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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 2, 2009, Athens, Alabama Work on new East Limestone g;> ni stalls PAGE IB The News Courier Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Thursday, July 2, 2009 Visit us orpine www.enewscourierxofn Inside Today Shuttle set for launch next week To NASA's relief, a fueling test on Space Shuttle Endeavour uncovered no hydrogen leaks Wednesday and pave the way for another launch attempt late next week for the delayed mission. PAGE 2A V    - Economic news offers more hope Brighter news on the manufacturing front is offering more hope that the longest recession since World War II is near an end. BUSINESS, PAGE 5A Index Business ........5A Classifieds 4B Comics  .....3B Ledger..........6A Lottery..........3A Obituaries.......2A PearlieJ. Smith Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weather.........2A 7    69847    00001    6 Man’s shooting a mysteiy Victim struck as he played basketball remains in hospital while deputies probe incident By Jean Q)1j<: AND Jennifer FL Hiii. jeaiKitiithcnsnews-i-ouhcr.txmi It was a cool summer night and* Kelvin Davis was shooting hoops with his wife, his two sons and the neighbor’s child when he went up for a basket and came down with a bullet through his side. In the space of a few seconds, a stray bullet ripped through his side and plunged his femily into one of the worst nights of their lives. The 41-year-old McCul- ley Mill Road man remained in serious condition in the surgical intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman said. “It appears that it was an accidental shooting through somebody’s stupidity,’’ IJmestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said. The femily heard a loud bang as they were playing, Blakely said. Because it was so close to July Fourth, they assumed it was the sound of See Shooting, page ЗА NEW COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The home and the basketball court where an East Limestone County man was shot and seriously injured Tuesday night while shooting hoops with his family is cordoned off by crime-scene tape Wednesday. Kelvin Davis of McCulley Mill Road was struck by a stray bullet. Outages slow traffic Wednesday Cash, drugs confiscated during bust NEWS COURlER/KIM RYNDERS Motorists at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Jefferson Street get some badly needed assistance from Athens Police Officer Brett Constable during a Wednesday morning power outage that affected traffic lights at numerous intersections. Short circuit leaves downtown homes, businesses unplugged By Karen Middijf:ix)n kiuvin^atheiisriews-cx)uriLr.com More than 250 residences and businesses found themselves without power at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a sanitation truck backed into a gity wire. Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins said the ^rbage truck backed into the guy wire at an auto parts store off South Jefferson Street, north of Sanderfer Road. “Hie pole moved, causing the wire to sag,” said Scroggins. He said the sagging wire connected with another wire behind Kentucky Fried Chicken at U.S. 72 and Jefferson Street. “The lines burned, shorting out the line which tripped the substation,” said Scroggins. See Outage, page ЗА NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS An unidentified Athens Utilities lineman works to restore power at a problem area off South Jefferson behind Kentucky Fried Chicken. By Jean Coee /<    allu ‘iisiu-ws-i v niru r.com Two Limestone County drug agents along with the Madison County I)mg Task Force arrested im Athens native on drug-trafticking charges, seized marijuana and ct>-caine worth at least $250,(KX) and confiscated more than $fi(),(KK) cash during a bust Tuesday. IJ. Lmcc Royals and Investigator Josh McLaughlin along with ol-ficers from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Madison Police Department arrested Bill (^s-car I>?e, 36, during a Huntsville traffic stop about ntxm near the University Drive apartment com- See Bust, page 2A EMA gets funds to join national response system By K\ken Mii)I)ee:k)N kari‘ii(> at ln4isiir\\s-(( )uri< r. ( oin The Limestone County Emergency Management agency is receiving $5,000 in funding to participate in the Metropolitan Medical Response System. Limestone’s portion is part of a total $39.8 million made available to 124 metropolitan areas through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Program to coordinate the response of emergency management, health, and medical systems in the case of mass casualties. The SNS Program, managed by the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human See EMA, page 2A Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival set for Saturday By Ke:lly Kazejc keI]\iS^atht4)sne\vs-(xmritr.a)ni The annual Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival promises fun for the entire femily, culminating in a display of awe-inspiring fireworks. Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday with activities outside Athens High School stadium, residents can enjoy music, food, inflatables and pony rides. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the concerts. Hie schedule is: • 5:30 p.m.: The Shakes • 6:30 p.m.: Hie Flying Dutchmen • 7:30 p.m.: Hie Dbde Bluegrass Band Just before dusk, crowds will fill the stadium, where the fireworks show is set to begui. “Hie moment the first firecracker goes up a flood of emotion comes over you,” said Brooke Bums, festival coordinator. “You think back to the reason we are able to enjoy this fieedom and it is overwhelming.” Proceeds from the Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival go to area schools and the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. Ihe Reliance Bank Firecracker Festival celebrates fi*eedom and love of country, said Allison See Festival, page ЗА Connect to the Internet from anywhere. FREE Vferizon Wireless UM 175 Modem Athens ■ !?c:* Fidso^ s? iìc'-ач: с в:апга Athens Lirer Special - ‘niesday $2.99 SCi CSttenlkiir-Wednesdsr 25% Off