Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 1, 2005, Athens, Alabama
A second chance
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CourierServ ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureTuesday, Febri vrv L 2005
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Hey, Sound Off:
Never in my life have I seen a newspaper of a community so vicious or evil as to destroy men of character. To be attacked the way the Limestone County Water Board was attacked by uninformed political action groups who do not know the difference between stock holders and bond holders is a disgrace to this community. Where were the educated people who understand the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority is a business and it is operated as a business? Do these people think that every time they turn on their water it should be free‘> They think the board has lost the confidence of the community; maybe it should be the other way around. The board is made of men of moral character and they have lost confidence in the people who do not know v hat they are talking about.
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Caller key link in slaying
Authorities have no new leads in Friday night murder
By Sonny Turner
sonny(a i ithensnews-courier.com The caller may not have been his killer, but that caller is a key link in who shot and killed 32-year-old Andres Flores Galicia Saturday morning.
“At this point, we don’t know who called him or why, but we’re hoping the substantial rew;ard we re offering for information about the murder might help us find out."
Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Monday. “We have no suspects at this time.”
Galicia was found shot to death in a ditch off Mooresville Road early Saturday morning. He was murdered after he left a Decatur restaurant Friday night where he was having dinner with his wife and brother.
His wife, Deanna, doesn't remember exactly what she and her husband talked about before he left Friday night to
become a victim of what Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says is an execution-style slaying.
“We were talking about everyday things,” she told reporters. “He was a good man. He worked 12 hours a day. six days a week. I can't imagine anybody wanting to hurt him."
See Slaying, Page 3A
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Athlete honored as Good Citizen killed in Saturday night car wreck
H\ Rex W. Greene
rex(a uthensnews-courier.com Thomas Adams had only gone to school at Tanner for four years, but in every way the senior baseball and football player exemplified Tanner High School.
Monday the school mourned the passing of Adams, who died in an automobile accident Saturday night, just over an hour after representing the Rattlers as one of the male nominees tor the Spirit Award at the county basketball tournament T. Adams "His blood ran green, black and white.” said Victoria Lucas, another senior who was the female winner of the Spirit Award.
All over the Tanner High campus Monday, Adams was being remembered as a hard-working young man. who was dedicated to Tanner and its students, the community and its people.
The school had set up a blank bulletin board for faculty and students to memorialize Adams. Soon another large sheet ot paper had to be laid over a nearby table for more messages to be w ritten.
All over campus students wore signs around their necks, stating their sadness in the loss of their friend.
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Thomas Adams (53) was the place-kicker, offensive center and defensive tackle for the Tanner High Rattlers this season. Adams, The News Courier Local High School Player of the Year, died Saturday night in a one-car accident on Hine Street in Athens.
The funeral for Thomas Adams, the with the Rev. Ray McElhaney and Keith
Tanner High football and baseball standout, Turberville presiding,
will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Rip Burial will be at Limestone Memorial
Swanner Stadium on the school's campus Gardens.
Tanner student Thomas Adams died Saturday night when the vehicle he was driving crashed on Hine Street just north of Moyers Road.
MTV crew shoots ‘High School’ scenes in Athens
B\ Tashia Lovell
Some grocery shoppers might have gotten a little more than they bargained for this weekend. An MTV crew was at Food World.
The crew was filming for a show called “High School Stories: Scandals, Pranks, and Controversies.”
Several months ago, Athens High School senior Ashley Crutcher contacted the show about the school’s annual tradition of having an egg fight during homecoming week.
This weekend the crew had the students re-enact the fight. This year's wars took place in September at the fish hatchery and the shooting range in Limestone County.
The re-enactment took place on land owned by one of the student's families. “I’m just glad 1 called and we got the chance,” Crutcher said.
The annual egg fight was not all fun and games. Back in September, the stu-
See MTV, Page 3A
Debbie Blakely and Charles Page Jr. look at an old football picture of Rip Swanner Sunday afternoon. Several members of the Tanner community gathered at the Tanner Boys & Girls Club for the dedication of a game room in the memory of William H. ‘ Rip’' Swanner Jr. A plaque outside of the game room reads, “A life committed to the youth of the Tanner community. His love will fill our hearts forever." Speakers were Jim Cooper, president of the Tanner Boys & Girls Club and Suzanne Rainey, executive director.
Ardmore, Tanner athletes take home Spirit Awards
Bv Nancy Glasscock
Ardmore and Tanner athletes were named winners of Limestone County Schools' annual Spirit Awards recently. Ardmore’s Heath Haney and Tanner's Victoria Lucas were selected from several nominees for the award, including the late Thomas Adams who died in a vehicle accident late Saturday night.
The students were recognized at the Limestone County basketball tournament.
“He's just a good team player and he's really involved in everything in schools." Ardmore coach Mike Sanderson said of Haney. “He's just a well-rounded individual
See Spirit, Page 2A