Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Residents continue quany fight
Citizens concerned about preserving historic homes
By Karen Middleton kareni? ¿itliensnews-courii *r.conr Two South Limestone residents came to the County Commission Monday in a continuing battle against the possible location of a quarry on Laughmiller Road.
Betty Pryor, who lives on the ancestral home of U.S. Sen. Luke Pryor, just south of where the quarry would locate said she fears for her home,
which was built in 1856 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“My insurance man said he wouldn’t insure against settling,” said Pryor. “This past summer I put 17 jacks under the house. My insurance won’t pay for cracked plaster or windows. I will be uninsured for blasting. Also, the way traffic goes speeding around that curve, I’m really afraid of trucks filled with rock arid gravel.”
But her home is not the only historic site that concerns Pryor.
“There’s the English Springs across the road (U.S. 31),” she said. “A Mr. English obtained the
property through a land grant signed by John Quincy Adams.”
She said she was also concerned about how the blasting would affect Swan Creek.
“People irrigate out of Swan Creek,” said Pryor. “This property is adjoining mine. I have a personal concern and a concern for the public.” Sara Crossfield, who has property oft Dogwood Flats Road, said she also fears for a spring on her property, designated on geological maps as “Nanny’s Spring.” She said her grandmother
See Quarry, page 3A
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Taxpayer Tea Party organizers prepare for April 18 event here
By Kelly Kazek kvlly(au thensnvws-courier. com Organizers of a local Taxpayer Tea Party have set the keynote speaker for the event as Will Anderson, the host of a talk show on WBHP-AM radio.
“He plans to include the audience in discussions about their frustrations and ¡solutions to our government reckless spending,” said Deborah King, who initiated the local tea party event. “Our mission is to voice our frustrations about our government’s massive overspending and also offer solutions. We
plan to focus on the steps we as individuals can do. We will have a petition to sign, and a 12 Solutions sheet to send to the White House.”
The motto on its flier is “Give Me Liberty, Not Debt.” King said the theme for the local event is: Uncle Sam, Get Out of My Wallet!
It is not a political event, she said, and no one will be campaigning. Rather, it is a place for people to voice opinions and concerns about the gov-
See Tea Party, page 2A
NAACP Book Club helps children read
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A local book club helps students get a jump-start on Accelerated Reading programs in school.
Diane Steele, who has worked with the NAACP Book Club for three years, said the club, which has an average attendance of 35 children between 3 and 13, meets once a month for book discussions, activities and lunch.
“This is such an exciting program,” said Steele. “Of course, it falls oft a little during ball season.”
See Book Club, page 3A
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Gardener Donnie Collier of Athens throws a quilt over a peony bush at the home of Sabrina Holt on East Street in preparation for freezing temperatures overnight Monday and Tuesday.
Residents prepare plants for late freeze
By Jean Cole
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Bring in the dog, throw a sheet over the bedding plants, mist the peaches and maybe ease oft the accelerator.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville is warning residents to prepare as below-freezing temperatures are expected again tonight in the Tennessee Valley.
A spring storm sw inging through the southeast was projected to bring heavy moisture and a chance of snow or sleet Monday night and freezing temperatures again tonight, said meteorologist Dana
Temperatures could fall to a low of 30 degrees after 10 p.m. tonight, wrhich means residents may want to cover new plants and flowers.
“This is kind of a quick April burst of winter w eather,” Griffin said. “It is not unheard of to have a late-season freeze.”
Precipitation is not expected tonight, he said, but should it occur in places, motorists should lookout for slick pavement, especially on bridges.
The cold snap is expected to go out like
See Freeze, page 2A
Folklore about snow
In the 1954 film “White Christmas,” singer Rosemary Clooney sits on a train and croons, “I wash my hand, mv face, my hair with snow.”
The character she portrayed probably wasn’t planning to actually wash her hair with snow but she should have.
The first snowfall is said to have magical properties, according to one folk remedy - melt it and it w ill smooth
See Snow, page 2A
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