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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Friday night football  All the scores and game details from last night’s season openers. See Sports inside.  ews-Coumr  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Sah rdav, Augi sr 27, 2005  eiiewscoii rier.cofii  50 Cents  ^tyo-ct  Harold Holt of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Baxley here today  Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley will be the keynote speaker at Athens State University Summer Commencement this morning at 9.  Hey, Sound Off:  I am very disappointed jn the way Kids Dugout has been neglected. I have resorted to taking my son to Madison’s Dublin Park because Kids Dugout is so unkept and the vulgar language on the picnic tables is something that was very shocking to see in a park that is suppose to be for our children. Please look at cleaning this park up!  More Sound Off  Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier v  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-6A  Comics..........5B  Golf ,... .7B  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries 2A  Skippy Lee Campbell George G. Thompson Sanford D. Townsend Jr.  SEC Preview 3B  Sports.........1‘8B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  nd Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him.  Genesis 19:6  o  '(Wi lUn  322 Hwv.31N* Alhens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    0  3001  4 arrested in shooting  Ncws-Couricr/Alissa Clark  Athens Police officers survey the scene of a robbery and shooting Friday morning at Athens Park Apartments on Elm Street. Four Huntsville men were arrested in connection with the incident.  Athens man hospitalized after robbery  Bv Tanjif S( hrimsher  tanjie%athensne\\s-coiineKCom  W hen J.D. Ferrell answered his door at Athens Park Apartments on Elm Street around 10 a.m. Friday he was met with a big surprise when a man rushed into his living room saying he'd been shot.  “He just ran right over me," Ferrell said. “He said ‘1 been shot.' He said he was bleeding so I told him to get in the bathroom."  Ferrell was at home with his wife and her caretaker, Crystal Helton, when there was a 'W'ham, wham, wham' at the door, he said.  The commotion startled Helton into action.  “I was so shocked," she said. “W'hen he ran in, 1 ran out."  She went to another apartment and alerted authorities. She then returned to the Ferrell apartment, where she and Ferrell tended to the shooting victim until emergency workers arrived.  “He was shot in the right hip," Ferrell said. “W'e gave him a towel to try to stop the bleeding."  Fater, as Athens Police combed the Athens Park premises, residents stood here and there marveling at the excitement.  Wanda Hunt said she jias lived at the complex for more than five years.  “It's usually just always quiet," she said.  Two smears of blood were visible on the door to Ferrell's apartment.  See Shooting, Page 2A  ASU grad  overcomes  adversity  From Staff Reports  If there was a way, Jennifer Peer would be walking across the stage during Athens State University’s graduation ceremonies today.  Peer completed her degree requirements in time for the summer commencement. A liberal studies major she put an emphasis on art and psychology. Her degree will open new doors that will allow' her to focus on a career goal that will take her to graduate school to be a clinical psychologist and writer. Yet, she isn’t getting the opportunity to enjoy her moment of accomplishment.  See Adversity, Page 2A  Athens attorney Bill Owens dies  Bv Tashia Lovell   Tashia@athensnews-courier.com  Athens attorney William “Bill” Owens Jr., who sought a circuit judgeship in Limestone County in 2004, died Friday from an apparent heart attack. He was 62.  Owens, who had been an attorney in Athens many, many years, once served as a municipal court judge in Ardmore and was Limestone County’s first public defender.  Last summer, he ran for the judgeship now occupied by Democratic incumbent Jimmy Woodroof Owens sought the post as a  See Owens, Page 2A  Take this Decatur!  Owens  Ncws-C oiiricr Alissa Clark  Michael Cofflin, representing Decatur, gets a healthy dose of water from the Athens cheerleaders and mascot at a Friday pep rally on the Limestone County Courthouse Square. The Athens Golden Eagles met the Decatur Red Raiders Friday night to open the football season. See game details in Sports.  Athens Council okays Verizon permit  Bv Karen Middi.ffon  ancne\\' s@pclnet.net  The Athens City Council in a special called Friday meeting approved a special use permit for a Verizon Wireless telecommunications facility on Commercial Drive after an attorney for the giant company demanded a simplified resolution.  On Monday night the council tabled the resolution after a Verizon attorney  addressed the council questioning items in the resolution that specifically addressed radio wave emissions.  Former city clerk, Mignon Bovvers, who is a state agent for the Center for Municipal Solutions, is working as a special consultant to the city on the measure.  Bowers and City .Attorney Shane Black recommended that the city delete three provisions on emissions and  waive another having to do with the potential interference with other wireless devices.  Complaints having to do with the deleted items in the resolution can be handled    through    Federal  Communications Commission policing. Black said research of the wireless industry indicates that carriers were looking to set a legal precedent through a suit with a municipality.  “There is a disagreement between the wireless telecommunication industry and local governments about whether the local governments have authority such as in Item No. 7 (demanding that companies eliminate any interference with existing devices)." said Black. “Our feeling was that they were looking for a law suit and  See Verizon, Page 2A   

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