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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama Tebow to Gators Nation’s top prep quarterback turns down Tide for Florida jg Rates rise again Federal Reserve tweaks interest rates up once again to counter inflation 9A m 7 Hi* yn    Ф The News-Couner Ser\ iNG Athens and Limestone Со1мл : Л Сомлимт\ of Tradition and Fin Wednesday, December 14, 2()05 О j Betty Bates of Athens Subscriber of tire day Hc>, Sound Off: After reading the Sound OfT on the front page of Sunday's paper. I eould not help but submit a reply. I am sure that the person who submitted the Sound OtTw ill not change his mind. He is obviously one of the hate Bush crowd and has made up his mind and will not be confused by the facts. He stated that “Bush only makes his speeches with a military backdrop." This is simply not true. For instance he just recently made a speech before the C'ouncil on Foreign Relations. The liberals should really like that. The CFR is as liberal as they come. And why shouldn't the President make speeches before the military? After all, as noted by the person in the Sound Off, he is Commander and Chief. This, by the way. is one of the few facts in the Sound Oft'column that the person got right. More Sound Off on Thursday Get the news w ith \our morning coffee Subst ritx* to The Sews-Courier iH-rm Index Classified ., 4-6B Comics . ., , 3B Headlines .. , , 4A Health .... 8A Ledger . . ., , 6A Obituaries 2A Clyde Ruben Arnett Walter Benjamin Shaw Alfred Zampella Sports .....1-2B Valley ..........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment virgin shall he Lvith child, and hear a Son, a)id they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ' God with us. Matthew 1:23 imestone Chape fSj ,U2H«v31 S-Alhenv 256-2.1M05I Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847'DOOOl 1 jailed, 1 sought in assault 64-year-old victim survives, but remains in Ba SONW TlRNKR sonny(a^athensne^\ s~couner.com Limestone County authorities had one man in custody and were searching tor another Tuesday night in connection w ith the assault and rohhery Sunday of a 64-year-old Coxey man. The \ ictim was struck o\er the head with a gun inside his home. He was later taken to Huntsville Hospital w ith serious head injuries and hospitalized. He remained in the hospital Tuesday in stable condition. “We ha\e two suspects and we do expect to have both in custody before the end of the dav. " Limestone Countv Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Tuesday, “We have two investigators working on the case.'" One Limestone County man was arrested and was in custody, authorities said Tuesdav night, and warrants have been issued for the other. But the identity of the suspects were not av ailable at area hospital press time Tuesday night. The victim told investigators that two men, who he considered his triends, were v isitmg him Sunday in his home. He said when he turned his back on them after showing them his gun See Assault, Page 3A Iraqis vote expressing hopes for peacetime BV Гном \N \V \(.Nh R .issociatcd Press Writer LONDON (,AP) Iraqi expatriates lined up to vote in their homeland's national elections Tuesday. leaving voting stations with ink-stained fingers and expressing hope for the violence-torn country many tied during Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime. \oting abroad began first in Australia, where up to 20.()0() registered Iraqi voters live. They are part of a group of 1.5 million voters living outside Iraq casting ballots at polling centers in 15 countries, including the Cnifed States and Canada. “The priority for all Iraqis is to have peace, securit)' and normalcy restored" said Kadhem All, 46. a Sunni .Vluslim in /arqa, Jordan, who said he boycotted Iraq's first free elections in Januarv because he was frustrated over U.S. domination of his country. “Now, 1 don't care; American occupation or no occupation, the important thing is Iraq's stability." added the former Iraqi civil servant, standing outside a polling station in the Jordanian hometow n of Iraq's most feared terror leader Abu-.VIusab al-Zarqaw i. The expatriates will help elect the 275-member National .Assembly, which will legislate in the coming four years and choose the first fully constitutional government in Iraq since Saddam's rule collapsed after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Flection Day in Iraq is Thursday. On Monday police, soldiers, hospital patients and prisoners cast ballots in early voting. Voters face a ballot listing more than 200 political parties that repre- See Election, Page ЗА Weatherization brogram now being offered Bv fAsm v LovT i I tushia(a}atheusne\\s-courier.com Has your home been weatherized'.’ Do you know what weathenzation is? The weatherization program, through the Community Action Partnership Huntsville/ Madison and Limestone Counties. Inc., is oftered year round. The prognun is provided for lovv-income individuals and entails caulking doors and windows, putting insulation in the attic and under the floor covering, said Leroy Gradford. Jr., CEO Community Action Partnership Huntsville/ Madison and Limestone Counties, Inc. Sometimes it includes installing stomi doors and w indows and replacing windows. It’s an energy conservation program. Gradford said. The assistance is free to people who qualify. According to Gradford recipients must meet the poverty income guidelines. The program is funded by the federal government through the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program and is offered through the local partnership. Gradford said that property can only be weath-erized once through the program. The partnership weathenzes an average of approximately 40 homes per year in Madison and Limestone counties. Each year the partnership is allocated a certain number of homes that they can vveatherize in Limestone and Madison counties and Gradford said if the assistance is needed to do more they usu- See Weatherization, Page 2A Mapping out plans I- A    ^    Nev\    s-CouneivKim    Rvnders Atnens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce President Hugh Ball represents the community, along with Economic Development Association President Tom Hill on the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closure Committee. Ball says it’s going to take money to attract part of what could eventually be 10,000 lobs and families to this community. Limestone hoping to attract 10,000 to area Bankers funding much of local BRAC efforts Hv Kvrkn Middi kion Kiirewa athensnew's-courier. com The best people to sell this area to newcomers are satisfied customers. It's a plan that the Greater Limestone C ounty BRAC Committee is banking on to attract what could be as many as lO.OOO new families to North .Alabama, according to C hairwoman Mignon Bovvers. “We’re trying to get participation from people who have relocated here,'' said Bowers. “From talking to chamber people and Realtors who have contact with them, we know that they are mostly pleased w ith their Athens and Limestone County relocation." Bowers said the committee is especially interested in First of Two Parts talking to people who relocated to Limestone County in a previous base closure from .St. Louis beginninu in the mid 1990s. The local committee is being co-chaired by Ray Neese of Bank Independent. Local banks are prov iding much of the impetus to the effort, according to Chamber of Commerce President Hugh Ball. He and Limestone County Economic Development Association President Tom Hill became the official representatives for this area when the Tennessee See BRAC, Page 3A Police release photograph of suspected counterfeiter i "'/¿1 ■ к I im ■I i I ' 'Mi -e И •*’V f ^ J* * Ì ^ » ’ ** ^ This is the photograph police released Tuesday showing the counterfeit suspect (black female) at the business counter at Hometown Grocery. Police said she created the check on her computer and cashed It In the name of Cynthia Caudle. Bv SoNNv Turner sonny(^a thensnews-coiirier.com Athens police have released a video photo of a woman who walked up to the business counter at a local supermarket on Nov. 17 and cashed a $396 counterfeit check that investigators believe she created on her computer. “The check was made out to Cynthia Caudle, but it’s a strong possibility this person does not exist," said Detective-Sgt. Brett Constable. “We think this suspect either lives Athens or the Madison area.” Constable said Hometown Grocery cashed the counterfeit check and the woman left the store. He said investigators do not believe any more counterfeit checks were cashed in Athens, but would not rule out that more were passed in neighboring cities. The suspect is a young, black female. Constable said she could be working alone. He asked that if anyone recognizes the suspect in the photograph or has any other information about the case to call him at 233-8703.