Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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New name in local music scene
Amanda Coleman, who covers the music scene in Athens, said Bianca Sandifer has a voice 'soft as silk'
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The University of Alabama' extended head coach Nick Saban's contract
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Quarry trial not set ’til April
By Jkan Colk
It will be eight months before a judge decides whether the quarry at Tanner will stay or go.
Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn has set a bench trial for April 19, 2010, in U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, records show.
Blackburn will hear arguments in a civil case filed by Rogers Group, the company that wants to continue operating its quarry, and a civil case filed by the Limestone County Commission and landowners Judy Sanderson Page, James M. Newby Jr., Traci McLin, Hope Carr and Andre Carr seeking to stop the quarry.
There will be no jury at the trial; the judge will decide the case.
The commission and five landowners may have to file a separate request to get the judge to consider temporarily stopping work at the quarry until the cases come to trial next year.
Although their lawsuit already includes a request for a
temporary halt to work, it is just one of several requests the judge must rule on.
A pretrial conference has been set for April 12, 2010, in the two cases. A clerk in U.S. District Court said an eight-month wait for a bench trial was not unusual. Judges in U.S. District Court hear both criminal and civil cases.
Time to rosin those bows
The steps of historic Founders Hall at Athens State University wili once again be the place to hunker down and enjoy the competition Oct. 2*3 at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention. This year's fiddle champ will earn $1,000 cash and a trophy.
Musical tradition of 43 years to continue on ASU campus
By Guy McCi.ure For The News Courier Athens State University will host the 43rd annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Oct. 2-3. The musical competitions will be held on the steps of historic Founders Hail. A total of $11,870 in prize money will be awarded.
The convention is sponsored annually by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds fund student scholarships and other university projects.
The convention has historical-
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Impromptu jam sessions are everywhere and strangers become instant friends through the blending of guitar, fiddle and banjo each year at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
Hill announces candidacy for state House of Representatives
Editor's Note: The News Courier is publishing announcements of candidacy as they are submitted, but stories of candidates qualifications will run closer to election time. Those seeking any local office in 2010 are encouraged to s«(i)-mit announcements to Kelly Kazek at kelly@athensnews-
Former Athens City Councilman Jerry W. Hill has announced his intention to run as an independent in the 2010 race for the state House of Representatives, District 5.
Hill said he served on the City Council from 1996 tlirough 2000 and with the Silver Haired Legislature since 1996.
There is good news for former customers of Back Yard Burgers, which closed its Athens location doors in September 2007 — the restaurant is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 1 under new management.
The “fast-casual” restaurant is located at 16211 Athens-Limestone Blvd., which is on the northwest side of the Interstate 65 and U.S. 72 interchange at exit 351. The restaurant’s flagship item is the Back Yard Burger sandwich, a grilled 1/3 pound Angus hamburger.
Bob Stanley, a 35-year veteran of the quick service food industry is re-opening the franchise under the Stanley Enterprises, L.L.C. banner at the same location that served the Athens area for a year and a half before suddenly ceasing operation in September 2007.
Stanley’s background includes time spent with Burger Chef Restaurants and the Burger King
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Mayor invites county to join in sewer piant
By Karen Middleton
karonifi'athcnsnews-courier.com ' Three years ago the city of Athens and the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority were fighting each other in court over who had the right to serve customers in city annexed portions of Limestone County.
Several days ago in a budget hearing Athens Mayor Dan Williams invited the county into city territory to share in the expense and operation of a new sewer plant. Williams says he believes the time is right for collaboration.
“We have settled our differences in the last few years and we need to make more effort on both sides to work together,” said the mayor.
The differences to which Williams alluded was the LCWSA asking the circuit court in 2006 for a temporary restraining order against the city to keep the municipal water and sewer departments from extending any more lines into annexedareas.
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