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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 28, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Tide in tourney  Alabama faces Ole Miss in elimination game in SEC tournament match at Hoover Met IB  ews-Courier  S m KI1W. M ^ 28. 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscouricr.com  ■  C7  Thelma Hobbs of Ardmore  Subscriber of the day  Memorial Day  The following offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day: all federal state, city and county offices, including the post office. Banks also will be closed  • The Clements Fire Department will have a Memorial Day chicken barbecue today. Serving begins at 10 a.m.  • American Legion will host a Memorial Day service Monday at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Veterans Museum. Call 771-7578.  Hey Sound Off,  A recent writer suggested that Jesus would be a Democrat because of the things democrats support. While I don’t agree that the things on his list are only supported by his party, I do have a different list of things the liberal Democrats support that the Republicans do not.  What about these: Abortion (including partial birth). No parental approval for teen abortions.  Removing prayer from schools. Removing the words “under God” from the pledge. Same sex marriage. Outlawing Christmas symbols in public places. Removing the Ten Commandments from public places. All these things and more are supported by the liberals who control the national Democratic Party.  Do you really think Jesus would support any one of these, let alone all? I think not. I don’t think Jesus would like either party very much, but I’m sure He wouldn’t be a democrat like Ted Kennedy, John Kerry or Howard Dean.  Index  Classified ......4-6A  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........8A  Obituaries  2A  Rose Ann Christopher George A. Disbrow Fern Marie Thibodeau Sports ........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  lessed are the peacemakers, for they shall he called sons of God.  Matthew 5:9  Mmedtm (Chaff  322 Hwy. 31N «Athen 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Fire claims family home  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier. com  A Limestone County woman and her two small children lost everything they had in a house fire Thursday night on Alabama 127 just north of Athens.  Piney Chapel Assistant Fire Chief Marvin Putman said Friday that the woman, Betty Barnett, was sitting on the sofa in her living room when the 7:45 p.m. fire started, and she escaped without injury.  The children were not at home, he said.  But Putman said the mobile home was  a total loss and the woman lost everything.  Barnett, who is unemployed, said she had just made the final payment on her mobile home. She said she does not have insurance.  Putman said he advised Barnett to contact the Limestone County Chapter of the American Red Cross for possible assistance and she has done that.  Barnett told firefighters that she believes the fire started from a clothes dryer.  See Fire, Page 2A  News-Courier./Alissa Clark  A Piney Chapel firefighter works to put out a mobile home completely engulfed by flames Thursday evening. Piney and Owen Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Witnesses said the fire may have been caused by the resident’s dryer, however, this has not been confirmed. The fire produced no injuries.  Littering upsets mayor  2 dead in I-565 accident  By Sonny Turner  sonny in at hens news-con her. com Two people were killed and another critically injured late Friday when a car went out of control on Interstate 565 in southeast Limestone County, flipped several times and burst into flames trapping the victims inside.  "it was a horrible accident and we have two bodies burned beyond recognition," Limestone County Corner Mike West said Friday night. "We don't know if they are male or female. The bodies have been sent to the forensics lab."  The person injured in the one-vehicle wreck appears to be a Hispanic male and witnesses said he was pulled from the driver’s side of the vehicle. But West said his injuries are so severe that authorities know nothing for sure.  The 4 p.m. wreck occurred just east of the Greenbrier exit at Mooresviile Road. The car was headed east bound toward Huntsville. The wreck occurred in the annexed portion of Limestone County in the Huntsville city limits.  See Accident, Page 2A  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  City of Athens employees Will pugh and Kay Hobbs erect a no skateboarding sign Friday at Swan Creek Park. Athens City Council President and Acting Mayor Jimmy Gill ordered the area closed to skateboarders.  Skateboard park closed  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Saying the mess they left Friday morning was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Athens City Council President and Acting Mayor Jimmy Gill shut down the Athens skateboard park Friday.  “That’s it,” Gill said. “They are a making a big mess out there every night and not cleaning it up and people using the nearby walking track are complaining they are scared to walk by there because of all the foul language. This park is now closed.”  The city opened the skateboard park several months ago just behind the old Athens City Swimming Pool and Athens High School. Since that time, approximately 15-20 skateboarders have been using the park on most nights, said Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper. He said the skateboarders are teenagers.  “Since the skateboarders have been out there we’ve seen an increase in vandalism of the bathroom  See Skateboard, Page 2A  Water Authority member resigns  By Sonny Turner  sonny icyathensnex t s-coi irier.com  Newiy appointed Limestone County Water Authority member Jerry King resigned Friday after he was told state law requires him to live in the district he serves.  King, who told the water board Thursday that he had moved from Limestone District 4 to the Piney Chapel area and might be on the board illegally, said board attorney Jim Moffatt informed him Friday that he must live in District 4 to be legal.  “They say I must live in the district  See Resigns, Page 2A  Five arrested for late-night illegal dip in Municipal pool  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Five Athens residents, including four teenagers, were arrested by Athens police late Thursday night for talcing a swim in the Athens City Swimming Pool.  And there is not illegal about that if it had happened during the day before the pool closed. But at 11 p.m. with no supervision, it’s illegal. All five were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing.  Athens Policeman Shelby Castro was patrolling the area at the Athens Sportsplex late Thursday night when he found a car at the pool with no one inside it. But the engine was still hot, he said.  “He got out to investigate and found wet tracks coming from the pool,” said Lt. Floyd Johnson. “He shined his flashlight to a comer bathroom and noticed someone’s head. It turned out there were four beys and girl who had been swimming there.”  Arrested were Bradley Eugene Carwile, 19, of Hickory Hills Road, Athens; Bethany Baugher, 23, of Elkton Road, Athens; two 16 year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, all of Athens.  Johnson said all five apparently jumped the fence at the Sportsplex pool and took a midnight swim.  Teen assaulted  A 17-year-old Athens teenager told police Thursday night that a man hit her in the face w ith his fist for no apparent reason as she was exiting the American Legion Post on Cloverleaf Drive.  Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson said the girl was treated and released at Athens-Limestone Hospital. He said police are still investigating the case.  The girl told investigators she did not know her attacker. She said she had been to a graduation party.  Tears of joy  News-C ourier/Alissa Clark  Katrina Farrell wipes away tears during the graduation ceremony at Clements High School Friday night. Farrell was just one 61 students participating in the graduation ceremony Friday night, 21 of whom received $369,074 in scholarships.   

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