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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama Christian church, Native American tribe reconcile PAGE 2A The News Courier Serving Athens ¿ind Lhnestone County: A Conmmnity of Tradition and Future Saturday, November 28, 2009 Visit us online www^newscourierxom Inside Today Alabama survives scare at Auburn Alabama completed a perfect regular season with a 26-21 win over Auburn Friday, but did it the hard way against its bitter rival. The Tide fell behind in the opening minutes but came out ahead to do its part to set up a 1 vs. 2 matchup with top-ranked Florida in the SEC title game next Saturday. SPORTS, PAGE IB Secret Service 'concerned' The Virginia couple who crashed a presidential dinner met President Barack Obama, the White House said Friday, as an embarrassed Secret Service admitted its officers failed to check the guest list. PAGE 3A Subscribe Get the news with your morning соПее SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 69847 00001 Auto crashes into Athens apartment ByJeanCx3le jamifl>athcnsiirws-i'()uricr.(t)m Milagros Ocasio was looking over Sanderfer Apartments on Friday when his car lunged forward, mowed dowm a sign, sideswiped a boxwood shrub and bumped into the concrete porch of Apartment 219. When Athens Police and Athens Fire Department arrived about noon, no one was injured. The airbag of Ocasio’s car had deployed. The impact uprooted a “Resident Parking Only” sign, which lay in the wake of his car, and crushed and pinned an empt}^ |>aby stroUer between the car’s front bumper and the porch. Ocasio told OflBcer Daniel McNatt, who investigated the accident, his vehicle’s gas pedal stuck. A witness at the scene said he was driving behind Ocasio’s vehicle, because they wanted to look at Sanderfer Apartments, when Ocasio pulled into the lot near Apartment 219 and was going to back up and turn around biit the car shot forward instead. His car was towed. NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS No one was injured, except for an empty baby stroller, when a driver lost control and struck a porch at Sanderfer Apartments in Athens on Friday. Step back in time for Christmas NEWS COURIER FILE PHOTO The Mooresville Post Office, built in 1840, is the oldest continually operating post offices in Alabama and one of the oldest in the country. It is just one of the historic sites you can see on this year's free Christmas tour of Mooresville. Mooresville Yuletide Tour gives a glimpse of holidays from past Walking Tour,” said Shirley McCrary, publicity chairwoman for the tour. “Come and look at us, enjoy the decorations, the music, the refreshments and, if you are moved to leave a little donation, we appreciate it but it is not required. Any donations will be used to preserve our pubhc buildings.” On Tuesday, Mooresville residents wiU be making traditional wTeaths using natural materials and fresh fruit, and decorating the post office and other historic buildings. By JtLVs 0)LE ican(SathcnsiH‘\\s-anirirr.nnn Take a step back in time before Christmas this year by touring the idyllic, tree-lined town of Mooresville and see the historic homes and buildings dressed in traditional holiday finery. The free event is liom 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. You can take a guided tour or see the town on you own that day. “’This is a thank you to every one who comes and pays for the spring Mooresville See Mooresville, page 8A Black Friday mob scenes missing here By Karf.n MiDDi JTixxN kaivii Uiiihcnsiii'ws-nnihcr.coiii Athens merchants report a brisk, steady business for Black Friday specials, but there were apparently no mob scenes. Shoppers across the country took loosened up to take advantage of deals on toys and TVs in stores and online on Black Friday after a bleak year of worrying about basic necessities. Today will tell the tale ft crowds were indeed bigger this year than last. If the numbers show a significant increase it might be an indication of a reviving economy. Morgan Massengill-York, manager of Maurice’s in the French Farm shopping center, said that store’s specials started eiirlier in (he week, which made for a brisk sales leading up to Thanksgiving. “It’s really been a fimtastic week,” she said. “And it’s still going good tcxlay (Friday).” Tonia Wood of Rue 21, also in French Farm, said business was also good Friday. “We’re having our Buyl, get the other for haft-price sale on everything in the store,” said Wood. “It’s not like crazy, but it’s steady.” Dana Birdieshaw of Peebles said Black Friday specials ended at 1 p.m. Friday, but the rest of the day the store passed out coupon books or specials starting today. “We’ll have even more specials Saturday,” said Birdieshaw. “But we did a pretty nice business today.” David Bennett of Bennett’s Department Store on the square said shoppers there could take an extra 10 percent off everything in the store. “Business was steady up until the ball-game (Iitrn Bowl),” said Bennett. “Then that just ruined us.” Katie Pylant of Kmart sounded a little breathless when she said, “We’ve been so, so busy today. It slacked a little while ago for the game—but not much.” ASU crowns Ms. Merry Christmas Athens State University has some new royalty. It recently crowned a new Ms. Merry Christmas from Cullman and honored her first and second runners up, both from Elkmont. Loren Ashbaugh of Cullman, the daughter of Lori and Mike Ash-Daugh, was named this year’s ASU Ms. Merry Christmas on Nov. 20 in McCandless Hall. She tramsferred to ASU from the University of Tennessee and is majoring in elementary education. First runner up was Lauren Clark of Elkmont, the daughter of Donna and Keith Clark. She transferred from Calhoun Community College and is majoring in contract management and international business. Kristi Greenhaw of Elkmont was second runner' up. Greenhaw, the daughter of Cathy and Gerry Greenhaw, transferred from Calhoun Community College and is majoring in computer science. The University’s Athenian Hosts and Hostesses sponsor the pageant annually. COURTESY PHOTO Loren Ashbaugh of Cullman, center, was recently crowned Athens State University's Ms. Merry Christmas. First runner up was Lauren Clark, left, of Elkmont, and second runner up was Kristi Greenhaw of Elkmont. Index Classified Obituaries Sports  .............6B ...............2A Regina Davidson Jerry Long Joseph Malone Elisabeth McDonald James Miller Thomas White Judy Williams ...............IB E>iS PAP py'S PiZZA ! Ritijni'Hvillif. At.    -    tbiS    /    \v\v\.v.wheeloi lakopizzii.cani Buy any 16" Pizza @ Regular Price Get a second ANY size One Topper Pizza for $5 Not v^atlió with aiiy ottier ofier/coupon (Don t cut it out, ju%t mentfor» ANCTVG) One fier с nstnr пег • М ifnt fir e \etìt с nnfinn • nut vii I ni with ппу ather о fier Coming Sunday Sunday. Nuvember ilk