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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 28, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Pumped up by news  ‘We're' going to get some answers,’ says Beth Holloway of Aruban arrests  3A  Storm watch  Gulf Coast residents keeping a watchful eye on approach of Hurricane Katrina 3A  The News-Courier  Si NOW. Ai {.1ST 28, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enew scou rter.ccim  ■I  <y(ycl' f^oX/h/i/h/  'f  Eural Claxton of Toney  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  Who does the high school football schedules ?  Is it because of this “old time” county champion crap ? Teams playing out of their league (bigger schools ) that they haven’t beaten in years.... and we wonder why every coach in the county was new this year, with the exception of Tanner and of course the untimely death of Phil Cavnar at East.  Tanner should not be playing East - - there’s enough schools in the area so a 2A shouldn’t have to play a 4A school. Tanner could pick up Priceville or Holly Pond which are 2A schiwls.  Clements should not be playing Ardmore, they could pick up Holly Pond Priceville or Falkville, 2A schools.  Elkmont could pick up Cherokee instead of Ardmore and West could pick up Hanceville or Cherokee County instead of Ardmore. Archnore should play teams like Brooks, Central ( Florence ) or Deshler instead of Elkmont and Clements.  East shouldn’t be playing Tanner (2A ) or Hazel Green (6A)....they should be  playing other 4A schools such as Brooks, Central ( Florence ) or Deshler,  Even the NFL and college football reorganizes, so maybe its time for Limestone  county to do the same.  Just a thought.     Index          Classified.....    .1-160      Crossword____    24A      Ledger .......    ... .8A      Obituaries.....    ... .2A      Skippy Lee Campbell      John Milton Owsley      Other Views ...    5A      Our Opinion____    4A      Sports.......    1-4B     Daily Bible Moment  nd ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.  o  •W, C4m  I John 3:5  322 Hwv31N*Allim 25fr-232-l05l Obit line 256-771-W.M  ,7    69847    00  02  ONeBottAR  Delphi deadline looming  General Motors and UAW working toward compromise  By Sonny Ti rner  sonny@athensnew's-couner.com The news out of Chicago, III. this past week is that General Motors and the United Auto Workers — two ailing partners dependent on each other for survival — appear to be inching toward a cost-cutting compromise that could help preserve the future of both organizations.  Delphi, which is Limestone County’s  largest employee with approximately 2,500 workers, has threatened to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Oct. 17 if the union does not provide relief from wage, health care and other benefits that currently average $130,000 a year.  “We’re worried sick about it, the whole plant is in an uproar,” said one Limestone Delphi worker this weekend. “I know a lot of people are so concerned about their  retirement that they have put in to transfer to a GM facility hoping that will ensure their full benefits by retirement time.”  The news out of Detroit this w'eekend was that a deal won’t be easy.  According to the Detroit News. GM needs to slash billions of dollars in labor costs and other overhead to become more competitive with foreign rivals and to convince Wall Street that its future is secure.  The UAW is looking for a way to help GM get back on track without selling out the workers who built the company into a global powerhouse.  Those competing goals have loomed over the UAW's leadership meetings in  Chicago this past week.  On Wednesday, UAW Vice President Richard Shoemaker led a three-hour meeting with union oft'icials from GM and Delphi, the automaker’s struggling fomier parts unit.  Shoemaker said the union is considering measures to help GM, but reiterated it would not agree to reopen its labor contract with the automaker before it expires in 2007.  Still, his comments were among the strongest signs yet that the two sides are moving toward a mid-term deal.  See Delphi, Page 2A  Guns used in shooting here found at 1-65 exit  Fnmi staff reports  Athens Police Captain Marty Bruce said Saturday that two guns had been found on Interstate 65 at the Falkville exit regarding the incident Fnday near the Athens Park Apartments.  One of the suspects showed investigators where the guns were Saturday morning.  However, all suspects were arrested in the incident on Friday.  The victim in the shooting, Zachery Oneal Jackson, 22, of Athens Park Apartments, under-w'ent surgeiy' at Athens-L.imestone Hospital on Fnday.  Four Huntsville men were charged in connection with the incident.  John Kenneth Colvin, 19, of 501-B Fredric St., is charged with attempted murder and first-degree robbery.  Martez Montrea Gamer, 19, of 5026 McCatur Road; DeMarcus Antoine Travis, 23, of 252 Francis Amelia Drive; and Chad Anthony Martin, 21, of 4800 Mastin Lake Road NW are each charged with first-degree robbery. No bond had been set as of Saturday morning on Garner, Travis, and Martin and those three remained in the Limestone County jail.  Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said Friday all four men were taken into custody by Alabama Troopers on Interstate 65 within an hour of the shooting.  According to Bruce, the men each gave See Shooting, Page 2A  Jury duty scam artists working North Alabama  By Tanjie Schrimsher  tanjie(^athensnews-courier.com The phone rings in the home of a law-abiding citizen. The ensuing conversation goes something like this:  Citizen: “Hello?”  Caller: “John Doe, please.”  Citizen: “Speaking.”  Caller: “Mr. Doe, we have a warrant for your arrest as a result of your failure to report for jury duty.”  Citizen: “You must be mistaken. 1 never received a summons for jury duty.”  Caller: “I’m sorry, sir, but our records indicate that the summons was mailed to your address. Let me venfy your infomiation.”  Thus begins, for John Doe, the nightmare of identity theft.  The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama this week issued a warning to area residents to be on alert for such calls.  According to a BBB press release, the “jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.”  BBB officials say the scam works by catching the victim off guiird.  “The victim is understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her arrest,” the release states. “So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information.”  Limestone Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page said potential jurors who fail to report are not contacted by phone.  See Jury duty, Page 2A  Baxley at ASF  New s-C’ourier .\lissa Clark  Alabama Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, expected to be a frontrunner to become the Democrats’ nominee in the 2006 gubernatorial race, addressed the summer commencement at Athens State University Saturday morning.  Sitting on 96 pounds  Ncws-Councr lashia l.ovcll  It took all Lester resident Lance McLemore could do to lift it to put in the trunk of his car to bring by The News-Courier to have its picture made. The big “Carolina Cross” watermelon his children Matthew and Abby sit on weighed In at 96 pounds and measured more than 69 inches from stem to bloom. McLemore grew the big melon in his garden off Short Cut Road.  State board okays dorm fee increase at Athens  ,\1()NT(K)MHRV The State Board of Lducation has approved new bleachers and a new press box for the baseball field at Calhoun Community College which is restarting athletics at the two-year school.  In addition, the board voted Thursday to increase dormitory fees at .Athens State University.  Fhe fees will increase SI00 per semester to S550 for double occupancy and SI35 per semester to S650 for single occupancy. The fee will go to S750 for new private occupancy rooms.  School officials said .ASU expects to generate S11,500 in additional revenue from the new fees,  The building project at I alhoun IS expected to cost S300,000.  Calhoun President Marilyn Beck, who approved the restart ot athletics at the school this year, said the bleachers will expand seating by 300 and pro-  See Dorm fee, Page 2A   

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