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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 ABS eliminated  Loss to Shoals Christian ends Athens Bible School season  IB  e News-Courier  Saturday, April 30, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscou rker.com  С  f  Martina Ackerman of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  I can’t imagine having a child or any loved one in Iraq putting his or her life on the line for a war based on lies.  Do you know the definition of “liberal?” Here it is, straight from the dictionary: “favorable to progress or reform; favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible; free from prejudice or bigotry; open-minded.”  Are you saying it’s a bad thing to be liberal? Anyway, the whole point of what was said about the car magnets has gotten lost, once again, in this patriotic vs. unpatriotic war we’ve created among ourselves.  You have the ability to truly support the troops by going to Iraq yourself or urging your children to enlist. Don’t just put a magnet on your car and think that takes care of it. And 1 do pray for the safety of all the troops and the leaders of all nations.  More Sound Off  Sunday  }et the news with )ur morning coffee  Subscribe to e News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified .....4-5A  Comics.........4B  Ledger.........8A  Obituaries 2A  Odessa Mae Brock Flonnie Mae Coffman Joseph Fred Hunt Doris Elliott Maples Louis Reynolds Tuck Robert Estel Wise Sports .......1-4B  Daily Bible Moment  ow shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  Romans 10:14  ШпюШе Chapel  322 Huy. 31 N • Athens . . „    256-232-1051  W.     0bi ,    | iDe  256-771-0934  69847'00001  Gill supports police on Sportsplex citations  By Sonny Turner  sonny@alhensnews-courier. com Acting Athens Mayor Jimmy Gill said Friday that he stands behind police who in the past few days have been issuing citations to people who have been parking their vehicles on the grass at the Athens Sportsplex during ball games.  “It’s safety first in my book,” Gill said. “A $10 ticket is not near the cost of a kid’s life.”  Athens police have issued approximately two dozen citations in the past week or two to motorists who have left the Sportsplex parking lot and parked their cars on the grass. Ever since that time, though,  many complaints have been aired by parents and others who attend games at the facility saying it is unfair for police to “ticket” them without warning or signs that forbid them to park on the grass.  “Emergency vehicles can’t get in and out of there with people parking everywhere,” Gill said. “Our main thing is safety — the safety of our citizens. I must stand behind Chief Harper (Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper) and Ben Wiley (Athens Parks and Recreation director) on this matter. We've got plenty of parking and people need to abide by the rules and regulations.”  Gill said he understands the concerns of the public.  “But again, safety is first with us,” he added.  City inmates to county  Gill, meanwhile, said the Athens City Council will meet Monday at 4 p.m. to approve a contract with the county to send city inmates to the new Limestone County Detention Center.  Gill said Athens is willing to pay the $35 per inmate, per day fee the county wants to charge to house city prisoners.  He said the city likely w ill continue to operate its jail at Athens City Hall, though, to house female inmates only.  Toddler tumbles 2 stories in home accident  By Sonny Tt rner  son ny(aathensnews-courier.com A 3-year-old Athens girl was injured Friday when she fell from a two-storv window at her home.  Athens police said the child, Tina Horton, was transferred to Huntsville Hospital by Medflight helicopter where she was listed in stable condition late Friday.  “Her mother Toni was at home when it happened,” said Athens Police ( apt. Marty Bruce. “The mother was in another room at the home and when she came back in the room where her daughter was she noticed the window screen pushed back and she didn't see her daughter.”:  That is when she discovered her daughter had fallen out of the window to the ground, Bruce said.  Investigators said the accident occurred in Higgins Estates on Audubon Lane. Police received a call ol the accident at 12:22 p.m.  “Apparently the child pushed on the screen and fell out the window,” Bruce said. “She fell to the ground. But when Medflight got here she was alert and talking.”  Cocaine, Xanax seized in raid at Athens residence  Off-road excursion  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  Just a little after 10 a.m. Friday a Colonial Freight 18-wheeler ended up in the ditch on the east side of Interstate 65 north. Alabama State Trooper Andy Pike said that the driver was apparently asleep at the wheel traveling southbound on I-65 three miles south of Ardmore when he left the roadway, struck the median culvert, traveled across the northbound lanes, overturned and struck a fence. Ardmore Fire Department, State Troopers, and Athens EMS responded to the scene. The driver, David Silveira, of St. Charles, Mo. refused treatment. Josh Harper, front, and Barry Tate, back, are with Tate’s Wrecker Service.  Hamburger Day  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  Retired and Senior Volunteer Program member Helene Pollard, left, Kiwanis members Ginger McGough, center, and Scott Cook, right, prepare hamburgers for the semi-annual Kiwanis Hamburger Day Friday. Most of the money from the sale of the plates goes for scholarship money and for books for children.  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Limestone County authorities arrested two county men Friday after they raided their home confiscating a half-ounce of crack cocaine and 100 Xanax bars.  Newt Noble, 33, and Kenneth Anderson, 32, both of 21930 Hickory Hills Lane, Athens, were arrested during the raid Friday morning.  Noble is charged with distribution of crack cocaine. Anderson was booked on a possession of crack cocaine charge. Both suspects remained in the Limestone County Detention Center Friday night under $5,000 bond each.  Limestone County Drug Investigator Randy King said the raid followed a number of complaints the Sheriff’s Department had received about illegal drug activity going on inside the Hickory Lane home. He said authorities obtained a search warrant and raided the home where they found Noble and Anderson both inside the home Friday.  King said drug agents seized crack cocaine valued at approximately $1,000 on the street. He said the Xanax bars are valued on the street at $5 apiece.  False report arrest  Meanwhile, Athens police arrested a 20-year-old Athens man Friday for filing a false report to police.  Timothy Wade Lewis, of 22177 Hood St., Athens, was charged after police determined he filed a false burglary report.  “He reported that he heard a noise and looked out and saw someone running from his garage that had just been broken into,” said Capt. Marty Bruce. “We think he filed the false report because he wanted us to investigate someone that he claims broke into his garage earlier.”  But Bruce said police have no evidence a break-in occurred in the garage. He said Lewis also reported that someone had spray painted his garage, an act of vandalism police believe never happened.  “He says he thought if he provided police with a name they would get on it quicker,” Bruce said. “But we have no evidence his garage was ever broken into before.”  Attorneys ask judge to dismiss contempt charge in inmate suit  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Recent complaints by HIV inmates over medical attention at Limestone prison are “misleading and inaccurate,” attorneys for the prison system and its health provider said in asking a federal judge to dismiss a contempt motion.  The attorneys’ filing says the state Department of Corrections and Prison Healthcare Services have taken adequate steps to comply with a settlement  over housing and medical care for some 240 HIV inmates at the state prison in Limestone County.  The state’s response said PUS has added two more nurses, held mandatory training sessions for medical staff, established a Hepatitis C treatment program and a “zero tolerance” for nurses who don’t follow the new guidelines as part of its “com-  See Contempt, Page 2A   

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