Questions? Call (888) 845-2887 Hablamos Español

Athens News Courier Newspaper Archive: July 10, 2005 - Page 1

Share Page

Publication: Athens News Courier

Location: Athens, Alabama

Issue Date:

Get 1 more page view just for clicking

to like us on Facebook


   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 pppppppppppppppppppppppppp  One for the title  Decatur rallies to force Athens into decisive game for AAA district title jjj  Hungary to learn  Giobal Volunteers travel to Hungary to teach English, today in Lifestyles  1C  The News-Courier  Sunday, Ji lv 10, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscouner.com  On* Doi i.ar  John Putman of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Awaiting launch  Wednesday is the day NASA has long awaited, with the space shuttle scheduled to, return to  service  9A  mtff  Hey, Sound Off:  Concerning the bingo bonanza that seems to be thriving in Athens: 1 didn’t know Athens had become a small-town Tunica. Why is it that other not-for-profit groups can raise money for their causes w ithout bingo?  What if every nonprofit in town started bingo? We’d have bingo on every corner.  1 have nothing against the game, but I believe these people should follow the rules.  Does being a veteran entitle you to being above the law?  I think not. Let’s be accountable, folks!  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Sett s Courier  232-2720  <*sm0‘  Index  Classified 1-16D  Crossword.......19A  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries........2A  Barbara Ann Nolen  Other Views 5A  Our Opinion 4A  Sports.........1-4B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  Э am a companion of all who fear You.  Psalm 119:63  gi* Ш/ПъеШ'пе (ohafx!  \bjp 322 H»v.3l N • \thcns „    256-232-1051  •<»,    Qbit    line    256-771-0934  _ 7 69 84 7 00002 3  Dennis heads for state  Many on coast ignore order to evacuate as shelters, rooms fill up  GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A heavy stream of traffic moved up converted one-way Interstate 65 on Saturday but tens of thousands ignored a mandatory evacuation order, opting to ride out Hurricane Dennis at home rather than hunt for a scarce motel room or join the crowd in a shelter.  “I always stay,” said Mobile nightclub worker Clifton Pugh. “I’ve never evacuated. We don’t have any place to go. We’ll have a couple of decks of cards and some candles and flashlights. We stayed  during Hurricane Ivan.”  Memories of Ivan are fresh along a coastal area where blue tarp on damaged roofs and empty, wrecked beach buildings remain 10 months after the hurricane made landfall at Gulf Shores.  “It’s just part of living down here,” said Barry Davis, who left his Baldwin County home with his wife at 4:30 a.m. to stay with family members in Calera. “But it’s unusual that they would be this close together. There’s still a lot of damage left from Ivan that hasn’t been fixed.”  Dennis, the earliest to reach Category 4 strength in the Caribbean on record, dropped in strength to Category 1 after passing over Cuba, but strengthened again as it moved over open water into a  See Dennis, Page 3A  Wind, rain likely here  The National Weather Service is calling for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in Athens today. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Showers and thunderstorms likely Sunday night. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low near 71. Windy, with a east wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.  Showers and thunderstorms likely to continue Monday. Cloudy, with a high near 81. Windy, with a east wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.  City wants Charter to repay $90 K  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  The Athens City Council has decided to send Charter Communications a letter demanding a $90,000 payment in delinquent pole-attachment fees from last year.  That notice follows the dismissal of a lawsuit in federal court in Birmingham that Charter had filed against the City of Athens which clears the way for Athens to pursue its lawsuit against the cable company.  Athens Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins met with Mayor Dan Williams and members of the council Thursday in work session and advised councilmen then that Charter has ignored the city’s payment requests**  Charter counter■sued' Amens more than five years ago alter Athens filed suit against Charter asking the court for a declaratory judgment on whether Charter had met requirements of the franchise and whether the cable company was meeting standards of a pole attachment agreement.  Brian Terry, a former president of the council, said the city filed suit against Charter and Charter later countersued in federal court. He said the city sued Charter for a number of reasons, but one major reason was that “Charter was not following through with the agreement they had with us and that involved safety that they were not properly training their employees.” Terry said the city also charged that Charter, when it purchased the cable company from Falcon Cable years ago, refused to follow the rules and regulations Falcon had agreed to with the city.  “We asked that they produce records to show how much they owed the city,  See Charter, Page 2A  Making it shine!  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Lee Akridge, of Glencoe, polishes his 1930 Ford at the annual Delphi-Saginaw Classic Car Show Saturday. The all day event had people from several states attending and showing cars. Hundreds battled the heat to attend the car show and admire the different types of cars on display.  Hog calling, watermelon eating among festival events  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athcnsncws-couricr.com  Get your bib and get ready to eat- a watermelon and pie-eating contest are among the activities at the upcoming Ole Time Country Festival.  Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Director Lynne Hart said that the organization will provide the watermelon and chocolate pies for the competitions and whoever eats the most when the time is up will be declared the winner.  But, eating is not the only competition at the festival to be held Saturday, July 23. There will also be a Hog Calling contest. This is a way for participants to demonstrate their skills or just have a little fun. A chai. -pionship ribbon and ham will be awarded to the biggest “ham” in this competition.  The Ole Time Country Festival will be held at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. on July 23. The festival will also feature the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby.  See Festival, Page 2A  Courtesy photo  Hog calling and eating competitions are just a couple of activities that will be held at the upcoming Ole Time Country Festival to be held Saturday, July 23, at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.  Tanner to host 29th tractor pull  Bn Tashia Lovell   tashia@athcnsnews-couricr.com   For those who have never been to a tractor and truck you will soon have your chance to view the excitement.  The 29th Annual Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull is scheduled for July 29-30 at Tanner High School. The event begins each night at 7.  Chairman and Announcer of the event Johnny Malone said that Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, Open Modified 4WD Trucks, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, and Pro Stock 4WD trucks will all he at the event.  He said that last year there were approximately 80 hooks each night and that he expects that many or more this year.  The purse for this year's event is more that $31,400.  The Pro Stock 4WD Super Farm Purse is as follows, first place-$450, second place-$350, third place-$250, fourth place-$150, sixth place-$75, seventh place-$50 and  See Tractor pull. Page 2A  mmm wmkm  шшмятяттш   

From 1607 To The Present

Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!

Growing Every Second

Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 130 million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.

Genealogy Made Simple

Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!

Choose the Membership Plan that is right for you!

Unlimited 6 Month

$99.95 (45% Savings!)

Unlimited page views for 6 months Learn More

Unlimited Monthly

$29.95

Unlimited page views for 1 month Learn More

Introductory

$9.95

25 page views for 1 month Learn More

Subscribe or Cancel Anytime by calling 888-845-2887

24 hours a day Monday-Saturday

Take advantage of our Introductory Membership offer and become a member for 1 month only for $9.95!

Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!

Your Membership Includes:
  • 25 page views for 1 month
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a Monthly Membership only for $29.95
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a 6 Month Membership only for $99.95
Best Value! Save -45%
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!

What our Customers Say:

"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.

"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.

"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.

Search Billions of Newspaper Articles 130 Million+ Pages and More Added Weekly!

Uncover 400+ Years
of Newspaper Archives
(1607 to today!)

Browse by Date

Research Newspaper Articles from 11 Countries
& all 50 U.S. States

Browse by Location

Explore 6,200+ Current &
Historical Newspaper Titles
and Counting!

Browse by Publication