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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Future uncertain  Landmark Athens restaurant to close, owner not sure of reopening    ^  TbeNe  Serving Athens and  of Tradition and Future  County finals  Tanner girls run to title In Limestone County Basketball Tournament  Swanner game room dedicated  The Tanner Boys & Girls Club will officially dedicate the Rip Swanner game room in ceremonies at the club today.  Swanner, who played a part in Tanner athletics and helping form the Tanner B&G Club, died last year following a heart attack. The Tanner football field is named in his honor.  The dedication day ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. today. Family, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend.  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Sou s C ourier  232-2720     Index          Classified____    . .1-14D      Courthouse Beat    .. .15A      Crosswords ..    .. .16A      Ledger ......    .. .13A      Lottery ......    ... .3A      Obituaries____    ... .2A      Ruth Edwards      Effie Mae McCown      Other Views ...    ... .5A      Our Opinion ...    ... .4A      Sports ......    .. .1-7B      Valley ......    ... .6A      Weather .....    ... .2A      Yesteryear ...    17A     Dailv Bible Moment  e do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.  Daniel 3:18  Ìlimeòtane (i/abd  322 Hwv.31 N‘Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  News-Couner/Kim Rynuers  Aviator Richard Trulson who lost his legs in a shop accident three years ago was able to fly again this weekend. Truison's prosthetic legs have a dolphin design picked by his niece, Katelyn Beavers. His plane is a 1946 Aeronca Champ.  Injured pilot welcomes flight  By Melanie Walker    make the listener ready to sit and hear the whole story.   melanie@athensnews-courier.com     T    hree    years    after    losing    his    legs    in    a freak accident in his  Richard Truison’s optimism and sense of humor are read- shop, Richard Trulson, owner and operator of Ardmore ily noticeable. His quick answer to how he’s doing is always. Aviation, will once again take to the skies.  “I’m about two feet, two-and-a-half inches short.'" His quick  grin takes any sting from the words and his amazing story    See    Pilot,    Page    3A  Man shot, dumped on county roadside  By Nancy Glasscock  nancyfa athensnews-courier. com  Limestone County authorities had no suspects Saturday in the execution-style murder of a Morgan County man who was found shot in the head and his body dumped alongside Mooresville Road.  Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Andres Flores Galicia, 32, of Broadus Avenue, Decatur, was found dead early Saturday morning. Blakely said deputies discovered Galicia around l a.m. lying face down in a ditch along Mooresville Road in the Pete's Comer Community.  “My patrol deputies discovered a 1994 red Chevy S-10 pickup parked in the wrong lane on the shoulder of the road with the lights on,” Blakely said, adding that Galicia was lying outside the truck in a ditch. “The man had been shot in the head. It appeared to be an execution-style shooting.”  After talking with Galicia’s brother and mother, Blakely said authorities confirmed that Galicia was having dinner with his family when he received a phone call from a pay phone in the French's Mill area at 9:20 Friday night. He said Galicia returned the call to the pay phone at 9:44 p.m. and told his mother and brother he had to meet someone.  Blakely said authorities believe Galicia was shot with a 45-caliber handgun sometime between 9:44 and 10 p.m. Friday.  “What we’re hoping for is that maybe,  BI  of glory  Mayor Dan Williams gets roasted at CASA fund-raising event  By Melanie Walker  melanie(a athensneMs-courier.com Mayor Dan Williams was served up with roast beef and a side order of humor at the second annual CASA roast. Friends, family and members of the community gathered in a packed house for the annual fund-raiser.  “We talked to members of his family and they asked how far back were we going back looking for experiences,” Master of ceremonies Jackie Greenhaw said. “We told them back to his childhood ... well that would be a rib roast, they said. Then we asked Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley what she'd have to say, and she said if it was going to involve politicians ... that'd be a pork roast. Herby Greenhaw, a long-time friend of Williams’, said if waistlines were anything to go by ... maybe the affair w'ould be a pot roast. But when the roasters were asked, they said it would definitely be a rump roast.” Regaling the crow d w ith tales of his days in the National Guard, working for McConnell Funeral Home, DHR, and in politics a crowd of roasters poked good-natured fun at Mayor Dan Williams. Sometimes stories were told with hilarity and sometimes with a little bit of color, but always with respect and affection.  Sheriff Mike Blakely took time from a busy schedule to roast Williams, with whom  See Roast, Page 2A  See Shooting, Page 3A  Goodsprings fire protection rates to decrease  By Sonny Ti rner  sonny (a athensnews-courier.com Some homeowners in Goodsprings in the northwestern section of Limestone County will soon have their residential insurance rates lowered by as much as 50 percent.  That’s the latest news from Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Department Chief Andy Thompson who said this weekend that the state Insurance Service Office (ISO) in Montgomery has notified the department that Goodsprings will now go into a lower classification from a rating of 9.9 to 5.9.  The new classification takes effect on May 1. Thompson said that will mean an overall savings of 50 percent in homeowner insurance rates. For example, he said a family living in a S75,000 home will have their insurance rate lowered from SI,400 to S700 per year.  But not every homeowner in the Goodsprings area will qualify for the lower rate, he said.  “It’s just homes w ithin 1.000 feet of a fire hydrant,” the chief said. “We are estimating that approximately 30 homeowners will qualify for the lower rate.”  Thompson said in order to qualify for the lower rate.  homeowners must be within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant or they must have six-inch water lines running from their home.  “It’s a great rate and we're happy to get it,” Thompson said. “We just wish all the homes in Goodsprings would qualify.”  The 18 volunteers who make up the Goodsprings Fire Department worked for years to qualify for the lower rate and spent countless hours training, the chief said. Those volunteers serve w ithout pay.  Goodsprings has six firefighting vehicles to serve the area.  Ruling clears way for hospital in Madison area  By Melanie Walker  mclanie(a athensnews-courier.com  Members of the Athens-Limestone County Hospital Board are preparing for the impact that a judge’s decision to allow a hospital in western Madison county could have on Athens-Limestone Hospital.  A judge has ruled that Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong can proceed w ith his request for a certificate of need for a hospital in the Madison area. A hospital in Madison would impact patient load for the Athens-Limestone Hospital which currently operates at only 39 percent occupancy and ended 2004 w ith a net operating loss of S561,988.  Madison wants to build a hospital that will serve the approximately 75,000 residents in Madison. Monrovia, Harvest, and eastern  See Hospital, Page 2A  Meet the Powerses  Donnie and Felica Powers met on a school bus, then survived a devastating storm. Read their story in this week’s Meet the Neighbors  1C  »OFF  Hey, Sound Off:  How many must die I or be wounded before we as older veterans I openly protest this "Bush war'? Yes, 1,400 Americans have been killed and 10.000 wounded and millions of Iraqis killed. Our servicemen and women are doing a great job, but how many will we let die before we stand up and speak?  How' many of our senators in Washington who are voting to further this war have kids in harms way? This war is not being fought by the rich.  Bush got re elected by pushing the Christian button. Is he really?  How do you tell? Not by what he says, but by his fruits. My Bible does not recognize killing as a fruit.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Athens Mayor Dan Williams, seated, is amused by a story told by son Daniel during a roast in his honor Saturday night at the Senior Citizens Center.  ■   

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