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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Saturday, August 2«, 2005  enewscourier.com  Classified.......4-6A  Comics..........5B  Golf............6B  Ledger..........3A  Obituaries 2A  Lois Elizabeth Berge Mary Clark Billy Joe Davis Luerener Williams  Sports.........1-3B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  a man may say, Thou has faith, and I have works; sheu> me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  James 2:18  t  L c H    (fji(f)el  322 Hwv. 31N »Atkin*  „    256-232-1051  •<Wt S3«. obit line 256-771-0934  Mamie Lou Harrison of Lester  Subscriber of the day  Meet the Neighbor  Residents surveyed about trial for Farron Barksdale  7    698    4    7'00001    6  Serving Athens and Limestone  Community of Tradition and Future  For Buford Franklin, a promise is a promise  Coming  Sunday  Hey, Sound Off:  The designers of young women’s and junior’s clothing are laughing all the way to the bank.  They decided that men’s muscle shirts with lace on the arms and neck look feminine and cut-off slips (underwear) make neat blouses.  They designed jeans so tight and low-cut that bending over decently is impossible. On a TV news program, some teens were getting tattoos where jeans did not cover. These styles along with stringy scarecrow hair make for a very unkempt look.  Thank goodness young men and boys do not go crazy for fads  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Meu s Courier  232-2720  By Tashia Lovell  tash ia@athensnews-courier. com  Athens resident Shelley Merrill received an unusual phone call Thursday afternoon, one that led her to call police after she hung up the phone.  The phone call began in way that prompted Merrill to believe it was a marketing survey and she later determined that it was —what sounded to her— like a call lobbying for a change of venue for Farron Barksdale.  Barksdale is behind bars awaiting trial for allegedly shooting two Athens Police officers in January of 2004. His attorneys entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental defect.  Now. some Limestone County residents say they have received calls like the one Merrill received earlier this week.  Merrill said that a woman made the call but did not say what company she was with.  The woman said she was conducting a brief survey of local residents and wanted to know if she would participate and offer her opinions.  The survey addressed to Merrill included such questions, as what she thought was Alabama’s most pressing concern, if she was registered to vote in Limestone County and if she had an Alabama’s driver's license.  After about the fourth question of the survey the questions were obviously about the Athens Police officer shootings.  She said the woman asked if she had heard about the police officers that had been shot in January of 2004.  Merrill said yes, but didn't elaborate at that time.  The woman continued to ask several questions about whether Merrill has seen newspaper articles on the subject, had she seen television reports on the matter and had she talked to other people about the shootings.  Merrill told the woman she had seen those things and talked to others about the situation. The surveyor also asked Merrill if her opinion was based on the opinions of others.  In another question, Merrill was asked if she knew the name of the alleged shooter.  See Trial, Page 2A  Football jamborees  Area high school fans get a preseason preview of their favorite teams    IB  ews-Cmrier  News-t'ourier/Kim Rynders  Limestone County authorities investigated an alleged animal cruelty case Friday and found a horse, Coco, near death off Bell Road in the Blackburn community. Sheriff Mike Blakely, right advises horse owner Frank Hedspith of Nashville, center, on the care of horses. Sheriff’s investigators, Stanley McNatt and Johnny McDonald, left, assisted with the downed horse.  Limestone man charged with starving two horses  Vet called to try to save animals  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net Horses Coco and Lucky share a quarter-acre enclosure where brambles and poke salet grow but nothing else.  On Friday, Lucky was still standing, but Coco was down. The ailing horse was near death as Limestone County authorities called a local veterinarian in to administer emergency treatment for starvation and dehydration.  Charged with cruelty to animals was Frank Hedspith of 408 Kingview' Court, Nashville. Sheriff Mike Blakely called it a matter of  See Starving, Page 2A  Athens residents mourn  “He would drop^^^^    Local preacher to  preside at service  come dow n    today in Nashville   h Ts and ¡am    * or  V assar  Clements  With US.    ijjji     kelly@athensnews-courier.com   Vassar Clements loved music and he loved family and, in Athens, he had both.  For 13 years, the fiddler who had played with likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. attended a New Year's Eve jam session held at Jerry McGlocklins car lot on U.S. 72 or at the McGlockhn’s home. The 200 local musicians and friends who typically attended became like fam-ly to Clements, McGlocklin said. Clements was sick when he came this January, but he was firm when his daughter asked if he was sure he was up to the tnp. said, i’m going. They're expect-me to be there. I love to go down here, so I'm going,’” McGlocklin said. \ month later, Clements was diagnosed vith lung cancer.  died Monday in Nashville with his daughter, Midge Cranor, at his side. His wife, Millie, who also attended the jam sessions here, died in 1998. McGlocklin said Cranor described Clements’ last moments when she  AP Photo  Vassar Clements In a publicity photo    See Fiddler, Page 3A  ‘virtuoso -  fiddler  News-Courier Kim Rynders Jerry McGlocklin, above, plays a fiddle signed by Vassar Clements and other well-known musicians. This display is only portion of memorabilia collected during his 33-year friendship with Clements.   

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