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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 26, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Follow us at newscourier for updates  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Oik* dollar  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Devoted cat fancier  Everywhere you look in Nancy Robinette's Black's Landing home there are cats - cat tiles, sculptures, paintings, photos, fabrics, rugs and real, live cats.  PAGE 13A  Our town -outside view  Madison County photography students descend on Athens for recent field trip.  PAGE 14A  TRIAD Trail Ride held today  Sheriff Mike Blakely says the Triad Trial Ride, rescheduled from last Sunday due to inclement weather, will take place today at the Neal Johnston Farm in Minor Hill, Tenn. Gates open at 11.  Sunday, April 26, 2009  7    69847    00002    3  ten  Al«l  aoajriici  NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK  As many as 1,000 people are estimated to have attended Saturday's Cars on the Square Show in downtown Athens. Streets around the square were blocked to through traffic so the vintage vehicles could be parked in center lanes and pedestrians could meander among them. Vendors sold food and vintage car parts.  Tourism continuing to grow in Limestone, numbers show  Bv Karen Middleton     What     j s    spec j a |  karenwathensneyvs-couner.com    _    ,    '  A switch in Alabama Mountain Lakes    MII1W15    •  Tourist Association strategy scales back visitor recruitment area, but the result has been an 8.72-percent increase in tourism, including a 2 percent lodging tax increase for Limestone County in 2008.  Tf Saturday was any indication. Limestone County has plenty to offer: the Best Buckin’ Bar-B-Q contest drew 40 professional contestants and more than 40 amateur competitors, and as many as 1,000 people flocked downtown for the Cars on the Square antique vehicle show.  Take a look at Our Town through the eyes of two Madison County High School teachers, page 14A.  The county also offers an array of trails, and annual events and award-winning attractions.  In 2008, the tourism and travel indus -try in the 16 North Alabama counties  See Tourism, page X  NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK  The Canaday family created a Three Little Pigs tent, where they cooked barbecue in the amateur division at Saturday's Best Buckin' Bar-B-Q contest at the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Arena on Alabama 99. From left, Caroline Canaday, 5; Abigael Canaday, 7; and Sydney Canaday, 11; dip their tootsies in a pool of water cooled with ice. The girls' shirts say "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" The "big bad wolf" was supposed to be their dad, Rob Canaday, but he got too hot to wear the wolf hat, according to their mom, Tracy.  SoulStock returns to Athens for 11th year  By Keijjy Kazkk keûy@athensnews-a)urier.com Some people may think putting on a rock concert to glorify God would, of course, be free.  Isn’t it, after all, church with guitars?  What many don’t realize is that Christian music performers have many expenses — travel, equipment, recording — and therefore must charge fees, sometimes hefty ones, to perform.  Despite that, Phillip Presley and organizers of  SoulStock have managed not only to offer a free Christian rock concert here in Athens for a decade but to make it an award-winning tourist attraction.  The 11th Annual SoulStock will be from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Field at Athens State University off Hobbs Street.  As many as 20,000 people are expected at the event.  See SoulStock, page 3A  McLain defense requests new trial  By Kari n Middlhion and J fan Coff karcn  a  athensnews-couricr.com  Attorneys for former Athens attorney John McLain V, who was convicted in February of enticing, unlawfully imprisoning and sexually abusing two Madison girls, filed a motion Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court seeking a new trial, according to the court clerk's office.  A spokeswoman in the clerk's office said the hearing on that motion is set for April 30.  Attorneys are basing their request, in part, on the defense failing to receive written statements the victims made to Madison Police.  The clerk’s office  John McLa ' n  said attorneys Marc Sandlin of Madison and Dan Totten of Athens remain the attorneys of record in the appeals case.  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 sentenced March 13.  Circuit Judge James Smith sentenced McLain to serve three years in prison followed bv seven year’s probation on each of the counts of enticing a child. The sentences must be served consecutively, meaning he will serve six years in prison and 14 years on probation, unless his appeal is successful.  McLain’s sentences for two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlaw'ful imprisonment will be served at the same time as the six-year sentence. He was sentenced to serve one year in the Madison County Jail on each charge of second-degree sexual abuse and one year in jail on each charge of unlawful imprisonment. He was also ordered to partake in a sex-oftender treatment program and pay $2,(XX) to a victim’s compensation fund.  The victims testified at trial that McLain picked them up in his silver sports car as they w alked dowm Research  See McLain, page 3A  Festiv ities planned during installation of ASU’s president  Robert K. Glenn will be formally installed as the 36th president of Athens State University on May 5. The festiv ities planned prior to the inauguration are:  • Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m.: A lecture by Alabama United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon at the First United Methodist Church with a reception following in the Beasley Center. Free to the public.  • Thursday, April 30, noon: A panel discussion entitled “A Living History - A Collection of Remarks by Distinguished Alumni" in the Sandridge Student Center ballroom. Lunch will be available in the university cafeteria. Free to the public.  • Friday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m.: A Historic Tree Planting Honoring the Glenn Legacy on the green at Founders Hall.  See Installation, page 3A  Jerry King Company  1613 t Gray Blvd. • Alh#n». 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