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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama Wheeler Refugíe otTers Fly Fishinj^ 101 PAGE IB The News Com* Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Thursday, June 4, 2009 Visit us online www.Miewscourier.coni Inside Today ASU hosts bridge tourney The annual Athens State University Alumni Bridge Benefit is June 17 at the Sandridge Student Center. Details in a story on VALLEY, PAGE 4A Business Spotlight Belles and Beaus, a children's consignment shop, opened downtown in April. See what it has to offer BUSINESS, PAGE 5A Subscribe (k't the news with your morning eoliet* SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Business ........5A Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........6A Obituaries.......2A None today Sports...........IB ley...........4A 7    69847    00001 Elmont man indicted for sex abuse Abuse of mentally challenged, poni production, child abuse among grand juiy indictments By Jean Cole jcan(0)atlwnsnews-courier.c(>iii An Elkmont man has been formally charged with first-degree sexual abuse involving a 22-year-old woman who is mentally incapacitated. The indictment of Herman Curtis Haygood Jr., 49, of 23554 Fain Road, Lot 5, was among 187 handed down by a Limestone County grand jury this week. After law-enforcement officials informally charge a suspect, a grand jury is asked to determine if there is adequate evidence to try them. If so, they are indicted or formally charged. The names of some of the 187 people indicted were withheld pending arrest. Haygood was arrested after the woman told a family member about the alleged abuse, said Limestone Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt when Haygood was initially charged in January. “The abuse is alleged to have gone on for some time,” McNatt said. “The 22-year-old finally told a family member and the family member called the sheriff’s office.” See Indictments, page 2A Little squirts and water works NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Above, Merriellis Powers, 2, squeals in delight as her mom Meagan splashes her in and out of the water Wednesday at the Athens City Pool. At left, Gianna Jackson, 5, runs through a spout of water. Below, Eric Wallace, 1, plays in the fountain. City pools the place to stay cool The litde squirts of Limestone County are staying cool in the Athens City Pool, which opened this past weekend, operating through the end of August. Hie stifling temperatures in the upper 80s and lowers 90s forecasted throu^iout the rest of the week should make the water especiaUy appiealing. The city pool, located at the SportsPlex on U.S. 31 North, offers a large pool with depths from three to five feet, and a children’s fountain area for splish-splash fim. Hours are from noon until 6 p.m. Mondays, Tliesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and fixim noon until 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is $3 for children 12 years and younger and $4 for adults. Children 2 years old and under are admitted fi^e. Three lifeguards are on duty at all times. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older. No outside food or drinks are permitted, but vending machines are available. The Athens Swim Team, operated through the Recreation Center, also meets regularly at the pool. Age groups for the swim team range fix)m 6 to 18 years old. For information about tiyouts contact Jessica Aaron at (931) 309-7103. - Jennifer R. Hill Thomas Pitman Region s first ‘belly-button’ hysterectomy performed By Jean Coi e ji‘aih^alhcn'^ncw '>-c(nihrrA (nn An Athens surgeon is making hysterectomies less painful and less visible using instruments that allow removal of the uterus through a single opening in the naval. It may sound like a page from science fiction but it isn’t. Dr. Thomas Pitman performed the procedure about three weeks ago at Athens-Limestone Hospital. He is the first surgeon in North Alabama to do so. The procedure has two primary benefits over the traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy — it eliminates a visible scar in the abdominal wail, and it is less invasive, which reduces pain and speeds recovery. Pitman’s patient, Pamela Faulkner, who lives near Ardmore in Ciiles County. lenn., recommends the procedure. “I know people who have had (abdominal) hysterectomies who took two or three months to recover,” Faulkner said. She also knew' women w'ho had opted for the traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy, which requires four small incisions in the abdominal wall. “At first, that is what I thought I would have,” she said. “People told me to give myself two or three weeks to recover.” But the single-incision proce- See Hysterectomy, page 2A ASU to hold annual Flag Day event The Athens State University Flag Day Ceremony is at not>n Friday, June 12 in the Sandridge Student Center ballroom. The ASU Alumni Association sponsors the annual event. This year’s program is by the Cullman chapter of Sons of the American Revolution. Members will w'ear both regimental continental line uniforms and colonial militia hunting frocks with tri-corner hats. They will display and describe eight flags from different periods of American History and talk about their ancestors who fought in the Revolutionär}' War.    ,    * Before and after the presentation, guests may view an assortment of revolutionary period items such as real muskets. See Flag, page 3A