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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 rift'RSDAYyJtlA 14,2005  enewscou nene o ni  Index  Business .....10-12A  Classified 4-7B  Comics..........8B  Headlines........6A  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries........2A  Betty Jean Kellum Judy Ann Lanier Dolly Lee Sims Nixon Virginia Alois Pack  Opinion .........4A  Sports.........1-3B  Valley...........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  3Sf anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  Luke 9:23  322 H»v. 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0034  7    69847    00001    6  “No, it’s not too soon. We’ve got to keep going.  We can't just quit after every disaster.”  Virginia Cof'field, Wilmer & Lee, P.A.  City proposes zoning rules for plentiful storage units  By Karen Middleton  ancne\\s(a pclnet. net  Folks have got a lot of stuff nowadays. With attics overflowing, they tote items to the closest mini storage facility.  Mini storage proprietorship is getting to be a profitable business enterprise in these days of plenty. There are more than a dozen such businesses listed in the Athens phone book Yellow Pages.  But City Planner Scott Griess says in the past the facilities have been permitted under conditional usage because city zoning ordinances are out of date and do not include a section that specifically addresses mini storage facilities.  The Athens City Council will vote on a zoning ordinance July 25 to allow for the  See Storage, Page 2A  Gas manager expects quick resolution to Sweet Sue debt  B\ Karen Middleton  ancnews(a pclnet. net  Athens Gas Department Manager Steve Carter said Wednesday that he has no reason to believe that the dispute over how much money that Sweet Sue owners owe the city on a natural gas contract would not be settled soon.  At Monday’s City Council meeting Councilman Harold Wales said that Carter had sent a letter to the council saying that Bumble Bee Seafoods, who bought out Sweet Sue in January and then consolidated operations at the company’s Augusta, Ga , Castleberry's plant in June, owes $388,000 for the remaining two years gas ser\ ice contract.  On Tuesday, John Stiker of Bumble Bee's San Diego office, confirmed that there is a dispute between the company and the Gas Department about what is actually owed on the contract. He said the company and Carter have corresponded on the matter.  “I'm sure that as long as Sweet Sue has See Resolution, Page 2A  The News-  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Athens city officials are pondering stricter zoning regulations to govern the construction of mini-storage buildings such as those pictured above around town. More than a dozen such businesses are listed in the Athens phone directory.  <ycrd- wQ-X/tryifrV(J,  Oliver Kyle of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  Teenagers are always getting a bad rap, so I wanted to point out something I have noticed lately.  Whenever I am in a fast food drive-through in Athens, the young people at the w indows are nearly always friendly and polite. They wish me a good day and thank me for my business.  I know there are plenty of teens getting into trouble. but I think we should recognize the ones who are courteous and polite.  These types of teens will certainly have an easier time when they get out of high school or college and go looking for jobs.  I'm sure their respectfulness will be appreciated by potential employers.  Impressed with local young people  iMore Sound Off Valley, 5A  Lunchroom chef  Edith Birdwell tempts plates at home, in school lunchroom  Hoops stars  West Limestone’s Channa Campbell stands tall during Sports Week i  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The .\eu's-Courier  ( all Wanda at 232-2720  Crops benefit from rains  Dennis’ remnants bring good fortune to farmers  By Tashia Lovell  tashia(a athensnews-courier.com  Two down and there's no telling how many are left to this hurricane season. With periods of rain and wind, how have remnants from storms such as Hurricane Dennis affected crops in Limestone County? And, what does the future hold if the hurricane season is as busy as predicted?  So far. so good according local farmer Matt Haney. He said the rain has been good for his crops.  “We want the moisture,” said Regional Extension Agronomist Mark Hall.  In May, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an above normal 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. That could mean that  See Crops, Page 2A  Matt Haney works on his farm in Limestone County. The recent rain has been good for his crops.  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  Faulty fuel gauge read full, should have shown tank empty  CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (AP) —NASA scrapped Wednesday's launch of the first shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years because of a fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty', a frustrating setback to the agency's bid to get back into space after the Columbia tragedy.  “All I can say is shucks,” deputy shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said at a news conference of grim-faced NASA managers.  The launch was delayed until at least Saturday, and the postponement could last much longer, depending on the repairs needed.  The disappointment came just a day after an embarrassing turn for NASA: A plastic cockpit w indow cover fell off the shuttle and damaged its fragile thermal tiles before the spacecraft had even taken off.  The seven astronauts had barely climbed aboard Discov ery for their journey to the international space station when NASA halted the countdown with less than 2 1/2 hours to go. Up until then, the only threat to the mission was thunderstorms, which rained on the astronauts as they made their way to the launch  See Shuttle, Page 3A  Local  Reaction  Do you believe it s too soon after the Columbia disaster in 2003 for the space shuttle Discovery to launch into space?  “1 really don't think it’s too soon as long as safety is the main objective.”  Lynda Foust, Wilmer (Sc Lee, P.A.  “What are we going to accomplish if it’s successful? In view of the things that’s happened, is it going to be worth losing lives for it?”  ( harlie Christopher Economy Cleaners.  “The time frame I don’t think would be a problem as long as the problems have been addressed.”  Sandra Lovell Wilmer & Lee, P.A.  Astronaut Wendy Lawrence is assisted by an unidentified NASA worker after exiting the space shuttle Discovery in this image from television Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Fla. A faulty fuel gauge on Discovery’s external tank forced NASA to call off Wednesday’s launch of the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster 2 years ago. The space agency did not immediately set a new launch date.   

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