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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama Si \DAY, \PRIL 17 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future enew Ом Dollar Index Classified 1-14D Crosswords ......17A Ledger ....  8A Obituaries........2A Mabie Lee Davis Lillian McCann Priridle Other Views 5A Our Opinion 4A Sports .........t-4B Daih Bible Moment о serrimi can serve tiro masters; for either he will hate the one and lore the other; or else he will he loyal to the one and despise the other. Luke 16:13 ^'"'Ж не ((Jufd <22 II«' <1 N • Vtktns 256-232-1951 'v**Obit lint 256-77I-W34 Kids from all over Limestone County turned out for the Do Da Parade Saturday at the courthouse. The parade route traveled to Big Spring Park to kick off Kids Day in the Park festivities. Above, Mitchell Henry and Sarah Kate Besh were “Just Dogwooded” instead of “Just Married.” At left, six-month-old Breanna Holden peeked out among the flowers to enjoy her ride in the parade. News-Courier/Kim Rynders Oh, de-doo-da day... Fight not done in Madison quest for hospital By Melanie Walker [email protected] Extreme disappointment characterizes the attitude of Athens-Limestone hospital officials toward Gov. Bob Riley’s approval of 60 beds for a Madison hospital. The Thursday signing came a week after the State Health Coordination Council voted to approve the certificate of need filed by Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong. “Obviously we were extremely disappointed by the State Health Coordinating Council’s decision to allow the addition of 60 beds to Madison County that was already determined to have 350 more beds than were needed,” said Athens-Limestone Hospital Administrator Phil Dotson. “Governor Riley’s signing of the additional beds we expected was an administrative formality. Now we begin the process of determining the next steps along the way and prepare for the certificate of need hearings. We expect that there will be numerous applicants.” However, with numerous legal challenges a Madison hospital will not be a reality any time soon. Athens-Limestone Hospital, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center have been meeting in deposition with Administrative Law Judge James F. Hampton. Estimates predict that it could be eight or nine years before a hospital in Madison could become a reality. In the meantime many different providers will come to See Hospital, Page 2A By Tanjie Nash [email protected] Officials with Alabama Goodwill say an investigation will be launched this week into allegations of theft at the Athens store. The action comes after several people say they have witnessed donated items being taken for resale by an individual rather than being sold in the store. Caroline Thomas, who serves as vice president of communications with Alabama Goodwill in Birmingham, said Friday the president and chief executive officer as well as the director of operations said “they are starting a full investigation immediately.” Thomas said the director of operations for Alabama was already in Athens on Friday. She said Alabama Goodwill, which operates nine stores in the state, is an affiliate of Goodwill Industries International. “Our vice president of operations and a director underneath him both go around to all nine stores monitoring things,” she said. “But, of course they can’t be everywhere all the time.” Several of the witnesses said they planned to file a police report on the alleged thefts Friday. However, Athens Police Department said no such report had been filed by late afternoon. Neither had such a report been filed with the Limestone Sheriff’s Office. According to the Goodwill Industries International Web site at, more than 50 million people donated items to Goodwill last year. Donated items are sold in 1,900 Goodwill stores across North America. The Web site indicates that 85 percent of revenues go into Goodwill training and employment programs. According to the Web site, Goodwill is a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serve people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support.Special moments    Awakened TigerWinners from Friday’s Special Olympics    Ardmore comes to life late to beat events at Tanner listed inside today 22A    v Tanner for county softball title    ibThe Nei№Courier 6 9 8 4 71 00002 ^ ’ O-O-d tyx &l IVin Richard Brock of Athens Subscriber of the day What's cooking? Scenes from the Taste of 1 Ionic ( 00king School event. 7А mm Hey, Sound OH: 1 once thought farm-! ers were the last of the I real St uthern gentlemen, but their behavior I on the roadways of late i has about changed my mind. I'm a country boy I myself. I have commut-| ed to work in Athens ! along some of Limestone County s rural farm roads for j sexeral yeat s. 1 can I remember a time when i farmers driv ing their 1 slow farm vehicles i down trie highway ! would pull ovct occa-! sionaliy to let a line of J cars go by. But no more, i It's not unusual to see ; cars backed up for a : half-mile behind a trac-I tor. as the driver passes j opportunity after opportunity to give his fellow i motorists a break C’mon guys, it's not I that hard to pull over! Goodwill investigates thefts from local store Calhoun students hope breaking balloons will break world record By Melanie Walker [email protected] With azure skies overhead and blazing sunlight the water droplets glittered as they splashed over Will Payton’s long frame, but he laughed good naturedly. The trial run of the water balloon toss had gone off successfully. “1 got the idea w-atching kids in my apartment complex,” he said. “I thought it would be fun for the students and it was for a good cause.” That’s how the idea was born and that's how the Calhoun Community College Student Government Association sold the idea of going for the Guinness World Record to the college administrators —it raised school spirit and it was for a good cause. Held in association with Spring Fest on the Decatur Campus the Water Balloon Toss will be held in the parking lot in front of the Chasteen Student Center 12:30 p.m. April 28. The balloon toss will have a $1 registration fee with proceeds going to benefit tsunami relief. “We will be throwing 10,000 balloons in five minutes time,” said SGA president Jodie Glossick. See Balloons, Page 2A Guinness Book or Bust News-Courier/ Kim Rynders Jodie Glossick, Wanda Williams and Holly Hallman pelt Will Payton in anticipation of Calhoun Community Coliege’s World’s Greatest Balloon Toss at 12:30 p.m. April 28 at the Chasteen Student Center. ;