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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 14, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 ’Вата: NCAA wrongly vacated 21 wins PAGE IB  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Conmninity of Tradition and Future  Wednesday, October 14, 2009  Visit us orpine   www.cnewscourierxoin   Insicle  Today  Haunted tales, trails across state  The Alabama Tourism Department lists great historical Halloween attractions, including ghost tales In Athens  LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C  Swine flu and kids  At least 76 American children have died from the H1N1 virus, and doctors are urging parents to watch for warning signs the flu has become life-threatening.  HEALTH, PAGE 8A  Subscribe  Get the news witli your morning cotiee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7    69847‘00001    f  Rain postpones harvest  BYjH\NCxjlJi  JeanifMtliensnt'W’s-courit'r.mm  Last year drought choked the life out of crops in North Alabama.  This year, rain has been so plentiful, farmers haven’t been able to get into the fields to get the crops out.  Parts of Alabama have been inundated by rain, prompting the National Weather Service to put the north half of the state under a flash-flood watch on Monday.  Forecasters say there’s a good chance of rain  statewide through Thursday.  If you are a com kernel or a cottonseed, this is good news because you can sprout and perpetuate the species. But it is bad news for com and cotton formers.  Water causes kernels to sprout right on the ear, which makes it worthless, said Eric Schavey, regional agent for the Elxtension Service, and an expert on agronomic crops.  “Com should have been out of the field by now,’’ Schavey said. “It should have come out two weeks ago.”  But the ground is so soft from so much rain, formers can’t get their com pickers into their fields to harvest the crop.  Grain elevators will buy com with a certain amount of moisture, but will dock the farmer for it, Schavey said.  Farmers who can diy their crop and store it until the price rises, will fare best this year, he said.  Rain is causing the same seed-sprouting trou-See Harvest, page 3A  Jail demo bids due Oct. 22  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Two of about 18 contractors who attended a meeting Tuesday on demolishing the former Limestone County Jail ^nter the building for a pre-bid tour. Bids are due Oct. 22 and the bid should be awarded 30 days from that day, said county engineer Richard Sanders. The jail was abandoned in 2005 when a new facility was built.  Contractors tour old county jail before bidding demolition  By Kwj y Kazkk  ki ii tin ‘iisiu    )urit r.amt  About 18 contractors attended a meeting Tuesday morning then toured the abandoned former county jail on Green Street before making bids on demolition.  Project manager Leonard Robison went over bid specifications with the men attending the meeting. The men already received a packet of drawings of the building.  The pre-bid meeting was mandatory and Robison said anyone who did not attend Tuesday would not be allowed to bid.  Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders said county commissioners are not sure how much the project might cost.  ’The majority of the building, abandoned when a new jail opened early in 2005, wiU be tom down, but a portion with oifices will be left, Sanders said.  “What used to be the sheriffs ofiice area, closest to the Board of Education building, will stay,” Sanders said. “Right now we’re looking at remodeling the office part for the  See Jail, page 3A  ASU hosts fiddleHhemed art show  Each year the art depaiTment at Athens State holds a competition for artists who use a designated Athens State site as inspiration.  This year, the inspiration was the annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention held on the ASI campus.  Athens State President Bob Glenn will choose one work to become a part of the ASU permanent collection and the winner will receive $150.  The show, which is currently hanging in the Sandridge Student Center Gallery will run through Oct. 30.  Receptions for the show are Thursday at noon and 6 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays fi*om 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the gallery and reception are open to the pubhc.  COURTESY PHOTO  Fiddle-themed art is on display at Athens State University through October.  Report due this week on  Alabama 99  pipeline leak  By Jfan Ck)iJ  j( '¿in A ¿1 tlu 'IlSIU ‘WS-i'OUrit 'rAlUn  Metallur^sts e.xpecl to release a report this week on what caused a BP pipeline oft Alabama 99 to leak jylene last December.  At the time, officials believed a lightning strike damaged the pipe, causing about 2,(KX) gallons of jwlene to leak into a ditch and pond oft .Alabiuna 99. But, the company had the failed section of pipe examined to be certain.  Ron Rybarc/yk of Ibledo, (3hio, the public affairs director supporting the pipeline business, said the C'ompany that had microscopically iuialyzed tire section of pipe that foiled in December 2(X)8 fors completed it’s worl< and is expec ted to issue a report to BP this week.  By April, the cleanup crew had collected about 2(X),(XX) gallons of liquid from a drainage ditch at the site — abcjut 99 percent of which is ground and surface water fiom rainfall, Rybaic/yk said at the time.  “The remaining one percent rollected, about 2,(XXJ gallons, is ?ylene tliiit we assume was released from the pipe before it was shut down and repiiired,” he siiid in April.  He said the company wants to know what caused the leak to prevent it from recurring.  Athens Police seek help finding armed man who took purse  A woman was robbed at gunpoint about 8 p.m. Monday in Athens as she was exiting her car on South Clinton Street, according to Athens Police.  The 46-year-old wonum told police she had pariced at 518 S. Clinton St. near Forrest Street and was getting out of her air about 7:50 p.m., when a black man wearing a red hooded swealsliirt approached her, Capt. Marty Bruce said.  The suspect, armed with a black semiautomatic handgup, told the woman, “Give me your purse,” Bruce said.  llie victim complied and then ran from the scene, he said.  The suspect walked south toward Forrest Street and then toward tlie raihnad tracks with the purse, which contained a $50 cellular telephone. Social Security card, Alabama driv er’s license, Compiiss checkbook, ;md debit auxi, photo album.  See Robber, page 3A  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics ....................I. -3B  Ledger .......................6A  Lifestyles .....................1C  Obituaries ....................2A  Anna Miller Christopher Sims Mae Slaughter Steve Yarbrough Sr. Sports ........................IB  In our Face  Join discussions of daily stories, current events, football and more on The News Courier's Facebook page. Some comments made during the week are chosen to run on Wednesday's Opinion page. ' Join the fun!   

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