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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 1, 2009, Athens, Alabama What has Alabama Legislature accomplished at mid-session? PAGE 9A The News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Wednesday, April 1, 2009 NA/ashington Street Diner One Block East of Athens Square I OO Washington St. Farmers Market will open on Friday By Karen Middleton kciiviionthcnsnvw s-iviiritr.com Farmer’s Market, a weekly tradition in Athens, will reopen Friday. Jane Siniard, who manages the market for the Council on Aging, said the facility would be open just on Fridays through April and May. “Beginning in June, and going into July, August, September and October, we will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays,” said Siniard. Siniard said the November opening schedule would Ix? for Fridays only. “And then they have the Christmas f>a7aar the first Friday in December and after that it closes for the season.” she said. Sini;ird said while the market has boon open in its present location at Green and Houston streets for decades, the Council on Aging has liad charge of it for about 20 years and collects the proceeds of b<x)th rentals. “Booths rent for $4 each,” said Siniard. “People who are interested in renting the booth just need to go by the market and speak to the manager, Thetus Inman. You need to put your name on the door so they know which booth you hav e reserved.” Farmer’s Market vendors sell fresh produce, home-canned goods and flea market items. “We’re gotten some criticism because we allow vendors to sell flea market items, but we just don’t have enough pnxJuce vendors to sustain the market,” said Siniard. News Courier in partnership with Zillow.com Starting this week, real estate Web site Zillow.com and The News Courier will launch a co-branded real estate Web site to be powered by Zillow’s search technology. With this partnership. The News Courier Web site will implement Zil-low’s search functionality whereby users can enter any home address, neighborhood or locality and find Zes-timate home values, recently sold homes, homes for sale, open house listings and local market data on a cobranded version ofZillow.com. Visitors to the co-branded sites can also access all of Zillow's real estate community content via Zillow Advice, and mortgage rates and information See Zillow.com, page 2A Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today A rite of spring Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm Open 6:OOam lil 2<XDpm AAon.-Fri. • 6:OQcm tiH 12:OOpm Sal. Take Out Orders - Call 232“0205 Check out our Doily Blue Plate Special $4.63 See Our Ad in Today's Ulestyie Section Bookkeeper charged in theft By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier.cbin An Ardmore woman was charged Monday with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $16,000 from her employer, an official said. Joy Vaughn Courtney, 35, of 1175 Macedonia Road, is facing a charge of first-degree theft of property in connection with Joy Courtney the theft of money from both D£rJ Applications Inc. of Decatur, which makes liners for truck beds, and Aero Tech Finishing Inc. of 17505 U.S. 72 West in Athens, according to Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. The owner of the two businesses suspected a theft had occurred between May 2008 and Monday, so Sheriffs Investigator Eric King was called in, McNatt said. After examining the evidence, King determined Courtney — who did the books for both companies — had made checks out to herself and then tried to cover the theft by recording those same checks as bill payments, McNatt said. “She did the books tor both companies but was based at Aero lech,” McNatt said. “She is accused of stealing money from both companies but the bulk of it from D£rJ.” Courtney was booked into the Limestone County Jail Monday and then released after posting a $5,000 bond, records show. First-degree theft is a Class B felony. If convicted of the crime, Courtney could face from two to 20 years in prison. McNatt said. Abandoned county school to be haunted By Jean Coll jean@athensnews-courier.com Brandon Blakely was the kind of kid who thrived on scary movies. So, at age 27, it is fitting he should turn the old school at Mooresville-Belle Mina into a haunted school for Halloween. A corn maze may follow. Blakely, the co-owner of A-Maze-N-Adven-tures, maker of the com maze off U.S. 72 east of Huntsville, and Charles Reese recently asked Limestone County school officials to lease the school property. School board members agreed Monday to lease the approximately seven acres for $10,000 a year for 10 years. “We are glad to see some return on the property,” said Assistant Superintendent Mike Owens. “If we had the right offer we would be glad to sell it.” The two men also hope to find about 10 acres nearby to build a com maze because the school property is not large enough to support a corn maze, Blakely said. The U.S. 72 com maze is now in its ninth season. Blakely and Reese, both of Grant, are not yet sure of the theme for the haunted school but they hope to have it open for the coming Hal- See Haunted, page 3A Mud cake and possum Good food, sense of humor run deep in this • Southern family. LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The purple of the drapery on the cross in front of First Presbyterian Church is the Western liturgical color symbolizing the suffering of Jesus prior to crucifixion and the suffering of humanity and the world. Purple is also the colors of royalty, symbolizing the coming Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Churches throughout the area have special services planned for all ages. Easter eggs symbolize regeneration of Earth By Karen Middleton karen@at hensncws-courier.com When mothers send their tots out this weekend to participate in one of numerous Easter egg hunts in the area they might not realize that in times past the search was for fertility. Easter eggs symbolize new life or the regeneration of spring. In fact, there was once a notion the Earth was hatched from an egg, but it strained even the most fertile of imaginations to picture a chicken that big. Likewise, the bunny ... The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the “Easter Hare.” Hares and rabbits frequently give birth to large litters, so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom ol an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. All of this fertility symbolism is enough to spook any modem family. Before you bribe your little ones to remain parked in See Easter, page 3A 00001 Ardmore back home at last Tigers' soccer teams, on the road all season awaiting completion of repairs to Cooper Field, finally play home openers. SPORTS, PAGE IB Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Health..........8A Ledger..........5A Lifestyles........1C Obituaries 2 A Kermit Sherbert Jerry Donald Tucker John Henry White >rts...........IB