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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 20, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Don’t miss Wednesday’s Inaugural Collectors’ Edition  News Courier  •ns and Limestone County: A Coinniunity of Tradition and Future  50 ceiits  Tuesday, January 20, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  West girls pull out tourney win  The Lady Wildcats opened play in the Limestone County Tournament with a 58-51 win over Ardmore.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  35 cars, 5 big rigs pile up in snow  A pileup of five tractor-trailers and five cars on a snowy Maryland highway killed two people Monday and seriously Injured at least a dozen.  PAGE 3A  Subscribe  Get the news witli vour morning colit'e  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720  7    69847    00001  Local soldier killed in Iraq  Athens native Ricky Lee Turner, 20,.dies within month of arriving to serve overseas  Bv Kfijv K.\zfk  kclly^iithci]siu'\\s-i'()uritr.cx)m James Turner carried a small, red Bible in his large, worn hands. Tucked inside were tiny bits ot paper — notes in childish scrawl and drawings of racecars.  The scraps were gifts fixjm his  son, Ricky Lee, when he was a boy.  James was proud when Ricl^ took strides toward becoming a man and joined the Army 2 1/2 years ^o.  “I just remember him talking about jumping out of planes and the things he was doing over there,”  James said Monday, recalling his son’s training as a combat engineer at Fort Bragg N.C.  Ricky, 20, of Athens was deployed to Iraq in December with the 82nd Aiibome Dhision, ac-  See Soldier, page 2k  COURTESY PHOTO  Ricky Lee Turner  INATIGURATIOX DAY 2009  anew  fiiture  Local leaders share hopes, dreams for Obama presidency  AP PHOTO/JEFF CHRISTENSEN  President-elect Barack Obama, left, and wife Michelle wave as they arrive at the "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration" a\ the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Sunday.  By JtL\N  iraiK^atlH'nsncws-fOLirivrx-oni  When Athens Mayor Dan Williams heard a network news commentator say Barack Obama was one of the best president’s this nation has ever had, he sat up in his chair.  More coverage  PAGES 5A, 7A  “He hasn’t even been sworn in yet!” the mayor said.  As a politician, he believes expectations for the new president are a little steep.  As Obarna becomes the nation’s 44th president tcxlay, The News Q^urier asked the mayor and others their hopes for the  See Leaders, page 3A  LOCAL FACES IN THE CROWD  D)cal students find inaugui'al festivities crowded but exciting  More than 60 students ifom Limestone County Career Technical Center are learning to stay warm and flexible amid the ftias-sive crowds gathering in Washington D.C., for today’s inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.  “The tour of the monu  ments was nty fovorite part because it is really interesting to see our former presidents and the impact they had on society,” student Ehzabeth Bailey said Monday by telephone. “We are all lucky to be experiencing this. The only drawbacks are the crowd and the cold.”  COURTESY PHOTO BY MIKE MATHIS  Local students in Washington, D.C., are, from left, Chris Carter, Savannah Bolding, Kate Bishop, Kriss Gooch, Alex Keller, Warren McNeill, Dustin Bowen, Mitchell Mathis, Hannah Harris and Danielle Cassady.  MLK Day marchers say 2009 marks 'new beginning' for U.S.  By K.\rfn Mii)I)i.f:ix)n  kurfinBatltciisiiews-couriir.mm  Nearly 41 years after his death. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dreams are coming true.  Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said although the nation celebrated MLK Day Monday, it is really a celebration of King’s (¿earn today as the first Afiican-American president of the United States is sworn in.  Monday, the local branch of the  NAACP sponsored its annual MLK march fix>m the courthouse to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. The program included the reading of winning essays in three age categories in an NAACP-spqn-sored contest.  Fifteen-year-old essayist Phillip Smith, wdio took first place in the 13-15-year age group, also picked up on the theme of King’s dreams realized  See Marchers, page 2A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  As the American flag flies overhead, Athens High School JROTC cadet Ty Horton waits for the Dr. Martin Luther • King march to begin Monday at the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Marchers made their way from the south side of the courthouse to the Alabama Veterans Museum, where a program was held honoring Dr. King.  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics.......................3B  Ledger .......................6A  Lottery.......................3A  Obituaries ....................2A  Abbott Hoover    Tanner  Ricky Lee    Turner  Sports ........................IB  Weather......................2A  Washington Street Diner  Or>e Block East of Athens Square  TOO Washington St.  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm  Open 6<X>am lil 2:OOpm AY^cзn.-Fri. • 6:CX>ann li 12<XDpm Serf.  Take Out Orders - Call 232-020S Chocl€ oc/f our Oo#lx    Ptofo    SgfO€Ìot  Online edition  Shop local: Visit The News Courier's online marketplace at   www.enewscourier.com   SNOyOCU   

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