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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 The young lead  Dewitt, Brown selected Encore ‘Players of the Week’  IB  Space tourist lands  I'] Russian spacecraft carrying U.S. millionaire lands in Kazakhstan 7A  The News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futi  RE  Wednesday, Oc tober 12, 2005  enewscourier.com  0<>CrcL ('УЛ/О' X/ tri/ Vtri/Q  Anna Holland of Athens  Subscriber of the clay  Hey, Sound Off:  Would someone please tell me why the hospital allows patients and visitors to smoke at the front entrance?  Tw ice I have had to try to get past smoking patients standing with their iv hangers and past visitors smoking at the front door. The sidewalk smokers are less than 10 feet from the doors. The smell is horrible and the air I have to walk thru to get inside the hospital is blue haze!  Hey, Sound Off:  So former governor Siegelman doesn’t think a woman is capable of leading the state guard as governor! Give me a break! This man wants to take us back 50 years of more to w hen “women were women,” stayed home and had babies like they are suppose to! 1 don’t think so! A woman might bring refreshing change to the past of politics as usual.  More Sound Off  Thursday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu s-Courier  232-2720     Index          Classified____    . -4-8B      Comics......    ... 3B      Headlines____    ... .4A      Health ......    ... .8A      Ledger ......    ...11A      Obituaries____    ... .2A      John Thomas Shearon      George Gilbert Watson      Sports.......    . .1-2B      Valley ......    ... .5A      Weather.....    2A     Daily Bible Moment  I ways be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.  I Peter 3:15  о  322 Hwv. 31 N • Albtns 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  2,600 jobs in jeopardy  Bankruptcy puts state’s Delphi plants, including Limestone, in jam  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Delphi Corp. seeks to modify contracts with its unions, officials with the auto supplier said it’s too soon to determine if its three remaining Alabama plants, with some 2,600 employees, will close in the wake of its bankruptcy.  But the Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz plants in Alabama, w hich receive parts from Delphi, expect no disruption in their assembly work.  Delphi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Saturday, leaving its Alabama plants and workers in jeopardy as the company decides how many of it 31 domestic plants to shut down. Delphi’s plant in Athens is the largest in Alabama and employs about 2,100 workers.  Delphi spokesman Lindsey Williams said the company would meet this month with affected unions to discuss contract changes involving “wages and benefits of active employees, retiree pension, health care and other retiree benefits" among other issues.  “It is too soon to identify the impact of our filing on specific Delphi operations,” W’illiams said Monday.  Members of the United Autoworkers of America, Local 2195 in Athens, did not  See Delphi, Page ЗА  AP Photo  Delphi Corp. employee Debbie Brooks reacts after hearing the news that Delphi has filed for bankruptcy. Brooks and thousands of other employees nationwide may lose their jobs sometime in the future.  Deer in the headlights  Car vs. deer crashes on the increase  By Tashia Lovell  tash ia@athensne\\>s-courier, com  While seeing a whitetail deer in the field may be good for a hunter, meeting one on the roadway might not be good for the driver.  “A properly managed deer heard is a key factor in reducing the number of car-deer accidents in a given year,” said Sgt. Travis Gray, a state conservation officer working Limestone County.  Alabama has the most liberal deer season in the United States, meaning that the state has the longest season and the most number of deer that can be killed.  Gray said that from a conservation point of view, hunting is the only management tool we have. He said it helps control populations » and keeps the deer population healthy.  According to Gray, when hunters are in the woods deer are likely to go deeper in the woods rather than toward a road.  “They're looking for cover,” he said.  While deer can be seen moving now. Gray said that there is more movement in January because of mating season and less fro the deer to eat.  However, January is not the only time deer mate. He said traditionally speaking, in Alabama the main mating season usually falls around late January. However, this depends on w'here you live.  Gray said around dawn and dusk are the most likely times to see a  See Deer, Page 3A  A whitetail deer in the weeds alongside a busy highway is about ready to cross the road putting itself and the drivers of oncoming vehicles in danger.  11-year-old has winning theme for local parade  Patrick Shields, an ll-year-old W'est Limestone student, submitted the winning theme for this year’s annual Athens Christmas Parade.  This year, entries should be decorated using the Shileds theme “The Lights of Christmas.” The youngster will be be the honorary junior grand marshal on the night of the parade.  The parade is less than two months away and for the second year. Reliance Bank will organize the event.  See Theme, Page 3A  Lindsay Lane turn lane, animal shelter ready for city action  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net Lindsay Lane turn lanes and a new animal shelter are the next projects the city will embark upon, according to new City Council President Ronnie Marks.  Marks said Tuesday that the turn lanes at U.S. 72 East and Lindsay Lane have been in the planning stage for a long time and work is set to begin on them in early spring 2006.  “I don’t know when we’ll get to widening Lindsay awhile off,” said Marks. “But right now, we’ve been waiting for the 'state to complete the bridge work so we can start early next spring on the turn lanes. The Lindsay Lane work should be completed by summer 2006.”  The U.S. 72 East at Lindsay Lane intersection has long been a bottleneck area at high-traffic times. Heavy residential development south of U.S.  Marks  Lane; that’s  72 East has further congested the intersection, making for lengthy waits at morning and late afternoon rush hours. One nearby church even hires city traffic officers to help their congregation members exit Lindsay Lane on Sunday mornings. Turning in to businesses through backed up traffic at that intersection is also a problem and it is the site of frequent collisions.  “Getting those turn lanes in there is critical to traffic flow,” said Marks.?He also said it is necessary to “settle and resolve” the new animal control center issue “within the next couple of months.”?He said that on Tuesday morning he, Mayor Dan Williams and Councilman Johnny Crutcher visited prospective sites for the shelter, including some city land at Stewart Drive and Armory Street, and the old Knight Lumber Company on Alabama 127. He said the Stewart Drive location would involve either moving or tearing down some buildings. The city had received a $300,000 estimate for building a new shelter, which Marks said it too high.  See Action, Page 3A  Making way for progress  iames Paul Tree  V - i ,    ,%    /     % М  (V*. *    ■ í mc t   * >  • *  А  fL. ■■ »    4    %-Ш  •XV  '^Vv - '"I  News-Courier Kim Rynders  Benji Partlow of Athens removes cut up trees from the parking lot of Limestone Health Facility Tuesday. The trees are being cleared to make way for an expansion of the parking lot at the facility.   

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