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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Lady Eagles prepare for soccer playoffs PAGE IB  The News  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Thursday, April 23, 2009  Saving the planet, one student at a time  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Will city workers park cars?  Council looking to stop letting employees drive municipal vehicles home at night  By Karen Middleton karen$>a thensnew s -coi trier, com City officials looking increasingly at ways of saving money are discussing calling a halt to employees driving city vehicles  home at night.  The topic came up in a midyear budget review Tuesday, but Mayor Dan Williams, whose decision it would be, says stopping the practice could compromise  service to residents.  “Taking cars home is at the discretion of the mayor,” said Williams. “I haven’t decided what I will do. The only department whose employees take cars home on a large scale is the police. We decided a couple of years ago that letting officers take cars home at night provided a visible presence  in neighborhoods — it reassured people.”  Williams said certain employees of the Utilities and Public Works departments also take cars home under his approval.  “The department head decides which employees should take a  See Park, page 3A  Athens native goes to draft  Scottie Reynolds of Villanova opts for NBA draft  SPORTS, PAGE IB  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Earth Day, a day designed to inspire appreciation for the earth's environment, kicked off bright and strong for students at Athens Middle School. Students in the Future Business Leaders of America at AMS greeted parents dropping off students with signs asking to 'plant a tree,' 'borrow instead of buying,' and 'say no to plastic bags.' From left are, Harrison Nelson, Luke Adams, Christina Brewer, Seth Teston, Justice Gilbert and Braden Morell. Students are also selling Go Green T-shirts with the logo designed by Athens High School student Savannah Milby. AMS students also are in first place in the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center recycling contest but AMS teacher and FBLA sponsor Amanda Gibbs says Brookhill Elementary is gaining on them. Schools in Athens and Limestone County systems planned numerous Earth Day events.  Index  Business......................5A  Classified.....................4B  Ledger.......................XA^  Obituaries ....,................2A  Barbara Harper Black Kathryn Octavia Roberts  Sports ........................IB  Valley ........................4A  40-foot Ferris wheel featured at barbecue cook-off on Saturday  By Jennifer R. Hill  jennifcn^athensuews-couri-  cr.com  Festivities to kick off a weekend of barbecuing start today, at the Limestone Sheriff's Arena. A 40-foot Ferris wheel, at the arena on Alabama 99 at Elm Street, is the first sign of much fun leading up to the “Good Times! Good Deeds!” 4th Annual Best Buckin’ Bai^B-Q on Saturday.  The Kansas City Bar-beque Society sanctioned cook-off, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, will draw more than 75 cookers on professional and shade tree levels to compete for the tide of Best Buckin’ Bar-B-Q, said Ardmore Boys & Girls Club board member David Freeman.  “Trophies awarded are made by a local artist and are rumored to be the best looking on the circuit," Southern Crossroad Group spokeswoman, Diane Lehr said.  “Proceeds from this year’s events at the arena, benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama. The Southern Crossroads  How to go  The 4th Annual Best Buckin' Bar-B-Q is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Sheriff's Rodeo Arena. It is sanctioned by The Kansas City Barbeque Society. The event also features carnival rides.  Group is grateful to Sheriff Mike Blakely for his help and cooperation with this annual event that serves to kick off the upcoming rodeo events in May that culminate with the Sheriff s Rodeo on May 15 and 16,” she said.  The group hopes to beat last year’s proceeds of $8,(XX), Freeman said.  The programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe places for kids to learn and grow after school. There are trained professionals at the Clubs that teach leadership skills, customer service skills, assist with homework help, and offer sports activities lor kids.  The carnival runs  See Barbecue, page 2A  NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL  Phil and Gwen Smith of Solon, Ohio, visited Athens this week to volunteer to build Habitat for Humanity homes.  Habitat volunteers travel from Ohio to lend a hand  By Jennifer R. Hui,  jeniufer&athensnews-eourier, com The devastation of Hurricane Katrina incited a movement of volunteers who today are still working hard in needy communities  Volunteers with a strong sense of responsibility to fellow human beings were forever touched by the loss created by Katrina and inspired not only to volunteer in their own hometowns but travel to the Gulf Coast to help the national community. It is in this same spirit that Phil and Gwen  Smith of Solon, Ohio, are in Athens this week.  The Smiths came by way of RV from their Cleveland suburb to Athens to help build Habitat for Humanity homes. Phil is a retired math teacher and a school board of education member, so they chose the school system’s spring break week.  They attended a school board fundraiser Saturday night in Ohio and left immediately afterwards for Alabama.  See Habitat, page 2A  New restaurant opens  Limestone Tavern opens today on Washington Street  BUSINESS, PAGE 5A  Liver Special - Tuesday  $2.99  Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday  25% Off  Athens Location Only Discount applies to individual meals only.  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  g Chevron  DEAL OF THE DAY  SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 3   

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