Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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The designers of young women’s and junior’s clothing are laughing all the way to the bank.
They decided that men’s muscle shirts with lace on the arms and neck look feminine and cut-off slips (underwear) make neat blouses.
They designed jeans so tight and low-cut that bending over decently is impossible. On a TV news program, some teens were getting tattoos where jeans did not cover. These styles along with stringy scarecrow hair make for a very unkempt look.
Thank goodness young men and boys do not go crazy for fads
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By Tashia Lovell
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Athens resident Shelley Merrill received an unusual phone call Thursday afternoon, one that led her to call police after she hung up the phone.
The phone call began in way that prompted Merrill to believe it was a marketing survey and she later determined that it was —what sounded to her— like a call lobbying for a change of venue for Farron Barksdale.
Barksdale is behind bars awaiting trial for allegedly shooting two Athens Police officers in January of 2004. His attorneys entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental defect.
Now. some Limestone County residents say they have received calls like the one Merrill received earlier this week.
Merrill said that a woman made the call but did not say what company she was with.
The woman said she was conducting a brief survey of local residents and wanted to know if she would participate and offer her opinions.
The survey addressed to Merrill included such questions, as what she thought was Alabama’s most pressing concern, if she was registered to vote in Limestone County and if she had an Alabama’s driver's license.
After about the fourth question of the survey the questions were obviously about the Athens Police officer shootings.
She said the woman asked if she had heard about the police officers that had been shot in January of 2004.
Merrill said yes, but didn't elaborate at that time.
The woman continued to ask several questions about whether Merrill has seen newspaper articles on the subject, had she seen television reports on the matter and had she talked to other people about the shootings.
Merrill told the woman she had seen those things and talked to others about the situation. The surveyor also asked Merrill if her opinion was based on the opinions of others.
In another question, Merrill was asked if she knew the name of the alleged shooter.
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Limestone County authorities investigated an alleged animal cruelty case Friday and found a horse, Coco, near death off Bell Road in the Blackburn community. Sheriff Mike Blakely, right advises horse owner Frank Hedspith of Nashville, center, on the care of horses. Sheriff’s investigators, Stanley McNatt and Johnny McDonald, left, assisted with the downed horse.
Limestone man charged with starving two horses
Vet called to try to save animals
By Karen Middleton
net Horses Coco and Lucky share a quarter-acre enclosure where brambles and poke salet grow but nothing else.
On Friday, Lucky was still standing, but Coco was down. The ailing horse was near death as Limestone County authorities called a local veterinarian in to administer emergency treatment for starvation and dehydration.
Charged with cruelty to animals was Frank Hedspith of 408 Kingview' Court, Nashville. Sheriff Mike Blakely called it a matter of
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Vassar Clements loved music and he loved family and, in Athens, he had both.
For 13 years, the fiddler who had played with likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. attended a New Year's Eve jam session held at Jerry McGlocklins car lot on U.S. 72 or at the McGlockhn’s home. The 200 local musicians and friends who typically attended became like fam-ly to Clements, McGlocklin said. Clements was sick when he came this January, but he was firm when his daughter asked if he was sure he was up to the tnp. said, i’m going. They're expect-me to be there. I love to go down here, so I'm going,’” McGlocklin said. \ month later, Clements was diagnosed vith lung cancer.
died Monday in Nashville with his daughter, Midge Cranor, at his side. His wife, Millie, who also attended the jam sessions here, died in 1998. McGlocklin said Cranor described Clements’ last moments when she
Vassar Clements In a publicity photo See Fiddler, Page 3A
News-Courier Kim Rynders Jerry McGlocklin, above, plays a fiddle signed by Vassar Clements and other well-known musicians. This display is only portion of memorabilia collected during his 33-year friendship with Clements.