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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama Thursday, Jim 9,2005 enewscourier.com Index Classified ......4-7B Comics. 8B Ledger.........10A Business 13A Obituaries 2A Kenneth Wayne Barrett Mary Elizabeth Black Cecil Levert Holland Lloyd Lee Earl Edward Pitman Ruby Slaton Sports ........1-3B Daily Bible Moment \Lven so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. I Thessalottians 2:4 t L 9% Ш/меМш к lb.-i#    322    Hwy    31    N*    Athens »    256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 Paradise lost? 7    69847    00001    6 Photo courtesy of Amanda Schrimsher Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The \etvs-Courier 232-2720 Courtesy photo East Limestone High School students David Hastings, Amanda Schrimsher, Will Crafts and Lauren Lamy enjoy Cozumel, Mexico. Above right, the streets of Calica, Mexico. Will teen’s disappearance in Aruba change grad trip trend? By Kelly Kazek kelly@athensnews-courier.com Bonita Schrimsher hesitated when her daughter Amanda asked if she could take a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, during spring break in March. After all, sending a 17-year-old girl out of the country with 60 other teens for a week seemed extreme. Schnmsher and her husband Jimmy, weighed pros and cons of the cruise, which was billed as East Limestone High Schools “senior trip," before deciding it was an opportunity their daughter should not miss. “Amanda was real excited about it because it was their senior cruise and they were all going to be together one last time,” she said. “We hesitated but decided to let her go." The factors they weighed included the five teachers from the school who would be accompanying the teens, the ship’s security See Grad trip, Page 3A AP Photo A car decorated in Mountain Brook in support of missing teen Natalee Holloway. ^in Cotton wits of Huntsville’s Cotton Row Run listed inside jß /о A 4 Greta Stanford of Athens 1 killed in wreck Fire strikes while owners away Subscriber of the day Street work If weather permits, road crews will be paving and re-striping Forrest Street from Linton Road to U.S. 31 today. ID Off An Athens woman died instantly Wednesday afternoon when her car was struck after she drove through a stop sign, according to the Madison County coroner. Linda M. Whitener, 42, of Belmont Circle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck at intersection of Old Railroad Bed and Capshaw roads at about 2:30 p.m., Bob Berryhill said. “She went through the stop sign and was broadsided," he said. Her car was struck by a wrecker that was carrying a vehicle on top and pulling a second car, Berryhill said. The driver of the wrecker was not injured. The intersection is located on the Limestone-Madison County line. Kelly Kazek Firefighters from Tanner, Clements and Athens Departments fight a fire, above, on Lucas Ferry Road in Tanner Wednesday afternoon. The owners, Ken and Ann Priddy, were out of town at the time of the fire. Neighbors suspect the fire may have been caused by lightning striking the roof. The home is more than 100 years old and was recently remodeled by the Priddys. At right, a firefighter sprays into a hole cut into the roof. Fire fighters worked for over an hour to get the fire under control. News-Courier/A 1 i ssa (lark based on the amount you pay in and the length of time you pay. It doesn’t matter weather a person “needs" the money, they earned it by paying into the system. If we stop paying people who are “rich” or “don’t need it,” Social Security becomes a welfare program. Is that what we want? Is Social Security broke? My grandkids will think so 30 years from now when they don’t get what they were promised. More Sound Off Homeless man sleeping in Dumpster lands in garbage truck By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.cum A 45-year-old homeless man got caught inside a city garbage pickup truck Tuesday and lived to talk about it. “He is lucky to be alive that’s for sure," said Athens Police Detective Brett Constable. “Just how he escaped without injury is hard to believe.” Police did not identify the man who they say was down inside a Dumpster at a business at U.S. 72 and Jefferson Street looking for something to eat just 66 Just how he escaped without injury is hard to believe." Brett Constable after daybreak when a city garbage truck drove up, lifted the Dumpster, and dumped the remains in the bed of the truck. And off it went with the man caught inside. “It happened at 6:20 in the morning and the truck had just started its route for the day," said Constable. “After he picked up the Dumpster the driver said he picked up more garbage and compacted twice. The truck only recycles so far back and as the result of it being early in the day and not that full probably saved the man’s life. He was able to get in the back and avoid being hurt.” Constable said when the city truck arrived at O’Reilly’s in Athens Town Center to pick up at the Dumpster there some 30 minutes later, the driver noticed a man climbing down the ladder on the side of the truck and he quickly telephoned police to report it. “When officers arrived on the scene they located the man and he told them that he was in the Dumpster because he had spotted a bag of chips,” Constable said. Police said the man gave a city address, but investigators believe he is homeless. The man was not charged. Constable said. AHS game day Athens High’s girls basketball team hosts Competition Day today    IB Hey, Sound Off: The Sound Off on Sunday’s front page talked about Social Security and federal income tax rates for the “rich." First, Social Security was supposed to be a way for people to contribute part of their salary (matched by their company) to pay for some income at retirement. It is not a welfare program. The amount you receive at retirement is News-Courier/Kim Rynders An Athens woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when her car was struck by a wrecker at the intersection of Old Railroad Bed and Capshaw roads. Judge: Suspects can be held in disappearance of Alabama teen ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) A judge ruled Wednesday there was sufficient cause to keep holding two former hotel security guards in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama high school honors student. The decision means authorities may hold Nick John, 30, and Abraham Jones, 28, for nearly four months while prosecutors investigate Holloway possible murder and kidnapping charges in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, defense attorneys said. Neither man has been formally charged. Attorney General Caren Janssen confirmed the decision handed down at a closed hearing at a police station where the men are jailed out- See Aruba, Page 3A