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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama Friday night lights How local teams fared in prep football, 1B ews-Coumr Serving Athens and Limestone()F Tradition and FutureSaTI/RDAV, SEPTEMBER 3, 2005 eneHscouner.coni Mrs. N. Davis of Athens Subscriber of the day Aid effort photos The News-Courier plans to publish a special section of photos from the people of Limestone County who are doing something for the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many schools, churches and businesses sent photos Thursday and Friday, but because response was strong, the deadline to submit photos was postponed to Tuesday at noon. The section will be published Wednesday. Send photos to [email protected],.com, or bring them to 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611. W(fF Hey, Sound Off: 1 want to commend Athens Golden Eagle freshman football players who were at practice at 5:30 in the morning, sweated in hot sun and who didn’t miss any of their practices. Some of these kids even worked part-time jobs on top of their football practice. But some of these are the kids who stood on the sidelines at Thursday's game and watched everyone else play. These kids who made each practice should have been the ones playing. Make it fair for all these kids. Rotate them out and let all play. More Sound Off Sunday Index Classified.......4-6A Comics..........5B Golf............8B Ledger..........7A Obituaries........2A Leona Shelton Howard Thomas J. Little SEC Preview 2B Sports.........1-8B Weather.........2A Daily Bible .Moment he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, hut giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6 w -fWi 322 H»v.3IN*.4lhen» 2!i6-2.32-l05l Obit line 256-771-0934 69847ff0001Residents mobilize to help Number of groups gathering money, supplies growing By Kelly Kazek and Tashia Lovell [email protected] [email protected] Susan Patterson carefully rolled a pile of bills and stuffed them into the jar on the counter at The News-Courier office. Bush visits DISASTER AREAS, 3A The bills - half her day s earnings — will be sent along with other donations to victims of Hurricane Katrina. “1 prayed last night and 1 felt God told me to give half of everything 1 made today to The News-Courier for hurricane relief,” Patterson said. “He blessed me because 1 sold more today than I’ve ever sold.” Patterson sells wares from a booth at the Farmer’s Market across the street from The News-Courier office on Green Street. She knew' the new'spaper was one of many agencies and businesses collecting for victims of Monday’s devastating hurricane and wanted to help. “I’m 57 and I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said of the devastation she has seen in the paper and on television. “1 prayed for an hour last night for these people.” Patterson stopped at the office later to bring See Help, Page 3A Wests home safely from New Orleans By Karen Middi.eton [email protected] net Limestone County Coroner and Athens-Limestone Hospital Director of Emergency Services Mike West returned home late Thursday after being stranded all week in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. West, his wife. Ginger, and Emergency Medical Technician Jeff Williams left out of the Hilton Hotel near the French VVest Quarter at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. “Twenty-three buses came in and cleaned every soul out of the Hilton and took us to Baton Rouge,” said West. “1 don’t know if the Hilton arranged for the buses or the government.” The Athens trio had been stranded after attending a National EMS Expo at the New' Orleans Convention Center. Their flight was canceled Sunday because of Hurricane Katrina making landfall and flooding out the airport. West said the Hilton staff went on emergency generator after power failed and continued providing three hot meals a day for guests and local residents who took refuge there. However, he said See Home, Page 2A .\P Photo President Bush tries to comfort Bronwynn Bassier, 23, of Biloxi, Miss., center, and her sister Kim Bassier, 21, left, Friday during a walking tour of the Biloxi. Miss., that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Bush toured the Gulf Coast communities battered by Hurricane Katrina, hoping to boost the spirits of increasingly desperate storm victims and exhausted rescuers. ( oiirtcsv photos Limestone County Coroner Mike West’s vacation photos became documentaries of Katrina’s aftermath. Above, the Hilton hotel, where the Wests were staying, was damaged by winds. Below, military trucks arrived, but none would give the trapped tourists a ride out of the city. West said. Fleeing family lopes for return of beloved pet ost in Athens Roger is missing, the latest victim of Hurricane Katrina, and his family wants him back. He is a 15-year-old Siamese cat traveling with his family from the New Orleans area to Athens. When family members were preparing to leave for the next leg of their trip, Roger slipped out the motel room door and ran. His owners, Rinda Roberson and her daughter Shelley Blake, were staying at Country Hearth Inn & Suites on U.S. 72 when Roger, apparently nervous in his new surroundings, escaped. Though the cat was belo\ ed by his family, Roberson, her daughter and granddaughter had to leave for Cincinnati, Ohio, Friday and w ill then continue to New Hampshire to enroll the granddaughter in school. They expect to be homeless for at least six months. They asked local resident Brenda Daly to look for the cat and let them know if she finds it. She said the family is heartsick. Anyone who sees a Siamese cat in the vicinity should call Roberson at (228) 332-0646, Blake at (228) 332-0540 or Daly at 233-2336. The family also left a number in Cincinnati: (513) 889-0283. Roger has the typical markings of a Siiimese, but he is hea\ -ier than most, Daly said. Woman waits 27 years to report she was raped A 42-year-old Florida woman walked into the Limestone County Jail Thursday and said she wanted to report a rape a rape and assault against her that occurred 27 years ago. “She said she could no longer live with it and decided to come in and and tell what happened to her. She gave us the name of the man who raped her when she was 15,”said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. The woman is a former resident of Limestone County who now lives in Clearwater, Fla., McNatt said. She was living in Limestone County when the rape occurred, she said. “Even though it has been 27 years since this occurred, it still will be investigated,” said McNatt. “We intend to interview the man she identified as the offender and we’ll go from there.” McNatt would not rule out that charges will be filed in connection with the 1978 case. Sonny Turner ^ire threatens gas station News-Courier Kelly Kazek Firefighters rushed to the scene of a car fire at about 6 p.m. Friday after receiving reports that nearby gasoline pumps were on fire. Although the canopy above the pumps did catch fire, melting the plastic light fixtures, the blaze was extinguished before it reached the pumps. No one was injured in the fire, which occurred at the BP station on U.S. 31 at Tanner Crossroads. The front of the convenience store was singed. ;