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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Golden Eagles anxious to begin hoops season PAGE IB  The News Courier  .Liam G. Ma  Attorney At Lc  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Wednesday, November 18, 2009  County Health Department to give H1N1 flu shots Thursday  By Karf.n Middleton  karet j(4 !athemnews-courwr.com  Those residents who didn’t get to the Limestone County Health Department on time last week for an H1N1 — swine flu — shot will have another chance this week.  Melinda Adams of the health department said workers administered 474 inoculations Nov. 12.  The health department had advertised a two-day clinic for Nov. 12-13 on a first-come, first served basis, but ran out of vaccine by the end of the first day, Adams said.  There will be another one-day clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.  “We got some 400 to 500 doses in today,” said Adams Tuesday.  Adams said there would be no restrictions on who can get the vaccine.  “It’s open to everyone,” she said.  There is no cost for the vaccine, but if people have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, they should bring their insurance cards for administration purposes.  Once again, the vaccine will be administered on a first-come, first served basis.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, for the week of Nov. 1-7, flu activity was widespread in 46 states. Nationally, visits to doctors for influenza-like-illness declined slightly from the week before, but were still very high.  Flu-related hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase and are very high nationwide compared to what is expected for this time of year.  Inmate who escaped from Decatur facility captured in Ardmore  Inmate Joshua Hamer,, who had been wanted by the Alabama Department of Corrections after he walked off from the Decatur Community Based Facility, was recaptured Tuesday afternoon in Ardmore, Tenn.  Hamer, who is being held by the Giles County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Department, refuses to sign a waiver to return to Alabama. He is currently in the Giles County Jail.  At approximately 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, a bed count revealed that Hamer was missing from the Decatur facility.  An immediate search of the area was conducted and all local law enforcement authorities were notified and Hamer was placed on escape.  Hamer was serving time for unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle and second-degree theft of property.  — Karen Middleton  Factory  production  declines  A decline in factory production in October signals consumers and businesses remain cautious in their spending, with the economic recovery likely to be sluggish.  PAGE 3A  Ford, VW, Subaru safest  Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen top the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles, according to a closely-watched assessment used by car companies to lure safetyconscious consumers to showrooms.  PAGE 7A  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Health..........8A  Ledger..........7A  Lifestyles........1C  Lottery..........3A  Obituaries.......2A  Larry Davis Jr.  Betty Jones Buford Kelley Katherine Smith  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4 A  Weather.........2A  /    69847    00001  ASU Community Band Christmas concerts Dec. 13-14  The Athens State University Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, is gearing up for their annual Christmas Concert.  Due to the popularity of this event, two concerts are scheduled. There will be a 3 p.m. performance Dec. 13 and an additional 7:30 p.m. performance Dec.14.  The Athens State Alumni Association and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series will co-sponsor the concerts. The Community Chorus will once  again join the band to provide vocals to some of the holiday favorites.  A reception, hosted by the Alumni Association, will be held following the Sunday afternoon performance in the parlor of Founders Hall.  Seating is limited and tickets are required for either performance. The admission price is $5 per person. For tickets, call (256) 216-3319.  Both concerts will be held in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.  Do you know someone who died without a will?  Wills • Living Wills • Power of Attorney • Personal Injury  117 S. Marion St. Athens • 232-2310  "No representation is made that the quality of the lejpl services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers ”  NEWS COURIER FILE PHOTO BY KIM RYNDERS  This photograph shows members of the 203rd Military Police Battalion at a deployment ceremony in June at Athens State University before leaving for training at Fort Hood, Texas. Since September, the 203rd has been in Iraq, where they are training Iraqi police for their eventual takeover.  Saturday stew aids families of local, area soldiers in Iraq  By Karen Middleton and Jean Cole jean((Pathensnews-courier.com Tony Gooch said it is the duty of Americans to help the families of those deployed in service to their nation.  To that end, Gooch is hosting a benefit chicken stew at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Athens to help families of the 203rd Military Police Battalion, which is based in Athens but currently deployed to Iraq.  The stew will be held at Gooch’s business — Precision Defense Systems — at 17198 U.S. 72 West, beside the Water Authority building.  Stew will sell for $5 a quart, and buy  ers should bring their own containers, said Amanda Bailey, chairwoman of the Family Readiness Group, which supports the 203rd.  The event will include $20 helicopter rides and a rock-climbing wall, she said.  Proceeds will supply holiday food and gifts for military families in need of assistance, Bailey said.  Tickets for the stew can be purchased at the event or on the FRG Web site at  http://www.frg203rd.org/ .  Gooch, a Z-TV cameraman, was struck  See Stew, page 3A  JA 'Тотлсп of С Cass  SaCon & S_pa  Visit us online  wfww.enewscourier.com  Inside  Today  *  Bridge repair slows travel  Traffic rerouted on U.S. 31 near Tanner  By Jean Cole jean @a thensneu s-courit r. com Southbound traffic on U.S. 31 south of Tanner has been rerouted to the northbound lane of Swan Creek bridge so the southbound bridge can be repaired.  “Work will continue until Thursday or Fri  day,” said Alabama Department of Transportation Division 1 Engineer Johnny Harris.  The southbound bridge is being repaired because it was damaged during a traffic accident, Harris said.  Motorists are urged to slow down and use caution between Laughmiller Road, which is  just north of Rogers Group quarry, and Peete Road, which is just north of the Pryor home.  Electronic message boards, maintenance vehicles and orange cones alert motorists to the upcoming work, but people driving south should slow considerably, especially at night, because they will be abruptly cornering to enter and exit the northbound bridge at Swan Creek.  A state trooper is also assisting in the area at times.  Helping those who serve  We offer Matrix and Redken Products We are a full service salon  ■: A."\ ■    '    v -    ,    I  Waxing • Lash Extensions • Foiling • Facials Pedicures • Manicures  Come visit our staff • Walk-ins Welcome Call for Fall Specials  Jam. f&ooka CcaofajR Camp JGtfsti McOum. .Annette Stucldomd Gfeisttna Oteufc Ut KjMM - Otmu and Manage»    'Danta    Ktasett - -Assistant   

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