamara Knowles, Taylor Rogers, Delaney Wales, Mallory Jewell; and back row. Cole Tiemann, Bobby Thornton, Ashun I lorton, Baylor Greenhaw, Brendan Ferris, Corp. Andrew Stew'art, I^nce Corp. Jeremy Stover, Jamon Clabom-Cephas, Charles Allen, Brian White, Byron Boydstun, and Luke Bowden. Rural Village sewer woes concern water board Bv KaRUN MIDUI kiircitiPath('iisiH‘\\s-a>uricr.a)ni If a thorough inspection and cleaning of the Elk-mont Rural Village sewage collection pipes tails to turn up the cause of excessive inflow and infiltration during heavy rains, the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority will have to consider building a new sewage treatment plant. The Rural \^lage sewage treatment plant, which the water authority took over in 1998, also recently beg^n serving Elkmont High School. The authority built a sewer main over to the village recently as part of a project to take over all of the county schools’ sewage treatment. Engineer Elton Hethcoat of Hethcoat & Davis Engineers of Brentwood, Term., said the school is now completely cormected to the Rural Village plant and all that remains is to fill in the school’s former sewage lagoon. “The Elkmont Rural Village treatment plan is way beyond its useful life,’’ said Hethcoat. “It needs to be replaced.’’ The water board voted to hire DPE Pipe Inspection Inc. of Lalayette, La., for $100,730 for sewer system cleaning and televising for the Rural Village system. It is hoped that specialized cameras threaded through the collector system will show where the pipes could possibly be repaired. Interim General Manager lammy Smith said she had budgeted $300,000 for the cleaning and televising. She said having the contract come in at nearly a third of the amount would leave ftmds for See Sewer, page 6A Teachers of the Year announced By JlLNNII KH R. HiLl jvnnilf'n^ntlK'iisiicws-coiirU' Athens City School Board members and guests honored the system’s Teachers of the Year Thursday night at their monthly meeting. A teacher from each school was chosen by peers based on criteria for selection for the National Teacher of the Year Prognun, then from those an elementary Teacher of the Year and a secondary education Teacher of the Year were chosen. “Our teachers are not just gcx)d teachers, but very talented teachers,” Supierin-tendent Orman L. Bridges Jr. said Athens City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year is Donna McDaniel of Julian Newman Elementary. McDaniel teachers first grade and has been a teacher for 23 years. Her motto is “Leairiing is an adventure.” “Teaching young children allows me to continue being a learner and explore this wonderful world in which we live,” she states on Jufem Newmim’s Web site. Athens City' Schools Secondiuy Education Teacher of the Year is Julie Prater of Athens High School. Ih-ater teachers mathematics and has bt^en a teacher for 17 years. Prater said the key to being a good teacher is havdng a love for the students and wanting to convey values to students that they am use outside of the classroom. Other individual school teachers of the year are: Teresa McDougle of Athens Elementary School, Amy Vinson of Brookliill Elementary School, Lee Goehler of Cowart Elementary School. Ana Rosales of Athens Intermediate School, and Pam See Teacher, page 6A Elkmont stabbing victim remains in critical condition By Jean CY)IJK /(WK^ citlu 'ItSlH ‘WS-itnilii r.coin An Elkmont man who was stabbed Tuesday by his common-law' wale remained in critical condition iTiursday at Hunts\alle Hospital, an ofiicial said. Anthony “Glen” Brown, 45, of 18767 McWilliams St. has been in the hospital’s surgical intensive-care unit since Tuesday night, when 37-yeaiH)ld Frances Vemell Thompson allegedly stabbed him twice in the back, officials said. Witnesses said Thompson stabbed Brown after tlie two fought about her letting others drink his halFgallon bottle of Heaven Hill bourbon w'hiskey, said Limestone County Sherifl^s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. TTrompson has been ckuged with at -tempted murder and remains in the Lime- See Stabbing, page 3A Index Classified.....................4B Ledger .......................9A Obituaries .............. 2A Georgia Baker Aaliyah Harris Mary Pearl McLin Flora Pitt Jeridean Scroggins Brenda Wellden Sports ................ IB Send your photos Submit your amateur photos to our Scene or At Play pages. Send to Kelly Kazek at    kel- [email protected] ;