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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Tide, Tigers win  Auburn tops Ole Miss in SEC action, Tide beats Utah State jg  Did you remember?  Daylight savings time ends today. Did you set your clock back one hour?  The News-Courier  Ser\ iNG Athens and Limestone Colnty: A Commiлил of Tr aihtion and Fin re  Si NDvv, 0( ГОВКН 30, 20U5  enewscouriencom  7  Normal Welklen of Athens  Subscriber of the day  »№  Hey, Sound Oft:  I wonder if there if there is anyone who I can call or write to keep these telemarketers from calling me about burial insurance, security systems, siding on my house, taking out a credit card w inning a vacation or changing my phone service.  I hang up on these people but they keep calling.  1 can't eat, sleep, do housework, or even rest. 1 tell them I'm not interest, but they keep on and on.  1 asked one lady if she knew the meaning of “no."  Fnough is enough.  / eJ up  .\()te: The government protects consumers from being hfjniharded with calls hv allowing them to register at the Iteb site  www.donotcall.gov . If you register your phone number here, businesses are not allowed to contact you for five years unless they already do business with you. If you do not have a computer, please have a family member register for you.  It is free, simple and worth the time. Also, if vou can afford it, try subscribing to the Caller ID feature offered by your phone company and only answer the phone when vou recognize the number  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Index     Classified____    1-160      Crossword____    11A      Ledger ......    9A      Obituaries —    2A      Mable Carolyn Lovell      Myrtie B. McCabe      Other Views ..    5A      Our Opinion...    4A      Sports ......    MOB      Valley ......    6A      Weather.....    2A     Daily Bible Moment  which we hcwe seeti aud heard we declare to you.  / John 1:3  Limestone Chapel  iSl 322 Hvo.31 N*Athens 256-232-1051 tlTX.* Obit line 256-771-0934  А9ЯЛ7 nnnn?  Decision awaited on change of venue for Barksdale  From staff rfporis  Limestone County Circuit Judge F3ob Baker is e.xpected to rule this week on whether to move the trial of accused murderer Farron Barksdale away from Limestone County.  Barksdale is charged with luring two Athens police otTicers, Sgt. Larry Russell and OtTicer Tony Mims, to his mother’s Horton Street home on the morning of Jan. 2. 2004, and shooting both to death in his yard.  Barksdale's attorney, Robert Tuten. said during a change of venue hearing earlier this month that the people of Limestone C'oiinty can't “evaluate their own prejudice" for a trial to determine Barksdale's guilt or innocence.  Tulen and Barksdale's other attorney. Jake Watson, of Huntsville, told Baker they feel the trial should be moved from L imestone County for Barksdale, who is charged with six counts of murder, to receive a fair trial. The charges include one count for killing each police otTi-cer; one count each for shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count each for killing more than one person at a time.  I.imestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails is seeking the death penalty m the case.  See Barksdale, Page 3A  City provides leaf collection schedule on new Web site  Bv Karfn MlDDl Fiov  uncnewsfcypclnei.net 1 ired of raking your leaves up m a pile beside the road, only to have the wind blow them all back across your yard'.’  The city of Athens feels your pain.  The Public Works Department and Streets and Sanitation have designed a Web site for homeowners, giving the city's leaf collection schedule throughout the tall.  “Some people get upset if they pay someone to rake up their leaves, then a big storm comes along and blows the leaves all across the yard then they have to pay someone to come back and rake them again," said Bernard Hammonds of the Street and Sanitation Department. “W ith this new Web site we can serve them better."  Micah Cochran, geographic information system coordinator for the Public Works Department designed the link using the department’s mapping system that the city purchased in 1999. If residents visit the city's Web site at; vvvvvv.ci.,Athens.al.us.  See Collection, Page 3A   _______вшша®  Spring expansion  fourtosv art  This illustration shows how Athens' new Lone Star will look.  Starbucks, Backyard Burgers part of new develooment on U.S. 72  Bv K VRLN MiDDI V ION  ancnews(a pclnet.net A trendy coffee shop in a new shopping complex is coming to the business and hospitality sector of U.S. 72.  Bill Ming, owner of Ming 1 nterjirises. confirmed at late week that site work has begun for Starbucks Coffee on the south side of U.S. 72 at Braly Boulevard just west of the prev iously announced Bojangle's. 1 he 75t)-sguare-foot Starbucks C otfee is scheduled lor a March 2(H)6 opening  Coming adjacent to Starbucks is a 14,4()()-.sqiiare-foot “specialty" retail center offering small shop space for local and national tenants, according to Ming. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2t)06, he said.  “We currently have three tenants under letters of intent with minimum size units of 1 ,bOO-square-feet available for lease." said Ming. “Over the last year we have aggressively marketed Athens and its strategic location to U.S. 72 Last and Interstate 65.We have been  successful in securing major retail, restaurant, and lodging clients."  riic 41-acre .\thcns-l imestone C tossing on the north side of U.S. 72 is also the site ol sev eral new businesses.  Biickyard Burgers, a Mcmphis-hased chain, broke ground iast week on a 3.5()t)-squarc-foot unit that will open after tlv' first ol tlic year. Mmg said. .Mso. Lone Star Steakhoiise, the nation's second largest steak chain based in Wichita, Kan., will build a 7.00t)-square-foot steakhoiise with construction scheduled to begin over the next 60 days with a completion date of spring 2006. Ming said that pre-leasing of tenant space continues for a lob.OOO-square-foot shopping center to be located in Athens-fjmestone Crossing scheduled for construction in 2006.  “We have been very pleased with the response from small shop tenants and are working diligently to final-  See Development, Page 3A  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell  Ronald Portell is associate pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.  Church honors militaiy heroes with campaign  Bv IVSIIIA LOVT I.I  tashiatp at hensnews-eourier.com Mt. I’isgah Baptist Church is having a God Bless America Campaign.  Associate pastor Ronald Portell said that the main point of the campaign would be to make ev erybody aware of the sacrifices made to this country by political figures, veterans, servicemen and Christian workers.  The campaign is mainly to recognize members of the church family, various military groups and political figures.  The wife of Joe R. Hooper, a Vietnam War Vgteran, will be recognized during church ser-  See Heroes, Page 3A  100 GHOUL FOR SCHOOL  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Reid Elementary School first grader Meagan Heath displays the pumpkin she decorated Friday for a contest at the school. The contest, which was a parent and child activity, was sponsored by Title 1. The pumpkins had to be decorated without carving.  Funds raised for loca aoy with rare disease  fi  By Erin Perc v  Cue.St Writer The Mommy and Me members of St. John the Baptist Church in Madison are working for a miracle.  Limestone County resident, J.J.  Lipski, age 5, was diagnosed last week with a very rare and inoperable type of brain cancer, dif- J-J* Lipski fuse pontine glioma. While doctors say a long-term survival is unlikely, J.J.'s family and friends believe miracles happen. It won’t be the first time little J.J. has received one.  Born over two months premature, weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces, he spent his first month fighting for his life at Bethesda Naval Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  This disease does not know who it picked a fight with. J.J. is an experienced fighter and his Army veteran parents are ready for battle.  J.J. is currently at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.  On Tuesday, ht underwent successful surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain. Upon admittance to the hospital, doctors were surprised at how few symptoms J.J. displayed considering how' much fluid  See Funds, Page 3A   

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