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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama 4,3, 2,1 NASA readies for July 13 Shuttle launch In the spotlight Footlights Community Theater an outlet for family entertainers ic The News-Cou Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Sunday, July 3, 2005 ( GOCrd' kvvO'X/ivùtV Angie Carter of Athens Subscriber of the day mm Hey, Sound Off: Now that the city has gotten rid of those skateboarders at Swan Creek Park, it’s time to see the same sort of clean up at the new city and county campground at Cowford’s Landing. I went down there with my wife and son a couple of Sundays ago and 1 was dismayed to see how the fishermen, campers, and swimmers had trashed the place. The parking lot had empty beer cans strewn about, there were the remnants of fast food meals thrown on the ground, and swarthy, bearded men were cruising about on big, loud motorcycles. A lot of the people fishing and swimming were half dressed, some of them even tipping a beer and belching while they laughed and swapped tales that I’m sure were completely made up. It was scandalous, I tell you. We need to have the police go down there and clean them out, don’t you think? More Sound Off Valley, 6A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to Ibe News Courier 7 232-2720 Index Crossword......... ....14A Church Bulletin . .. .16A Ledger ....... 14-15A YesterYear — .. .20A Obituaries..... . .none Sports ...... 1-4B Daily Bible Moment uruble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. о -<w, c** James 4:10 пмШте 6 322 Hwy. 31N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 69847 00002 enewscounei.com One Dollar Missing Idaho girl found Child was with sex offender; missing brother feared dead By Nicholas K. Geramos Associated Press Writer COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — When waitress Amber Dean spotted 8-year-old Shasta Groene at a Denny’s restaurant around 2 a.m., something about the little girl’s face was familiar. Cautiously, carefully, she talked to the child and the man with her, bringing her a milkshake and offering her crayons to keep her occupied. The child looked so much like photos of a girl who had been missing since her mother, brother and mother’s boyfriend were slain a few miles away that the waitress Shasta Groene called police. “It clicked in my brain,” said Dean, 24. Her restaurant and businesses across the area had been displaying photos of the girl and her brother since the youngsters disappeared six weeks earlier. As the officers arrived and talked to the little girl early Saturday, Shasta broke down and told them her name. The man with her, a 42-year-old register sex offender, was arrested. But Shasta’s 9-year-old brother, Dylan, remained missing Saturday and was feared dead, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. He said investigators believe the boy had See Found, Page 2A Dylan Groene All in the family News-Courier/Tashia Lovell Billy Lovell, left, and his grandson Matt Lovell prepare a goat Friday for stewing on the Fourth of July. Fourth of July stew is Lovell family tradition By Tashia Lovell    The    annual    stew dates back more than 60 as far tashia@athensnews-coiirier.com    as    anyone    can    remember,    and    has    been    held    at    sev- Members of the Lovell family ranging from less eral different locations, than one year to more than 80 years old will gather    It started as a family gathering each year and has Monday for an annual tradition — the July 4 Goat grown to include friends, as well. Stew. See Tradition, Page 3A Freedom Fest to offer family fun at stadium By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnews-courier.com Entertainment for the whole family is what can be found in Athens July 4 at the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest sponsored by Moms-On-a Mission. The nationally recognized organization founded by Limestone County resident Karen Koenders, offers care packages to soldiers overseas. The event will be held outside the Athens High School football stadium. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and will last through sundown after which Reliance Bank hosts a fireworks display. There will be activities for all ages including music, bingo, horse rides, a waterslide and much more. A Black Hawk helicopter from Redstone Arsenal will also be available for viewing at the event. See Freedom Fest, Page 2A Thompsons hold annual barbecue Terry Thompson makes his way through the food line to talk to over 200 guests that come out to his home in West Limestone. Thompson hosts a barbecue for friends, family and community. People come as far away as Kentucky, lllinios and Tennessee. The annual festivities include music, dancing and mule pulled wagon rides. News-Courier Alissa Clark routes set for traffic after fireworks show Athens police are expecting thousands to attend the 4th of July fireworks show at dusk Monday night at Athens High School stadium and are setting up routes motorists will be requested to follow once the show is over. • Anyone parking in the area around the Athens Recreation Center will have to exit on to Alabama 251 to Lindsay Lane. There will be no southbound traffic on Alabama 251 at that time. Those parking in the high school stadium parking lot will be directed on to U.S. 31 up to Elm Street and anyone parking on the west side of U.S. 31 will be directed South on U.S. 31. “Our suggestion is if you live west of U.S. 31, you should park on the west side of U.S. 31,” said Capt. Tracy Harrison. Harrison said police also plan to work all available officers for the holiday and will be checking for f)UI drivers, speeders and seatbelt violators. Deadline extended for CASA’s Mud Volleyball Tourney 1 he deadline to enter the Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound's annual mud volleyball tournament has been extended until July 8. I p to 100 teams can enter the tournament at a cost of $15 per player. The 17th Annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held at Swan Creek Park in Athens and is scheduled for July 16 beginning at 9 a.m. This is CASA’s primary fundraiser of the year See Mud, Page 2A