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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Bigger and stronger  East quarterback Chad Dewitt feels weight gain will help running    m  Horse haven  Farm refuge for abandoned dwarf horses, on today’s Horse & Farm  8A  e News-Courier  Friday, August 19, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enevvscourier.com  50 CENTS  Zero'd'  Jerry Barksdale of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  Something needs to be done about the people walking and riding bicycles at night. They ride their bicycles at night without any lights or anything else to allow drivers to see them. Also the people are walking on the wrong side of the street at night and do not get off the road when a vehicle approaches. In the last month, 1 almost hit several people riding and wlaking at night; my wife almost hit another person for the same reason. About the worst place is along Hine and West Hobbs streets, but it also happens in other areas.  I feel that if any one of these people were hit because of these reasons, they would blame it on the driver and want to sue.  Please make people aware of how dangerous it is to walk or ride along streets in the dark.  (No Sound Off inside today)  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to TJje News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-8B  Comics..........3B  Horse & Farm 8A  Ledger.........12A  Lifestyles  6A  Obituaries 2A  . Lois E. Berge Harold Wayne Billions Ronald Harold Jenkins Mary B. Sumerel  Religion 9-11A  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  nd, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4  y  ■<Wt :W  322 Hwv. 31 N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  69847'00001  Blakely awaiting DNA tests in robbery  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@athensnews-courier. com Hoods left behind by two armed men who robbed Community Bank in Elkmont last Friday are still at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., being tested for trace evidence, a sheriff's investigator said.  The hoods, made from fabric with holes cut so the suspects could see, were found in the car abandoned by the men when they fled the bank. Also found were straw hats with wide brims, magazines for automatic weapons and socks filled with ammunition.  Sheriff Mike Blakely said he hopes the items yield DNA evidence.  Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the lab did not give a date when results will be released.  "They don't know how long it’s going to take to process,” he said. “We asked for it to be  See Robbery, Page 3A  Winn-Dixie, Food World  reopen with  new name  From staff reports  Soon two familiar grocery stores in Athens will be operating by the same name — Southern Family Market.  Food World on U.S. 72 in Athens made the change to the new name Tuesday. By the end of the month, Winn-Dixie on U.S. 3 l will also bear the new name. The two businesses have been purchased by C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.  An employee at Winn-Dixie said the store will be closed starting at some point on Aug. 27 and reopen as Southern Family Market sometime on Aug. 31.  Southern Family Markets is an affiliate of C&S, which is a privately owned company. C&S Wholesale Grocers purchases goods directly from the manufacturer.  Joyce Smart with C&S Wholesale  See Name, Page 3A  School, or bust?  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell  Joe White, mechanic at the Limestone County school bus garage, pumps diesel into a bus Thursday afternoon.  Will high cost of fuel break school budget?  By Tashia Lovell  tashmfwathensnews-courier.com  With recent rising fuel costs, imagine having to fill more than 90 vehicles with tanks ranging anywhere from 45-gal-lons to 60-gallons approximately twice a week.  That's what the Limestone County School System has to do.  The system buys approximately 15,000 gallons of diesel a month, said Jonathan Craft, custodian of funds for the Limestone County Board of Education.  He said from Aug. 1 -Aug. 13, diesel fuel increased 25-cents a gallon. If that rate remains steady, it would cost the system an additional $4,000 a month.  The system has 92 buses that run routes, said Larry Tyler, route coordinator and  shop foreman for the Limestone County Board of Education.  He said the fleet uses diesel fuel and some of the buses run two routes.  The system gets fuel from PSI in Decatur through the bid process, in which the school system pays the company 14-cents above cost, including mandatory fees.  Tyler said each bus gets approximately nine miles to the gallon and depending upon the route, are refueled approximately tw ice a week.  But so far, there have not been any changes in school bus routes due to the influx in fuel prices.  Employees at the school bus garage are monitoring the fuel situation, but no route changes  See Budget, Page 2A  Tanks full,  traffic flow normal after gas scare  By Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnews~courier.com  The storm has calmed, one might say, for some Limestone County gas stations.  Station owners reported a more normal flow of traffic Thursday after people lined up Wednesday afternoon when rumors of a possible gas shortage or tanker truck strike spread throughout northwestern Alabama.  Monica McCurry, who works at Good Springs Grocery in western Limestone County, said Thursday business was “about” normal and it hadn't  See Tanks, Page 2A  Outbuilding burns  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Firefighters from Ardmore responded to a fire at an outbuilding on Clem Road. No injuries were reported but the structure was a total loss.  Chamber makes pitch for director of tourism  B\ Karen Middleton  ancnews(a pclnet.net  Birds, trails, fishing, music, trees and history: Limestone has it all, according to Chamber of Commerce President Hugh Ball, who wants to hire a full-time tourism director to help cash in on these attractions.  Ball and Tourism Committee member Richard Martin recently asked the Athens City Council for 30 percent of local lodging taxes to help fund tourism efforts, which would include hiring a tourism director to be paid an annual salary of approximately $35,000.  The overall tourism budget under the chamber's proposal is $136,384. Thirty percent of local lodging taxes would be approximately $105,000. The state collects on behalf of Lmilestone County one-half of a percent in lodging taxes that amounts to about $25,000 annually.  According to Ball, the county is already turning over the $25,000 to the chamber. He said that amount would be allocated to the tourism budget.  See Tourism, Page 2A   

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