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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama Bidding adieu Georgiou, Kiyak swim final home meet for Athens Alligators 1B s-Qmrier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future vriRDAV, JuiA 2,2005 enevvscoiirier.coiii 50 Ci:n IS yyvO^X/h/i/iv^ Lance Chapman of Athens Subscriber of the day HlfF Hey, Sound Off: 1 hope I’m not boring anyone, but 1 would like to say a big amen to the person who wrote about Amnesty International and the International Red Cross (not to be confused with the American Red Cross, which is an outstanding organization). I think we are treating the prisoners too well at Gitmo and other locations. 1 think George Patton had it right in WWII when he said it was not our soldiers’ job to die for his country, but to help the enemy die for his. 1 wish we could get a list of potential suicide bombers and kill them before they get a chance to kill innocent people. I would also like to know what is wrong with our own members of congress who compare our soldiers to Nazis and others that killed millions. These kinds of comments by our elected officials are not only dead wrong; they also give ammunition to our enemy and put our troops in more danger. These elected officials should be scorned by all Americans as the traitors they are. More Sound Off Sunday Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The JSIeu's-Courier * ^ 232-2720 Index Classified 4-6A Comics..........4B Ledger ..........8A Movies ..........3A Church Bulletin —8A Obituaries 2A Dawn Marie Adams Christian George Hanserd James Horton Cecil Eugene Rogers Sports .........1-3B Daily Bible Moment the uptight there arises light in the darkness. -«w, Psalm 112:4 322 H*o.3l N • Albeas 256-232-1051 Obii line 256-771-0034 6984700001 Browns Ferry worker indicted Federal grand jury says he made false statements to TVA From Staff Reports A Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Birmingham for fraud and making false statements. Joseph M. Ashcraft, 49, of Madison, is accused of making false, fraudulent, and fictitious material statements on a form presented to his employer which was forw arded to the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of his claim for a temporary living allowance. According to U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, At the time the certifications were made, Ashcraft was employed by Bechtel Power Corporation, who provided the Tennessee Valley Authority with employees to work at the Browns Ferry. Ashcraft submitted the false statement on July 10, 2002. The amount of the fraud was approximately $23,000. “Based on the false certifications provided to the Tennessee Valley Authority by Bechtel Power Corporation, Joseph M. Ashcraft received per diem payments that he was not entitled to receive,” said Martin. “The Department of Justice will prosecute those individuals who abuse the system and take advantage of government contractors.” If convicted, Ashcraft could receive a maximum sentence of not more than five years and a fine of $250,000. The case was investigated by agents of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Office of Inspector General and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Redmond Debro. Federal marshals apprehend local man Bv Sonny Tlrner sonnyt^athensnews-coiirier. com U.S. Marshals were in Limestone County Thursday and arrested an Elkmont man on a series of child molestation charges from Jones County, Ga. Jackie Edward Whorton, 65, of 28861 Veto Road Elkmont, was taken into custody and remained in the Limestone County Jail Friday on charges of child molestation, incest, aggravated child molestation and cruelty to children. All those charges were filed against Whorton m Georgia. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Friday that Whorton had been staying at a camp site off Veto Road north of Elkmont. McNatt said U.S. Marshals took Whorton in to custody at the camp site and McNatt said he was told Whorton was charged earlier in Georgia with child molestation and that he had “jumped bail.” Jones County, Ga. authorities were expected in Limestone County this weekend to extradite Whorton back to Georgia to stand trial. McNatt said he had no further information about the case. Boy, they’re pretty News-Courier/Alissa Clark Is there something wrong here? Every year the senior boys of the Athens Gators compete in their final heat in, yes, girls bathing suits. They are from left: Zachary Kiyak, Nick Georgiou, both seniors and teammates Nathan Sheperd and Samuel Sanders. Sheperd and Sanders were kind enough to go through the stunt with the seniors although they realize they will have to do it again next year. For more on the Athens Gators’ final home meet this season, turn to Sports, 1B. Firecracker specials Candidates for Firecracker Queen of Dixie stopped at The News* Courier office to gather support for their cause, Moms On-a Mission. The candidates, who each must have the name Fannie, raise donations that count as $1 per vote for MOM, which gathers and ships cere packages to troops overseas. The winner will be announced at Monday’s Freedom Festival at Athens High School stadium. Stumping for votes are above, from left, Nancy Bailey (Queen Fannie Fancy Shoes), Lynne Hart (Fannie Friendship) and Beth Maher (Queen Fannie Dahiin’). TRIS USA Firecracker Queen candidate Jeanette Ray (Fanny Granny), left, said she supports Moms On-a Mission because she has a son In the Air Force and another in the Marines. Ray will have a booth at the Freedom Fest to collect donations, which count as votes toward becoming Firecracker Queen. Youths charged with murder in Holloway case ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Three young men detained in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager have been charged with murder since their arrest more than three weeks ago, Aruba's chief prosecutor told The Associated Press on Friday. The charges were not announced at the time to protect the feelings of the family of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, said Attorney General Karin Janssen. “At the time, we didn’t want to upset the (Holloway) family talking about murder while they searched,” Janssen said. Janssen, who has said several times in the past three weeks that no one was charged in the case, said they also kept the information quiet in order not to compromise their investigation. Authorities have said they have no physical evidence suggesting Holloway is dead. Janssen said 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, 17, and two Surinamese brothers who are his friends have been charged since their arrest - 10 days after Holloway disap- See Youths, Page 2A Antique truck may nave been torchec Limestone County authorities were investigating a suspicious fire Friday that caused $3,000 in damages to an antique vehicle that was left parked at a local garage to be repaired. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said authorities are attempting to determine if the 1954 Chevrolet pickup truck was set on fire intentionally while parked outside the Morris Garage on the 25000 block of Elkton Road. “The truck was sitting on the outside at the garage which was closed at the time the fire was reported to us between 1:50 and 2:15 a.m. Friday,” McNatt said. “Investigator Mike Boyles is investigating. We don’t know anything for sure yet, but it is of suspicious nature.” An estimated $3,000 in damages were reported to the vehicle which was burned on the inside and outside cab areas. Authorities said samples taken from the pickup have been sent to a state laboratorv to be aiialvzed.