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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama Athens’ Sedale BailQ^ heads to Jr. Olympics PAGE IB _iSSpaffes The News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Visit us onlme www.MMwscouri«rxom Inside Today Northwest swelters Northwesterners accustomed to rain and cooler climate sought refuge from a stifling heat wave Wednesday as Seattle recorded a record high of 102 degrees. PAGE 3A Democrats reach deal on health House Democrats, after weeks of turmoil, reached a deal with the party's rebellious conservatives Wednesday and cleared the way for a vote on health care reform. PAGE 2A Subscribe Get the news with your morning cofïee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALUNG 232-2720 Imlex Business ........5A Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........6A Lottery..........3A Obituaries none Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weather.........2A Thursday, July 30, 2009 DEAL OF THE DAY SEEOURAOONM6E3 Roll em • • • PHOTO COURTESY ALISSA ROSE-CLARK Ian Milby, far right, films Isaac Milby on the railroad tracks near downtown Athens for a short film he is creating with Matthew LaBathe, background, to enter in the Southern Shorts Film Festival in October. The students learned film techniques earlier this summer at a film camp sponsored by Art on the Square. Entry requirements set in city’s first film festival By Kt:iJY Kazek kt4h^\itht‘nsiie\vs-ix)iuivr.cx)in Get ready to roll ’em — organizers of the city’s first film festival have outlined the requirements for entries. AHssa Rose-Clark, head of the Southern Shorts Film Festival committee, said the group Art on the Square wants to help Athens become a destinatiori for filmmaking. “Film is good for our econony, as Athens becomes a film destination, not just for the festival, but filming movies,” Rose-Clark said. “Now that the state government is giving incentives to make movies in Alabama, Calhoun and Athens State are going to be offering a degree in film, traSning people to do How to enter Southern Shorts Film Festival will be Oct 17 at the former Diesel and Lola's building, with winning entries to be screened at a premiere party Oct 16. Entries may be submitted In two age divisions - yo^h (ages 17 and uncter) ami adult (ages 18 and up) - and in two categories - an unthemed, or open category, and one caited Seaet Athens. Entries must be accon‘^)aM by a completed and signed entry form, downloadable at http://www.a(^-athens£om/fllm.html jobs in the field so moviemakers will use local crews instead of bringing crews fix>m out of state.” Southern Shorts Film Festival will be Oct. 17 at the former Diesel and Lola’s building, with winning entries to be screened at a premiere party Oct. 16, Rose-Claik said. Proceeds from the festival will go to Art oil the S^jare to promote the arts in Athens. Funds raised at the premiere party will be divided between AOTS and Spirit of Athens, which support downtown revitalization. Films submitted for the festival should be five to 15 minutes long and are due Oct. 1. See Film, page 3A Ardmore Chamber preparing for 17th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival By Jennifer R-Hill Jeniiifer@atbensrm\'s-iX)urier.coni This may be Unda Hi^inbotham’s first time heading up Ardmore’s Annual Crape Myrtle Festival, but it’s ncX her first festival. Higginbotham, the new Ardmore AL/TN Chamber of (Commerce executive director, grew up in Ardmore and graduated fiom Ardmore High School She goes to church at Union Hi^ Baptist Church with tourism director Jeanette Dunnavant, \riio suggested the executive director position to her, Higginbotham said. Hi^iifootham, wife of Charles W. Higginbotham, had served as former employer Clayton Homes’ chamber rqjresentative and thought she could make a difference serving as the chamber director, she said. “It’s working with local businesses, and business owners I’ve known all my Hfe,” Higginbotham said “(jood businesses and good people — it’s working with the local merchants to help make the town grow.” The Higginbothams live in Ardmore. They have three sons, Neil, Joshua, Phil and wife Bobbie; and two granddaughters, Britany and Micah. The 17th Annual (Drape Myrtle Festival is Higginbotham’s first large event as director. “The festival is a day set aside to celebrate the S«e Festival, page 3A Keith McGuire Former educator not guilty of raping babysitter Lauderdale jury acquits McGuire on allegations of assault from 1990 A former Clements High School teacher charged with raping, sodomizing and sexually assaulting his brother’s 26-year^ild babysitter in 1990 has been found not guilty of the charges. A six-man, six-woman jury acquitted Brian “Keith” McGuire, 49, of Jackson today after 3 1/2 days of testimony and about seven hours of deliberation over three days in Lauderdale County Circuit (Dourt. The victim, who did not report the incident until 2006 because she said she was too embarrassed and afraid, testified she repeatedly told McGuire no and tried to push him away and that he pinned her to the floor with his weight and raped her. McGuire testified Monday the sex between them was consensual. He said if the victim had screamed or resisted he would have stopped. McGuire’s attorney, Jeff Austin, said the woman had a crush on McGuire, who was 30 at the time, and had sex with him. McGuire was indicted on the chaiges in August 2008. The state Department of Education is awaiting the outcome of the trial before deciding whether to revoke McGuire’s teaching license over allegations he improperly touched two Clements giris in 2002. McGuire resigned amid the allegations but was never chaiged with committing a crime. 'Ihe Department of Education began investigating the allegations in 2006. — Jean Cole MADD official is 'shocked' by DUi ticket fixing probe By Karen Middie:ix)n and Jfv^n Q>ie kannM^iilhvnsnt'\vs-cx)aricr.(.x)in An oflBcial with the state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was dismayed Wednesday to leam the state Attorney (Denei^’s office is investigating whether an Athens Police supervisor tried to dispose of a ticket against a driver whose blcxxl-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. “I’m surprised and appalled,” Glenda Richardson, president of the board of directors of the state MADD chapter, said of the investigation. She said that while she has heard of attempts to fix DUI tickets elsewhere she has not heard of it h^pening in Athens. She said if the allegation is true, she would be “really disappointed.” Attorney (Deneral spokeswoman Joy See Probe, page 3A Connect to the Internet from anywhere. 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