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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Delinquent Tax List Inside Today PAGES 21-26  The News Courier  «  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition ant  Sunday, April 5, 2009  Hooray for Hollywood  A photo travelogue of a local reporter's trip to Los Angeles  LIFESTYLES, PAGE 9A  Josiah  honored  А-Quaint yourself with Mooresville  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  NEWS COURIER/FILE PHOTOS  At left, the 1839 Brick Church, one of the few remaining examples of the Greek Revival Brick Churches built in Alabama in the early 19th century, will be on the tour. Above, also on the tour is the 1840 Post Office, the oldest continually operating post office building in Alabama and one of the oldest in the country.  Picturesque village to host May Walking Tour  McLain appeal planned  $2,000 to a victim’s compensation fund.  Under Alabama law, a defendant has 42 days from the day of sentencing to file notice of appeal. However, the oral notice of appeal at sentencing served as adequate notice of appeal, said a clerk in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. In sexual abuse cases, an appeal might be based on false or unproven testimony at trial  See McLain, page 2A    John    McLain  By Jean Cole jem(<Pathensnews-courier.com Defense attorneys plan to appeal the conviction of a former Athens attorney convicted of enticing, unlawfully imprisoning and sexually abusing two Madison girls based, in part, on the defense failing to receive written statements the victims made to Madison Police.  Defense attorneys Marc Sandlin of Madison and Dan Totten of Athens have  notified the Madison County Circuit Court of plans to appeal the conviction of -client John McLain V at his sentencing March 13.  McLain, 50, a former attorney and certified public accountant, was convicted Feb. 12 of two counts of enticing a child, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. He was also ordered to partake in a sex-offender treatment program and pay  Ami Miller threw out the first pitch to open Dixie Youth baseball season. She is the mother of the late Josiah Miller, a T-ball player who was killed at the Huntsville Air Show last year.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Subscribe  Get (lie news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Classifieds.......1C  Ledger.........18A  Letters..........5 A  Lifestyles........9A  Obituaries 2A  Ronald Lee Kelley Ronald Kay Utley Clayton Worthey  Opinion.........4A  Sports...........IB  7    69847    00002    3    I  Bv Jennifer R. Hill jetmilcr^athensnews-courier.ctmi Today Mooresville has traded in its early 1800’s-community of cotton farmers and merchants for many of their descendants, now commuting metropolitan professionals. However, Mooresville still appears as if it was paused in time, nuzzled between Decatur and Huntsville in the lower southeast comer of Limestone County. There, 53 residents live and maintain the town older than the state of Alabama, in which the history is as rich as the cotton-farming soil it resides on.  How to go:  The Mooresville Walking Tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10. One-day admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six to 12 years old. Tickets are available at the gate and admission includes one Mooresville guide booklet per family.  Residents will showcase their historical 19th century homes and buildings during the semi-annual Historic Mooresville Walking Tour May 9 and 10. The tour, held every oth-  er year, will focus on gardens and porches this year. The tour is a fundraiser for the town to maintain older buildings, including:  • The 1821 Stagecoach Tavern, reportedly the oldest frame public building in Alabama.  • The 1839 Brick Church, one of the few remaining examples of the Greek Revival Brick Churches built in Alabama in the early 19th century.  • The 1840 Post Office, the oldest continually operating post office building in Ala-bgjna and one of the oldest in the country.  See Tour, page 2A  Additional fee coming for city, county online utility payment  By Karen Middleton karen@athciisnews-courier.coin The added convenience of being able to pay city of Athens utility bills and possibly Limestone County water and sewer bills online is coming with additional fees.  Beginning April 1, Athens Utilities began offering online bill payment. However, those who pay online will have an additional 2.5-percent processing fee added to their monthly charges.  According to Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins, the 2.5-percent convenience fee pays for the bank pro  cessing of the bill. The utility does not get to keep the 2.5 percent. The processing fee will show up as a separate line item on monthly credit card or bank statements.  “We don’t get any of it,” said Scroggins. “We felt like we couldn’t absorb as much money as we process in a year. We are beginning to get a lot of people paying with credit cards. We will pass this on rather than absorb the rate (of processing).”  Scroggins said he had done a survey  See Fee, page 3A  Guild needs help to continue free symphonies for students  By Jean Cole jean(@athensne\\ s-courier.com Each year, the Huntsvillq Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert for about 7,000 fourth-graders in North Alabama and Tennessee, including students throughout Limestone County.  Wearing their Sunday best, Limestone students rode to the Von Braun Civic Center Concert Hall on Feb. 12 and soaked in the sounds of the annual Young People’s Concert. They were mesmerized by harpist Katherine Newman of Huntsville and were even introduced to ballet.  Limestone students had a prominent place in creating the program for the special day at the symphony.  See Guild, page 7A  Your Cuetom Fence Builder ш Specialized to Meet YOUR Faon and Rural Residential Reeds References-Ucensed-tneured 331-423-3321 Сей ■757-13641  We Cm    GdYmFi    nomuLtìw TUA  jKflScáwsDcy Hffitp4 m p toáey!  Gr0 for Dweilrl  Jmrv Kino Commny  leutOfoy ем • a#wm. at азан  ШШ 230-6402 НЯ  ОМС Memëtt   

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