Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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I for one enjoy a game of bingo. And yes, I pay like everyone else to play.
This is how the DAV, VFW and other organizations pay to do charitable work.
1 find this enjoyment fun and not hurting anyone. If you want to say this is gambling, what about the elected officials (and you know whoyou are) that get together and have a friendly poker game or shoot craps.
I guess the law makes two sets of rules for us to live by. Do as 1 say, not as I do.
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1 agree that veterans organizations should be required to follow the legislation just as everyone else does.
Why are they so worried about people knowing how they spend their money? They seem awfully defensive to me.
Sure, they do lots of good with bingo money. They also build new buildings. 1, for one, am glad to know that.
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ObilliM 256-771-0934Dennis heads inland
Gulf Shores orders mandatory evacuation of Alabama beaches
Bv Garry Mitchf.i.i.
Associated Press Writer
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A mandatory evacuation of all residents and tourists was ordered Friday in Gulf Shores as highways began filling with heavy traffic in advance of Hurricane Dennis.
Gulf Shores and neighboring coastal areas including Orange Beach have about 10,000 year-round residents and an estimated 30,000 vacationers had arrived for the busy .inly Fourth holiday week.
“A lot have already left,” Gulf Shores Police Chief Arthur Bourne said Friday prior to the mandatory evacuation order. He said evacuation was essential near the beachfront, particularly campgrounds and mobile home parks.
Gulf Shores city offices will close at
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Paul Russell, front, and his father, Mack Russell, both of Birmingham, board windows of their vacation home Friday in Dauphin Island.
Traffic on Interstate 10 near the Wallace Tunnel at Mobile is bumper to bumper as residents and visitors choose to leave early as Huirricane Dennis approaches the Gulf Coast Friday.
Alabama hotels filling up fast
By Bob Johnson
Associated Press Writer MONTGO.MFRY, Ala. (AP) — Hotels and motels as far north as Birmingham were filling up fast Friday as Gulf Coast residents booked rooms and began leaving in advance of Hurricane Dennis.
Some may have to go all the way to Tennessee, about a 4()0-mile drive from
the Gulf, to find a vacancy.
■'All day long all of our phones have been nnging. The only thing we can tell people is that we are sold out.” said Lasonya Lewis, front desk clerk at Courtyard by Marriot in Montgomery'.
She said hotel workers were busy
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Coach Phil Cavnar won his 100th game at East Limestone last season and the players celebrated that win by dousing the Indians coach with ice and Gatorade.
Funeral for coach set Sunday in Decatur
East Limestone Coach Phil Cavnar, 44, will be laid to rest Sunday in Decatur.
The funeral is at 3 p.m. at Central Baptist Church wi th the Rev. Jimmy Meek and Rev. Mike Butler officiating.
Burial will be in Roselawn Gardens of Memory in Decatur. Visitation will be tonight from 5-9 at Roselawn Memorial Funeral Home on Danville Road.
Coach Cavnar died Thursday from a heart attack while jogging near his home in Madison. He was
the middle son born July 21, 1960 to Ronnie Forrest Cavnar and Doris Chatham Cavnar of Decatur.
After graduating from Austin High School and Athens State University, he went on to become a high school football coach. He spent some time coaching at Austin, Phil Campbell and was the head coach at East Limestone for the past 15 years. He won more than 100 games as head coach at East Limestone and his teams reached the playoffs 10 of the past 12 years. He was named Coach of
the Year twice in this area.
He is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Doris Cavnar, Decatur; brothers, Randy F. Cavnar,
Hartselle and Michael Scott Cavnar, Athens; several aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends and colleagues.
Pallbearers will be Randy Cavnar, Jeff Cagle. Pierre Coggins, Steve Davis, Jimmy Drake, Barr> Gibson, Steve Hargrove and Steve Meek.
Honorary pallbearers w ill be the past and present football players.
Stadium lights go on for EL Coach Cav
By Sonny I t rnfr
It wasn't anything planned nor was there a football game Friday night at l ast Limestone High School, but at 6:30 on the dot the lights came on at Fast Limestone stadium.
The> w ere on for the duration of a football game.
It was Last Limestone Principal Dennis Black's way to honor the school's late coach, Phil Cavnar. who collapsed and died Thursday while jogging ne;u his home in .Madison.
“1 wanted to honor the memory of Phil." said Black. “It wasn't a planned event or anything. The lights went on for anybody who wanted to drive b\ and come bv the field. W'e shared stories and maybe it eased the pain."
The funeral for Cavnar. 44. will be Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Decatur with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur. N'lsitation will be tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Roselaw n Memorial I uneral Home in Decatur on Danville Road.
Black said Cav nar's sudden death from an apparent heart attack was a “shock."
An autopsy has been performed but the results of the autospv have not vet been rev ealed.
Black said the coach never complained and he knew of no one w ho heard him com-
See Lights, Page 2APolice charge Athens man with robbery
By Sonny Tlrner
sonn}%athensnews-couher.com A 30-year-old Athens man who was released from tlie Limestone County Jail Thursday was arrested by Athens police and charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a shoplifting incident in January at the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Fernandez Vatah Rogers, 30, of 904 Beech St., Athens, was arrested from warrants Athens police obtained from the Wal-Mart incident that occurred on Jan. 2.
Capt. Marty Bruce satd Rogers had si iplifted some items at the store and when the store employees confronted him, he pulled a bo.x cutter and threatened them with it before escaping.
Warrants also charge Rogers with third-degree cnminal trespassing — a charge that resulted from Rogers being barred earlier from Wal-Mart from a previous arrest of shoplifting.
Bruce said the suspect has been transferred from Athens City Jail back to the
Limestone Countv Jail where he was being held Fnday. Bail bond had not been set.
In a separate case f riday, .Athens police arrested 41-year-old William Dewayne Howell, of Third Street. Ardmore, w ith obstructing justice using a false identification and second-degree recciv ing stolen property, both felony otFenses.
Bruce said OtVicer Wesley L ittle pulled a vehicle over at 12:45 a.m. Friday on a tratFic stop and the driver gave ilie
otFicer a false name and a false identification card.
“The otficer searched the car and found a plastic bag with old coins and four plastic binders with collector baseball cards." said Bruce. “He also found a face plate to a car stenx- and a check biHik. It was later determined all those items were stolen in a recent burglary in Madison County.
The stop was made at LIS. 72 Hast and C loverleaf Drive.