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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 6, 2009, Athens, Alabama Celebrating ABS state volleyball champs PAGE 2BThe News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Comniunity oi Lradition and Future •'( Visit us online Inside Today Bia Wheel '9 enters Toy Hall of Fame The Big Wheel, the Game Boy video device and the ball -arguably the most popular toy ever -have earned a place inside a glass case at the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. PAGE 5A Ecstasy in the Bronx! Yanks win The New York Yankees bolted from the dugout even before the last grounder was scooped up. After waiting nine years for championship No. 27, no one would dare hold them back. SPORTS, PAGE IB Subscribe (iet the news witli your iiioniiiig coliee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001Friday, November 6, 2009 50 cents Soldier Idlls 11 at Fort Hood Local troops trained at facility before deployment FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post Thursday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States. The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but ahve and in stable condition under military guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. “I would say his death is not imminent,” Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times. The man was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old, eight-year veteran from Virginia. President Barack Obama called the shoot- ing at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, “a horrific outburst of violence.” “It’s difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas,” the commander in chief said. “It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on See Fort Hood, page 2A Competiton on campus NEWS COURIER/ KIM RYNDERS Eight graders Blaire Wright, Madeline Smith, Riley Ridgeway, and Jessica Smith pose above for a guick photo-op in the middle of the Athens Middle School Olympic Games held Thursday in their physical education class. AMS students hold chariot races during study of Rome By Jfnnifer R. Hifi. jauiHcrd^ atliciisncws-coiint'f^.coui There was great excitement at the Olympics games held Thursday morning in Athens. Female Olympians at Athens Middle School competed, wearing togas, in various games including chariot races, The Ho-plitodromos (race in armor), foot races, long jump, and discus and javehn throwing. The eighth-grade talented and gifted students were participating in their own version of the Olympics as a way to learn more about where the games began in Ancient Greece. TAG students are participating for the second year in the See Races, page 3A NEWS COURIER/ KIM RYNDERS Eight-graders Emily Collier and Madison Stewart participate in chariot races at AMS. Contractor set to install turn lanes at new school By JiAN Cot j: /<    tht'Dsiu'w s-anirivr. com CLEMf]NTS — Roadwork designed to improve safety near the new elementary schcx)! should be under way in November, an official said. Pearce Construction, the company building Blue Springs Elementary School at U.S. 72 and Hardy Road, is planning to install left- and right-tum lanes. David Woodrow, project manager for Pearce, had hoped to begin road improvements in October but now says the vyork should begin the week of Nov. 16. “We had hoped for work to begin no later than October, but we were waiting on a waterline that we had to reroute and we are now waiting on AT&T to reroute its fiber-optic cable lines, which was pushed back because of rain,” Woodrow said. The kindergarten through fifth-grade feeder school for Clements High School is scheduled to open in June 2010. See Lanes, page 3A Two men arrested on drug charges during traffic stop A driver stopped for'driving without headlights Wednesday was arrested along with his passenger after an Athens police officer found materials for making methamphetamine, an official said. Officer Jonathan Caldwell stopped a car driven by Larry Earl Hodges, Jr., 30, 21240 Myrtlewood Drive in Athens about 6:40 p.m. at U.S. 31 and Hobbs Street, said Capt. Marty Bruce. The man did not have a valid driver’s license, Bruce said. While impounding the car, Caldwell found items used to manufacture crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle as well See Drugs, page 3A Athens Church of God to host suicide prevention workshop Workshop details By Karfjv MiDDii<nx)N kiuvn^'’athvnsne\vs-ix)»n A suicide prevention program used widely by the U.S. military is now being made available to local caregivers. Dave Hood, pastor of Athens Church of God, said the two-day workshop is not foith based, but as a retmed military chaplain, he is familiar with the program and oftered the fodl-ities of the church. See Workshop, page 3A What: ASIST suicide prevention workshop Where: Athens Church of God, 17835 Quinn Rd., at Lucas Ferry and Hobbs/Quinn Rd. When: Dec. 10-11,8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $75 per person. Scholarships available. Payment may be made first day. RSVP: By Dec. 4 to [email protected] NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Athens Church of God Pastor Dave Root, right, and Army Chaplain Jon Fisher will help lead a two-day workshop in suicide prevention at the church on Dec. 10-11. Index Classified .....................6B Comics .......................5B Ledger .......................8A Obituaries ....................5A    ;    \ ‘VH -r' Joy Brown Elliott Jane Perry Greene J.C. Hall Rehgion ...... 6A Sports ........................IB Valley ........................4A -Z47-tSS7 Weekday Lunch Special $5 cash ¡>ntlk K (iiJi idi itJiic-i I 1 Ì Online edition Follow local teanns into the playoffs at . Just click ;