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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 6, 2009, Athens, Alabama Judge may toss Bonds’ positive drug tests PAGE IBNews CourierSening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 centsFriday, February 6, 2009 Visit us опйпе WWW.tfWWSCOUrÌMXOfTI Inside Today Tips to prevent house fires The local Red Cross has helped victims of 13 fires in three months and another broke out Thursday, above. VALLEY, PAGE 4A Wolves in dops' clothing Today's'dogs are descendants of ancient wolves. Now, it turns out, at least some of today's wolves inherited traits from ancient dogs. PAGE 5A Subscribe Get the news with your mornin)4 cofltv SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720 7    698    47    00001 Water rates to rise By Jennifer R. Hill Jenmieni>a thensne\^ s -courier, com Pained expressions crossed the feces of Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board members Thursday afternoon as they unanimously passed a rate increase. The rate increase will be effective immediately and will be reflected in the February bill. “We feel like the implementation of an increased rate will help to make the bond test,” said Interim General Manager Tammy Smith. The LCWSA failed the 2008 annual bond test per- What will it cost? Residential customers will see an estimated average increase of $3.76 to their monthly bill, effective immediately. Residential minimum use customers will see a rate increase with their monthly rate going from $17.03 a month to $20 a month. formed by auditors to determine the authority’s eligibility for construction bonds and determine the rates the See Rates, page 3A AIMING TO BE THE BEST NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Ty Horton, rifleman with the Athens High School JROTC, has qualified for the Arrny National Rifle Competition. From there, the 18-year-old Athens teen could go to a rifle competition that could lead to the Olympic trials. JROTC cadet Ty Horton qualifies for Army National Rifle Competition By Jean Cole k jeaii^ Lying prone with rifle aimed, ly Horton checks his sights and waits for his heart to beat before squeezing the trigger. From 33 feet, he can - more often than not - nail a drcle about the size of a pinhead with his air rifle. “Tm pretty good,” said the mild-mannered Horton. The 18-yeai-old Athens High School student has been a cadet in the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Tiaming Corps for four years. He picked up an air rifle his sophomore year and never looked back. His expert shooting recently qualified him for the Army National Rifle Competition. Only three of the 75 Alabama schook with JROTC programs had one or more cadets qualify. His marksmanship has alreacfy earned him five fiiU-tuition scholarship offers fix)m the University of North Alabama, the University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University, Alabama А£УМ University and Troy University. His sharp shooting also has put him within reach of the Olympic triak for the 2012 games. See Rifle, page ЗА Sound of gun cocking alerted witness By Karfn Middi>:ix)n karen^athensnews-iXHirierxxan The ominous sound of sliding metal and the 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was cocked and reacfy to deliver death to two Athens cousins out for a night of drinks and dinner at T.G.I. Fridays Dec. 17,2006. Chauncey Davis was seated at the table with Jamal Woods, who had just returned to the restaurant after a few minutes’ absence. Davis said the sound of a gun cocking came fiom under the table and he knew what it was because he had fired such a handgun at Lanys Pistol &* Pawn himself on many occasions. Woods, 23, is on trial for capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and Tburston Turner, 27, both of Athens. He also is accused of attempted murder in the serious wounding of Autoro ‘Tory” Rogers of Athens and bystander William “Tim” Re-lilbrd of Hazel Green. According to witnesses, the shootings were spurred by the Athens group’s dkre-spect of Woods when they disregaided him in fevor of greeting his wife, Athens native Rotesia Horton Woods. Davis told jurors in the fourth day of testimony in the courtroom of Madison County Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton that he had accompanied Woods, his wife, and another friend, Brandon Rucker, to the restaurant after Woods offered to buy them all dinner. The four had been seated at a table by the door and they ordered a round of drinks. Rotesia had to order Jamal’s drink because he had forgotten to bring identification. Davk, a Drake College student, said he had known See Trial, page 2A Evolving with demand enabled llimer Machine Inc. to expand ByKimRynders kimid^athensnews-<x)urier.tx)m When John T\imer opened the tool-and-die business Tlimer Machine Inc. more than 30 years ago, he never imagined it would become a medical manu-fectmiig business. “It was sink or swim and I needed a job,” said Bill Tlimer, current owner of Turner Machine. John, Bill’s fether, has been retired for 10 years and Bill, wbo has been involved in the femily business for as long as he can remember, todc the business vdiere the demand was. “If we hadn’t done this we might not be open today,” Bill said. “It is the best thing we could have done.” The company makes spinal implants and other devices. Tlimer Machine left the tool-and-die business about three years ago when it switdied to medical manufecturing. The switch has been a good one. Compaiiy officials announced Thursday they have received a medical ISO 13485 certification, the Quality Management Standard for medic^ devices. The recommendation by the auditor was for “uncondi- Set Expand, page 2A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS John "Dee" Marlin, left, works on a calibration unit used for robotic surgery at Turner Machine Friday while owner Bill Turner looks on. Turner Machine recently received a medical ISO 13485 certification. Index Classified ... ..................4B Comics..... ..................3B Ledger ..... .................lOA Lottery..... ..................ЗА Mini Page---- Obituaries .. ..................2A Dexter D. Turner Benjamin Trousdale Sports...... ..................IB Weather---- ..................2A- Liver Spedai - Itaesday $2.99 Bnf.vyw*!, ... -JP Online edition Send amateur photos for our Sunday photo pages and online galleries to [email protected]* ;