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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 28, 2005, Athens, Alabama Top stories A look back at local feature stories of 2005    k; Third’s a charm? West takes on Lauderdale County for Elkmont Lions title IB The News-Couri \\ EDNKSDW, ( EMIU R 28, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone Coi nt^ : A Commi ni n or I k vdition and Li it RE enewscourier.com ^ o-o-d f'yvO-th/Cn Mike Slieii)erl Subscriber of the <J.a\- SaiUlOFF Hey, Sound Off: The new resurfacing on Edgewood road is great and much appreciated. However, shortly after the resurfacing was completed a second Athens C'ity l imits sign was erected about a fifth of a mile north of the old city limits sign. I'm curious as why a new sign was posted and which sign truly denotes the city limit? If the nev\est sign is indeed the new city limit w ill all of the properties within the new limits be subject to different taxation rates, city sanitation fire dept, services, city school inclusion, etc... Additionally, if there is a “new" city limit then should not the resurfacing be extended to this new limit? .lust curious. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with yoLir morning eofiee Sub«*t rifx' to The \eu's-Caurier Index Classified...... 4-6B Comics....... .....3B Ledger ....... 5A Health ....... 8A Obituaries..... 2A Jesse Freeman Adams Dale Causey George Allen Morring Morgan Franklin Thompson Sports.........1-2B Daily Bible Moment '^each //.S' to iuniiher our clays, that we may gai)i a becu't of wisdom. Psaltn 90:12 Limestone Chapel .122 Hw\. 31 N* Athens 2.A6-232-I051 Obit üne 256-771-1)934 Man starting over after fire derly Ardmore man | oses mobile home in Christmas Eve blaze B\ KaRUN MlDDl ETOX karen(a athensnews-couher. com ARDMORE — Sc\enty-year-old James Smith of .Ardmore took one look at the destruction that was once his home and passed out Ardmore Volunteer Fire Department was called to Smith's mobile home on l eaning Pine Road at 10 p.m. on Christmas E\e and reported that the structure was fully involved in tlames Alien they arrived. Relatives rushed Smith, who had only a short time earlier opened gifts of clothing from his daughter, Cathy Glover, to Atnens-l.imestone Hospital, where doctors treated him for shock. On Tuesday. Cilover and other family members had located another mobile home for the retired roofer and were trying to gather building and plumbing materials to recondition the trail- See Blaze, Page 3A \ewN C ourier Kim Rynders James Smith of Ardmore lost everything in a Christmas Eve fire that engulfed his mobile home. Friends and family are refurbishing another trailer with donated items. 7    69847'00001    6 At left, Donna Quarto is seen before her makeover. At right, after the makeover in May. Photos courtcsv ot farole lorct \ .\|( )VII1- l All R... Recipient of makeover. smiling more Bi Ki I ii K\/i K At //r(i/ atlunsncws-counci.coni I ifc is easier for Donna Quarto these days. She'd heart! all the cliches looks aren't e\cr\ thing, don't judge a book by it's cover. bcaut\ comes tiom w ithm but the reality IS that Quarto's new appearance has changed her life. fhe recipient of an extreme maketner in Ma\. Quarto's looks were changed dramatically b\ a team of fi\c people one from Athens, four from Decatur ~ who worked on her teeth, eyes, facial features, style and more. I he Hartselle mom went from a woman w lu) considered herself ugly to a glamour girl 111 a matter of months, thanks to the project Mission; Makeo\er, which used the makeover to raise funds for chanty. Sex en months later, the 4h-year-old single mother of three grow n children is still reaping benefits. "1 feel a lot better. 1 feel a lot more confident,'' she says. Reeaitse Quarto had missing See Makeover, Page 2A Woman arrested for leaving scene of an accident ,A Huntsx ille woman was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Monday, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. Susan Stubbs. 38. of 4343 Patton Road was arrested Monday and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident and having no driver’s license after she was found on George Washington Street. Stubbs allegedly left the scene after a collision with another car on U.S. 72. Bruce said. No one was injured in the incident. The accident occurred near Jimmy Smith Pontiac Buiek. Vandal sought In an unrelated incident, Athens police are searching for the person or people who vandalized an Athens High School vehicle. Someone spray painted obscenities on a truck used by the school's band to haul instruments, Bruce said. Damage to the truck is estimated at S850. “We haven’t made any arrests,’’ Bruce said. “We are investigating.” — Kellv Kazek New's-Courier/Kim Rynders Athens Middle School is one of 20 schools chosen to participate in the 21st Century Schools Initiative, a statewide program that will “raise awareness about the critical need to accelerate the adoption of 21st Century teaching and learning strategies” in public schools. AMS chosen to participate in state program ■Athens Middle School is one of 20 schools chosen to participate in the 21st C entury Schools Initiative, a statewide program that will “raise awareness about the critical need to accelerate the adoption of 21st Century teaching and learning strategies’’ in public schools. The Initiative is a project of the Alabama Best Practices Center and is supported by a grant from the Micro Corporation F’artners in Learning program. The schools, selected through a competitive process, are geographically and demographically diverse. They include six high schools, two secondary schools, four middle schools, seven elementary or primary schools, and one school system team. Teams from the schools will participate in a series of online professional development sessions between January and May 2006. Teachers and principals will explore some of the best thinking and research about 21st Century Skills and gain practical knowledge about ways to introduce cutting-edge technologies and teaching strategies into their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. “Today’s students have been called See AMS, Page 3A