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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Did you spring forward? Daylight Savings began at 2 a.m  The News Couri  Serv ing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of lradition and Future  Sunday, March 8, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.coni   Inside  Today  Athens Bible School pitcher Jesse Gibson returns to the mound after recovering from rotator cuff surgery.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Watch out for farm traffic  Alabama Farmers Federation teaming up with Alabama Departments of Public Safety and Agriculture to increase awareness of slow-moving farm vehicles on public roads.  PAGE 17A  Subscribe  (jet the iu‘v\s with your morning cofhv  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    6984700  D02    3  Meet your new neighbors  BRAC moves on increase in N. Alabama  By KUUrlN MiDDlJ-TON  kiuviK^^athensnews-ixmrier.ami  Seventeen North Alabama communities are getting new residents transferring from Northern Virginia with BRAC, but no one has a tally of how many have moved to each community, according to BRAC Committee member Lakin Cbllins.  “There have been 1,936 positions that have moved [to Redstone Arsenal] and 1,600 jobs have been filled by either  See BRAC, page 2A  5000  4500  4000  3500  3000  2500  2000  1500  1000  500  0  Planned PotlHont to Move  4.6SI ^  ✓  /   —I    1,97  i,m I 1,7» ^ ^  ■I——I    ^ -•  I  2007    2008    2009    2010    2011  Actual Position* Cumulativ# Actual Cuwultdvo Actual Projected Poaltlom HI Filled    Position*    Moved    PoslHoni    filled    to    Move  SOURCE: GREATER LIMESTONE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  GEORGE LINDSEY UNA FILM FESTIVAL  Six, meet Opie s dad  NEWS COURIER/UENNIFER MILL  Ranсe Howard, left, takes the stage Friday night with Lee Majors at the Shoals Theater during the George Lindsey University of North Alabama Film Festival. Howard, a veteran actor who Is best known as father of actor/director Ron and actor Clint, and Majors, best known as "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Fall Guy," regaled the audience with tales of their careers.  Lee Majors, Ranсe Howard regale crowd with tales of varied careers  By Keua  kcll}ij^athcnsnc\\’s-a)uricr.(x)iii  FLORENCE — A strapping football player fix)m a Kentucky university is not likely to back down fix)m a dare. Lee Majors was no exception.  It was about 48 years ago when Majors was sitting out the season with an injuiy that his teammates dared him to try out for a part in the drama department production of “The Crucible.”  “I got the part and then realized I had to do the  See Film, page 7A  NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL  Tonya Holly, director of, "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," speaks at the George Lindsey UNA film festival.  Work on Elk River bridge to résume in summer  By Kfit y Kazek  kt'll\xp^atlu‘iisiu‘\vs-a>urier.(viii  Drivers wondering when Maples Bridge on Alabama 127 will be completed have at least another four months to wait.  while the bridge that crosses the Elk River has been open for travel, it has been in a state of partial completion for more than a year. The bridge is between Elkmont and the Tennessee state line.  The Alabama Department of Transportation is about to let bids in the project, said Johnny Harris, chief engineer of the ALDOT Northern Division office in Guntersville.  “We hope to get it contracted and begin by some time in June,” he said. “WeTe shooting for that as our target date.”  Once work starts, both lanes of the bridge will be closed for an undetermined amount of time but at least for “several weeks,” Harris said.  “We won’t be able to work on the bridge and have any traffic on it at all,” he said.  Local drivers will have a short detour around the area, while trucks and other southbound traffic most likely will be diverted before they reach the Ala-bama-Tennessee line, he said.  The bridge currently has an overlay of asphalt meant to protect it until warmer weather allows work to begin,  See Bridge, page 3A  First KALB neighborhood meeting to be in Elkmont  By KaRF?^ MlDDl.Fn)N kafvniflathi 'nsnews-txnuii r. ami Residents in the Elkmont Rural Village and in and around Elkmont who are concerned about an ongoing litter problem are invited to attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Elkmont Rural YiUage Community Building.  Leading the meeting will be Lynne Hart, executive director of Keep Athens-Limestone Beauti-ftil.  “I am so excited about this,” said Hart. “This will be our first ever nei^boihood meeting. We have wanted to begin a series of informational meetii^ in neighboihoods throughout the coun  ty”  Randall Hammock, the new director of the Alabama Elk River Development Association, which maintains the Rural \Tllage, has pledged his suf^rt for a clean-up effort on AERDA prop*  Ste KALB, page 3A  Index  Classified......................Ic  Editorial......................4A  Ledger ......................ISA  Lifestyles .....................9A  Obituaries ....................2A  Bobby Ray Adams Dorothy Jeanette Bailey Charles R, Cooley Edna Mai Morris Sports ........................fB  kmm ifim (mÊm (ué cM  CkÊmipomymBrakê0S^9tmmwiê$m .  mbmrniilm    AiIiwIWwItWA  CAttferOMnBri  JmCY Kmo COiMfANY  l«t3lOr«r8M • ARmm. AtSMII  230-0402  ONC  Weird News  Find the oddest stories of the day under the Local and State/National headings at  enewscourler.com  onlin  ft*-*’  'WwwmeWBom   

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