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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Bama moves up  Alabama’s football team now ranked sixth in the country. jg  Coming Wednesday  Bebe Gish Shaw interviews Calhoun Professor Randy Cross.  The Neivs-Courier  Tuesday, October 11, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commi nth ok Tr vdition vni> Fi n  RK  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  C.E. Warren of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Inside today  Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University, to speak at Athens State University on Oct. 17.  5A  Hey. Sound Off:  1 would like to respond to the person who w rote to Sound OFf last Tuesday regarding the maintenance of the Elk River. 1 too would like to know who is responsible for keeping it environmentally safe!  1 \ A always requests a permit when anything is built on the Elk, and yet e\ erv year, there is more trash and im>re logs. I know that fishermen probably don’t mind the tree branches and logy because there is usually good fishing around this. However, it is becoming dangerous for families who want to just have a nice day on the river!  You have to constantly be on the lookout for something in the water.  Docks and boathouses are not safe from this debris either.  So, my question is the same, is there anybody who is responsible for the Elk?  Why are adults and children put at risk, when something could be done?  More Sound Off  Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The \eu s-Courier •*  ¿32-2720     Index          Classified____    . . 4-6B      Comics......    . .. 3B      Ledger ......    . . . .3A      Valley......    . .. .5A      Movie Listing .    ... .2A      Obituaries____    ...2k      Norine Crooke Coleman      Mary Belle Kirkland      Ben Scanlon      George Gilbert Watson      Sports......    1-2B     Daily Bible Moment  will not leave you nor forsake you.  Joshua 1:5  imMme (¿hob!  o  Vi.  322 Hvm. 31 N ' Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  Ex-Republican chief found dead  Police say Ben Scanlon’s death Monday is under investigation  By SONNV Tl RNF.R  sonnyda at hens new s-courier. com The former chairman of the Limestone County Republican Party was found dead at his apartment early Monday and police are calling it a “death investigation.”  Ben Scanlon. 48. was found dead behind a door leading from the stairs at his two-story apartment at Willowbrook  Apartments on Henry Drive. Scanlon served as the Republican chairman in the 1990 s and was deeply involved in the local political circle for a number of years.  “It’s a death investigation and we’re trying to figure out what happened and hopefully we will be able to determine that," said Athens Police Lt.-Det. Floyd Johnson. “We are requesting that the  body be sent off for an autopsv ." ‘  Scanlon's 14-year-old son and a friend who is also 14. were inside the apartment w hen police arriv ed. Johnson said the hoys dialed 91 1 to report the incident.  Johnson said the body was found by ambulance service paramedics when they arrived on the scene at approximately 10 a.m. He said the body was found behind the door from the steps leading down to that door. Police had to use a ladder to go on the balcony to enter a back door to remove the body. Johnson said the teenagers opened the back door tor investigators.  Relatives at the scene said Scanlon was a single father and that the 14-year-old had spent the night with his son.  “We hope to know more later, but right now we can’t say anything for sure other than we are treating it as a death investigation." Johnson said.  Police spent much of the morning and part of the afternoon at the complex.  I imestone County Coroner Mike West pronounced Scanlon dead at the scene.  “Right now we don’t know what caused his death, but we're hoping the autopsy will tell us more," West said.  Mayor says loss _  Apple  WINS again  of Delphi could be devastating  BY S()\\\ Tl RNKR  sonny @ athensnew s-courier. com The future of Limestone County's Delphi plant in south Limestone County was uncertain Monday with the announcement this past weekend that Delphi has filed for bankruptcy.  Employees at the plant received a 16-page informational sheet Monday advising that all employee  wages, jobs and bene-____  fits will continue as Dan Williams usual until Delphi hears from the bankruptcy courts.  General Motors Corp. might ultimately lose more than $12 billion from Delphi's bankruptcy filing or it might  cost the automaker nothing significant.  The only thing for certain is that it will end up as one of the many issues to be sorted out in US. Bankruptcy Court in New York, where proceedings for Delphi are to begin today.  In Limestone County, Delphi owns and operates two plants and employs approximately 2,500 workers. It is Limestone County's largest industrial plant.  “If they shut down it would be a hard hit on our economy," Athens Mayor Dan Williams said Monday. "1 believe Lawrence County and Morgan County have more employees there, but we've got a few hundred and if we lose that many jobs at one time it will  See Mayor, Page 2A  From the sky  Courtesy photo  Gayle Davis, co-chairman of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, presents a trophy to Brandon Apple, 2005 Fiddle King.  Tennessee tiddler new Athens ‘Fiddle King’  7  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders A helicopter carries a piece of an air conditioning unit to roof top at Clements High School Monday. Two units were being replaced at the school, one at the lunchroom and one at the school’s library. Due to utilities near the area and possibly additions at the school, a helicopter, instead of a crane, was used to move the old units and place the new ones atop the buildings.  Bv Ch VRLOTTE El I TON  charlotte(a athensneyvs-coiirier.com Brandon Apple of Cordova, Tenn., beat out two former fiddle kings to win the Junior Fiddler category, then outplayed another former king in the fiddle-off to win the title of Fiddle King in the 2005 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.  Apple, who was Fiddle King in 1998, 1999. 2002 and 2003, bested 1997 Fiddle King Mark Ralph, 2004 Fiddle King Joel Whittinghi 11, and two other finalists in the Junior Fiddle category. Then Apple faced Craw ford, winner of the Senior Fiddler category, in Saturday's final event, coming away with a $ 1,000 cash prize and the Fiddle King title. Crawford of Cullman, was Fiddle King in 1975 and has won the Senior Fiddler title several times.  Master of Ceremonies Frank Schrimsher said Apple, a certified public accountant, is playing in country music star Clint Black's band which is scheduled to perform on The Tonight Show tonight.  Junior Fiddler is for contestants under 55; senior fiddler, for 56 and over.  “Saturday’s attendance may have been a little off from last year due to the drastic change in temperature, but by and large we had a really good weekend" said Rick Mould vvho cochairs TVOTFC with Gayle Davis. "The crowd may have seemed thinner because we moved the ticket booths out to encompass more green space to try to eliminate the logjam in the courtyard behind Founders Hall. In  See Apple, Page 2A  City adopts $18 million budget  By Karen Middleton  ancne\vs(a pelnet. net The City of Athens is back in business. The City Council adopted an $18 million Fiscal Year 2006 and approved borrowing $5.4 million to fund capital improvements in a Monday night meeting.  Councilman Ronnie Marks, who w'as appointed City Council president, said a comprehensive paving plan and a new east side fire station are high on the list of priorities.  “I don’t know why people out there haven’t been insisting on a fire station,” said Marks after the meeting. "If we had an explosion at the Interstate and 72, we wouldn’t be able to get a truck out there.”  Marks said he has long encouraged city officials to approach Athens-Limestone Hospital to sell a portion of its Medical Village property on US. 72 East at Lindsay Lane for a fire station. Councilman Harold Wales, who represents the areas south of U.S. 72, said he has talked with an area landowner about donating two acres.  Marks said he hopes to see a new fire station serv ing this rapidly developing area begun w ithin the next two years.  The 2006 budget lists anticipated revenues at $18,280,000 and expenses at $ 18.01 5,524 for a $264,477 sur-  See Council, Page 3A   

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