Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Joines to serve 20 years
By Jean Cole
jcaiHP itthcnsiicws-coiiricr.com Doris Wilson will never forget the day three years ago when family members brought her to the scene of a fatal wreck off Easter Ferry Road to identify her son’s body.
During the longest walk of her life — to the coroner’s van — she wanted to comfort her son but knew she could not.
“It doesn’t matter how old they are, they
are still your babies,” said Wilson, 72, of Athens.
She was relieved Wednesday when the intoxicated driver convicted of causing the 2006 wreck was sentenced to prison.
Despite pleas for leniency from family and friends, Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker ordered Jerry Allen Joines, 48, of Elk-mont to serve 20 years for the reckless murder of Wilson’s son, 49-year-old Randall Guy
Barksdale of 20991 Edgevvood Road.
“If I had my way, he’d never get out again,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t want him to hurt anyone else.”
An all-woman jury convicted Joines of the crime Feb. 26 following a two-day trial.
Limestone County Assistant District Atter ney Becky Crimes convinced jurors that
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Postponement of Class 5A, Area 16 softball tournament games means top two seeds will advance to regionals.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Project Heat can help with utility bill
By Karen Middleton
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lYoject Heat, a utility assistance program instituted in the early 1980s, continues help individuals and families with medical problems.
Former Council on Aging director Helen Carter said that Project Heat is a year-round program with funding coming from a check-off on local utility bills.
The program remains low profile and each applicant must go through an extensive screening before being granted assistance, Carter said.
“We came up with the name Project Heat’ during a Council on Aging Board meeting,” said Carter. “We learned that there were some folks who were having to make the decision each month on whether to pay their utility hills or buy their medications.”
Carter said the idea was pitched to then-rnayor Dewitt Garrett.
“Mayor Dewitt Garrett was very cooperative and Athens Utilities has always been very cooperative,” said Carter.
Carter said that at one time the Utilities payment office had a large piggy bank in its lobby to advertise the program.
“There are people who have donated to Project Heat since day-one,” said Carter.
She said that applicants are screened “more than they realize.”
See Heat, page 3A
Rain forces Relay to move to Armory
Relay for life activities originally scheduled for tonight at the Sportsplex have been moved to the Alabama National Guard Armory on Armory Street, according to an American Society press release.
Officials said the threat of inclement weather has necessitated the move inside. Activities get underway at 7 tonight and continue on through 7 a.m. Saturday.
The event remembers those vdio have lost their lives to cancer and honors survivors. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
— Karen Middleton
Prayer... Americas hope
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Local residents turned out Thursday in observance of the National Day of Prayer at the Limestone County Courthouse. The event, "Prayer... America's Hope" was sponsored locally by the Athens/Limestone Ministerial Alliance. Community leaders praying during the ceremony included:
Dr. Robert Glenn, president Athens State University: Athens Mayor Dan Williams; Captain Marty Bruce, Athens Police Department; Sarah Chadwell, director Family Resource Center; Tony Kirk, Athens fire prevention chief; Chaplain Col. David Root, U.S. Army; Frank Travis, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant; Jody Hooven, youth pastor Friendship United Methodist Church; Joe Teal minister of education/administration First Baptist Church; and Rev. Antoine Green, pastor New Life Missionary Baptist Church. Rob Phraner, pastor New Life Assembly of God and Athens/Limestone Ministerial Alliance president, was master of ceremonies and singing was Kathleen Phraner.
Boys and Girls Clubs leave kids to F.A.T.E.
By Jennifer R. Hill j enni [email protected]
th ensncw s-courier, com The Athens branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama is leaving the education of new kindergarteners up to F.A.T.E.
The F.A.T.E. program — Fun and Fitness, Art, Technology and Education — is a leadership program for fifth and sixth graders, as well as a pilot program to prepare future kindergarteners for school.
“We underestimate our kids but I believe we have fifth and sixth graders who can teach,” Boys and Girls Clubs of North
See F.A.T.L, page 6A
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Members of the Athens branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama are currently preparing to kick off the F.A.T.E. program - Fun and Fitness, Art, Technology and Education.