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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama Home sweet home? Clements coach Barry Daniel takes Colts to site of his schoolboy heroics Fuel costing farmers Farmers say fuel costs eating into the bottom line, Horse & Farm    SA The News-Courier Friday, Skitkyibkr 2,2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County; A Community of Tradition and Future enewscourier.com 50 C K\ rs Jane Balch of Athens Subscriber of the clay Hey, Sound Off: I’m glad places like Wal-Mart and Lowe’s are accepting donations to send to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many of us want to help but don't know how. 1 know the Red Cross only accepts money because so many people try to donate used items (and pawn their unwanted Junk off on storm victims), but some people would like to know how to donate new items and canned food. Is there any way to let people know if any agencies are accepting new items or canned goods'.^ Thanks. Note: Before Thursday, no agencies that w ere accepting food or clothing had approached The News-Courier to let us know: As you can see hy today's lead story, at least one church is now requesting items. If you would like to help, please see the list that accompanies the story. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified... 4-6B Comics____ 3B Headlines 4A Horse & Farm .....8A Ledger ____ 14A Lifestyles .. 6A Obituaries.. 2A Morris F. Abernathy Mildred Jean Shoulders Religion . 9-11A Sports..... 1-2B Valley 5A Weather ,.. 2A Daily Bible .Moment "^heu LahcDi a tie! Bel hue I atiswered citid said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord; we can not speak unto thee had or good. '*W, Genesis 24:50 tlitnrdonr khfd .122 H»A3I N* Alhm 256-2.12-1051 Obit line 256-771-OO.U 69847‘OODOI Refugees heading here \e\vs-Courier/Kim Rynders -ocal church helps house victims: asks for aid from community Bv Kfi.lv Kazkk kelly(cyathensnews-coiiriercom Thursday afternoon, the gym looked like a church camp. Cols covered in blankets formed neat rows, awaiting someone to sleep in them. A few cots were already occupied Wednesday night as word spread that the people of Athens had room and wanted to help. Relatives of a member of East Highland Baptist Church on Nick Davis Road were offered refuge at the church after being left homeless when Hurricane Katrina roared through Mississippi. They told some friends, who told some friends, and by Wednesday night people were sleeping in the church's gym. “We had 20-something people last night and more are coming,” said East Highland’s pastor, Dan Anderson. The See Church, Page 2A Gulf Shores ‘Not ha' baa as as Ivan’ Courtesy City ot Cuill'Shores Directly above, Alabama 59, known as the beach road along Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, was once again covered in sand following Hurricane Katrina. At top, Charles Collins, left, and Pete Branton set up beds where 'Hurricane Katrina victims will soon sleep at East Highland Baptist Church on Nick Davis Road. Bv Kfllv Kvzfk kelly(a aihensnews-courier.com From his cell phone. Clayton Wallace sounded w inded. "I'm moving stuff back into my house," he said with a huff Wallace, editor of The Islander new spaper 111 Gulf Shores was off work Thursday to take care of a few personal things -like spraying oozing mud from the floors of his home. “1 had between one and two feet of water m my house,” he said comparing the flooding to Ivan's damage, which left 4.5 feet of water 111 the house. "My wife said she wasn't going to tear carpets out again, so we tiled the floors after Ivan. We're going to spray the house out with power washers.” C omparisons to last September's Hurricane Ivan are unavoidable, and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are more than happy to say Ivan beat Katrina in terms of damage. W'hile many homes were flooded some still being rebuilt after Ivan Wallace said the damage could have been much worse. See Ivan, Page 2A Council wi advertise bids to construct police facility Bv KaRFN .MlDDl.FFON ancnews(fypclnet. net Saying plans for a new city police station are as basic as they can possibly be, the Athens City Council agreed Thursday to begin advertising for bids for the multi-million dollar complex on Sunday. But Hurricane Katrina may make the project even more costly if a storm-generated spike in wood product prices comes about. "We have the completed drawing and we would like to begin advertising on September 4 and open bids on October 4,” said Athens Public W'orks Director Janies Rich. "We want to give contractors notice as soon as we can.” Rich said that the city will advertise for bidders in local newspapers as well as the Huntsville Times and Birmingham News. "Any time you have a project worth over a half-million dollars you have to advertise in a statewide publication,” said Rich. Architect Robert Gray with Paul B. See Bids, Page 3A BgaagiiHgi'- jTiijj-if •■!•«■■■■■■ News-C'ouricr Kim Rvndcrs Athens firefighters Neil Armstrong and James Hand gather items donated to aid people who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. fTmiTimifTffiriMiTMiiriTi»    'im    iiiiiiiiiiaiwwnHWTTMnniTMmnMMMniiii^    laiiiiMiiiHiiii—    imiiiii Limestone residents sending aic to victims From staff kfports Several locations locally are taking donations to aid those in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Athens News-Courier is currently accepting monetary donations to help some of the sister newspapers affected by the storm as well as others who need help. 1 he .Athens Fire Department is accepting critically needed items at their three locations. Items needed are infant and toddler supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene products, pet supplies and non-perishable food Items. They are not accepting cloths or jarred food. .Also, those interested in making a monetary donation can call the .Athens Fire Department at 233-8710. Donations made to the .Athens Fire Department will first go to benefit people on the Gulf ( oast m Alabama. Donations will also be accepted at the See Aid, Page 2A