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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Historic trees  ASU’s campus is home to some of the oldest trees in the state, coming Sunday  He likes to hit  East Limestone defensive star draws attention of recruiters IB  The News-Cou  Frií)av, Ai (Л SI 5. 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futi  eriewscourier.com  50 Cents  ^O'Crd'  Teresa Carrol of Athens  Subscriber of the day  IMeet Lady Liberty  Discover the history of one of our most treasured landmarks. And if you’ve ever wondered hov^ big Liberty’s nose is, find out...  Hey, Sound Off:  Now that the restaurants have banned smoking, let's go for banning cell phones. There is nothing more annoying than trying to eat a meal and someone next to you talking so loud about their personal business.  I don’t want to know your business.  Take it outside to talk or better yet, leave your phone in the car or turn it off.  You can live without a phone call for 30 minutes while you eat.  That is probably the reason we are seeing so many wrecks and so many of them are young. Young people can't leave the phone alone. Where are our police officers?  More Sound Off  VaUey, 5A  Index  Classified.......4-6B  Comics..........3B  Ledger ..........7A  Lifestyles........6A  Horse & Farm.....8A  Obituaries........2A  Lillian Brown  Religion.......9-11A  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  IL  ook unto Ahrahatn your father, and unto Sarah that hare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.  Isaiah 51:2  'ineritone  322 Hh>. 31 N« Athens 256-232-1051 Obit lin« 256-7714W34  69847'OQOOI  1 jailed In drug raid  By Sonny Tlrner   sonny@athensnews-couher.com  A 41-year-old Elkmont man was arrested Wednesday by Limestone County authorities and charged with manufacturing drugs after a drug enforcement agent found dozens of items used as ingredients to make crystal meth inside an abandoned home.  “His name kept cropping up and we started to investigate,” said Limestone Drug Enforcement Officer Lance Royals. “We believe he has been  manufacturing the drug to sale on the street and for his personal use.”  Arrested and jailed on S5(),000 bond is Garth Allison Thompson, of 25874 Clem Road, Elkmont. Thompson, charged with the manufacture of a controlled substance, remained m the Limestone County Jail late Thursday.  Thompson, a self-employed sheetrock finisher, was arrested after lawmen raided the abandoned home that is located in front of Thompson's Clem Road residence. The old abandoned home is the  house that Thompson use to live in, authorities said.  Royals said more than 1,000 Sudafed pills that investigators believe were purchased over the counter to be crushed as a key ingredient in the making of crystal meth were found in the house along with propane gas tanks, ammonia, several bottles of Heel, Ephedrine, Acidone and other items.  See Drug raid, Page 2A  Clements,  Ardmore  hosting  rodeos  B\ Sonny Tirner  sonny(aiathensne\\'s-coiiher.com  it s rodeo time again in Limestone County and the stands are expected to be full tonight and Saturday and again next weekend as Clements and Ardmore hosts their annual rodeos.  The third annual Clements Rodeo is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena in Athens. The Ardmore rodeo is set for Aug. 12-13 at the Ardmore, Tenn. Park. It too will start at 8 p.m. both nights.  The Ardmore l^olice Reserves sponsor the Ardmore event which is sanctioned by Dixie Rodeo Association. It and the Clements Rodeo features some of the top cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Southeast including several local cowboys and cowgirls.  Tickets for the Ardmore Rodeo are available at various stores and businesses in town. Tickets are S8 advanced and $10 at the gate. Children pay S6 in advance and $8 at the gate.  A pony will be given away on Saturday night of the rodeo by purchasing a ticket.  Also, a western saddle donated by Adams Western Wear will be ratiled on Saturday night and with a donation of S3 or two for S5, a ticket will be drawn and you don’t have to be present to win.  Ardmore will also host a “Little Miss Rodeo” and “Little King” contest.  Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding.  A parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday beginning at L&S Supermarket and going down Ardmore Avenue behind Piggy Wiggly and then back to L&S.  See Rodeos, Page 2A  A rising star  C ourtesy Photo  Clay Usery, of Elkmont, was named one of agriculture’s rising stars in Alabama by the Alabama Farmers Federation “Neighbors” magazine. Usery, who will attend Auburn University this fall, is in the farming business with his older brother, Stan Usery. See story on Horse and Farm, Page 8A.  Haircuts for 5 bucks...  Barbering ams in the Wales family  By Tashia Lovell   tushia@athensnews-courier.com   It’s not much past 8:30 Thursday morning when Boss Hill, well known for his goat stews, walks into Wales Barber Shop in downtown Elkmont for a haircut.  Shop owner Van liuren Wales, 81, know n by many as “Boogie” (pronounced bu-jee), said Hill was his fourth customer of the day.  Wales and Hill go way back. Hill has been coming to W'ales Barber Shop for almost 20 years.  Not long after Hill caine in, men trickled in one-by-one waiting to sit in Wales’ chair for a $5 haircut.  Wales said there are times when he sees as many as 35-40 customers a day.  “Who’s next?” Wales said after he finished with one customer.  “I guess 1 am,” Harold Rogers replied.  After Rogers sits down, Wales starts the haircut.  He rarely uses anything to cut hair other than electric clippers, which he has plenty  See Barbering, Page 2A  Ncv\ s-Councr Alissa (. 'lark  Van Suren Wales, known by most as “Boogie,” cuts Harold Rogers’ hair Thursday morning at Wales Barber Shop. You can get anything from and old clock to a hair cut at his business, which he has operated in downtown Elkmont for nearly 20 years.  Riley signs state budget, considering new session  MON r(.OMER\', Ala. (AP) Gov. Bob Riley is considering more special sessions of the Legislature after getting every one of his bills passed in a special session that ended last week.  "We've got a pretty good track record With special sessions." Riley said Thursday.  Rile> and his state t'lnance director. Jim Main, said the administration is considering special sessions of the Legislature later this year to address prison overcrowding and a school construction bond issue, but no decisions ha\e been made.  They made the comments during a news conference where Riley signed two key bills that passed in the special session that ended .luK 26: a SI.5 billion state General l und budget and a companion bill that will pro\ide a 6 percent pay raise for state employ ees and a 4 percent pension increase for retired state workers on Dct 1.  liarlier in the day, Riley announced he had signed several other hill.s that got approved in the special session, including  See Budget, Page 2A   

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