Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 29, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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‘I can’t believethis
Eury out as Earnhardt's crew chief
Team owner Rick Hendrick Thursday removed Tony Eury Jr. as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 team.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
See Reid, page 3A
Athens police, U.S. Marshals capture fugitive sex offender
A convicted sex offender who was supposed to be living in Athens but left has been arrested for foiling to inform law-enforcement officials of his whereabouts.
Timothy Earl Combs, 42, was arrested Wednesday by metnbers of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Davidson County, Tenn., said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
He was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in connection with a 9-year-old girl.
“Combs was wanted by our department for violation of the Community Notification Act,” Bruce said. “Combs registered with our department April 8, 2008, to live at 1300 Brownsferry St. Shortly alter he registered, it was determined Combs wasn’t living at the address. We determined he had moved out of state so we enlisted the help of the Marshal’s Service task force to locate him.”
The federal Community Notification Act, also known as Megan’s Law, requires convicted sex offenders nationwide to notify law-enforcement agencies of their address and workplace and to have those addresses approved.
Combs is being held in the Davidson County Jail awaiting extradition to Athens, Bruce said.
— Jean Cole
A day for celebration
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDER
East Limestone High School seniors celebrate during the processional at Thursday night's graduation at the school. Along with East Limestone, Tanner, Athens, and Ardmore all held graduation on Thursday at alternate times. Graduation for Elkmont, West Limestone, Athens Bible and Clements will be tonight. Check the Sunday edition of The News Courier for photos of graduation at each school.
Five Athens residents charged with prescription drug fraud
Five Athens residents have been charged in connection with a fraudulent attempt to obtain prescription drugs.
Arrested Wednesday and charged with attempting to commit a controlled-substanee crime were: James Andy Hodges, 45, and Teresa Kelley, 39, both of1306 Wheeler St.; and Toney Lee Kelley, 32, and Wilburn Wendell Kelley, 64, both of
16569 Zehner Road, Lot 2, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
The four are accused of asking doctors’ offices to call in prescriptions for Soma, Xanax and hy-drocodone to local pharmacies, he said. The four were able to get one doctor’s office to call in a prescription but the doctor later determined it was fraudulent and called the pharmacy, Bruce said.
The doctor’s office then called Athens Police Department and reported the incident, he said.
Jamie Nicole Kelley, 31, also of 16569 Zehner Road, Lot 2, was also arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance after she picked up a fraudulent prescription, Bruce said.
— Jean Cole
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Cruizin the Square ReunionStudents, faculty leave 50-year-old Reid for last time
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Above, retiring teacher Brenda Durham, third from left, waves, cries and says, "I think this is the saddest part,'' as the last busload of students creeps from the parking lot. Also pictured from left are teachers Beth Anderson, Ann Russell and Lindsey McBay. Below, like thousands of students before, kindergartner Azlee Aycock walks through the big blue doors and into the sunshine on the last day of school at Reid. The day was unlike any other in the school's 50-year history because students, parents and teachers will not pass this way again.
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Third-grade teacher Matt Taylor watched children walking out the doors of Reid Elementary School as the school was about to close for good and said, “I can’t believe this is it.”
The school, built ill 1959, held classes for the very last time Thursday. Its age and smallness — about 160 students contributed to its demise. Limestone
A Saturday reunion meant for those who cruised downtown Athens in the 1980s may end up drawing people from many decades. See story
VALLEY, PAGE 4A