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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Hoops action  Local high school scores, 1B  ews-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Limestone Cotntv: A Commi nh v of Tradition and Fi ti re  SaTI RDAV, Deceviber 17,2005  enewscou riencom  50 C EN I S  QcrCrâ'  Leo  Sanderson  Subscriber of the clav  Hey, Sound Off:  In my opinion, the two items in the Friday s Sound Off concerning the dangers of collection of donations in U.S. 72/JetTerson Street tratTic and the failure to properly merge at the U.S.  72 Swan Creek bridge construction are excellent examples of the type of local interest material Sound Off should address.  Please everyone, let's cut out wasting Sound Off space with the long winded, repetitive, national partisan politics back and forth inputs.  Save it for the editorial page’. Thank you.  Sound Off policy: Not all items sent to the Sound Off column are puhlishecTItems that mention a person or business by name are discarded, unless the person mentioned is a public figure and the item is not a personal attack on that person. Items that have not been published within one month are typically discarded.  Send items to kelly(a,athensnews-couri-er.com  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier tT  232-2-20  Index     Classified.    ......4-8A      Comics ...    .......5B      Ledger ...    .......7B      Obituaries.    .......2A          John Easter      Delbert H. Ridgeway      Outdoors .    .......3B      Sports ...    1-3B      Weather ..    .......2A     Daily Bible Moment  heavens declare the glory' of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.  Psalm 19:1  Limestone Chape  ' S*«, !.V<.  322 H»n.31N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001  Family looks for new home after fire  jKNMFf R Hm  jtmniferiaathensne\\s-courier.coni  “1 fell to my knees and just cned” said .Amandii Defoe recalling the first sight of her family s home burned to the ground. The Defoe family lost nearly e\er\ihing they ovA ned the morning of Dec. 10 w hen their mobile home burned due to a bad electrical outlet.  *'\Ve lost e\erything. The clothes that we had on our back is all we had" said Defoe.  She. her husband Keith, and their 5-year-old daughter, Leah, lived in the mobile home behind the home of her mother. Dottie Gordon, on StoneblutfWay in .Athens.  Her husband was at work and her daughter was staying w ith her mother at the time of the fire. Defoe said she had been at work about 15 minutes when the fire occurred shortly after 8 a.m. that Saturday moming.  “My sister called me on the cell phone crying saying  Donations for the Defoe family can be made at the Dollar General store and Milage Mart, both located on Alabama 99. For more information, call 233--t006.  to call my mother and 1 called my mother and she said ‘your house just blew up."' she said.  Defoe said her husband took it really hard. “He was really upset but he was just glad we weren't there because we probably wouldn't have made it out." she said.  DcfcH? says because of the generosity of others, the family is coping. However, they still need a home and household items, such as furniture. Lhe familv has  receiv ed v ouchers from the American Red Cross and The Salvation .Anny for cK'tthes and groceries.  Owens \’olunteer 1 ire Department has also brought clothing to the family that had been donated. Other community members hav e donated items, as well.  She said Doug Maund of Athens Phannacy has been a generous donor, who has donated clothes and day-to-day items.  Of all of this tragedy. Defoe has seen small miracles along the way. “That night before (the fire) 1 had brought Christmas presents for my little girl and they are the only things that did not get burned up. I had them in the back of my v ehicle." she said.  riie Defoe family is hoping to get into a home shortly affer the New M\ii. “It's a back-and-forth thing, right  See Fire, Page 3A  Po  A Para  Ncvvs-Courier Kim Ryndcrs  A parade of poinsettias was going on at Trinity Congregational Church on Browns Ferry Road last night. Above, Mack W. David, coordinator for the program, sorts through the poinsettias. Church members sold the poinsettias or in some cases took donations and the plants were given out to people in the community.  Holiday  garbage  Dickups,  closings  Athens Municipal and Limestone    County  offices will be closed Friday. Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holidays.State and federal offices also will be closed both days.  City, county and state offices will also be closed .Monday, Jan. 2.  Garbage collection in Limestone County will not change during the holidays.  Athens garbage, trash and recycling collection will change next week.  The Athens City Sanitation Department will pick up items a day earlier than usual, beginning Dec. 19. Residents who typically have collection Tuesday should put out items Monday; etc..  No collection will be done on Dec. 23,    —  Meet the Clauses  1  Nevvs-Courier Kim Rynders  Birdie Thornton Center clients Pat Wilson and Jack Turner participate in the center’s annual Christmas party Friday by dressing as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The program included a parade of lighted wheelchairs, singing of Christmas Carols, and recited tfielr versions of “What Christmas means to me.”  Second  robbery  suspect  captured  Bv SONNV I t UNFR  .sonnyiii atlwnsnews-couricrcom  I imcstonc County authorities have apprehended a second suspect in connection with the Sunday assault and robbery of a 64-year-old Coxey man.  Frank Lane Seott. 44. who says he is homeless, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. Scott had been on the run ev er since warrants were issued for his arre|»t.  Scott's brother, James Clay Scott, 37, of 27894 Sterling St.. Ardmore, was arrested earlier in the week and put in )ail under S85.0(K) bond. James Scott is also charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.  Lhe V ictim was struck over the head with a gun inside his home. He was later taken to Huntsville Hospital with serious head in|uries and hospitalized.  lhe victim told investigators that two men. who he considered his friends, were visiting him Sunday in his home. He said when he turned his  See Robbery, Page 3A  Drug charges against loca vet droppec  Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails has dropped two-year-old drug charges against local veterinarian Bruce Young, according to Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page.  “Those charges have been nol prossed at the recommendation of the DA," said Page. “What that basically means when a case is nol prossed is that the DA can’t prove the case the officers have."  Young was charged on a Nov. 21, 2003, warrant for possession of controlled substances. The drugs named in the warrant were Nubain and Xanax.  Nubain is used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. It can also be used as a supplement to anesthesia, for preopera-  See Charges, Page 3A  Extension leader dies at his home  Mack Arthur Pugh, Limestone County Extension Agent coordinator, died Wednesday night at his home in Muscle Shoals.  Pugh, who became the county coordinator two years ago replacing Curtis Grissom who retired died from natural causes, officials at Thompson and Son Funeral Home in Tuscumbia said Friday night.  The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at High Street Church of Christ, 500 South High Street in Tuscumbia.  Visitation will be Sunday from 6—8 p.m. at the funeral home.   

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