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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 25, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Tourney time  Local basketball teams compete in holiday tournaments  IB  Going sheepish  Why sheep farming's becoming more and more popular  8A  The News-Courier  Friday, Nov ember 25, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone Covnty: A Community of Tr \dition \nd Futi  RE  enevvscourier.com  50 Cents  ^ frod n^Crltvin  Robert  Weatherford  Subscriber of the dav  Hey, Sound Off:  It happened again. Doesn't anyone in Athens know that the law says drivers can turn right on red after yielding for oncoming traffic?  I was driving on Limestone County Courthouse Square this week and was stopped at two traffic lights. Both times, I wanted to turn right. According to the traffic signals of the drivers in front of me, they also wanted to turn right. There were no cars coming, but the drivers (one a teenage girl, the other an older gentleman) sat there, waiting for the light to turn green.  I thought the “right-on-red" rule was on the drivers test. I also thought it was common knowledge.  Tell me if I'm wrong. What’s up?  More Sound Off  Valley, 5A  Get the news w ith your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Xeu's-Courier  232-2^20  Index  Classified 4-6B  Comics..........3B  Headlines 4A  Horse & Farm 8A  Ledger..........7A  Lifestyles  6A  Obituaries 2A  Joseph “Mig” Hughes Carolina Lugunas David Lugunas  Religion 9-11A  Sports.........1-2B  Valley...........5A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  (£ven to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry' you. I have made, and I will hear, even I will cany, and will deliver you.  Isaiah 46:4  Limestone Chapel  !  •in'« Otm’  322 Hwv 31 V • Vihens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Finally, less than $2 per gallon  Travel to grandmother’s house cheaper for holiday  Bv K \rln Middleton  ancne\vs@pclnet. net Getting over the river and through the woods to grandmother s house this holiday season is costing motorists less.  On Wednesday, at least one local service station. RaceTrac on U.S. 72 East, posted regular grade gasoline as low as SI .95. For Gulf Coast states, that means an average one-week decrease of 9.3 cents. The price is 75 cents less than the average price of regular grade gas one month ago, according to the Energy Information Administration.  This is the lowest gas prices have dipped since February, according to EIA. the official energy statistic source of the U.S. Government.  AAA of Alabama spokesman  Clay Ingram says that low er pump prices might account for the .8 percent increase in holiday travel for the Thanksgiv ing weekend.  “Some people who may not have been planning to travel, are hitting the road," said Ingram.  Since the beginning of 2005. U.S. retail gasoline prices have been generally increasing, w ith the average price of regular gasoline rising from SI.78 per gallon on January 3 to as high as $3.07 per gallon on September 5. as Hurricane Katrina further tightened gasoline supplies, according to EIA.  Hurricane Katrina initially took out more than 25 percent of U.S. crude oil production and 10-15 percent of U.S. refinery capacity.  See Travel, Page 3A  News-C ourier Kim Rvnders This RaceWay in Athens is one of several stations whose prices have dropped below S2.  Early-bird specials luring shoppers  Many place order online, avoid crowds  NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the bird shopping was on the minds of* many I hursday as people sought an early start to the frenetic season of gift buying.  Most said they liked the idea of stores being open on Thanksgiving so they could avoid Friday’s onslaught of the retail masses.  “I woke up this morning and I said, “Em finished cooking. I’m going to do a little shopping!"' said Cynthia Bess, pushing a cart filled to the bnm w ith a stereo, clothing and toys at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Gates, N.Y., near Rochester.  Most major department stores were closed but several discount chains such as Kmart. Payless ShoeSource Inc. and Big Lots Inc. opted to open and lure shoppers who wanted to start early and avoid the large hordes that will descend on “Black Friday.”  At a Kmart in Milford Conn., 60 shoppers w ith coupons in hand lined up in the chill and rain, awaiting the store’s 7 a.m. opening. Another 20 sat ready in their cars. First in line was Tony Rogers. 39, of Stratford Conn., wearing a Santa Claus cap. He said he queued up at 5 a.m.  “I work in retail so 1 don't get to go shopping tomorrow;” Rogers said.  Other shoppers just went straight online, to click and buy.  See Crowds, Page 3A  News-Courier Kim Rvnders  Goody s Clothing Store manager Julie Brown holds a fleece blanket, which is considered a hot item. Goody’s will be open from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. today.  Limestone retailers ready for busy day  Bv I vnhi \ Lovell  tashicua athensnews-cowieKcom  W ill it be paper or plastic?  Today is a day some shoppers w ill be putting cash and credit cards to frequent use.  Julie Brown, manager of Goody’s Family Clothing on U.S. 72. said about 33 employees will be working today at the store and everyone will work 12-hour shifts.  The store's main goal, she said, is to make sure everyone is checked out quickly.  Like most retail businesses, the after-Thanksgiving sale draws one of the biggest crowds of the year to the store.  Stores throughout Athens and Limestone County prepared for the day by holding sales and opening stores in the early morning hours.  Goody's will be open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. today.  Brown said that she expects a bigger turnout than last year due to better pricing  See Retailers, Page 3A  Burgers, coming soon  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Employees from Venture Construction, of Bartlett, Tenn., work on the outside of Backyard Burgers at Athens Limestone Crossing near Interstate 65. The business is scheduled to open around the first of the year.  Services tonight for Lugunas youngsters  Bv Kn i v Kazek  kel/vui athensnews-coiirier.com  The funeral for two Athens children who died in a fire Tuesday will be at 7 tonight at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.  The children died smoke inhalation after space heater left too ciose to a wall caused a fine at their home on 305 Oak Street, according to Athens police.  Their parents were at work at the time of the 7:28 a.m. fire, authorities said.  Luis “David” Lugunas, 6, and his sister, Carolina Lugunas, 8, will be buried in Roselawn Cemetery.  They were born in Mexico.  Visitation will follow Friday’s service at the funeral home.  The children, who attend-  of  a  Carolina  Lugunas  David Lugunas  ed Athens Elementary School, are survived by their parents, Pedro Lugunas and Dolegaria Armenta; one brother, Alexis Lugunas; their grandparents.    Luis  Lugunas, Guana Lugunas and Magdalena Rosales.  They were preceded in death by their grandfather, Alv ino Armenta.  Friends of the family will be pallbearers.   

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