Not sure if this deserves to be in the "How To" section, but I figured it might save someone a few headaches and a lot of googling.
tar -xf /root/compat-wireless-2.6.33.tar.bz2
shutdown now -r
Then, Wicd Manager=>Preferences=>Wireless Interface: wlan0
Refresh and you should see some wireless networks.
Thanks to dustyboner for directing me to the compat drivers.
****kukubau was able to get it working using these commands. Anyone that tries either of these, please let me know if they work.
tar -xf /path/to/compat-wireless-2.6.33.tar.bz2 - latest stable compat-wireless drivers
./scripts/driver-select - it will show you a list of supported hardware
./scripts/driver-select <driver-name> - VERY IMPORTANT - WRITE THE DRIVER FOR YOUR CARD. FOR ATHEROS - ath9k
sudo make install