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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama Wednesday Aprii. 6, 2005 ttiewscourier.ioni 50 ( IM S Index Classified    .4-7B Comics..........3B Ledger ..........9A Movie List........3A Weather .........2A Obituaries........2A James Floyd Maxwell Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment 'Qihat which is done is what will he done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 \üuß 322 Hm. 31 N • Athens 256-232-1051 Wi ‘ ** Obit line 256-771-0934 ^ ood mot h/iwx(jr Ruth Lindsay of Athens Subscriber of the clay SflffiOFF Hey, Sound Off: To the two ladies at the Sportsplex on Monday night, who decided to save parking spaces for each other — 1 have three words for you: Shame on you! My family and I are from Michigan and we had driven down to visit some dear friends here in Athens and watch their kids play ball. Yes, the parking lot was packed! We waited patiently for a parking spot, only to have your friend back out and block us in. She then waited on you to get there to take the spot we had waited for! Do you know how rude that was? And then, for you to walk up and tell us. “I don't want you to think 1 was being rude"...that’s just icing on the cake! Grow ing up, we always heard how people in the South are gracious and kind and full of “Southern hospitality." You two ladies just stomped all over that. I am embarrassed for you both. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future A man to look up to 25 years of service Mary Barksdale retires from the Limestone County License Department. Meet the Neighbors ic The New Man slashes wife with box cutter Fulton receives AP’s Sweepstakes Award I-■ r — - Elkmont chief receives bulletproof vest News-Courier/Phil Willis Elkmont Police Chief Donnie Johns, left, wears the bulletproof vest he was presented Tuesday by Ron Ultz, secretary/treasurer of the State Fraternal Order of Police. The State FOP has also ordered seven more of the vests that will be delivered soon to the Athens Police Department. News-Courier/Kim Rynders Keith Belvitch can’t help but look up to this 19-foot-tall figure that stands outside C.L. Discount on U.S. 72, which Belvitch manages. The steei-and-fiberglass statue, made by Rose Littrell of Dickson, Tenn., was purchased by the store’s owner and was recently moved to Athens from its original location in Florence. Two Athens teens charged in rash of county burglaries Deposition witnesses testify about proposed hospital Bv Melanie Walker melanie@athensneMS-courier.com The proposal for a hospital in Madison took another step forward yesterday as attorneys and representatives from Athens-Limestone Hospital, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center met in deposition with administrative law judge James F. Hampton. Witnesses testified as to the need for a hospital in Madison and the pattern of findings in granting certificates of need for hospitals or nursing homes. The deposition is part of an ongoing battle by Athens-Limestone Hospital to block a Madison hospital, which would have the potential of drawing patients from eastern Limestone County and would negatively impact the hospital. “So far they’ve interviewed Madison Mayor Sandy Kirkindall and he said he knew that a Madison Hospital would draw Limestone County patients," Athens-Limestone County Hospital administrator Phil Dotson said. “They have used Limestone County residents in determining patient load.” The prospective site of the Madison Hospital is less than a mile from the Madison-Limestone County line. Huntsville Hospital has created a medical campus, which includes an imaging center, physicians’ offices and a wellness center. There are also plans to build an urgent care center at the site, which could later become part of the emergency room of the See Hospital, Page 2A mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmrn Champs More coverage of North Carolina and the NCAA basketball finals IB Get the news with your morning Subscribe to The Neu's-C.ourier ¿32-2720 Bv Sonny Turner sonny@athensne\\’s-courier.com A 39-year-old Athens man was arrested Tuesday for cutting his wife on the face and arms with a box cutter. Stanley Eugene Hughes, of 700 5th Ave., Athens, was in the Limestone County Jaii charged with Hughes domestic violence. His wife, Elizabeth Hughes, 20, had cuts on her face and arms, but did not seek medical treatment, police said. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said an officer responded to a call to the Hughes residence at 3 a.m. Tuesday and found the wife bleeding with numerous cuts on her face and arms. “He had hit her in the face and cut her," Bruce said. “But our officers have not yet determined why they were arguing.” Bruce said investigators were told that Hughes came home and started an argument with his wife and then struck in the face with his fist and knocked her See Box cutter, Page 2A The Associated Press announced Monday that News-Couner writer Charlotte Fulton received its Sweepstakes Award for her two-part series, “A Thankful Heart,” about a heart-transplant recipient and his meeting w ith the mother of the teen who donated his heart. The award is presented to the writer of the best story statewide in any category — deadline news, non-deadline news, news feature or feature. The award will be presented May 14 at a ceremony in Orange Beach. Publisher Denny Koenders said he is proud of Fulton’s accomplishment. “The Sweepstakes Award is a high honor for a writer and its newspaper," Koenders said “Charlotte Fulton has long been respected as an oertsranding - feaRire writer and this award gives her the recognition she deserves.” Fulton has been writing for The News-Couner for more than a dozen years. AP's announcement included 14 additional awards for members of The News-Couner staff for writing and photography. \wards include: ■ Best News Deadline Reporting, first place, “A City Mourns” about the shooting of Athens police officers by Kelly Kazek; I Best News Non-Deadline Reporting, second place “Helping Hands,” a series about local groups assisting in cleanup of Gulf Shores after Hurricane Ivan by Kelly Kazek: H News Feature, first place, “Duncan’s Place” about the shoeshine man at Limestone County Courthouse by Kelly Kazek; I Lifestyles Feature, first place, “A Thankful Heart,” by Charlotte Fulton I Lifestyles Feature, third place, “Cousin Josh” about the local radio person-alityby Charlotte Fulton; ■ Education News, first place, “Schools may not get liquor money,” Kelly Kazek and Phil Willis I Sports Feature, second place, “Fighting for the finish line” about a runner with multiple sclerosis by Rex Greene; H Participatory Sports, honorable mention, “Sport of kings” about polo by Phil Willis; By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Two Athens teenagers have been arrested by Limestone County authorities and charged with a number of county burglaries including one that dates back to last year. Buford Jonathan Clemmons, 18, of 16446 Hardy Road, Athens, and Eric Allen Clem, 18, of 16630 Ft. Hampton Road, Athens were both arrested Monday. Clemmons is charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, and one count of second-degree theft. He remained in the Limestone County Jail Tuesday under $10,000 bond. Clem is charged with one count of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft. He has posted $4,000 bail bond and been released from the Limestone County Jail. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the two are accused of being involved in three burglaries last Rynders Greene H Headlines, first place, Kelly Kazek; I Headlines, honorable mention, Kelly azek; ■ Spot News Photo, second place, Police shooter,” Alissa Clark; I Feature Photo, first place, “Hope oats.” Alissa Clark; ■ Picture Story, first place, “A City loums,” and Alissa Clark; I Picture Story, second place, “Out for iud,” Kim Rynders. Clemmons week at Ft. Hampton Trailer Park on lower Ft. Hampton Road in the Crosskey community and the theft last week of three pit bull puppies at a home on Shaw Road. McNatt said the suspects are also accused in a burglary last year at the wrestling ring at Owens. “We were able to make these arrests as the result of some real good police work on behalf of three of our investigators — Mike Boyles, Justin Camp and Brad Curnutt,” McNatt said. Charlotte Fulton