Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 8, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Subscriber of the dayWoman dies in wreck
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sonnyiqaihensnew's-couher.com A 42-year-old woman was killed late Thursday night when the vehicle she was driving left New Cut Road just west of Athens and flipped over several times.
Tonja Lynne Baugher, of 7430 Cherry Grove Road. .Athens, was pronounced dead-on-arnval at Athens-
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.
Assistant Limestone County Coroner .Andy .lackson said Baugher was ejected from her vehicle and was traveling alone at the time of the crash.
“It was my understanding that she was coming to town when the accident occurred” said Jackson. “1 he
vehicle did appear to be headed cast when she lost control on New C ut Road just west of Faster I crry Road."
Jackson said he was told Baugher was the mother of tbrmcr West Limestone High School basketball star Bnttanv Rose.
1 he wreck occurred at 10:34 p.m.. Jackson said.
No other details of the accident were available 1 ridav.
Hey, Sound Off:
To the coaches, players, fans and band --thank you so much for your sportsmanship and leadership and love you showed at the football game on Sept. 30. The whole thing could have gotten out of hand the officials had no control of the game and no one in the big crowd got out of order. We want what is best for our players at West. Maybe we need to play a different team than the one we played on that night.
— A fan
Just a suggestion:
W hy not name a portion of U.S. 72 Martin Luther King Drive, from the eastern city limita to the western city limits? When you go to Huntsville. U.S.
72 changes to University Drive, but it is still U.S. 72. Why can't this be done in Athens? Like 1 said, it’s Just a suggestion.
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By early afternoon Friday, what might be considered a big crowd had not yet made it to the Lennessee V'alley Old Time Fiddlers Convention but thousands will probably attend the event during the weekend.
C’hristmas décor, purses, jewelry, buckets, pictures and more were already up for sale on Friday and some were already playing some music inside the Athens State University Ballroom building.
Hershel and Diane Dutton, of Moulton, are just a couple of the crafters.
This is the third or fourth year for the couple to come to the festival and this year they are selling birdhouses, flip flops and more.
“We got here this (Friday) morning,” Hershel said.
They will return this morning.
Another crafter, Connie Trigg, of Star, Miss., learned of the event a few years ago and this year makes the third year for her to attend.
She and her husband Jim are staying in an RV' at Swan Creek while in town for the event.
“We did super the first year,” Trigg said.
However, last year they didn't make as much as they did the first year. Trigg hopes that the cooler weather this year will help out. Trigg sells crocheted and knitted items such as scarves, ponchos and hats.
.According to Trigg the weather this year is the wonderful weather for the fiddlers convention.
“It's hard to sell these hats and scarves when it's hot,” Trigg said.
This year's festival is the 39th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers
The 39th Annual Tennessee Valley OW Time Fiddlers Convention kicked off Friday at Athens State University. Above, John Coleman and John Allfrey, of Mud Creek Iron Works, make a pair of tongs. At right, Hershel Landers, of Hatton, sings and plays the guitar with a group of people in the ballroom. The fiddling, singing and dancing will continue all day today and tonight.
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The musical competition is held on the steps of Founders Hall. More than .SI 1,800 in prize money will be awarded.
The Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce sponsor the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Proceeds from the convention have funded appro.xi-mately $5()t),000 toward student scholarships and other university projects.
Contest resume today at 8 a.m. Tickets are .SIO for Saturday and children 12 and under get in free with an adult.
Warrant issued for suspect in burglary, chase
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Limestone County authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a second suspect involved in the burglary of an Ardmore pharmacy Wednesday and a subsequent chase that resulted in two Ardmore police cars being damaged.
Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said authorities are searching for Orlanda Battle, 30, of 6210 Frier Tuck Drive N.W., Huntsville. McNatt said the warrant charges Battle with third-degree burglary.
Another Huntsville man, Anthony Bernard Brandon, 38, of 4703 Broadmeadow Lane, is already in custody. He was arrested early Wednesday after the car driven by Battle wrecked while being chased by police. The wreck occurred at Lockhart and Hammonds Street in Harvest.
During the chase, which followed a buiglary where thousands of pain killers and other pills were stolen from Fred's Pharmacy in Ardmore, two Ardmore patrol cars were damaged.
McNatt said Battle jumped out of the vehicle when it wrecked and fled on foot.
See Burglary, Page 3A
News-Courier/ Kim Rynders Athens firefighters Mike Clem and David Inman work at the ninth annual Bean Day fund-raiser Friday.
Fire Department cooks up beans or a funtJ-raiser
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Some music, some beans, and something for your sweet tooth were all a part of Athens Fire & Rescue's Ninth Annual Bean Day.
The main focus of the annual fund-raiser is charity.
Besides the Shop With a Firefighter program, money from the event will go to various charities. The event raises thousands of dollars.
A S3 ticket included a plate of white beans and ham, cornbread, slaw, onions and a drink. For an additional 50 cents you could have your pick of a dessert.
According to Fire Chief Cliff Christopher, food and drinks are donated for the fund-raiser and the fire department gets help from various businesses in the area.
The desserts are donated by family, friends and volunteers, which include the Birdie Thornton Center, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Hospice of Limestone County.
Pam Christopher said that a lot of people from the Tennessee Valley Ole Time Fiddlers
See Bean Day, Page 3A