Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama
Faces in the heartLocal artist Linda Ruhl finds inspiration in faces, story
The dream matchup between AHS and East will open 2006 season jgCourierSermng Athens and Limestone Coi nt\ : A Commi nitv of Tradition and Fin reVVednesdw,^ December 7,2005
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Have you ever run up on a trash truck and felt a sense of gratitude fttr what those guys are doing?
If you watch them, notice how they are hustling from place to place. Regardless of the weather, they are out there in it picking up our garbage.
It s got to be one of the toughest Jobs to have.
How could we ever complain about them being in our way or where the trash cans end up?
Wouid you want to do it? It takes all types of us to make the world go round.
I know there are plenty of us who appreciate our sanitation workers. My hat goes off to them for all their hard work.
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Tip of knife found in victim, officer testifies
Evidence presented at Tuesday hearing in Halloween night slaying of Charlie Newman
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kcllyia atheusnew's-courier.com The tip of a broken knife found in a car rented by .Andrew Lackey was found in C harlie Newman's skull during an autopsy, Lt. Floyd .lohnson testified Tuesday.
.Johnson was the only witness in a preliminary hearing in the capital murder ease of
Lackey. 22. of Sunlake Boulevard in Huntsville, who is accused of the Halloween night slaying of Newman. 80. in his Hine Street home. He described e\ idenee found in the rental car that he said investigators believe links Lackey to the crime, including
See Slaying, Page 3A
‘Third strike' law applies
Local man to be sentenced to life for armed robbery
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keHy(a atheusncws-couricr.com l.oonev's (iroeery was a second home for .ludv I oonev. She worked in the family owned business as a teen, helped her brother operate it when he re-opened in 1008. then became sole owner a few years ago. Until an incident in .lanuary, the store part deli, part gas station, part grocery w as a part of her.
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Iraq the key issue
Saddam Hussein at his trial in Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday.
Woman testifies she was tortured by Saddam’s agents
B.AGHDAD. Iraq (AP) Her voice disguised but her weeping still apparent, a woman testified Tuesday from behind a screen in the trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven lieutenants that she was assaulted and tortured with beatings and electric shocks by the tbrnier president's agents.
.-\t the end of the session, when the judges decided to reconvene Wednesday. Saddam suddenly shouted that he would not attend.
"1 will not return. I will not come to an unjust court! Go to hell!" Saddam yelled.
He also complained that he had no fresh clothes and that he had been deprived of show er and exercise facilities. “Ihis is terrorism." he said.
At that point, the audio was cut off to the See Saddam Page 2A
News Coiirier/Kiin Rynders
Students of Athens State University Professor Mark Durms’s Critical Thinking class share a lighter moment in the debate over U.S. involvement in Iraq on Wednesday when Josh Smith, who took the position of being pro-involve-ment, admitted that he had voted for John Kerry. At right is Chris Pirtle and Jon Minnion.
ASU critical thinkers debate U.S. in Iraq
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Kan’n(ajjthcmncws-couricr.com Athens State University Critical Thinking class debate teams grappled with the questions Wednesday of vvliether US.-led coalition forces should have invaded Iraq and should remain now that Saddam Hussein is out of ptnver.
The timeliness of the debate is especially imixirtant in light of increasing United Nations pressure on the US. to come up with a timetable for withdrawal.
Miirk Durm, who teaches the C ritical Thinking class, praised this year's debate in the Sanders Student Center BallRxvin as the “best ever" in the series of debates, which have become an annual event al the scIkxvI.
“Patriots for Peace." comprised of Douglas Lange. Tonya Blake. Ricky Inbble and Phillip Lackey, ttxik the ptvsition that the whole premise for invading the sovereign goveniment of
See Debate Page 3A
RSVP holds Christmas socia
Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer Mary Key looks on as Bessie McDonald receives a Christmas goody bag Tuesday from Santa Claus at the annual RSVP Christmas Social held at Tanner Baptist Church. The social is held in appreciation of the many years of service employees have given. Key and McDonald both have given more than 25 years of service to the program.
WZYP owner to acquire area radio stations
The company that owms local radio stations W'ZYP-FM, W'HRP-FM, W'VNN-AM and W'UMP-AM has agreed to acquire a pair of FM stations from Clear Channel.
Cumulus Media will get W'W'XQ-FM (92.5) and WXQW'-FM (94.1) for S3.3 million.
Cumulus Media has agreed to acquire the pair in the Huntsville market from Clear Channel and move one it already has in the market to a Clear Channel tower opening a path for Clear Channel to move yet another FM into the market, pending FCC approval.
The sale of the two FM stations is contingent on Clear Channel's move of W’LAY-FM Tuscumbia, part of the Florence/Muscle Shoals market to Meridianville in Huntsville. Further, Cumulus will locate the new W'HRP-FM antenna on Clear Channel’s WDRM-F.M tower.
“W'e are happy to cooperate w ith our largest competitor to strike a deal to improve radio for listeners in the Huntsville area," said Bill West, manger for Cumulus Huntsville.
West says a decision on formats for the new radio stations will be made in the next few months.
“Everything is dependent on FCC approval of the deal and no decision will be made until that is complete."
He says the stations will continue to be operated by Clear Channel until the deal is approved.