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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Last laugh  Groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor, 65, dead of a heart attack 2A  Collage  Book honors memory of local writer’s friend 6A  The News-Courier  Si \D,\\, Dit KVIBKK 11, 2005  Skr\ i\<; Athkns ЛМ) Limestone C оемл : A Commi \пл oe Traiiition and Fin  'RE  enewscouner.com  Xe  Subscriber of the dav  ШШ  Hey, Sound Off:  W hy is it that President Bush onl\ makes his speeches with a military backdrop'.’ Is it because the military people are reluctant to speak out against the war'.’ The military is a select group of disciplined men and women he can control. •After all. he is the Commander in Chief It has already been proven they are picked individually and prepped for the interviews. W hy is the number of wounded, crippled and maimed never mentioned'.’  The number more than 13,000 men and women.  It is evident that Dick Cheney and i)()nald Rumsfeld wanted this war, and they got it.  Maybe they will suddenly find enough Iraqi troops in 2006 so they can get their men and women re-elected in the House and Senate. It looks like bush's real e.xit strategy from Iraq is in a body bag!  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Cet the news with your morning eollee  Subscribe to The \eu s-Conriei  2.^2-2"20  Index  Classified M6D  Crossword 15A  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries 2A  Billy Gene Elledge Arnell Hovis Anna Bena Johnson Samuel Woodruff Kay Jr.  Other Views  5A  Our Opinion 4A  Sports.........1-6B  Valley...........6A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  e yes of the lord are on the nghteoiis, and I Its ears are opefi to their prayers.  I Peter 3:12  Limestone Chape  •f»r. (TiM  m Hwv. 31 N-Athen» 3i!6-2.n-1051 Obit line 256-77M»9.n  69847  00002  One Doij.ar  n August tlieft frcm  vniont hank  Robbery suspect sought in Tenn.  BV SONNV I f RNLR  sonnyui at/wnsuews-couher. com  I imestone County authorities believe they know the identity of one of two men who robbed the Community Bank at flkmont m August and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are oow searching for him in Tennessee.  ■‘We've got a suspect and we believe he is somewhere in Tennessee.” Limestone Coimlv Chief Investigator Stanley \1c\att said this weekend. “I he } BI IS trying to locate him for questioning. We have not issued an arrest warrant against him as vet."  Two men wearing gas masks, straw hats and coveralls and armed with weapons, robbed the bank the morning of .Aug. 12. Both men escaped without being captured.  The robbers were armed vv ith assault tvpe weapons as they entered the hank that morning and demanded cash. 7hey took an undetermined amount of money and escaped m a tan C'hrysler which they left abandoned, getting into a green or dark blue Camry on Morns Road. Ihev later bailed out of that ear on Turkey Creek Road near the river and escaped on foot. Both vehicles were determined to have been stolen.  I he two robhers were caught on the hank's V ideotape.  Deputies found scattered bills lawmen believe were taken in the rohberv m a wooded area otT Turkev CreeiN Road.  Hoods left behind bv the two bandits were sent to the FBI lah m Quantico. \a. and are being tested for trace evidence.  The hoods, made from fabric witli holes cut so the suspects could see. were found m the ear abandoned bv the men w hen thev fled the hank. The straw hats with wide hnms. maga/mes for automatic weapons and socks filled  with ammumlion were also found.  .\t the time. I,imestone County SheritT' \hke Blakelv said the suspects should be considered arnted and dangerous. .Authorities searched the wooded area off lurkev Creek Road for dav s on horse back with tracking dogs and the use of a helicopter in hopes of finding the suspects.  Blakely said it appears the robluMS either found a ride or made contact w iih someone to pick them up.  McNatt said the identity of one of the suspects has been known for weeks, but the I BI has not been able to locate liim  Limestone’s last surviving Pearl Harbor veteran  l%if Blackout Tonlehtf ^    1574^5^  Oahu BlacKou    jp.  four WcLce^, start M 7:55, Oahu Hit^  In Manu Place» '  Memories of the ‘day that will live in infamy’  Bv К VRFN MlDDl.HON  Kiuvnia athensncws-cowierx om On Wednesday, an S5-ye;ir-old lanner man v isited The Scws-C 'ouricr and asked us why we hadn't called him for an interview. .After all. it was December 7 and he said that he is the last surv iv mg Limestone County Pearl I larbor veteran.  We iipologized to Ciil ( riitchfield for our oversight and asked him to sit down and talk to us because "the day tliat w ill live in infamy" deserves retelling, even if it s four days past the 64th anniversary of the Japanese attack that ushered the U.S. into World War II.  .According to researcii by local attorney  Jerry Barksdale, ('riitehlield was one ot eight Limestone County men vvlio witnessed the events of Dee. 7. 1941. James and LIbeil Beasley of 1.ester were aboard the L.S.S. Tnterprise; T-dgar David (iross of the Carriger community was in the engine room of the U.S.S. Oklahoma, and his body was never recovered; James A. Brown watched from f ord Island in the middle of the harbor; Clay ton Lzell. formerly of Mt. Rozell community and now of (ieorgia. treated the vvivunded alioard the hospital ship U.S.S. Solace; J. Monroe Birdsong of the Carey community, who  See Pearl Harbor, Page 3A  Gil Crutchfield of Tanner was one of eight Limestone County service men who witnessed the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor 64 years ago. He is the last local survivor of the historic event  Blood drive wif memorialize youth stricken by rare virus  News Courier Karen Middleton Friends of the late Hunter Bauer planning a blood drive In his memory are, from left: seated-Elizabeth Smith and Shelby Barley; back*Bart Brown, Brock Brett and William Ming.  Bv KVRLN MlDDI.LTON  katvn(a athcnsnc'ws-couher.com  TTunter Bauer's friends remember a mischievous pal who put flower seeds in a classroom computer keyboard. They say they haven't forgotten him and talk about him often, but they wanted to remember him in a way that would help others.  December 20 will mark the one-year anniversary of 14-year-old Hunter's death. The Athens Middle School student died at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after a two-month fight against a rare "staph” infection that attacked his lungs.  TIis classmates have organized the TTunter Bauer Memorial Blood Drive for December 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Beasley Center.  "Hunter had a big heart,” said his mother, Joanne Bauer, last week. “When Cathy Brett called me and said that the kids wanted to do something in his memory, she mentioned either a  Courtesy Iriioto Hunter Bauer  contribution to Ronald McDonald House or a blood drive. I said the blood drive would be good because Hunter required so many blood products during the six weeks he was on a heart-  See Blood drive. Page 3A   

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