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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 6, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Limestone teams continue quest for state title PAGE IB  The News Couri  Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, May 6, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.coni   Inside  Today  A new face unveiled  The nation's first face transplant recipient steps forward to show off her new look.  HEALTH, PAGE 8A  Happy Days event reset for May 14  An event hosted by The News Courier with a Happy Days theme set for Thursday will be postponed due to the potential for bad weather. It will be reset for Thursday, May 14.  DETAILS, PAGE 11A  Laid off worker, 65, to be a cop  Dorie Clark, laid off from his job at a Columbia, Mo., factory, had a choice: settle into a life of leisure whittling wood or lazing around the fishing hole, or find a new job.  PAGE 9A  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  ,. Health..........8A  Ledger......... .5A  Lifestyles........1C  Obituaries 2A  James Alvin Collins Billy Joe McGregor  Sports...........IB  Weather.........2A  7  l,,, 69847 00001    6  Bills to stop quany pass  By J FAN COLF. jean@'athensnens-t'f)uricr.coin On Tuesday, Mexicans and Mex-ican-Americans were celebrating Cinco de Mayo — the fifth of May — for the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  At the same time, some limestone County residents were celebrating Cinco de Mayo for the local  legislative delegation’s victory over the unwanted rock quarry at the Battle of Tanner.  The House of Representatives passed four bills Tuesday afternoon that, with Gov. Bob Riley’s signature, will prevent Rogers Group from building its proposed quarry off Laughmiller Road.  “All five of us are very elated,” Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, said  following unanimous passage of the four local bills in the House. “We all worked very hard on it — we worked as a team.”  When the four bills passed. Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, thrust his fist into the air in victory.  “This was a victory for people of Limestone County,” McCutcheon said after the vote. “The peoples’ voice spoke out loud and clear at the  meeting a few months ago with ADEM — the turnout was overwhelming.”  Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert was thrilled by the news Tuesday.  “That was the end of a long hard struggle for the legislative delegation — especially Sen. Butler, who was  See Quarry, page 3A  »  Glenn formally installed  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Dr. Robert Glenn is sworn in Tuesday at First United Methodist Church as the 36th president of Athens State University by his father, Rev. Kyle Glenn, associate pastor at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. The Inauguration culminates a week of activities honoring the university president. Former ASU presidents Dr. Jerry Bartlett and Dr. Sidney Sandridge are looking on in the background.  Athens State swears in 36th president  By Karen Middleton  kareikB at hi 7j.s7/eii s-couritr. cam In accepting the robes and regalia of his office, Athens State University’s new president Dr. Robert Glenn quoted author Merry Browne at his Tuesday inauguration in saying, “If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.”  Glenn’s friends filled First United  Methodist Church to witness the first ASU inaugural ceremony since 1967. “Today I count myself most fortunate,” he said.  Those present included past ASU presidents, Dr. Sidney Sandridge and Dr. Jerry Bartlett, as well as the presidents and representatives of colleges and universities from throughout North Alabama.  Adding to the pageantry of the day, the  area school representatives, as well as ASU laculty, staff and department heads filed into the sanctuary draped in academic robes, htxxls and stoles, denoting the schools from which their degrees were conferred.  “I am proud and humbled to accept the privilege of serv ing as 36th president of  See Inauguration, page 2A  Nine gardens featured on annual tour  By Bebe Gish Shaw C111^t Writer In a three-part series, I shall visit all nine of these glorious gardens and describe them as they were to me by their owners, the first article including the Latham’s, the Mur-phree's, First Methodist’s, and the Daniel’s gardens. Attempting to build a metaphorical bridge between the gardens and the library, I took the liberty to give each garden a literary nickname with the hope of inspiring in patrons pilgrimages  See Gardens, page 7A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Billie Murphree works in her garden on North Madison Street, which will be featured in The Athens-Limestone Friends of the Library Garden Tour on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Athens-Limestone Public Library, Pablo's on Market, Pimentos and Suzanne's Bakery.  Knife collectors will converge on Athens Saturday  By Karen Middleton  kan yr&atheusnt ■» s-eourier.com U.G. White Hardware will play host to the “Making a Case for America Tour” Saturday.  A show sponsored by Case Knife Company will include a 40-foot trailer and the auctioning of several collector’s kniv es, refreshments, antique vehicles and a sharpening and cleaning crew that will be on Kind to clean and etch knives, according to Pete Woodward, spokesman for U.G. White.  Market Street, from Jefferson to Madison streets, will be blocked off to  See Knife, page 2A  shington Street Diner  One Block East of Athens Square  TOO Washington St.  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served'from 1 I :OOam-2:OOpm  Open 6:OOam til 2:OOpm Mon.-Fri. • 6:OOam till 12:OOpm Sat.  Take Out Orders - Call 232-0205 Chock: out our Doily Blue Plote Special $4.63  See № site's pjùsfs ®esv№ see»'.  G08 South Jetterson Street • Athens Shopping Center  Stoic Hours Sun thru Thu ' nm until 10 pro • Ft; Sut " .u’ unti: u ,'■■■   

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