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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama Previews of tonight’s local prep football action PAGE IB The News Courie Serving Athens cind Limestone County: A (hnnminitv oi Inidition ¿ind Future Friday, September 18, 2009 Visit us online Inside Today Data signal recovery Adding to evidence the recession has ended, housing construction rose in August and fewer laid-off workers sought jobless aid last week PAGE 3A Coleman's column Dr. Curtis Coleman's column returns today RELIGION, PAGE 11A Tiny T. rex discovered Abut 125 million years ago, a tiny version of Tyrannosaurus rex -weighing about 150 pounds - roamed the Earth in what is now northeastern China PAGE14A Index Classifieds 3B Comics..........3B Ledger..........7A Lottery..........3A Mini Page  6A Obituaries 2A Franklin Clem Tony Michael Brock Religion ........11A Sports...........IB Valley...........4 A Weather.........2A 7    69847    00001    6 Man caught after fleeing arrest By J FAN Coi F Jl\lll ^ ¿idlVnslU'W s-coiirnr.coin A Madison man and his mother were arrested Wednesday after he tied from an ofticer trying to serve outstanding warrants on drug charges, an ofticial said. Timothy Brian Himt, 31, ran out the back door of his mother’s home at 12826 Dickens Lane when Limestone CounW deputies Rhett McNatt and Nick Thompson arrived about 9 p.m., said Limestone County Sheritf’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. The deputies apprehended him, McNatt said. Hunt was charged with attempting to elude, records show. He also had outstanding warrants for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. He remained in the Limestone County jail Thursday, with bond set at S7,(KK) on the eluding charge but no bond set on the manufacturing charge. His mother, Bonita Diane Hunt, 53, w^as arrested and charged with resisting arrest and hindering prosecution, records show. 'Ihe latter charge resulted from her w^aming her son that police w^ere outside so he could flee, McNatt said. She was released I'hursday from the Limestone County jail after existing $6.{XX) bail. "This is our alternative for celebrating Halloween without scaring the children or causing nightmares." TOURISM DIRECTOR JEANNETTE DUNNAVANT NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Tales from historic Athens City Cemetery are included on the Haunts Walk to be held weekends in October. Dumiavant: Tales on Haunts Walk fun for believers and nonbelievers Athens residents have heard the stories. The story about the college student who fell to her death sneaking out to meet her lover and is said to still be wandering Founders Hall at Athens State University. The story of the Rev. Robert Donnell holding his Bible-study class in the parlor of the Donnell House - more thanlSO years after his death. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these stories* have been told for generations and are only a sample of what visitors will learn during the Athens’ Historic Haunts Walk at 7 nightly Oct. 6, 8, How to go Athens' Historic Haunts Walk will be at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 6,8,13,20 and 22. The 90-minute tour will begin at the Houston Memorial Library located at the corner of Houston and Market streets. Reservations are required and tickets are available for $5 at the Chamber or by calling (256) 232-5411. 13, 20 and 22. During the 90-minute walking tour, sponsored by The Greater Limestone See Haunts, page 3A ASU library hosts poetry reading Poets Jeanie Thompson and Kathleen Driskell will perform a poetry reading at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Athens State University hbraiy. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the ASU Library, will be free and open to the public. Montgomery native Jeanie Thompson is a poet, essayist, executive director of The Alabama Writers’ Forum and poetry faculty member in the brief-residency master’s of fine arts writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She wiU read from her latest book, “The Seasons Bear Us,” which was released in April. Kathleen Driskell serves as the associate director of Spaulding University’s brief-residency master’s of fine arts in wTiting program. She will read from her latest book, “Seeds Across Snow,” which was released in 2909. This event will kick off Thompson and m Kathleen Driskell Jeanie Thompson DriskeU’s North Alabama literary tour that will also include speaking engagements in Huntsville and Florence. A reception will follow in the hbrary. For more information, call (256) 233-8126. Reservations are not necessary. School boarti look at results on AYP goals By Ifnmffh K. Hii i jviuiiivr^f iilUi 7is;)c\\ Students in all grade levels at Athens City Sch(K)ls made Adequate Yearly Progress goals this year. In a work session following the school btrard meeting i'hursday night. Curriculum Director Garner F/ell presented the board with Athens City Schcxrls’ 2(K)9 Adequate Yearly Ifrogress and State Assessment Results. All AYP standards had Ireen met by the schix)! system in all grade levels, Ezell reported. Scores on the Alabama Reading and Mathematics iest (ARMT) for grades 3-8, the Alabama High Schcxrl Graduation Exam (AHSGE) for grade 11, and the Alabama Alternate Assessment (Ai\/\) were all met, he said. All state-assessment test scores w^ere above state averages for the schœl system as w'ell, he reported. State tests include the Stimford Achievement Test, the Alabama Science Assessment, the Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing, and the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. Though Athens City Schools and the system meet the 182 AYP goals out of 182 last year. No Child Left Behind standards will continually increase over the next few years, Ezell said. lYie system is constantly analyzing its assessment data and developing improvement plans to provide students, teachers and the system with what they need to meet goals, he said. In other business, board members heard a presentation during the work session from Lathan Associates Architects regarding plans for a school central office location. No action was taken. The discussion was ongoing at press time. See Scores, page 2A First-degree robbery, rape among Limestone grand jury indictments ByJf.nmff h R. Hii.i A Limestone County grand juiy recently returned indictments formally charging more than 140 people. Among them was an indictment for William Don Sloan Jr. on a first-degree robbeiy charge. Sloan is accused of the May 2009 robbeiy of Joe’s Pharmacy on Capshaw^ Road. In previous reports. Limestone (Jounty Sherifi^s Investigator Stanley McNatt said a man entered the pharmacy about 8:45 a.m. Monday with a 12-gauge, double-barreled shotgun drawn and demanded oxy-contin, a narcotic painkiller. When the robber lowered his gun barrel after demanding drugs, customer Rodney Vanalstine wrestled the robber to the floor. “The customer was able to wrestle away the shotgun,” McNatt said. “The robber got away and ran to his van. The customer chased him and broke out the glass See Indictments, page 5AfiZZX !A1 75B yA7 /5.5 7FREEBREADSTICKSThe features you love. The brand you trust. >i a A '* u a (‘■•v j - ecr. (tai,    •    /    ^    S3    , Athens    Athens 1207 i dso-    ‘    -e''-' ' a- - '    ^ i    ntifiK a    'i;    ”... - A-' Black Berry Tour SI 99.99 ;