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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama On the tube Experts offer tips for regulating family TV time Dedication rewarded Ukrainian champion in Athens for wrestling camp    jb The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future encwscouner.com 5i\ Cents •• Mrs. Oscar Barker of Athens Sulrscriber of the day Happy cows US. receives first shipment of Canadian cattle since Mad Cow cases. 12A Hey, Sound Off: I know the city has talked about improving our streets and they need it badly. For example, the conditions alone West Hobbs Street from Hammonds to Hine are deplorable. There are many things that need improving before nature and man collide! Look at the streets; the turn from Hine to Hobbs is in terrible shape; tree roots have pushed the pavement up and long growth extends above the highway. In addition, there is no sidewalk for pedestrians to walk safe- ly- Now tell me citizens of Athens, is this any way to allow our city to look? I believe these are some serious issues which need to be addressed and now. Gel the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The \eu's-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified......4-10B Comics   3B Ledger..........11A Health...........8A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries........2A Essie Mae Gatlin Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment e of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, hut condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Romans 12:16 iém^ito ne fCkabel 322 Hhv. 31N • Athenv 256-232-1051 Obit Unt 256-771-09.34 7    69847'0 3001 A conservative choice Bush chooses appeal judge Roberts for Supreme Court By Deb Riec hmann Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush named federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. to a seat on the Supreme Court Tuesday, delighting Republicans while unsettling some Democrats with the selection of a young jurist with impeccable conservative credentials. “John Roberts has devoted his entire professional life to the cause of justice,” Bush said in a prime-time announcement at the White House, “and is widely admired for his intellect his sound judgment and his personal decency.” If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, the 50-year-old Roberts would succeed retiring Jastice Sandra Day O’Connor, who has long been a swing vote on a court divided narrowly on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, states’ rights and the death penalty. Roberts stood at Bush’s side as the president heaped praise on him, calling him “one of the finest legal minds” in the country. Roberts The president said he had recently spoken with Senate leaders of both parties and said they “share my goal” of confirmation proceedings conducted with dignity and fairness. In brief remarks, Roberts said it “is both an honor and very humbling to be nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.” He said he has argued numerous cases before the high court during his career, adding, “I always got a lump in my throat whenever I walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court, and I don't think it was just See Roberts, Page 3A Beating the heat News-Courier/Kiin Rynders Trey Adams, of Athens, stands in a spray of water at the Athens City Pool Tuesday. With the heat and humidity so high, children and adults alike are trying to find ways to stay cool. The pool has several sources of entertainment for children, from the fountains shooting up out of the ground to a multi-level slide. ASU: Athletic ban will stay County School Board hear proposed budget By Ta.shia Lovell tashia(^thensnews-courier.com The Limestone County Board of Education was presented a proposed 2006 Fiscal Year budget Tuesday night prior to the board meeting. Jonathan Craft, Chief School Finance Officer, presented the proposed figures, which includes total revenues for the upcoming year of $63,939,207 with total expenditures of $66,311,243. See Budget, Page 2A By Sonny Ti rner sgtiinieri^cn/ii. com Athens State University will not follow the lead of Calhoun Community College to restore athletics because the school cannot afford to do so, ASU President Dr. Jerry Bartlett said Tuesday. “Our reason two years ago to do away with athletics was not because Calhoun did away with their program, but because we could no longer afford to keep athletics at Dr. Bartlett ASU,” said Bartlett. “It was costing us $380,000 a year then and today it would cost us more than $400,(XX). We just can't afford it.” Bartlett said that Athens, since it is a two-year upper level division institution, always found itself fighting to compete with the larger four year schools in athletics. He said it was hard to build good teams at the two-year school. Athens State University shut down its two varsity sports, men’s basketball and women’s softball, at the end of the 2004 spring semester. Since then there has been no move to restore it, Bartlett said. “The move to restore athletics at Calhoun did not slow down our thinking much,” Bartlett said. “All in all I think athletics would be good to get students involved, but See ASU, Page 2A News-Courier Kim Rynders This softball field on Elkton Road that once was home to the ASU Lady Bears is now occupied by Athens Bible School. ASU will not follow Calhoun’s lead and restore athletics, the president of the university said Tuesday. Plaque for cistern TV ' -«*1- ■her News-Courier Kim Rynders The Limestone County Historical Society donated a plaque identifying a cistern that is the last remnant of trinity School. Above, Historical Society members Robert Sturdivant, from left, and Don Frost, along with Fred Wales and Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert, look over the cistern and plaque that are in front of the Limestone County Courthouse Annex. Darryl Long made the fence that is surrounds the cistern. Layout approvetj for subtdivision; city promises (drainage solution By Karen Middleton News-Courier Reporter Residents near a proposed subdivision say long-standing drainage problems make them dread added development. Athens Planning Commission held a hearing for layout approval Valley Land Subdivision to be located north of West Market Street, south of FIm Street and east of Lucas Ferry Road. However, three Pine Street residents say runoff from nearby Breckenridge Subdivision already causes problems with standing water in a ditch running behind their homes. They also say the city does not maintain the ditch, making it breeding ground for snakes and mosquitoes. The proposed Valley Land Subdivision would include senior citizen apartments. Three residents, Judy Carter, Judy Thompson and Edria Roberts told the commission they opposed the subdivision because the city has been promising a solution to drainage problems for See Subdivision, Page 3A