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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama OYë^rSS Special section inside today The News Courier Sen ing Athens and Limestone County: .4 Coniimmity of Tradition and Future One dollar Sunday, February 22, 2009 Visit us online www.«newscourierxom Inside Today Barbecue cook-off to be on circuit A barbecue contest that began as a fundraiser is now part of the Kansas City Barbecue Society cook-off circuit. LIFESTYLES, PAGE 9A Regional tournament photos Relive some of the thrilling moments from the Regional basketball tournament this week at Wailace State Community College in Hanceville. SPORTS, PAGE 4B Subscribe Cel the news with voiir morning cotlee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds.......1C Crossword 20 A Ledger.........14A Letters..........5 A Lifestyles........9A Obituaries.......2A Mamie Bitting Lester Jasper Elmore Martha Y. Gray Opinion.........4 A Sports...........IB Weather.........2A 69847 00002 County hopes for $5M stimulus Seibert: Federal handouts would be used for roads, construction ByJeanCoi.k jciumathensncws-couricr.cow    L Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert believes Limestone County will get a $3 to $5 million share of the S38.1 billion federal economic stimulus package. He and the rest of the County Commission intend to spend $3.7 million on resurfacing and repairing roads and bridges and SI.25 million on construction projects such as recreation areas, county buildings and other projects. The county should learn how much it would receive in the next two weeks. Seibert is not ready, however, to publicly name the projects he has submitted. By the numbers County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Limestone County should get about $3 to $5 million of the $38.1 billion federal economic stimulus package. The county plans to spend $3.7 million of that on resurfacing and repairing roads and bridges and $1.25 million on construction projects such as recreation areas, county buildings and other projects. That is because he has also submitted the projects for other state and federal money and he worries that ii he names the projects, they may be crossed off the other state and federal lists. It’s like asking mom and dad for money for the movies to ensure you will get the cash from one or the other. “Like anything political, you have to w'ork the sources,” Seibert said. All of the projects the commission submitted meet the requirement of the 120-day bid date, he said. Projects ready to go have the best chance of receiving economic stimulus money, which has been set aside for highways, bridges, public transit and water projects. Seibert believes the economic stimulus plan approved by Congress will stimulate the economy. “There may have been a better way to do it but I don’t have a clue what that would be,” Seibert said. Hot competition BPHIIKliin» .'IX NEWS COURIER/EDO DAVIS Donnie Holt, above, right, provides a sample of chili at the Dental Associates booth to Bill Downs of Athens, left, during the 21st Annual Hospice Chili Challenge and Silent Auction. Below, a large crowd gathered to sample the chili of more than 30 groups and individuals and bid on hundreds of auction items Saturday in the Athens High School old gymnasium. Shelly Underhill winner in 21st annual Hospice ChiU Challenge And when the last chili had been sampled, three of the “chefs” stood out. The Critic’s Choice Individual Award went to Shelly Underhill. Skills USA won the Critic’s Choice Group Award. By Hod Davis 0(1 tf Utliciisiu'w s-courier.coin More than 30 area groups and individuals delighted the taste buds of hundreds of chili connoisseurs Saturday during the 21st Annual Chili Challenge and Silent Auction at Athens High School. See Chili, page 2A ■ ' fìA ^ - - Athens prepares to sell 3 tracts in MLK Park By Karfn Midoi.fton knr(‘U^ athciisiiow s-('<nirior.('()iu The city of Athens is extending infrastructure to three tracts of land in Martin Luther King Jr. Industrial Park in hopes of selling the land to an industrial prospect, 'according to Wa-ter/Wastew^ater Manager John Stockton. The City Council will vote Monday to fund a sewer extension in the park adjacent to Roy Long Road. “The city has 50 acres there that they are subdividing into three tracts,” said Stockton. “Like other developers they must provide sewer.” Stockton said* impact fees go into the department’s Capital Infrastructure Fund, which will pay for about 600 feet of the 3,000-to-4,000-foot extension “Proceeds from the selling of the tracts to an industrial prospect will pay for the rest,” said Stockton. He said he understands an industry has expressed interest in purchasing one of the tracts. Other items on Monday’s Council agenda include the awarding of a contract to Keenum Construction to extend a railroad spur in Elm Street Industrial Park to Custom Polymers. Mayor Dan Williams said Keenum was the low bidder at $545,490.20. The council will also vote to approve administrative services for Roth, McHugh & Associates. Williams said the city has contracted with Kathy McHugh of the firm to administer Community Development Block Grants, which is a requirement of the Alabama [department cf Economic and Community Affairs procurement policy. ADECA is the funding organization for grants. Athens sharpshooter to continue Olympic quest at college 1 r- .1 * .     ;___Mrill cfort    fhis    fall    nos« By [FAN COI.F joaniSiithoitsnows-couritr.com Ty Horton, the Athens High School marksman wuth his sights set on making the Olympic trials, finished among the top one third of contestants in a recent air rifle competition. The 18-year-old member of Athens Junior Re- iy Horton serve Officer Training Corps placed 70th among 215 cadets who qualified for the Air Rifle Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio. Although only the top 25 advance to the next level, Horton can still get to the 2012 Olympics by being one of the top shooters on an air rifle team at the college level, said Lt. Col. Samuel Scruggs of the Athens High JROTC program. His marksmanship has already earned him five four-year, full-tuition scholarship offers from the University of North Alabama, the University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University, Alabama A£rM University and Troy University. Horton will start college this fall, possibly at Jacksonville State. “Jacksonville State University has the best air rifle team in Alabama and one of the best in the United States,” Scruggs said. “Jacksonville will send an ROTC recruiter to visit Athens High this week to give Ty a personal invitation to accept a scholarship. The visit is a follow-up to the written invitation Ty already received to accept a scholarship from Jacksonville State.” See Quest, page 2A