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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama Special Edition: Stories on local coniniunities, activities Coming WednesdayThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Coininunity of Tradition and Future 50 cents Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Visit us опбпе www^ncwscourierxom Inside Today Obama won't rush The president plans to take his time on a decision on Afghanistan PAGE 6A Comino Wednesday Explosion of 74 Remember the downtown gas explosion? No one was hurt but these manneguins made people think they were STORY COMING WEDNESDAY Subscribe Get the news with your morning coiiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 Fire station budgeted at $750K By Karen MiDomoN [email protected]\vs-couricr. ann Ihe Athens City Council has established a $750,000 budget for the new Fire Station No. 3 on Martin I-uther King Drive. Council President flonnie Maries said a special fund will be created into which the money will be deposited for drawdown as constnic- tion progresses. Of that amount, $600,000 will be spent on the main structure with $150,000 set aside for inside electric connections, driveways, landscaping, telephones and computers and furnishings. “Probably furnishings contain some flufi^ but we’ll have it there if it is needed,” said Maries. Other business Items approved in Monday’s short council agenda included: • Rezoning of property at East Market and College streets fix)m business to medium residential at the request of Dwi^t Billions, who wants to build a house on the property. Billions will have to resolve a sewer issue with the property before a building permit is issued, according to Public Worics Director James Rich; • IVavel expenses for the Electric Department for $29.26; and for the Water Department for $545.35; • Renewal of the cable franchise for PCL Mayor Dan Williams complimented the company on its many See Station, page 3A Watch out, Spielberg COURTESY PHOTO Athens native Brad Thompson, left, talks with an actor in his short film, "Collecting Chloe," a suspense thriller. The film won top honors in tis category in the Southern Shorts Film Festival. Young filmmaker got his start at 6 By Karen Middleton ka ren (^a t Iwii sn ews-courier, com Brad Thompson grew up knowing he wanted to be a film producer. “I’ve been interested in film since I was 5 or 6,’' said Thompson, the son of Dean and Lori Thompson of Athens. “One Christmas I got a little Tyco movie camera that filmed straight to VHS. My best friend, Corey Lawson, would come over about every day and we’d film these skits, then we ventured to short films.” Thompson, 22, a University of North Alabama senior majoring in film and digital media production, won honors in the Southern Shorts Film Festival in Athens Oct. 17. He captured the Adult Division, Westside Jiffy Pharmacy, Best Indie Short $200 prize for his independent film, “Collecting Chloe,” a drama/thriller. Thompson was also recognized with the Scenes from the film To see scenes from Brad Thompson's award-winning film, "Collecting Chloe," or other productions by his company, visit award from Cornerstone Entertainment for Technical Excellence in Film for “Collecting Chloe.” The young filmmaker has invested in a better camera since his early Ttyco days and now shoots with a new solid-state Panasonic AGHMC-150. He has also founded his own film company, Lumpstick Productions. In his award-winning short film, “Collecting Chloe” sets his story in a time- See Filmmaker, page 3A Program supports soldiers overseas Jean Coi^ jeam^' Picture the daughter of a limestone County soldier receiving a small teddy bear on Christmas morning that plays a message from her daddy, who is a world away in Iraq. She would probably play the message over and over, just to hear the voice she misses. You help make this scene possible the children of about 60 local anc^prea soldiers. All you have to do is donate a small amount of money to biy a talking tedcty bear for a member of the 203rd Militaiy Police Battalion, said Amanda Bailey, FRG chairperson with the 203rd. About 85 soldiers from Athens, Limestone and other Alabama counties are currently stationed with the 203rd in Basra. They are training the Iraqi police for their eventual takeover in the region. The unit’s departure from Athens this summer marked the first time a local guard unit deployed overseas since 1950, when the 1343rd Battalion left for the Korean Conflict. Whatever you can muster, the 203rd support staff needs your help now so they have time to buy the bears, send the recorders to Iraq — which takes two weeks — and get them back before Christmas. Each bear costs $3 and includes a recording device that would be sent to Iraq — so a soldier mom or dad could record a mess^e — then returned and reattached to a bear for their tMdren, Bailey said. W5th a little more — around $20 — you could buy a ham or turkey for a soldier’s femily for the holidays, she said. Tliose supporting the 203rd also want to raise enough money to biy and fill Christmas stockings for the troops. They could use the old, artificial See Soldiers, page ЗА Weekend arrests nab burglar and 'laundryman' ' By Edd Davis edi^^athensnews-amrier.ami A security alarm brought Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies to the New Cut Road Mini Mart about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Security video netted an arrest. Sheriff Mike Blakely said Joel Dwight Gooch, 24, of Athens at tempted to burglarize the store by pulling on a rope he tied to the door handle of the store. When that friiled he rammed the store with a vehicle, which shattered storefixint glass and engaged the security alarm. Gooch was later identified in the store’s security video by Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies. He is charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischiefLaundry trustee charged Blakely said the county jail is also in need of a “new laundiy-man” following the arrest Saturday of an inmate trustee. “TTie trustee, who helps do laundiy at the jail was arrested because he had stolen another inmate’s tennis shoes,” said Blakely who identified the trustee as Michael Langford, 44, of Athens. Langford, who is in jail on a bond revocation for a controlled substance chaige, now has the added charge of third-degree theft, said the sheriff. Index Classified.....................4B Comics .......................3B Ledger .......................5A Obituaries ....................2A Martha Hodges James Lomax James Ransom Sports . . .   ...................IB Valley ........................4A Bring a Buddy & Share Your 1st Montli% Fee Only $1430 eadi! No contracts. Off« Expicf October 31,3009. 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