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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Solid as Steele  Former Athens High pitcher Jordan Steele named GSC Pitcher of Week.    jg  Business in spotlight  Dip-n-Dogs offers a wide variety of favorite foods.    IIA  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Thursd.w, IMarcti 24, 2005  с ne>^ SCO II ricr.com  50 CiM>  Karen Baker of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Law’s long arm  Suspect held for crime committed 11 years ago in Athens  i№(IT  Hey, Sound Off:  People who don’t have the moral courage to identify themselves in Sound Off should not criticize the city council and mayor. They are only doing what the city school board and superintendent won’t do. That is to listen to parents and teachers voice their concerns in an open forum. What are the superintendent and school board afraid of with gag orders and their refusal to meet with parents and teacher groups? It’s the reason we need an elected school board that is responsive to the citizens.  — Quentin D. Anderson  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Business 11A  Classified 3-5B  Comics..........6B  Headlines  6A  Ledger ..........7A  Lifestyles 10A  Lottery ..........3A  Mini Page .......12A  Lela Olene Billions Peggy Ghee William R. Jones Bobby Lee Sides Julia Lee White Gwendolyn I. Yarbrough  Sports .........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather .........2A  Daily Bible Moment  nsteacl of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree.  Isaiah 55:13  Шпьеите ^habd  322 Hwy 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Two stabbed during figbt  Elkmont man taken into custody and charged with assault  By Sonny Turner  sonny@aihensnews-courier.com  The half-brother of Shane Jarrett, the man who was killed in 2002 in a murder-for-hire scheme, was arrested Tuesday night.-accused of stabbing two men during a fight at Jarrett’s former wrecker service just north of Athens.,,  Timothy Brad Russell, 33, of 25265 Evans Road, Elkmont, was  Tim Russell  in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday charged with two counts of first-degree assault. Bond was set at $20,000.  Russell was arrested for stabbing two Limestone County brothers Tuesday night during an altercation that involved the wife of one of the victims.  Tim Hargrove, 44, of 18537 Sulphur Creek Drive, Elkmont, was stabbed once in the chest and was in the intensive care unit at Athens-Limestone Hospital in stable condition Wednesday. His brother, Greg Hargrove, 43, of 23638 Pepper Farm Lane, Elkmont, was cut on his back and left arm and suffered a blow to the head from an  aluminum baseball bat, authorities said. He was transferred to Huntsville Hospital and was in the neuro-intensive care unit in serious but stable condition, police said.  “Greg Hargrove has a fractured skull and a fractured facial bone above his left eye,” said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “He is in pretty bad shape.’’  McNatt said the Hargroves went to the wrecker service on Alabama 127 near W'KAC radio where Russell works and got into an argument with Russell about state-  See Fight, Page 2A  f •  Jarrett murder case set for trial  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-couher. com  It’s been more than three years since Shane Jarrett was ambushed and killed inside his Athens home and now the man the state says who shot him to death in a mur-der-for-hire scheme that involved Jarrett’s wife, Melissa, is finally coming to trial.  The week of June 13 has been set aside to try Chad Reece, 59, on capitaF murder, capital murder for hire and burglary charges. The two people authorities say conspired with Reece to kill Jarrett, Andy Dugger, 30, and Melissa Jarrett, 29, may be called to the stand to testify against Reece.  Ever since the Jan. 27, 2002 shooting on Wheeler Street in northern Athens, all three suspects have been in the Limestone County Jail held without bond. Reece is held in maximum security, Dugger is a two-man cell and Jarrett is in a two-person cell with another woman.  A Limestone County grand Jury handed down eight indictments involving capital murder against Reece, Dugger and Jarrett.  Jarrett was indicted on two counts — one for capital murder for hire and another charging her with capital murder for pecuniary gain. Dugger and Reece were indicted on three counts each of capital murder, cap-  See Trial, Page 3A  Ready for market  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Green Thumb Gardens and Produce owner Aaron Johns sorts through fruits and vegetables Wednesday. The orchard is located on U.S. 72 East.  Oh, my goodness!  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  At several places in Athens Wednesday, the price for regular unleaded gasoline was more than $2.10 a gallon. Ann Shoulders, above, is an employee at Jiffy’s on U.S. 72 East in Athens.  How high will it go?  Gas prices now above $2 per gallon, experts say there is no end in sight  By Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnews-courier. com  It’s now over $2 a gallon leaving residents in Limestone County unsure when it is going to end.  But apparently there is no end in sight as the price of gasoline continues to rise almost daily.  , “It’s probably going to get a little worse before it gets better,” AAA Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram said Wednesday. “We think it will go up a little more before it goes down. We don’t expect a dramatic increase.”  Gas prices are at an all time high nationally as well as in Alabama and in the Huntsville area as of Wednesday. Nationally the average for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.11, in Alabama $2.04, and in the Huntsville area $2.07.  By driving through Athens, you can see that there are places with prices ranging from $2.06 to $2.15 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.  Ingram said we have been setting an all time high record for the past nine days. The last record in Alabama was set in November at $1.95.  The prices were back down in December, up in January, and leveled off in February.  “When March hit it started picking back up,” Ingram said. “We’re seeing a spike; there’s really no justification for it.”  However, one thing that has a little bit to do with it is that Wall-street folks have been actively buying crude oil and wholesale gas futures.  According to Ingram, some Wall-street See Gas, Page 2A  Bond set at $110K for rape suspect  Вл Sonny Turner  sonny%athensnew’s-courier.com  Joseph Thomas Kriz went before Limestone County District Judge Jerry Batts Wednesday and the judge set his bail bond at $110,000.  Kriz, 45, of 4164 Pryor Road, Madison, is accused of sexually abusing a 19-year-old relative over a period of years, authorities said. He remained in the Limestone County Jail late Wednesday night.  Limestone    County  Investigator Mike Boyles said Kriz, who is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and incest, was “brainwashing” the teenager into having sex with him by reading scriptures out of the Bible. Boyles said the abuse first started when the girl was 11.  A boyfriend of the teenager who started dating her two months ago brought her in to the Sheriff’s Department and she reported it, Boyles said. “The boyfriend found out about it after she told him what had been happening in the home."  Ex-mayor of Elkmont dies at 57  By Charloite Fulton charlotte@athensnew's-couher.com  A musician; a poet; a gifted diesel mechanic; a former mayor who “made good things happen in Elkmont”; but most of all — a man who had firm principles and stood by them.    _____  That’s what William Robert “Billy Bob” Jones’ friends say about the man who was their friend, their colleague, and more often than not, their Billy Bob Jones cousin.  Jones, 57, of Elkmont, died Tuesday at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.  His funeral is set for 2 p.m. today at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Ira Laney officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.  “I thought die world of him,” said Tracy Compton, a first cousin who served on the Elkmont City Council when Jones was mayor, and now is mayor of Elkmont. “He was a fine fellow - a fine husband, a fine father, a fine grandfather. He was a strong community leader; a lot of good things happened while  See Mayor, Page ЗА   

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