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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama Etched in stone Clements seniors memorialize classmates in school courtyard 1CState champsTwo Athens softball teams bring home state titles.w.. EDNFSDW, JtlNE 29, 2005 50 Cents Bush rejects timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops By Jennifer Loven Associated Press Writer FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — President Bush on Tuesday rejected calls for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq or sending more patience for Americans who painful costs. “Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it,” Bush told a nation increasingly doubtful about the toll of the 27-month-old war that has taken the lives of more than 1,740 U.S. troops. Bush spoke in an evening address for a half-hour from an Army base that has 9,300 troops in Iraq, hoping to persuade the public that his strategy for victory needed only time — not any changes — to be successful. The audience of 750 soldiers and airmen in dress uniform listened respectfully, breaking into applause when Bush vowed that the United States “will stay in the fight until the fight is won.” Bush has faced calls for a withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, on the one hand, or an increase in forces to intensify the battle against the enemy. See Bush, Page 3A troops, counseling question the war’s President Bush Readying for July 4 News-Courier/ Alissa Clark Dawn Wagnon, above, works at a fireworks stand on U.S. 72 West in Limestone County. Fireworks cannot be sold, possessed, nor shot within the Athens city limits without a permit. Stands like the one above and other businesses are located in Limestone County outside the city limits. Commanders: Bingo expenses justified Jean Inman of Prospect Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: I would like to say a few words about game fowl breeders or cock fighters, as we are called. I don’t think we get a fair shake in this country. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States with their deep pockets and false tales are turning on good, solid honest people with families who served our country in a time of war — people who have never been in trouble or a nuisance to society. This is just not fair. I’m all for animal rights to a degree. PETA and the federal police recently raided a cock fight in Tennessee where they arrested more than 100 people and gassed 300 roosters. Does this sound like animal cruelty? does to me. At least if they had let them fight, 150 would still be alive. This is a sport that has been around for hundreds of years. Our economy is already in need of repair. Most people do not realize how many it would affect if they take our fowl. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 4-8B Comics..........3B Ledger..........13A Health...........8A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries 2A Dimmie Joy Longshore Claud P. Rainey Lucille Luna Smith Arsey Lee Turner Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment Я. nd the man bowed down his head, and worshiped the Lord. Genesis 24:26 о L._ 322 Hwv. 31N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit li at 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 By Karen Middleton [email protected] Commanders for two local veterans’ organizations say expenditures from their respective bingo funds are necessary to keep providing services. Disabled    American Veterans, Veterans of    j Foreign Wars    LAS I and Vietnam Veterans of    IN A America conduct bingo    SERIES games once weekly by per- - mission of 2000 legislation that says nonprofit organizations can run bingo games for “charitable, educational or other lawful purposes.” The law says groups may also deduct “reasonable expenses” from proceeds. The three posts take all post operational expenses out of bingo earnings, including conventions and mortgage payments. The DAV for calendar year 2004 declared $42,434 in gross receipts, $23,308.32 in net bingo proceeds and donated $4,140, or 9 percent of gross, for charitable or educational purposes. VFW declared gross receipts of $145,940 and $54,804 in net proceeds and donated $3,438 or 2 percent of gross. VVA declared $151,113 in gross receipts and $51,451 in net proceeds and donated $5,849.32, or 4 percent of See Bingo, Page 3A Get the news with your morning Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Nine arrested at refuge Indecent conduct cited for second time in 11 months From Staff Reports Nine people were cited by state and federal authorities last week for indecent exposure on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in southwest Limestone County. The citations were issued during a three day operation conducted between June 23-25. This operation was the second to be conducted in 11 months and was based upon numerous and repeated complaints from citizens regarding individuals engaging in indecent conduct at all times of the day and night on the boardwalk in the refuge located off Interstate 565. “Hundreds of thousands of citizens visit the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge annually, and they and their families should not have to be exposed to indecent and obscene conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin. “This successful operation was a result of collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies, and the citations will be prosecuted by my office.” “The vast majority of the 650,000 people who visit Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge on an annual basis do so to enjoy the Refuge’s natural beauty and resources.” Said Wheeler Refuge Manager Dwight Cooley. They shouldn’t have to worry about encountering people who are engaging in illegal activities such as public indecency. We will continue to conduct undercover operations and press for the vigorous prosecution of any and all who are apprehended while engaging in these acts of public indecency on the Refuge. It is unfortunate that we have to expend scarce resources and the public’s tax dollars in this type of law' enforcement operation.” This operation was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officers and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Officers. The citations will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys before a United States Magistrate Court Judge in Huntsville on Aug. 9. Mushrooms seized, three in custody By Sonny Turner [email protected] Athens police arrested two Decatur residents and a 17-year-old Athens teenager Monday night after confiscating a quar-ter-pound of mushrooms investigators say were brought here from Kansas to be sold on the street. “We had been watching the 17-year-old and were familiar with the Decatur couple,” said Det.-Sgt. Trevor Harris. “We stopped the vehicle as it pulled into the Winn-Dixie parking lot (off U.S. 31) and searched the car and found the mushrooms in a zip-lock bag concealed in the trunk.” Arrested and jailed on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance were Lyla Ward, 21, and Ryan Barrett, 25, both of 3233 Fieldstone Dr. S.W., Decatur, and the 17-year-old Athens juvenile who was turned over to juvenile authorities and sent to the juvenile detention center in Tuscumbia. See Mushrooms, Page 2A Councilmen deny racial bias in board selections By Karen Middleton [email protected] net Two Athens city councilmen said Tuesday that their lack of action on two recommended board reappointments was not racially motivated and resulted from a lack of preparedness. In a Monday night council work session Councilman Jimmy Gill accused Councilman Ronnie Marks and Councilman Harold Wales of dragging their feet on reappointment of Hubert Ward to the Zoning Board of Adjustments “because he is black.” Marks and Wales had recommended tabling the measure for further study. See Racial bias, Page 3A ) ;