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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 he News Courier  Tving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  ^    ________________    One    dollar  Sunday, October 25, 2009  Jerry Kino Company  1é13lOray»M. • AltMM, A13M1I  230-0402  QNCMamtor  We    Co»dei    YmFmwd tim tk&  №  Fide pulls out squeaker against Tennessee, 12-10 PAGE IB  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.coni   Inside  Today  ASU prof recounts Geezer Fest  Penne Laubenthal details a recent reunion of ASU classes from the 1960s  AROUND LIMESTONE, PAGE 20A  Cattlemen's  cook-off  winners  Students cooked up their best beef dishes for this annual competition  9A  Search on for killer  The investigation is ongoing into the slaying of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a landfill  PAGE12A  Index  Classifieds 1C  Ledger.........13    A  Letters..........5A  Lifestyles........9A  Obituaries.......2A  Reuben Blackburn  Opinion.........4 A  Sports...........IB  Valley...........6A  ’69847  00002  can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks ... are they eyes? "  - FROM “THE WAR OF THE WORLDS" RADIO BROADCAST, 1938  \y.  ar  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Athens State University professor Tom McDougle practices his portrayal of Orson Welles in an upcoming production of the radio broadcast “The War of the Worlds." Beside McDougle is eguipment that was in the CBS radio studio in New York during the 1938 broadcast, including a cabinet-style reel-to-reel tape recorder, a “recording" sign and a timing clock.  The items were borrowed from Muscle Shoals Sound in Sheffield.  ASU to present stage play of famed radio broadcast  By Kelly Kazek  keIly@athensnews-courier.com   Announcer: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I have ever witnessed ... Waif a minute! Someone's crawling out of the hollow top. Someone or ... something. I can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks ... are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be...”  On Halloween eve, 1938, this is what thousands of listeners heard on their CBS radio stations.  Never mind that the stations had broadcast disclaimers, or that newspapers had advertised a dramatization of H.G. Wells’  How to go  "The War of the Worlds" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at McCandless Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at ASU's Sandridge Student Center, Room 217. For information, call (256) 216-3319.  novel that evening on Mercury Theater on the Air. Radio actor Orson Welles and the cast were so convincing, many listeners thought the Mars invasion was real.  See Play, page 3A  Spirit of Athens honored by state  The Alabama Historical Commission has awarded a 2009 Distinguished Service Award to Spirit of Athens Main Street.  The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to individuals and groups whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.  Alabama’s Main Street organizations are demonstrating that historic preservation plays a key role in downtown revitalization and economic development, in tourism, and in overall community health. At the same time, these volunteer led organizations are saving hundreds of downtown commercial buildings, with ripple effects that extend to nearby historic homes  On the Net  Spirit of Athens is a downtown revitalization group. For more information, visit: spiritofathens.com.  and neighborhoods, and outlying farmhouses and former plantation homes. The volunteer leadership of these organizations have persevered in the face of the economic dpwntums, profound demographic changes, and shifting  See Spirit, page 2A  Madison school to open in county in 2012  Debate over taxes ongoing  By Kelly Kazek kvllyy a tinmsnt:ws-courkr. coin  A new city of Madison high school being built inside Limestone County is expected to cost $65 million and be completed in 2012.  Some Limestone County residents and officials have expressed concern that the school will draw a percentage of the county’s tax base that is disproportionate with the number of Limestone students who will attend the school.  The property on County Line Road, which lies to the west side and between Mill Road and Heritage Plantation, was annexed into the city of Madison, so some residents living inside Limestone County but in Madison city limits will have children who attend the school.  Currently, Limestone Countians generate taxes for Limestone and Athens schools, which are divided proportionately among them.  Madison Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler said the school board has approached both Athens City and Limestone County boards to find an equitable solution to dividing taxes.  If the boards follow state law, the city of Madison will end up with the lipn’s share of the tax revenue because Alabama law states taxes are collected based on where the school is situated rather than where the students live.  Fowler said, however, he wants to  See Madison, page 3A  Tuition rising at Calhoun, ASU, other 2-year colleges  ASU increase is below average across state  By Jean Cole jt ‘an@a then sih •tvs -courier, mm Students attending Athens State University, Calhoun Community College and 21 other community colleges in the state will be paying more tuition beginning in the spring semester of 2010.  The hike of nearly 20 percent in the spring at most schools will be the first increase in five years at the two-year campuses, according to the Associated Press.  The state school board approved the increase Thursday.  Advisers for the community college system said the move was necessary to offset a loss of $92 million in state funds over the past two years, the AP reported.  See Tuition, page 3A   

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