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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama Si \day, June 5, 2005 e il vw One Doi lak CrQrd■ H'l'O'thsCtvy Christine Biggs of Athens Subscriber of the day »Off Hey, Sound Off: In WW1I the German propaganda minister said, “If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.” I believe that is just what the president and Federal Reserve Chairman are trying to do with the “Social Security Reform” scare tactics. If they keep saying it needs to be privatized or it'll go broke is a lot of hog-wash. It has been found that it can pay 100 percent for more than 30 more years and 75 percent after that. Instead of all the rich getting about a 25 percent cut in their tax bracket maybe they should try just one time to think about the less fortunate. Persons with very high incomes really do not need the small amount that Social Security would pay them. And 1 also believe that anyone making over $500,000 should not be paid any Social Security benefits. I also believe that they should still pay into the system and be made to pay a little more than persons making less than $500,000. The rich have been taking from the less fortunate, and I think it’s time for a little pay back instead of take away. More Sound Off Valley, 6A Index Classified .....1-16D Crossword 20A Ledger..........8A Obituaries 2A Pearlie Leona Atchley Horace 6. McKinney Holland McMeans Other Views  5A Our Opinion  4A Sports ........1-4B Daily Bible Moment JT aithful are the wounds of a friend, hut the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6 mátme t.) V# 322 Hwv. 31 N ‘ Athens ” .    256-232-1051 *'W. e*m 0bit B<( 256.771-0934 _ 7    69847    00002    3Murder trial delayed again Bv Karen Middleton News-Courier Reporter The capital murder trial of Chad Reece in the alleged tnurder-for-hire shooting death of a local wrecker company owner has been continued to the week of October 31, according to District Attorney Kristi Vails. Reece has been held in Limestone County Jail since shortly after the Jan. 27, 2002, ambush shooting of Shane Jarrett inside his Wheeler Street home. Police say Jarrett’s wife, Melissa, 29, hired Reece to kill her husband. They say Melissa Jarrett’s friend, Andy Dugger, 30, conspired v, ith her to have Jarrett killed. A grand jury handed down eight indictments involving capital murder against Reece, Dugger and Chad Reece Melissa Jarrett Jarrett. Reece was to the week of June Jim Moffatt filed have been tried for capital murder 13, but Vails said defense attorney to have the trial continued until the Giving it up for a friend next session beginning October 31 “The defense attorney needed an expert witness who would not be available until Oct. 31,” said Vails. Circuit Judge Robert Baker will hear the case. Dugger and Melissa Jarrett may be called to the stand to testify against Reece. All three suspects have been in the Limestone County Jail held without bond. Reece i* held in maximum security, Dugger is a two-man cell and Jarrett is in a two-person cell with another woman. Jarrett was indicted on two counts one for capital murder for hire and another charging her with capital murder for pecuniary gain. Dugger and Reece were indicted on three counts each of capital See Trial, Page 2A Greyhound will close bus station on June 21 News-Courier/Alissa Clark Foy Southard is a familiar face at the Box Car Café, but next time you see him notice something slightly different about his appearance. Southard, at the suggestion of a regular at the café, decided that if he could raise $500 for his friend he would cut off his long hair. The café raised $742 in cash alone and so went the hair. Foy above is pictured above getting his braid cut by Mitch Davis, Saturday at the benefit. [l\ Tanjie Nash tanjie(it Beginning June 21, area travelers will no longer be able to board a Greyhound bus in Athens, but will need to head for Decatur or Huntsville to access the Greyhound line. Likewise, travel to Athens via Greyhound w ill cease on that date. I he closure of the Athens bus stop — at the Williams Service Station and Hot Chile Taqueria is one of 39 such closures across Alabama. (The service station and restaurant are NOT closing.) The Alabama closures come as part of a plan implemented in 2004 aimed at “transforming (the Greyhound) network to become a smaller, simpler network of routes that will better serve customers with safe, affordable and enjoyable transportation.” Greyhound spokeswoman Anna Folmnsbee said the Athens location is not a bus station at which tickets may be purchased but is simply a bus stop for pick-up and drop-off of passengers. She said the closures should not affect Greyhound employees. “All of the locations we’re closing are agencies that we contract with to simply serve as a location where you can catch the bus or get dropped off.” she said. “At some of them you can buy tickets but they are all stores or markets like in your area and are not actually staffed by our employees.” Bus stations in Decatur and Huntsville will remain in operation, she said. The bus stop has been located on Elm Street in Athens for several years. Previously, travelers could catch the bus at a service station on U.S. 31 at Freeman Avenue. For many years the bus station was located See Greyhound, Page 2A City intersection to be improved on U.S. 72 West Improving a portion of Hine Street to three lanes and the installation of turn lanes at the Hine Street and U.S. 72 intersection is a project that will be started Monday in Athens. It’s a $400,000 project that will be worked on throughout the summer by Burgreen Contracting Company, of Athens. Hine Street will be improved to three lanes 500 feet north and south of U.S. 72 West. Right turn lanes will be installed at the intersection as part of the project and the signals at the intersection will be improved as well. As the result of the construction, traffic will be slowed in the area, city officials said. Rabies Clinic starts Thursday in county Rabies is a disease of all warm-blooded mammals, including man, and is fatal if specialized anti-rabies treatment is not obtained. Raccoons, bats, and skunks are most often responsible for transmitting the virus to dogs and cats. Immunization of dogs and cats provides the only protection for humans. Alabama Law requires that every dog and cat, three months old or older, be vaccinated See Rabies, Page 2A Phone prankster in Athens Phone prankster Willie P. Richardson, right, called the Decatur Wal-Mart and played a phone prank Friday while at the Athens Wal-Mart signing CD’s. He played the prank on behalf of Athens Wal-Mart store manager Lori Huntley, left, and assistant managers Gwen Humphrey and Rachel Blanton. Richardson is known for his outrageous phone calls and was signing copies of his CD’s with the pranks on them. All about youth MtTBtT Scouts gathering Young athletes featured on special ^H^pjjjjjjj^U Area Boy Scouts gathering in page in Sports section    4b    Decatur for annual Camp Days 6AThe News-CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future ;