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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Shakin’ things up  Local woman displays a large collection of salt and pepper shakers    5^  TheNe  West in Trojan War  West Limestone’s soccer team takes part in tournament in Daphne  IB  Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscou rierxom  50 Cents  Gary Schrimsher of Harv'cst  Sul')scriber of the day  Loyal to the library  v^Billie Jacoby is honored for 10 years of service to the public library.  Wednesday  «WOff  Hey, Sound Off:  I am very disappointed by the tax vote on Feb.  15. I am not surprised but still 1 am disappointed. On that day socialists voted for a socialist measure to fund a socialist program that will insure children in the government school system will become socialists.  The populace has been so badly brainwashed that they now go to the polls and approve socialist measures and feel good about doing it.  You can forget about voting on the same measure in 20 years.  By then we will be living under a dictatorship and no one will be allowed to vote for anything, and it will be our own fault because we are doing nothing to stop or reverse socialism in the U.S.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 3-5B  Comics..........6B  Ledger ..........6A  Movie Listing 3A  Obituaries 2A  Billy Wayne Bright Rachel Rebecca Elder V.J. Johnson Thesa Fay Kennedy James Henry Phillips Ruth C. Pitman Franklin Calvin Scott Gladys S. White Sports .........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  our Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  Matthew 6:8  •rth !.W  medone  .122 H«\.31 N'.Vhens 256-212-1051 Obit line 256-771-0914  69847 00001  City cleans up properties  Liens placed against several condemned sites in Athens  By Phil Willis  phil @a thensn e\\ s-courier, com As part of an ongoing project to clean up eyesores around Athens, the City Council Monday night authorized the condemnation and demolition of a building located at 905 Brownsferry St.  Public Works Director James Rich said an inspection had revealed the structure to be in violation of building codes and a public nuisance. A structure on the adjoining lot at 903 Brownsferry St. already has been condemned. Rich said, but demolition postponed until the second building also could be condemned.  The council also approved the placing of liens against three other properties in Athens to cover the cost of demolishing and removing other structures condemned  nvestigation into shooting continues  after inspections found them in violation of building codes. Those liens are for $3,790 against property at 1408 12th St. owned by Pattie M. Evans and Baker Rever; $5,540 for property at 1012 W. Washington St. owned by Mamie Cash; and $3,363 for property at 1201 Widows Dr. owned by Johnny Sowell.  The lien is attached to property tax records for the coming year. Rich explained giving the owners up to 12 months to pay. If the lien is not paid along with the property taxes, the property is then auctioned and the city recovers the cost of demolition, he said.  “That’s too long to get a return on our money," Councilman Harold Wales complained. “It keeps the money tied up too long. It’s like putting the money back in a fruit jar — it doesn’t draw any interest.’’  After discussing the matter, however, the council could not suggest any quicker method for recovering the demolition costs.  In other business, the council passed an ordinance approving the sale of Lot 5 in the Elm Industrial Complex to John and Agnes Crews. Approval of the sale already had been approved by resolution. Rich explained but approval by ordinance is required. The lot is at the site of the Crews Inc. industrial plant.  Finally, the council approved two rezoning requests. Two acres just off U.S. 72 at Cambridge Lane owned by A1 Tunstill and James Bailey were rezoned from R-3 high-density residential to B-2 general business. Adjoining  See Property, Page 2A  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Athens police were continuing Monday to investigate a Saturday shooting that injured a man who says he was shot as he ran from a would-be robber.  “We are trying to run down all possible leads and hopefully we will be able to talk to some people who witnessed what went on here,’’ said Lt. Floyd Johnson. “But still we don’t know much about it except what the victim is telling us."  A 37-year-old Athens man, Edwin Munoz, of 909 North Madison St., was shot in the buttocks as he ran from the scene.  “He says a man came up and wanted his money and he started running away from him and the man shot him," said Johnson. “He says a black male shot him."  Munoz was treated in the emergency room 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, police said.  Investigators said Munoz was just outside a laundromat on Ninth Street when he says he was approached by the would-be robber. Police are searching for a black male about 5-9 and weighing approximately 175 pounds.  Johnson said police believe Munoz was shot 45 minutes before he called police to report the shooting.  Athens man run over by car Monday  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   An 83-year-old Athens man was seriously injured Monday when his vehicle slipped into gear and it ran over him while he was removing cans from the back of his van at the Athens Recycling Center.  The incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 72 and Lucas Ferry Road.  “He is definitely lucky to be alive,” said Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson. “If that van had not hit the loading dock I don’t think he would have had much of a chance to survive.”  Louie Alvarez Sr., of Alabama 127, was taken from the scene to Huntsville Hospital by MedFlight helicopter. Alvarez was still being treated in the emergency room at the hospital early last night, a hospital spokesman said.  Johnson said Alvarez had pulled up to the recycling center which is located just south of the intersection and was in back of his van removing cans when the vehicle engine started to race, apparently causing it to slip into gear.  “He was behind it and was trying to keep it from rolling out to the road when he apparently fell and the car ran over him,’’ Johnson said. “He got caught up in the front axle and the vehicle dragged him 50 feet or so before it hit the loading dock. That stopped the van and that probably saved his life.’’  Alvarez was trapped beneath the vehicle for several minutes. Paramedics were on the scene within minutes and were administering aid to Alvarez while waiting for MedFlight to land on U.S. 72.  Once the helicopter landed, traffic on the highway had to be blocked for 10 minutes, police said.  New look for local nark  City council members make alans for Big Spring Park  Bv Phil Willis  phil@athensne\\ s-courier. com  Big Spring Park in Athens will be getting a facelift this spring.  The Athens City Council Monday night approved a low bid of $42,000 from Lynnscapes Inc. of Athens for renovations at the popular midtown park.  At the heart of the project. Parks and Recreation Director  Ben Wiley said is the installation of a new keystone wall around the pond.  “The old concrete wall is eroding and it’s causing the bank to wash away," Wiley told the council.  New drainage grates will be installed in flood-prone areas of the park, Wiley continued and new sidew alks w ill be installed along the north side of the pond and from the  See Park, Page 2A  News-C'ourier/ Kim Rynders  Three people escaped serious injury Monday afternoon after a four door Hyundai and a GMC pickup collided on Alabama 127 near Sleepy Hollow Road in Eikmont.  Motorists escape serious injury in Eikmont wreck  Three Limestone County residents escaped serious injury Monday afternoon after a wreck on Alabama 127 in Eikmont.  Rebecca "Becky" Patterson, 35. of Eikmont was transported by ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital with minor injuries.  According to her father, Billy Miller, Patterson said she was signaling to tiim onto Sleepy Hollow' Road.  When she looked in the rear view mirror she noticed the vehicle behind her was not slowing. The four-door Hyundai then struck the GMC pickup that Patterson was driving. Miller said.  Adam Butler, 23, and Sonya Butler, 24, both of Athens, were in the Hyundai but were not seriously injured.  According to Angie .McMunn with the Eikmont Volunteer Fire Department, members from the Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad, and West Limestone and Eikmont volunteer fire departments, w'ere at the scene.  The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m.  Tashia Lovell   

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