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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Christian comics  The Messiah is the message in these fancifui tales of angels and demons jja  TbeNe  Record buck  Oklahoma man in trouble after bagging 31 -point rack white-tail deer IB  Courier  Fridv\, JUM 3,2005  Donald Horton of Elkmont  Subscriber of the day  A puzzler  A local boy finds his niche as an expert puzzle worker. Meet the Neighbor...  Sunday  Hey, Sound Off:  To the person who wishes to discuss the “Pullers” and “Riders:” The need for a new state constitution has become quite obvious over the last few days. Got your notice of property revaluation? We the middle class are doing, and have always done, all the “Pulling.” Bureaucrats can increase ad valorem tax by unilaterally increasing “market value”, without the need to increase “tax rates.” Don’t know about you, but my load is getting pretty heavy, thanks to the wonderful Alabama Constitution you rave about.  — Heavily burdened  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index     Classified ...    3-7B      Comics.....    .. .8B      Headlines...    4A      Horse Sense .    7A      Ledger .....    .....6A      Lifestyles ...    8A      Lottery.....    . .3A      Religion ____    9-11A      Ledger .....    6A      South......    12A      Valley .....    5A      Weather____    2A     Daily Bible Moment  one of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself so that I may finish my race with joy.  Acts 20:24  ^Ohafxl  imdene  322 Hwv. 31 N* Athens' 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-T71-0934  69847 00001  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  iMiesvscourier.coiii  50 Cf!N IS  Police: Nail didn’t penetrate head  Injured man stil isted as critica'  B\ Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net An Athens man who police say shot himself in the head with a nail gun remains listed in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital.  However, doctors have told police the nail did not penetrate 32-year-old Scott Williams’ skull.  Why he remains in critical condition is still a mystery. Police Chief Wayne Harper said doctors are waiting on the results of toxicology reports.  . “We believe he shot himself [with a nail gun],’’ said Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson. “We also know that the nail did not penetrate his skull. It was apparently deflect  ed.”  Harper said that Williams had blood on his forehead. Police unplugged an electric compressor to which the pneumatic nail gun found on the scene was attached, he said. These powerful tools can fire up to nine nails per second at velocities as high as 1,400 feet per second. Williams used the tool on his construction job, Harper said.  Capt. Tracy Harrison said there were pill bottles on the premises. Athens City Councilman Henry White, in whose district the Williams house is located, walked through the house shortly after police broke down the back door. White, who said he was there because he was concerned about the officers and neighbors because he owns two rental properties on First Avenue, said he also saw pill bottles in a living room adjoining the bedroom where Williams was found lying unresponsive.  Meanwhile, at least one member of Williams’ family is questioning why it took police four hours to storm the door and find the unconscious man on the floor.  Andy Chapman, who said he is Williams’ brother-in-law, said he waited outside the First Avenue home with police throughout the ordeal from the time Williams’ wife, Vemie Williams, reported to police at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday that her estranged husband was barricaded inside the house and threatening suicide. Harper said the couple had been separated for about a month.  Vemie Williams told police that her husband was becoming increasingly despondent over the breakup. Mrs. Williams took food to her husband because she was concerned that he was not eating. Police say that Mrs. Williams said that her husband began nailing the windows and doors shut and threatening suicide and that is when she called them.  Police blocked oft' streets and alerted neighbors to stay out of sight as they waited in bulletproof vests and tried to contact Williams with cellular telephone and bullhorn. Chapman, who said that he waited beside  See Nail, Page 2A  Jail escapee caught after month on run  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnew’s-counercom  An inmate who escaped May 8 from the Limestone County Jail was captured Wednesday in Huntsville. Bryant Keith Locke, 36, was found in an apartment building by Huntsville police and remained in jail there Thursday.  Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Locke had called more than once promising to turn himself in since his escape, but never did. He said county investigators believed all along that the escapee had been hiding in Huntsville.  “He’ll stay over there until Huntsville gets through with him because they had warrants for him,” the sheriff said.  Locke escaped from the new Limestone County Detention Center. At the time of his escape, he was incarcerated for a non-violent crime and was working as a kitchen trustee, Blakely said. He now faces escape charges. At the time of his escape, authorities said the inmate had relatives living in Limestone County as well as Madison and Lincoln County, Tenn. He was not considered to be dangerous, however.  Chief undergoes prostate surgery  Limestone County Chief Deputy Jimmy Landers was recovering in Decatur General Hospital Thursday following prostate surgery on Wednesday. The Limestone County Commission Wednesday approved a leave of absence for Landers until July 31.  “He’s doing fine and he will be out of the hospital in a few more days,” Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said. “He’s going to be out five weeks, but knowing him he will be back to work a lot sooner.”  Blakely said he will not appoint an acting chief deputy in Landers’ absence.  “We will just pick up the work load,” he said.  World chamns  News-Courier/Aiissa Clark  John Furline who owns and operates East Pointe Stables in Athens Is with his two world champion walking horses Key To My Heart and Elvis Pusher. Furline’s prize horses are featured today inside on our Horse and Farm page, 7A.  Local vets offer rabies clinics  Limestone County has set its upcoming Rabies Clinic scheduled and it starts Thursday.  Alabama law requires that every dog and cat three months old and over be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian annually.  The vaccination fee is $8.  The following is the rabies schedule:  June 9  Athens High School, 8 a.m.  East Limestone High School, 8 a.m.  Tanner High School, 8 a.m.  June 10  Piney Chapel School, 8 a.m.  Owens School, 8 a.m.  West Limestone High School, 8 a.m.  Clements High School, 8 a.m.  Elkmont High School, 8 a.m.  June 11  Limestone Veterinary Clinic, 8-10 a.m.  Athens Animal Hospital, 8-10 a.m.  Berry Animal Hospital, 8-10 a.m.  Town and Country Animal Hospital, 8-10 a.m.  Lauderdale Veterinary Clinic, 8-10 a.m.  News-Courier/Kim Rynders Athens Veterinarian Dr. Jack Goodman and assistant Annette Ellenburg examine a pet in his office Thursday. Goodman is reminding pet owners that the annual Limestone County Rabies Clinic will start June 9.  County to charge fee to use park  By Sonny Turner  sonny^,athensnewii-courier.com  The Limestone County Commission will vote Tuesday to charge a SI0 rental fee for campers and others staying overnight at the Cowford Landing Park when it opens for business later this month.  Commission Chairman David Seibert said the fee is to help pay the expenses of an employee who will be hired to oversee the park grounds and operations.  “We need this person to make sure things go smoothly and to keep everything in order and make this a family atmosphere,” Seibert said. He said the fee will also include electrical hookups once that service is available to visitors.  The park will open sometime this month. Limestone County and the City of Athens have agreed to share the expenses of the park. The property was formerly owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  In action coming Tuesday, commissioners are expected to approve the exe-  See Fee, Page 2A   

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