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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