Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Senate passes bills to prohibit quarry
By Karen Middleton
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Four bills designed to block a rock quarry in South Limestone County passed the Senate Thursday and are on their way to the House.
The first of four pieces of legislation, sponsored by state senators lorn Butler, D-Madison. and Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would prohibit a rock quarry to be built w ithin 2 1/2 miles of a robotics center, such as the robotics park on a 53-acre site across from Calhoun Community College.
The second bill would prohibit a rock quarry from being built within one mile of a TVA megasite, such as the 2,010-acre megasite between U.S. 31 and Interstate 65, which would be just across U.S. 31 from the Laugh-miller Road quarry site.
The third bill would prohibit a quarry from being established within 2 1/2 miles of a public school, which would take in "fanner High School; and the fourth bill would prohibit a rock quarry within 10 miles of a nuclear plant, in this case Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has granted Nashville based Rogers Group air and water permits to open a limestone quarry. The company has begun preliminary work at the site, but has not begun blasting.
The Limestone County Commis-
See Quarry, page 3A
PlavDate catches on
A monthly social event held in more than 20 cities is catching on among adults weary of the usual nightlife. The play old-school board games.
Athens Car Show expected to draw crowds Saturday
Car enthusiasts will flock to the square Saturday for the Athens Cars on the Square show in downtown Athens.
This is the once-a-summer “big show” of the monthly “cruise ins” held each summer,” said Tourism Director Jeannette Dunnavant.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, spectators can see an array of antique cars that enthusiasts drive to the square and park for people to view and discuss.
Vendors will be on hand to sell parts for vintage vehicles.
Food vendors also will be on the
square and door prizes will be awarded.
The event is free to the public.
As many as 1,000 people are expected downtown for the event.
In 2008, Tom Schuman devised the idea for the Cruise In as a way to continue the annual ‘car show begun
by Derrick Young and Bland Allen.
Cruise Ins are held the first Saturday of each month from March to October when enthusiasts bring autos downtown from 3 to 9 p.m. and visitors stroll around the square. Many downtown restaurants and shops stay open late.
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Board member asks for cap on audit fees
By Karen Miodleit)N [email protected]
Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board member James Moflatt Thursday balked at the terms of a letter of engagement from auditing firm Christopher, Durham, Pepper fir Armstrong, saying it contained no cap for expenses,
Moflatt, the former legal counsel for the board was fired from that position a year ago after friction with Board Chairman Mark Yarbrough.
Moflatt had questioned Yarbrough’s involvement on the board because he is a building contractor and developer, although
state ethics rules do not preclude a contractor serving on such a board as long as he doesn’t cast votes on other developers’ projects.
The Limestone County Commission did not reappoint board members Alton Robinson or George Benford and appointed Delphi retiree John Farrar and Moflatt to the two open board seats.
“I think this is dangerous,” said Moflatt, after reviewing CDPA’s letter of engagement to conduct LCWSA’s 2009 audit. “This states ‘actual time’ and that is not standard in the audit industry. “
See Board, page 2A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Nell Lutz visits the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives often where her World War II WAVE uniform is displayed. Saturday she will become the first woman from Limestone County to be aboard Honor Flight to the National WWII Memorial in Washington.
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mestone Tavern, located on East Washington Street, is open. Klaire hite, bookkeeper Limestone Tavern; Karen Smith, Baugher Real Es-te; Paula Austin, Durable Designs; and Beth Bailey, Advanced Audio id Video; took a lunch break from an accounting class. Limestone ivern is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner Mon-lys through Saturdays. There will be live entertainment every Satur-jy beginning May 2 with Richie and Deemer. The business is owned t Tommy and Traci Smith, Nicole Stanley is the manager and Norood Van Dyke is the chef.
Nell Lutz, former WAVE, to go on Honor Flight Saturday
By Karen Middeelon
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Nell Lutz’s love stories go on and on. There is the love story of Nell and her husband of 63 years, Frank.
And then there is the love story of Nell and her country.
Saturday, Nell will be honored for her devotion to country. She will be the first woman from Limestone County to be aboard Honor Flight.
Honor Flight, a program sponsored by The Huntsville Times and WAFF-Channel 48, began in 2007 flying World War II veterans to Washington free of charge on chartered airliners to visit the National World War II Memorial.
Thursday, her Bible study class at First United Methodist Church honored her with a proclamation for her service to
See WAVE, page 3A
Nell Lutz's official WAVE portrait by Bachrach Photography of Boston.
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