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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama Friday, M u 27, 21105 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future eiu>\\ scon hit.com SO Cents Charles Carter of Athens , f Subscriber of the day Rodeo winners Winners of the Rodeo Queen and Cowboy contest will appear in Lifestyles, coming this Sunday Hey, Sound Off: I attended the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo on Friday night and let me say the wild horse race made the show. To the guy Friday night who got pawed so bad and came back for more Saturday, hats off to you, pal, yqu are all cowboy. These guys are the whole reason my husband and I came back Saturday. When they saw they wouldn’t win Saturday, they went and helped the other two teams. These guys are what rodeo is all about, effort, courage and sportsmanship. You guys make a great team and we will keep coming back to see you every show. Thanks for giving it all you’ve got. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 3-6B Comics..........3B Ledger..........14A Horse Sense  7A Movie Listing 8A Obituaries 2A LeRoy Joseph Christ Stella Mae Harwell Charlie W. “Papa” Love Eloise Jones Slattery Talmadge Levis Walker Hubert Leon Williams Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment My beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14 Chapel 322 Hwv.31 \* Athens 256-232-1051 r Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 Man robbed, beaten Bandits flee on foot, dogs track suspects to abandoned home By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com Limestone County authorities were searching Thursday for two men who late Wednesday night robbed and beat a county businessman. William Richard Pitts was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital after the 10 p.m. attack in the parking lot at Pitts Grocery on Reid Road and was listed in stable condition Thursday. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said tracking dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility were called in and tracked the two robbers to an abandoned house off Brownsferry Road where investigators believe they got into a vehicle and left the area. McNatt said Pitts, who owns and operates M&W Auto Parts on Cowford Road, closed his business for the day late Wednesday and drove to his wife’s store, Pitts Grocery at Reid, to assist her. At closing time, Pitts was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot to drive it to the front door to pick up his wife when he was attacked by two individuals. “He said he was jumped by two individuals who were wearing ski masks and wearing dark colored clothing,“ McNatt said. “They threw him up against his truck and knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the ribs and hit him in the face. They ripped his shirt and took his money he had in his front pocket.” McNatt said investigators were told by hospital officials that Pitts has a partially collapsed lung and has a small cut on his face. McNatt said the robbers got away with an undetermined amount of cash that was the day’s receipts from his junk yard business on Cowford Road. A “substantial" reward is being offered by the Limestone County Sheriffs Department for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the robbers. Pitts described his attackers as both being about 6-1, one stocky and the other slim-built. “He said they didn’t say much, but did tell him to shut upMcNatt said. Pitts told investigators he did not see a weapon . Straight A school Local college receives report that puts the ‘A’ in ASU    5^ Holding on Alabama stays alive in SEC baseball tourney The News-Cou Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 City jail evacuated after fight By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com The Athens City Jail had to be evacuated early Thursday after pepper spray was used by an officer who came to the aide of three fellow officers who were being attacked by three men while being booked at police headquarters at Athens City Hall. Capt. Marty Bruce said the melee started at midnight after Athens resident Alireza Nasseri, 54, of 14245 Lucas Ferry Road, arrived at the jail to sign the bond of his son, Abdul Akkas Yashar Nasseri, 22, who had been charged with disorderly conduct. “Sgt. Fred Millward advised the father that he had to follow procedure to bond his son out of jail and the father didn’t like that and told the officer that he was going to go beserk on him. He demanded the officer call Chief (Wayne) Harper. Sgt. Millward asked him to leave the building or he would be arrested," Bruce said. Nasseri then sat down in the lobby, using See Fight, Page 2A Water board member may have to resign By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Saying that he wants to do what is legally right, newly appointed Limestone County Water Authority member Jerry King told members of the water board Wednesday that he may have to resign because he is not now on county water as required by state law. “There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this water board and I don’t want to be a part of it,’’ King said. “If I need to, I will resign because right now I am not on county water.” King brought the matter before the board because he said he sold his farm on Richter Road in western Limestone County recently and purchased property at Piney Chapel. He said he gets his water now from a private well. But he added the Piney Chapel area is now served by the City of Athens. See Water board, Page 3A Council working to prioritize city street improvement projects By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnews-courier. com With less than $5 million remaining in a warrant fund from 2002, the Athens City Council is seeking to prioritize projects in an effort to fund street pavement proposals. The original warrant fund consisted of $8 million and funding for the new police department has already been deducted from that amount. The council met with City Public Works Director James Rich Thursday and discussed plans to have an updated list of street projects See City streets, Page 3A AHS graduation News-Courier/Alissa Clark Commencement ceremonies were held at Athens High School Thursday night for 190 graduating seniors. Above, Jonathan Jarrad Allen, Jonathan Michael Anderson, Michael Cameron Anderson, Fabiola Flores Armenta and Rigoberto Armenta listen to the commencement address. At right, Molly Layne Brown appears eager to get started as she lines up with her fellow graduates. Sunny in her bonnet Anna Lee Thomas, 3, takes a ride Thursday in her wooden wagon. Her mother was pulling her down Madison Street while she was wearing her fancy bonnet to shade the sun from her eyes. Anna is the daughter of Jason and Rhonda Thomas of Athens. Park at Cowford Landing now set to open in June Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Thursday the opening of the new Cowford Landing campsite has been delayed until June. “We don’t have all the papers signed between the county, city and TVA and we must have a manager in place who will oversee the park down there,” said Seibert. “We haven’t selected an exact date yet, hut we’re looking for sometime in June.” It was originally announced the new park would open today in time for Memorial Day, but due to legal problems, that opening had to be delayed, said Limestone District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer. The Cowford Park will consist of a camp area, campsite, boat launch, bath houses and picnic tables. It is also an attractive swimming area, commissioners said. “The long term plan is to have power and water to those camp sites,” said Seibert. “We think it is a super nice camp site.” The park is owned by both the City of Athens and Limestone County and is located on the Tennessee River in southwest Limestone County. —Sonny Turner