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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Americans give thanks, see parades, feast in space PAGE lOA  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Friday, November 27, 2009  Visit us ortbie  www^n«wscouri«r.cofn  Inside  Today  Tide trying for Iron Bowl win  The Crimson Tide is trying for a title trifecta: State, SEC and national. No. 2 Alabama faces rival Auburn today in the Iron Bowl and No. 1 Florida in the SEC championship game next weekend. The winner of the SEC title will secure a shot at the national crown.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Robotic hamster new craze  Zhu Zhu Pets, which retail for about $10, are this year's bona fide must-have toy, following in the footsteps of past crazes for Tickle Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Kids.  PAGE 5A  Subscribe  (ie( the news with your morning eoiiee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  f 69847 00001  2 die in hoKday wrecks  By Jean Cole jeaj}^athensnews-courier.a)m Two Athens men — one age 71 and the other 21 — died on Thanksgiving Day in separate single-vehicle accidents in Limestone County.  Jerry Long, 71, was driving his golf cart about five miles northeast of Athens Thursday morning  when he struck a 2007 Ford pickup on Mooresville Road, a state trooper said.  Long was apparently trying to cross the road when he struck the side of the pickup, a state trooper said. He was not wearing a seat belt, records show.  The driver of the truck, 23-year-old Richard Menefee of  the  Athens, was not injured, trooper said.  In a separate accident about noon Thursday, 21-year-old Joseph Malone was heading east on Thach Road, about nine miles north of Athens, when he lost control of his 2007 Scion car, drove into a com patch and died instant-.ly of head injuries, according to a  state trooper and Limestone County Coroner Mike West.  Malone was not wearing a seat belt at the time, according to the trooper’s report.  A female passenger in the vehicle, whose name West did not know, was not seriously injured. The trooper’s initial report did not List a passenger.  Elmore addresses forum  Budgeting paying off; excess city revenue to cover bills  COURTESY PHOTO  Athens State University Professor AI Elmore stands with a bust of Lincoln on a recent trip to Gettysburg, Penn., where he attended a Lincoln Forum of distinguished authors.  Professor, enthralled by Lincoln, makes pilgrimage to Gettysburg  By Kare:n MiDourroN kan '¡)(<^a thcnsiu ■» s-amriir.coni Athens State University Professor of English and law A1 Elmore first became enthralled with the words of Abraham Lincoln when as a fifth grader he was required to memorize the words to the “Gettysburg Address.”  “I was attracted to Lincoln himself, and as a Baptist, I had to memorize the King James Bible, and then I began to see how they interconnected,” Elmore said.  llie result of this lifelong interest resulted in his just-published book, “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and the Prayer Book,” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009).  Elmore just returned fixrm the aimual meeting of the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Penn., on the 146th anniversary of the address. There, he joined with other authors whose books have won the seal of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Elmore signed copies of his book and, in turn, obtained signed copies of books of other attending Lincobi scholars.  Elmore said actor Richard Dreyftiss addressed the assemblage. He also got to brush shoulders with hterary luminaries.  “I never counted on getting to sign a copy for a man who had once played in a movie with Richard Burton and Elizabeth  See Gettysburg, page 7A  ASU Community Band Christmas concert set  The Athens State University Community Band, under the direction of Dan Havely, is gearing up for two performances of its annual Christmas concert.  The Athens State Alumni Association and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series will cosponsor the concerts. The Community Chorus will again  join the band to provide vocals to some of the holiday favorites.  A reception hosted by the Alumni Association will be held following the Sunday afternoon performance in the parlor of Founders HaU.  Due to the popularity of this event, two performances are scheduled in McCandless Hall  on the Athens State campus. There will be a 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 13, and a 7:30 p.m. performance on Monday, Dec. 14.  Seating is limited and tickets are required for either performance. Admission price is $5.  For tickets, caU (256) 216-3319.  By Karen Middlfi'on karvnifijatlH'usncws-couritT.coni  It’s been a good three or four years for city-of-Athens finances.  With revenue exceeding expenses by about $1 million in 2009, the city has money to pay off some large projects.  City Council President Ronnie Marks said coming up $1 million in the black is the result of careful budgeting.  “The City Council passed a conservative budget, and our department heads administratively fell in line with cost-cutting measures that resulted in savings,” Marks said. “For the past three or four years, we’ve had good revenues. I anticipate that 2010 will be a challenge, but we will meet it.”  Among the projects the city is able to pay oft' are:  • Roy Long Road. “We had an overrun on this project that extended all the way from the intersection of U.S. 72 and South Jefterson Street south and around Steelcase and east on Roy Long Road all the way to U.S. 31,” Marks said. “We paid off a $117,424 invoice.”  • Site work for Custom Polymer rail spur in Elm Street Industrial Park. “We ran into some bad dirt there and had to move the dirt and replace it with crushed rock,” he said. “We projected $80,000 but, because of the bad dirt situation, it cost $115,000. This is really important to  See Revenue, page 7A  Historical project honoring ex-slave slowed by economy  By Jean CXhü  JecUi<~^'atheiisiH ‘\vs-ct)urit r.aHti  Renovation of the home of a former slave with ties to Limestone County is under way, but the economy has slowed the pace a little.  A museum commemorating the life of Matt Gardner was scheduled to open in September in Elkton, Tennessee, but the flagging economy has delayed the plan, said Carla Jones, president of the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum Foundation.  Gardner was bom into slavery in 1847 and was once owned by Limestone County merchant Richard Whitehead Vasser, who sold Gardner, his femily and 74 other slaves to Richard C. Gardner, a Nashville merchant and Elkton plantation owner, in  See Museum, page 7A  Index  Classified .....................4B  Comics .......................3B  Ledger .............. IftA  Mini Page.....................5A  Obituaries ....................2A  Regina Davidson James Ellis Miller  Religion.....................IIA  Sports ........................IB  Weather......................2A  Coming Sunday  lVevkda\ ir h :>)U  tès.    ir--"    ärs    üf*    s  -ms7  .Hi BdHieii imiÊiM'§êim№wtopmi0m   

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