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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Green thumbs  Students learn about life in the Junior Master Gardeners, coming Wednesday  State bound  Athens All-Star team beats the odds in Priceville, headed to state  IB  The News-Courier  Ti KSi^AV, JuiA 12,2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  QcrCri'  Robert Evans of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Yards of the week  The first week of judging from Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful resulted in these three  winners  7A  HDtfF  Hey, Sound Off:  To the person who asked if having the title of a "veteran" entitles us to being above the law; Playing bingo for the veterans, giving money to the Salvation Army at Christmas, or donating furniture to the Goodwill all boils down to a matter of choice.  A choice is considered a grant that is provided for each one of us through freedom.  Freedom is a right that U.S. residents are given through the sacrifice of our veterans.  It's not a matter of being above the law but if my fellow veterans choose to host a bingo game to raise funds to assist those who suffer from wounds they obtained through sacrifice.  So be it.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Gel the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified ......3-5B  Comics..........6B  Headlines 4A  Ledger..........5A  Lifestyles 7A  Obituaries 2A  Alvis Adams Opal Aycock Minna Chittam Mary Paulk Coffman Arica Taylor Jones Dura Adell Mackey  Sports ........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather ........2A  Daily Bible Moment  streets of the city were pure gold, like transparent glass.  Revelation 21:21  (Oh  lU j#    322 Hw\. 31 N • Albe»  .    256-232-1051  ■'Wi    Qbil line 256-77I-W.34  7    69847    00001    6  360,000 lose power  But damage from Dennis not as bad as expected  AP Photo  Debris washed ashore by Hurricane Dennis lines the strip in Pensacola Beach Sunday. Hurricane Dennis roared quickly through the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast with a 120-mph bluster of blinding squalls and crashing waves, but shell-shocked residents emerged to find far less damage than when Ivan took nearly the same path 10 months ago.  Bv Bob Johnson  Associated Press Writer  GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Gulf coast enjoyed blue skies and mostly unscathed beach property Monday, but Hurricane Dennis knocked out power to about 36(),000 homes and businesses statewide before weakening Monday and moving into Mississippi.  With the beach still mostly abandoned officials put traffic lights back up in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach that were taken down for the storm. Bridges to the Alabama beaches reopened early Monday only for drivers with re-entry decals that are proof of residency.  Bridges will open to all travelers on Tuesday.  Those checking property the day after the hurricane were upbeat. Jeff Noe, who owns two beach rental houses and rode out the storm in one of them, said he lost a week's S5,0(K) rent but suiTered no damages that will keep him from renting again this week.  “1 didn’t even lose my staircases this time and that’s always the first thing that goes,” he said.  See Power, Page 2A  Dennis spares Limestone County  Bv I a.shiA Lovn.i,  tashia(^a thensnews-courier.com  Limestone County escaped major damage Monday after the remnants of Hurricane Dennis made their way through the Valley.  On Monday, Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Agency hadn't received any reports of major damage from the wind and rain resulting from the storm.  While Athens Utilities Manager Gary Scroggins said there were isolated power outages across Limestone County, he reported no major problems as well.  Limestone County District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws said he received several reports of fallen trees but those calls only started coming in during the midmorning hours. His crew worked to clear road blockage caused by the debris.  It all may seem a little too familiar to some residents in the Tennessee Valley. Less than a year ago, the remnants of Hurricane Ivan ripped through the area, leaving debris and power outages throughout Limestone County and other areas with wind gusts near 60 miles per hour.  But according to a spokesman with the National Weather Service in Huntsville. Dennis was a milder storm than Hurricane Ivan.  The NWS reported wind gusts in North  See Dennis, Page 2A  Nows-Coiirier Kim Rvnders  Limestone County District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws and members of his crew work Monday to clear debris on Lentzville Road in northwestern Limestone County caused by high winds from Hurricane Dennis.  First haul  News-Courier/C'harlotte Fulton  Jim Ladner shows the produce he and other Master Gardeners gathered Saturday for distribution to clients of several Limestone County agencies such as DHR, Hospice, and CASA. Ladner said that this year’s first harvest comes later than usual, but he expects this “first haul” to be followed by several more pickings of tomatoes, green beans, squash and corn.  Councilman: City workers ‘just hiding arounid’ is not acceptable  B\ KaRFN .MiDDI KION  ancnews(a ¡h ¡net. net City Councilman Johnny Crutcher drew laughs from those at a Monday night meeting when he remarked that city employees could be spending their time more productively by “playing dominoes” than riding the streets burning up gasoline.  “Surely you’re not suggesting that employees play dominoes on city time?” asked Councilman Ronnie Marks.  But Crutcher said he wasn’t playing it for laughs. He was dead serious.  “1 am tired of seeing city vehicles riding up and down the streets because 1 know they’re not on their way to work  wlien they’re now here near the job,” said Crutcher. “With the price of gas going to S2.15 a gallon, they’d do better to park and go play dominoes,”  Crutcher looked out from the council dais and counted city department heads in attendance.  “I’m asking you to tell your employees to quit riding up and dow n the roads. 1 counted five today that 1 know were not in the right place.”  Crutcher said after the council meeting that he was not referring to police patrol cars. When pressed about just whom he was talking about, he conceded  See Riding, Page 2A  North Athens resident complains neighborhood turning into a slum  B\ KaRFN MlDDli rUN  am new s(a pi I net. net A north Athens resident told the City Council in a Monday night meeting that his Oak Street neighborhood is turning into a slum because of substandard housing that is attracting an unsavory element.  “We have people wanting to build a house on a lot that’s only 50 feet wide,” said Junior Moss. “If you build a house  on a lot that size it will have to he a small one and it will wind up looking like a mobile home.”  But It’s not the size of the houses that most concerns Moss.  “There’s pot smoking going on and a woman walked outside without her top on,” said Moss. “And no one wants to have his family see someone walk out on  See Slum, Page 2A   

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