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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Make congealed salad from Dr Pepper PAGE IB  The News Courier  Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, July 22, 2009  50 cents  VisH us online   www.Miewscourierxom   Inside Today  How do you sneeze in a spacesuit?  When ¡t comes to sneezing in a spacesuit while in the void of space, it is best to aim well. That's the advice offered by lead spacewalker David Wolf Tuesday in answer to a question posted on YouTube for the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour.  PAGE 7A  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coil'ee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720  7    698470€001  Rigitives face new chaises  North Dakota files attempted murder counts against escapees  From stuff, wire reports More charges have been filed against two Alabama fugitives accused of shooting at officers in southwestern North Dakota’s Stark County, robbing a Dickinson movie store and being in  volved in a chase and standoff with law enforcement near Gladstone.  The pair were with two others, including a man who was serving a  See Fugitives, page 7A  m  Ashton K.C. Mink  Jacquelin Mink  Joshua Southwick  Angela Mink  Biker seriously hurt in wreck  South Bibb takes home trophy  South Bibb defeats Municipal American 9-5 for the state championship in the 7-and-8-year-old Dixie Youth AA State Tournament at the Athens Sportsplex.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  T,  _.    ^    COURTESY    PHOTO  The motorcycle driven by Cleon Wright of Decatur lays next to the cab of the tractor-trailer driven by Chester L. King of El Dorado Ark. after the two vehicles collided this morning on U.S. 31.  Motorcycle, 18-wheeler collide in early morning accident on U.S. 31  Athens Police said a Decatur man was injured at 6:29 a.m. Tuesday when his motorcycle struck the back of an 18-wheeler.  According to Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce, Chester L. King, 45, El Dorado, Ark., was driving a tractor-trailer north on U.S. 31 when he attempted to turn into the median at Ingram Road to go sduth to Decatur.  As King was turning into the median a motorcycle driven by Cleon Wright,  35, of Decatur struck the left rear wheel of the tractor-trailer, Bruce said.  Wright was transported to Huntsville Hospital by medical helicopter. A hospital spokeswoman said that Wright was admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit in serious condition.  King was not injured in the accident.  Traffic was disrupted for approximately 45 minutes on U.S. 31.  ‘    —    Karen    Middleton  Rec Center plans family Funfest  By Jean Cole jean<i^athensnews-coiirier.com Watch a movie in the outfield, enter the seed-spitting contest, try your hand at the skiUet throw or the three-legged race or hit the game booths during the upcoming Athens Recreation Department’s Funfest.  The first-of-its-kind event begins at noon Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Athens Sportsplex.  “We plan on having more than 30 game booths for children to play, such as knocking milk bottles down with waffle balls.  bowhng, Plinko, radar baseball and more,” said Recreation Supervisor Chad Vining. “We are very excited to start the Athens Funfest. It will be a day for all of Athens    to    enjoy.”  Throughout the afternoon, there will be various contests, including:  • Disc throw fi*om 1-1:45 p.m.  • Forty-yard dash from  2-2:45 p.m.  • Women’s skillet throw fix)m  3-3:45 p.m.  • Men’s wrench throw from  4-4:45 p.m.  • Chipping contest from  5-5:45 p.m.  • Diz2y bat from 6-6:45 p.m.  • Three-legged race from 7-7:45 p.m.  “We will have a tent set up with bingo from 1 to 4 p.m., a cake walk from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a hot dog-eating contest from 6 to 7 p.m. And we have some really good prizes for our competitions    and    bingo.”  In addition to the game booths  See Funfest, page 3A  Commission OKs service station plan  By Karen Minni.EiON kareii/i atlit‘osnews-e(niher.eom  The Athens Planning Commission had plenty of questions about a request by Days Inn owner Prakash Darji to build a gas station in a congested area, but in the end they voted 4-to-2 to approve a conceptual layout for the business.  The proposed 1,100-square-foot convenience store and three-pump station would be situated between Bojangle’s Restaurant and the Days Inn.  “It just seems like something like that doesn’t fit there,” said Commission member Greg Johnson.  Member Jerold Blaxton also had reservations.  “I’m concerned about all the big trucks going in there,” said Blaxton.  Member Venard Hendrix agreed with Blaxton, but in the end, Blaxton voted to approve the conceptual plan.  Hendrix and Johnson voted against it.  Daiji said 18-wheelers regularly go in and out of the Days Inn parking lot because drivers frequently spend the night there. Engineer Barry Dunivant, whose company drew the plan, said both east- and west-bound turning lanes can accommodate the traffic flow in and out of the station.  Gina Garth motioned to approve the plan and Mayor Dan Williams seconded, but because of concerns  See Planning, page 3A  Panel to discuss options to save tuition program  A group of Limestone County residents wjll meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss ways to save Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program.  Members of the Limestone County Chapter of Save Alabama PACT will meet at the Rodgers Center at First Presbyterian Church, said Jerry Witt of Elk-mont, who will conduct the meeting.  Pattie Lambert and Rebecca Thrasher of Decatur, who are officers in the new state chapter of Save Alabama PACT, will speak. The PACT program was created to help individuals pay the cost of attending college in Alabama.  See PACT, page 7A  Index  Classified.....................4B  Ledger ......................lOA  Lifestyles .....................1C  Obituaries ....................2A  James    Hannah Jr.  Rebecca Hartman Uyles Jeffreys Teresa Wallace Scott Williams Sports ........................IB   

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