Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Blue Dogs flex muscle
Conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats are enjoying a power surgeJike no other in their 15 years, forcing President Obama to deal with their health care demands.
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Stan Smith of the Owens community is training Jeff, a wild mustang, for October competition in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Horseman lives his childhood
dream of traming wild horses
By Kak>;n Miodleidn
When Stan Smith oi the Owens community w^as a boy, he used to lie in his bed on the same Lrm on which he now lives and dream about goiqg|^t'West to lasso wild mustangs.
Tcxlay, he is living out that dream. Except now the mustangs are coming to hipi from the federal Bureau of Land
Smith, who has previously adopted three BLM mustangs from culled herds, is taking part in the 2009 fjctreme Mustang Makeover, a competition that will be held Oct. 23-25 in Murfiieesboro, Tenn. He picked up his training mrustang Saturday in Cross Plains, Term., to trainSee Horses, page 7A
'It's now or never': Tanner woman
killed in Idaho on trip with husband
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At the beginning of 2009, Ray and Judy Cox decided to sell the majority of the animals on their large goat farm in Tanner so they could be unburdened and ride their motorcycles as they grew older together.
After a ride or two earlier this year, the couple headed out this month for the 69th annual Motorcycle Rally in Stuigis, S.D.
They never made it.
At 5:21 p.m. Tuesday, the three-wheeled cycle the couple was riding was struck by a Freightliner on U.S. 26 near Irwin, Idaho, according to Idaho State Police.
Jucly Cox, 60, died at the scene fix)m her injuries, according to the state police report.
Ray, 72, was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Re-
See Idaho, page 8A
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Buddy Webb of Branch Creek Apartments deadheads a bed of flowers recently. Webb maintains the flowers and puts a lot of personal touches and time into their care.
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A( 7A P at In 'iisiicw s-courU r.coni Some workers at Pilgrim’s Pride, a local poultry processing plant, were told I’hursday that the plant would close in October, according to sources.
A plant worker and an outside source who asked not to be named stated that meetings were held at the plant Thursday during morning and evening shifts and employees were given the news about the pending closure.
No details were given about medical or retirement benefits at the meetings, the internal source said. However, some workers were told some jobs would be transferred to other plants. No details were available on how many or which jdbs might be moved.
The News Courier was unable to confirm the reports through official channels, despite repeated calls to Pilgrim’s Pride’s corporate spokesman Ray Atkinson’s office and cellular phones, calls to four local supervisors, including plant manager Ted Lankford, who answered his cell phone and said he would call back but did not, and e-mails to Atkinson, in-
See Closing, page 8ALocal Save PACT
group says there's strength in numbers
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Athens-Limestone Save Alabama PACT Chairman Jeny Witt said I’hursday if400 parents had not showed up in Montgomery for a March 12 public hearing of the PACf board he believes the program “would have been gone that day.”
While the program is no longer accepting investments, neither has it disbanded and refunded to the nearly 49,000 participants of the Pre-paid Afibrdable College Tuition plan the cost of their contracts.
Tlie program’s assets plunged in value and it now has about half the money it needs to meet its future tuition obligations for the 48,549 participants. PACT, which had nearly 70 percent of its investments in stocks, lost nearly half its value in the stock market collapse that began in the fall of
See PACT, page 7A
Alleged rape victim takes witness stand
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Nineteen years after the alleged crime, a woman who accused a former Clements High School teacher of raping her was on the stand in Lauderdale County Circuit Court for a second day Thursday, this time being questioned by the defense.
Maiy Katherine Edgil told members of the jury that Brian “Keith” McGuire, 48, of Jackson, raped her while she was babysitting at McGuire’s brother’s home in Florence in 1990.
In his opening statement Wednesday, McGuire’s attorney Jeflf Austin claimed that the woman, then 20-yeaix)ld Mary Katherine Hargett, had consensual sex with the then 30-yeaiMYld McGuire. Austin said she had a “crush” on McGuire at the time.
See Trial, page 8A
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