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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Got spirit?  New fieid house  A tribute to those who support Ardmore hosts open house their teams, coming Wednesday Sunday to show off new facility  News-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Fuesday, Augi ST 30, 2005  eiiewscou riencom  50 Cents  <y<yd'  Tracy All:)ritton of Athens  Subscril^er of the clay  Hcv, Sound Off:  What is the deal suddenly with the mailboxes out in western Limestone County? After years of living in the same house, with the same mailbox (and never having a problem before) 1 get a notice on Saturday that my box is too low and too far off of the road? I know we have a new route carrier but what 1 w'ant to know is if 1 move my mailbox closer to the road and it gets knocked off by someone’s big mirror, are they going to pay to put up another?  Who am I fooling, of course not. But I’m going to be real ticked off when it gets knocked off.  Sound Off policy: Not  all items sent to the Sound Off column are published. Items that mention a person or business by name are discarded, unless the person mentioned is a public figure and the item is not a personal attack on that person. Items that have not been published within one month are typically discarded. Send items to kelly(^athensnews-couri-er.com.  More Sound Off  Valley, 5A  Ciel the news with your morning eotfee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Cotiner  232-2720  Index  Classified 3-5B  Comics..........6B  Headlines  4A  Ledger..........8A  Obituaries........2A  Christine M. Bilbrey Birdie K. Clanton Lori Beth Thomas  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather !.. .2A  Daily Bible Moment  'uivly he scor-neth the scorners; hut he    veth  ^race UN to the lowly-  Proverbs 334  j22Hv»v.tl N*\thens 256-2.t2-IOfl ’W,'.*»    ()billinf 256-771-W.V4  69847'OQOOI  Katrina slams Gulf  r-'  Family fleeing Katrina joins ocal relatives  By I asiiiA Loy F I I.  tashiata.athenstiews-courier.com  Rhonda Finley spent part of the day Monday watching national weather coverage on Hurricane Katrina.  She, her husband, son, father-in-law and her son’s fiancé tied lAxirl River, La., Sunday en route to stay w ith family in North Alabama.  “We got here at 5 p.m. yesterday (Sunday),” Finley said.  More storm on 3A, 6A  She said it took them seven hours to get here when it normally lakes them six. She said traffic out of F’earl River w'as four lanes for a while during their travel.  .As far as preparations, she said they got everything that might fly or projectile and put it in the garage. They live in a trailer so there were  See Family, Page 3A  .AP Photos  Florida Palm trees are bent from the force of Hurricane Katrina in an area of Pensacola, Fla., Monday in upper photo. Directly above, Fire and rescue personnel launch a boat amid floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina as they head out to rescue a family outside a hotel in Pascagoula, Miss.  Coroner, wife, Tiend strandec :>y hurricane  By K\rf;n MiDDi i ion  ancneus(a pchict.ncr  How far below sea level is New Orleans?  So far that rainwater seeps under the hotel room door on the 2()th tloor.  Sounds like a bad joke, but for Mike West, coroner and .Athens-Limestone Hospital director of Fmergency Medical Services, his wife, Cimger West, and EMT Jeff Williams it was all too real as the trio rode out an extended rende/\ ous w ith a lady named Katrina.  West called The New s-Courier Monday at mid-morning from the second tloor of the French Quarter Hiltoii Hotel after being evacuated from the 20th tloor where the hurricane was blow ing in w mdow s.  “The windows hadn't blown out in our room yet. but wc had one of those rooms with adjoining doors and the w indows blew  See Coroner, Page 3A  Dairy Queen owner closes after dispute over building  By Tanjif: S( iirimsuer  tanjie(ii,athensnew's-courier.com Thirty-one years ago in 1974 — an icon was born in Athens when Dairy Queen was opened on Hobbs Street just west of the U.S. 31 intersection.  Over the years, generations of Athenians have shared a tradition of Dilly Bars, Peanut Buster Parfaits, dip-topped cones, banana splits and Blizzards at the local DQ. On Sunday, though, the doors were locked and a sign out front read “Thank you customers. Blame the landlord."  Marc Sterling, who has owned the local DQ franchise for seven years, said he had no  See Dairy Queen, Page 2A  .IN*.  Ncws-C'ouncr Kim Ryndors  Athens Dairy Queen closed its doors over the weekend. Franchise owner Marc Sterling said Barber’s pairy, which owns the building, expects him to make costly improvements to the structure but has refused to sell him the property.  Delphi workers facing $5 per hour cut in pay  From si vi f vnd y\iRF rf.poris  Workers at the struggling Delphi Corp. may be faced w ith wage cuts of at least S5 per hour, benefit reductions and work changes that together total roughly S2.5 billion in givebaeks.  That IS the latest news out of Detroit.Mich., the headquarters of the struggling auto parts company. If that doesn't happen. Delphi would likely seek federal bankruptcy.  In his first face-to-face meeting with United Auto Workers President Ron Cettelfmger. Delphi Corp. Chairman Robert S. Miller got right down to business.  A restructuring tApcrt. Miller produced a list of his opening demands. Those demands were wage cuts, benefit reductions and work rule changes that together  See Delphi, Page 2A   

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