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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Weight bearing  Lambert lone remaining piece of Ardmore’s offensive front jg  Fantastic fiight  A local review of Broadway’s new sensation, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ic  The News-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, Ai gus I 3, 2005  enewscou rier.com  50 Cents  Bobby Osburn of Harvest  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  It would be interesting for you to compare the rates for local motels for weekend rates prior to and after the Fiddler's Convention weekend. When checking on such rates, 1 was appalled to discover that during the weekend of the Fiddler's Convention, many of the “chain” local motels double their rates.  One can stay at the Airport Sheraton or the Huntsville Hilton for the same amount being charged by these local motels. Sure hope every other business in Athens does not “price fix” as these establishments have chosen to do during this time.  It is an outrage and an embarrassment that visitors requiring lodging who come to Athens to attend the Fiddler's Convention are price gouged in this manner. Our guests will stay in the Madison/Huntsville market, and of course, will spend money in Madison rather than Limestone County except for attendance at the Fiddler's Convention.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-8B  Comics..........3B  Ledger 10-11A  Movie Listing  3A  Obituaries 2A  Lee Michael Henley Violet Louise Moses Richard Alvin Potter Sports.........1-2B  Daily Bible Moment  restore to me the joy of Your salvation.  Psalm 51:12  322 H»v. 31 N* Athens ^    256-232-1051  • Wi u-hV ^ lijj 256-771-0934  7    69847'00001    6  Wreck at Pinedale  Ncws-C'ourier/ Kim Rynders  Jo Beartice Shumate, 86, of Toney, was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital Tuesday afternoon with injuries after a two-vehicle wreck on Alabama 251 near Pinedale.Shumate was in the 1985 Chrysler, above. Christopher Miller, 40, of Ardmore, was the driver of the other vehicle involved, but was not injured.. Oak Grove-Thatch and Ardmore Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene as did Athens-Limestone Ambulance Service and State Trooper Sam Baker.  Schoo target о burglars  SONW I 1 UNKR  sonnyUi athcnsnews-courier com Hundreds of dollars worth of electronics ec^uipment that included computers and projectors were stolen from the old Mooresv ille-Belle Mina school building in south Limestone County sometime over the past few days.  Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said fuesday the burglary was reported Monday by the lamestone C ounty Fioard of Education vvhich discovered the items missing earlier in the day.  "We belie\e the building was entered sometime between Sunday and Monday.” McNatt said. "Burglars got into the building through a back door.”  The old school building is used b\ the school s) stem for storage.  McNatt said several laptop computers, IILM computer pads, an overhead piojector. copiers and other electronic items were rep(,>rtt’d stolen from the school building. McNatt said school officials have not yet determined a do-llar value of the stolen goods although it will be in the hundreds and maybe ttiousands of didlars.  I he school, located just south of the tow n of Belle .Mina, was closed >e\ _'ial years ago and ever since that time the school system has been using the building for storage.  .McNatt said investigators have no leads, but are eontinuing to investigate the hurglarv.  County okays courthouse project  Bv K.\RFN MiDDLF.lON  ancne\K's@pclnet. net The Limestone County Commission is ready to hire an architect for a proposed S2-S3 million courthouse renovation project.  On Tuesday the commission voted to hire 2WR Holmes Architects for the job.  New library Droposed for Athens  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Frank McCollum was elected president of the new Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation Monday night which was formed to raise funds for the construction of a new library.  See photos,  Page 5A_  McCollum will head up the Foundation which some time in the future hopes to secure enough funding to purchase property and build a new library four times the size of the existing 10,000 square foot facility that was built near Julian Newman Elementary. The existing library opened in 1980.  “We have outgrown our library and recent studies show we need a  See Library, Page 3A  Benefit singing, stew set for child  Tashia Lovfij.  tashia@jathen.snews-courieKcom  Emily Sky Stringer has been in the hospital since birth and could still have a long road ahead of her.  She is only a little more than a month old and has already undergone surgery to repair a diaphramic hernia and now needs surgery to repair a problem with her aorta.  She is currently at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham,  See Benefit, Page 3A  “We’ve already hired a construction manager and we’re to a point we need to consult an architect,” said Commission Chairman David Seibert.  Now that most non-court otTices have been moved to the new county annex building, officials want to add more courtrooms. Plans are for two courtrooms on the second floor and  one courtroom on the third floor.  Renovations will also include bringing the nearly lOO-year-old building up to code, said Seibert. The county will add a sprinkler system and a multistory enclosed fire-escape stairwell.  The county will expand the district attorney’s and circuit court clerk's offices on the ground tloor.  In line for ice cream  News-Couricr Kim Rynders  Audrey and Kristen Coats visit the ice cream truck as it comes through their neighborhood on a hot summer day in Athens. Joanna Bartkowiak runs the truck which offers many different types of frozen treats for the children to enjoy.  In oilier business tu come beftre the commission. Snak«* Road resident James Weaver e\pressed concern about the increase in traffic', especialIv now that Lakeshorc Racquet cSc .Swim t lub has been approved for Bav Hill X’lllage.  See Courthouse, Page 2A  Grocery  robbed at knifeooint  Bv I VN.IIt S( IIKIVISIU K  tanjieia athensnews-i owier.com  A local storekeeper was taken by surprise Tuesdav when two shoppers suddenlv stormed the counter wielding knives and demanding money.  Athens Police f t. I loyd .h)hnson said the robbcrv occurred between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m. at l.a Primavera market at 1202 N. .kqferson St.  "Both men had knives." Johnson said "Thev tied the ladv up and put her in the back room. Thev ti'.ok some monev but at this point we haven't liel'Mnnneil how much they tiiok.”  .lohnson said the robberv was reported shortlv alter 6 p.m.. when the wiMiian managed to free herself and call authorities.  The wx>man descrihcii both men as possibly Honduran with dark skin. Johnson said.  "One of them was short. abiiLil 160 pounds and was wearing a green and white checkered shirt w ith blue jeans and a blue cap.” Johnson said. "He had a mustache and beard and collar-length dark brown hair. 1 he second subject was taller, about 6 feet. 120 [xninds w ith shi>rt hair. He was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a greenish vap w ith a Nike emblem on it."  Johnson said the men lied the scene heading north on Jelferson Street in a white van that rescmbk'd a Dodge Uarav an.  .Anvone with information should call API) at 233-8700, Johnson said.  1МИКШ1   

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