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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama Thursday, August 18, 2005 enewscourier.com Index Business .....10-11A Classified...... 5-8B Comics....... 4R Headlines ____ ...4A Ledger ....... 1?A Mini Page..... 14A NASCAR ...... ?R Obituaries..... ?A Linda Faye Irving Opinion ...... 4A Sports........ 1-3B Valley ....... RA Weather...... 2A Daily Bible Moment jf or that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. James 4:15 ifimedme TOhabel 322 Hwy. 31 N » Athens. _ . ,    256-232-IOM '<jVi    ()bil    line 256-77МЮ34 69847 00001 ocrd Ж/O' Ь tv vft/й Matt Lovell of Salem Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: To the person who thinks that deer season needs to be canceled this year — he/she can have our herd. So far this year, in spite of the fact that we are prepared for them and looking out for them, five of 10 families in our immediate neighborhood have had cars seriously damaged by deer suddenly darting out of the woods into the road — so far, no one has been seriously injured. On any given morning, it’s not at all uncommon to have anywhere from five to 15 in our front yard, less than 20 feet from our front door, munching away on azaleas, vegetable plants, fruit, and other ornamental shrubbery. We love to see and watch them, too, but we've also noted a general decline in the sizes and general health of the deer population in our neighborhood, largely because there are so many that there's not enough forage for them. Be careful what you wish for — at the rate they're multiplying, you'll be watching for them in town and seeing them come crashing through the picture windows at your house. — Realistic deer lover More Sound Off Valley, 5A The change is good I 1 PL Prep preview Elkmont senior quarterback Wesley    a look at local high school football Guthrie likes new coach, offense jg    teams    in    a special section, Sunday The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 2 injured in 4-car wreck Two Decatur residents Elizabeth Tubbs, 28, and Jamie Hicks, 31 — were treated at Decatur General Hospital and released after a four-vehicle    accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 565 in Limestone County. Huntsville    Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said Wednesday that Tubbs was traveling eastbound on I-565 in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee when she slowed and attempted to brake. She lost control and hit railings before hitting a 2001 Toyota Carnry driven by Hicks, Johnson said. Tubbs then flipped and rolled before hitting Byron Haynes, 52, of Decatur, who was driving a 2002 Nissan. The Nissan, struck from behind, hit a 1998 Chevrolet driven by Tommy Joe Henry, 39. Johnson said that HEMSI transported Tubbs and Hicks to Decatur General. Huntsville Police officers worked the accident on 1-565 near Greenbrier and Mooresville roads in Limestone County. The accident occurred at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday. Tashia Lovell News-Courier Alissa Clark Mickey Kunter stands near his detached garage that burned Wednesday morning on Evans Road in the Blackburn Community of Limestone County. 1951 tractor, By Tashia Lovei t tashiaia at hens new s-courier. com Mickey and Judy Kunter woke up to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning after their neighbor’s son began banging on the door of their Evans Road home at about 3:30 a.m. Flames were coming from the Kunter’s detached garage, which housed such things as antique plows, tools and Christmas decor. “It’s a scary thing to wake up too," tools burned Judy said. She said the contents of the barn were a total loss. Even a 195 1 Harry Eergusson tractor. an antique parked behind the building underneath an aw ning, was damaged. “ The tractor is totaled." Judy said. They had only owned the tractor eight or nine years and it had been restored and repainted. It was one of Mickey’s prized pos- in barn fire sessions. Judy said that maybe a few of the tools can be salvaged but she doesn’t think anything is salvageable Neither Mickey nor Judy knew what caused the blaze. However, Mickey said he does not suspect any foul play. He said that there have never been any problems in the past that would case him to anticipate that. Clements and fanner volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. News-Couner/Kim Rynders Some pumps at East Limestone Discount Food Mart, above, were covered with bags to show the tanks were empty. Below, cars lined up at pumps at Wal-Mart on U.S. 72. At right, two lines formed at Tim’s San Ann at U.S. 31 and Hobbs Street. The rush began Wednesday after rumors of possible shortages spread quickly. News-Courier Kim Rvnders Rumors lead to rush on gas here B\ Kei.lv Kazek kellyia athensnews-couner.com Carol Thornton didn't look panicked. She gave a bright grin and readily admitted she was getting gas because she'd heard a rumor of an impending strike by lanker drivers. “We're taking turns," she said, refer ring to her fellow employees at Athens Pharmacy w'ho were leaving in turns to get gas across Market Street at Jiffy Food Store. “We heard the delivery people were going on strike.” But the word panic could describe See Panic, Page 3A News-Courier Tanjie Nash