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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama Common ground Stepping forward ¡    Two families, one ancestral plantation Arnold welcomes new coach, i    in Elkmont. Story inside    offense at Clements High    jb The News-Cmri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradm ion and Future \V ED\Fvj»4\, AtGf M 24, 2005 enewseourier.com ^o-<yd' Jesse Beasley of Athens Subscriber of the day SEC preview Look for the SEC football page each Saturday in the Sports section, beginning Aug. 27. mtKFF Hey, Sound Otf: I just want to say that it is no wonder the state of Alabama is considered the state with obesity problems. The people in the city of Athens are so lazy that they can't even push a buggy to a buggy cart that is five steps from their cars. They just leave the buggy sitting in a parking space and hitting other peoples cars. Me and my husband-work too hard to pay for our cars for some lazy person to hit it with a buggy and mess it up. Come on, people, walk a little farther and put the buggy in its place and not on my car. You could lose a little of that weight and save other peoples property. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get tlie news with your morning c'offee Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified... 4-8B Comics..... .....3B Headlines ... 4A Health ..... 8A Ledger ..... 6A Obituaries... 2A Charles William Nelson Jr. Sports...... 1-2B Valley...... ......5A Weather____ 2A Dailv Bible Moment ye fulfill th(^ royal law according to the scripture, thou shall love they neighbour as thyself ye do well. James 2:8 I '■e 1| M 322 Hwv. 31 N • Atlieiis „    256-232-I05I -fW'.-'o«    ()biiliBe25*-771-0934 69847 00001 Security worker stabbed Wal-Mart loss prevention officer attacked during armed robbery Bn Sonny Ti rner sonny@athensnews~co urier. com A 36-year-old Athens man was in the Limestone County Jail Tuesday charged with robbery and assault after he robbed a woman in the park ing lot at Wal-Mart and stabbed a loss prevention officer for the store. Charles Joseph Cunningham, of 606 U.S. 31 South, Athens, was apprehended in a room at the Budget Inn after tracking dogs from the L i m e s t o n e Correctional Facilit> were brought in tu find him. He is charged with first-degree robbery and s e c o n d - d e g r e e assault. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said Cunningham is accused of walkinu Cunningham up behind ; woman m the parking lot at Wal-Mart at midnight Moiidas night, pulled a knife on her and placed it against her back demanding her purse. "She pulled away from him and he grabbed her purse and took off running.'' said Brucc Wal-Mart I.OSS Prevention Officer Michael Kitchens was in the parking lot and noticed the man running See Stabbing, Page 2A Athens to study RR crossings Ba Sonny IT rner somn{aiathensnc\vs-courier.com Members of the Athens City Council expressed concerns Monday night that railroad crossings in the city have become dangerous to motorists and authorized a study to determine if crossing gates or amis are needed at several of those locations. "We have some safety issues at several of our major crossings,” said Councilman Ronnie Marks. “We have asked the mayor to get with the railroad people and see if a study can be made on this issue in our most critical areas.” The request comes on the heels of another death at an Athens railroad crossing. Doris Vaughn Malone, 44, of Athens, died when her vehicle was struck Saturday night at the W'ashington Street crossing near downtown Athens. "Wg’re just having too many train accidents,” said Marks. "FJy installing crossing arms we’re thinking that will make it much safer for motorists.” Last June, an 83-year-old Athens woman was killed when her car was struck by an oncoming See Crossings, Page 2A > I Intersection upgrade on Lindsay Lane taiked by city By Sonny I t rner sonnyC^athensnew'S-couner.com The Athens City Council is looking into the possibility of upgrading Lindsay Lane at Forrest Street in conjunction with next year’s planned expansion at the intersection of Lindsay Lane and U.S. 72 East. The council adopted a resolution Monday night authorizing Mayor Dan Williams to execute a contract with the engineering firm of Barge Waggoner Sumner and C'annon for a traffic study at Forrest Street and Lindsday Lane. Councilman Ronnie Marks said Tuesday that he believes the engineers will come back with a plan to install turn lanes at that intersection. “We want the engineers to study that intersection and come back with a plan of action that will include the costs to upgrade that intersection,” said Marks. “That area is too congested and it appears turn lanes are needed there.” The state has already approved the upgrading of Lindsay Lane at U.S. 72, Marks said. “That’s approved and it will be done next year,” the councilman added. “The city’s part of that project is S4,0(K) and the state will pick up the rest.” Marks said additional turn lanes will be installed at U.S. 72 as part of the upgrade there. The U.S. 72 work is expected to follow the completion of the U.S. 72 bridge work over Swan Creek, fhat project has been ongoing for the most of the summer. In other action Monday night, the council approved the following: • Adopted a resolution approving Athens Beverage Company l.LU for the sale of alcohol. • Tabled a proposed resolution to grant Verizon Wireless a special use permit at 208 Commercial Drive. • Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance regarding self-storage/Mini-warehouse storage facilities. Now STARRING ABIGA •u-.-C’^urici ,\lissa Clark Above, Michelle Enskat gets a laugh from her daughter Abigail. Abigail's face will be seen this year in publicity materials for the National Down Syndrome Society. Fler photo was chosen from 2,000 submitted. At left, Abigail gives her best grin for the camera. Local baby shown in video about Down syndrome in Times Square By Kelly Kazek kelly(cyathensnew’s-couner.com When Michelle Enskat of Athens gave birth on March 8, she was handed a beautiful baby girl. She looked at her daughter's face her eyes, her nose, her ears — all perfect. It wasn’t until Abigail Cirace was two weeks old that her mother looked at her with the knowledge that she had Down syndrome and noticed tiny differences in her appearance. “Before I knew, 1 didn't notice an\-thing,” she said. ".Atler 1 knew. I saw th ■ signs. Down syndrome babies Imv ' a deep erease across the center of thcir palms, an extra layer ot skin on then' eyes, their ears are low-set and sort cc floppy and their noses are flat where the bridge woukl be ” Michelle and her husband Noah, who ow ti Huddle House restaurants in Hartselle, Decatur and Huntsville, had See Video, Page 2A I'or inibrniation about tho North .Alabama chapter oi the Down .^ynvirome .Society, call .Michelle Fnskat at ( 2So) i3 i-0800 or Tracy LaIwards at (25()) 206-03.50. Brookhill closed to reoair AC By I asiiia Loy ell tashiaicyathensnews-courwr.com (lass will resume today at Brookhill Elementary School after students were dismissed early Tuesday when th.e building’s air conditioning unit failed the previous day. “The building was fairly comfortable (Tuesday morning),” said Principal Ciarner Fzell. Some areas of the school were warmer than others that morning and the temperature was .’\peet>-il to reach 92 degrees vUitsidv. in the afternoon. Students were dismissed ti'-m school at 11:30 a.m. and aeeordiny to l\7ell. the dismissal went smooth ly- Ezell said that the an eonditton-ing unit stopped working \Uuula\ afteiTHH’n at the end ed' die school da>. W .T I lectne worked Moikkis *ii;:!u and due-da\ I- replace the unit. The old unit had been there since the school' beginning in 1989. F/ell sa d that hghteping might iK.'.e damaged the unit at some peunt. eausmg it to e\entuall\ fail. More than 2D(^ vudenis attend Brookhill I lenient nw Svhool.