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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Taking Manhattan Look fast  A look at a city where history meshes Speedy runners help diversify with steel, glass and concrete (JC Athens High offensive attack    IB  Ttie News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Si ndav, Aigust 7, 2ÖÖ5    enewscourier.com;    One    Dollar     index          Classified.....    .M2D      Crossword____    . 15A      Courthouse Beat    . .15A      Church Bulletin    . .17A      Ledger .......    16A      Movie Listing ..    9A      Obituaries.....    .. ,2A      Harold James Steelman      Sports.......    1-4B     Daily Bible Moment  $&lessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.  Jeremiah 17:7  WÊàmettme fchréd  322 Hwy.31 N« Athens 256-232-1051 -im am ohit line 256-771-0934  232-2720  . 7  MM  69847  00002  Athens State designated leader in forestry project  Medora Moore of Elkmont  Subscriber of the day  »Off  Hey, Sound Off:  This is in response to the person that wrote in about banning cell phones, and actually asked, “Where are the police?” First I just have to ask, what kind of communist country do you want to live in? Secondly, I’d like to add there isn't a law against using cell phones in the car. So it really doesn’t matter where the police are since they can’t do anything about it.  It’s still quite legal for cell phones to be used in our cars!  Also, I don’t see how you can compare cigarette smoking in restaurants and cell phones. Smoking causes people to have health problems, cell phones don’t. If you don't like people talking on cell phones, don’t listen.  Obviously you’re paying way too much attention to their conversations because when I go out to eat, I never notice who is on the phone and who isn’t.  You need to just live and let live. You’re way too concerned about what everyone else is doing.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  Is Joe Mack dead or alive?  Former Athens man still missing after boarding plane to Dallas  By Sonny Turner   sonny@atliensnew.s-coiirier.com  He was well-liked and was well off when he left Athens 25 years ago after his mother and younger sister died.  And he was just a baby when he lost his dad to cancer in the late 1950 s.  Now, Joe Mack Maples, the son of the late Joe and Joyce Maples and the  nephew of the late Mack Maples of Elkmont, has vanished without a word or hint of where he might be.  Just what has happened to Joe Mack, who would be 52 today, is a big mystery to his family and friends, many of whom live in Limestone County.  Maples went missing after boarding a plane in Birmingham and no one seems  to know why. Did he leave on his own or was he forced to leave? Was foul play involved in his disappearance?  But today his friends and family want to know: Is Joe Mack dead or alive?  Police found Maples' vehicle at the airport in Birmingham where he lived a few years back and from all indications he got on a plane to Dallas. Texas.  “He may be living somewhere out there because he once told me that he had so many bad memories of here,” said his friend John Plunk, now an Athens attorney. “And if he is, who could blame  him? He had so many emotional things to happen to him with the loss of his family, maybe he could not take it anymore. He was a great guy and it could be he's out there somewhere starting over and living the simple life.”  Plunk said Joe Mack left everything he had to the Humane Society in Birmingham that he told the director there before he went missing that he was leaving town and he wanted them to have his stuff, including his two dogs.  See Joe Mack, Page 2A  News-Courier/Karen Middleton Athens State University President Jerry Bartlett takes a special proprietary interest in the George Washington Tulip Poplar he purchased for the school’s historic tree planting program. The seedling was grown from a seed taken from a tree at Mount Vernon.  Students return to classes Monday  Many students will have new administrators  By Kelly Kazek  kelly@ athensnews-courier.com  Students in Athens and Limestone County schools may find some changes when they return to class Monday.  School board members worked diligently over the summer on personnel changes, including adding and transferring administrators, and preparing for a new school year.  Dr. Barry Carroll, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, said teachers and administrators attended Professional Development Day and the Teacher Institute last week to prepare for Monday.  “Everybody’s excited about getting started," he said.  Carroll said he spent time working with administrators and teachers, as well as visiting schools and the transportation garage.  “It looks like our schools are ready to go and w'e're ready to roll our buses  See Classes, Page 3A  By Karen Middleton  ancnews(a pclnet.net  Athens State University has long prided itself on its connection to state history, but now visitors can \ ieu pieces of national history thriv ing in the soil of this nearly 200-year-old campus.  It began as an advertisement in a forestry magazine and grew 111 10 years to ASU being named bv the American Forestry Association as the site of the most historic trees in the United States.  Tim Jones, professor of Public Safety and Health Administration, is a member of American Forests, the nation’s oldest non-profit citizen’s conservation organization. In 1994 while Jones was leafing through the group's magazine he noticed an ad for a “Living History” program in which organizations or companies could, for a tax-deductible donation, begin plantings of famous and historic trees.  “I was a history major as an undergraduate, but I also took some forestry classes," said Jones. “This project just combines both of my interests. I was surprised when we  See ASU, Page 2A  News-( ourier/Karen Middleton Athens State University Grounds Supervisor Billy McClain, Gayle Davis of the President’s Office, and professor Tim Jones have a special affection for a Tidal Basin Cherry tree on campus. Planted as part of the historic trees planting program, the seedling was grown from seeds from the Washington, D.C., trees that were a 1912 gift of Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito.  Holdin On  ncw s-v. ouricr/Aiissa v tari  A rider is released into the arena in the bronco busting competition Saturday night at the Clements Rodeo at the Limestone Sheriff’s arena. All of the proceeds for the event go to the Clements Athletic Association. Despite rain, many turned out for the event.   

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