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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Holiday play  Local basketball earns engaged Thanksgiving tournament play jg  Mentally ill and guns  Records missing from federal database of people who should be denied guns 6A  The News-Courier  Sermnc Athens and Limestone Col nt\ : A Commi’nit\ of Tradition and Fin  RE  Sl NDAV, No\ EMBER 27, 2005  enewscoiiner.com  ^o-o-d  Michae  Wilson  Subscriber of the ciav  A fond farewell  Longtime N’t ua-Courier feature writer Charlotte Fulton retires. Read her farewell column...  mofif  He>, Sound OfT:  1 lo\e riding around to see C'hristmas lights this time of year. Will The .\'e\\s-C(na'ief' publish a list of good places to look for lights?  In the past, you have named neighborhoods that were nicely decorated. It is a big help to those of us who like to make our own “tours."  Any help would be appreciated.  Note: 1 he News-Courier w ould he happy to publish such a list. If you notice a neighborhood filled with pretty holiday decorations, please contact us. Send notes to 410 yy. Green St., .41hens, Ala., 35611, or e-mail kell\5^yathensnew's-eouri-er.com. He will pass the information along to our readers.  xMore Sound Off Tuesday  Cw*t the news w iih your morning coffee  Subsc rilH“ to The .\ews-Courier  232-2^20  Index  Classified......1-16D  Crossword........8A  Ledger..........7A  Obituaries........2A  Lorene Haggard Judy Sample  Other Views  5A  Our Opinion 4A  Sports.........1-4B  Valley ..........6A  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  fesseci is the nicni who etui I ires tempta-tion; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life.  James 1:12  Limestone diape  'O  •»If. '3»«”  322 Hssv. .11 N • Alhen» 236-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  69847  00002  One Doli ar  Sales off to a slow start  Wal-Mart a bright spot with strong holiday sales report  NFA YORK (AP) The official holiday shopping season appears to have gotten oh to a hike wami start, according to results announced Saturday by a national research group that monitors retail sales. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was  one bright spot in the crow d. reporting its sales exceeded expectations.  ■According to ShopperTrak RCT Corp.. which tracks total sales at more than 45,000 retail outlets, the overall sales on Friday were relativelv  unchanged compared to a vear ago, despite heav ier discounting and expanded hours that drew a surge of shoppers to stores in the early morning hours.  The Chicago-based research group reported total sales In day at SS billion, dow n 0.9 percent from a v ear ago.  “Although the Black 1 riday number is a bit flat, this may be misleading as we're comparing this to a very strong 2004 performance." said Michael P. Niemira. chief economist and director of research for the International C'ouneil of  Shopping C enters, in a statement.  He added that while Black Friday so named because the post-Thanksgiving surge of shoppers suppos-edl\ pushes stores into profitability for the year is important to merehants. it's not always the best indicator of consumer shopping patterns for the remainder of the season.  In 2004. the I riday after Thanksgi\ ing was the second busiest day  See Shoppers, Page 3A  It's just a feeling I can’t explain. My pay is that I've helped somehody."  — Wayne Jennings  .\ews-C'oiiriei Kim Rvnders  80-year-old inventor Wayne Jennings says efforts ‘all about helping people’  C ourtesy Photo  Above, Wayne Jennings in his World War II uniform. At right, Jennings shows the Web site southernbidet.com on which one his inventions - a double toilet flusher - is sold  Bv KaRKN MiDDl.KIOV  ancnew s(a pc Inet. net Have you ever thought that your en\ ironmeiital-ly friendly low-tlow toilet just doesn't cut it'.’  If you have, you aren't alone. But one Athens man, Wayne Bodie Jennings, says he's actually solved the problem.  Jennings, who turned 80 on Saturday, said anyone can modify a toilet tank, but he can't tell you how because he’s marketing a device on his Web site, southernbidet.com, and he’s hoping it will be  his latest sueeessful moneymaking enterprise.  “There's a billion tanks in the world today, maybe more." Said Jennings. “If 1 only made 25 cents on each one I sold well I'd be a very rich man."  ■A life-long inventor, Jennings acknow ledges that he lives “comfortably" off the earnings of a successful real estate career and his many inventions, but he says his greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the improvements his devices brings to people's  See Inventor, Page 3A  Police, city use contract 'or gasoline  B\ TaSUIV I.(All I  tashia^i athensnew's-courieKcom  Have you noticed certain gas stations in town getting more business from city employees?  A recent Sound-OtT item published in The New's-Coiirier stated:  “Would someone explain why 1 see police cars and other city vehicles pumping gas at one serv ice station and across the street gas is 7-8 cents cheaper. If it is because of some contract, why doesn't the city contract with stations that are consistently cheaper."  Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper explained Friday: “We have a contract with Fuelman.".  About seven gas stations in the city that honor the Fuelman Fleet Card. The City of Athens has a contract to use the Fuelman Fleet Card which is a FleetCor Company.  .According the Web site http://ww'w.fuel-man.com/ , the Fuelman Fleet Card helps control and save up to 15-percent on fuel expenses.  “We do get a discount," Harper said.  They do not pay the advertised price at the business.  Each city vehicle has a card and there is a pm number for that card according to Harper.  He said that they once had a gas tank at the Athens Street Department where vehicles could get gasoline but the current method is a lot more convenient and probably more cost effective.  News-Couricr/Kim Rynders  Amanda Moore and Jennifer McReath discuss the Salvation Army Angel Tree and other ways of giving during the holidays at Cracker Barrel Old County Store in Athens.  Will donor donations  Bv Jen.mfer Hill  ancnew’sCwpclnet.net T3onor fatigue has become a major concern for charities in Limestone County. This concern of organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way rises out of the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and  fatigue hurt holiday in Limestone County?  W'ilma.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported an overall total of donations to aid the hurricane victims topped S2 billion, ju.st below the S2.2 billion donated in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Also, uncertainty at Delphi Corp., a  large employer of Limestone County residents, w'eighs heavily on the local community. “Our concern with Delphi is the dollars that would be coming from those workers and then also there are all of tliose families that have their  See Donations, Page 3A   

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