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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 18, 2009, Athens, Alabama Gridiron Guide football preriew magazine Coming Sunday The News Couri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 c-ents Tuesday, August 18, 2^3^ us online Inside Today Rattler leader likes pressure Zach Draper and his older brother Amos may be different in a lot of ways, but one thing they have in common is leadership on the football field. SPORTS, PAGE IB Hurricane Bill revs up The first hurricane of this year's Atlantic season was gaining strength far off in the ocean Monday while a weaker storm drenched the Florida panhandle. PAGE 4A Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........5A Lottery..........3A Obituaries 2A Alice Aucoin Brenda Austin Lorene Cross Richard Evans Priscilla Johnson Ronald Mills Sr. Margaret Mitchell Sarah Murphy Sports...........IB Valley ■ 4A Weatner.........2A 7    69847    00001    6 Teens fake abduction House ransacked, arms scratched, clothes cut to make escape from bogus kidnapper look real By Jfan Cole jvaiK^a thci isi u‘\\ s-courk r. iX)in Two Limestone County teenage girls who staged their abduction Saturday morning probably won’t know what they’ve put their parents through until they are parents themselves. For now, they know they evoked the consternation of Limestone County Sherilf'’s officials and their parents, and they have been ordered to report to juvenile authorities. Tbe lather of one girl and the mother of the other girl returned to the woman’s home on Hickory Hill Lane north of Alabama 251 after 2 a.m. Saturday to find the front door open, the house ransacked and ftimiture turned over and the girls missing, said Limestone County Sheriff s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “They suspected the worst — that someone broke in and tœk the children — so they reported it,” he said. Deputies responded, including Investigator See Abduction, page 3A Alert clerk helps catch crook NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Two hours after, being robbed about 2:25 p.m. Saturday afternoon at a northern Limestone County store, clerk Savannah Vining, 18, helped catch the man who pulled a knife on her and demanded money. Local teen, uncle call law on robber of B&”S Groceiy ByJeanColf jciUi(Sitthcnsite\vs-(r> Eighteen-year-old Savannah Vining was ringing up customers at BfirS Groceiy off" Elkton Road Saturday when her uncle, Bobby Taylor, stopped by the store. On his way in, he noticed a gold Oldsmobile Cutlass parked along the north side of the building. He thought it was an odd place to park when the driveway was fi:«e, so he warned his niece about the man in the car on his way out the store. “He called back four times,” said Savannah, who was alone in the store when her uncle called. “The fourth time he told me he called the cops about it. I said, ‘That’s good because he just robbed me.’” After Taylor left, the suspect — a thin, white male about 6-feet, 2-inches tall — entered the store, went to the drink cooler, pulled out a Sun Drop soda and placed it at the checkout counter. When Savannah turned around to ring up the purchase, the man pulled a knife and demanded money. “I was scared,” she said. Yet, she knew just what to do. She forked over the money. He fled heading south on Elkton Road. She called authorities. See Robbery, page 3A Police seek help finding car thieves Athens Police could use the public’s help in finding the people who stole six cars fix>m A&*B Mechanics at 503 E. Elm St. on Saturday or Sunday, said Capt. Marty Bruce. Between 4 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, the thieves brcdce into the business and stole six sets of keys and six cars, Bruce said. Five of the vehicles belong to ACrB Mechanics, in- cluding a Dodge Avenger, Honda Accord, Chevy Cavalier, Kia Rio and Kia of unknown model, total value $30,850. TFie owner of the other vehicle has not been located. Anyone with information on the vehicle thefts is asked to call Sgt. Jason White at (256) 233-8700. — Jean Cole Tracking dogs fail to get whiff of jewel thief Tracking dogs from Limestone Correctional Fa- community told authorities she saw a man running cihty failed to get their man Monday. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said the dogs failed to pick up the scent of an alleged burglar. A woman on Will Braden Circle in the Capshaw from her garage when she came home about 11 a.m. Monday. She noticed some of her jewelry missing. Sheriff’s deputies, as well as searchers in the sheriff’s helicopter, didn’t turn up a suspect. — Karen Middleton The features you love. The brand you trust. Have it a« vwtn the Blackberry- loiir - •3 Meqapixei Camera îG Te<brK>{eq •Visual Уоюе Май • VZ Navigator“’’ Att^ns ;120? Fidson Si Boftind Ça^ ВЯапса Athens 2291 rench I arms Blvd. AofiiSs ft0m WttlmarV $1.4M low bid on event center By Karkn Midoikion кип 'ih^Htlu 'iisncw s-( '(HI lit r. < x>m The low bidder on renovations to the old Pilgrim’s Ihide warehouse into a county event center came in at $1.4 million. Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert tabled approval of low bidder Cooper Construction of Birmingham Monday until he has a chance to further discuss the project with officials of the firm. “I didn’t have a chance to talk with them before awarding the bid, so I’m going to go to Birmingham on Friday and talk with them about the construction time and penalties for going over,” said Seibert. He said 12 firms responded to the county’s request for bids with the highest being $1.7 million. Cooper Construction will be responsible for building restrooms, a commercial kitchen, foyer, outside patio, lighting, heating and air-conditioning and staining the floor. “They came in at about $50 a square foot,” said Seibert. “That’s pretty good, considering the $250 a square foot that they came up with in the feasibility study.” Seibert was referring to a Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce feasibffity study to build an event center on property donated by Athens State University. “Of course, the big attraction with this, is that we already have a building,” said Seibert. 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