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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama ABS state volleyball champs; first time in 20 years PAGE IBThe News CouriServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureFriday, October 30, 2009 Visit us onine www.«newscourieMoin Inside Today Enrollment up in U.S. colleges Some students are there because of the recession and others despite it. Regardless, more Americans than ever are in college -especially in community college. PAGE 9A Economy growing Fueled by the government stimulus, the U.S. economy grew last quarter for the first time in more than a year. The question now is, can the recovery last? PAGE ISA Subscribe Get the news with your morning cofl'ee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 /    69    8    47    00    001 County schools get $6.1M Governor announces stimulus allocations By Kfxly Kazek kclIy®athensnews-courier. com East Limestone High School may have its badly needed new gym sooner than expected. Gov. Bob Riley announced Thursday at Bob Jones High School in Madison that Limestone County Schools will receive the $6,159 million in bond funding it requested earlier this year. More than half the money — an estimate of between $3.6 and $5 million — will go toward the East Limestone gym project, said Mike Owens, assistant superin tendent of county schools. The remainder will be used to repair or replace roofs on other county schools, Owens said. Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, who represents parts of Madison See Stimulus, page 3A By the numbers S263M Allocations statewide 46 Number of systems in state receiving funds 8 Number of systems receiving more funds than Limestone $36M Amount received by Madison City $65M Cost of Madison's high school in Limestone ASU becomes ghoul school NEWS COURIER/ JENNIFER R. HILL Could the Grinch steal Halloween? The Student Government Association sponsored the annual Athens State University Halloween costume contest held Thursday in the ASU ballroom. The room was full of characters including the winner of the student category, Justin Foster as “the Grinch who stole Christmas” and his back-up dancers Bridget Brown, Kala Wheatherly, and Wendy Cowan as “the Whos.” First place in the student category went to Guillaume Vincent as “Sir-Nerd-A-Lot,” at top right, second place went to Lee Michael as “one nightstand,” at bottom right, and third went to Daniel Engle and Zach Kendrick as “Mario and a gamer.” The first place staff award went to Larry Keenum as “Doc Holiday,” and the winner was Sherry Lyle as “Scary Sherry.” Tena Bullington, the coordinator of student activities helped to organize the event. LCCI to hold food drive benefit By Jennifer R. Hill [email protected] Limestone County Churches Involved needs help to help the community needy. The facility’s food bank originally assisted 30 to 40 families per week but in the past months there have been anywhere from 60-80 families with food needs. These are not all reoccurring families, said volunteer Daniel Sampson. Due to supplies, families are only permitted to receive food donations four times a year. There are a lot of families in need in Limestone County, Sampson said. Each family, depending on size, receives a food donation of two bags of food, and one See LCCI, page 2A Mother, daughter victims of fatal wreck identified By Kelly Kvi k kt 'Uy ft at hi ‘itsiu 'ws-t •otirii r.( •om Athens Police released names Thursday morning of the victims ol Wednesday’s fatal accident at U.S. 31 and Clyde Mabry Drive. Killed in the wreck were lx>renda Diane Stolaski Smith, 56, and Moira Jane Patterson, 82, both of Athens. The driver of the second vehicle involved was Bethena Hurst Bynum, 44, of Ardmore. She was taken to Huntsville Hospital by MedFlight but was listed in good condition on Thursday. The crash happened just before noon on the road leaving the Limestone County Health Department on Clyde Mabry Drive. The Health Department was holding a flu vaccination clinic at the time. Limestone County Coroner Mike West said the victims were mother and daughter. They died instantly, he said. Funeral arrangements for Ms. Smith and Ms. Patterson will be announced Saturday by Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. 5 people arrested for manufacture of methamphetamine By Karen Middleton kart ‘11 fl atlu ‘iisni 'ws-courk ■/; coin A Decatur woman. Limestone County man and two men and a woman from Huntsville are all charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Sherili Mike Blakely. “Today (Thursday) at about noon we heard that Summer Binder, 24, of Decatur was at a residence out on Juanita Drive in East Limestone,” said Blakely. “We had outstanding warrants on her for manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. “One of my officer and the Drug Unit went out there and found a Timothy Hunt, 31, of Juanita Drive and we also found a woridng meth lab. We also found a Matthew Lemley, 25, of Huntsville, Julian Cherry, 25, of Huntsville, and his wife, Tiftcmy Cherry, 29, of Huntsville. We confiscated 3 grams of meth.” Blakely said that Binder was charged See Meth, page 3A Index Classified.....................4B Comics.......................3B Ledger ......................14A Obituaries ....................2A Dahlia Ruth Coggin Lillian Rebecca Congo Moira Jane Patterson Lorena Stolaski-Smith Religion .....................lOA Sports ........................ Weekday t " 4.) Online edition Check out slideshows of your amateur photos that appear on Sunday's Scene page at enewscourierxom under Photo Gallery ;