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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama Elkrnont picks up regional volleyball win PAGE IB The News Courfer Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Timlition and Future Thursday, September 24, 2009 \ % f- Visit us online www.enewscourierxom Inside Today Crimson Tide prepares for Razorbacks Alabama faces first SEC matchup at 6 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa SPORTS, PAGE IB Literary Taste Fundraiser held at Madelyn's jn the Grove VALLEY, PAGE 4A Subscribe iet the news with your inornini^ соП'ее SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847'OOODI Mom gets $750K in inmate death January settlement, payment by DOC not made public until Wednesday By KUly Киуск krlly(Sntlu‘i}snv\vs-anirivr.a)iu A story on The Associated Press wire service reported Wednesday that an Athens resident received $750,000 in a settlement from the state in connection with the death of her son, but The New^s Courier since learned the settlement was agreed to and paid in January. Mary Barksdale received the money as settlement in a wrongful death suit she filed against Alabama Department of Corrections Com missioner Ilichard Allen and tw'o DOC doctors following the death of her son. Farron, in 2007 w^hile he w'as incarcerated at Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery. He was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to killing Athens po- you saw itfot ^ w ^ breakup news at w'ww.enewscourior.com lice officers Sgt. I^arry Russell and Tony Mims in 2004. See Death, page 3A Family entertainment COURTESY PHOTO Born-again Christian Gavin MacLeod of "The Love Boat" fame says playing the role of Jonathan Sperry is the "most meaningful project I have ever done." Christian-themed mo\de brought to local theater by two churches By Jka.n Coi.k jciin a iithcnsncw s-couriir.coni Two area churches have united to bring a movie with Hollywood actors and a Christian message to an Athens theater beginning Friday. The movie, “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” features born-again Christian Gavin MacLeod of “The Love Boat” fame as well as “Soap” butler Robert Guillaume and Jansen Panettiere, younger brother of Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes.” The film, produced by Five & Two Pictures, opens at Cinemagic Theatre at 1702 S. Jefferson St. Times had not yet been See Film, page 3A How to go Event: Christian family movie "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" When: Friday, Sept. 25; call (256) 233-0402 for times Where: Cinemagic Theater at 1702 S. Jefferson St. in Athens ‘«uaii'amuf f^ATHAN tHM.. ------- COURTESY IMAGE A poster for the film Wildlife refuge asks for help from community in Saturday cleanup If' you have ever tossed so much as a gum wrapper from your car window, here is your chance to atone -without having to dress up and show how you truly feel about public lands and wildlife. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Wheeler National W^dlife Refuge officials will hold a refuge-wide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. They need Girl Scouts, grandpas, Facebook friends, football buddies - even Tennessee f^s. Groups and individuals are encouraged to adopt an area of the refuge for clean up. “We have a list of areas to choose fiiom on the refuge or you may have a fevoiite area you or your group would See Wildlife, page 3A COURTESY PHOTO The garbage-strewn vista in the Dancy Bottoms area of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge illustrates why volunteers are needed for a few hours Saturday morning for a refuge-wide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Flu shots offered in drive through The Limestone County Department of Health is once more offering a drive-thru clinic for regular flu shots, according to Nursing Supervisor Donna Shelton. The clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Sportsplex off U.S. 31 North. The cost is $2 per vaccination. “Medicare and private paying individuals may be seen on this day,” said Shelton. “Individuals with Medicaid will not be able to be seen on Monday. On Tuesday, and continuing daily at the health department office, all individuals including those with Medicaid, may receive regular flu vaccinations from 8-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m.” Shelton said HlNl —“swine flu”— information would be released at a later date. For more information, call Selina Hunt or Melinda Adams at (256) 232-3200. - Karen Middleton Fire marshal probes blaze in Piney Chapel By Kf.i I y K.\zfk kclly cillit'ii'^iu'w ^-coiiricr.coin The Deputy State Fire Marshal was in town Wednesday investigating a fire that destroyed a home in the Piney Chapel community late Thursday night. Limerstone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the deputy marshal took samples to send to a state lab and photographed the scene at 21964 Hays Mill Road. “It will be several days before we hear anything,” McNatt said. Piney Chapel and Elkrnont volunteer firefighters were called to the home at 11:30 p.m. and fought the blaze until 4 a.m., said Piney Chapel Chief Lance Pitts. McNatt said the fire was deemed suspicious because the home had recently been vacated and utilities were off. The home allegedly was in foreclosure, he said. Robbie Newport, who lives across from the home, saw the fire as he was preparing for bed and called authorities. He said the home’s occupants moved out Wednesday and power was cut Thursday morning. The house may have been nearly 100 years old, Newport said. Index Valley.........  4A Ledger ......... 4A Business......................5A Obituaries ...... 2A Horace W. 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