Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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After 26 years, body in Elk River still unidentifiec
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At left, former Limestone County sheriff Hollis Hogan has wondered many times during the past 26 years about the identity of skeletal remains pulled from the Elk River on Aug. 11,1979. Above, the headline in The News-Courier the day after the remains were discovered (Courtesy of Limestone County Archives).
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Limestone County’s John Doe part of nationwide ‘silent crisis’
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former Limestone County sheritf Hollis Hogan has pondered the identity of a mystery man many times m the last 26 years.
He was someone's son, brother, Jiusband or friend.
They have to wonder where he went. tAen if he was sffcvt person, someone somewhere must have notieed he was gone.
Today, Limestone's “John Doe" is a number with no name, one of at least 5,729 unidentified bodies across the nation.
^ It was on a sultry Saturday in rhid-\ugb«t IP^o when fish-' ermen on the Llk River a quar-ter-mile above Maples Bridge made a gruesome discovery; human bones, legs and a torso clad in jeans and socks lodged in debris near the shore.
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Authority cut back the tlow frvm> Tims For<t F)am and dropped the water level m the Elk hv five feet, revealing the upper part of the skeleton a fev\ hundred feet downstream.
“More than likely it was foul play." said Hogaii. "He could have been throw n oif the inter-
stale bridge and floated down, the 1 Ik River goes up a long way"
According to a Vcn.v-( jiiricr story written at the tunc bv then-editor Bob Bryan, ".After tashioning nets of chicken wire used to retrieve the remains, authorities worked nearly live hours be lore returning to shore with the body’s backbone, nbs. skull and parts of an arm and hand."
"We just didn't hav e a lot to work with," remembers Hovtan.
See John Doe, Page 3A
Larger facility considered for Mental Health Center
Organizers readying for annua' Christmas narade December 1
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ancnew s(a,pclnet. net Limestone County Commissioners and Athens City Councilmcn are discussing the possibility of building another facility for the Mental Health Center of North Central ■Alabama.
.According to Bill Gjguere, the communitv' liaison for the Mental Health Center, and Julie Leavitt, the marketing director for the center, the likely building site would be next to the present
One of the serv ices the center prov ides is the Rehabilitative Day Program, which “provides long-term recovery serv ices with the goals of improving functioning, facilitating recovery, achieving personal life goals, regaining self-worth, illness management and helping clients to become productive participants in their family and community life.”
Currently, the program operates from Central
See Mental Health, Page 2A
Garbage schedules, office closings for Thanksgiving week
The Athens Sanitation Department will pick up garbage, trash and recycling on the following schedule during Thanksgiving week:
Tuesday’s collection will picked up on Monday, Wednesday’s collection will be picked up on Tuesday, Thursday’s collection will be picked up on Wednesday.
Limestone County collection will remain unchanged.
Limestone County and state offices will close Thursday and Friday.
Athens City offices will close Thursday only.
122 entrants set to participate
As in parades past, Santa Claus will be a guest of honor at this year’s Christmas parade. The parade, which is Dec. 1, begins at Athens High School and continues up Hobbs Street and around Limestone County Courthouse Square.
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The deadline to enter has passed and the time is nearing for the annual .Athens Christmas Parade.
The theme of this year’s parade is "The Lights of Christmas. ’’ and for the second year Reliance Bank will organize the event.
"We've had a lot of enthusiasm,” said parade coordinator Tonya Carter regarding the parade, in general, this year.
Carter and Betty Christopher, vice president of Reliance Bank, are serving as parade coordinators this year.
Carter said that it seems like there are a lot more floats this year than there were last year.
As of Friday, there were approximately 122 entries for the parade they were still getting entries in through the mail.
I.ast year there were approximately 130 entries in the parade.
Spencer Black, director of the
See Parade, Page 2A
Turkeyology winners namec
Winners in The News-Courier s annual Turkeyology contest, in which readers unscramble names of local businesses to win turkeys, are: Renee Sampson, Sandra
Yeager, Martha Lovell, Bill Jackson, Dan McCuiston, Betty Moore, Susan Nelson, Lynne Hart, Josephine McDade, Tiffany Patrick, Joyce Carter, Lila Chambers, Patti Reeves, Janice Simmons, Annie Bell Clem, Robert Schrimsher, Oma Jackson,
Doris Harris, Mauvice Wilson and Glenda Faye Kellum.
Correct answers were:
Greek Floor Care Center
Jimmy’s Furniture and Things
Bradford’s Jewelry Pawn and Guns
Haney Equipment Co.
Better Living Patio Rooms Butler’s Home Furnishings Wright's Kubota Sales and Service Alfa Insurance Athens Family Care Flanagan Lumber Co. Inc.
Smarty Plants Valley Imaging Center Physician Hearing Care Kelly Nelson Photography Holders Pest Control Congratulations from News-Courier.