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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Parade highlights  More images of Thursday night’s Christmas parade, coming Sunday  From field to fuel tank  Soybeans used to make alternative biodiesel fuel at Oklahoma plant  8A  The News-Cmrier  I RIDVV, Dr< КЛШКК 2, 2005  Ser\ INC Athens and Limestone Coi nt^ : A Commi nit\ oe Tradhton and Fin re  enewscouricr.com  50 С KN rs  ^CrCrd' (rv\/<yi/h/Ch/^  HeniT  SubscritxT of the day  №(ff  Hey, Sound Off:  I would like to know when the retail industry who depends so heavily on Christmas sales decided to insult its Christian customers by taking Christ (the reason for the season) out of it. 1 cannot quit shopping completely at these stores because this is wide spread and 1 have to shop somewhere. 1 do intend to cut my Christmas gift shopping by half, writing to their corporate headquarters to let them know how offended 1 am.  1 also do not care for local events using “Happy Holidays” or “holiday trees.” It just doesn’t cut it with me.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Gel the new.s with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Omrier ^  232-2^20     Index          Classified.....    4-6B      Comics.......    3B      Headlines .    4A      Horse & Farm ..    8A      Ledger .......    7A      Lifestyles    6A      Obituaries......    2A      Thomas B. Barnette      Lewis E. Hitson      Armond L. Jones      Chester L. Nichols Jr.      Religion......    9-11A      Sports........    1-2B      Valley........    5A      Weather......    2A     Daily Bible .Moment  y have forsaken Me, the foufitain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water.  Jeremiah 2:13  limestone Chapel  li^cj 322 HWV.3IN • Athens , ^¡Ur    25^232-1051  -'rnlls." ' Obit line 256-771-0934  Bone chilling cold on way  fr^ror'QCtorC CO\/    cooling    down    m    the    area    on    the    upper    40s    tor    Monday,    mid    40^  vvcallic;! luicuaolclo oay VVcaUlt;! IlldV Monday, espeeiallv on Tuesday and Tuesday and Wednesday and in  Weather forecasters say weather may change dramatically early next week  B\ Tashia I.om.i.l  ta.shiu(a athensrtews-courier.com  Get your heaters ready, if you haven't already, because you are going to need them come ne.vt week.  Colder temperatures, the bone chilling kind are on the way to the Valley region, the weather experts say. They  are predicting the coldest temperatures here since last winter.  “We have a ram system that's going to affect the area this weekend” said Robert Boyd a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Huntsville.  He said that afterwards, it should  start cooling down m Monday, especially on Wednesday.  He said it appears rain would probably start sometime Saturday and it looked like Sunday would be wet as well, possibly stormy, but it doesn't appear to be se\ ere.  .According to 13oyd after the rain tapers off. the cold aifw ill move in.  Overall It will be the coldest so far this year. Boyd said.  He said they had forecasted highs m  the upper 40s for Monday, mid 40s for Tuesday and Wednesday and in the lower to mid 40s on fhursday.  It appears the oxernight lows will stay in the 20s. Some forecasters ha\e not ruled out the possibility of teens by mid-week.  The forecasted temperatures for next week are the result of a high-pressure system from C anada.  .According to Boyd on Thursday it  See Cold, Page 3A  Parade of lights  Streets of Athens aglow with ‘Lights of Christmas’  News-C’ouricr/ Kim R yndcrs  In the top photo, Friends In Ripley took home the grand prize in the Athens Christmas Parade Thursday night. Above, Santa Claus waves to kids young and old during the parade.  Bx K \RF\ MiDDI F ION  Karett(a athensnew s-couriercom  The rosy clieeks of .Athens Christmas Parade participants did not have to be painted on fhursday night.  With a wind chill factor of 35 degrees, most of the youngsters ami adults who made up the 140 entrees fought to stay warm. But although the temperatures dipped near freezing, spirits remained high for the parade organized and sponsored by Reliance Bank.  Parade Graiul Marshall Spencer Black said he considered it an “honor” to be selected. “They must have run out of candidates,” said Black. “But this parade brings in the Christmas spirit the way it should be brought in. The Kids have done an outstanding job on their floats and you can see how' much hard work Reliance Bank put into this pulling it  all together.”  Weeks of liard work building floats to the theme of “Tights of Christmas” paiil off for a lucky few who sported glittery paper ribbons constructed by Katie Ruf's art class at Athens High School.  Chosen Overall Winner was a float titled. “Athens Lights of Christmas,” entered by “Friends in Ripley.” The float featured a street scene of Athens Courthouse Square with storefronts of some of the city's oldest businesses and the steeple of First Presbyterian Church.  In the Non-Profit category, the first place winner was “Arctic Lights of Christmas,” built by Girl Scouts of North Alabama Daisy Troop 7, Brownie Troop 603 and Junior Troop 20. Floatriders donned white sweat-  See Parade, Page 3A  Madison postal clerk indicted by federal grand jury  From staff reports A federal grand jury has indicted John Tilton, 44, of Madison, for embezzlement of postal funds. The indictment was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Birmingham.  According to U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, the indictment charges Tilton with embezzling more than $20,000 in postal service funds while being employed as a counter clerk with the Madison Post Office.  The criminal conduct is alleged to have occurred from Jan., 2001 through June, 2005.  The maximum sentence for embezzlement of more than $1,000 in postal service funds is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  “My office prosecutes those government employees who, by stealing public funds, abuse the trust placed in them by the people of this district,” said Martin  Postal inspectors and special agents of the United States Postal Service worked the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney W. Sander Callahan is prosecuting the case.  Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, attends a retirement party hosted by Limestone County Department of Human Resources staff. A rocking chair was presented to Carter, who has served in the Alabama House of Representatives for more than 35 years. He will not seek re-election in 2006. Also pictured above Is Jennifer White, community resources and adult services supervisor with Limestone County DHR.  News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell   

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