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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Gilbert plantation  Descendants tour site of Elkmont plantation, coming Wednesday  Waving a magic wand  Senior quarterback Colby Phillips directs Ardmore Tigers’ offense IB  The News-Cour  l i KSI>\\, Ли;i S I 23, 2(105  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  e n e \v sc о u r i e r. co ni  50 Сen i s  fy о-erd'    tv  7  Betty Cowart of Tanner  Subscriber of the day  Hev, Sound Off:  On one of our hot Alabama days. 1 was driving home from the grocery store in my car loaded with fresh seafood and boxes of ice cream bars when I got a flat tire near the corner of U.S. 72 and Lindsay Lane.  As I waited for my husband’s help, how nice it was to be reminded that, in Athens, one is never really alone.  A friendly clerk from a nearby business came out to my car with a warm smile asking how she could help me.  Then, an employee from another business came out to my car offering to put my ice cream and seafood in his store’s freezer.  My husband arrived and was working at changing the tire when two travelers on their way to Nashville stopped to lend a hand. What lovely examples of Southern hospitality. Athens — my kind of town.  More Sound Off  Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-7B  Comics..........8B  Headlines 4A  Ledger..........6A  Lifestyles 7A  Obituaries 2A  Mary Lorene Taylor Clark Cory Blake Morris David Robert Owens  Sports.........1-3B  Valley...........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  ut 1 say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne.  Matthew 5:34  о  •»»v. Í.W  чпШопе  322 Hwv. 31 N ‘ Athens 256-232-IU5I Obit Une 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Woman dies in train crash  Incident marks fourth fatality on RR tracks within year  Bv Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   Doris Vaughn Malone was an energetic, outgoing, honest and loving person, said her sister, Bridgette Townsend.  “She was just special to all of us,” she said.  Malone’s life ended Saturday night at Huntsville Hospital after her car was struck by a train on Washington Street in Athens.  Malone was driving a 1997 Infiniti when a northbound train struck her vehicle as she attempted to cross the tracks while traveling eastbound on Washington Street shortly after 6 p.m. She was taken to j Athens-Limestone Hospital before being transferred to Huntsville.  The train came to a stop just short of the Pryor Street crossing after striking the vehicle, which was pushed aside onto Washington Street. Athens Police Officer Tom O’Hara said railroad warning sig nals were knocked to the ground in the crash. CSX Railway crews were on the scene Saturday night to repair crossing signals. The crossing reopened Monday.  The incident marked the fourth fatality on railroad tracks in Limestone County since November. Joseph Carl “Jace” Hughes and  See Fatality, Page 2A  News-Courier Kim Rvnders  Who is responsible for safe RR crossings?  Above,  Athens Police Officer Tom O’Hara at the scene of Saturday night’s fatal crash. The crossing lights, the only signals at the intersection, were knocked to the ground.  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@jathemnews-courier.com  For the third time —since November of last year— tragedy has struck in Limestone County as the result of vehicle and train collisions.  'W't^is Vaughn Malone, 44, of Athens, died at Huntsville Hospital after the vehicle was in was struck by a train on Washington Street in Athens. The accident occurred  Saturday night.  But, this wasn’t the first time an accident like this has hit close to home.  In June, Bessie Sweeney, 83. of Athens, died when she putt-'d her car into the path of a freight tram at the Hobbs Street railroad crossing.  And in November of 2004. Joseph Carl "Jace” Hughes  See Safe, Page 2A  New 911 director named  News-Courier/ Alissa Clark  Looking over plans for the new 911 center are, clockwise from left, 911 board chairman Harvey Craig, new director R.V. White, Jack Burgen with Martin & Cobey Construction Management, 911 clerk Nita Smith and Eden Powell with Garber Construction. Below, the new 911 building is expected to be complete in September.  East Limestone resident to head local emergency communications  By Tashia Lovell  tash ia@athensnews-courier. com  R.V. White, volunteer for East Limestone Fire and Rescue and retiree of Tennessee Valley Authority, has been named director of the Athens-Limestone Emergency Management Communications District.  The job of the director is to direct 911 activities, said Harvey Craig, former interim director and board chairman.  White said he is looking forward to working for the citizens of Limestone County and providing the most efficient and effective 911 system.  He said one of his first priorities is to sit down and talk with each department head in  See E-911, Page 2A  $400K grant to fund sewer rehabilitation for Ardmore  Bn Kelly Razee  kelly@jathensnews~ctntrier.com  A $400,000 grant will help the town of Ardmore replace faulty sewer lines that are causing problems for some downtown businesses and may have also been a health threat, said Sen. Tom Butler. L)- Madison.  “We’re just glad it came through,” said Butler, who lobbied along with Rep. Tommy Carter. D-Elkmont. and Ardmore Mayor Eugene Shannon for the state grant.  Gov. Bob Rile> ‘s office announced the grant Friday.  “I’m pleased to be able to offer this assistance that will address health concerns and help make the community a better place to live and work.” Riley said in a statement.  The town of Ardmore will provide the remaining $62,000 needed to complete the replacement or repair of more than 9,000 feet of sewer lines. Shannon was out of the office and unable to comment Monday.  A press release from Riley’s office stated that: "Residents say that deteriorated and damaged sewer lines have caused household drains to clog and back up and prevent them from flushing toilets, taking showers and washing clothes. Raw sewage has seeped onto athletic fields at Ardmore high school, and officials from the adjoining town of Ardmore. Tenn., also have complained that the problems are putting undue stress on a treatment facility shared by the two towns.”  Butler said he believes the county will need to focus on sewer serv ice because of growth.  “Sewer problems are going to be a big problem for Limestone County; it’s so fast-grow ing,” he said. “Sewer service is going to have to be something the county really looks at in the near future. Every time we get a chance, we’re obviously going to push for grants.”  He hopes these funds will help relieve Ardmore residents, he said.  “This grant will go a long way toward improving the quality of life in the area,” he said.  The grant is administered by Alabama Department of Economic and Community  A ft airs.   

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