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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 centsSaturday, May 30, 2009 Clements, Faith Christian Academic Achievers PAGE^A^ ЛThe News Courier Full staff now aboard station Inside Today A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three new residents docked at the international space station Friday, giving the facility a full staff of 6 for the first time in its 10-year history. PAGE 7 A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS eniors throughout Athens and Limestone County celebrated their freedom from the halls of high school at c^^en^fr|'ti^®r.e' ionies Thursday and Friday. Photos from graduation services at East Limestone, Tanner, Athens, Ardmore, Elkmont, West L :one, Athens Bible School and Clements will be featured in Sunday's edition of The News Courier. Visit us online www.enewscourierxora Coming Sunday Athens: The new Hollywood? Will organizations bring film festival to Athens? COMING SUNDAYNTSB: 2nd man pilotingReport issued on 2008 plane crash Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........8A Lottery..........3A Obituaries.......2A Louis W. Reynolds Sports...........IB Weather.........2 A VOIP opens windows into county government By Karen Middleton karemfl athensnews-courit A $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will open new pathways of information tor Limestone County government. Congressman Parker Griffith Friday announced funding for the Limestone County Voice Oyer Internet Protocol Network. County Information Technology Director David Freeman said the funds would be used to enhance current VOIP capabilities. “For one thing it will allow us to connect all county buildings with fiber optic cable,” said Freeman. “We will install a system of digital signs throughout county buildings to relay informa- tion and directions. The signs will let visitor know what is happening in other parts of the courthouse, tell what floor certain hearings are being held on and list actual cases and where they are on the docket. We can also notify employees and others of inclement weather.” Freeman said the grant would also fund overhead screens and monitors for both the County Commission meeting room at the Washington Street and Clinton Street courthouse annexes on which agenda items would be shown. “Another use for this is videoing and streaming work sessions and commis- See VOIP, page 2A By Karen Middleton kxren^x thensncws -courier, com The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a factual report on the July 9,2008, plane crash in the Tennessee River that killed two men, but has not listed a probable cause of the accident. The crash, which occurred in the shallow waters of Beulah Bay, killed James “Don Langford, 61, of Huntsville and Anthony Cane Baker, 65, of Mill Neck, N.Y. Langford worked for LSA-Aero, a distributor of light sport aircraft manufactured by Colyaer S.L. of Pontevedra, Spain. The business was based at Ifryor Field Regional .Airport, from where the plane took off that day. Authorities said at the time that Langford had sold the plane to Baker and the day of the crash was the third day of practice flying.v See Crash, page 3A The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report on the July 9, 2008, plane crash in Beulah Bay of the Tennessee River that killed two men. The report, however, does not list probable cause. At last! Escapees received help escaping from private correctional facility By Jean Cole [email protected] Two escaped prisoners — one who pleaded guilty to killing an Elkmont man and one serving time for attempted murder — were helped out of the Perry County Correctional Facility on Monday morning by cutting through fences, a state official confirmed Friday. “It is believed that they had some outside help and they cut through two fences to leave the facility,” said Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett. He did not have further details. The matter is still under investigation. Law-enforcement officials across the state continued searching Friday for Joshua Loyd Southwick, 26, and Ashton Kenny Chase Mink, 22, who fled the private facility from which the state leases beds. Southwick was recently sentenced to-serve life in prison after pleading guilty Kenny Mink See Escapees, page ЗА in 2007 to killing an Elkmont man in a murder-for-hire scheme. Mink was serving time for a 2005 conviction for attempted murder in Madison County. He was not up for parole until 2028. Law-enforcement departments received all-points bulletins Friday about the possible whereabouts and companions of Mink, who is from Madison. At one point an APB indicated Mink might be heading to Mexico with a sister and Joshua Southwick % ;