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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 The search is on  en Hickman’s Texas cTfildhoocT flavored her cooking Limestone County superintendent says system will  and made her Cook of the Week, coming Thursday  search ‘high and low’ for three new football coaches jg  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, February 9, 2005  enewscourier.com  Cents  Red hot challenge  Competition heats up for the annual Hospice Chili Challenge  i№Olf  Hey, Sound Off:  I am still peiplexed about the city's handing of the incidents in the Athens Police Department because we have not heard an answer to previous public requests and Sound Off items about why APD did its own investigation. It is usually customary for at least the County Sherifif'’s Department to investigate wrongdoings within the APD organization. In addition, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation could have been asked to investigate. Allowing an outside agency to investigate would have been honest, respectable and justice to the system.  Editor's fiote: Police Chief Wayne Harper said law' agencies do not investigate each other for possible internal policy violations. “This w'as an internal personnel matter that involved possible violations of city policy. It did not involve the Sheriff’s Department. I w oiddn't go down and investigate Sheriff ’s Department employees for violations of his rules and reg’dations. It w as not like a shooting or a crime when it is not uncommon to call on another jurisdiction for assistance.”  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Classified.........4-8B  Comics...........13A  Health ............7A  Ledger ...........12A  Movie Listing  3A  Obituaries..........2A  Wilma Lois Mealer Mary Evangeline T. Thompson Sports...........1-3B  Dailv Bible Moment  'e repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them.  Deutertmotn}' 7:10  '>W‘ ili»'  ((jfutfe!  322 Hh\. 31 N* Athens 2.<i6-232-lUfil Obit line 255-771-0934  1    69847    00001    6  arksdale  Barksdale to be tried in Limestone?  Bv Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnew's-coiirier.com  A year after being charged with the shooting deaths of two Athens police officers it is still unknown if Farron Barksdale wall be tried in Limestone County.  Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails said Monday Barksdale’s motion for a change of venue is still pending.  Barksdale was charged with six counts of capital murder following the shooting deaths of Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims.  The officers were ambushed at Barksdale's mother’s home on Jan. 2, 2004.  Russell and Mims arrived at the home on Horton Street after he allegedly requested police attendance.  Barksdale reportedly shot the police officers. Russell and Mims arrived at separate times.  Barksdale has a history of mental instability. He has been involuntary committed to a mental institution twice and has requested treatment several times.  According to Lt. Vanessa Rich with the Athens Police Department, Barksdale is in a solitary cell in maximum security.  Jake Watson of Huntsville is Barksdale’s attorney. He entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and a plea of not guilty.  According to Alabama state law' Barksdale’s attorneys must show “clear and convincing evidence that, at the time the crime is committed, the defendant sufíered from mental disease or defect so severe that he was unable to appreciate the w rongfulness of his act.”  Pat Goode, of Athens, pumps gas Tuesday at Wal-Mart.  Ncws-Courier Kim Rvndcrs  Gas Drices continue to rise  Ba Iasuia Lo\ ell  iashia(iiathensnews-coiirier.com You may have to dig a little deeper into your pockets before it gets any better.  “Gas prices have been going up the last few weeks.” said Alabama AAA spokesman Clay Ingram. “A SI.85 -gallon is the state average for regular unleaded.”  Ingram did not have an average for Limestone County gas prices but did say that the Huntsville area has an average of SI.88 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.  “The Huntsv ille area is usually a few cents higher a gallon than the rest of the slate.” Ingram said.  Ingram sav's he doesn't know when or if gas prices are going to decrease. “It’s one of those things that’s really, real  ly hard to predict.”  Several factors could cause the increase of gasoline prices, including supply and demand as well as foreign countries discov ering that the United States is w illing to pay higher prices for crude oil. he said.  “Demand has remained high, despite the high prices.” said Ingram.  Ingram says cold weather is now atfecting prices the most.  According to Ingram, refineries cannoi produce both gas and oil for heating in the same time frame.  ITie refineries aretieing shared for their production.  See Gas prices. Page 2A  Say ‘a-a-a-a’  Nevvs-Couricr/Kim Ryndcrs  Seven-year-old Jared and four-year-old John Ray Gentilcore of Athens read with anticipation a book at the Athens-Limestone Public Library.  Appeals court asked to reinstate charges in Tipton slaying  DECATUR, Ala. (AP) The Alabama Attorney General's office has asked an appeals coui1 to reinstate murder charges against Daniel Wade Moore, who earlier spent time on death row for the stabbing death of a Decatur woman.  Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed the charges last week and ordered Moore released from Jail. Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska filed a motion Monday asking the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to reinstate the  See Tipton, Page 2A  Daniel Wade Moore, left, is now a free man.  City officials to meet on detention oond issue  Bv Pnii Willis  phiKyathensnews-courier.com Athens City Councilmen Harold Wales and Johnny Crutcher are hoping to learn more Wednesday morning about how two new detention ponds currently under construction north of Elm Street will affect  area drainage.  Public Works Director James Rich is to meet with the councilmen to explain just how the ponds are supposed to work.  “We've already got one detention facility 111 operation behind  See Detention pond. Page 3A  Mayor, chairman leading hospital group to capito  Delegation leaves Thursday for Montgomery meeting  Bv Melame Walker   melanie@athensnews-courier.com  Athens Mayor Dan W'illiams and Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert will join a local delegation headed to Montgomery on Thursday to lobby against a new hospital for Madison.  The Limestone County group will meet with the Statewide Health Coordinating Council at 10 a.m. in the archiv es chamber of the state capitol.  “We’re going to make our second trip to Montgomery  to meet with the health plan committee,” said Williams. “Every resident of Limestone County has a stake in Athens-Limestone Hospital and we need no drastic changes.  That’s what the whole issue before the committee’s about. There is-  already an overabundance of beds and a hospital in Madison w'ould have a negative impact on us.”  “W'e are going to plead our case, because any facility  are going lo plead our case, because any facility would rake away and be detrimental to Athens-Limestone Hospital.” — Dai 'id Seibert  would take away and be detrimental to .Athens-Limestone Hospital,” said Seibert. “.Advances in medicine have translated to shortened hospital stays, that means an over abundance of beds already.”  “We will have about an hour to present our case,” Athens-Limestone Hospital administrator Phil Dotson said. “W'e’ve been preparing our material and going over Commissioner Dale Strong’s application in detail. We are trying to put together an accurate representation of our case and the harmful impact that granting this request would have on Limestone County while giving only minimal benefit to Madison County."  See Hospital, Page 3A   

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