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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 16, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Now we’re cooking  Scenes from the Taste of Home Cooking School hosted by The News-Courier, inside Sunday  The News-Courier  SVII RDAV, Aprii l<>, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  eni'vvscourier.coni  50 ( im s  Warning: RR crossing  County addresses issue of hazardous railroad crossings  By Tanjie Nash   tanjie@athensnews-courier.com   About a dozen vehicles crossed the railroad tracks on Piney Chapel Road in a 10-minute span on a recent clear, bright day.  One was a propane tanker. One was a teenager with music blasting. Two others were pickup trucks pulling trailers behind them.  Without exception each driver brought his vehicle to a complete stop, looking carefully in both directions along the tracks before slowly crossing.  Perhaps the drivers took extra caution after noting four different brightly colored memorial markers near the tracks.  Maybe some of them remember the crashes that took the  See Crossing, Page 3A  *»• A ■'  News-Courier/Tanjie Nash Memorials have been left at the crossing on Piney CHapel Road to mark the site of deaths there.  Daily Bible Moment  3 have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry.  о  m -Art»"  Exodus 3:7  ЁЦтеШте ^habd  322 Hwv. 31N • Athées 256-232-1051 Obit lint 256-771-0934  7    69847'00001  Crafts, plants sold today Athens Bible School’s Homespun  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Vendors with crafts from purses to cloths to  wooden decorations set up  shop Friday in front of    Homespun  Athens Bible School for the    hours today are  25th Homespun Arts and    9  a m unti , 3  Crafts Show and Plant Sale.    . ..,  tu    p.m.    at    Athens  Ihe event continues    .  today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bible School.  “We’re hoping to have a -  good crowd this weekend,”  Homespun Coordinator Terry Banta said Friday.  The event will be competing with other activities in Athens over the weekend including Dogwood Festival events.  Homespun is one of the ways money is raised  See Homespun, Page 3A  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell Erica Wagnon, left, is selling homemade purses, wallets, belts, hair bows, etc., at the 25th Homespun Arts and Crafts Show and Plant Sale. Above, Kirstyn Lowe, left, and Lauralyn Lowe take it easy Friday by traveling through the event by a chauffeured wagon.  Classified 4-5A  Comics..........4B  Golf ............5B  Ledger ..........8A  Obituaries 2A  Kemith Edgar Keith Jr. Earl Junior McLemore Barbara Joe Weavil Joyce Ann Woods  Sports .........1-3B  Weather .........2A  Hey, Sound Off:  I’m outraged. And before everyone starts jumping on me about how I must be a druggie for writing this, just hear me out. I couldn't believe when I opened the newspaper to read about how the Legislature wants to control Sudafed and other medicines that can be used to make “redneck cocaine.” If you put it behind the counter or lock it up, that’s only causing longer lines and a longer wait to get a medicine that works for sinus infections and colds. People at Wal-Mart and other drug stores have too many things going on to stop and get a “locked up” medicine that can clearly be taken straight off the shelf. This reasoning is only hurting the innocent people who really need the medicine to help their congestion.  It’s not going to hurt the people that want to make the drug because they’re going to do what they want to do.  Nothing is going to stop that. Locking it up isn’t going to deter them — they can go from pharmacy to pharmacy because obviously they have nothing better to do.  More Sound Off Sunday  Guards approve new pact with TVA  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Security officers at the Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear power plant at Athens accepted a contract agreement Friday after two days of contract talks with Pinkerton Government Services. An earlier contract was rejected by union members.  Union members voted 99-4 to accept the new contract. The contract increases pay by 25-30 percent, improves family health care coverage and adds one more paid holiday for guards at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.  “It’s considerably more than what we  See Guards, Page 2A  Tanner hosts county’s Special Olympians  News-Courier/Kelly Kazek  Hoyt Toney, on left in photo at left, celebrates with his little brother Stephen, who was named the Amy Alisha Mitchell Outstanding Special Olympian during Friday’s festivities. Above, Josh Rector runs the 50-meter dash.  Steve Powers of Toney  Subscriber of the day  Someone asked Stephen what he thought of the award and his already wide smile grew to cover the entire width  of his face.  His answer was louder than any spoken word.  Nikki Johnson, a teacher at Tanner High School and Limestone County Special  Olympics coordinator, placed the plaque on Stephen’s lap as bystanders cheered and clapped Friday during the Limestone County Special Olympics at Tanner's football field.  “I was crying; I’m still crying,” Stephen’s dad, Jim, said Friday afternoon. “This young man has fought against all odds. I’m as proud of him for that award as any father could be.”  Stephen, a student in Tanner’s class for students with multiple disabilities, was born microcephalic, meaning  See Olympics, Page 2A  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@athensnews-courier. com “Jeff Gordon, Jeff Gordon,” onlookers called to the young man in the wheelchair.  Head leaning to one side, face partially shaded from the sun by a baseball cap, the young man’s smile began to grow — and grow.  Stephen Toney loves racing — and driver Jeff Gordon in particular. Shouting Gordon’s name is one way people can make Stephen smile. “Jeff Gordon is Stephen’s favorite race car driver,” said his mother,  Photos, list of winners Sunday  Dehone Toney. “He got that from both of his grandfathers. He watches it every Sunday.”  A few moments later, Stephen had another reason to smile — he was named the Amy Alisha Mitchell Outstanding Special Olympian. The award is presented to an outstanding athlete in Limestone County each year.   

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