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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, June 24, 2009  SEOODLAN  See Our Ad in Today's Lifestyle Section  Ardmore softball team returns to the f ield PAGE IB  t  e News Courier  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Protesting ‘government control’  Expert: Many times humans harm wildlife more than help  Jennifer Waters with North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators said while local resident Barry Kelley saved a fawn that would have likely been killed, in most cases humans do more harm than good to wild creatures.  “In this case he saved it from being attacked by pit bulls,” Waters said. “Her mama was doing a good job of raising her. If the dogs had been fenced in, this doe would still be with its mama and still be hale and hearty.”  But often, Waters said, people  See Wildlife, page 2A  Man charged with bribery  Man saves fawn from 2 pit bulls  By Jean Cole jean^athensnews-couricr.mm Barry Kelley was driving down Alabama 127 near Morris Road on Friday with his wife and son, when he saw something odd along the roadside.  “Just off the edge of the road, I saw two pit bulls that looked like they were playing,” said Kelley of Prospect. Tenn. “Then I saw they had a little baby fawn. One had it by the neck and one by the back legs.”  Kelley didn’t think twice about what to do.  He stopped his car, got out, walked up to the dogs and started wrestling the fawn away from them.  See Fawn, page 2A  COURTESY PHOTO  Barry Kelley saved this days-old fawn from the ferocious jaws of two pit bulls Friday near Elkmont.  I'll give you $100 to go away’  By Kelly Kazek  keIfy@athensnews-courier.com  A man under arrest for driving under the influence had an additional charge added after he attempted to bribe two Athens police officers to “go away,” according to Capt. Marty Bruce.  Hector Gonzalez Matos, 29, of 420 N. Clinton St., was changed Monday with DUI and bribeiy of a public servant after officers Josh Garlen and Cortny Barksdale responded to a call about a fight at 704 N. Marion Street, Bruce said.  Bribery of a public servant is a class C  you saw  O**  s breaking new:  as Breaking news  at  www.enewscourier.com   felony.  The officers discovered Matos and an-See Bribery, page 3A  Hector Matos  Poll: Pets are family  An Associated Press-Pedside.com poll released Tuesday found half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any other person in the household.  PAGE 5A  Zicam not alone with side effects  The unsettling little secret of Zicam Cold Remedy finally spilled out last week. Though widely sold for years as a drug for colds, It was never tested by federal regulators like other drugs. One word on the label explains this: Homeopathic.  HEALTH, PAGE 8A  Index  Classifieds 4B  Comics    .3B  Health ... 8A  Ledger..........6 A  Lifestyles........1C  Lottery..........3 A  Obituaries 2A  Raymond Bannard Corrine Barnett Rowe Beddingfield  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  Weather.........2 A  7 1  69847 00001 t  In April, Limestone County residents turned out for a Taxpayer Tea Party, above, to protest government bailouts. A second event is planned for.July Fourth to protest what organizers say is the administration's growing control over citizens' rights.  Second Taxpayer Tea Party to be held on Fourth of July  By Kelly Kazek  keUy@athensnews-courier.com  An organizer of “tea parties” in Athens to protest government bailouts and citizens’ “rights being taken away” said an event planned for the Fourth of July will be combined with a Decatur event.  The rally that will include Limestone County residents will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gateway Shopping Center on Sixth Avenue in  Decatur, said Deborah King, who organized a similar event in Athens in April.  She decided to join the Decatur event this time, she said, because of the holiday.  “Our emcee, Will Anderson of WBHP Radio, had a live broadcast already planned and asked to join with him,” she said. “I agreed to join because July 4th is such a busy time and it’s  See Tea Party, page 3A  Spending time helping others  When Derrick Blackwell and his son, Miles, rode past the Habitat for Humanity work site just to see what was going on, Miles had a vision of how he could spend his summer.  “My dad gave Mr. Garth (HFH’s executive director, Garth Lowom) a call to see if there was any work for me,” says Miles. “I’ve been here every day since last Tuesday.”  Miles’s dad delivers him to the work site every morning. He remains there until 2:30 p.m., when the entire HFH crew leaves. “I come every day unless Mr. Garth says he doesn’t need me,” says Miles. “I hope more people will want to come out and help. I’ve gained some construction skills: it helps me stay out of trouble during the summer; and I’ve met some really interesting people - like Mr. Garth.”  PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLOTTE FULTON   

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