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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 йтвШте №  322 Hhv. 31 N • Athens' 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  The state of things  Riley puts education, government accountability first in State of the State address  Firefighters honored  Local firefighters receive awards at the annual Volunteer Firefighter Association banquet 5A  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, February 2, 2005  enewscoiirier.com  50 Cents  The Sowbys  Ann and John Sowby tell how they returned to the South and became this week’s Meet the Neighbors  шит  Hey, Sound Off:  1 can’t understand people. They whine and complain about people who smoke in restaurants, and other public facilities.  But the same people will go into a restaurant, have two or three drinks (to relax from the day) maybe eat dinner and have one with their meal, then one for the road.  Then these same people get into their cars on the same road that your children, mother, father, husband or wife are driving on, trying to get home, too. The next thing you know, the n^xt of kin is being notified that there has been a wreck. A drunk driver has hit them. Of course the drunk* is not hurt, because he was too limber and too inebriated to tense up when he sees what is about to happen, if he even has time to see. So we smoke. Put us in a back room with windows and a door to keep us away from these people, because we might do harm to them, but keep pouring them drinks, because they want to relax.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-9B  Comics .........10A  Health...........7A  Ledger.........8-9A  Movie Listing 3A  Obituaries........2A  Thomas Forrest Adams Josephine C. Barnes Mattie Mable Culps James Frank Harris Helen Nedra Bumpus Luna Sports .........1-3B  Daily Bible Moment  ttend to my cry, for I am brought very> low.  Psalm 142:6  Athens City Hall plans dead?  New $3 million police station on E. Hobbs Street now eyed  By Sonny Turner   sonny@alhensnews-courier.com   The Athens City Council will likely be asked to do away with its plan to tear down and build a new Athens City Hall in favor of another plan that would call for the construction of a new Athens Police Department.  At least that was the word Tuesday from Councilman Ronnie Marks. Marks is the chairman of a city building committee that is meeting to study the city's most critical building needs.  Autopsy: Man shot three times  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Limestone County authorities now believe 32-year-old Andres Flores Galicia was murdered Friday night at the scene where his body was found on Mooresville Road north of Belle Mina.  Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Tuesday authorities believe the Decatur man was shot execution-style on the outside of his vehicle and it is very likely he fell into the ditch where his body was later found.  A preliminary autopsy on the body shows that Galicia was shot three times in the head at close range apparently with a .45 caliber handgun, McNatt said.  McNatt said it appears Galicia, of 1208 Broadus Ave. S.E., Decatur, drove to Mooresville Road, got out of his vehicle and was shot to death. When a deputy found his vehicle, the engine was still running.  But the identity of the shooter remains a mystery.  “We are still beating the bushes,” McNatt said. “We are continuing to talk with the people who were associated with him, but we have no suspects or leads at this time.”  Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says Galicia got a telephone call Friday night on his cell phone and left his wife and brother at a Decatur restaurant.  McNatt says while that caller may not have  See Autopsy, Page 2A  Fund-raiser banquet set for Feb. 10  By Kelly Kazek   keIlv@athensnews-courier.com   An auction and pork tenderloin dinner are the centerpieces of this year's Boys & Girls Clubs banquet, but the attendees’ focus will be, as usual, on  Marks said the city has been offered approximately three acres of property for $125,000 in the East Hobbs Street area to build a new police station. He estimated a building with 8,000 square feet will cost $3 million.  If the council approves the new plan, it will be the third time the council has changed its mind about the city hall building plan.  A past council decided to build on property off Interstate 65 behind Applebee's.  Then the current council recently did away with that plan to go with the Athens City Hall expansion and now this committee says it will recommend the East Hobbs Street location.  “I’m thinking that we need to take care of our most critical need and that is our police department,” Marks said. “After we get the police out of City Hall, we might find we don't need any more space there.”  Marks said the committee has also discussed the possibility of building a new fire station on the east side of town and doing away with Fire Station No. 2 off U.S. 31 South.  “We've got $3.5 to $4 million set aside and we're thinking we can build a new police headquarters for $3 million,”  Marks said. “Our next move will be to make a recommendation to the council."  The building committee is made up of Marks, Councilman Harold Wales, Public Works Director James Rich, Mayor Dan Williams, Police Chief Wayne Harper and Fire Chief Cliff Christopher.  Police now occupy the north side of Athens City Hall and utilize 4,000 square feet of floor space, city officials said. They have long outgrown those quarters, Marks said.  If the new plan is approved Marks said APD probably will move temporarily to the old Limestone County Jail on Green Street. The county will vacate that building on March 7 when it moves to the new Limestone County Detention Center on Elm Street.  Tickets are $20 for the dinner and auction at 6:30 Feb. 10 at the Beasley Center. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Limestone County.  helping local children.  Suzanne Rainey, executive coordinator of Boys & girls Clubs    of  Limestone County, said the annual event could raise as much as $11,000 to $15,000 for the four clubs operat-    ”  ed locally, including ones in  Athens, Ardmore and Tanner, as well as a teen center.  The banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. feb. 10 at the Beasley Center in First United Methodist Church in Athens. Tickets are $20 each and include the dinner by Pat Waldrop, as well as access to the auction.  Several specialty packages will be auc-  See Fund-raiser, Page 3A  Hundreds mourn No. 53  A goodbye to ‘Sunshine’  B\ Phil Willis  phil(a athensnews-courier.com  A bitter cold wind bled the overcast skies a ghostly gray as friends, family and teammates bid their final farewell to Sunshine Tuesday afternoon.  Thomas Adams, 17, a senior stalwart of the Tanner Rattlers football team who was better known around the school by his nickname “Sunshine,” died late Saturday evening in a traffic accident on Hine Street in Athens. He was returning home after representing lanner as a nominee for the Spirit Award at the Limestone County Basketball Tournament in Elkmont when the wreck occurred.  The funeral for Sunshine was held on his beloved Rip Swanner Field, home of the Rattlers The stadium Bag flew at half-staft as friends, family and classmates filled the home stands.  The scoreboard proclaimed a 53-0 outcome in recognition of Sunshine's jersey number, 53. Time left, down and yards to go bore the message 1987-2005, with the game in the fourth quarter.  Younger brother George, a sophomore at See Sunshine, Page 3A  SWANNER STADIUM  OF THE TANNER RATTLERS  GUEST  News-Courier Kim Rynders A large crowd filled the home stands at Rip Swanner Stadium in Tanner Tuesday afternoon, top, for the funeral of Rattler star Thomas Adams, who died in a Saturday night traffic accident. His parents, Richard and Susan Adams, above, marveled at the support provided by the community during their time of need.The scoreboard, left, told the story: number 53,1987-2005, fourth quarter.   

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