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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 29, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Local high school Ibotball action PAGE IB  The News Cour  Serving Athens ¿uid lAmestone County: A Community ofTnidition ¿ind I  Saturday, August 29, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.cofD   Inside  Ibday  Honoring  Kennedy  Sen. Ted Kennedy's viewing continued into Friday as 25,000 people paid their respects  PAGE 4A  Coming  Sunday  ASU readies for Fiddlers Convention  Fall is approaching and fall means fiddling at Athens State University  COMING SUNDAY  Index  Classifieds 4B  Church Bulletin. . . 7A  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries 2A  Rebecca Cobb Elbert Hopkins Jr. Sports...........IB  69847 00001  Dining cops catch drug dealers  Ardmore officers leave mid-meal to chase couple accused of’selling drugs near sclux)!  By JкA^ CoLK Jtuinf&uthensncws-coiiricr.voni ARDMORE - Ardmore Police Sgt. Tracy Luna and Officer Mike Cook had just cut into two still-sizzling steaks at a local restaurant about 6 p.m. Thursday when they looked out the window and saw something they couldn’t ignore.  Two people in the parking lot making what looked like a drug deal.  “We cut one bite of food,” Luna said.  Out the door of the restaurant the two hungry officers went — Cook went to the man in the parking lot who appeared to have sold the drugs  and Luna went to his patrol car to follow a woman motorist who appeared to have purchased the drugs. Luna stopped her down the road and confiscated about 95 diet pills of two different varieties, which are sometimes used as  See Dealers, page 2A  DeGrouchy  Jamie Whitt  Legislator hosts town hall event  NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON  Congressman Parker Griffith addresses the audience in attendance at Athens State University Friday for a town hall meeting on health care reform.  Griffith: ‘Obama has no plan’ for U.S. health care  By Karen Middi.eton knrcn^ cithvnsiww s-councr.coiii Congressman Parker Griffith told an audience of about 400 people at a town hall meeting Friday at Athens State University that President Barack Obama “has no [health care] plan.”  Griffith, one of the conservative Blue  Dog Democrats, departs from most of the major points of the administration’s health care plan as outlined in HB 3200 written by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California. Namely, Griffith is against a public option plan, which he says will  See Griffith, page3A  NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON  Several supporters of President Barack Obama's health care reform plan hold signs of support outside the building where about 400 people gathered to make their feelings known on the plan in a town hall meeting.  Man charged with towing, selling vehicles  By Jean Cole JeaiK^'iithcnsiicws-couricr.coni An Elkmont man is facing one count of theft and four counts of receiving stolen property for using his wrecker to tow broken-down vehicles from the roadside and selling them at salvage yards.  Another Elkmont man is facing one count of receiving stolen property in connection with the thefts.  Michael Thomas Michael T. Haney  Haney, 21, of 24055 Bethel Road was charged with theft and four counts of receiving stolen property, while Phillip John DeGfouchy III, 50, of 26242 Clem Road was charged with one count of receiving stolen property, records show.  Limestone County Sheriff s officials received a call from Huntsville Police Department on Tuesday about a stolen vehicle allegedly sold by Haney at a salvage yard in Limestone County, said Limestone Chief Investigator Capt. Stanley McNatt.  See Towing, page 2A  The features you love.  The brand you trust.  Have it all with the Binckherry Toiir"  •3 ? Megapixel CaieerP . Visual Voice Mai •3G'leftiDoiogy . • V/Navigaior '  Athens  1207 l idson Si Behind Ciiiii  Athens  229 t-terich \ arms Ri-d horn  City carves up general fund budget  By Karen Middlfixin  hm'iid ¿ith('iisii('\\\-nnih(rAi>iii  rhe Athens City Council began this week, carving up a $21.7 million 2010 General Fund budget that city Unance Director Evim Thornton characterized as “no bells and whistles, just what we need to operate.”  Revenues are down by some $5(X),(KX) and so the first thing I’homton did to balance the department budgets was to cut out capital expenditures.  However, savings in fuel costs might provide the cushion the city needs to allocate for needs throughout the year, TTiomton said.  “Fuel "savings have offset the increase in salaries and benefits this year,” said Thornton.  IVeliminary figures show the General Fund coming out $2,992 in the black for the year.  Council, IVesident Ronnie Marks said he hoped the Council could set aside some $80,(XX) for the purchase of a vacuum street cleaning device. Councilwoman Mignon Bowers said because the device would be shared between departments it would not require hiring someone new to operate it.  See Budget, page 2A  Man accused of beating another with baseball bat  An Athens man has been charged with second-degree assault for allegedly beating a man with a baseball bat, an official said.  Athens Police arrested Jason Earl Appleton, 32, of 1514 Brownsferry St. Thursday night in connection with the assault, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  “The 35-year-old victim was invited to 716 Swan Drive to see his ex-girlfriend,” Bruce said.  “When he entered the apartment, his ex-girlfriend locked the door.  Appleton came out of a closet with a baseball bat and struck the victim 21 times . before the victim could get the door unlocked and get back to his vehicle.  Appleton struck the victim several more times as the victim was getting into his vehicle.”  Appleton was transferred to the Limestone County Jail.  No bond has been set.  — Jean Cole  Blackberry Tour  $199.99  Jason Earl Appleton  Call us today!  1-800-NBW-LINE  Í^•^ $70 ттШпЫШ(кЬйш<1 52вв M MÉi*.t70 ^ i*Dm (MM canMiM.9» VIM« iM* 3yr ackvMen  ;   

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