Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama College action Cotton to Capitol Auburn, Alabama coverage in Reece Langley’s journey took him today’s sports section 1B from the fields to Capitol Hill ic News-Courier Sunday, September 4,‘1005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future enewscou rier.com 'jcrQ'dt' h^/OX/h/Lnj, Robert Tinnon of Athens Subscriber of the day No curb collection Collection of recyclables at curbside has stopped until further notice, according to the Recycling Center. MUFF Hey, Sound Off: Why did it take the president of the United States a week to get to Mississippi and Louisiana? If 1 remember just correctly, it only took one day for him to get to Florida when they were hit so hard. When are people going to wake up and disapprove of the Republican administration. I cannot believe that anyone cannot see what this country is heading for? Gas over $3 a gallon? Come on people, it doesn’t take a scientist to see what the Republicans are doing to this country. Just food for thought. More Sound Off Valley, 6A picks up steam By Allen G. Breed Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care. No one knows how many were killed by Hurricane Katrina’s floods and how' many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating among the ruined city, crumpled on wheelchairs, abandoned on highways. And the dying goes on — at the convention center and an airport triage center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck. Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday that she expected the death toll to reach the thousands. And Craig Vanderwagen, rear admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service, said one morgue alone, at a St. Gabriel prison, expected 1,000 to 2,000 bodies. Touring the airport triage center, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a physician, said “a lot more than eight to 10 people are dying a day.” Most were those too sick or weak to survive. But not all. See Evacuation, Page 3A AP photo Members of the National Guard help Hurricane Katrina victims evacuate from the convention center in New Orleans, La., Saturday. After days of waiting, hundreds of people were evacuated from the city by bus and helicopter. Evacuation Help comes too late for untold many Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2^20 Index Classified..... MfiC Crossword..... 11A Ledger ...... . 10A Church Bulletin . . .11A Movie Listing .. 9A Obituaries..... ?A Thomas Little Steven Moore Emily Sky Stringer Dorothy Tucker Sports....... 1-4C Daily Bible Moment 'o he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?" o ■<w, Acts 9:6 ÊÉmattoM (oh(tj)rl .122 H«v. 31N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 7 69847 00002 3 t News-Courier/Kim Rynders A sign at the station at the corner of Elm and Jefferson streets in Athens notified customers Friday there was no more gas. States suspend gas-pump price rules due to rise By Beth DeFalco Associated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) — State regulators across the country are being asked to make concessions for sen ice stations with older gas pumps that v\ eren’t built to compute gas prices above $2.99 a gallon. With gas prices seeing a rapid rise in recent weeks, gas station owners say they were caught off-guard and didn't have a chance to upgrade their pumps in time. To remedy the problem, several states have agreed to temporarily allow gas to be sold by the half-gallon — something that’s normally illegal — until new parts can be ordered to allow pumps to compute higher prices. Regulators say they arc allowing the quick fixes because many of the older pumps are in rural areas or owned by mom-and-pop shops that would be forced to close until retrofit parts arrived. “If we did not implement the half-price exemption, these stations might shut down and force consumers in rural areas to drive farther to fill up." Ohio Agriculture Director Fred Dai lev ^aid in a news release. “The only thing worse than high gas prices is no gas at all." Most of the problem-plagued pumps are analog the kind that use w heels to display the price per gallon. \\ hen those were built, the dollar wheel only had three digits: 0. 1 and 2. See Gas, Page 2A Athens to host Night of Bands By Sonny Turner son ny(aa t hens news-courier. com A special “Night of Bands” event featuring five city and county high school bands and the Pride of Dixie Marching Band from the University of North Alabama w ill be performing Saturday at Athens High School. The bands performing in order are West Limestone, Athens, Clements, East Limestone, Tanner and UNA. The UNA band will be playing as a special guest of the local bands. The event will start at 3 p.m. and will continue until all have performed. “It’s a way each school band can show off what See Bands, Page 2A Committee formed to study growth of the City of Athens BV K VREN MlDDI 1 ION ancnewsa pclnet.net Managed city growth is a balancing act: \nnex more land to build more houses but attract sufficient commerce and industry to build a tax base to pay for serv ices to the annexed areas. On Friday, Athens Public Works Director James Rich led the first of a series of annexation studv committee sessions in City Council chambers. What city officials say they want to avoid is “unrestrained growth" in which no holds are put on annexation. Rich said that the denser population is See Growth, Page 8A ROJ Sf AHKS : I** News-Courier Alissa (. lark A Tanner High School band twirler struts her stuff.