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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 1, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 High school scoreboard  Roundup of local gridiron action in Sports, 1-3B  The News-C  SeR\ iNG Athens and Limestone Coi nt\: A Commiлил oe Tradition and Fi it re  Sati RDA^, Oc TOBER I, 2005  enewscotirier.com  ^ly-od'  Sandra Stockton of Athens  Subscriber of the day  A stately icon  State capitol building in Montgomery has a unique history, see Destinations  Coming Sunday  He\, Sound Off:  The NAAC P committee has identified several more streets as prospects for renaming in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., with nine Street being one of the ^rst choices.  Regardless to what street gets renamed, the effective changes refer to E-911 remapping, UPS, and postal service costs, and perhaps more will cause an ox erall affect on the city of Athens, not just one area of community.  Changes are going to come! We as a people need to just let them sometimes.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the new s w ith  your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-6A  Comics..........5B  Obituaries 2A  Thomas A. Blankenship Treva Marie Brown George Milton Spickard James Yarbrough Sr.  SEC Preview 6B  Sports.........1-3B  Weather.........2A  Dailv Bible Moment  he natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him.  I Corinthians 2:14  322    31 >• Athens  256-232-1051 Obit line 256-77I-003A  7    69847‘OODOI    6  Gas crunch affects colleges  Calhoun ‘rearranges’ spring term; ASU focusing on online courses  Kfli^ Kazkk  kelh da at hens new s-conrier. com While Calhoun Comniunitv College off icials are considenng altenng schedules spring semester to help conser\e gas, an Athens Stete University spokesman said he does not foresee class changes there.  “Cutting back classes, no,” said Rick Mould, \ice president for University  Relations. “WeYe considering options for people. We expect to see more interest in online classes and disuince learning classes.”  ■A spokeswoniiui with Calhoiui con-finned Friday that schedules will be re\ ised spring semester due to rising gas pnces. The plan is intended to help students conserv e uas. the woman said.  The fall and spring schedules have already been pnnled hut an adiusted spring schedule w ill be available by Oct. 1 d. she Sitid.  She did not elaborate on specifics, such as if the changes mean longer coui'ses so the students drive iti the campus fewer times.  Mould said students at .\SU are txpi-callv adulls with families and are not likely to move to a college w here they can liv e on campus and walk to class to conserve gas. Instead, they may take advantage of online classes vvlicre coui'sework, pro  jects anti tests iire completed via computer — and distance learning, in which much work is done i>n away from class but students attend once a week or once a month, depending on the course and instructor.  Mould estimates that 50 percent of ASU students are participating in some kind of online or disUmce course.  In addition, .'\SU courses are now available at several junior colleges. Because .Athens State is one of a few “senior” colleges offering only upper  See Colleges, Page ЗА  Open for business in New Orleans?  City’s residents invited to return, at their own risk  NLW ORLEANS (AP) — The sounds of power saws and vvoixl chippers filled parts of New Orleans on i riday as the French Quarter and other neighborhoods that were spared the worst of Hurricane Katrina were officially reopened to residents, a month after the storm hit.  Along St. C harles ......  .Avenue, its famous streetcars still idled Maury Strong and her husband were elated to return home and find they had electricity.  “1 came back to air conditioning and CNN, so I'm happy. The fndge is on, the beer is cold" she said. e been sobbing back in Nagin California for two or three weeks. I thought it was going to be much worse."  Despite the misgiv ings of state and federal authonties. Mayor Ray Nagin threw open the French Quarter and the Uptow n section as part of an aggressive plan to get the city back on its feet. Algiers, a neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter, reopened to residents on Monday.  Altogether, the neighborhoods account for about one-third of New Orleans' half-million inhabitants. Most of the reopened areas have electricity, but only Algiers has drinkable water.  Serious hiizards remain because of bacte-na-laden ffoodwaters, a lack of clean water  See New Orleans, Page 3A  AP Phuto  Brian Reboul sorts through family photos as he visits his flood damaged home Friday in the Lakeview area of New Orleans. Residents in a large portion of the city were allowed back to check on their homes today one month after widespread flooding following Hurricane Katrina.  Local reaction  With no seuvK fresh water a)icipower and with the threat of health hazards, do yon feel Sew Orleans Mii yor Ka y Sagiii is rushing io^el people hack into the eity'd  “My personal opinion is yes. When you don't have clean water and antiquated facilities, it's just adding more strain.  “Fven in the best scenario, if you had good clean water, you’d still have a lot of problems. I would wail until the utilities and serv ices where more back in line before I'd move my family back m there.”  — Boh Uearon  those people want to get back into iheir homes and I understand that, but they've got to be safe or who knows what could happen.”  .Jean Prater  “I think as long as they think the areas that they are moving people back into is safe then it's OK to let the people come back in.”  — Lisa Medley  “Well, I’ll put it this way, 1 wouldn't want to have his job.”  — V.L. Turner  Prater  Medley  Turner  Patterson sw^orn in  N  News-Courier Kim Ryndcrs  Probate Judge Mike Davis swears in Brian Patterson to his second term Friday afternoon as Limestone County Revenue Commission. An open house was held in the Revenue Commission office to honor him.  Haunted house opens tonight  Goodspnngs Haunted House opens tonight through the end of the month.  The haunted house, located in western Limestone County, is under new operation this year.  Scare 4 Charity, established earlier this year, will sponsor the haunted house and was formed for the purpose of operating the house and donating funds to charity.  The profits will be split between two organizations- Moms On-a Mission and Hospice of Limestone County.  Admission is $5 person and will be open Oct. I, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.  Goodsprings Haunted House is located on Persimmon Tree Road in western Limestone County.  — Tashia Lovell  Storms from Hurricane Rita cause Athens home to flood  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   Jim and Peggy Parlier moved^ from Port Richey, Fla,, in June and were enjoying life in Athens in their lower level apartment complex at the corner of Hoffman and East Washington streets.  That was until Hurricane Rita sent storms through north Alabama last Sunday afternoon.  “We had five inches of water in our driveway and it got into our home,” Peggy Parlier said Friday. “Before it was over we had three inches of water inside our apartment and it ruined the carpet, damaged the furniture and drove us to the upstairs.”  Their insurance policy did not include flood damages and now their stuck with paying the bill if they are to ever move back downstairs.  “We gave up our business in Florida and moved to Athens because we wanted to be near my husband’s parents,” she said. “But we never dreamed it would come to this.”  Parlier said they tried staying in their apartment, but were unable to do so because of the smell.  “The smell was so bad we had to move upstairs,” she said. “Our furniture is damaged, but we can’t afford to replace it so I’ve been using the hair dryer in hope of drying it out.”  Parlier said new carpet will cost the couple $2,000.  She said they are awaiting that to be installed.  “It’s a big mess,” she said. “Hopefully, one day everything will be back to normal.”   

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