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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 13, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 0$44»de of Homes guide from Ï lomebuilders Assoc. Coming Sunday  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cent  Saturday, June 13, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  NASCAR feeling the pinch  General Motors has told NASCAR race teams it is cutting back on its support in all of the sanctioning body's professional series.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  States face high price to land GM factory  All three states -Tennessee, Wisconsin and Michigan -competing to produce General Motors' new small car have put together deals to lure the automaker, but budget deficits are raising guestions over how much they can sweeten the pot.  PAGE 5A  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index     Classifieds . .    .....4B      Comics.....    .....3B      Ledger .....    .....4A      Lottery.....    .....3A      Obituaries . .    .. .none      Sports......    .....IB      Weather ....    .....2A     Trial delayed in attack on judge  By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier * More than a year after an Eva man was charged with assaulting Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker at a Hartselle soccer game, his case almost came to trial.  Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Morgan County Courthouse, the case has been  postponed.  A Morgan County court official said Friday the case has been continued but he did not yet know the reason for the delay or the new trial date.  William “Cliff’ Sanders of Eva was charged in April 2008 with third-degree assault, reckless en-dangerment and disorderly con-  duct, all misdemeanor offenses.  He is accused of assaulting Baker on March 27, 2008, while Baker was watching his daughter play in a soccer match between Athens and Brewer at the Brewer High stadium.  The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse.  Baker said he and other parents were sitting in the bleachers watching the game when a man began yelling. Baker said a mother of an Athens player said aloud, “Stop whining.”  After the man allegedly made vale and obscene comments to the  See Trial, page 3A  She’s a grand of flag  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Members of the Sons of the American Revolution Cullman chapter post the flag during the Flag Day ceremony Friday at Athens State University. From left, John Humphries, Hoyt Smith, Ken Brown and Dan Henry salute.  Flag honored Friday at patriotic event at Athens State University  By Kelly Kazek kdfy^atliensnews-courier.com Col. Ken Brown of Cullman, dressed in the Revolutionaiy War-era garb of his ancestors, reminded an audience Friday at Athens State University why 13 is a lucky number The 13 stripes and 13 stars that made up the official flag adopted by the Continental Congress.  At a Flag Day ceremony at noon in the Ballroom of ASU, Brown — part of a regiment of Sons of the American Revolution and also a Vietnam War veteran — gave a history of flags since the colonies began their fight for independence to the flag with its 50 stars today.  The red-white-and-blue flag we know today was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14,1777, with this resolution:  “Be it resolved that the Flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red  See Flag, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Hoyt Smith, of the Sons of the American Revolution Cullman chapter, waits for the Flag Day ceremony to begin Friday at Athens State University.  7    69847    00001    6  House burns in Ardmore  Volunteer fire departments from Ardmore, Oak Grove and Elkmont battled what is being called a suspicious fire around 3 p.m. Friday at 29825 Ardmore Ave., in Ardmore.  “The home will probably end up being a total loss but we were able to contain the fire in about 15 minutes to about 30 percent of the structure,” said Tim Toone, fire chief for the Ardmore  See Fire, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYDNERS  Firefighters survey the damage after bringing a fire under control at a home on Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore. A fire official said the fire appears to be suspicious in origin and will be investigated.  Wendell Sanders  Police: Elderly woman has purse snatched  An Athens man accused of stealing a purse left in a shopping cart by a 70-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree theft, an official said.  Two Athens detectives arrested Wendell Craig Sanders, 49, of 14290 Mooresville Road, Lot 3, at his home Thursday after he admitted the crime, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  The victim left her purse, which contained $200 cash and $1,200 in jewelry, in her Walmart shopping cart Wednesday while putting her purchases in her car, Bruce said.  Surveillance video showed Sanders get the purse out of the shopping cart and leave Walmart, he said.  Police tracked him down using his vehicle registration number.  Detective Johnny Campbell and Detective Sgt. Dustin Lansford went to Sanders house to investigate. Sanders admitted taking the purse and returned the jewelry, Bruce said.  He was released from the Limestone County Jail after posting a $2,500 bond, records show.  — Jean Cole  Yard sale to raise funds for food bank  By Jennifer R. Hill  jennifenFathensnews-courier.mm The Athens Limestone Food Bank is expected to double the amount of people they serve this year. The food bank, which offers not just food but other services such as rent and utility assistance, has already served 1,119 families, a total of 2,571 people, interim director Laura Aldridge said.  Last year’s total for the entire year was 2,374 families, she said.  To maintain the rent and utilities fund the food bank is holding a vand sale from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20. The food bank is accepting donations and spaces are available for $5 each if the public wants to sell their own items.  “It will help our funding as well as help the community,” Aldridge said.  The yard sale will coincide with the bank getting assistance from the United States Depart-  See Sale, page 3A  s   

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