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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 31, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Aiding victims  Local law officers head south to aid Hurricane Katrina’s victims 5^  In the spirit  Images of bands, cheerleaders and others who keep their teams in the spirit, inside today  The News-Cour  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, Augusi 31, 20(>5  enewscounencom  ^O'Q'd'  Joel Hamm of Athens  Subscriber of the day  mvf  Hey, Sound Off:  The Sound Off writer who thinks all sports teams should only play other schools their size was obviously not at the East-Tanner, Elkmont-Ardmore or Athens.-Decatur games last week.  None of these games had teams playing that were in the same classification yet the stadiums were packed and in fact two of the three lower classified schools won their games.  High school football is about community, rivalries and sometimes even the team winning who is not supposed to win. Regional games are indeed played and determine who moves on to playoffs, etc.  If local teams did not continue to play each other no matter what their classification, you would not have anyone going to the games. If you want to see evenly matched teams, you can try the NFL but then money sways the scales of “fairness.”  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Sews Courier *:  232-2720  Index     Classified......    4-8B      Comics........    . .3B      Ledger ........    18A      Health ........    8A      Movie Listing ...    ЗА      Obituaries......    2A      Helen Kennemer      Bertha Lee Malone Pipes      Sports........    1-2B     Daily Bible Moment  will heal them and reveal to them  the abundance of peace and truth.  Jeremiah JJ:6  mjF 322 H»v31N'Athm 256-232-105I |i„j 256-771-<W34  7    69847    00001    6  At least 100 feared dead  Katrina’s death to may rise as search efforts continue  By Brett Martell  Associated Press Writer  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescuers along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisiana’s governor ordered storm refugees out of this drowning city.  Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets of the Big Easy a full day after New Orleans appeared to have escaped widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped.  “The situation is untenable,” Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. “It's just heartbreaking.’’  One Mississippi county alone said its death toll was at least 100, and officials are “very, very worried that this is going to go a  See Katrina, Page 2A  Power out to  2.000 here;  718.000 statewide  By Kelly Kazek   kelly@athensnews-courier.com   About 2,000 Limestone County residents were without power sometime Monday night or Tuesday, a utilities official said adding to the statewide total of as many as 718,000 homes without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  While much of Katrina’s wrath was targeted at Louisiana and Mississippi, winds reaching 60-65 mph took their toll on North Alabama.  Beginning late Monday evening, the rain and wind felled trees and power lines throughout the county.  Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins said he expected residents here to have power restored before Tuesday’s end.  “There were scattered outages all over the county, mainly from 1-65 west, but really everywhere” he said adding that most outages were caused by “tree limbs blowing across lines and blowing a fuse.”  See Power, Page 2A  •. ■.    ■    ■4Г-  \ ‘j  •■■'j?.''-i  ,‘\P Plioto. Houston Chronicle, Vlelissa Phillip A man on his roof waves to a passing New Orleans Police Department SWAT rescue boat Monday in New Orleans after flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina.  V 'w.  I (¡¡яр    ^    ip    ■    .V-'t:,  .’УлА Щ    '■    '    ■    "f*    ---    *    >  ' ЛИ ^    ^  .La     я.- . iR                ■X i, i    ^ A - *»*  A % '      .  * > ^         J ’'4  £s-‘  iHi  Nc\vs-{ oiincr Kelly Ka/ek  Limbs from a large tree near this home on Rogers Street feli at about 1 a.m., striking the roof. A worker from John Paul’s Tree Service cuts the branches Tuesday morning.  elp on way to evacuate ocal coroner  By Kvrfn MiDDi HON  ancncw'sui pclnct.ncl  While most of New Orleans ibiind itself under water because of break in the Mississippi River levy, the French Quarter, where Limestone County Coroner Mike West continued stranded e>n fliesdiy. was bone dr\.  A New s Courier Tuesda\ story told of how West, his w ife, ( iinger West, and H.vn .leff Williams were stranded because Hurricane Katrina grounded flights out. .A day later, help might be on the w ay .  fhe Wests and Williams flew down to New (frleans a week ago to attend the National Emergeney Medical Ser\ices 1 xpo. W hen officials warnetl locals to evacuate the city before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. West said Nonhwest .Airlines officials assured him that their Sundav flight would not be canceled. However, at 8 a.m. SuntUv. West found out that their flight had been canceled at 6 a.m. and there were no rental cars leff.  Since then, the Wests. W^illiams and  See Coroner, Page 2A  Jail flooding caused by inmate rather  than storm  While Hurricane Katrina was pounding Athens with high winds and heavy rains Monday night, an Athens City Jail inmate was raging inside his jail cell stuffing toilet paper in the commode and sink and ended up flooding the jail.  “He didn’t give us a reason why he did it,’’ said Capt. Marty Bruce. “But we ended up charging him with criminal mischief as the result.”  Mitchell Earl Gilbert 41, of 1804 Levert Circle, Athens, tore up the sink in the jail cell, police said.  The inmate had to be moved from the cell and moved to another side of the jail where he was “locked dow n.”  Bruce said the inmate flooded the cell at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday. He said Gilbert was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia from a previous warrant.  Bruce said Gilbert had been in city jail since Saturday after being picked up on several arrest warrants by Athens officers.  — .Sonny Turner  Stork races Katrina to Limestone  Athens midwife lelps pregnant woman fleeing New Orleans  Nevvs-(’ouricr Kim Ryndors  Jennifer Shaw and her husband, Cesar Sousa, gaze at their tiny son, Claudio, born at Athens-Limestone Hospital after Jennifer fled New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.  By K vrln Minm i lov  ancncw sui pclnct net  It was a dead heal, but the stork won.  Hurricane Katrina chased Jennifer Shaw and her husband. Cesar Sousa, all the wav from New Orleans to North Alabama, but a state trooper escort and a waiting midw ife made sure that little Claudio Sage Sousa arrived safely at .Athens Limestone Hospital Monday at .1:47 p.m.  Shaw, 3.1, was nearing the estimated September 2 delivery date for her first child when word went out to evacuate New Orleans. While the nurse-midvv ife she was seeing in New Orleans predicted September 2, an ultrasound examination put the date closer to September 11.  See Stork, Page 3A   

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