Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Do you now what I think a person who drinks and drives should have to do?
He should pay to have his picture published in the newspaper, sit beside the driver license booth for a week from the time it opens until closing time with a sign saying “I drove drunk,” take a DU I course, and pick up beer and whiskey bottles for a week and place them on his front lawn for a year.
Also, he should be taken to the hospital to visit the injured who have been hit by drunk drivers.
And that’s just for first-time offenders.
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6 county schools get new assistant principals for fall
By Kelly Kazek
When school begins Aug. 8, most Limestone County students will be greeted by new administrators.
Six county schools will add second assistant principals this year — either part-time or full-time — and one school
will have a new principal.
Bill Hardyman will fill the position of principal at Piney Chapel Elementary School after Dr. Pat Gartman, who is tenured as an administrator, was transferred to an assistant principal position at Elkmont High.
The assistant principal positions were
added to the existing administrative positions for the 2005-’06 school year based on a state fonnula, said Karen Tucker with the central office.
She said the state Department of Education allocates funding for new positions based on need.
The following are assistant pnncipals filling positions created for the new school year: Keith Hairrell, full-time at Clements High School; Elaine Lauderdale, part-time at East Limestone High School; Dr. Pat Gartman, full-time at Elkmont High School; and Brenda Pollock, part-time at West Limestone
High. New' positions were also created for a part-time assistant at Ardmore High and a second full-time assistant at Tanner High. Those should be filled before school begins.
Here is a list of which administrators will be at each of the schools this fall:
• Ardmore High School: Mike Owens, principal; Darrell Long, assistant principal; second assistant principal to be announced;
• Cedar Hill Elementary School: Harold Johns, principal;
See Administrators, Page 3A
Who’s minding the store? Accountability lacking in local bingo operations
By Karen Middleton
net Playing bingo for cash pnzes was illegal in Limestone County until local residents voted 56.7 percent to 43.2 percent in the Nov. 7, 2000, General Election to legalize the games for “charitable, educational, and other lawful purposes.”
Five years later, the three organizations that hold bingo permits conduct their games in a largely unregulated environment.
The Disabled American Veterans,
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America are required to submit unaudited bingo fund records to County Clerk Administrator Pam Ball once a year in January and to renew their $100 permit annually.
According to public records on file in the County Commission office, DAV for calendar year 2004 declared $42,434 in gross receipts, $23,308.32 in
See Bingo, Page 3A
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By Tashia Lovell
An alternative program at an off-campus site looks like a possibility for the Athens City School system.
A draft explaining how the program would work was presented to the school board in a work session Thursday night.
Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. said there is already an alternative program in place at the middle school but the new program would be different.
The proposed program would be an off-campus site where students would spend their school days for a period of time possibly ranging from nine weeks to one semester.
in the draft that was presented to the board Thursday night, a purpose of the alternative program is to provide an alternative setting for students who are disruptive etc. to be in an alternate environment.
See Off-campus, Page 2A
Deadline extended for CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament
By Jennifer R. Hill
The teams helping the Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound will get grimy, filthy or, as they say, “down and dirty for a good cause” at 9 a.m. on July 16.
The 17th Annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament, held at Swan Creek Park in Athens, will raise money to benefit the elderly and homebound. Up to 100 teams will compete in the mire and muck, spiking the ball in the mud for a chance to win bragging rights and trophies for the Division Champion Team and the overall Tournament Champion team.
The event is free to spectators and only $15 per player to sign-up. The deadline for team sign-ups has been extended until 4 p.m. July 1. All teams must have a minimum of eight players and at least two females. Each team member will receive a t-shirt and a photo of their muddy team.
Also, this year, players look-
See Volleyball, Page 2A
Team members battle for a point at the 2004 Mud Volleyball Tournament.