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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Saturday, Aprii 2, 2005  enewscourier.com  maex  Classified.......4-5A  Comics..........4B  Golf ............5B  Ledger ..........8A  Lottery ..........3A  Obituaries........2A  Alvin    Bates  Leona Turley Holt Jayme K. Laugtirnifler  Sports .......  .ti6B  Weather  2A  Daily Bible  'e who trusts in his won heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will he delivered.  Proverbs 28:26  v  ■<w. (Um  322 Hwv. 31N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit Ime 256-771-0934  7    69847'00001  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Fire broke out at the Kimzy Carr Road home of Louis Alvarez Sr. just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. Elkmont Police Chief Donnie Johns said the fire appeared to have started in the garage area of the home. No one was home when the blaze started. Alvarez, 83, was seriously injured Monday when his van slipped into gear and ran over him while he was removing cans from the back of the vehicle at the Athens Recycling Center. He was apparently still being hospitalized due to those injuries Friday. Responders from Owens, Piney Chapel and Elkmont volunteer fire departments spent several hours at the Aivarez home Friday afternoon. Johns said the cause of the fire was under investigation.  News-Courier/Kim Rynders This Elkmont firefighter was forced to take a break Friday while battling a fire at a home on Kimzy Carr Road.  Man says he was robbed of cash and car  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier.com  A 28-year-old Limestone County man told investigators that he was waiting for a red light to turn green early Friday morning in Athens when a man walked up, opened the passenger side door and got into his car.  The man then pulled a gun and told the man to drive that they were headed to Decatur. The man in the process robbed the victim of cash and later stole his vehicle, police said.  “The victim said the man got into the car with him at US. 31 and Freeman Drive, pulled a gun and told him to drive,’’said Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson. “He said the man took $300 from him and when they got to Decatur he forced him out of his car and he drove away.”  Johnson said the victim, Stephen Hall, of  See Robbed, Page 3A  News-Courier/Tanjie Nash  Father and daughter James and Peggy Payne of Mooresville go for a training run together Wednesday afternoon.  Mooresville girl breaks state record for 3rd year running  By Tanjie Nash  tanjie@athensnews-courier. com  Saturday morning, March 19, dawned gray and gusty with a lingering chill winding its way through an intermittent drizzle.  Undaunted by the weather, 10-year-old Peggy Payne laced up her running shoes, pulled her shoulder length blonde hair into a ponytail and walked down the street from her Mooresville home to the starting line of the 10-mile Rocket Run road race. It would be Peggy’s third year to run the race. It would also be her third year to break a state record for the 10-mile distance.  Two years ago, the first year the Rocket Run was held in Mooresville, 8-year-old Peggy; was  See Runner, Page 3A  iWfff  Hey, Sound Off:  In response to the Tuesday article about the city cleaning up properties, they need to start with the drunks and drug dealers in north Athens. If there were drunks standing outside urinating in broad daylight, in front of women and children, it would be stopped.  There are still some decent people who live in north town and are tired of the nuisance that is caused by people who are apparently above the law. There is an ordinance restricting everything else in Athens, why not people who urinate and other vulgar things in broad daylight.  — Outraged citizen in north Athens  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with  your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  A local reporter reviews an area exhibit of artifacts  Coming Sunday  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  <XH  John Easter of Tanner  Subscriber of the day  Land of waterfalls  Transylvania County, N.C., has more than 250 waterfalls to visit.  Sunday  Pope reported near death  By Melanie Walker  melanie@athensnews-coi' ner. com  While the eyes of the world turn tearfully toward Rome, faithful Catholics in Athens and Limestone County, members of the St. Paul Catholic parish, are praying and waiting for word about the condition of Pope John Paul II.  “I have complained about the constant news on television but in this case I think that it’s good for the world to be aware of what role the pope has played in the world,” said local parish member Grace Hunt. “While the news of the pope’s imminent death is difficult, it is different because we don’t see it as death but as the door to heav-en.  Hunt has relied on her strong religious background to see her through her own health trials and believes that her faith has sustained her and teaches her to know what God expects of her spiritually.  “The pope has taught us this same thing, what he is going through is also part of a joyous celebration,” Hunt said. “We all know that he can’t live forever. There will be no dramatic miracles that will bring him back to perfect health but we can pray that we are all agreeable to what we can’t control.”  The condition of the 84-year-old pope has worsened in recent days. He has  See Catholics, Page 3A  AP Photo  People gather to read prayers with many thousands of faithful Friday in St. Peter's square at the Vatican. The people prayed for the pontiff in a solemn vigil repeated in churches around the world. Tourists and pilgrims began arriving at St. Peter's late Thursday as word spread of the 84-year old pontiff's worsening health.  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II was near death Saturday, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, the Vatican said. Millions of faithful around the world knelt, crawled on their knees, bowed their heads and lit candles to pray for the 84-year-old pontiff.  “This evening or this night, Christ opens the door to the pope,” Angelo Comastri, the pope’s vicar general for Vatican City, told a crowd at St. Peter’s Square, where up to 70,000 people prayed and stood vigil in the chilly night.  Wrapping themselves in blankets, many tearfully gazed at John Paul’s third-floor windows, where the lights remained on early Saturday in the pope’s studio and his secretary’s room. The papal bedroom was not lit.  The Vatican said Friday morning that John Paul was in “very grave” condition after suffering blood poisoning from a urinary tract infection the previous night, but that he was “fully conscious and extraordinarily serene.” The pope was being treated by the Vatican medical team and declined to be hospitalized.  By Friday night, the pope’s con  dition had worsened further, and he was suffering from kidney failure and shortness of breath but had not lost consciousness as of 9:30 p.m., the Vatican said.  The pope “is on the verge of death,” Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, head of the Vatican's health care office, told the Mexican television network Televisa. “I talked to the doctors and they told me there is no more hope.”  As word of his condition spread across the globe, special Masses celebrated the pope for transforming the Roman Catholic Church during his 26-year papacy and for his example in fearlessly confronting death.  In Wadowice, Poland, people left school and work early and headed to church to pray for their native son.  “I want him to hold on, but it is all in God’s hands now,” said 64-year-old Elzbieta Galuszko at the church where the pope was baptized “We can only pray for him so he can pull through these difficult moments.”  In the Philippines, tears streamed down the face of Linda  See Pope, Page 3A  Local Catholics waiting, praying  John Paul II clings to life; Thousands standing vigil   

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