Questions? Call (888) 845-2887 Hablamos Español

Athens News Courier Newspaper Archive: August 26, 2005 - Page 1

Share Page

Publication: Athens News Courier

Location: Athens, Alabama

Issue Date:

Get 1 more page view just for clicking

to like us on Facebook


   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Friday, August 26, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.com  Index  Classified 4-8B  Comics..........3B  Ledger .........12A  Lifestyles  6A  Headlines 4A  Horse & Farm 8A  Obituaries........2A  Bert Ronald Murphree Betty Jo Walker Ward Charlotte Sims White  Religion 9-11A  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Dailv Bible Moment  a  nd I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt he a blessing.  Genesis 12:2  é ЩтШепе Ют  322 Hwy. 31 N • Athen»  „    256-232-1051  -'HAL*« Obit line 256-771-0934  §>a  Thelma Staton of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Inside today  Athens State  Bank robbers still loose  Two suspects got away with approximately $6,000  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  The two armed men who robbed the Community Bank at Elkmont on August 22 made off with approximately $6,000, The News-Courier has learned.  Limestone County Chief Investigator  Stanley McNatt said Thursday that county authorities are still awaiting DNA results from the FBI that might lead them to the bandits who authorities believe have left the area.  Hoods left behind by the suspects are still at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va.  being tested for trace evidence, McNatt said.  “We're in contact with the FBI almost daily and they assure us they are moving as quickly as possible,” McNatt said Thursday. “We’re expecting to hear from them just any time now.”  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.  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 a priority.”  The suspects were caught on the bank’s video camera at about 9:30 that Friday morning and became the subject of a manhunt in which the Sheriff’s Department used a helicopter and  See Robbers, Page 2A  A new store coming  Winn-Dixie will close to the public Saturday. Store to reopen Aug. 31. «д  Season open for AHS  Decatur comes to Golden Eagle Stadium tonight to do battle with Golden Eagles IB  The News-Courier  University adds new faculty members, recognizes existing staff and faculty for service to school  WfF  Hey, Sound Off:  This is concerning the person that wrote the sound off piece for Saturday. Have you seen boys and young men with the pants half way down their rear ends and their hats turned backwards wearing bandannas? Excuse me, but I believe that is also a FAD! Before we point fingers at girls we need to take inventory of our boys too. I agree with you, the fashion industry has turned our children into hideous looking things, but lets not be one sided.”  Those who live in glass houses should not cast the first stone!”  More Sound Off Saturday  7    6984700001  Redstone gets boost with 1,665 new jobs  By Bob Johnson  Associated Press Writer  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Base Realignment and Closure Commission on Thursday rejected a Pentagon plan to move an Army aviation school from a Virginia base to Fort Rucker, which now is slated to lose 319 jobs instead of gaining nearly 1,900.  The action came one day after the panel voted down a proposal to move an Army operation from Texas to the Anniston Army Depot, erasing a possible 1,000 jobs for the east Alabama base.  But the commission also voted 8-0, with one abstention, to move the headquarters of the Space and Missile Defense Command from Washington to Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville. The Pentagon said the move would save $349 million and concentrate most of those overseeing the nation’s missile defense work under one roof in Huntsville.  That vote Thursday also allowed Redstone to emerge with commission approval of all the proposals affecting it, providing an overall gain of 1,655 jobs, according to the Pentagon.  The Pentagon had recommended moving the Army’s Aviation Logistics School from Fort Eustis, Va., to Fort Rucker, the home of  See Redstone, Page 3A  Cause of fire still not known  By Tashia Lovell   Tashia@athensneus-courier.com  The cause of the fire at the old Thomas Body Shop building on Washington Street remains under investigation.  Athens Fire Chief Cliff Christopher said Thursday that someone with the state fire marshal’s office is expected to be in Athens today.  He said there had not been a determination of anything regarding the fire.  Firefighters worked the scene overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and had the blaze under control in approximately two hours.  The incident was reported Tuesday night at approximately 10:30.  About 75 residents at Athens    Convalescent  Center were moved to the interior of the building after the fire broke out but were safely returned to their rooms by about 1 a.m. Wednesday.  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  New boss, familiar style  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  East Limestone High School football coach Mike Cavnar talks to his players on the sideline during the East-Tanner game Thursday night. This is Cavnar’s first game as head football coach after his brother Phil passed away earlier this summer.  News Courier by Kim Rynders  City of Athens Water Department employees Bobby Furtado, left, Phillip VonBoeckman, cf nter, and Will Pugh, front, are working on a project in Summit Lakes Subdivision off Lindsay Lane. Summit Lake’s 8-inch lines loop into adjoining subdivisions to ensure a constant flow and prevent water stagnation.  Vital to city  Stockton: Water clean, backbone of fire protection  Karen Middleton  ancnews(a pclnet. net  A sweet-tasting glass of drinking water and adequate fire protection might be something some folks take for granted, but providing these necessities to its citizens has been a long and costly effort by the city of Athens.  “Most people know us as providing drinking water and taking away sewage, but we are the backbone of fire protection,” said Water and Wastewater Department Manager John Stockton. “We've spent close to S3 million in improvements largely to improve fire protection.”  Since 1992. the city has installed 50 miles of new water mains and upgraded 2,600 water service taps—27 percent of the total, according to Stockton. Most of the lines have replaced old undersized lines to improve pressure to residential customers. In addition, the city has added several large lines, two elevated storage tanks and a booster pumping station. 1 he higher pressure has dramatically  See Vital, Page 2A   

From 1607 To The Present

Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!

Growing Every Second

Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 130 million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.

Genealogy Made Simple

Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!

Choose the Membership Plan that is right for you!

Unlimited 6 Month

$99.95 (45% Savings!)

Unlimited page views for 6 months Learn More

Unlimited Monthly

$29.95

Unlimited page views for 1 month Learn More

Introductory

$9.95

25 page views for 1 month Learn More

Subscribe or Cancel Anytime by calling 888-845-2887

24 hours a day Monday-Saturday

Take advantage of our Introductory Membership offer and become a member for 1 month only for $9.95!

Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!

Your Membership Includes:
  • 25 page views for 1 month
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a Monthly Membership only for $29.95
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a 6 Month Membership only for $99.95
Best Value! Save -45%
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!

What our Customers Say:

"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.

"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.

"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.

Search Billions of Newspaper Articles 130 Million+ Pages and More Added Weekly!

Uncover 400+ Years
of Newspaper Archives
(1607 to today!)

Browse by Date

Research Newspaper Articles from 11 Countries
& all 50 U.S. States

Browse by Location

Explore 6,200+ Current &
Historical Newspaper Titles
and Counting!

Browse by Publication