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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 1, 2009, Athens, Alabama Did you remember to fall back? Daylight Savings ended at 2 a.m The News Couri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of liadition and Future    ^ Sunday, November 1, 2009 Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Insurers paying for unproven remedies After being lobbied for more choices, insurers and employers increasingly are covering alternative therapies. PAGE 22A Experts: Concussions merit study Doctors say they know very little about long-term medical risks of concussion for America's high school football players. PAGE 17A index Classifieds.......1C Crossword 19A Ledger.........19A Letters..........5A Lifestyles.......19    A Lottery..........3A Obituaries.......2A William Blankenship Woodrow Rogers Opinion.........4A Sports............IB Valley...........6A Weatner.........2A 7    69847    00002    5 ‘Never, ever forget’ Dec. 7,1941 NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives unveiled a painting by local artist Lisa Milby last week. The museum is selling tickets for a drawing for the painting, which will be given away after the Dec. 6 performance of “We Interrupt This Program ... Pearl Harbor Remembered," at the Athens Senior Center. Local veterans museum to host docudrama about Pearl Harbor By Ki Li y Kazek kcllvA'athcnstwws-coiirH'r.coin It was on a Hawaiian beach this summer that Jeny Barksdale realized he wanted to be sure no one forgets Dec. 7, 1941. Barksdale, a local attorney, author and World War II historian, talked to^jj£ staff at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives and decided a play about Pear Harbor would be entertaining and informative. But Barksdale didn’t want to fccus only on the attack and the tragedy of the day. Instead, the drama begins with the soldiers’ daily activities in Hawaii. “Several years ago I interviewed the living survivors of Pearl Harbor for the 50th cele- How to go The play “We Interrupt This Program ... Pearl Harbor Remembered" will be performed at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets to the event are $5 and will be on sale to veterans at the Alabama VetewiRs Museum and Archives on Nov. 11 and will be available to the public on Nov. 12. bration of the end of World War II,” Barksdale said. “Those stories are still in the back of my mind.” See Play, page 7A CSX set to begin work on crossing at Piney By Karfn Middi fixjn kan 'n<P)ntlwnsiH ‘ws-('ourier. ami Work has at last begun on a railroad crossing once identified as one of the most dangerous in the state. CSX Railroad workmen are on-site at the Piney Chapel Road crossing at late week to begin work on installing a signal and gates a year after the last date promised and five years after requests for more saiety. A CSX Railroad spokesman had said in July 2iX)8 that upgrades should be completed at the deadly intersection by the end of that year, but they were not. But a month ago Alabama I)e-partment of Transportation ofii-cials said ftmding was approved to install the new highway-railway grade crossing signals and gates. ALDOT Division Engineer Johnny Harris said Friday that CSX had a “notice to proceed” but had not notified the state they had actually begun work. A CSX official said last month the railroad would move “as quickly as possible” to complete the work. I larris said Limestone County agreed to correct some drainage problems along I^ggins Road See Crossing, page 7A Teddy Olson trying to move on after death of his mother in fire By Karen Middi.eion кип 'n&Htlumsimws -amricrxom No scars or pain remain from the bums of a Dec. 23, 2008, fire that destroyed Teddy Olson’s home — at least on the outside. But the pain inside is hard to heal. Teddy’s mother, 41-year-old Princess Lorraine “Patty” McCuny, died in the 4:30 a.m. ini'erao. “When you lose someone like I have, it’s going to hurt a couple of years,” he said. “But I have to move on. Sometimes I think about it and sometimes not. It’s hard to move on. It still hurts, but so far, I’m doing pretty good.” The fire is believed to have started in a wood-buming stove used to heat the mobile home on West Schoolhouse Road in Salem. After smelling smoke, Teddy’s stepfather, Richard McCurry, 61, tried unsuccessfully to awaken his wdfe. He then awakened Teddy, who ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help. See Fire, page 7A NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Jacques, Teddy Olson's chocolate Labrador retriever who will always bear the scars of fire that killed Teddy's mother, is almost too exuberant to hold back as tries to display affection for everyone. Sending chills up the spine NEWS COURIER/ANN LAURENCE Amidst decorations depicting the season, celebrated storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham sends chills up the spine with a ghost story during the weekend's Third annual Athens Storytelling Festival on the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Madison plans tax hike to fund new school in Limestone County By KEIJ.Y Kazek kelly<Sathcnsne\vs-aHiricrx'oni Madison City Schools system was awarded $36 million in interest-free bond money by Gov. Bob Riley last week to build a high school inside Limestone County. Now, to help pay back the funds, Madison City Council is planning to raise sales tax inside Madison limits by a half cent. City Council members said at a work session last week they plan to vote soon on the issue and hopefully implement the tax increase by Jan. 1. The high school, which would alleviate overcrowding at Bob Jones High School, would hold about 1,600 student and cost $65 million, said Madison City Superintendent Dee Fowler. It will be built on Madison-annexed property on County Line Road across from Heritage Plantation subdivision, which has led to discussions among Madison, Athens and Limestone County school systems over how sales tax revenues will be distributed to the school. 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