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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 High school football  Roundup of Friday night’s Limestone County High School football action in Sports  ews-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone  iNiTY OF Tradition and Futlre  S vri RDA^, Sepi ember 17,2005  enewscou rier.com  50 С I N I S  Sarah Tyler of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Accidental caddy  Local man who oftered to caddy for a friend now will be at Masters Golf Tournament.  Coming Sunday  »mr  Hey, Sound Off:  1 occasionally read Sound OfT items in The News-Courier. 1 am constantly reminded Just how little a lot of the population actually knows about what they are talking about, and are more than willing to let the rest of the population know. Talk about arm chair mentality-  Some people seem to always look for the bad side, never the good. The person who wrote about how bad the federal government handled the hurricane disaster and putting the military in charge is a great example.  If he or she really would desire that type of government, he can simply go to a lot of other countries. 1 believe they are called dictatorships and we have fought them all at one time or another — or have you forgotten? Since we live in a free, democratic style government, we have a civilian at the helm. That is not by accident, but by design.  More Sound Off Sunday  Index     Classified____    4-8A      Comics......    5B      Obituaries____    . ; . .2A      Grady G. Clark      Newman B. Terry Jr.      SEC Preview ,.    7B      Sports......    1-4B      Weather.....    2A     Daily Bible Moment  bcivi)ig made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to recoticile all things u)ito himself by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  Colossians 1:20  m H»\. 31 N> Athens 256-2.12-1051 Ohil line 256-77 MW.34  7    69847'  000Ü1  Man charged in knife attack  67-year-old suspect arrested for attempted murder of 61-year-old  Athens police arrested a man Friday afternoon and charged him with attempted murder in connection with a knife attack at an apartment complex Thursday night.  Police arrested Billy Pullum, 67, of 902 North Beaty St., Athens, when he returned to his home at about 4:30 p.m.  Pullum is a suspect in the stabbing of Roger Dale Koonce, 61, of Powers  Apartments at 402 North Jefferson St., Athens. Koonce was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, where he was treated for a knife wound across the left side of his face.  Capt. Marty Bruce said Koonce was cut across the face during a disturbance on the outside of his apartment.  “Mr. Koonce lives in the apartment complex and there were some people outside being loud and he walked out  and asked them to leave or he would call the police,” said Bruce. “They left, but some of the them later came back and were being loud again. That is when Mr. Koonce walked outside again and asked them to leave."  Bruce said a female in the group attempted to slap Koonce and then a man pulled a knife and cut across the face. Bruce said no other injuries were reported from the incident.  Twin brother arrested  In a separate incident, a 56-year-old Athens man was arrested Thursdiiy night for threatening to kill his twin brother with a knife.  Arthur Cleave Schrimsher. of 214 Sanderfer Road, Athens, was charged with domestic violence after he attacked and threatened his brother, Steve.  Bruce said the brothers are alcoholics and police have arrested both numerous times in the past for assaulting the other.  "We know Cleave earlier in the day had been taken to the hospital after drinking a bottle of Listerine (mouthwash) and he came home and got into it w ith his brother," Bruce said. “They ha\e been fighting one another for at least a couple of years."  Remembering the missing  People gather to remember POWs, MIAs  Bv Tashia Lov f.ll  ta.shiaCcCxithensnews-anirier.com Hundreds of service members of the Vietnam War nationwide remain listed as Prisoner of \\Ti or Missing in Action.  The first National POW/MIA Recognition Day was proclaimed by Congress and the presi dent in 1979 to acknowledge the families concerns and symbttlize the steadfast resolve of the American people to never forget the men and women who gave up their freedom protecting ours, according to information pnnted in the program bulletin (for a POW MIA service hosted by the Vietnam Vetenuis of America Chapter 511).  This day is observed on the third Fndiiy in September and a group gathered in Athens Friday for this purfKise.  Several local leaders attended the service at the Vietnam Veterans of America building on Elm  See Missing, Page 2A  Ncws-Couner Kmi Kynder>  At top, Major Gen. James H. Pillsbury speaks to a group at the Vietnam Veterans Association building as a part of a POW/MIA day program. Directly above, a member of Athens High School’s JROTC participated with his company.  Trail of Tears riders arrive today  Up to 100,000 motorcyclists will be coming through Athens today for the annual Trail of Tears ride.  Motorcyclists will make their annual trek through the area by a different route, however.  Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Gunter said that the group would depart Madison  between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and head west on Interstate 565, getting off at the Mooresville exit.  From there, they will travel north on Mooresville Road to U.S. 72.  The motorcyclists will turn left on U.S. 72 and travel westward through L imestone County to the Lauderdale County line.  .Athens police will ha\e all a\ailable officers on duty to handle the traffic through Athens on U.S. 72 w ith portions of the highway closed during the ride.  Police encourage motorists to avoid that area in and around the noon hour.  They say it could take hours for the motorcyclists to pass.  Rogersville woman dies in wreck on Highway 72  B\ lAsiiiv Eovn i  kishiuui aihcnsncws-courit'Kcom  Shahonda .Antonette Patrick. 21. of Rogersville. was pronounced dead at the hospital after a wreck on U.S. 72 in Rogersville that occurred at 4:15 p.m. near Moss Lumber fhursday.  Rogers\ille Police Chief Tv Barrett said 1 riday that it looked like Patrick lost control of her vehu-le traveling eastlxnind on U.S. 72 and went into the westbound lanes. He said it was raining and the road was wet.  .A child was also in the vehicle with Patrick.  Others inv-ilvcd were I Idred Vantroy Daniel, Jr.. 4;s of Florence, whc w as in a 20d0 i hev rolet truck. Keith Putman. 46. ¡4'Florence, was in a PH)6 Ford Ranger and Thomas Jeremy Dav is. 29. of Florence, was in a 2{M)3 Ford Explorer.  Rogersville P(>lice. Rogersville Fire and Rescue, and an Alabama State Trooper responded to the accident.  .As of Friday afternoon, the accident remained under investigation.  In an unrelated accident, one person was iniured in a wreck on Alabama 9b in Limestone i ounty.  The accRlent occurred nine miles north ot Athens at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.  Barbara Harrison. 61. ot Lester, was injured and was wearing a safety belt.  James McKinney. 19. of Athens, was not injured.  Suspension for Spanish word unfair, oarent says  Bv SONW IT K\t R  somiva uthcnsm'ws-coiirkrrom  An IS-year-old .Athens High Schcxd senior was suspendeil from school last week tor one day for speaking Spanish in the classroom after he was repeatedly warned not tp dv> so.  ”lt was not sii much that he was speaking Spanish, but the fact he defied what his teacher had told him ixn to do." said Athens High School Principal C hris Bolen.  I he toacher. who is not identified said she repeatedly "warned and rewarned" the student not speak SpaniNh in the classroom and recommended his siispensuni tor a day after he used the Spanish word "hbro." a Spanish word for book, in the classroom.  T he teacher said in a discipline notice to the student's parents that she reminded the student when he said the word libro' that "no Spanish and he said it again in defiance."  Hie student's father said In day that he is concerned that his svMi IS not being allowed to speak Spanish in school, since the family is onginally from Mexico.  He said he has one son in the I S. Nav y and his vounger son was planning to enter the U.S. Marine V orp after graduation. He said he fears the suspension might cause the Marine Uorp to reject his son's request.  Hie family has been in Athens since last year mov ing here from C alifornia, the father said. The lather IS employ ed at Pilgrim's Pride and he said plant otVicals there had discussed the Spanish speaking problem with school otficials.  I he suspension was on Sept. 9. scluxvl officials said.   

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