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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 8, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 DANIEL 14 WÇW  pvt 2d co bï  CONFEDERATE STATES 130 SEP I! 1842 FEB 21 1OT  Friday, Aprii 8,2005  e new sco u ri e r. eo i n  Honoring his name  Finding Faith & Hope  A local couple travels to the Ukraine to adopt a baby — and returns with twins, coming Sunday  Less cotton  Farmers will plant fewer cotton crops this year, officials say  ouner  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  After 85 years, grave of Civil War soldier is marked by headstone  Bv Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-couner.com  After decades without formal recognition, the Limestone County grave of a Civil War soldier now has a marker.  Civil War veteran Private Daniel H. Hood of 1st Alabama Calvary, Company B, was buried at Pettusvillg cemetery in northern Limestone County with nothing more than a rock  to mark the site since his death in 1920.  Hood’s great-great-grandchildren Troy McNeese and Rex McNeese decided they were going to do something about it.  One of the men contacted the veteran’s administrator in Moulton and filled out paper work in an attempt to get Hood a tombstone. The effort was later taken up by the United  See Soldier, Page 2A  m/O'U h/t/h/jp  Fred Richter of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Hit) OFF  Hey, Sound Off:  Friday, I was at a local pharmacy to have some prescriptions filled and in the course of about five minutes, two elderly people came in to get their medications. The first one could only get half of his prescription and that half was over $80. The second one got none of his medication. This is a disgrace for people that have worked most of their lives to make this a prosperous country to have to make a choice of food or medicine.  If you can’t have both then neither one will do you much good. You have to have both to survive. It's really shameful that we can raise millions and millions of dollars for a disaster in countries that most people have never heard of but our own senior citizens are allowed to have to make a choice. Some of the pharmaceutical companies have programs geared for senior citizens with small incomes to be able to get medicines at a reasonable cost.  Doctors could write most of the prescriptions for medications manufactured by these companies.  If you know someone that needs the help, log onto the Internet and look into these companies. Start with Pfizer, I know they have this program.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Classified ........3-5B  Comics............6B  Ledger...........12A  Movie Listing  8A  Horse & Farm 7A  Religion.........9-11A  Obituaries..........2A  Fred Duran Ferguson Dula Gullett Charles E. “Buddy” Leopard III Earline Hamilton Williamson Sports ..........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  $is the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven...so shall My word be.  y  Isaiah 55:10-11  Éánwtíom (ûfafxl  322 Hwv.31 N *Atli*ns 256-232-1051 Obit list 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Courtesy Photos  In top photo, Troy McNeese, center, looks on as re-enactors fold a Confederate flag at Pettusville Cemetery where his great-great grandfather DanielHood is buried. Hood’s gravesite, unmarked for 85 years, received the headstone above in February. At left is a portrait of Hood.  man  teens at gunpoint in parking lot  By Kelly Kazek   kelly@athensnews-couner.com   A 16-year-old girl told authorities she was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night in a parking lot where she took a friend and an acquaintance to buy drugs.  Police believe the acquaintance may have been involved in the robbery and lured the girl to the lot at Athens State University on Pryor Street, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  The girl told police she and a male friend parked in the lot at about 11 p.m. while an acquaintance, whom they knew only by a nickname, went to buy marijuana.  She said it was not her idea to buy drugs. “She was just the driver,” Bruce said.  As she and her male friend waited for the acquaintance to return, a black male wearing a black bandanna on the lower part of his face jumped into her parked car and held a gun on them.  “He pointed a gun at the two of them and told them to give him all their money or he’d shoot them,” Bruce said. “They gave him $70 and he told them to put their heads down for 15 minutes, then he left.”  The acquaintance never returned to the car, leading authorities to suspect he may have had a role in the robbery.  “We have a couple of suspects we are looking for,” Bruce said.  3 utility poles topple Thursday; two hit by cars  A wreck caused a utility pole to topple and wind damaged a second pole on Holt Road early Thursday morning, said Athens Utilities Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins.  A third utility pole was struck by a car in Athens at about the same time, authorities said.  Scroggins said crews were dispatched to Holt Road at about 2 a.m. after separate phone calls reported the pole downed by the wreck and a pole which appeared to have broken.  “It could have been wind damage,” Scroggins said of the second pole. “When  See Utility poles, Page 2A  Rep. Cramer to present $2M for interchange today  U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Alabama, will present $2 million in funding for the construction of an interchange at 1-65 and Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road at 10  a.m. today.  Cramer will present funds to Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert and Athens Mayor Dan Williams on the west side of Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road overpass at 1-65. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and the Transportation Equity Act.  If it is raining, a news conference will be held at the Tanner Volunteer Fire Department.  Pepper Road closed after natural gas leak Wednesday  ‘Our hospital cannot survive’  Courtesy Photo  Athens firefighters stand by as utility workers repair a leak to a natural gas line Wednesday night.  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Everything is back to normal after hours were spent Wednesday evening cleaning up a natural gas leak near the intersection of Pepper and Bab Daly roads in Athens.  Several nearby homes had to be evacuated while the Athens Gas Department stopped gas flow and repaired the break.  According to Athens Gas Department Manager Steve Carter, a lady who lived in the area heard a big boom around 4:30. p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  “Definitely lightening was involved in whatever it was,” Carter said. “Our main concern was the public.”  There was a leak on the main line.  Athens Gas, Athens Police and Athens Fire departments responded to the scene and it took about 45 minutes to get the situation under control.  About 4 to 6 homes in the area were evacuated and were allowed back by 7 Wednesday night and everything else was back to normal after 9 p.m.  The road was blocked off in the area until work was finished. The main concern was that the gas would be ignited.  Carter said that this occurrence is not typical. “It’s a freak accident but it does happen.”  Nothing could have been done to prevent it, he said.  they approved an application to allow a new 60-bed hospital in Madison he feared it would “sign a death note” for Athens-Limestone Hospital.  But despite his pleas and those from Athens Mayor Dan Williams and officials from Athens-Limestone Hospital, the council voted 14-4 to approve the plan that would bring a S35-S50 million full service community hospital to the Madison area. Madison County  See Hospital, Page 3A  Despite pleas by officials, new hospital is approved  By Sonny Turner  *     sonny@athensnews-courier.com   MONTGOMERY - Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert told members of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council Thursday that if   

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