Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Moderates pivotal in vote
The votes of three moderate Democratic fence-sitters - Sens.
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas - likely will prove pivotal in propeling the health care bill past its initial hurdle in a crucial Saturday vote.
Flu cases resistant to Tamiflu
Four North Carolina patients at a single hospital tested positive for a type of swine flu that is resistant to the medication Tamiflu, health officials said Friday.
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4 injured in U.S. 72 wreck
By Jean Cole Jeaiti^athcusncws-murirr.ami Teresa Morris wonders how many people have to be injured or killed on U.S. 72 West near the new school site before the Alabama Department of Transportation agrees to install a caution hght or stop light there.
A three-vehicle wreck at 72 and Hardy Road Friday morning left four people injured, according to state troopers.
The crash revived sad memories and rekindled worries for Morris. Her father, 64-year-old Gerald Bums, died last year after rear-ending a fuel tmck that had slowed at the intersection to enter the school-construction site.
“I feel like it is a ticking time bomb,” said Morris, who had gone to Hardy Road about 10 a.m. Friday to pick up a cross placed along the roadside as a memorial to her lather.
Workers digging a waterline in the area told
her about the wreck.
“When that school opens, some kids are going to get killed,” Morris said. “They at least need a blinking light during drop oft and pickup time.”
Since the limestone County Schools began planning the new school. Superintendent Barry Carroll has been trying to get the ALDOT to ap-
See Wreck, page ЗА
Preserving the past
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This photograph shows Trinity School off Brownsferry Street in Athens, which the Class of 1957 and others are trying to raise money to restore. The Class of '57 has created a Web site that makes donating easier and provides background about the school, which was created for freed slaves and which became known for its educational excellence.
Class of* 1957 makes donating to Trinity School restoration easier
by jkanc-oi h On the Net
Donating for the renovation of historic Trinity School, built in Athens in 1865 to educate freed slaves, just got easier.
The Trinity Class of 1957 recently created a Web site for the project titled “Ruins to Restoration,” to make giving easier.
Go to the project’s Web site — www.trinity57.ning.com — and click on the “donate” button to give. A form will appear, which you can print and mail to the association with your check or money order. The address is: Athens-Limestone Community Association, P. O. Box 1476,
Athens, AL 35612.
The renovation will include a museum that wdll tell the story of slavery in antebellum times in Athens and highlight the history of Trinity School, according to the Web site.
Both the Fort Henderson site and Trinity School are listed on the Alabama
Go to the Web site -www.trinity57.ning.com - and click on the "donate" button to give.
Register of Historic Places.
Classmates who helped create the Web site include Arteen Campbell, Ann Collier, Vivian Collier, Betty Davis, Sarah Green, Burnett Houston, Rosie McLin, Jessie Philhps, William Weaver and Ola Yarbrough.
The American Missionary Association of New York established Trinity School in 1865 to educate freed slaves. First located east of the railroad, the school was moved in 1907 to Brownsferry Street at the site of former Fort Henderson. Over the
See Trinity, page 3A
Man accused of failing to perform work
A Madison man has been charged with theft by deception for failing to roof and side an Athens lodge as agreed, an official said.
Athens PoUce Investigator Johnny Campbell and Capt. Marty Bruce arrested Michael Kevin Pressnell, 42, of 1707 Liberty Drive at his home Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree theft of property, said Lt. Floyd Johnson.
The Athelstine l^geon Plato Jones Street had paid Pressnell more than $2,500 to replace the roof and install vinyl siding on the lodge, Johnson said. Several weeks passed without work commencing, so the lodge called the police.
Campbell investigated the incident and obtained an arrest warrant.
— Jean Cole
Allegations mom tried to sell baby ‘frustrating’
NASHVILLE. Tenn. (AP) - An attorney for a womim whose 4-day old baby was kidnapped after she was stabbed is accusing the Nashville police of trying to portray her and her husband as crimirurls.
Nashville television stations reptrrted this week that the woman accused in the kidnapping sent letters fiDm jml claiming family members sold the baby to her for $25,000.
On Friday, attorney FJliott Ozment responded that the accusations “defy credibility” because of the e.xtensive injuries mother Maria GuiTola suftered in the attack. Ozment accused Nashville police of lending credence to the accusations by making ambiguous statements to the media.
Police spokesman Don Aarnn responded that there is no definitive evidence indicating the parents were involved but the case is still open.
“iliere are unresolved questions as to how and why this particular cliild was chosen,” he siud.
Aaron added that the depiulment was assisting GuiTola, originally of Durango, Mexico, in filing a claim for victim’s compensation.
“I’m frustrated the police depiutment is taking Latino victims and trying to turn them into criminals,” Ozment said, citing Gurrola’s case as well as the case of a former client, Rudy Aguikrr, who was taken into custody after his wife and child were
See Kidnapping, page 2A
Artwork by Chía Ling Dawn Yang
Athens State hosts one-woman art show
Ifre Art Department at Athens State University is presenting a one-woman show of worics by Chia ling Dawn Yang.
Tlie show entitled “Joy and Iransforma-tion in Him” is running through Jan. 8.
Yang, a Rogersville resident who is originally from Taiwan, paints in an ethereal style depicting moments and obstacles frum her life.
“Art is what a person sees in an object,” said Yang. “Color, abstracts, drawing and painting are my private languages — and I believe living itself is an art."
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