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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama Thursday, July 21, 2005 enewscourier.com 50 Cents Qo-crcL tw(ytn,Cnd Kenny Barton of Harvest Subscriber of the day Big money Legislative panel approves a whopping 6-percent pay raise for all state employees. 5A Hey, Sound Off: The city officials demand that we clean up our city. They have condemned property and the property owners are required to foot the bill. They have no choice. Why then can’t the city of Athens be forced to repave and repair our city streets? Politicians sure make big promises during elections, promises they never seem to keep! I, for one, am embarrassed for visitors to see the deterioration and it shows there is a lack of responsibility! We need to all remember this in upcoming elections. I’m fed up! When will something be done? More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The \eus-Courier 232-2720 Index Business........11A Classified.......4-7B Comics..........8B Headlines........6A Lifestyles ........9A Mini Page.......14A NASCAR.........2B Obituaries........2A Essie Mae Sims Gatlin Johnnie Pearl Long Opinion .........4A Sports.........1-3B Valley ..........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment C 'Otnmit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 É/imeáUme vlabd 322 Hwv. 31 N* Athen» 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0034 69847 00001 News-Courier Kim Rynders Two Athens police officers investigate the cause of a wreck Wednesday that injured an 80-year-old Athens resident who apparently passed out at the wheel while driving down West Market Street. His van struck two cars and one was shoved into a house. Van crashes into cars and Athens home Orange juice used to treat 80-year-old victim at scene By Sonny Ti rner sonny@athensnews-courier.com A glass of orange juice and a trusty doctor may have saved the life of an elderly Athens man Wednesday who apparently passed out at the wheel and crashed into two vehicles causing one of them to be pushed into a West Market Street home. “Dr. Max Boone just happened to be in the area and he quickly administered first-aid to the victim,” said Athens Policeman Doug Duren. who is investigating the wreck. “Dr. Boone was giving him orange juice.” Duren said witnesses told him the victim, James Harold Graham, 80, of 805 West Washington St., Athens, may have passed out at the wheel and was traveling east on Market Street at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the road, smashed into the back of a van parked in the See Van, Page 2A Heat wave Weather experts: Heat index to reach 105 by the weekend in northern Alabama A way to stay cool Wear loose-fitted clothing, keep plenty of water by your side and avoid all alcohol. Don’t stay outside in the heat for long periods of time. Bv Sonny Ti rner sonny(a athensnews-courier. com A blistering heat wave that is being blamed for numerous deaths in Phoenix and other portions of the western United States, is apparently headed this way and should arrive by the weekend. “It's moving this way and by the weekend residents of Athens and Limestone County along with the rest of North Alabama will be feeling it,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Troutman. "We’re definitely going to the feel the hottest temperatures of the year.” Troutman said weather experts are expecting a rise in the temperature from the lower 90s to high 90s Saturday and even higher by Monday. The heat index, he said, will make it feel like 105 or above by late weekend. “If you are going to be outside this weekend you need to wear loose-fitted clothing, keep plenty of water with you and avoid alcohol to avoid dehydration,” Troutman said. “We encourage people to limit their time in the heat and not stay outside in it for long periods of time.” The heat has been so intense in Phoenix, from Saturday to Tuesday, Phoenix police reported a dozen people had died of apparent heat-related illnesses. Phoenix and other portions out west have endured above-average See Heat, Page 2A News-Courier Denny Koenders Jeremiah Koenders and Brent Harris enjoyed a day on the Elk River Tuesday and were having fun on Koenders' big Wave Runner. It was a way for the two to stay cool in the intense summer heat. Koenders was home for a few days, but returned Wednesday to his duties with the Army in Iraq. Natural gas training site proposed in city By Karen Middleton News-Courier Reporter A proposed natural gas training site could be one of only two in the nation if the Athens City Council approves the project. Gas Department Manager Steve Carter said Wednesday that he plans to take the $300,000 project request to the council on Monday night. He went before the Athens Planning Commission for site plan approval for the 5,000-square-foot classroom Tuesday night. The commission unanimously approved the site plan as well as issuing a certificate of commenda tion for Carter’s initiative in bringing such a prestigious project to the city.     4 Carter has conducted natural gas operator’s field training at the 2 I/2-acre site on Sanderfer Road, east of U.S. 31 South for the past 11 years. The addition of a classroom build ng for written and computer training would make it the most complete facility of its site outside the Southwest Gas training site in Phoenix, Ariz., according to Carter. “It’s going to be good for the city as far as tax revenues go,” said Carter. “We expect it to be used by See Training, Page 2A Sparky came by to visit The News-Courier Tuesday to generate interest in this weekend's Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. He hopes to see children like Chloe Harbin, of Clements at this year’s event. Don’t forget Kids Korner at Festival B\ Tashia Loveli tashia(a athensnews-courier.com The Ole Time Country festiv al is just a couple of days away and several activities are planned for Kids Korner. According to Lynne Hart, executive coordinator of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, there will be a 22-foot waterslide, a slip and slide, a double slide, The Unclimbable Ladder, and Jolly Jumper (moon bounce) at the kid's Korner as well as games for the kids. Special deals are offered for the activities. See Festival, Page 2A Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Buyer found Bankrupt Winn-Dixie sells leases for 102 stores, including Athens ha Passing interest Local football coaches hold joint scrimmage at Clements IB Courier