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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Once upon a Christmas  Residents share fond (and funny) memories, Sunday  The News-Courier  S VTIIRDW, Dkc EMBER 24, 2005  Serv iNG Athens and Limestonk Coim v: A Commimtn of i RAnmoN wd Fin  RF  enewscou rier.com  50 Cents  Robert  Griffin  Subscriber of the day  Hev, Sound Off:  W ell, it looks as if old compassionate George, his yes man, and judges are at It again. This time they ha\ c figured a \va>- to attack someone's Social Security again. W hy did they wait until someone was on Social Security in order to collect student loans?  I'm sure they had their Soci.al Security numbers while they were working and CiUild htive started collecting from them then. It seems a shame to kick a dog when he's down, but that's what this administration seems to like doing to the old people.  Just like he did with Medicare, he raised the premiums 50 percent and wants to cut the benefits.  fie cut the amount paid to the doctors for their services, and soon they will not want to see us because they will be losing money.  He has lowered the taxes for the rich while the low paid working people have to bite the bullet.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the new's with vour morning coffee  Subscribí' to Ihe \eu's-Coiit'ier ^  2.^2 2^20  Index  Classified 4-6A  Comics..........4B  Ledger..........5B  Obituaries ;. ,XA  Sara RiggsGriffin Helen McMahan Hakliv Arthur Sousa  Sports.........1-2B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  ^ ncl I he uJige! said unto them,  I 'eur not: for heholcl, I you good tidings of great jo\\ which shall he to all people. For unto is horn this day in the city of Darid a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11  Limestone Chape  f*'cj 322 HWV.M NMIhen!, 256-232-1051 -    Obit    line 256-771-0934  7    69S47'00001  Marine’s death ruled accident  Jacob, left, and James Fales hold a photograph of their brother Adam at their parents’ home in Fairview. Marine CpI. Adam Fales, 21, was killed Dec. 16 in Iraq.  Family; Cullman Marine aceidentally shot to death in Iracj by member of his unit  C I I I \1 \\. \ki. : \i‘)    ,\    Manne    tioni    nnrthern    .\labania was  in his hanaeks in Iraq Ir tc-im!- in countrv iniisie on his laptop when he was aeeident.iiK :o iK.ah b\ ;; nieinber ofliis unii, his fanii-  1\ Siiid.  Militar) ol1 R ials iia\e > .)nlirnied that t pi. .\daiii l ales. 22. of ( ullnian. w.is aeeidei'■ illy slioi to (.ic.tih tn l allii|ali on Dec. It>. but have not releasv-q ijata:!  [ ales hrotfier .Iaci i> ial‘ s. -aid ihe faniilx learned from the military that he w as lisienmi:    musR w iih three of his tellou Marines  before iwo of tls.-iì:    up    \:- leave  I hev pu k.'d ai': tii.-ir mins.. )ne ol them aerKlentallv p.uiled the tngvier. The pun was p.am-M at \dam.” .kicob I alec wiu^ is also a Marine corporal, told I iic i ulim.in 1 imes in a storv 1 rulav.  lie said the news ^ lo;.- a:, a rchel to the tamilv. which imli,illv thoiiehl toiil plav iìì.ìv    p,,..,,    involved,    laics'    mother    said  luwdav th.il Marines told lies' that I'cr son h.id been shi't in the back of the hi-ad while sleoemp.  See Marine. Page 3A  Kathy Stanforc shows love of lolidays with decorations  Bv f vsm v FovKi I  tashia(a athensncw's-cowier. com  hlkmont resident Kathy Stanford is not the average Christmas decorator.  In fact, her home is probably a lot more festive than most.  Ten decorated Christmas trees, garland lights and more adorn her Upper Fort Hampton Road home.  Once the decorations come out of storage, Stanford said it would take about 20 hours to complete the decorating if she were to work constantly.  Does she have help w ith the task'.’ “Not much." she said.  It was her love of Christmas that sparked her interest in decorating.  “I’ve just always enjoyed the season," Stanford said.  Years ago when she was little, Stanford said her family would ride around and look at Christmas lights, a tradition she enjoyed.  But when determining how to decorate her home, she decided she wouldn't enjoy the decorations as much if they were on the outside of the home.  “So, it just made a lot of sense to me to put my decorations on the inside so I could enjoy them." Stanford said.  She said that when she and her husband Tim first married she had only one Christmas tree. Later, she added two and then three.  “And it's just kind of progressed from there." Stanford said.  She now considers having multiple trees a tradition for her family.  See Decorations, Page 3A  cib 4 -J 4 IX I- X    Nevv>-('ourici    i'ashia    f.ovdl  Elkmont resident Kathy Stanford holds an ornament that decorates her ‘Gone With the Wind” themed Christmas tree in her master bedroom.  Voices in the Valley  Do you think fruitcake deserves its bad reputation? Would you like to one for Christmas?  They re good and I’d like to get one as a gift.”  —Monroe Roberts, Limestone County  “I do not believe it has a bad reputation. Some of them are delicious and, yes, I would like one as a gift.”  —Bobbie Drummond, Athens  “I have honestly never eaten a fruitcake. So, I’m not sure about the reputation but I’m sure, pretty sure, that I wouldn’t like to receive one as a gift.”  —Whitney Kennedy, Limestone County  “ I do believe it deserves the bad reputation...Friends don’t give friends fruitcakes in my opinion. Sorry.”  —J.B. Ward, Huntsville  "It should not have a bad reputation. It is one of the most delicious and nutritious foods you can eat. You jus^ don’t want to eat too much. And, yes, I would like to give them as presents or receive them as presents.”  —Paul Bayruns, Huntsville   

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