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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Playoffs picture  Softball teams seek spot in state tournament  IB  ews-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone Colnty: A Community of Tradition and Future  SvnRD\\,>lA\ 14, 2005  eiiewscouricncom  50 ( IMS  Margaret Sides of Athens  Suliscriber of the day  Making the cut  Among the more than 9,000 golfers seeking to qualify for U.S. Open are such familiar names as Mark McGwire, Ivan Lendl and Brett Hull.  3B  »tff  Hey, Sound Off:  We live in District 1 in the Hays Mill Road area near Elkmont. 1 wish somebody would do a write up on the roads here.They just got done putting nice crush and run gravel on a walking trail from my house to downtown Elkmont. We have roads over here that are so bad two people can’t pass on them, but the big walking trail is smoother than the roads. In addition, you can hardly see out of the end of the road due to grass and trees growing and when you pull out you can’t see cars until you are on the road. The unfinished part of the trail is in front of my house and the people on this road have to cut it due to the fact they never come down to cut it.  We need some help.  More Sound Off Sunday  Gel the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index     Classified......    4-6A      Comics.......    4B      Golf .........    5B      Ledger .......    6A      Lottery .......    ЗА      Obituaries.....    2A      Eller Mae Lamar      Gilbert E. Whitt      Sports ........    1-3B      Weather ......    2A     Dailv Bible Moment  myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.  Acts 24:16  ШпьШш ^habd  322 Hw.3lN« AlheD5 256-232-10Я Obit line 254-771-0934  69847 00001  Redstone survives cuts  Arsenal will gain 1,655 jobs under new plan  By Bob Johnson  Associated Press Writer MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama escaped any major military base closing Friday under the Pentagon’s strategic review, with Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker and Anniston Army Depot gaining jobs but Maxwell Air I'orce Base losing some in a realignment.  The Pentagon's list showed Maxwell losing 1,251 jobs — 740 military and 511 civilian — but the other three major bases in Alabama each gaining more than  1,000 jobs, with the Army air training center at Fort Rucker gaining the most with 1,888.  It appeared Fort Rucker would expand its helicopter training role for the military and Anniston would do likewise with vehicle maintenance — signs they may avoid being targeted for cuts in the future.  Eleven small Guard and reserve centers around the state will be closed under the Base Closure and Realignment proposal. Most involve only a small number of jobs, but the elimination of those locations might be felt by Guard and reserve recruiters.  Gov. Bob Riley said Alabama is one of the top 10 states in the country in terms of gaining jobs on the Pentagon’s list.  Fort Rucker, with about 11,500 military and civilian jobs, would pick up a net 1,734 military and 154 civilian posts under the plan.  Anniston Army Depot, with a military and civilian work force of about 3,560, would gain the biggest percentage increase with 1,034 new civilian workers.  See Redstone, Page 3A  News-Courier/Alissa Clark  Jan Perkins sticks the finger of Katie Settle Friday for a free cholesterol test during the annual Health Fair on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.  Hospital hosts Health Fair  By Tashia Lovell  tashia%athensnews-couriercom  Cluxton’s Jewelers employee Amanda Lewis is just one of many who took advantage of the freebies that Athens-Limestone Hospital offered at its annual Health fair Friday.  She stood in line to have her cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure checked as well as to get a body fat analysis.  She said it is something she wouldn't normally have done.  Employees with the hospital set up booths at each corner of the square and offered these services and more to anyone interested in what they had to offer.  Athens-Limestone Hospital has been hosting the event for several years.  It’s an opportunity for employees to encourage people to be health conscious.  Registered Nurse Donna Abernathy said they usually have a good turnout for the event and people seem to enjoy the free service.  LifeSouth was also set up near the Limestone County Courthouse taking blood.  Free pneumonia shots were also being offered Friday.  And people people took advantage of that service as well.  Chili finger has ID  SAN .IOSF;, Calif (AF) — The finger that a woman said she found in a bow! of Wendy's chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the digit in an industrial accident, police said Friday.  “The jig is up. The pu/zle pieces are beginning to fall into place,” IMlice Chief Rob Davis said.  The man is fiom Nevada and lost a part of his finger in an accident last December, Davis said. His identity was traced througli a up iiKule to Wendy's hot line, he said.  He said authorities “positively confirmed that this subject was in fact the source of the fingertip.”  Anna Ayala, the woman who said she found the finger, was arrested last month at her suburban Las Vegas home.  Ayala said she bit down on a 1 1/2 inch-long finger fragment while dining with her family in March at a San Jose Wendy's.  But authorities had said they believed the story was a hoax.  Ayala’s husband, Jaime Plascencia, was arrested earlier this month on a fugitive warrant at the couple’s home to lace charges unrelated to the Wendy’s case. San Jose ptilice had said he used his children’s personal information in a fraudulent manner for personal gain, and he was charged with identity theft, fraudulent use of official documents, failure to pay child support and child abandonment.  The man who lost the finger, whose name was not released, had given the finger fragment to Plascencia, Davis said.  See Finger, Page 2A  Mooresville Festival is set today  Mooresville will celebrate its history today with a festival of events planned during a walking tour.  The festival which gets started at 11 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. will include home tours, demonstrations of crafts such as those highly prized by pioneers, storytelling, plant and bake sales and a host of other events focusing on the unique heritage of the historic town located in southeast Limestone County.  Today, approximately 53 people live in Mooresville, a town that still has an elected mayor and town council.  The Mooresville Festival was first held in 1989 to raise money for restoration and preservation of historic sites.  See Mooresville, Page 2A  Former councilman Gilbert Whitt, 89, dies in Huntsville Hospital  Demonstrations of skills that date back to Mooresville’s early days are an integral part of the Mooresville tour. Pictured here is a gunsmith who exhibited his work in a previous tour.  By Karen .Middleion  News-Courier Reporter  Known as a man “as honest as the day is long,”  Gilbert Whitt, former Athens city councilman and more recently bluebird enthusi- Gilbert Whitt ast, died Friday at Huntsville Flospital at the age of 89.  Bucky Patton, who served with Whitt on the council from 1977 to 1981, praised Whitt’s integrity Friday.  “He was a fellow who if he told you he would vote with you, he never changed his mind,” said Patton. “He was as honest as the day is long, a perfect gentleman. If he was  against something, he told you before the meeting so it wouldn't embarrass you. He was a fine fellow and everybody loved him.”  Despite being out of city government for nearly 25 years, Athens .Mayor Dan Williams said Whitt kept a close eye on city business and wasn’t afraid to offer advice on how things should be run.  “Gilbert was on the City Council when 1 applied for a position on the school board” said Williams. “He was a good fellow from a large family. They were hardworking, bricklaying people. While I’ve been in otfice he has called frequently with suggestions and they’ve always been full of common sense and how you  See Whitt, Page 2A   

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