Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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People are now feeling obliged to change a definition because it doesn’t suit their beliefs? The definition of liberal is in the dictionary and was given in a previous Sound Off column. The word has been turned into a “bad” word just because “liberals” don’t believe everything that the president says. The other Twin Towers episode was in 1993. People were arrested, there were trials, and people were sent to prison. I agree — we attack when we are attacked. That’s not in Iraq. Iraq and Saddam Hussein did not attack us. We have lost sight of Bin Laden. And as before, under this president’s watch, it will happen again. Bush is leading too many Americans down the path that whatever he says is right. The Nazi troops in Germany were led to believe they were also doing the right thing. Y2K didn't create a catastrophe because President Clinton listened. President Bush makes the “facts” fit his agenda. It’s very scary to me.Wreck victims identified
By Kelly Kazek
State Troopers said a man killed in a three-car collision Thursday in Athens was Martin Carr, 34, of Ardmore.
Billie Frazier, 63, of Huntsville was also killed in the wreck, which occurred at 3 p.m. on U.S. 72 in front of Jimmy Smith Pontiac Buick GMC.
Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville is handling funeral arrangements for Carr and Frazier. Frazier's service will be at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements for Carr are not complete.
Troopers released the names of the victims by about 10 p.m. Thursday after The News-Courier s press time because they had not notified their families.
Frazier had recently retired
at chief clerk of the Madison County Probate Court.
A Trooper spokeswoman said she does not expect any charges to be filed in the accident. According to witnesses, the 1993 Pontiac driven by Carr was traveling eastbound when he crossed the median into the westbound lanes, where it struck the, 2002 Chrysler driven by Frazier head-on.
A third car, a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Jeffrey Todd, 35, of Athens swerved to avoid the wreck but he was not injured, the Trooper said.
Both Carr and Frazier were wearing seat belts, the Trooper said. Frazier was taken by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital; Carr was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital.
The cause of the wreck is under investigation.
News-Courier Kim Rynders The scene of the wreck Thursday on U.S. 72 in which two people were killed.
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Runaway bride’s apologies may not be enough
Prosecutor is still pondering charges for false statements
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks’ phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won’t be an additional factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges. If she lied, she lied, he says.
Responding to reports from police in Albuquerque, N.M., that Wilbanks said she was sexually assaulted in addition to being kidnapped — allegations she later recanted — Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Friday that he is examining evidence for one charge, providing false statements to a government agency.
Porter is gathering tapes and reports from five law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, as he decides whether to pursue charges against the 32-year-old Wilbanks, who vanished last week days before her planned lavish wedding
Wilbanks, whose three-day disappearance led to a nationwide search, initially told investigators she had been abducted by a Hispanic male and white woman with a handgun, a story that quickly unraveled.
Albuquerque police said Thursday that Wilbanks also claimed she had been sexually assaulted, but recanted with the rest of her story.
Wilbanks issued a statement through her pastor Thursday saying she was “truly
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Local graduation ceremonies set
Graduation schedules for local school are:
Tuesday, May 17
7 p.m. — Faith Christian Academy
Tuesday, May 24
7:30 p.m. — Athens Bible School
Thursday, May 26
4 p.m. - Ardmore High School
6 p.m. - Elkmont High School
7 p.m. — Athens High School
8 p.m. - West Limestone High School
Friday, May 27
4 p.m. Clements High School
6 p.m. —Tanner High School
8 p.m. — East Limestone High School
By Tashia Lovell
Maine school children learn about flight on trip to airfield
Planes, lanes and more planes. That’s what some students from Freeport, Maine got to see Friday while at Pryor Field in Limestone County.
Employees entertain a group from Maine each year and teach them about aviation and this year even gave them the opportunity to fly in an airplane.
The students are staying in Huntsville and visiting educational sites in Alabama as a part of a program offered at there school. They had to go through a selection process to get to come and through the experience they get to visit such places as Pryor Field, the Space and Rocket Center, Monsanto Fossiling and the Vulcan Quarry in Lacon.
Seventh grader Marissa Lewis had a little diff iculty picking her favorite place, “ I don’t know really because it’s all really fun.”
“I think by looking at them they’re having the best time in town,” said Bibb Allen a World War II fighter pilot who spoke to the group. He is currently a lawyer in Birmingham.
Allen said he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and also the invasion of Normandy.
He spoke to the group about his experiences as a pilot and the use of a P-47.
Sixth grade teachers Lisa Brown and Clay Carkin accompanied the group to North
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News-Courier/ Kim Rynders Michaela Morris, at top, a Freeport, Maine sixth grader is almost ready to ride the skies in an airplane at Pryor Field Friday. Airport General Manager Nicole Banks, above, prepares sixth grader Paddy Gorman for take off.