Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Two arrested in robbery
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President Bush and first lady Laura Bush attend the Texas State Society’s Black Tie and Boots Ball at the week s first inaugural gala in Wàshington.
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AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of “the great objective of ending tyranny.”
Four minutes before noon. Bush placed his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39 tradition-hallowed words that every president since George Washington has uttered.
With 150,000 American troops deployed in Iraq at a cost of $1 billion a week and more than 1.360 killed. Bush also beseeched Americans for patience.
“Our country has accepted obligations that See Bush, Page 3A
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Limestone County Deputies arrested a suspect in the Thursday morning robbery of a rural convenience store as he visited a crack house on Box Alley a few hours after the holdup.
James Rainey, 32, of 14981 Elk River Mills Road, was arrested and charged with the robbery of Looney’s Store on Upper Snake Road. An alleged accomplice, Vemola Beard, 33, of 1700 Elkton Road, also was taken into custody
tending to have a gun in the pocket of his jacket, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely. Upon receiving some $200 from the clerk, the man ripped phone and surveillance camera lines from the wall and tied on foot, Blakely said.
When deputies arrived on the scene, the sheriff said, they quickly called for tracking dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility. The suspect was tracked about 200 yards through a pasture. Blakelv said, but dogs lost the
track at Stanley Hollow' Road.
Meanwhile, the sheriff said deputies learned Rainey had been seen at nearby Spoilsman's Park earlier in the morning wearing a pair of gloves matching the description of those worn by the robber. Witnesses also reported seeing an unidentified woman with Rainey.
Although w'itnesses could not give a description of the car Rainey was driving, the sheriff said, deputies learned the type of vehicle the suspect was known to
be driving recently and began a search.
“We had officers check at known crack houses and a deputy spotted the car at a house off Box Alley,” Blakely said. “No one answered the door, so they checked several surrounding houses and found the female suspect hiding in an abandoned home on nearby Bndgeforth Street.
“She first denied any knowl-
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and charged with robbery.
A man wearing a ski mask and gloves entered the market about 7 p.m., demanding money and pre-
City eyeing new site for police station
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ph it (aa t hens new's-courier, con i Constructing a new standalone building to house the Athens Police Department may be the most logical route to proceed toward construction of a new municipal building for the City of Athens, a committee studying the various options decided during a Thursday afternoon meeting.
"There’s just too much potential (with this plan) to take it lightly,” Councilman Ronnie Marks observed. "This does not change the city council’s direction of building a new municipal building
downtown, but it may change the
The new city council that took office late last year nixed the previous council’s plans to build a new facility to house Police and Fire departments at a site near the intersection of U.S. 72 and Interstate 65. Instead, the council voted to build a new municipal building, which would house those departments along with other city offices, on the downtown site of the current city hall.
Razing the existing building to
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City Board honors Teachers of the Year
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nancy (a athensnews-courier.com Nina White and Carla Burkhardt will have the opportunity to enter district and statew ide competitions after being selected 2005-2006 Teachers of the Year from Athens City School system.
The Teachers of the Year and nominees were recognized at the City Board of Education’s Thursday night meeting.
Superintendent Orman Bridges said the last statewide Teacher
See Teachers, Page 2APetition for safe U.S. 72 presented
From staff reports
A petition asking Gov. Riley to take action to make U.S. 72 in Limestone County a safer highway has gained the support of more than 1,700 signees, State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, reported Wednesday.
Paul Parker of Rogersville, a former state legislator, and his wife Susan, a former state auditor and administrator for Athens State University, delivered the signatures to Butler. In the petition, the Parkers asked the governor to give “urgent attention toward any and all actions necessary to stop the carnage on U.S. 72.”
Butler said he planned to forward the petition to the governor’s office.
Riley visited Athens last month to view the dangerous stretch of highway where 24 motorists have died in accidents in the last decade. In turn, the governor approved an additional $200,000 to pay for increased state trooper patrols. Speed limits also were lowered from 65 mph to 60 mph, 45 mph when raining.
Troopers report ticketing more than 400 motorists for traffic violations along U.S. 72 since the first of the year, with more than 200 of those tickets written for speeding.
The Alabama Department of Transportation also has been authorized to conduct a study to determine what improvements are needed to make the busy highway safer. Butler has called for the widening of the four-lane highway to allow the addition of medians in areas where there currently are none.
News-Coutier Kim Rynders
The state has posted new speed limit signs on U.S. 72 West during times of rain. Since the signs were posted, state troopers have issued a number of speeding tickets.