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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Athens 11-12 team takes historic win at toiirnanient PAGE IB  The News Courier  #  Visit us online  www^newscourierxom  Inside  Today  Spacewalk unfolds on anniversary  The astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex celebrated the 40th anniversary of man's first moon landing with their own spacewalk Monday, heading outside to stockpile some big spare parts.  PAGE 3A  Feds free Vick from custody  The electronic monitor came off Michael Vick's ankle Monday and made him a free man - aithough his NFL future still remains in doubt.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Subscribe  Get the news with your inorning eoliee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  Index  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........5A  Lottery..........3A  Obituaries 2A  Lany Butler James Gamble Edith Hensley  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  Weather.........2A  7    69847    00001  DEAL OP THE DAY  SH OVR AbON Men  Servili^ Atlit4is ciiid Litiicsfotie County: A Coniinuiiitv oí Iniditioii iind Future  50 e(‘iits  Tuesday, July 21, 2009  By K.\ren Miuoi.kton kurcnlffuthcnsiwws-courivr.com Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Monday the county had received a letter informing them their bond rating had been upgraded to AA from the previous A rating.  “There’s been different folks around who’ve gone up to^ New York trying to get their bond rat-  improves bond rating  ing upgraded,” said Seibert. “We had ours upgraded and we didn’t have to go to New York to do it. I’m proud of the way our finances are done.”  Seibert said county investments have “done better in the bank than in the stock market.” The commission voted as follows on agenda items;  • Accepted an appropriation from the U.S. Department of  Health & Human Service s for the Children’s Advocacy Center;  • Entered a lease-purchase agreement with Key Government Finance on behalf of Cisco Systems Capital Corp for equipment that will be leased over a three-year period for $391,770, at the end of which time the county would have the opportunity to purchase the equipment for $1. The new equipment will upgrade  all computers to wireless.  • Agreed to hire Volkert & Associates for planning and design of repair to the Elk River Bridge at a cost of $41.456;  • Suspended the rules of order to^ipprove retired Council on Aging director Helen Carter as the temporary replacement for Emily Haney who has taken Fam-  See Rating, page 3A  Landmark home to be sold  COURTESY PHOTOS  "Athena," above, the home of the late Dr. John R. Waddell, is being auctioned July 25. According to the Waddell family, "Athena," off New Cut Road, was designed after the ca. 1830 Forks of Cypress, below, near Florence.  Waddell estate on auction block  By Karen MioDLfcrroN kcircnieiithcnsiiews-couricr.mm  “Athena,” the 6,492-square-foot home of the late Dr. John R. Waddell eff New Cut Road, wiU be sold at auction July 25, according to Shane Odom of Fowler Auction & Real Estate Company.  Owner Shawn Waddell did not return phoiie messages.  The Greek revival style home with pillars on three sides was built in 1971 to resemble the Forks of Cypress in Lauderdale County, according to Odom.  The Forks of Cypress was built in 1830 in Florence, by James Jackson, cousin to Andrew Jackson. Construction was completed one year before the Great Indian Removal, also known as The Trail of Tears.  The site oi the former plantation home, which burned to the ground in 1966, is near today’s Cox Creek Parkway and Cloverdale Road.  It was the only Greek Revival house in Alabama to feature a two-story colormade around  the entire house, composed of 24 Ionic columns.    .  According to the Florence Times Daily, only the columns remain from the mansion. Local folklore says the columns were spared from the fire because they included materials that contain horsehair.  The ancestral family of Alex Haley, author of the novel “Roots,” was enslaved at the plantation.  AmSouth Bank on Seminary Street in downtown Florence was designed from the house, and in Limestone County, Athena bears its influence.  “The house has five bedrooms and sits on 20 acres, which will be sold in two tracts,” said Odom of the Waddell home.  The home, at 10627 New Cut Road, is advertised as an “excellent” prospect for a bed and breakfest with its easy access from Interstate 65.  A unique feature of the home is the stained glass femily tree window overlooking the back of the estate fixrm the open staircase landing.  Schools contract for access upgi'ade  BvJennii eh R. Hii 1.  JcDniliT/^ ullu‘nsiu‘\\s-a niritr.com 4’he Limestone County School System has entered into a contract with the Alabama Department of Transportation that will grant the system $220,CKK) towards the project to improve the strip of U.S. 72 in front of Blue Springs Elementary School, which is still under constniction.  The announcement was made at the Limestone County School Board meeting Monday night by Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.  Currently, only improvements such as adding a turning lane are being made. The brrard hopes for the approval of a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Hardy Road where the new school is located. A second request for a traffic light at the intersection is still in review by ALDOT, Carroll said.  I’he first request for a traffic light at the intersection was denied in February but a second request for the light was considered in June after a man, Gerald Bums, 64, died following a June 3 wreck on 72. His pickup truck collided with a fuel truck that had slowed to turn left from the highway onto Hardy Road.  See Contract, page ЗА  Commissioners grinning about budget requests  By Karen Middi.eton kurcnio nthcnsncws-coiiricr.ctnn Budget request hearings are not necessarily a time of the year that Limestone County Commissioners look foi*ward to.  However, Monday’s hearings gave the commissioners something to smile about with little increases and even a decrease.  License Commissioner Greg Tucker asked the county for $746,511.05 for fiscal year 2010. This was up from the 2009 budget of $706,313.85. Tucker’s postage request was level, as was the printing expense and he requested no equipment or furniture.  See Budget, page ЗА    .. .•t.i    ,    »•.     'Ì  . .    iRl-f.  Connect to the Internet    u..1 гмг/ „ .  Vrri/uii V\ir**Jrss IJ.M 1 / ) .М(мЬмп  from anywhere.  l-800-NEW-UNB  ' ЛГ-j.-r iT i'l/V'/ire'.ess  A ..if-C ^ )' f' ^ A’ /  Athens    Athens  ^ ici<5on -u .- УА ■■ H I arrrxs rk/w  ORECK УЛш® Silver New!  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