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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama Si NDAY, Jl LY 17,2005 cnewscourier.com One Doixar Index Classified ____ .1-12D Crossword ... . .19A Ledger...... .. .7A Other Views .. .. .5A Our Opinion .. .. .4A Obituaries ... ...2A Mamie Ruth Greene Richard H. Hargrove Tayden Hope Mahers Sports ...... . .1-4B Valley ...... ...6A Yesteryear ... 19A Daily Bible Moment Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. John 15:13 gt* ilimftfotte 322 Hwv. 31N »Athens 256-232-1051 -«W, Ltm     0bj| |jB( , 256-771-0934 7    69847    00002    3 Search for patriots Genealogy seminar focuses on research, in today’s Lifestyles ivuvuiwi, III IUUOJ o uicoijiico    flftr    \    lu    JU»l    IVVW    SIIUI\C&    Clt    DllllSI    I    WJJCJI    I    XU The Neiv ¿Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Tigers struggles Tough day sees Woods’ lead dwindle to just two strokes at British Open Planning board to hear input on senior housing planned on Elm B\ SO\M Tl RSER sormy@athensnews-couner.com The Athens Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday night to hear comments on the proposed subdivision of property known as “Valley Land Subdivision.” The property in question is located south of Elm Street and northeast of West Market Street. Approximately 60 units of one-story senior living facilities are apparently being planned for the area. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Athens City Council Chambers facing Marion Street behind Athens City Hall. Some residents in the area have voiced concerns that additional housing in that neighborhood may cause congestion by increased traffic and run-off flood problems. Residents were notified by certified letter of the public hearing by the City See Housing, Page 2A Menefee eyes Carter’s seat Former commissioner says he is considering a run for State House By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnew’s-courier.com The race for Tommy Carter’s legislative seat next year is expected to be crowded to say the least. That race got a little more interesting this weekend when former Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee made it known he may be a candidate. “I’m certainly considering it,” Menefee said. “I still love Limestone County and we’ve talked about it (running). I can’t rule it out at this point.” But if Menefee, who is now a con-sultant-salesman with Martin and Colby Construction Co., of Athens, decides to run he will have to move from his East Limestone home that is now in the legislative district held by Rep. Ray Garner. “I'm not living in Tommy’s district, but we’ve talked about it and if I do run, I’ll move to be eligible,” Menefee said. Carter announced earlier this year that he will not be a candidate for re-election and will retire after 36 years in office. Menefee    Carter Since that announcement was made, several candidates have made it known that they intend to run for the position. Former Limestone County Investigator and now county businessman Brad Pullman says he will run. And county resident Eural Claxton, who is no stranger to county politics, says he too will be a candidate. Both plan to run as Democrats. Limestone County surveyor Rdnnie Coffman says he will seek the post as a Republican. Coffman was defeated by Carter in the last election four years ago. Other possible candidates include Athens-Limestone Hospital Ambulance Service Director and Limestone Coroner Mike West; Athens Mayor Dan Williams, former Athens City Clerk Mignon Bowers and former Athens City Council President Brian Terry. Menefee is considering seeking the See Menefee, Page 2A Brothers grow blueberries to fund scouting By Tashia Lovell tashia@athensnew>s-courier.com Logan, Landon, and Lucas Bridges are all members of Troop 235 of the Boy Scouts and have an interesting way of funding their involvement. For the past three years the boys have been raising and selling blueberries to raise money to pay for Boy Scout related activities. Their father started the blueberry farm about five or six years ago to give the brothers something to do and earn them some spending money. Last year the boys raised S800 from the efforts. C ircle B blueberry farm has 100 bushes and the boys have to maintain the crop. The : < work almost everyday during harvest season and work at least five hours a day. In May, the blueberries begin to bloom and are ready for harvest in mid June and July. However, the season doesn’t last very long. The season is over by the end of July. Their mother, Donna Bridges, said it is a See Blueberries, Page 2A News-C'ourier Kim Rynders Landon, Lucas, and Logan Bridges pick blueberries Friday afternoon. They raise and sell blueberries to fund boy scout activities. David Hanserd of Athens Subscriber of the day !№0ff Hey, Sound Off: I had a thought, maybe the reason we are having to pay so high for our gasoline is because we are having to pay for all those gasoline drive offs. I’m sure that I am not the only fixed income person around, yet we on a fixed income are putting our dollars toward paying for people to fill it up and drive off. I for one have never ever let someone else pay for me to have a free ride. It is simply not fair so think about it. More Sound Off Tuesday Playing dirty at Mud Volleyball Tourney Shuttle woes NASA’s first shuttle flight in more than two years has been put off indefinitely as the space agency mounts a massive investigation into why a fuel gauge failed right before Discovery’s scheduled liftoff. 9A Bivens Fish Market claims Golden Pig for second year By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnew>s-courier.com It was a nasty and sloppy battle, but in the end late Saturday Bivens Fish Market of Athens brought home the Golden Pig for the second consecutive year beating out Deez-Nuts for CASA’s Annual Mud Volleyball championship. “It was great - just good, muddy and sloppy,” said Bivens Capt. Randall Bivens. “It feels so good to win, especially for the second straight year.” Bivens Fish Market was sponsored by Bivens’ parents, Leon and Judy Bivens, who own the fish market on Ripley Road. Bivens said the Golden Pig, which is the trophy that goes to the winning team, will go on display at the fish market and then later w ill See Volleyball, Page 2A The Bivens Fish Market, above left, took the CASA mud volley ball championship Saturday. They defeated Deez Nuts to get the coveted Golden Pig. The mud volleyball tournament is the primary fund-raiser for CASA. From bottom left: Dakota Devaney, Corey Robertson, Austen Willard, second row, Lauren Carter, Brooklyn Devaney, Gabby Coleman, third row: Amanda Willard, Rachel Collier, Kevin Coleman, back row; David Johnson, Bobby Argraves, Randall Bivens, and Ron Webb. Lauren Carter, above, does a little mud slingin’ after the tournament. The courts were a child's playground with mud up to the knees and tons of water to play in. News-Courier Alissa Clark