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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama New opinion page features online posts from readers PAGE 5A The News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County:'A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Visit tK onlme www.enewscourierxofn Inside Today Limestone leaders Senior tight end Grant Talbert is expected to provide a steadying influence for Coach Jeff Pugh's East Limestone Indians football team this season. SPORTS, PAGE IB Aspirin vs. cancer Score another win for the humble aspirin. A study suggests colon cancer patients who took the dirt-cheap wonder drug reduced their.risk of death from the disease by 30 percent. HEALTH, PAGE 8A Index Classifieds .......4B Comics ... .......3B Health ... .......8A Ledger . .. .......7A Lifestyles . .......1C Lottery . . . .......3A Obituaries .......2A Ricky Kyle Louise Starkey Opinion . . .......5A Sports .... .......IB Valley .... Weather .. .......4A .......2A ?    69847    00001 ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men." - COL 3:23, THE VERSE INSCRIBED ON THE HEADSTONE OF BILLY LOVELL NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNOERS This unusual brick headstone was erected Monday in Roselawn Cemetery off U.S. 31 in memory of William Wilkerson "Billy" Lovell, a brick mason. The stone was created by Lovell's grandsons. Unique brick headstone erected to honor memoiy of local mason By Kfi i.y Kazfk kcllyl^ nllu'itsncws-couricr.coni Except for the fact that the location was a cemetery, the site of Bert Wilson, Stuart Wilson and Jordan Lovell laying bricks on Monday would have been a familiar one to their grandfather, Billy Lovell. William Wilkerson Lovell, the owner of Lovell Construction who spent his entire working life as a brick mason, taught the three men — and all of his grandsons — to lay bricks and the value of hard work. But on Monday, the Wilsons and Jordan Lovell were laboring in the heat to build something to honor their grandfather — they were creating a brick headstone for his grave. “We felt like it would mean more to him than a piece of granite,” Bert Wilson said. See Headstone, page 6A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The grandsons of William Wilkerson Lovell, from left, Jordan Lovell, Bert Wilson and Stuart Wilson, work Monday to erect a brick headstone to honor their grandfather, who taught them the craft of brick masonry. Signs direct bikers on 2-wheel trail By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-couner.com If you want to see roads lined with flowering dogwoods in the spring and colored leaves in the fall, take a ride on the Limestone County Two-Wheel Trail. Despite its name, the trail is good for both two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles. The 80-mile trail — which will be expanded in coming years — uses existing county roads and a series of green road signs to take bicyclists, motorcyclists and vintage-car drivers and riders through the communities of Mooresville, Ardmore, Salem, Elkmont, Athens and Coxey, which is the Clements High School area. “The trail connects historical sites, old cemeteries and places to picnic and rest,” said Richard Martin, who helped plan the trail along with the Huntsville Spring City Bike Club. “In the springtime, you can see the beautiful wild dogwoods, redbuds and maples,” Martin said. “In the fall, the weather is cool and the colored foliage makes the trail the perfect place to take a leisurely ride and enjoy the beauty of nature.” But, the main point of the trail is tourism. “We’re trying to get people to come to Limestone County and spend money,” Mar- See Trail, page 6A ^2 s brea« Toddler had meth in system Man arrested for endangeiing child By Jf.\n Coff Jean@athensnews-courier.com An Elkmont man accused of exposing his 2-year-old daughter to metham-phetamine has been charged with chemical endangerment of a child, an official said Tuesday. you saw Breaking news at www.enewscourier.comf' Richard Martin Strong, 27, of 21559 New Garden Road was jailed Monday on the charge after being arrested by Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, records show. Strong was charged after Investigator Leslie Ramsey learned the girl tested positive for methamphetamine after visiting her father’s home and after the father also tested positive for the drug, said Chief «ichartt Stron, Investigator Stanley McNatt. “The daughter was visiting her father during the week,” Ramsey said. “When the father returned the child to the mother, the child was not acting right. The child did not sleep at all during the night. She was also reportedly shedding clothes, jittery and could not sit still. After the child did not sleep through the night, her mother took her to the emergency room. The child tested positive for meth. The father also tested positive for meth and was arrested.” Both Strong and the mother, who are divorced and living separately, were tested for drugs. The mother tested negative, so Ramsey sought the warrant. Strong was released Monday from the Limestone County Jail after posting a $50,000 bail bond, jail records show. NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNOERS This sign on Washington Street directs cyclists to the Limestone County Two-Wheel Trail, which winds 80 miles through the local countryside. Municipal election heats up on Tennessee side of Ardmore By Karen Middleton karen@athensnews-courier.com With the mayor and three alderman seats up for election in November in Ardmore, Tenn., the races are beginning to get interesting. Candidates have until Aug. 20 to file qualifying papers. Repeated calls to Mayor Bob L. Hastings went unanswered. Aldermen Raymond Crabtree and Shane Emerson are not up for re-election. Neither is Garon Hargrove, but a source said he is leaving his alderman seat to run for mayor if Hastings does not seek reelection. Alderman Tim McConnell has already filed qualifying papers to run for mayor even if Hastings runs. Alderwoman Janice Reece has also filed for re-election to her seat, but while Alderwoman Laurene Schrimsher has not filed qualifying papers yet, she confirmed Tues- See Election, page 6A /