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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama Athens Bible Academic Achievers PAGE 12AThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Visit us online Inside Today Щг* W ÆÉÊêÉÊt Wednesday, May 27, 2009Local convict escapesMan charged in Elkmont murder escapes from Perry County prison By Kelly Kazek [email protected] I hensnews-courief, com A Michigan man who pleaded guilty in February 2007 to a murder-for-hire in which an Elkmont man was killed in 2003 has escaped from a private detention facility in Perry County, according to a Department of Corrections spokesman. Brian Corbett with the Alabama DOC said Joshua Loyd Southwick escaped Monday from Perry County Detention Facility, a private institution from which the state leases beds tor prisoners. Southwick, who was 25 in 2007, has been at the facility since March, after first being housed at Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery and then Draper Correctional, Corbett said. Southwick received a life sentence for murder and 20 years for burglary in Limestone County Circuit Court in connection with the death of Michael Bryant, 21. See Escapee, page 5A Joshua Southwick A letter to my (older) self TTW Tribute to fallen hero Boys & Girls Club to host Tank Beavers' Memorial Basketball Classic June 19-21. SPORTS, PAGE IB W V\ • . " • . >§L ¡л \ V ■ * 4 „ VA Л ;,V H'. л '    \    ч    -,    £    '    : \ С V°, ft 4 Дл Щф А. #лЛ: IV а NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE Clements senior Jonathon Clark wrote the letter, above left, to his future self when he was a first-grader. Clark's teacher, Melanie Bridges, pictured at right with Clark, asked him and 17 classmates to write the letters in May 1998 as an exercise in time passage. She saved the letters and returned them to the students last week. Graduating high school seniors open letters they wrote to themselves in the first grade By Jean Cole Clements first-grade teacher Melanie Bridges handed senior Jonathon Clark a letter and asked him to open it. The 18-year-old squinted at his own name scrawled on the envelope. “Hey, I think I sort of rerhember this,” Clark said. Inside the envelope was the letter he had written to his future self when he was a first-grader at Clements. A wide grin crept across his face as he read: Dear Jonathon I won one ball game in a roll. I like Some firms still grow Small firms that offer unique ways to cut costs.or help big companies retain customers are seeing businesses bloom. PAGE 9A Cutest kid contest Cast your vote online at, bring your ballot by the office at 410 W. Green St., mail ballot to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL 35612 or call (256) 232-2720. Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Health..........8A    I    NEWS    COURIER/KIM    RYNDERS Ledger..........7A    Ed Castile with Alabama Industrial Development Training, above, guest speaker at the Llme- Lifestyles........1C    stone County Economic Development Association luncheon, said the first phase of the Robot- . Lottery..........ЗА    ics Technology Park is set for completion in summer 2010. The state-of-the-art park is a ma- Obituaries.......2A    I jor lure for new industry. Joshua Herschel Bean A№ertEunuJewJers I Economic official: ‘It’s been a better than wither........ .2a I average year’ compared to rest of nation corn and pizza. I like to watch T.V. When I grow up I want to be a football player. Sometimes I ride the bus to my nannys house. Me and my nanny go fishing. I have fun! Love Jonathon See Letters, page 3A 7    69847    00001    6 By Kelly Kazek [email protected] A few more months should see the nation pulling out of a recession, but Limestone County can be proud of the jobs and $71.3 million in investments it managed to add during one of the longest economic downturns in history, said Tom Hill. Hill, president of the Limestone County Economic Development Association Inc., said during the agency’s See Economy, page 5A Limestone judges could not lawfully halt quarry blasts By Jean Cole [email protected] Some Limestone County residents fighting a proposed quarry at Tanner want to know why two Limestone County judges failed to rule on a request to halt blasting and work at the site. The answer? They could not. The case was moved to federal court before any action could be taken by either of Limestone County’s circuit judges, said Mike Cole of Wilmer & Lee, the law firm representing five Limestone property owners and the County Commission in trying to stop the quarry. On Thursday, attor neys for Wilmer & Lee filed a suit in Limestone County Circuit Court asking a judge to grant both a preliminary and a permanent injunction to stop Rogers Group from operating a quarry off Laughmiller Road. The attorneys, including Cole, Richard Raleigh Jr. and Marcus Huff, argued that quarry operations at the site violate four state laws passed May 11. The next day, before a judge could act on the request by Wilmer & Lee, an attorney for Rogers Group had the case moved to federal court. “Once they file this notice of removal, the See Quarry, page 5A Washington Street Diner One1 Brock East of Athens Square * 1 OO Washington St, Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm Open 6:OOam till 2:OOpm Mon.-Fri. • 6:OOam till 12:OOpm Sat. Take Out Orders - Call 232-0205 Chock out our Doily Blue Plote Special $4,53 n See Our Ad in Today's Ulestyle Section ;