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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 9, 2009, Athens, Alabama Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futui e 50 rents Thursday, Aprii 9, 2009 Philip Rivers' brother Stephen transfers to Athens PAGE IBThe News Courier Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 69847 00001 2 suspects arrested in theft of cigarettes Bv Jean Cole jean ° a t hens tie us -courier, com Two suspects have been arrested and charged with third-degree burglary following a cigarette heist Wednesday at K&*S Grocery, an Athens Police Department official said. Surveillance video from the 1:45 a.m. burglary revealed two people had stolen six cartons of cigarettes and one box of cigars, said Capt. Martv Bruce. Lt. Floyd Johnson and detectives Johnny Campbell and Katrina Flanagan were riding by a home at 712 Hardy St. — where one of the suspects resided — when they sawT another suspect — Gary Lavon Davis, 45, of 4418 Bonnell Drive, Apt. B, in Huntsville — standing outside the home. Bruce said. “They felt Davis looked like the burglar seen on surveillance video,” he said. Upon seeing the officers, Davis ran into the house and the officers followed, Bruce said. Inside, they also found Darlene Muchmore, 51, of 712 Hardy St., he said. Davis and Muchmore confessed to the burglary and officers also found several packs of cigarettes inside a vehicle parked along Hardy Street, Bruce said. The two suspects were transferred to the Limestone County Jail. Bond w^as set at 82,500 for each. Gary Davis Darlene Muchmore leadline extended for food bank to relocate office BRAC move largest ever By Karen Middleton karenPalliensnews-courier.eoin A consultant working with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that BRAC is the largest military and civilian relocation in the history of the U.S. “There has never been anything this complex or large — this is the big time,” said Ed Bee of Taimerica Management Company, a chamber subcontractor in compiling the Tennessee Valley Regional Growth Coordination Plan. But how does the regioivpay for the associated expenses of a projected 70,000 population increase in 13 surrounding counties by the end of 2011? The counties in the primary study area (PSA) are Limestone, Madison and Morgan. Other counties — designated as the Broad er Impact Region are Colbert. Cullman, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Marshall in Alabama, and Franklin, Giles, Lawrence and Lincoln in Tennessee. Chamber officials and consultants delivered their findings in a Plan Summit at Calhoun Community College. While numerous figures on the number See BRAC, page 3A Novelist Nanci Kincaid visits ASU Athens State alum and novelist Kincaid to speak April 21. VALLEY, PAGE 4A NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK Members of Rogers High School's softball team - from left, Katie Kirk, Kayla Benefield and Brooke Dickey - met on the field to remember their teammate Chelsie Garner, 16, who was shot to death early Tuesday morning by her father, Kevin Garner, in a mass killing in Greenhill. Captain held by pirates The crew of a U.S.-flagged freighter hijacked by Somali pirates Wednesday reports the captain of the ship is being held hostage aboard a lifeboat. PAGE 10A Subscribe this will give them a little more time.” In early March Seibert sent a letter to the Food and Shelter Program Board telling them they had 20 days to vacate. The county had provided offices for the program rent-free and with free utilities. Seibert said the Family Resource Center board had taken a vote and told the county they no longer wanted the program housed there. At the time Seibert told the Food and Shelter Bank Board to vacate the offices the stated reasons wnre that there was a “service deliveiy problem” in which there was frequently no one there to distribute food and an unnamed second complaint of “mismanagement of volunteer personnel.” Seibert said he had talked to the county attorney and was advised, “We don’t need to have an agency in our building when there is no account- See Deadline, page 3A Visit us Inside Today A community mourns -IP--- Funds set to help bury, memorialize slain family By Kari n Middleton karenP atliensni ?ws-c miner, com The Food and Shelter Program has until April to vacate its office in die Family Resource Cen- County Commission Chairman David Seibert id Tuesday he extended the time in which they id to be out by nearly a month. “They’ve already had 30 days,” said Seibert, had trouble finding another place, so NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK Kayla Benefield, center, and two teammates walk hand-in-hand toward what once was Chelsie Garner's position in the outfield. Other teammates followed and the girls huddled, heads together and, after talking about their friend and shedding tears, they hollered, "One, two, three, Chelsie!" By Jean Cole jeanPathensnews-cQurier.coin A Lauderdale County softball team is raising money to remember a fallen player they are calling their “angel in the outfield.” Rogers High School Softball Coach Kim Green said players will use donations collected for 16-year-old outfielder Chelsie Garner either to help cover burial expenses or to erect some sort of memorial for her at the field. Chelsie, a junior transfer student who played on the volleyball and softball teams, was fatally shot very early Tuesday along with family members Rogers High students are circulating this photo in memory of Chelsie Garner See Funds, page 6A Index Business......................5A Classified .....................4B Comics ..’.....................3B Ledger .......................8A Lottery  ............3A Obituaries ....................2A Annie Lucille Sexton John Robert Smith Sports ........................IB Weather......................2A Liver Special - Tuesday$2.99 Sc. Clticcn Day - Wc4bc«Ut25% Off Atkern Location Only Dmmmt applies to indivutnal meads mtfy DEAL OF THE DAT SEE OUR AO ON PAGE 8 ;