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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Girls on diamonds  Six local softball teams in action as substate tourney action peaks jg  Father arrested  Dad is charged with Illinois stabbing deaths of his child and her friend 3A  ■Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, May 11, 2005  enewscourier.com  PPffP ’  I Dixie Elam \ of Athens  *  Subscriber of the day  Guilty plea  5  3|  ; A former Tennessee Valley Authority employee pleaded guilty to fraud for billing the utility $86,000 for personal purchases including a flat-screen television.  5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to Tbe News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified ......4-7B  Comics..........3B  Health ..........8A  Ledger.........12A  Obituaries 2A  Beverly L. Greenfield Mary H. Thompson  Sports ........1-2B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  I  will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.  Revelation 2:17  tom  t.i  Щит    322 Hwy. 31N • Athen  •    256-232-1051  tW.C«* Obit liM 2Î4-771-W34  7  Щ, 69847  00001  Hey, Sound Off:  This is for the truck load of kids that rolled Hardy Road from U.S.  72 to just south of Holt-Springer Road. We were outside when you done this! We do have a description of your truck and when it comes past our home again, we will have a tag number for the authorities! We suggest unless you want all of this information turned over to the proper authorities, you get this mess cleaned up! We also have a head count of the kids in the back of the truck and we know where you all live. So please, get this mess cleaned up and don’t do it again.  More Sound Off  Valley, 5A  AG King to speak at Athens Memorial  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Alabama    Attorney  General Troy King will be in Athens today to speak at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Service.  The Fraternal Order of Police Limestone County Lodge No. 62 will hold the memorial at 2 p.m. on the west side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.  Meanwhile, the Ardmore Police Department is sponsoring “Police Memorial Day” at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ardmore Police Department.  Limestone    County  District Judge Jerry Batts will be guest speaker and singer Katie Roberts will sing the National Anthem and Rob Hodges will play Taps.  The Ardmore Police Department Color Guard will perform after the program.  Everyone is invited to the Tennessee side annex building for lunch.  “Everyone is being asked to come and show their respect for the brave officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve,” the Alabama FOP said in announcing the memorial.  Meanwhile, Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper will lead a number of local residents to Washington D.C. this coming weekend to honor slain officers nationwide. Harper and others will attend ceremonies to honor Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims, two •7Athe®s police officers who weirelciHed in the line of duty' ’’ ■vptt*Jan. 2, 2004.  *A candlelight vigil and ceremony is scheduled for 7  ^ .with a mefiffiiSai,*•-r of the fallen offices for Sunday at noon at U.S. Capitol  Surviving blaze  News-Courier/ Alissa Clark  Linda Sawyer, left, was not home when her house caught fire Tuesday morning and even cat “Dickens” made it out OK. Sandy Boyd with East Limestone Fire and Rescue is at right.  Fire damages East Limestone home, but family not injured  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Linda Sawyer hadn’t made it back from vacation when her Holland Heights Road home caught on fire Tuesday morning.  Sawyer and one of her sons, who occupies the house, was at work when the fire started.  According to nearby neighbor Peggy Strain, she and her husband, Gene, were  in a golf cart on their way to change the water irrigation for their nursery when they saw smoke coming from the house.  Peggy Strain said that her husband went up to the house and yelled to see if anyone was inside and got a hose and started to spray water in the back bedroom, where the fire originated.  She called 911 at 10:08 a.m. Her husband and several nursery employees tried to extinguish the blaze.  5(1 Cents  News-Courier/ Alissa Clark  The driver of a Dodge Ram, Kenny Ray Rogers, 34, of Athens, was airlifted by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital Tuesday morning after being injured in a three-car accident on U.S. 72 West of Athens. He was listed in serious condition Tuesday night.  wrecks  From Staff Reports Five people were injured, two seriously in three separate wrecks Tuesday in Limestone County.  An accident earlier Tuesday on U.S. 72 West at Seven Mile Post Road and Zehner Road injured two, a wreck later in the afternoon on Interstate 65 at the Welcome Center injured another and a two-car collision on Alabama 53 at Coggins Road near the Madison County Line injured two more including a child.  Medflight was called to the scene on U.S. 72 and Alabama 53 to transport two patients.  In the morning wreck on U.S.  See 5 hurt, Page 2A  Big Spring Park pond drained for renovation  By Karen Middleton  News-Courier Reporter  Disgruntled ducks waddle the rocky bottom of Big Spring pond no doubt wondering where all the water went.  City workers began Tuesday draining the pond in preparation for building a new keystone wall around the pond. The old concrete wall was deteriorating, causing the bank to erode.  The City Council approved a $42,000 contract with Lynnscapes Inc. of Athens in late March for renovating and repairing Big Spring Park. Work will also include installing new drainage gates in flood-prone areas of the park and pouring new sidewalks along he north side from the parking lot to the pavilion. WE. Estes & Son will install new water fountains, replacing fountain pump motors at a cost of $11,000 to come out of the Department of Parks and Recreation budget.  Water had receded Tuesday by midday, leaving a shelf of rock about  See Pond, Page 2A  Athens grad aiding victims of tsunami  Faatima Qureshi, a 2002 graduate of Athens High School, will be leaving Monday to aid in the cleanup and relief effort of the tsunami victims in Thailand.  Qureshi, a student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said Tuesday she is hoping to help those in need during the two-week trip to the stricken areas.  “I’m sponsored by the Athens Rotary Club and I’m going with a group from my university,” Qureshi said. “We’re planning to build houses and things like that once we get there. We also intend to visit the fishermen and others in the relief effort.”  tter carriers food drive Saturday in Limestone  In order to help the Athens-Limestone  Food and Shelter Program, the National Association of Letter Garners will have a food drive Saturday. -  Residents are asked to leave canned fopd' items such , as canned vegetables, " 'fSSanut tHitter, canned meat or soup in a bag by fbnr mailbox.  Postal carriers will collect the goods  on Saturday to be delivered to the Food and Shelter Program.  Last year, more than 17,000 pounds of canned goods were collected. All food items collected stay in Limestone County.  Since Jan. 1, more than 430 households in Limestone County have been assisted with food. Often, these families are unemployed, have been unable to  work because of an injury or illness or are struggling to make ends meet.  Food can also be left at the Athens-Limestone Food and Shelter Program office at 419 South Marion Street in Athens.  The Athens-Limestone Food and Shelter Program is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to  providing food, shelter and utility assistance to those families and individuals in need in Limestone County.  A United Way agency, they rely on food drives to help clients throughout the year.  For more information about the Athens-Limestone Food and Shelter Program, contact Mike Ford at 230-6311.  чЧ  Щ   

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