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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama All-county Girls All-County soccer team named, 1B The News-Courier Saturday, June 11, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future cnewscoiiricr.com Index Classified ......4-6A Comics..........4B Golf............2B Ledger..........3A Obituaries 2A Sylvia Jean Bailey Woodrow W. Dishough Donald Eudean Hill Robert Benji Putman Joyce Ann Robbins Mary Louise S.C. Sowell Sports ........1-3B Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment ^E/hey shall still hear fruit in old age; they shall he fresh and flourishing o -‘W, Psalm 92:14 Êûmét^n e Tthafxl 322 Hwv. 31 N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 Man, they’re ugly Wal-Mart hosts local Ugly Walk Wade Bartlett, above, sings to the crowd at the Wal-Mart Ugly Walk Friday behind the store. At right, Fred Mitchell tries a little comic relief while dressed in his finest. The Ugly Walk was held to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Wal-Mart employees raised more than $800 for the that cause. News-Courier/Kim Rynders Arlene may dump 4-5 inches of rain here By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet.net She’s a windy old bag, that Arlene. According to Tom Kynes of Acuweather.com, a hurricane advisory center based in State College, P.A., the season's first hurricane was packing winds of 60 mph at midday Friday and moving north-northwesterly at 13 mph. “She moved west of Cuba and into the There is some Gulf today (Friday)    uncertainty and should hit the    ,    .    , U.S. coast and come    HDOUt tne ashore at Mobile    exact track [today] in late after-     anc j timing noon or evening,     c    .     0 said Kynes. “Once    of    Arlene, the hurricane moves    , in from coastal    — weather areas it weakens    report quickly over land. But it could bring heavy rains late [tonight] or into Sunday, but we won’t see any wind from Hurricane Arlene.” But while local residents might not get buffeted by Arlene’s winds, the gusty lady might stir up local weather systems, resulting in thunderstorms, which could generate w ind. “It wouldn’t be surprising if [North Alabama] got 4-5 inches,” said Kynes. “But 1-3 inches is more common.” The National Weather Service also says to look for heavy rains this weekend. A weather advisory stated: “There is some uncertainty about the exact track and timing of Arlene and where the heaviest rain will fall.” According to the NWS, most of the Tennessee Valley is still running a significant 6-to-9-inch rainfall deficit for the year; thus, the overall threat for wide spread flooding from Arlene is relatively low. Kynes said that by Sunday night Arlene should have moved out of North Alabama and into Tennessee and Kentucky. Q-f 0'(yet' PwCtX/hVUtfVA Charles McGraw of Athens Subscriber of the day l№(fF Hey, Sound Off: Everyone seems to be very upset with the new property tax assessments. If you are one who is upset, have you made an appointment with the Board of Equalization? Call Brian Paterson's office (the phone number is or. the assessment you just received; or look it up under revenue commissioner); request an appointment. You must fill out the form that will be sent to you (it will take you about two minutes to complete), and bring that form and any other documents that will help your appeal to your appointment. If you don't show up for your appointment, forget about any relief. Complain to your neighbor if that makes you feel good, but if you want to potentially accomplish something, make an appointment and keep it. Get used to this procedure — it's going to happen every year. More Sound Off Sunday 7    69847    00001 Hundreds in traffic court Joey Longino of Huntsville shows the ticket he was issued while in Limestone County. More than 600 people were in court Friday to appeal or pay a fine. Court overrun with traffic violators caught during trooper crackdown By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnen5-com fei. com The Limestone County Courthouse was jammed Friday as hundreds of people who have received traffic tickets in recent weeks showed up to to pay their fines. Those ticketed had to pay fines or face a possible license suspension or a warrant for failing to appear in court, said Limestone County Circuit Clerk Charles Page Jr. Violators had to the end of the business day on Friday before Limestone District Judge Jerry Batts takes further action. Many filed into the Limestone County Courthouse to appear in traffic court and/or to pay their fine. According to Page, there has been an increase in tickets because state troopers are allowed to work over- See Crackdown, Page 2A Man arrested for assaulting state trooper By Sonny Turner sonny(a athensnews-courier.com A 27-year-old Athens man is facing a series of charges in connection with the assault Wednesday on State Trooper Dwight Thompson apparently while the trooper was attempting to make an arrest. Clifford DeW'ayne Kyle, of 20588 Tillman Mill Road,    Clifford Kyle Athens, was arrested for second-degree assault, first-degree escape and resisting arrest. Thompson suffered minor injuries as a result but See Assault, Page 2A BF firefighter dies after bike wreck By Tanjie Nash tanjie@athensnens-courier.com An Athens man, hospitalized in critical condition since a motorcycle crash Wednesday in rural Limestone County, died late Friday afternoon at Huntsville Hospital. Robert “Benji” Putman, 43, was transported to Huntsville via MedFlight helicopter after the 5:55 p.m. wreck, which took place on Blackburn Road about three miles west of Athens. Putman, a firefighter with the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant fire brigade, was also a former member of the Clements Volunteer Fire Department. According to a state trooper report, Putman was traveling southbound on Blackburn Road when his 1992 Honda motorcycle crashed into a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Shaun Savage, 18, of Athens. Emergency responders said Savage was traveling north and told them he was turning west into a driveway and did not see Putman’s approach. Troopers said Putman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and that Savage did not report any injuries. Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The N 232-2720