Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama University of Alabatna’s injured iist «înm s PAGE IB The News Couri Serving Atlwns ¿ìiìcI ¡Smestone County: A Connnunitv ol Inulition und I 'uluiv Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Swayze dead at 57 Actor Patrick Swayze loses battle with cancer PAGE 2A Results of local race Saturday's annual Duck and Run was won by an Athens man. See who else placed. SPORTS, PAGE IB Who'S got school spirit? The News Courier's annual Spirit section featuring local high school bands and cheerleaders will appear in Friday's edition. Look for our new small magazine size. COMING FRIDAY 30 mils 7 69847 00001 6 thcsday, StptemlHir 15, 2009 Council hears alcohol requests Residents opposed to sale át Noah Beverage Company BvJf.n.nu fr r. Hii 1 Jennifer/^ ¿tthcnsiu'ws-anificr.com Athens City Council members heard public input at Monday night’s meeting, relating to three requests for public sale of alcohol. First was for a special events license for Ducks Unlimited on Sept. 22 at the National Guard Amory. The second for the sale of alcohol at Noah Beverage Co. located on U.S. 72 West in front a subdivision, beside Collins Supply. The third public hearing was for the sale of alcohol at Big Jim’s Liquor Store in the shopping center near Starbucks on U.S. 72, near Interstate 65. Ducks Unlimited and Big Jim’s Liquor Store drew few com ments. However, several residents of the subdivision behind the Noah Beverage Co. location voiced their concerns about the store. “We object to him selling [alcohol] in our neighborhood.’’ said resident Marvin Miller. See Alcohol, page 3A Bikers on parade Saturday FILE PHOTO Scenes like this from a previous ride will be repeated Saturday as thousands of bikers pass through Athens on their way to Waterloo and completion of the 2009 Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. Thousands of motorcycles to roar through Athens for Trail of Tears The 16th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride to raise awareness of American Indian causes will have a midday arrival Saturday on U.S. 72 West in Athens on the way to Waterloo, its final destination. Traditionally, U.S. 72 West through Athens is closed to other traffic as the motorcycles go through. Riders begin the day with an 8 a.m. departure from Bridgeport and pick up as many as 28,000 riders along the way U.S. 72 blocked U.S. 72 through Athens will be closed to regular traffic Saturday as motorcyclists make their way to Waterloo on the Trail of Tears ride. Riders typically hit Athens between 11:30 and 1 p.m. as they roar through Madison, Athens and Florence. The event always brings out locals armed with lawn chairs. See Trail of Tears, page 2A AOTS declared success; art winners announced From stiifT rvports Organizers of Art on the Square said Saturday’s event was the largest and most successful. With more than 55 artisans chosen by a jury to display and compete, visitors to the arts fair had plenty to choose, including jewelry, painting, photographs, ceramics, multi-media works, glass and sculpture. In addition, 20 free art camps were offered for children, where “thousands of kids made art projects,” said AOT8 board member Alissa Rose-Clark. Eighteen musical acts rotated during the day, playing on three corners of Limestone County Courthouse. Rose-Clark said the focus of Art on the Square expanded this year to include culinary arts, with cooking activities for children and demonstrations, and literary arts, with a book launch party for “Fairly Odd Mother; Mus-ings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom,” by News Courier Managing Editor See AOTS, page 2A PHOTO COURTESY OF ALISSA ROSE-CLARK Julie Gill's glass works, including this stained-glass canopy, won Best of Show at Art on the Square. Board OKs aid for specia ed students By Ji an Coi f /('.)/) fCitlu'ii'yiii'W s-couritr.i'om Six Limestone County special-edu-cation students will be able to remain in a new dropout-prevent ion program tollowing a school board decision Monday. During a special meeting, board members voted unanimously to retroactively create a position for an aide for the Ombudsman dropout prevention program, located off U.S. 72 in the ITiblix shopping center. In addition, they agreed to retroactively hire former Johnson Elementary School special-education instructional assistant Penny Davis to fill the position. 'fhey also agreed to retroactively hire former Johnson special education instnictional assistant Christy Johnson to replace Davis. A majority of the board — Earl Glaze, James Shannon, Bryimt Moss and Darin Bussell — had rejected the same request Sept. 1, even though officials said the aide was needed to keep Irom sending the six special-education student back to their regular classrooms, where they were more likely to drop out. The majority did not oppose helping the at-risk students: they simply disliked being asked to approve the action after the fact. Three board members — Charles Shoulders, John Wavne King and Anthony Hilliard — decided to grant the request despite the procedural errors because they believed school officials erred on the side of the children, as Shoulders put it. The procedural errors included advertising an aide position, interviewing candidates and hiring Davis in mid-August before bringing the matter before the board. See Aid, page 2A A few tickets available for Literary Tastes Only a few tickets remain for Literary Tastes, according to organizers of the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation fundraiser. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to taste a variety of foods in the atmosphere of a traditional Southern home at the 5 to 7 p.m. event Monday at Madelyn’s in the Grove. Vendors include: Athens’ Gyros, Barbara Ann’s Bakery Café, C&*A Catering, Café Savannah, Costco, Florals By Mother Earth, Lawler’s BBQ, Limestone Tavern, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Maria Bonita Grill and See Literary Tastes, page 2A Index Classified .....................4B Ledger ...................5A Obituaries ....................2A Paul Johnson Sports ............. IB Valley ........................4A The features you love. The brand you trust. H IVC tt ,lll Witc iv W-iiUi'-y.':. i'.if'V'.', «V V i Athens Athens S r » C I .3 BlackBerry- Tour $199.99 .4lMr $70 tatet» tete ctM. 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