Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama
NASA readies for July 13 Shuttle launch
In the spotlight
Footlights Community Theater an outlet for family entertainers icThe News-CouServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureSunday, July 3, 2005
Angie Carter of Athens
Subscriber of the day
Hey, Sound Off:
Now that the city has gotten rid of those skateboarders at Swan Creek Park, it’s time to see the same sort of clean up at the new city and county campground at Cowford’s Landing.
I went down there with my wife and son a couple of Sundays ago and 1 was dismayed to see how the fishermen, campers, and swimmers had trashed the place.
The parking lot had empty beer cans strewn about, there were the remnants of fast food meals thrown on the ground, and swarthy, bearded men were cruising about on big, loud motorcycles.
A lot of the people fishing and swimming were half dressed, some of them even tipping a beer and belching while they laughed and swapped tales that I’m sure were completely made up.
It was scandalous, I tell you.
We need to have the police go down there and clean them out, don’t you think?
More Sound Off Valley, 6A
Get the news with your morning coffee
Subscribe to Ibe News Courier 7
Church Bulletin .
Daily Bible Moment
uruble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
322 Hwy. 31N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934
Missing Idaho girl found
Child was with sex offender; missing brother feared dead
By Nicholas K. Geramos
Associated Press Writer
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — When waitress Amber Dean spotted 8-year-old Shasta Groene at a Denny’s restaurant around 2 a.m., something about the little girl’s face was familiar.
Cautiously, carefully, she talked to the child and the man with her, bringing her a milkshake and offering her crayons to keep her occupied. The child looked so much like photos of a girl who had been missing since her mother, brother and mother’s boyfriend were slain a few miles away that the waitress Shasta Groene called police.
“It clicked in my brain,” said Dean, 24. Her restaurant and businesses across the area had been displaying photos of the girl and her brother since the youngsters disappeared six weeks earlier.
As the officers arrived and talked to the little girl early Saturday, Shasta broke down and told them her name.
The man with her, a 42-year-old register sex offender, was arrested. But Shasta’s 9-year-old brother, Dylan, remained missing Saturday and was feared dead, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said.
He said investigators believe the boy had
See Found, Page 2A
All in the family
Billy Lovell, left, and his grandson Matt Lovell prepare a goat Friday for stewing on the Fourth of July.
Fourth of July stew is Lovell family tradition
By Tashia Lovell The annual stew dates back more than 60 as far
as anyone can remember, and has been held at sev-
Members of the Lovell family ranging from less eral different locations, than one year to more than 80 years old will gather It started as a family gathering each year and has
Monday for an annual tradition — the July 4 Goat grown to include friends, as well.
See Tradition, Page 3A
Freedom Fest to offer family fun at stadium
By Tashia Lovell
Entertainment for the whole family is what can be found in Athens July 4 at the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest sponsored by Moms-On-a Mission.
The nationally recognized organization founded by Limestone County resident Karen Koenders, offers care packages to soldiers overseas.
The event will be held outside the Athens High School football stadium.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. and will last through sundown after which Reliance Bank hosts a fireworks display.
There will be activities for all ages including music, bingo, horse rides, a waterslide and much more. A Black Hawk helicopter from Redstone Arsenal will also be available for viewing at the event.
See Freedom Fest, Page 2A
Thompsons hold annual barbecue
Terry Thompson makes his way through the food line to talk to over 200 guests that come out to his home in West Limestone. Thompson hosts a barbecue for friends, family and community. People come as far away as Kentucky, lllinios and Tennessee. The annual festivities include music, dancing and mule pulled wagon rides.
News-Courier Alissa Clark
routes set for traffic after fireworks show
Athens police are expecting thousands to attend the 4th of July fireworks show at dusk Monday night at Athens High School stadium and are setting up routes motorists will be requested to follow once the show is over. •
Anyone parking in the area around the Athens Recreation Center will have to exit on to Alabama 251 to Lindsay Lane.
There will be no southbound traffic on Alabama 251 at that time.
Those parking in the high school stadium parking lot will be directed on to U.S. 31 up to Elm Street and anyone parking on the west side of U.S. 31 will be directed South on U.S. 31.
“Our suggestion is if you live west of U.S. 31, you should park on the west side of U.S. 31,” said Capt. Tracy Harrison.
Harrison said police also plan to work all available officers for the holiday and will be checking for f)UI drivers, speeders and seatbelt violators.
Deadline extended for CASA’s Mud Volleyball Tourney
1 he deadline to enter the Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound's annual mud volleyball tournament has been extended until July 8.
I p to 100 teams can enter the tournament at a cost of $15 per player.
The 17th Annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held at Swan Creek Park in Athens and is scheduled for July 16 beginning at 9 a.m.
This is CASA’s primary fundraiser of the year See Mud, Page 2A