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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama The News-Courier SiMìw, \l vN( II 27, 2(Mi5 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future eiiou scoili lencniit ()m: Doi lak Lora Tucker of Tanner Subscriber of the day Bracelet returned After wearing a POW/MIA bracelet for more than 20 years, Jason Conn, of Nebraska, has finally taken it off after a Sheila Thrasher and her son saw an article in the The News-Courier about Harriet Davis, who had one of these bracelets with Randolf Ard’s name on it. Thrasher’s son called his friend Conn to confirm if he had a bracelet with that same name on it. And it turns out he did. 3A iltOFF Hey, Sound Off: I would like to commend Athens-Limestone Hospital for being such a nice, clean and caring facility. I can’t say that about one other larger hospital in this area. It’s such a dirty, filthy place. But thanks again Athens-Limestone Hospital. More Sound Off VaUey, 6A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified 1-12D Crossword 12A Church Bulletin 11A Ledger  1M3A Movie Listing 11A YesterYear 13A Obituaries 2A Alma Scott Clay William “Bill” David Lyle Jr. Martha J. Nicholson Franklin C. Scott Frances B. Wood Sports .........1-4B Daily Bible Moment W hoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise. Luke 3:11 322 Hwy. 31N • Aiken --YlhA»'’    25Í-232-1051 ■»me»«    OWlUae256-771-»34 7    69847    0 3001 Helping Susie Sub Deb sorority will sponsor car wash to benefit a classmate Courtesy photo Brooke Daron visits with her friend Susie Chambers. Chambers continues to work toward recovery from her September auto accident. Staff Reports Bright skies and warm weather are on order for a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. car wash Saturday to benefit Athens High School student Susie Chambers who was injured in a car accident last September. The event hosted by the Sub Deb Sorority will raise funds to cover the mounting medical costs incurred by Chambers’ family in treating the teen’s medical and other expenses. “It would be just awesome if everyone who knew Susie would come by and get their cars washed’’ event co-chair Ashley Murphy said. “It would be a great show of support.’’ Chambers was seriously injured in a car accident. Students, friends and family held prayer vigils, wrote letters and sent cards to keep Chambers close to their hearts. “In a small town like Athens, when you hear of a tragedy like this, it’s only natural to want to help,” said Sub Deb sponsor Dana Henry. “This is a great way for these kids to get involved. They’ve been worried about Susie, prayed for her recovery and kept up with her progress. We are very proud that we could take the initiative to put this together for their friend. This is a terrific group of girls and the fact that they want to help Susie is incredibly admirable.” While planning their spring calendar of activities, several members of the Sub Deb Club decided to include a fund-raising activity for Susie, an idea that took the form of a car wash to raise money for her medical expenses. “Susie is a friend of mine,” said Brooke Daron, another event co-chair. “We know we can’t do a lot, See Susie, Page 3A Athens man shot in buttocks while fleeing robbery attempt By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com A 37-year-old Athens man was shot in the buttocks Saturday by a man he says was attempting to rob him. “He says a man came up and wanted his money and he started running away from him and the man shot him,” said Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson. “He says a black male shot him, but I don’t know. We are still investigating.” Ewin Munoz, of 909 North Madison St., was being treated in the emergency roirtn at Athens^Limestone Hospital Saturday night. Johnson said the shooting was reported to police at 4:24 p.m. “He was shot with a .32-caliber pistol,” Johnson said. “I found the bullet inside his clothes.” Investigators said Munoz was just outside the laundromat on Ninth Street when he says he was approached by the would-be robber. “We’re trying to find a witness that can tell us more,” Johnson said. “At this time we do not have a suspect although the victim is telling us the man is a black male about 5-9 and weighing approximately 175 pounds. That’s all we have to go on at the moment.” Johnson said police believe Munoz was shot 45 minutes before he called police to report the shooting. “We’re trying to piece together the evidence and why he waited to call us,” Johnson said. “We haven’t determined a motive in this and we’re still investigating to find out more.” Easter treasures News-Courier/Kim Rynders John David, William and Caroline Mathews look for prize eggs in their baskets Saturday at the Sub Deb Club’s Easter Egg Hunt at Big Spring Park in Athens. Many children walked away with baskets full of eggs and candy. City testing ground on Hobbs site By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Athens Mayor Dan Williams and members of the Athens City Council are awaiting test results that will tell them if the ground on East Hobbs Street is suitable for a new $3 million police headquarters building. “We should be getting those tests back soon. It will tell us if the ground is suitable for a building,” said Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks, “Once that comes back we will be ready to act.” If those tests are favorable, the council is expected to approve the purchase of 3.5 acres on East Hobbs Street that would be the location of a two-story, $3 million police headquarters building. That property is located between Thomas and Shaw streets and is owned by Beasley Properties with Bill Ming serving as the bxc^r, Itr-jis being offered to the city for ’$¿00,000,'city officials said. The new police building would consist of approximately 18,000 square feet of floor space. “By going this route, we’re going to save $3 million,” Marks said. The latest plan is one of several the council has considered in recent months. A past council decided to build on property off Interstate 65 behind Applebee’s, then this council recently did away with that plan and voted to tear down Athens City Hall and construct a new building. The latest plan that calls for the police building on East Hobbs Street was approved recently by a city building committee made up of city officials. The city has $3.9 million set aside for the buijding project, city officials said. Farming in 1945 It was 1945 and it was during the days when farming was king in Limestone County. East Limestone County farmer Wade Barksdale is ready to go plow his cotton crop with his mules and his two boys, Kenneth, left, and Gerald, who is now a Limestone County Commissioner. The News-Courier will feature a whole section of farm photos from the past, coming Thursday. I ». if /*