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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama On the court Local high school basketball teams in action around Limestone County |g s-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone Coint#? A Co>n SATI RDAV, Dec EMBER 10, 2(K)5 OF Tradition and Feti re 50 Cents ^f(yod Alberta Griffin Suliscriher of the cla\- Writing collage A new book containing pieces by Limestone authors honors the friend of a local writer. Story coming Sunday ill (FF Hey, Sound Off: I was in the C ity Council meeting when they voted for the renaming of U.S. 72 through the city of .Athens to honor the legacy of Dr. King. And that is exactly what they voted to do. rename it, not grant periodic markers with his name on it (like Joe Wheeler). Thev propose to change the street name to Dr. .Martin Luther King (Pky.. Dr., whatever) changing each street mark^er at every intersection throughout the city. That is the most visibility Athens can offer. It is our busiest rocid traveled by fO.OOO vehicles a day. why would we even want some small side street traveled much much less? I think the community at large is being misinformed by the councils actions and in fact should be very happy and proud of them! More Sound Off Sunday Gel the news w ith your morning coffee SubstTiFx- to J'he \en s-C(uirier 2.-52-2^2() Index Classified 4-7A Comics..........4B Ledger..........6B Obituaries 2A Lewis Downs Margaret E. Raney Helen Louise Suns Patti Ann Webster Sports.........1-2B Weather.........2A Daily Bible .Moment profcDie ciîid old wives' fables, and exercise youf'self toward godliness. / Timothy 4:7 Limestone Ckpe .122    \.Athens 256-2.12-l()51 69847'OOODI Church vandal sought Nazi symbols left on walls, authorities said Bv SONW I t RNFR sonny(a ■An Last Inmestone C’ounty church was vandalized Friday by a man authorities said was spotted inside the church by a county deputy. The suspect, though, managed to escape. "Deputy Jonathan \erdon was doing building checks and he drove up on this \chicle near Capshaw Church ol Christ.” said Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “He suspected a burglary was in progress and he called for back up. While he was watching the car and two broken windows, wc believe the suspect went out the front door and escaped on foot.” McNatt said the burglar broke out two basement w indow s causing an estimated S500 in damage. The suspect also used spray-paint to damage the walls inside the church. hnestigators found where someone had painted a smiley face, lines and a German Nazi swastika on the walls inside the church. “We impounded the suspects car. a 1992 C hevrolet Beretta and we do have a suspect,” .McNalt said. “Investigator Randy King is working the case and we hope to make an arrest soon." The church is located on the 29()0() block of C apshaw Road. McNatt said Deputy \erdon was doing building checks when he happened up on the burglary at 3:22 a.m. Friday. “Deputy M'rdon observ ed the car parked near the church and he got out and found where two of the church windows in the basement of the building had been broken out. lie then observed a white male inside the church. That is when he called for back up while v\atehing the vehicle and the broken windows.” McNatt said the suspect was able to escape bv going out the front door. "W’e think he was in there to steal some stiitf.” said McNatt. "Our investigators found where he had some stutl sacked up m a bag on the floor. When Deputy M'rdon drove up. we think he got scared and ran olT” Man charged after infant’s broken bone is discovered Bv SONNV l l RNFR sonima ■Athens police arrested a 22-year-old Athens man Friday after it was discovered his four-month-old daughter had a broken femur bone. "He says he didn't mean to do it and didn't realize it had happened” said .Athens F\vhce Ft.-Detective Floyd Johnson. "But whether it was carelessness or not. breaking that bone in a child that young is very unusual.” Wendell Chad ( hambers, of 17717 Nuclear IMant Road .Athens, was arrested and charged with willful abuse of a child under IS, a felony offense. Johnson said Chambers told investigators that the injury apparently occurred while he was changing the baby's diaper, Johnson .said C hambers told inv estigators that he had gotten up in the middle of the night to change the baby's diaper and when he pushed the baby's leg back he heard a “snap," but didn't realize the baby was hurt. "Fhey took the infant to the hospital and the preliminary X-rays did not reveal the broken bone," Johnson said. "But when they look It for a follow -up exam, the X-rays showed the broken femur bone.” Johnson said police were notified to enter the case by officials with the Limestone County Department of Human Resources. He said both police and DHR officials are investigating. ".According to medical experts we've talked to. the femur bone is one of the hardest bones m the body,” Johnson said, adding investigators believe they had enough evidence to make an arrest. Chambers was being transferred to the Limestone County Jail Friday and was to be taken before a judge for bail bond. Not so happy about ‘Holidays’ Ncws-Couricr/Kim Rvnders Santa Claus was out and about Friday and will be back on the streets of Athens today protesting the removal of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” from some store advertising this year. Limestone County’s Tony Grigsby, who is the lead singer for the local Lanny Rose Band, is the man in the Santa suit. Ring- a-ling, lear them ring Salvation Army bell ringer Jessica Henderson tries to stay warm Friday afternoon while taking donations. The cold weather has Christmas shoppers bundling up as the try to finish last minute shopping. Ncw's-Courier Kim Rynders Limestone jobless // rate on a decline Bv Tashia Lon FFi. tashia(aathensnews-coi trier c on i The unemployment rate in Limestone County has decreased since September of 2004. Douglas Dyer, director of labor market information division, Industrial Relations Dept., said Friday that generally speaking if the unemployment rate is down, it is indicative of an improv ing economy. According to figures in Alabama Labor Market News preliminary unemployment data for September there showed 1,263 unemployed people in Limestone County, which was down from 1,531 reported in August of this year. Morgan County’s preliminary figures for September where almost doubled that of Limestone County at 2,172, which was down from August’s data of 2,358. Madison County was ahead of both Limestone and Morgan counties in the number of unemployed residents. In September there were a report ed 4.860 unemployed residents in that county, which was dow n from 5,092 in August. Limestone County unemployment has dropped hundreds from September of 2004. There were 1.679 reported unemployed residents a year ago. Information from the preceding information was gathered through a monthly survey by the Bureau of Census and paid for by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information shows the Civilian Labor Force in Limestone County to be 35,592 (preliminary for September). This information is the number of employed plus unemployed people in Limestone County. The preliminary information showed that 34,329 employed and 1,263 unemployed residents in the county. The unemployment rate dropped from 4.8 percent in Sept. 2004 to 4.3-percent in August 2005. The preliminary Sept. information was 3.5-per-cent. ;