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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama Prep Sneak Preview; Q&A with West’s Amsparger PAGE IBrhe News CourierSci'xing Athens ¿aid Limestone County: A Community oi Tradition and Future 50 centsWednesday, August 5, 2009 Visit us online www^newscourierxom Inside Today 2011 CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL Spending up, income down As gasoline prices rose, Americans spent more in June than the previous month -despite falling income. PAGE 6A Bird threat to U.S. wind energy A little prairie grouse could give the wind energy industry big fits if it becomes listed as threatened or endangered. PAGE 11A Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Health..........8A Ledger.........12A Lifestyles........1C Lottery..........3A Obituaries 2A Daniel Duplechain Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weamer.........2A 7    69847    00001 NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Above, Athens State University professor Dr. Al Elmore, author of a play about Union Gen, John Turchin's Athens court-martial during the Civil War, said Turchin was headquartered in the front yard of the Donnell House, background, for a few days after the city was sacked by Union troops. The Donnell family lived in the house while soldiers camped on the lawn and in outbuildings, Elmore said. The home was preserved and can be toured. Professor creates play of local event that changed Civil War’ By Kflly Kazl:k kclh'i^'athcnsncws-ixmricr.ixmi A little more than a year after.the Civil War began, the sack of Athens and subsequent court-mai^ tial of Union Gen. John B. Turchin changed the way the remainder of the war would be fought and perceived, according to a local scholar. “The chief effect of the court-martial was to change the way the Civil War was conducted,” said Dr. Al Elmore, professor of English and drama at Athens State University. Because Russian-born Turchin, who was a colonel at the time of the sack, was said to have turned a blind eye to pillaging of the dty after its capture and because President Abraham Lincoln made a strategic move to prevent his punishment, the court-martia] changed the war fiiom one with a conciliatory goal to one of conquest, Elmore said. The event will be dramatized in a play being written by Elmore at the request of the Greater    courtesy    photo Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and Athens trial of Brig. Gen. John the Tourism Department. The play will be part of    above,    was    pivotal    in    the    Civil ^ War, scholars say. A play depicting the Caa Maw палА    featured    in    2011 during the 150th anniversary of the war's onset. Local writer pens magazine article on sack of Athens and Tlirchin trial Ardmore, Tanner schools miss goals Other county, city schools fare better h'rom stulTaitd w ire reports Alabama schools made their best showing in six years of evaluation under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, with 86 percent meeting all performance goals, state officials announced Monday. In Athens, all schools achieved their adequate yearly progress goals. In Limestone County, all but two schools — Tanner and Ardmore high schools — met all of their adequate yearly progress goals. For the third year, Ardmore was given needing school-improvement status. Tanner may appeal its report. Approximately 64 percent of the 186 schools that didn’t make AYP missed it by only one goal. Schools that don’t meet AYP are required to take corrective steps and are placed in different categories depending on their student population. Those that don’t make AYP for one year are put on notice but don’t have to take any specific steps. Schools that fail for two-consecutive years are labeled as needing school improvement and required to offer after-school tutoring. All but one Decatur school — De- See Schools, page 2A By Kelly Kazek kell\io>athensnews-(x>urier.a)in It was a walk along a nature trail that led local resident Tom Hess to an interest in the Civil War, or more specifically Athens’ role in it. Hess, a fiieelance writer, typically focuses on adventure, outdoor and travel writing, he said, but a hike along Rails-to-TVails in Elk-mont made him curious about a battle site along the route. He penned an article about the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle for Alabama Heritage magazine in spring 2008 called “Five Hours at Sulphur Trestle Fort.” “As I was doing research on that article, I came across accounts of Athens’ sacking,” Hess said. ' See Article, page 3A Tax-free holiday begins on Friday Shoppers looking for a bai^n will be out en force this weekend for the annual tax-fi^ holiday. The fourth annual tax-fi*ee holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and ends at midnight Aug. 9. Athens City and Limestone County Schools begin Monday. Among items on which taxes are exempt are clothing, books and school supplies, and computers. Not exempt are clothing accessories, such as belt buckles (sold separately), briefcases, cosmetics and jewelry, wigs and hairpieces, watches and wallets and all sewing equipment and supplies. Also, sporting goods, such a shoulder pads, athletic shoes, goggles, and shin and mouth guards are not exempt. While almost all school supplies are exempt, magazines, newspapers or peri- See Holiday, page 3A Tortillas Blanco owner: Closing shop, will continue making, marketing chips By Karen Middleidn karcni^'athensiK^w' Most of the time vvben one hears that a business is closing, it’s bad news. But for local success story Mark White, times just keep getting better. White will dose Tortillas Blanco on Mai> ket Street Saturday after three years in that location because he says business is too good. White said he wants to devote full time to produdr^ marketing and distributing his tortillas chips. “We are now in 50-plus stores, restaurants and groceries in north and central Alabama,” said White. White opened his tortilla fectoiy at 1000 Frazier St. in October 2005 and soon began getting requests for takeout food. “That’s where it all started, just making fiesh tortillas,” he said. “We started selling food out of the fectoiy and then we set up some picnic tables ôutside. Then we opened up the restaurant on Market Street. See Chips, page ЗА NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Tortillas Blanco owner Mark White announced he will close the Market Street restaurant Saturday to concentrate on producing, marketing and distributing his tortiila chips. ЩИВу<И<уЦ§ |Мие(ММ • MrwmInkII) flf|pRU.€N«rcijr« i/ Hon-luevWcd-Ihur» 6 pm . ЛНкп» йес Ch-, L» 31NCaU Pem 2S6-729-ll60are offering 20-30% off for nëÂ^liëhts!!! ЯШ1С!Ч0‘ГСь:Ш We offer:    ,    • nSCIovt'ih ii/s À Custom Acrylic Colors • Waxinc)AL. 3S611 • 232-8553 ;