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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 AU depending on young receivers vs. Dawgs PAGE IB  e News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Thursday, November 12, 2009  Few reveal end-of-life wishes  The health overhaul bill that narrowly passed the House on Saturday includes a provision to nudge more people to confront end-of-life choice: It would pay for counseling for Medicare patients.  PAGE 2A  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232*2720  Index  Business ........5A  Classifieds.......4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger..........8A  Lottery..........3A  Obituaries  none  Sports...........IB  Valley...........4A  Weatner.........2A  /    69847    00001  Recycling manager: Draft beer no cure  By Jean Cole  jean@athensnews-courier.com   Athens city officials don’t need to legalize draft beer to cut down on the number of bottles and cans heading to the landfill.  The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center picks up cans, bottles and cardboard from businesses once a week - all they have to do is call, said Plant Manager Bill Wojciechowski (Whoa-ja-how-ski).  The recycling center has been offering this service for some time, and businesses could seriously lower their waste-  hauling bill if they participated, he said.  “Wolverine Tube - we get all their cardboard - and we are saving them $300 to $400 a month on their garbage bill,” Wojciechowski said.  He was alarmed when he read that Athens resident Kelly Range proposed legalizing draft beer as a way to reduce the number of cans and bottles going to the landfill.  Range told the City Council on Monday he first considered legalizing draft beer - or beer drawn from a keg into a  See Beer, page 3A  KALB sponsors free film on bottled water industry  By Karen Middleton karen@ 'atlwnsncws-couricr.com Americans are paying some $11.1 billion annually for a substance that they could draw out of their taps for pennies.  Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and the city of Athens Water Department are sponsoring the film, “Tapped,” in commemoration of Celebrate America Recycles Day. The film is being offered free of charge at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cinemagic Theatre, 1702 S. Jefferson St. in Athens.  See Water, page X  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  U.S. crop estimates ease fears  Newly-released estimates for U.S. wheat, corn and soybean crops may put to rest fears a wet harvest season in many parts of the country could cut into production.  BUSINESS, PAGE 5A  Fire destroys 2-stoiy home near Elkmont  By Karen Middleton  karen@athensnews-courier.com  A stunned family could only shake their heads when they viewed the devastation of their home in Clearmont Farms south of Elkmont.  Owens Volunteer Fire Department 1st lieutenant and incident commander Jeff Sides said no one was at home when the fire broke out around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Neighbors identified Karen and Rick Mobley and their 11 children as the occupants.  A member of the family said that they would have no comment.  “When we arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the roof,” said Sides. “We couldn’t find access to the attic and by the time we did, 'most of the roof was involved.”  Sides said smoldering clothing stored upstairs and in the attic fed the flames.  The entire second floor of the home at 24020 E. Clearmont Drive was gutted and there was heavy smoke and water damage to the first floor.  The fire was in the Owens district, but Elkmont and Piney Chapel fire departments were also on the scene as backup.  NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON  Firefighters from Owens, Elkmont and Piney Chapel responded to a home fire on East Clearmont Drive Wednesday night.  ‘ NIC) PEACH WITHOUT  NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL  Dan Taylor of the Ardmore Veteran's group led The '76ers as they presented “Old Glory" during the Veteran's Day Program at the Annex building Wednesday afternoon.  Ardmore celebrates Veterans Day  By Jennifer R. Hill  Jennifer@a thensnews-courit r. coin Lucien Demers clutched a 15-year-old newspaper and wore a hat with a patch on it bearing the name of the 296th Combat Engineers. It wasn’t the 50th Anniversary edition of the Army newspaper, “The Stars & Stripes,” or his hat, but his eyes, that told the story of what he and many of his comrades had sacrificed on D-Day.  Demers sat at a table with his family Wednesday among the many people who turned out to take part in the Veteran’s Day program at the Annex building on Main Street in Ardmore.  Demers flipped through the old paper pointing out the things he had seen and done, and been a part of during his service as anl8-year-old in World War II Germany and Europe. He stormed the beaches at Normandy, helped clear the  See Veterans, page 3A  NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER R. HILL  Members of the Athens High School JROTC Color Guard presented flags during the Veteran's Day program Wednesday at the Veteran's of Foreign Wars building in Athens.   

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