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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Special Edition: Filled with local stories, information  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Wednesday, October 28, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  HALLOWEEN FEATURE  Fire Marshal now probing 2 local fires  Still  moonshining?  Running a moonshine still is not necessarily a thing of the past, authorities say  PAGE 13A  NEWS COURIER ILLUSTRATION/KIM RYNDERS  a»  Do haunts walk the halls of historic Athens home?  By Karen Middleton karen@athtmsnt?ws-courit r. com Most bankers are spooked these days, but Garth Lowom more than most.  It’s not the economy that has Garth loosing sleep; it’s the restless spirit of a long-dead inhabitant of his home.  Pattie Vasser had experienced just too much tragedy in her young life when she  reputedly slung a rope over an attic beam, fashioned the other end into a noose, slipped it around her neck and leaped from a chest Nov. 2, 1866. Her blood-curdling scream is said to reverberate through the stately Vasser-Loworn home on East Washington Street more than 140 years lat-  See Haunts, page 2A  By Karen Middieton  karen@athensnews-couiier.com  Athens firefighters got a call to a home in the new Hawk’s Landing subdivision off North Lindsay Lane Sunday morning to find three separate extinguished blazes.  Chief Danny Southard called in the state fire marshal.  “The homeowner had left the house at 18250 Red Tail Street at the end of the third quarter of the Alabama game on Saturday,” said Southard. “He was away all night. When he came back, he discovered that the living room was burnt up.”  “We got the call at 9:56 a.m. and when we arrived we found no heat, no smoke inside. Exacdy what they found was the living room had been completely consumed by fire. Upstairs, they found a small amount of smoke and heat in a bonus room.”  Southard said he got a call from one of his chiefs, David Andrews, who reported that he had found evidence of three separate fires in the house.  “When a fire never breaks a window, the fire can’t get oxygen and eventually extinguishes itself, and that’s what happened here,” said Southard. “The fires used up all  See Fires, page 2A  PLUS-Local on every page     Including (A section)..          » Garden Spot    4      » Opinion    5      » Scarecrow contest    6      » Elkmont history    9      » Ardmore history    11      » Odd place names    12      » Couples in business    14      » Senior center photos    15      » Events listing    17      » Limestone Ledger    8      »1974 explosion    19      » Calhoun nursing    21      » Crow's Nest history    22      » Church Bulletin    25      » Newspaper history    26      » Author event    27      » Financial column    28      » J. Newman honor roll    33      » Tanner honor roll    34      » Clements honor roll    36      » Cowart honor roll    37      » Brookhill honor roll    39      » ABS honor roll    40     More ghostly stories to be told at festival  If the haunted tale on this page is not enough to satisfy your need for chilly and thrills, be sure to get tickets for the Third Annual Athens Storytelling Festival.  The event is Thursday through Saturday, with ghost tales told at 10 p.m. Friday by Kathryn Tucker Windham and Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein. Windham started her career as a journalist and has penned dozens of books, including “Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jef-  See Festival, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  The Vasser-Lovvorn home on East Washington is said to be haunted by the spirit of Pattie Vasser, who in a moment of profound grief, tried to hang herself in the attic of the house in 1866.  Sex offenders to be off streets on Halloween night  By Kelly Kazek  keIly@athensnews-courier.com  Limestone County sex offenders who committed a felony and remained under federal supervision upon release from prison won’t be on the streets this Halloween.  A new policy from state and federal probation offices is aimed first at helping educate and reintegrate sex offenders and secondly to safeguard the community, said U.S. Supervisory Probation Officer Jeff Purcell.  Felony sex offenders are required by the State of Alabama Probation and Parole Office and the U.S. Probation Office to report to an undisclosed location for a meeting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Probation Office of the U.S. Dis-  See Offenders, page 3A  B section...  » E. Limestone football 1 » Boo at the Boss 2  C section...  »Recipes    1  » Red Ribbon winners 7,9 » FNB student board 8 » Clements band 8  MUCH MORE!  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7 69 8 47 00001 t  Local dentist takes a stand against sweets, gives cash for candy  One area dentist is redefining the phrase .“put your money where your mouth is.”  This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry and receive $1 per pound.  Dr. Brad Beasley is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and glowing electric toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.  The treats won’t be trashed - they will be shipped to our armed forces overseas by Operation Gratitude  www.opgratitude.com  .  “Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great pre-  See Candy, page 3A  Sports, page IB  • East Limestone football  • Boo at the Boss  • Mr. and Mrs. AHS  Christmas Open House set Nov. 21  downtown  Organizers are putting together a party to kick-off the Christmas season with carolers,  Santa, refreshments and, yes, bargains!  The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and The Spirit of Athens will hold its 23rd annual Christmas Open House in Athens all day Saturday, Nov. 21, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.  Businesses can still sign up to participate.  Carolers will entertain in downtown Athens during the Christ-See Open House, page 3A    mas    Open    House on Nov. 21 and 22.  Index  Classified.....................ID  Comics.......................4B  Editorial......................5    A  Ledger ......................18A  Lifestyles .....................1C  Obituaries ....................2A  James Lomax Henry Smith  Sports ........................IB  Valley ........................4A   

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