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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Making waves  Athens Gators place third in Tennessee RACE match  IB  Slinging Mud  We were at CASA’s Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday 8A  The News-Courier  Ti KSI)AV,JII|.V 19, 20(»5  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  t* II e w SCO II r I c r. CO m  SO Cems  0(yct'  Edward Barnes of Elkmont  Subscriber of the day  Sunday sales  Colbert County voters will decide in a special election today whether to permit Sunday alcohol sales. If approved, local governments still must “opt in” by passing a resolution supporting Sunday liquor sales.  5A  illfff  Hey, Sound Off:  I’ve been noticing in The News-Courier that some people are delivering babies in Decatur or Huntsville.  I know in the past, Athens Hospital had a bad name. But our hospital has come a long way and they have a great staff, clean hospital and wonderful, wonderful OB doctor.  I want to encourage people to go to the hospital and visit with Athens doctors before taking your business to another town.  More Sound Off Tomorrow  Get the news with  your morning coffee  Subscribe U)  The Sieu's-Courier  232^20  Index  Classified.......3-7B  Comics...........8B  Headlines........4A  Ledger..........6A  Lifestyles........7A  Obituaries........2A  Mary E.    McDonald  Frank    D.    Ridinger  Reba Evelyn    Wood  Sports.........1-2B  Valley...........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  put the lampst and in the tabernacle of meeting, across from the table, on the south side of the tabernacle.  Exodus 40:24  ¿‘•cl WmCitone  322 Hhv.MN* Athens „    256-232-1051  Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001    6  A break in Aruba?  Blond hair on duct tape may belong to missing teen  ORAN.IESTAD, Aruba (AP) —  Investigators said Monday they will conduct DNA tests on blond hair attached to duct tape that was found along Aruba’s coast to see if it came from Natalee Holloway in a possible break to the six-week-old mystery.  A park ranger found the duct tape while collecting trash Sunday on rocks at Boca Tortuga, an inlet near a series of caves on Aruba’s northeast Holloway coast, said National Park Ranger Service spokeswoman Dilma Arends.  Boca Tortuga is on the opposite side of Aruba from where the 18-year-old was last seen in public, and her father expressed little hope that the find would yield an important clue.  “We’ve had a lot of information that turned out false,” David Holloway said as he prepared to leave Aruba and return home to Meridian, Miss.  The ranger who made the find, Mario Rasmijn, .said there were several strands, each about 12 inches long, and that some were light blond and others were dark.  The hair will be sent to the Netherlands for DNA analysis, said police spokesman Edwin Comemencia. Aruba, a Dutch protectorate, doesn’t have a lab to con-  Washing the mud away  duct the genetic testing.  A separate test will be conducted by the FBI at its lab in Qiiantico, Va., said FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela in Miami.  It was unknown when the results would be disclosed.  Searches by Dutch marines, Aruban police, and some 2,000 volunteers have found no trace of Holloway, of Mountain Brook. Ala., who was last seen in public in the early hours of May 30, at the end of a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island.  A volunteer group from Dickinson, Texas, that had  See Aruba, Page 3A  Ardmore  Ncws-Couricr Alissa Clark  Rebecca Doss, of Athens, had a pretty tough time washing all the mud away after Saturday’s final volleyball battle, but as one can see, she had a ball doing it. Rebecca and her team made it to the Final Four. For more, turn to our our picture page on 8A.  police still searching for robbery suspects  SONN\ TlRNER  sonny(a athensnews-courier.com  ARDMORE Ardmore police were continuing to search Monday for two men who robbed a diet clinic on the Alabama side of the state line communit)' at gunpoint at the Cumberland Center on Fnday night.  "We think w'c know' one of the suspects, but the one who dro\e the getaway car we haven’t yet identified,” Capt. Gar> Daly said .Monday. “We believe the man we know who was involved is from Tennessee and we hope to make an arrest soon.”  Police said one man entered the diet clinic and robbed the place while the other waited outside in the getaway vehicle. The man waiting in the vehicle was the driver of the car as the two tied the scene, police said.  Police said the robbers made off with S2.735 in cash and S225 in credit card receipts.  The man entered the doctor’s office adjoining the pharmacy, showed the receptionist a small black gun and told her to give him the money. The man then followed the receptionist into the office where he grabbed a money bag and tied.  The suspect was described as a white male about 5-7 and weighing approximately 130 pounds. The second suspect is believed to be a black male, Daly said.  The man w ho robbed the clinic was weanng a maroon flannel long-sleeve shirt and plain maroon ball cap. The two fled the scene dnv ing a black sport utilitv vehicle w ith a luggage rack.  Athens may get 5-screen movie theater  Bv Karen Middleton   Karen@athensnews-courier.com   ■An Athens couple’s long-deferred dream is finally coming true.  Ralph and Carlene Freehauf’s project for a five-screen movie theater w'ill come before the Athens Planning C ommission tonight.  The new theater w ill be adjacent to the couple’s current Cinemagic outdoor drive-in theater at 1702 S. Jefferson St. According to Carlene Freehauf, the outdoor screen w ill be retained for those who prefer drive-ins.  I'reehauf, who will manage the facility, said she and her husband were hoping to hold off announcing the project until they break ground in late August. Planning Commission approval was one of the final hurdles in getting the project off ground she said.  “We had come before the Planning C'ommission once before and they said we needed to add extra parking,” she said.  Freehauf said she is anticipating opening the theater complex in late March or early April. “We were hoping to have it open by Christmas, but that just wasn't possible,” she said.  I'reehauf said that financing is in place, but she declined say how much the project will cost.  “We’re excited about this and hope Athens is too, and we hope pe4)plc will enjoy coming out to this,” she said.  Richard & Amy’s little blessings  Katie and Marci Hall hold their newborn sister Lilli.  C ourtesy photo  B\ Kim Rvnders  kim{a athensnews-courier. com  When Richard and .Amy Hall decided to add to their family m 2000 they had to travel more than 20,000 miles.  The .Athens couple adopted Katie m 2000 from China, and she IS now 5 years old. Marci (also from China) came in 2003 and is now 3 years of age.  After thinking their family was now complete they had a big surprise waiting.  Amy was teaching at Clements High School and felt sick for a few days and some of her students suggested she could be pregnant. Seven positive pregnancy tests later, four home pregnancy tests and three from the doctor, it was confirmed that she was indeed, pregnant.  The couple kept the secret from all family members until they knew for sure she was pregnant.  When Amy called her dad, Jerry Douthit, she said "are you sitting down” and Douthit replied, “1 don't really have  See Blessings, Page 2A   

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