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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Base reaction  Firehouse fun  Soldiers, families have mixed emotions after Bush speech ha  Owens VFD publishes a book of recipes called “Firehouse Favorites” 9A  The News-Cou  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  huRSDAY, June 30, 2005  enewscourier.com  Index  Classified 4-7B  )omics..........8B  .edger .......10-11A  business 12A  Vlovie Listing 3A  )bituaries 2A  Margaret Azline Coan Harry Allen Coates Glenn Hannah Charles E. “Buddy” Hickey Sports .........1-3C  Dailv Bible Moment  od is my salvation,  I will trust and not be afraid.  o  W, Csm  Isaiah 12:2  ËtimottO'M vhaf)d  322 Hwy. 31 N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit Une 256-771-0934  7    6    9847'0 0001  Hello, Ruby Tuesday  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Restaurant may open next month  The Rolling Stones song may say “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday,” but Athens residents will soon say hello.  Construction on a Ruby Tuesday restaurant is nearing completion on U.S. 72 near Interstate 65 and should open next month.  Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman Angie Heig said the current development schedule sets the opening date for July 26.  “But the development schedule is updated monthly and that could change,” she said.  Anyone interested in a job should go to the restaurant and ask for an application, Heig said.  Qerod  Benton Peyton of Elkmont  Subscriber of the day  »Off  Hey, Sound Off:  Will there ever be enough? Enough money? Enough tax for politicians? Enough to please all those who see alcohol sales as a way to make cash registers ring? The answer is, in my opin ; on, no.  These people will never have enough because greed is never satisfied.  When the Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce put its endorsement on liquor sales in Athens, it was clearly all about one thing — M-O-N-E-Y. The business establishment was never willing to debate how retail alcohol would impact life in our community. Those who pushed a yes vote frequently reminded us, “It’s just about the money.”  They successfully appealed to human nature and greed. Why would we be surprised that those same people are now unwilling to accept any responsibility for the certainty that our quality of life has gone to heck in a hand-basket?  City may sell U.S. 72 land  Councilmen  See Utilities, Page 2A  Pickin' patch  News-Courier/Alissa C lark  Angie Hart and Alex Hyde stop and smell the flowers at Miss Icey’s Flower Patch. Icey’s owner Susan Ferrell picks her flowers around 7 each morning to make sure the flowers stay fresh. Ferrell named Miss Icey’s Flower Patch after her grandmother Icey Laxson. The patch is located on Icey’s old homestead, on Nick Davis Road, east of Athens. If you want to your own flowers, call 233-1662.  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net Anyone need a piece of commercial property complete with infrastructure?  Athens Mayor Dan Williams said that a three-acre site, donated to the city by developers in trade for infrastructure improvements to a 40-acre tract on U.S. 72 East, might go on the market.  Councilmen considered building a public safety complex on the three acres, which is  located directly behind the Regions Bank branch  “We’re going to hold it for now,” said Williams. “At some point we might be willing to sell it, but right now we have nothing in the offing. But if someone came along with a good offer...” Williams said that the city has spent about $600,000 on the site as part of a deal with developers to build streets and extend  See Land, Page 2A  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  A crew from R&W Builders works Thursday on the Holiday Inn Express on U.S. 72 at Interstate 65.  to propose adding GM for utilities  Mayor Williams says he opposes position  By Sonny Tirner   sonnv@athensnews-couner.com  A proposal to reestablish the post of General Manager of Athens Utilities is expected to be presented at the next meeting of the Athens City Council although Mayor Dan Williams said Wednesday he's against it.  Two councilmen,  Harold Wales and Johnny Crutcher, met Tuesday with the mayor to discuss the proposal and Wales Williams said Wednesday he will introduce a resolution at the July 11 meeting to reestablish the post, which was not filled in 2000 when longtime General Manager of Utilities Tom Craven retired.  Williams concedes that “City Utilities is big business,” but “We don’t need a full-time general manager. The utilities is managing pretty good now.”  Fireworks festive, but experts say safety first  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   From sparklers to artillery shells to roman candles, there are plenty of fireworks to be found just in time for the Fourth of July.  Fireworks stands and stores are located in Limestone County that offers customers a variety of options for fun to celebrate Independence Day.  However, you’ll only find these businesses outside the corporate limits of the city of Athens. According to local authorities it is illegal to possess, shoot, and sell fireworks within those limits.  Mark Carter and his father L.F. Carter have been in the fireworks selling business for 30 years. They operate two locations of Fireworks Outlet in Limestone County.  Mark Carter said he has seen changes throughout the years with the types of fireworks available for customers. He said they are bigger, better and basically safer-safer because of testing that has been done.  See Fireworks, Page 3A  Old-fashioned country festival set for July 23  By Tashia Lovell  tashiaia athensnews-courier.com  Have you ever wondered what good oT country folks do for a good time? You might find the answer July 23 at the Ole Time    Country  Festival.  The annual festival will be from 2 -8 p.m. at Big    Spring  Memorial Park in Athens.  “It is our hope that people who work on Saturday can come with their families and enjoy the fun in the cooler afternoon and evening hours,” said Lisa Donahue, chairman of the festival committee.  Among the things to expect at this  # year's event is music, an antique tractor display, vendors and food.  The Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby, a fund-raising race of rubber ducks down a pond spillway in the park, is the highlight of the event. Ducks are purchased and ow ner of the winning duck receives a cash  See Festival, Page 2A  The Ole Time Country Festival is July 23 from 2-8 p.m. at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens   

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