Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 9, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Today is 9-9-09
We've passed 1-1-01 all the way to 8-8-08 -even surviving 6-6-06 -but today marks the last set of repeating singledigit dates for 92 years - until we get to 1-01-2101. What does it mean? Who knows if there's any astrological significance; the important thing to note is that marketers jumped on the date for new releases. Today, remastered versions of The Beaties catalog will be released, as well as "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game by Harmonix. The animated apocalyptic film "9" is debuts today but a film called "9-9-09" is still in production, according to Internet Movie Database. The site laughin^squid.com proposed making 9-9-09 a day free of blogging about pet cats. Have a great 9-9-09!
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Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: A Connnunity of Tradition and Future
Wednesday, September 9, 2Q09
\Way sentenced to life in prison
Man pleads guilty to reckless murder In woman's death
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By Jean Cole
jeand^athensnew s-cuurior. mm Janice Gooch misses the soimd of their back door closing and their daughter arriving to say heUo, drink some coffee and put on some makeup before taking their 12-year-old granddaughter to school.
“I don’t want her death to be in vain,” Janice said through tears Tbesday.
She hopes the life sentence with chance for parole given the man convicted of her daughter’s reckless murder will serve as a lesson to others convicted of driving drunk.
“I want something to come of it,” Janice said. “I hope some alcoholics read what he got and maybe this will change them all.”
Until that happens, she hopes lawmakers will strengthen the DUI
See Sentence, page 3A
"I am so thankful for those soldiers and for the 500-plus people who are out there serving today and never get a handshake or pat on the back."
~ TIM KEENUM, PASTOR Of SARDIS SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
In a tribute to American military heroes, local attorney and author Jerry Barksdale, left, described the wartime experiences of Deck Dunivant who would have died on a forced 100-mile march through freezing temperatures if not for two fellow prisoners of war, Winston Garth and Bo Shaw. Below, the Birdie Thornton Singers led by Chris Stevenson performed "The Power of Love" for the United Way Day of Caring picnic Tuesday in Fitness Park.
Day of Caring celebrates spirit of giving back
By Karen Middlcton kareni^athensnews-couricr. com A recoid-brealdng 500 volunteers came out Tbesday for the 12th annual United Way Day of Caring,
“This is the most we’ve ever had to work throughout the community on this day from building wheelchair ramps to doing yard work,” said United Way Executive Director Kaye McFarlen
speaking at an appreciation picnic for volunteers in Fitness Park.
McFarlen went on to thank those in uniforms serving in the armed forces, both stateside and abroad, police of Athens, Limestone, Elkmont and Ardmore, fire departments, both municipal and volunteer, and all emergency responders, which are traditionally honored on Day of Caring.
Those in attendance were also entertained by the Birdie Thornton Singers and Mayor Dan Williams, who led the crowd in the singing of “American the Beautiffil.” Kathy Har-land, chapter manager of American Red Cross sang the National Anthem.
In her tribute to the military, McFarlen told of living in Switzerland several years ago
and being advised not to reveal she was an American.
“I went for a ride on my bicycle and nxie up to a cemetery,” said McFarlen. “I saw row after row of crosses and some Stars of David. An elderly lady walked up to me and asked, ‘Are you an American?’
“I hesitated, and then an-
See Caring, page 7A
Local events scheduled to commemorate Sept. 11
Two local events will be held Friday in remembrance of Sept. U,2001.
The events will have differing focuses.
Cry Out America is an event meant to “celebrate eight years that God has kept America safe from terrorists' attacks.” This nationwide
Christian movement will be observed locally from noon-1 p.m. on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
Local organizer John Ax-ford said Cry Out America was created because “America is in a spiritual crisis.”
See Stpt. B, page 7A
2 suspects arrested for assaulting Limestone man with baseball bat
By Jean Cole
A Limestone County deputy arrested a Tennessee man and woman Monday fenr beating a man with a baseball bat whom th^ claim inappropriately touched a 12-yeaj^old giii, an official said.
Darrell Dean O’Keefe, 35, of 150 Bates Hollow Road and Amy Catherine Smith, 38, of 144 Old Prospect School Road were
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charged Monday with first-degree buigja-ly and first-degree assault, records show.
Limestone County Deputy Steve Rogers was called to 28650 Old Scrouge Road and noticed a man, later identified as O’Keefe, breathing hard and sweating as he exited the residence followed by a woman, later identified as Smith, said
See Assault, page 7A
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