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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 High school football games moved to tonight PAGE IB  e News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Coininiinity of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Thursday, October 8, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourierxom   Inside  Today  i. '• H ^ : ^    ||l    I  \ ■'f  "t 11  Helen Keller statue erected  A statue representing Alabama in the U.S. Capitol shows Helen Keller as a child when she learned the word "water"  PAGE 2A  Late model named in FBI probe  Documents show the FBI investigated whether Anna Nicole Smith was involved in a plot to kill her tycoon husband's son as they fought over his fortune  PAGE A7  Subscribe  (ict the hews with your niorning cofiee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720  Index  Business ........5A  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........8A  Obituaries 2A  Reginald Williams  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4 A  7    69847    00001  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  The local United Daughters of the Confederacy will re-dedicate the grave marker of Liberty Independence Nixon Saturday in Poplar Creek Cemetery. In the background at the foot of the grave is an iron cross, placed there by the UDC nearly 100 years ago.  Confederate soldier, first elected superintendent honored Saturday  By Karen Middleton  kurcni^^cttfwnsncws-couhcr.coin “Before the engagement commenced I tried to examine myself to see whether I was really in the faith or not. I was so absorbed on the subject of my future existence that I could scarcely obey my officers.  “Well, I thought to myself here I am, ready to take the life of my fellow man when the scriptures  See Superintendent, page 3A  How to go  The local United Daughters of the Confederacy will re-dedicate the grave marker of Liberty Independence №xon Saturday in Poplar Creek Cemetery. In 1893, Libefty Independence Nixon became Limestone County's first elected superintendent of schools. His portrait hangs in the County Board of Education office.  NAACP to host civil rights pioneer  98-year-old Amelia B()>mton to speak at state conference  The Limestone County NAACP Branch will host the Alabama NAACP State Conference 57th Annual State Convention at the Decatur Holiday Inn Oct. 22-25 with a special guest appearance by a woman who was beaten and left for dead at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7,1965.  Guests include Amelia Platts Boynton, 98, a member of the group that formulated strategies for nonviolent social resistance in Alabama and most widely known as a civil rights activist and organizer for the march over the Edmond Pettus Bridge.  Renowned African American artist Gilbert Young, who painted “He Ain’t Heavy,” one of the most widely recognized works of art in contemporary black art history, will appear courtesy of the Alabama State NAACP and Gateway Educatipnal Foundation Inc., founded by James and Genise Brown.  The photo of Boynton lying on the bridge after being brutalized and gassed by policemen and left for dead was broadcast around the world. Guests are invited to meet Boynton during the Mass Meeting and Delegate Reception Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. and 9:30  See NAACP, page 2A  CUORTESY OF AMELIA BOYNTON  Amelia Platts Boynton is shown here in an archival photo after she was beaten March 7,1965, on Edmund Pettus Bridge and left for dead. She will be a special guest of the 57th Annual Alabama NAACP State Conference Convention Oct. 22-25 in Decatur.  Tammy Renee Silas  Ardmore woman accused of snatching baby has court date  Federal judge orders Silas to remain in jaü  I'roiii stiifi, \\ ire report  An Ardmore woman charged with kidnapping a newborn was ordered to remain in federal custody after a court appearance in Tennessee.  Tammy Renee Silas, of 29920 State Line Road,  Ardmore,    is  charged in the Sept. 29 abduction of 4-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo-  Gurrolla, taken after his mother was stabbed at their Nashville home. The baby was found unharmed with Silas in Ardmore by FBI agents at 9:40 p.m. Friday.  Investigators were led to Silas after reviewing Walmart parking lot surveillance tapes, which captured  See Baby, page 3A  New area code won't add costs, complicate 911  I'roin stairund \eire re[M>iis  Does talk about a new area code and dialing 10 numbers to place a local call have you confused?  Don’t be baffled.  Beginning June 5, 2010, telephone dialers in north and east Alabama wiU have to stop dialing just seven numbers to place a local call and start adding an area code — either 256 or 938.  Beginning July 10, 2010, new telephone customers will be getting a new area code — 938. If you alrea(fy have a 256 area code, you probably won’t have to change it or your business cards.  Plus, these changes will not make local calling more expensive. Calls that were local before the change will remain local calls, according to the Alabama Public Service Commission. What was long-distance before the change will remain longdistance.  Growth prompted the PSC to require 10-digit dialing of local numbers for those in the 256 area axle and to begin assigning the 938 area code, called an overlay, mainly to new customers.  In short, our region was using up all the available telephone numbers so rapid- ' ly the PSC had to make a choice. The commission considered two options:  • Making callers dial the three-digit area code along with the seven-digit local numbers they call and also cTeating an additional area code — mainly for new customers — while leaving the 256 area code  See Area Code, page 2A  Tip to county authorities foils attempt to sell stolen jukebox  By Jean Cole  jeama^athensnews-courier. com A Limestone County investigator thwarted an attempt to fence a stolen jukebox and forced two suspected burglars to face the music.  Following a burglary last week at a home off Lentzville Road in western Limestone County, Investigator Randy Burroughs learned that two men  were trying to sell a jukebox in Lauderdale County that was reported stolen from the residence. Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt said Wednesday.  “The homeowners were out of state and learned that some property had been stolen from their house and shed,” McNatt said.  Among the missing items were a jukebox, glassware, wash  er and dryer, other household items and a utility trailer.  The jukebox led Burroughs to other items stolen from the home and to the arrest of Darrin Neil Floyd, 33, of 225 Oak St., Savannah, Tenn., and Scott Allen Lane, 26, of 20664 Townsend Ford Road of Athens, each on one count of third-degree burglary.  The two men had taken the  household items to the auction house and the utility trailer to a salvage yard, where it was recovered Wednesday, McNatt said.  Floyd remained in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday because he has an outstanding fugitive warrant from Hardin County, Tenn.  Lane was released after posting a $3,500 bail bond, records show.   

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