Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama 50 Cen Thursday, August 11, 2005 enewscourier.com Ocean of okra Recipes using one of the South’s favorite ingredients Out of the Woods Ryan Woods back on field after a nearly career-ending injury TbeNews-Co ___ Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futijrf Index Business 11A Classified 5-8B Comics..........4B Headlines 6A Ledger .........10A Lifestyles 9A Mini Page 12A NASCAR .........2B Obituaries 2A James Edward Ghee Jr. Warren Eugene Myers Curtis C. Stephens Donald Sutton Sports.........1-3B Opinion .........4A Valley...........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment then they which he of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:9 'Jhnrdone (ol«f)( j l 322 Hwv. J| \ • Athens 256-232-105! Wt ~ J ‘ Obit line 256-771-0934 7 0000 1 CrCrd ry\zCr t tv in Horace McKinney of Elkmont Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: Special thanks to the city police for patrolling Lindsay Lane north and Alabama 251 to make our neighborhoods safer and quieter. The large number of drivers you stopped the speeders and boom boxers you ticketed show the need for future patrols. It also increases city coffers. Maybe the SI40 fine will make the noise makers turn it down and the speeders fines make them slow it down? If not, keep the tickets flowing so the city can improve our streets quicker. Sound Off policy: Not all items sent to the Sound Off column are published. Items that mention a person or business bv name are discarded, unless the person mentioned is a public figure and the item is not a personal attack on that person. Items that have not been published within one month are typically discarded. Send items to kellyfa athensnews-eouri-er.com. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Petition opposes new road condition By Tashi \ Lovell tashiaui a then snews -courier, com A resurfacing project on Alabama 99 is ruffling the feathers of some Limestone County residents. A petition with more than 60 signatures has been left at the Village Mart on Alabama 99 in the Owens community, calling for completion of the highway. Last week, workers began resurfacing the stretch of road that in the end will stretch 16 miles. The project will run from the Limestone County line to just north of the Elm Street intersection. Johnny Harris, Division I engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation, said non-siliceous material is used in the project, a material that is more abrasive and more resistant to polishing than limestone or other siliceous material. The aggregate mix is not as smooth and slick as plant mix, he said. State highway spokesman Curtis Vincent said while the project is not complete, the surface that is seen now is the completed look of the surface as far as the road material is concerned. Mike Vanderford. who lives on Alabama 99. doesn't like the new surface and plans to sign the petition. He said his wife has already signed it. “This is the worst shape I've ever seen it," he said of the highway, * An employee at the Village Mart said people have complained of cracked windshields and are concerned that the road will become slick and dangerous when it rains. New diagnostic center opens in East Limestone Bv Tashi \ lot h i tashiaia athensnevi's-couher.com Residents in eastern Limestone County don't have to trav el as far for some medical sen ices as they once did. At the comer of Capshaw and f ast Limestone Roads Athens-Limestone Hospital oilers convenience at its Diagnostic Center and Wellness C enter. Alter a new family practice had been there a year, hospital staff began looking at other needs the community might have. In the spring of 2004 they began a focus group in the Last Limestone Community in which they had meetings and sent out surveys. Hie focus group consisted of several types of people including business and community leaders. One of the biggest needs determined was the need for a wellness center. The Wellness Center in East Limestone has been operational for approximately five months ,uul already has 500 members, exceeding its goal of400 for the first \ear, The Diagnostic Center, w hich has been open for approximately one month now, offers such services as mammography, compivhe n>i\ e lab ser\ ices, and patient X-rays. However Athens-Limestone Hospital Chief Operating Officer. Cary Payne said See Diagnostic, Page 2A County on alert for escapee, wife News-Couricr lashia Lovell Barrett Gilbert uses crutches or a wheelchair to get around after being bit by what he said was a Copperhead snake. Limestone County authorities were alerted Wednesday to be on the lookout for a convicted robber and his wife who escaped Tuesday after the wife gunned down a guard to help her husband escape outside a courthouse in Kingston, Tenn. Police are checking suggestions that family members may be hiding the two. Limestone County authorities say they have no evidence they were headed to fire on the officers, hitting one in the abdomen,” Washam said. One guard, Wayne “Cotton” Morgan, was killed; the other was not identified. Police also suspected one of the fugitives was wounded. "It was just a 'Bonnie and Clyde’-style shootout,” Mark Ciwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Wednesday on ABC's “Good Morning America.'' “These people are very desperate and don't have anything to lose at this point, rhey’ve already committed a murder, so we're treating them as some of the most dangerous fugitives we've ever tried to capture.” I lie bloody escape set off an extensive search. “We will be looking for them, running leads until we find them,” Gwyn said. George Hyatte. 34. was at See Escapee. Page 2A CHS student recovering from bite 16-year-old says snake attack occurred in field By Tashi a I jOVELL tashia(a y ut hens news-con rier. c om Little did Barrett Gilbert, 16, know that a week before beginning his junior year at Clements High School he would experience such a horrific event. While walking in a field in the Tanner area on Aug. 1, Gilbert, the son of Grant and Mitzi Gilbert, was bitten by what he said was a Copperhead snake. "I had on flip-flops,” Gilbert said of his foot attire that day. He usually wears boots when out in the field but didn’t have them on that day. “We never noticed it until it bit me,” Gilbert said. He and his friend Ryan Griffin, 16, were walking back to the vehicle when the snake attacked Gilbert’s right foot. Gilbert said he only got a glance, but was certain it was a Copperhead. “It was the biggest Copperhead I've ever seen,” Gilbert said. He said it was three or four feet long. He said when it happened he was a little scared but was also trying to figure out what to do. He knew it was dangerous to panic and he said that he didn't have anything to tie his leg with so he held his hands tight around his ankle to help prevent the venom from spreading. By the time he and his friend made it to the truck they had about a 10-minute drive to the hospital. Gilbert wasn't sure who called for the ambulance, but an ambulance met the boys at Athens High School and Gilbert was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital where he spent four days. Gilbert said he blacked out in the truck ride to See Bite, Page 2A New law about open meetings means change for governments Limestone County, but could not rule out that possibility. George Hyatte, in handcuffs and shackles, was headed back to prison from a G. Hyatte court appearance Tuesday when Jennifer Hyatte drove up and fired at the two corrections officers escorting her J. Hyatte Morgan husband. Police Chief Jim Washam said. “Mr. Hyatte hollered, 'Shoot him!' She opened up By Karen Middleton ancnewstojpt inet. net A presenter told about four dozen public officials at the Alabama League of Municipalities meeting in Huntsville Wednesday that the state’s new Open Meetings Law will change the way you do business. Athens Mayor Dan Williams and council members Jimmy Gill, Ronnie Marks, Harold Wales, and Johnny Crutcher attended the all-day session at the Marriott in which League of Municipalities Deputy Director and Legal Counsel Ken Smith outlined the impact of the new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, will have on how city councils conduct meeting. The News-Couner will explain more fully how the law will affect the general public’s right to know in its Sunday edition. Chief among the facets is the nullification of what was formerly known as the “Sunshine Law,” which had been effect since 1915. Alabama has the oldest open meetings law in the nation, the chief tenants of which are that governmental bodies may only go into executive session to discuss the “good name and character of an individual” and to confer w ith legal counsel on litigation. See Meetings, Page 2A News-Courier Tashia Love Amanda Hasting, above, is the Registered Radiolog Technologist, with a specialty in mammography, at the Eas Limestone Diagnostic Center.