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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama NASCAR preview M la Tournament resumes Fan favorite Bill Elliott to run a limited    The Limestone County Basketball Tournament schedule on Nextel Cup Circuit    2B    ^jujj resumes tQ day at Elkmont.    IB The News-Cou Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Thursday, January 27, 2005    enewscourier.com Business .. .......9A Classified . .....3-7B Comics ... .......8B Headlines . .......6A Ledger ____ ......12A Lottery ... .......ЗА Obituaries . .......2A Clarice Taylor Apple Opinion .. .......4A Sports ... ......1-3B Valley — .......5A Weather .. .......2A How to donate Anyone who would like to donate in the Kindness & Justice Challenge can send donations through a student to Tanner High school. You may also drop oft donations at the school. They are accepting cash donations for the American Red Cross and the tsunami disaster and batteries for soldiers. Funds sought to pave highway Edgewood Road is targeted by officials Students pour out acts of kindness By Tashia Lovell Alex@uthensnews- courier.com She’s only 13 years old and needs a kidney transplant. She has had to have dialysis treatments most of her life, but by looking at the smile on her face you would never know that Vicki Rose was any different than any other sixth grader. Rose is not your ordinary student, not only because she needs a transplant, but because her classmates at Tanner High School have taken her under their wings and have shown her the love and attention that most students do not receive from their peers. It’s through a nationwide program called See Kindness, Page 2A Lovell joins News-Courier editorial staff Tashia Wales Lovell is the newest addition to The News-Courier team. She is a general assignment reporter. “I grew up right here in Limestone Lovell County, Elkmont to be exact, and now reside where some folks refer to as “across the river” — West Limestone,” she says. She is married to Matt Lovell and is the daughter of Jeff and Debbie Wales of Elkmont. She has one sister, Shelly Lane Wales, who is a senior at Elkmont High School. Tashia’s career has taken her on many adventures. After graduating from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in communication arts, she made her way to Hopkinsville, Ky. where see worked as a television news reporter. There she became familiar with the Western Kentucky lifestyle and the hospi- See Lovell, Page 2A News-Courier/Kim Rynders Limestone County Commissioner Bill Daws, left, and Athens City Councilman Henry White show some of the damage now showing on Edgewood Road. U.S. 72 project may take months By Sonny Tlrner sonny@athensnews-courier.com Athens Mayor Dan Williams said work to remove and replace the west bound bridge over Swan Creek on U.S. 72 East in Athens is going to take a while. But the mayor said he hopes it won't take the full 330 days the state is requesting for the project. “That is going to tie up traffic for some time,” the mayor said. “I sus pect there w ill be major traffic problems and I just hope it doesn't take as long as they say they will need.” Burgreen Contracting Company, of Athens, started the Alabama Department of Transportation project Tuesday to remove and replace the bridge. Williams said the bridge is being replaced because of its age. “The Department of Transportation granted our request to delay this project until after the holiday season so as to minimize the inconvenience to our citizens,” the mayor said. “The Transportation Department's district officer is responsible for the project construction.” While work is going on, traffic is being routed to one lane which during peak hours of the day will cause major delays in that area of the city, the mayor said. By Sonny Tlrner sonny@athensnews-courier. c am Saying it is in dire need of repair, a Limestone County commissioner and Athens city councilman are requesting state support in a proposed $475,000 project to resurface Edgewood Road. “This road is heavily traveled by both city and county residents and has undergone rapid deterioration in recent years due to the construction of the rock quarry at Cross Key,” said Commissioner Bill Daws and Councilman Henry White. It is their districts Edgewood Road is located. The two met with State Senator Tom Butler Tuesday who, along with State Rep. Tommy Carter, have agreed to look into the possibility’ of obtaining state funding for the resurfacing. Butler says Gov. Bob Riley may have some funds available for the project. Edgew’ood Road runs from Easter Ferry at Cross Key to Elm Street on Alabama 99 on the northern edge of Athens. The road is 4.1 miles long and is approximately 20 feet wide. Daws said the construction of the rock quarry at Cross Key and the subsequent increased See Highway, Page 2A Tanner Elementary students are participating in the Kindness & Justice Challenge that takes place annually the two weeks following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Their efforts are to raise money for the American Red Cross to aid in tsunami relief and collect batteries for soldiers. From left are Jacob Edge, Jamesa Fletcher and Vicki Rose. 30 Marines die in crash General says severe weather at site likely to blame WASHINGTON (AF) — A top U.S. general said Wednesday there was severe weather at the site of a U.S. Marine helicopter crash in of western Iraq and that he had no reports of enemy fire in the area. President Bush expressed sorrow at the loss of life and said he knew Americans would find the new deaths discouraging. Army Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, said the helicopter was on a routine mission in support of Sunday’s elections in Iraq. Abizaid, in Washington to brief members of Congress on the war effort, said the cause of the crash was still under investigation. Lt. Gen. John Sattler, the top Marine commander in Iraq, said in a videotaped statement from his headquarters in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, that 30 Marines and one Navy sailor were killed. He made no mention of a possible cause and said a recovery team was at the crash site. Sattler identified the aircraft as a CH-53E Super Stallion, which is the largest helicopter in the American military. He provided no details about the circumstances of the crash; he said the victims were members of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Division but was not more specific. Relatives of the victims are being notified, he said. Until that is completed the names will not be publicly released, he said. “All Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force mourn the tragic loss of our brothers in arms,” he said. The Super Stallion is operated by a crew of three and can be configured to carry as many as 55 people. It normally carries 37. The CH-53 is a mainstay of the Marine Corps for ferrying equipment and troops in western Iraq. It was the deadliest crash of a U.S. military helicopter in Iraq. Officials said it was flying over the desert. Bush was asked about the fatal crash during a White See Crash, Page 3A »OFF Hey, Sound Off: I was almost in disbelief when I read this quote from Water Board Chairman Bobby gilbert: We are not funded by tax dollars. Our primary source of income comes from customer revenue and government grants.” Duh. Webster defines government grants as tax dollars entrusted to elected officials to dole out to agencies as they choose. Does Mr. Gilbert think Limestone County residents are stupid? Speaking of the “meager 100 customers” whom he believes are the only ones opposed to Bobby Chandler’s bonus, I have heard this topic discussed often and have not heard one person defend their action. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier Daily Bible Moment ■Of anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24 ici Чь Л    322 Hvsv 31 N ‘ Athens .,    256-232-1051 *»W. 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