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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Arson suspected ! - % Football and religion  Ail______i:______ i-    I____ T.  II I ~____  Athens police say man’s home may have been torched. 5A  -1.,Ль  Z£22»jà Щ IMI  Two well known coaches to host football camp for Christ.  The Neivs-Courier  Tiii ksday, Jim 23, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  tiitusuMiiItitom  ^ crcrd- ¿wfrbft'ùh/ÿ  Lorene Hill of Lester  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  1 agree with what the people wrote about the teachers needing a raise in their salary. I also believe that the superintendents, presidents and department heads need to be making less because there is too much of a difference in their income. 1 can’t believe that most higher ups in the education system get free housing, insurance, automobiles, credit cards, paid expensive conventions, etc. 1 would be for a little more tax if the wages between the higher ups and teachers were more equable. Let’s share the wealth in the education system. Pay the ones that do all the work more and pay those who mostly walk around puffed up and sometime making bad decisions less. Teachers are needed more than someone who sits around while someone else does all of the work.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Fog turns deadly  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  This is the scene of the deadly wreck Wednesday morning on Alabama that killed one and injured two others.  1 killed, 1 critical in Ala. 20 collision  Bn Tashia Lovell and Sonny Turner  sonny(a athensnews-courier.com or Tashia(ja athensnews-courier.com  With visibility at near zero in certain portions of Limestone County early Wednesday morning due to fog. some believe that was the cause of a wreck on Alabama 20 just west of Interstate 65 that killed one and critically injured another.  Motorists travelling Interstate 65 in south Limestone County near the Huntsville-Decatur exit said the fog was so thick that it caused traffic to back up in the southbound lanes.  Decatur police were working two wrecks in the area near the interstate at the same time, one near the Raceway station and another just west of that at Apple Lane Farms that killed one man and left another clinging to life at Huntsville Hospital.  That portion of the county is in the Decatur city limits.  Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Spencer Thompson Jr., 52, of Huntsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. West said Thompson was employed at the Department of Transportation in Limestone County.  Tennessee resident Richard Meeks witnessed the accident. He said for the past 17 years he been driving a tractor-trailer rig and the sight he witnessed Wednesday morning on Alabama 20 is one he hopes to never see again.  Meeks said he was traveling westbound on Alabama 20 when he saw another tractor-trailer rig in the roadway ahead of him. He said he heard a crash about the time he veered on to Bibb-Garrett Road to miss the big rig. He later discovered that a car had apparently hit the truck and landed in a nearby ditch.  He said that after he got out of hts truck he saw a Jeep hit the truck as well.  “Everything happened so fast.” Meeks said.  Meeks said the Jeep was a straight impact to the tractor-trailer rig.  After seeing the Jeep drive underneath the truck, Meeks said he was amazed to see the pas-  See Wrecks, Page 2A  Athens store among those to be closed  By Tanjie Nash  tanjie@athensnews-courier. com  The Winn-Dixie store in Athens is among more than 30 in Alabama set to close later this year as part of a sweeping reorganization that will reduce the supermarket chain’s holdings from 913 stores to 587.  Winn-Dixie, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., operates 901 stores in nine states and 12 in the Bahamas.  The Athens store is part of the chain’s Huntsville market area, which includes 10 stores, all of which will either be sold or closed within a few months, said Joanne Gage, vice president of advertising and marketing for Winn-Dixie.  The 10 stores in that district are Athens, Decatur, Killen, Florence, Madison, Meridianville and four in Huntsville.  “We’re thinking we’ll know by mid-July which stores we will have buyers for and which stores  See Winn-Dixie, Page 3A  News-Courier/Alissa Clark  The Athens Winn-Dixie store off East Hobbs Street is among the stores the company announced Wednesday that will close later this year in a reorganizational plan nationwide.  Business........12A  Classified.......4-7B  Comics..........8B  Headlines  6A  Ledger .........11A  Mini Page 14A  NASCAR .........2B  Obituaries 2A  Dewdrop M. Berry Jerry Tolbert James Albert Watkins Michael White  Sports.........1*3B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place oj thunder.  Psalm 81:7  о  ^ TÄVI'  'mitene (D  322 Hwv. 31 N • Athens' 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0034  69847  00001 1   Mayor, council told owners will pay fees at new police site  By Sonny Turner  sonny fa athensnews-courier com The Athens family offering to sell the 3.5 acres on East Hobbs Street to the City of Athens for a new police headquarters building says it will pay for the legal expenses involved to remove restrictive covenants that were placed on that property years ago.  Bill Ming, the broker representing the Beasley family of Athens, informed Athens Mayor Dan Williams and members of the  See Owners, Page 2A  mn\m   —nan«— m , »«mmmhwicmwwmbw  Get the news with your morning о  Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier  232-2720  Second suspect is arrested in American Legion shooting  Vic Houston  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Another Athens man has been arrested in connection with a Sunday morning disturbance and shooting that led to an Athens detective being shot in the chest.  Terrias Donta Cain, 21, of 1306 Montreat Dr., Athens, was in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday charged with reckless endanger-ment, resisting arrest and first-degree illegal possession of marijuana.  Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Cain is accused of firing a .22 caliber pistol in the air during the disturbance at the American Legion Building off Cloverleaf Drive and hiding the pistol in some baked beans.  “He was one of the folks down there causing problems and we were told he hid the gun in the baked beans. But, we didn’t find it,” the  See Shooting, Page 3A   

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