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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 31, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Reader’s Choice  You voted, now see the results. The area’s best in food, retail and services inside today  Swap meet  Everybody’s fair game as MLB trade deadline approaches 33  The News-Cou  SuND vv, Ji I V 31, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Fu  enewscourier.com  ()m Doi i \r  Qcryá'  Robert]. Hopkins of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  View the zoo  Take a look at the San Diego Zoo and some of the city’s other attractions.  6c  Hey, Sound Off:  When will the city school board of education wake up? The paper stated the alternative school will be ready for the new school year.  Cost $1.000 per month. Before our current superintendent came to Athens, the interim superintendent closed the alternative school and remodeled it with taxpayers money. Now we are paying to rent a building. Someone please explain this to me.  Note: Because no Sound Off items had been received by Friday afternoon, no additional items are included inside.  Index  Classified 1-16D  Crossword 27A  Ledger..........9A  Obituaries 2A  Mary Ann Coffman Russell Henry Egan Harvey Gregory Danny Douglas Hacker James Ned Johnson Gilbert Clarence Tribble Sarah Frances Webb  Other Views  5A  Our Opinion 4A  Sports.........1’4B  Valley ..........6A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  ^5 coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentions man to kindle strife.  Proverbs 26:21  if '■c 1    ICkabel  322 H»v. 31 N* Athens  ■fir. Cum  2S6-232-I05I Obit line 24-771-0934  .7    69  847 0  )0G  2 5  Elkmont woman dies in motorcycle crash  An Elkmont woman was killed Friday night after a motorcycle on which she was a passenger struck a bridge guardrail, throwing her into the creek below, officials said.  Mary Payne, 34, was pronounced dead at Athens-Limestone Hospital’s emergency room about an hour after the 7:45 p.m. accident, said Limestone County Coroner Mike West.  Funeral arrangements for Payne will be announced by Spry Funeral Home.  A state trooper said Payne was riding on the back  of a Harley-Davidson driven by James Vanwinkle, 34, of Athens, when it struck the concrete side of the bridge on Easter Ferry Road, three miles west of Athens.  The trooper said Payne and Vanwinkle were wearing helmets.  Vanwinkle was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, then transferred by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition Saturday.    ^  Kellv Kazek  Hauling for glory  HD.  A'"  Tractor Pul  draws crowds  Red Avenger, above, a highly-modified International Harvester tractor, pops a wheelstand during competition Saturday night at the Tanner Tractor Pull. Always Something, right, another International Harvester, belches a cloud of smoke as it begins a run through the mud. Turn to page 4B for more pictures from the Tanner Tractor Pull.  News-Courier/Aiissa Clark  Civil War letters discoverec  Museum group trying to deliver Civil War letters to Limestone soldier’s descendants  Karen .Middi.eton uncnews@pclnet. net Was it a case of purloined letters or just one of the casualties of a tragic war that Confederate soldier James H. Chapman never received a bundle of letters that his wife sent to him from Limestone County?  Neither did his wife, Martha L.  Chapman, of Limestone County and daughter, Mary E. Chapman, receive letters he wrote from Camp Chase Military Prison in Columbus, Ohio.  The letters, still intact, are ready for pickup from The Virginia Historical Society by anyone who can prove they are the Chapmans’ descendants.  Mark Raines, a volunteer of The Virginia Historical Society, contacted Houston Memorial Library librarian Ruby Lovelace several months ago trying to find the rightful own-    News-(’ouncr/Karcn    Middleton  ers of the historic documents.    Shoaiford Post Office, from which it is believed Martha Chapman’s  Civil War letters were n^ailed to her husband being held in Camp See Letters, Page 3A    Chase Ohio is located near Limestone Creek.  Trial set in death of teen  Bv Kelia Kazek  kellv@athensne\\'s-courier.com  A man accused of shooting to death a teen during a birthday party will go on trial for murder the week of Aug. 22, said District Attorney Kristi Vails.  Vails said she expects the case of Miguel Ramos, 25, of 1304 N. Houston Street to be heard during court sessions that week, during which 179 other cases are expected to be heard. None of the other cases are murder trials, Vails said.  Ramos was charged with murder following the Sept. 25 shooting death of Javier Mendoza-Romero. 15, of Decatur.  Mendoza-Romero was shot once in the chest after witnesses said he and Ramos argued.  The two were at a birthday party for an 18-year-old girl at a home on Fifth Street.  Athens police officers had been called to the home earlier after complaints about loud music.  Mendoza-Romero was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital’s emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 1:36 a.m.  Ramos left the scene, but was later found by police at the home of his wife’s sister.  Bids being to builc new shelter  rAStllA I.OVEEI.  tashiaia athensnews-coiirier. com  Out with the old. in with the new.  Bids for the design and construction of a new Animal Shelter on Stewart Drix e w ill be accepted at the City Clerks office until 1 p.m. on .Aug. 19.  The new facility will replace the old one that is currently located on Sanderfer Road.  Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper said that the current facility is very old and in a bad location and it is located on the City Sewer Department land.  Among the goals of the new facility are to make the animal shelter easier to access, make it easier to maintain and have more room along with more room for future growth.  The Athens City Council has not appropriated funds for the facility yet and funding will have to be approved by the council.  The bids are to be separated and sealed and will be read aloud in the .Mayor Dan Williams office at 2 p.m. on .Aug. 19.  Contract documents, which consist of advertisement for bids, information for bidders. bid bond, bid. agreement, payment  See Shelter, Page 2A  Fund set for child whose mother died  Bn rASHi A I.ON El l  tashiiiiil athensnews-courier.com  .After 29-year-old Arica Taylor Jones, former employee of Osborne's Jewelers in Athens, died unexpectedly earlier this month, her 3-year-old daughter .Abby was left without a mother.  Now Osborne’s Jewelers has set up a college fund for .Abby in her mother’s memory.  “‘.Arica was loved by all employees here and they wanted to do something special for her,” said store owner Excrett Osborne.  Arica had xvorked at the business for seven years and Osborne said she alxxays xvent out of her xvay to help people in her professional life as well as in her personal lite.  The fund IS also a way to gix e Abby something by which to remember her mother.  Osborne said he is looking to keep the fund set up for the next couple of months.  See Fund, Page 2A   

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