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   Fort Payne Times Journal (Newspaper) - April 19, 2007, Fort Payne, Alabama                                TODAY: Sunshine and patchy clouds. High, 70; Low, 40. Details A2 April 19, 2007 ()\I ! \ I-'.: WWW.TIMES-.TOURNAL.COM FT!    DEKALB COUNTY'S  I  OLDEST NEWSPAPER OnlySOcents IMS-JOURNAL THURSDAY �".'V. * v.V � 'S  ' � � * FIRE STARTERS F CHURCHES HELP FAMILY HIT BY BLAZE TODAY'S HEADLINES Party With A Purpose A View From Earth celebration will be Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at !>the Lebanon Bffl^aa-Civic-  Center on "County Road '209 near Collinsville. The event will feature Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Johnny Neel, formerly of The Allman Brothers Band, Russell Gulley and Friends and more. 4 YOUR RIGHT TOKNCJ" TEflilM Councils � The Fort Payne City Council will meet in a work session May 7 at 6 p.m., at City Hall � The Rainsville City Council will meet Monday at 6 p.m., at City Hall. � The Ider Town Council will meet Monday at 6 p.m., at Town Hall. � The Henagar City Council will meet Monday at 5 p.m., at City Hall. � The Hammondville Town Council will meet May 1 at 6:30 p.m., at Town Hall. School Boards � A DeKalb County Schools federal programs public hearing will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Materials/Facilities Building in Rainsvile. � The Fort Payne City School Board will meet April 30 at 6 p.m. at the central office conference room. � The DeKalb County Board of Education will meet May 8 at 5 p.m. at the Materials/ Facilities Building in Rainsville. Looking Back Nearly everyone enjoys taking a stroll down memory lane. Well, you can do it each week in the Times-Journal's special Remember When section. Take a look at what happened around the area 10,25 and 50 years ago. � Page B1 MARKET The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 30 points Wednesday. � Page A2 INSIDE Calendar................A5 Classified................B3 Comics..................B2 DearAbby...............A2 Obituaries...............A3 Opinion.................A4 Sports.....................B6 Stock Report.............A2 TV Guide................A2 Vol. 129, No. 77 To subscribe, call (256) S45- 2550 or 1-800-34T1MES COMING FRIDAY TEAMSROLL TOURNEYWRAPS UP FIRST ROUND INSIDE SPORT Shooter Sends Package MATERIALS SENT TO NBC NEWS BETWEEN SHOOTINGS AT VIRGINIA TECH PAGE A3 Methadone clinic will wait-for now � Owners are having trouble finding suitable place to put treatment facility By Greg Purvis gpurvis@times-journal.com Methadone won't be coming to Fort Payne - for now. A proposed treatment clinic using the drug is having a hard time finding suitable real estate, according to DeKalb District Attorney Mike O'Dell. "They haven't been able to locate a suitable site in an unincorporated part of the county," O'Dell said. The State Health Planning and Development Agency Mike O'Dell granted the Cullman-based drug treatment clinic a 30-day extension Wednesday after clinic management admitted they had not found a replacement for their proposed Fort Payne site at the former Scooter's building. "They have found several sites in the county," O'Dell said. "But once the owners found out they wanted to put a methadone clinic in, the deals fell through." Fort Payne Mayor Bill Jordan said he did not mind � See Methadone, A3 CATCHING SOME AIR Tunes-Journal photo by Dusty Plunkett Josh Howard jumps high above Ashlyn Holland (left) and Kaleb Holland as they played on a trampoline Wednesday while enjoying spring break. DeKalb farmers hurt from freeze � State agricultural officials to seek By Kelly Townsend ktownsend@timesjournal.com State agricultural officials say a recent freeze destroyed up to $75 million in crops, including many in DeKalb County. "I had about 125 acres of corn planted that was 3-4 inches tall," said Fort Payne farmer Jack Ashley. "It just froze the tops off. It was 22 degrees at my house that weekend. We have help for farmers across Alabama just finished replacing all that. That's probably going to cost us about $50 per acre, plus time. We need to be doing something else besides planting corn." State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, a Fort Payne native, said his agency is seeking to help farmers secure federal aid for � See Farmers, A3 Cable disputes continue � Council remains unhappy with answers from Time Warner By Greg Purvis gpurvisr times- journal .com The Fort Payne City Council is not happy with Time Warner Cable. "Is there a particular reason why your company doesn't want to provide a local phone number?" City Attorney Rocky Watson asked Time Warner's General Manager Jim Bennett at Tuesday's city council meeting. "We think it's better this way," Bennett answered. Watson did not agree. He said the city's franchise agreement with Time Warner specified the company must maintain a local phone number.   Jim Bennett Bennett said that was up to interpretation. "I don't think there is much interpretation to it," Watson replied. He read the relevant condition aloud. Time Warner provides Fort Payne subscribers with a toll-free number to a customer service call center in Texas -a long way off when you need to get in touch with a service technician in an emergency situation, according to Fort Payne Public Works Director i See Cable, A3 Ron Sparks Pull: Skeet range gets approval � Alabama Sporting Clays gets go-ahead from Fort Payne Council By Greg Purvis gpurvis@times-journal.com Despite objections from one councilman, a proposed shooting range was given the green light by the Fort Payne City Council Tuesday. "I'm not against this range," Councilman Walter Watson said. "But I do think we need some standards to go by. I don't like us passing an ordinance that could override zoning restrictions. I think we need to make sure any zoning issues are taken care of from a land-use perspective, so it won't be a problem in the future." The council passed a modification of the existing firearms ordinance, � See Skeet, A3 Walter Watson   

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