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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 22, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Health-full table  Family history of diabetes draws healthy recipes from Ruby Hall  Causing a stir  Crimson Tide has fans buzzing again    IB  The News-Cou  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  TнuRSDv^, September 22, 2005  encwscourier.com  50 Cents  George Lindsay of Athens  Subscriber of tlie day  Hey, Sound Off:  To clarify the concern expressed in the Wednesday Sound Off column, the new bike trail will not mix motorcycles and bicycles. This will be a well-marked scenic trail for both motorcycles and bicycles; however, motorcycles will travel on the improved normal traffic lanes. Bicycles will travel on the special four-foot wide path.  — Hugh Ball, president, Greater Limestone Coiinty  Chamher of Commerce  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 w ithin one month are typically discarded. Send items to kelly@athensnew’s-couri-er.com.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Business 10A  Classified 6-10B  Comics..........5B  Ledger .........11A  Lifestyles  9A  Mini Page 12A  Most Wanted 8A  NASCAR.........2B  Obituaries..  2A  T’Kyah L. Patrick Gibson Lois B. Heard Claude Hutto Jackie Thomas Lamb Roxie Tidwell Presley  Opinion .........4A  Sports.........1-4B  Valley...........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  herefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  James 1:21  %hoJ)el  WjlF 322 HH\.3INvAlh(us ,    256-232-IOil  •»IT.    25<,.77i.o934  7    69847    00001  Fleeing from Rita  Coastal residents evacuate as next lurricane threat grows in strength  GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — As many as 1 million people were ordered to clear out along the Gulf Coa.st, and hospital and nursing home patients were evacuated Wednesday as Hurricane Rita turned into a Category-5, 165-mph monster that could slam Texas by the weekend and inflict, more misery on New Orleans.  Forecasters said Rita could be the most intense hurricane on record ever to hit Texas, and easily one of the most powerful ever to plow into the US. mainland. Category 5 is the highest on the scale, and only three Category 5 hurricanes are known to have hit the U.S. mainland — most recently, Andrew, which smashed South Florida in 1992.  All of Galveston, low-lying sections of Houston and Corpus Christi, and a mostly emptied-out New Orleans were under mandatory evacuation orders, one day after Rito sideswiped the Florida Keys as a far weaker storm and caused minor damage.  Having seen what Hurricane Katrina — a Category-4, 145-mph stonn — did three weeks ago, many people were taking no chances as Rita swirled across the Gulf of Mexico.  “After this killer in New Orleans, Katrina, I just  See Fleeing, Page 3A  AP Photo  Galveston Independent School District busses carrying evacuees head north on Interstate 45 in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday as Hurricane Rita approaches the Texas gulf coast.  See You at the Pole  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell  Bill Lindsay of Cairo United Methodist Church speaks to a group of students gathered near the football field Wednesday morning at West Limestone High School for the See You at the Pole prayer event. It is a nationwide event that is initiated, organized and led by students who meet at their school’s flagpole to pray for their school, families, friends, teachers, government or nation.  Knife may lead to burglars  By Sonny Ti rner  sonnydcyathensnews-couriercom  Burglars stole a large amount of cash and jewelry tfom an Athens business during the night Tuesday, but may have left key evidence behind that may help police identify the suspects.  “We found a very unique knife one of them apparently dropped on the outside of the business and that knife is so unusual that we believe someone out there will know who it belongs to,” Athens Police Sgt.-Det. Trevor Harris said Wednesday.  The knife was described by Harris as a long, curved bladed weapon with a style similar to brass knuckles with metal spikes sticking out the front. Harris said the knife could be used to punch, slice or to stab with. He said  Anyone who recognizes the knife is asked to call Athens police at 233-8700.  investigators believe it was u.seu by the burglars to pry open an air conditioning unit in a window so the burglars could gain entrance into the building.  Harris said the business. La Mexicana, located at 202 South Jetierson Street at the Washington Street intersection, was entered and the burglars made off' with the cash and Jewelry.  He said the tip of the blade of the  See Knife, Page 2A  This knife was found on the ground at a Tuesday night burglary.  Visit by bannec author is cancelled  By Tan.iie S(hrimsher  tanjie(a athcnsne\\ s-coi irier.com  Students in grades 7 through 12 at Clements High School who were scheduled to hear a presentation by award-w inning author Chris C'rutcher on Monday won’t be listening to the writer's professional advice after all.  C rutcher’s visit to the school was cancelled this week at the instruction of Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.  Crutcher, a family therapist, is the author of numerous books geared toward pre-teen and teen readers. His book. “Whale Talk,” was pulled from libraries in Limestone County schools in .March after the parent of an .Ardmore student filed a complaint about its use of rough language.  C’ontacted Wednesday, Carroll said  See Banned, Page 2A  Ardmore increases tax 1 cent  By I VSHIA LOY ELI  lashiuui athcnsnen s-courier com For the first time in 20 years residents and shoppers in the town of Ardmore, .Ala. have experienced a local tax increase.  The one-cent increase went into eft'ect in August but was approx ed in July.  “We have depleted everything,” said Mayor Ciene Shannon.  According to Shannon they have already been operating as tight as they can and the reason the funds have been depleted is due to operating the town and paying employ-  He said that for 20 years expenses h  ees.  See Taxes, Page 3A   

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