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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama Hendrix remembers small-town roots Coming Wednesday VT- . The News Courie Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future M Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Visit us onlHie www.en«wscouri«rxom Inside Today Nowhere to go but up After disappointing year, Lady Vols look ahead SPORTSt PAGE 2B PACT meeting today Jerry Witt of Elkmont plans to attend Montgomery gathering VALLEY, PAGE 4A Online Edition Your photos online Send your amateur photos to The News Courier to publish on our Sunday pages and we'll also post them online under Photo Gallery at •newscourierxom Send to kelly@ athensnews-courier.com 69847 00001 Sunday fire ‘not suspicious’ Cause of blaze unknown at barbecue restaurant-turned-beverage store By Jean Cole jeHiMathvnsncws-couri-tr.corn ATHENS - State and local fire officials have found nothing suspicious about the Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed a former barbecue landmark-turned-con ven-ience store, an official said. They may never determine the caus.e of the b^aze at Randy’s Track-side Beverage & Convenience Store at 23021 Nick Davis Road. “The deputy state fire marshal came up Sunday and investigated and found nothing conclusive,” said Tony Kirk, Athens Fire Department fire-prevention chief and fire investigator. “We also investigated and found nothing conclusive. That likely will not change. However, there is no evidence or any hint of anything suspicious or abnormal about the fire.” The building was not insured, and the owners See Fire, page 3A COURTESY PHOTO State and local fire officials have found nothing suspicious about the fire that de-stroyed Randy’s Trackside Beverage & Convenience Store at Nick Davis and Oakdale roads in Athens on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Athens and East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department battled the blaze. On target for giving NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The Birdie Thornton Singers, whom United Way of Athens-Limestone County Executive Director Kaye McFarlen introduced as "the best singers this side of the Mississippi, entertained attendees at the annual United Way luncheon Monday at the First Presbyterian Church Rodgers Center. The group sang a rousing rendition of "Stand By Me, lorwWch tlrey recefved a standing ovation. UW official: Should make donations goal for year By Karen Middleton ka ren(ffa t hens news -courier, com Outgoing United Way President Stanley Menefee set the tone for Monday’s annual luncheon by saying, “We need to focus on good news.” Menefee then handed the gavel to new President Ann Laurence. United Way Executive Director Kaye McFarlen said it had been a “remarkable” year for the organization, despite economic downturns nation wide. “This is the good news — our community,” said McFarlen. “The people here are willing to help in every way. It really comes through.” McFarlen said some agencies closed while other prospered through collaborations. In one success story, the local organization followed the lead of United Way of America in instituting a pro- See Giving, page 3A Resource Center joins agencies to ‘ffll gaps’ By Karen Middleton karenis: at hensnews-couher.com Family Resource Center Executive Director Sarah Chadwell told the Athens City Council Monday the center is joining with other agencies in town to fill the needs of families in crisis. Chadwell, who came to the council to ask for $20,000 to match $20,000 allocated by the Limestone County Commission to fund the center another year, explained the agency is now part of the STEP program - Social Teams Empowering People (and Uniting in Progress). “Centers mobilize all available public and private resources to support and strengthen families,” said Chadwell. “We provide client case management, such as homeless or ‘in crisis’ families who come to our office. We are providing direction and not duplication to area social service providers.” Chadwell said this comprehensive approach, which examines all facets of a family’s living conditions, is aimed at a permanent resolution to problems. “We want to be a fix and not just keep distributing food or utility assistance over and over, which is great when they are in trouble, but is not a permanent solution,” said Chadwell. Chadwell said the Family Resource Center is working with Athens City Schools on a small grant to provide drug avoidance education. See Resource, page 2A TWO Limestone County teens charged in bike thefts Two Limestone County juveniles were arrested and charged in connection with the thefts of two bicycles Sunday in eastern Limestone County, an official said. The two juveniles — ages 14 and 16 — are accused of stealing a $500 bicycle from the 13000 block of Virginia Court in Copperfield Subdivision and a $125 bicycle from the 13000 block of Oliver Lane, said Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt. Both bikes were recovered, McNatt said. The juveniles were charged with third-degree theft and released to the custody of their parents, he said. — Jean Cole Index Classified .....................4B Ledger .......................6A Obituaries ....................2A David Ray Curtis Ben Ivan Gaston James Louis Hicks Milas E. Hodges Dennis Minor Sports .......  IB VaUey........................4A 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:OOam til 2:CXpm KPn.-Fri. • 6:<Xtam ti 12£>Cpm Scé. Take Out Orders - Call CIvecIc out our Daily Bluo Plato Spocia! $A.33 Coming Sunday Special Section about the upcoming local Relay for Life event to raise funds to fight cancer American -. Cancer V Society r