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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Ways to liven up your garden Special section coming Sunday  The News Couri  Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Coimniinity oi Tradition and Future  Saturday, April 11, 2009  visit us online  www.en«wscourier.cofn  Coming Sunday  Mother, daughter laid to rest  Victims in Lauderdale County shooting buried Friday  COMING SUNDAY  'I play through it'  Tanner sophomore excels on the baseball field despite a medical condition which has made his left leg larger and longer than his right.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Subscribe  Cîel (he news with your morning eoiï'w  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847    00001    6  Robber seeks only drugs  Armed man tells pharmacist to 'load it up' with painkiller  ' By J KAN Cole jeiin&atlwnsiw\\s-.courier.cr>ni A robber armed with a semiautomatic handgun handed a plastic bag to an Athens pharmacist Friday and ordered him to “load it up” with oxycontin, a potent narcotic painkiller, an official said.  Neither the police nor the pharmacist had ever had a robber opt for drugs over cash.  “Not that I recall,” said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. “The pharmacist hadn’t had it happen either.”  The suspect — described as a white man wearing blue jeans.  white tennis shoes, a blue hooded jacket, a red-billed baseball cap and gold-framed glasses — remained at large Friday night, Bruce said.  At approximately 1 p.m., the suspect entered Eastside Pharmacy at 22335 Alabama 251, walked up to the counter, pulled out a white plastic bag and ordered the pharmacist to “load it up” with oxycontin, Bruce said.  The pharmacist filled the bag with an undisclosed amount of the drug and the suspect fled.  “We believe he left in a silver  See Drugs, page 2A  COURTESY PHOTO  The surveillance photo shows the suspect in Friday's armed robbery of Eastside Pharmacy in Athens. The suspect is described as a white man wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a blue hooded jacket, a red-billed baseball cap and gold-framed glasses. The vehicle pictured belongs to an employee.  Storms all around  NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK  A truck outside the mobile home of Alfredo Teran on East Limestone Road near the intersection of Nick Davis'Road was damaged when lightning struck a tree during Friday's storms and caused a large limb to fall on it. Firefighters used chain saws to remove the limb. Limestone County went under a tornado watch at about noon and a warning at about 1 p.m. Several storm systems moved through various parts of the county, dropping hail the size of golf balls in Elkmont and dimes in southern Limestone County. Trees were downed along Capshaw Road near the Madison County line but were quickly moved by deputies. Athens Bible School was dismissed at 1 p.m. Other schools let out at normal times but after school care and activities were cancelled. Warnings were lifted at about 3 p.m. For stories on severe storms Murfreesboro, Tenn., see page A5.  3 suspects sought for convenience store heist  By Jean Ome  /(¿it In 'I1SIH '\vs-(miri( r.ir >ni  Athens Police are searching for three men suspected of robbing an Athens BP station while one of them held a broken beer bottle on the male clerk early Friday morning, an ofticuU said.  The three men. described only as black, entered the store at IKK) U.S. 72 East at the a)mer of Cloverleaf' Drive about 12:56 a.m., said Capt. Marty Bruce. The clerk told police one of the men stayed at the door iind acted as a Icxikout, anolher held a broken beer bottle on him and the other jumped the counter and removed the cash register drawer containing an undisclosed amount of cash, Bruce said.  Before fleeing the store, the suspect holding the beer bottle threw it at the clerk, Bruce said.  A Madison Police K-9 unit assisting Detective Greg Parnell on a drug investigation went to the scene and tracked the suspects to a vacant field southeast of Tan-glewood Apartments, where they found the cash register drawer and a fresh set of tire tracks.  No arrests have been made.  No description of the vehicle is available.  BP District Manager Linda McCurry was not available for comment on the robbery.  Anyone with inibrmation about the crime or the suspect should call the police at (256) 233-8700.  County's gardeners preparing backyards for annual plant sale  By CHARixyri E Fullon  SiK'ciiil to '¡111' \cws Courier All over Limestone County — in tiny backyards, on shady riverside home sites, and at spacious rural garden plots — gardeners are digging and dividing, cutting and rooting, transplanting and tending in preparation for the annual Master Gardeners Plant Sale, to be held 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 18, in the Farmers Market at the intersection of Green and Houston streets.  Patrons of the plant sale can expect to find the usual (like hostas, daylilies, and daisies) and the unusual (like Jim and Liz Ladner’s toad lilies, Jerry Franks’ oriental persimmon tree, and Debi Bradford’s baby Siberian irises).  For the aficionado of wildflowers, there are plant sale chairman Carole Barron’s St. John’s Wort; yeUow-blooming Baptisia (commonly known as false indigo); and Amso-  See Gardeners, page 2A  COURTESY PHOTO  From left, Nancy Beasley, president; Debbie Thomas and Edna Berzett, co-chairs, hold some of the plants available for sale during the Athens Garden Cliib Plant & Bake Sale. The event will be 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April.18, in the rear parking lot of Bank Independent in downtown Athens.  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics .......................3B  Ledger .......................4A  Obituaries ....................2A  Herman J. Bailey Jackie Lucille Bates Steven Louis Goode Thomas Gautney Hughes  Sports ........................IB  Weather.................  .2A  Lhm Spedai - ‘Aiesday  $2.99  Sc, Qtiaeii Day - Wednesday  25%Ofif  AtìmmiMmUkmOÈiijf IMscmikI    iHMdlr  DEAL OF THE DAY  SEE OUR AD ON RA^I 8   

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