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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 и^ГГУ T^trick% Pay  The News Courier  Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Connnunitv of'Tradition and Future  50 œiits  Tuesday. March 17, 2009  Visttjusonflne  www^newscourier.com  Inside Today  X  Trojans  remain  undefeated  ABS beats Valley Head.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Online  Edition  Did you miss it?  Find images from the PoK^ Sallet Follies, a local fundraiser variety show, at  enewscourier.com  under Photo Gallery.  Grocer arrested  The owner of USA Grocery in Ripley was arrested Monday night, accused of having illegal gambling machines in the store.  James Steelman was charged with promoting gambling and possession of marijuana.  Sheriff’s investigators were at the store at Ripley and Zehner roads at press time confiscating five gambling machines and three pounds of marijuana, according to a    department  spokesman.  No further information was available at press time. Visit enews-courier.com for updates today.  — Kelly Kazek  Subscribe  Gel the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847'QOOOI    6  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNOERS  The shooting occurred near this barn across the street from the home at 26768 Third Street in Ardmore where a get-together was being held.  Sheriff: Ardmore man shoots drunk nephew to keep him from driving  By Kkij.y K.YZKK  ktdly(o'atht'tis-nc\\’scourier.(r>m Charges against a man accused of shooting his nephew rather than letting him drive drunk are being upgraded to murder after the victim died Monday morning, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.  Russell “Rusty” George Jr., 26, of Ardmore died at Huntsville Hospital  »reaking news  at vvww.enewscourier.com  from wounds he received during a shooting just after midnight at a home at 26768 Third Street in Ardmore, the sheriff said.  He was allegedly shot in his calf.  chest and thigh at 12:11 a.m. by his uncle, Keith George, 35, of Oak Grove Road near Ardmore, Blakely said. Keith George was taken to Limestone County Jail and initially charged with attempted murder.  Blakely said descriptions of the shooting came from ftusty George’s  See Shooting, page 2A  II  Keith George  Helping feed the community^  A  m  , i 'fir*.  It  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Rachel and Eric Thompson, right, of St. Paul Catholic Church, who volunteer at the Limestone County Churches Involved Food Pantry, accept 580 pounds of food collected at Saturday's Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful electronics recycling day. With them are Bill Wojciechowski, Recycling Center director and Lynne Hart, KALB director.  Electronics recycling event also benefits local food bank  By K\RbiN MiDDiJt:ix)N  kan‘iK^^atlH‘nsiH‘\\s-iX)uri(T.(X)m  Ten-thousand pxxmds of electronics are going to the recycler and 580 pounds of canned goods are going to feed hungry people.  Tliat’s the final total of Saturday’s Keep Athens-Limestone BeautiAil electronics recycling day. KALB diaiged an $8 collection fee for each cathode ray tube computer monitor or TV set — non-flat sCTeen. One fee was waived in return for each bag of canned or dry goods brou^t to the collection to be do-  nated to Limestone County Churches Involved.  “The worid is full of gtxxl people,” said KALB Director Lynne Hart. “They brought items fix>m the list of needed foods and didn’t just clean out their cupboards. Some people paid the $8 and still gave food for LCCI. It was really amazing. I am pnxid of our œm-munity. ’Ih^ came out in the pouring rain.” “That’s 10,000 pounds that won’t be going into the landfill,” said Bill Wojciechowski, di-  See Electronics, page ЗА  Taxpayer Tea Party protest set for Athens  By Kki 1 y Kazkk  kvllvts^uthciisiicw s-c()iirit'r.c()iii  A quickly spreading grassroots movement that gives Americans an outlet to protest government spending will make its way to Athens next month.  Local resident Deborah King is organizing a Taxpayer Tea Party here on April 18 as part of a movement begun inadvertently when CNBC reporter Rick Santel-li made statements on television opposing the Obama administration housing bailout.  Santelli said it was time for Americans to hold a tea party, a reference to the Boston Tea Party.  Since the seg- _  ment aired. Freedom Works created a Web site about the movement — www.IamWith-Rick.com — and tea parties have been held coast-to-coast, including in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; St. Louis; Atlanta; Houston; Fort Worth, Texas; Pittsburgh; Fort Myers, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; Greenville, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla.  Upcoming tea parties will be in Orlando on March 21; Vancouver, Wash., April 18; another in Chicago July 4; Boston, July 4 and Los Angeles July 4.  While no tea is being thrown into the harbor for this movement. King  See Tea party, page 2A  How to go  To join the Taxpayer Tea Party protest, go to the parking lot of the former ChuChu's restaurant at noon April 18. For information, call (256) 559-0980.  Index  Obituaries ....................2A  D.C. BedingSeld William Edward Nichols Otis Lee Sledge Juanita Hargrove Thomas Wanda Leopard Tucker  Ledger .......................6A  Sports ........................IB  Ccanics.......................3B  Classified ...................4-6B  Washington Street Diner  One Block East of Athens Square  1 OO Washington St,    ,  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm  Open 6:CXDcm lil 2KD0pm AvVan.-Fri. • ó.OOam til 12:CXDpm Sc*.  Take Out Orders - Call 12312-OUtOS Ch^tc out our Daily Blue Plato Special  Online edition  Did you read MONDAY'S WEIRD NEWS at  www.enewscourier.com ? If you had, you would have been among the first to read today's top story (above). Don't miss TUESDAY'S WEIRD NEWS.   www.enewscoimer.com    

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