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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama Local students help Design-An-Ad Special section insideThe News CourierSening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Friday, February 27, 2009 Visit us online www-enewscourierxom Inside Today Joines guilty of reckless murder Diamond roundup Coverage of high School and college softball, baseball play. SPORTS, PAGE IB Siren not workinq at Goodsprings The siren at Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Department is not working, a local Emergency Management Agency official said. The siren was installed in December but it apparently has an electrical problem, said Daphne Ellison. She said until the siren is repaired, residents should not rely on it to warn them of severe weather but should listen for other sirens in the area or weather radios. Ellison said one of the parts needed to repair the siren has arrived but she is awaiting another part before it can be repaired. Sirens throughout the county are sounded at 9:15 a.m. the second Monday of each month to ensure they are working. 69847'QOOOI By Jean Cole jenni^ ATHENS - A subdued Jerry Allen Joines hugged his crying daughter and sister Thursday after a Limestone County jury found him guilty of reckless murder in connection with an alcohol-related wreck in 2006. He was accused of being under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 2 and causing a wreck that killed Randall Guy Barksdale, 49, of 20991 you saw it o freaking news Edgewood Road. Through her tears, Joines’ daughter Sheila Gunner of Elkmont told The News Courier, “He was railroaded; he was not drunk at the time of the wreck!” Joines’ sister, Linda Kesler, echoed her sentiments. “This is not justice,” she said. “I thought you had to be proven guilty.” Joines was obviously disappointed by the verdict but he held it together as a sherift'’s deputy cuffed the 48-year-old Elkmont man and took him to jail. It took the 12-woman jury only about two hours to render a verdict, but that included a night to think about all they had heard over the See Murder, page 3A Jerry Joines Fire-reading dragon? NEWS COURIER/ KIM RYNDERS Fourth-grader Ethan Sims and sixth-grader Nathan Hardy, top-readers of the week, look to find their names on the Reading Dragon with PIney Chapel Elementary School Librarian Cindy Bates. Dragon encourages reading by students at Piney Chapel By Jennifer R. Hill jeniufen^htht'nsnews-i'ouriorx'oni A dragon has appeared in the haUs of Piney Chapel Elementary School and librarian Cincfy Bates is being hunted. She is interrupted in the restroom, run down in the halls, and stalked outside her doors — not by the dragon, but by the students who want to help it grow. Bates, “the Dragon Lady,” and fellow educators at Piney Chapel begRn the Reading E)ragon competition Jan. 22 and the buUetin-board creature has grown larger each week. Students and feculty help the dragon grow by reading books. Tbeir names are placed on a drE^on scale for each point earned by reading, and the scales extend the dragon’s length each Thursday, or “Drs^on Day.” Points are calculated by Accelerated Reading criteria. There are 242 students at Piney Chapel and alreaify there have been 1,836 book read since the students begRn the Reading Dragon competition. There have been 841 books checked out fiiom the library this week See Dragon, page 3A Romero named Boys & Girls Club Youth of Year By Kelly Kazek kcllyiS^athvnsnews-anirier.ami Jamie Romero is having a good week. Three days £^o, he found out he’d been named Youth of the Year for Boys 6* Girls Clubs of North Alabama. On Thursday, he celebrated his 18th birthday. Suzanne Rainey, vice president of the North Alabama clubs, said Jamie has been a member of the Athens Boys &* Girls Club since age 6. “Now, he’s working for us at the Tanner club, helping with the younger children,” Rainey said. “He’s great.” Jamie, a junior, plays football and basketball at Athens High School and is a member of the local NAACP youth organization. He is the son of Latisha and Kenny Brink--ley. Jamie said he feels it’s important to give back by working with kids. See Youth, page 3A NEWS COURIER PHOTO Jamie Romero No word from judge on Woods sentencing By Kelly Kazek kvIhiFiitheiisiicws-i'ouricr.i'om Two weeks after a Huntsville man was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of two Athens men, a Madison County judge still has not set a date for his sentencing hearing. An assistant for Madison County Circuit Court Judge Laura Hamilton said the judge has not set a new date after the sentencing hearing for 24-year-old Jamal Woods was postponed Feb. 16. Woods was convicted Friday, Feb. 13, of capital murder in amnection with the Dec. 17, 2006, shooting at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on University Drive in HuntsviUe that killed Tan-queray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and his cousin. Thurston Turner, 27. His sentencing hearing was set for the following Monday but a juror was too sick to appear in court that day. The hearing was expected to occur sometime that week. Woods remains in Madison County Jail awaiting the sentencin'^,. Woods also was also found guilty of one count of attempted murder for wounding Autora “Tory” Rogers of Athens and one count of first-degree assault for the wounding of bystander See Sentence, page 3A Water board bids veteran members farewell Thursday By Karen Midoi>:ix)N kawniSdthcitsiicws-i'ouricr.i'oiti The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board said goodbye to two of its long-time members Thursday. Alton Robinson and George Bin-ford were not reappointed to the board by the County Commission, whose chairman, David Seibert said the commission is holding appointees to two terms on governing bodies. Robinson and Binford are being replaced by local attorney Jim Moflfett and Delphi retiree John Farrar, who will come onto the water board beginning in March for six-year terms. District 2 Commissioner Gerald Barksdale presented plaques for “dedication and diligence” to both Robinson, who served on the water board from 1994 to 2009, and to Binford, who served from 1995 to 2009. See Board, page 3A Index Classified..................... Comics....................... Ledger.......'................8A Obituaries ....................2A Orbra Harold Fulton Kathryn Haney Kenneth Owens Birdie Pollitz James Sanders Sports    .................. LIrer SMcial - Ttu§daf $2.99 Si. Odna Da, - 25% Off Alhemlocatlon Only Diicmmt aypUei to individuai meaU only. 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