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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama Ardmore Hij^h School basketball PAGE IBThe News CourierScn ing Athens and Limestone County: A Conununity of Tradition ¿tnd Future 50 cent-Tuesday, February 3, 2009Visit us online www^newscourierxomInside Today Six more weeks of winter? Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow PAGE 7A Î PERMANEN’ r ¡AIS» mmumi тимаит таем et»m Octuplets turn a week old Octuplets born to a California woman are the longest-surviving set in U.S. history PAGE 5A Subscribe (jet the news with your inorning eoliw SUBSCRIBE TO THE HVMS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Scene of chaos described in capital murder trial opening MiDi)u:ix)N kiin ‘lid id Ih ‘iisiu 'w s-i t nirii r. am The mood was festive that Sunday night at T.G.I. Friday’s a week before Christmas 2(X)6. One minute, diners were eating, laughing and toasting the season. Within seconds four shots rang out and the same restaurant patrons were diving under tables or running terrified for the nearest exit. Attorneys in the capital murder trial of Jamal Rixlerick Woods described a scene of chaos and panic as one man, Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, shot through the head. lay dead on the floor. Another, Tliurston Turner, 27, lay near death, shot in the fece; a third, Autora Frias ‘Tory” Rogers, 23, gasped in pain from a wound in the back, and a bystander, William Reliford of Hazel Green, suffered fiiom a wound to the fece fium a bullet that had passed through Beavers’ brain before striking him. Woods, 23, was indicted tor capital murder in the deaths of Beavers and Turner, who died nine days later. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of Rogers and Reli-tbrd. After seating the jury of 16, attorneys presented opening statements Monday in Madison Cbunty Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton’s courtroom. Madison Cbunty Assistant District Attorney Don Rizzardi had barely begun his opening statement when it drew a strenuous objection fixim defense attorney Lany Morgan. Rizzardi had opened with a variation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” only with the fects of the murder case w oven in.See Trial, page 3A Jamal Woods Tax help offered NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS RSVP tax preparer Eunice Price, right, helps Sheila Morris with her taxes Monday at the activity center at First Baptist Church. Through April, volunteers help residents prepare income taxes A local volunteer service will once again offer fi:ee income tax filing for elderiy and low-income individuals. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will offer the service beginning Monday in the activity center of First Baptist Church at Pryor and Clinton streets. The center will be open finm 9 am. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and ’Ihursdays through April 14. No appointments are made; those wanting assistance should come during the allotted times. iTiose who would like help filing their taxes must bring last year’s tax return. Social Security card(s) for each person in the house- How to get help Bring last year's tax return. Social Security card(s) for each person in the household, W-2 form(s) and any 1099 forms to First Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 14. For information, call RSVP at (256) 232-7207. hold, W-2 form(s) and any 1099 forms. Paper and electronic filing are available at no cost to the taxpayer. RSVP is ftmded through the Corporation for National and Cbmmunity Service and The United Way. Local story of tornadoes to air Feb. 24 on The Weather Channel By Kt;iJ.v K.\zkk kclly^ A show on The Weather Channel featuring interviews with local people is expected to air at 8 p.m. Ontial on Feb. 24. An episode of “When Weather Changed History” will focus on violent tornadoes that hit Limestone Cbunty in 1974, part of what became known as the Super Outbreak. On April 3, 1974, 148 tornadoes struck in 13 states. Two storms that struck near Tanner were rated F4 and F5 on the Fu-jita scale, with F5 being the strongest on the scale at that time. Among those interviewed for the show were Donnie and Feli-ca Powers; Emergency Maniement Director Spencer Black, who was Civil Defense director in 1974; and BUI Dunnavant, who was a radio journalist at the time. Donnie Powers said he and Felica were excited when producer Nailah Sims called Friday See Tornadoes, page 3A County OKs $12K contract to conciuct water study From si aff rfpor i s Limestone County commissioners voted Monday to pay an environmental firm $12,(XX) to study how a proposed quarry at Tanner would affect water levels and water quality. Shaw Environment and Infrastructure Group will conduct a study and report to commissioners how a proposed subterranean quarry and the resulting blasting would impact ground water and surface water. “They’re going to start immediately so we should know something within a couple of months,” said Commission Chairman David Seibert. Rogers Group has applied to move its rtx^k quarry from FTkmont to a site closer to current growth and road-building projects off U.S. 31 at Laugh-miller Road. The company has already received preliminary air and water permits from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. The site not only is near habitats for heron and eagles in Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, but also to Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Many residents in the area have spoken against the move, as have Seibert and members of the local legislative delegation, who introduced a bill to give the county power to regulate a business based on its impact on water supplies. If the study shows a quarry would See Study, page 3A New school’s cost goes up but may go back down By JfcAN Q)iJt: /< 'iUhOidlH ‘iisiH    r.i xiin Limestone Cbunty school officials had hoped to spend no more than $14 million to build Blue Springs FTementaiy School off Hardy Road. Although the construction bid came in $833,112 Iftgher than that, school officials were told they could save $837,9(X) over the coui^ of the project on hi^way improvements, site work, telephones and a sales-tax refund to put the cost back in the $14 million ballpark. Architect Jim Hartsell of Davis Architects told board members before they voted to accept the bid that he believes they can get the cost down to $14 million or below. The kindergarten throu^ fifth-grade feeder school for Clements Hi^ School See Cost, page 3A Index Obituaries Sports ..................2A James Howard Bain Kevin Lavon Bivens Hilda Anna Bums Claudie Joe Davis Ike G. 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