Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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To the person who thinks Athenians are unfriendly: 1 too am a transplant, have lived here for almost 15 years and raised two children here. There are some wonderful people here, to be sure. There are also some people here who are firmly convinced that ■Athens would implode if it were not for them.
Snobbery e.xists here, just as it does in any small town. However. I have never lived anywhere else that put such store in exclusive clubs as Athens does. Is it really necessary to have the sororities in high schooT.’
W hy is such store put in these sororities and ladies clubs to which people are invited, examined by existing members and then deemed worthy or unworthy to be “one of them.” liou is the rejected person to feel then?
Toil might respond that these sororities and ladies clubs do many good things, and they do. Is being in an exclusive group a prerequisite to doing good deeds?
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Will trial be moved?
Judge Baker may rule within week in Barksdale case
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kellyd^i athens) ew s-couher.com л\п attorney for accused police shcwter Farron Barksdale says people in Limestone County can't “evaluate their own prejudice” for a trial to det’ennine Bark.sdale's guilt or innocence.
"1 hey are not in a good position to judge,” Robert Tuten said during a Wednesday morning hearinc in Limestone С ounty С ircuit C ourt. The hearing was to allow attorneys to enter evidence on a change of venue motion filed by Tuten and Barksdale's other anomey. Jake Watson of Huntsville.
Tuten and Watson told Circuit Judge Robert Baker they feel the trial should be moved from Limestone С ounty for Barksdale, who is charged with six counts ot murder, to receive a fair trial. The charges include one count for killing each }>olice officer; one count each for shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count each for killing more than one person at a time.
Limestone County District Anomey Kristi Vails is seeking the death penalty in the case.
Vails entered a brief opposing the change, say ing she believ es a Limestone County jury' can be fair and decide impartially.
Tuten and Watson presented dozens of clippings tiom area newspapers, eight v ideotapes from local
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Saddam argues with judge at trial
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the presiding judge as his trial begins in a heavily forlilied courthouse”in Baghdad s Giwn Zone Wednesday. Saddam went on trial Wednesday for a massacre of his fellow Iraqis
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He enters innocent plea; case delayec until later next month
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. Issoc 'ialed Press U ’riier B.AiillDAD. Iraq (AI’) A defiant Saddam I lusscin pleaded innocent to chargc.s of niurdcr and torture a.s his long-awaited trial began Wednesday w itli the one-time dictator arguing about the legitimacy ot the conn and sculfling w ith guards.
The first session of the trial lasted about three hours, and the judge ordered an adjournment until Nov. 28.
Saddam and his seven co-defendants could face the death penalty if conv icted for the 1982 massacre of 148 Shiites in the town of Dujail. I hey are being tried in the tbrmer headquarters of .Saddam's Baath Party.
After presiding judge Rizgar Mohammed A\min. a Kurd read the defendants their rights and the charges against them which also include forced expulsions and illegal imprisonment he asked each for their plea. He started with the b8-year-old ousted dictator, saying. "Mr. Saddam, go ahead. Arc you guilty or innocent?"
Saddam holding a copy of the Quran he brought with him into the .session and held throughout -replied quietly, “1 said what I said. 1 am not guilty.”
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Scarecrows help patients celebrate arrival of autumn
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Residents and staff at Athens Convalescent Center have been making scarecrows that w ill be judged next week. This is the second year for the contest at the center.
About 15-20 of the residents participate, said Activities Director Misty Gilbert.
"They (residents) do most of the work,” Gilbert said.
Last year approximately 10 scarecrows were made and this year there will probably be about the same.
it’s something that is done to celebrate fall, Gilbert said.
The residents have two teams, both of which are called -Team Young at Heart. Each resident team already has their one scarecrow on display in the yard near the east w ing of the building.
One team has a scarecrow named “Tinkerbell” and the other resident team’s scarecrow is named “Mr. ACC 2005.”
Only one other scarecrow was on display Wednesday morning. The dietary department’s
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Athens Convalescent Center Activities Director Misty Gilbert, at top, and Activities Assistant Keisha Coleman, at bottom,’ are pictured above with the dietary department’s scarecrow that is on display near the east wing of the center. Staff and resident scarecrows will be judged next week.
FEMA help available at Joe Wheeler
A Federal Emergency Management .Agency mobile Disaster Recovery Center has been set up at the campgrounds at Joe Wlieeler State Park until 6 tonight. The center provides an oppoHunity for residents and displaced evacuees in the area to ask recovery specialists about disaster-related programs and serv ices.
The staff at the center w ill prov ide information about a broad range of FEMA programs, including housing assistance, individual and household grants, and Small Business Administration lovv-interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. Mitigation specialists will provide practical guidance on rebuilding and repair measures to potentially reduce damage from future storms.
Before visiting the center, applicants should first register for a.ssistance by calling toll-free (800) 621-FEMA (3362). People with speech or hearing impaimients who use special keyboard equipment should call 800-462-7585. Bring your FEMA registration number and Social Security number. The next DRC will be set up in Anniston.