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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 1, 2005, Athens, Alabama Wildcats winnersWest Limestone boys, girls both open with area victories jgEasy holiday fareQuick, colorful and healthy recipes for your Christmas party 9AThe News-Courier Tni RSDW. Dm tMBKR 1. 20(>5 Serving Athens and Limestone Coi ntm A Co\I^U Nlт^ oe I raoi i ion and Fn i RE -0 ^o-o-d - ,nO-tnmy Lifforc AheiTicithy Subscriber of the clav in OFF Hey. Sound Off: On my way to work this morning. I stopped at my usual place to pick up breakfast. I lost my appetite when 1 realized that, in my haste. I had locked my keys (and my cell phone) in my car. I went inside the store and told a male clerk what I had done and asked to use the phone. He coldly said “The phone is outside.” 1 told him my change was also locked inside my car. He just walked away from me. He never even asked if it was a local call (which it was). Having no other choice. 1 wrote a S2 check to get change so 1 could go outside in the cold to use the pay phone to call for roadside assistance. 1 realize that locking the keys in your car is not the smartest thing, but if there is anyone out there who hasn't at one time or another. I'd like to shake your hand! I have never felt so helpless and ignorant in all my life. The female clerk who checked me out w hen I wrote the check was very nice. She even told me to come back in after 1 made my call because it was too cold to wait outside. I stayed outside though. 1 felt it was colder inside the store. I was a regular customer at this store, and I am sure this man knew that. I won't be seen in that store again. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Business ........11A Classified 4-6B Comics ..........3B Ledger...........7A Obituaries  2A Lewis E. Hitson Thomas Edward Johnson Chester L. Nichols Jr. Charles Robert Peace Sports .........1-2B Valley...........5A Weather..........2A Daily Bible Moment ^^elp us, O Lord our God, for we rest 0)1 You. II Chrtmicles 14:11 Limestone Chape .122 H«v .11 \ • Alhem 256-2.12-1051 line 256-771-09.14 7    69847'00'001 Council eyes permit fee City can’t afford to clean messes left by phone, cable companies, official says BV KVRFN MiniM FTON kutvuui athensnew's-cowier T he City of .Athens is getting stuck too often cleaning up after cable and telephone eomptuiies who cut streets and yards. Public Works Director .lames Rich said that residents have to wait sometimes as long as six months for contractors employed by the companies to bury cable and that the city dcx'sn't have the manpower to finish the companies' jobs. Rich proposed a right-of-way management program this week to the .Athens C ity Council in which cable and telephone companies pay a pemiit fee. which would go to pav an inspector vv ho would see that the work IS completed. “We've got other utilities putting in cable and T\ companies putting in cable.” siiid Rich. ‘They're supposed to bury it but thev leave cable lying in the open on streets. One cable has been there six months in Summit l akes. No r>ne is watching over it.” Electric Department Manager Gaiy Scroggins said that companies such as Charter. PC'T. BellSouth and others usually do not do their own cable burv ing. but contract with outside companies. “.And that can be anvvvhere from three to six months,” he said. Rich said that companies that do direct buiy ing of cable are often not doing an adequate job of reseeding yards and rainwater runotf washes sediment into streets See Council, Page 3A Resident; 10 years too long to wait for work on Highway 72 BV SOXNV IT RNFU sotniy(a athensnews-cowicKcom L imestone County Commissioners were asked Wednesday to request state approval to downgrade and speed up plans to improve dangerous U.S. 72 W est of .Athens. .AI Westlake, who lives on Westlake Circle near the highway, told commissioners he believes that the state's planned target date of 2016 for the upgrade is too far away “The proposed upgrade is nice, bul we only need a Ford not a Lincoln.” W'estlake said. “This proposal is too expensive, and a 2016 start is unacceptable. People are being killed on this road and starting to fix it in 2010 and completing it three or more years later is not realistic and a poor answer to fixing our problem." Westlake said a center turn lane and right-turn lanes at intersecting roads are needed. lie told commissioners that the state's partial installation of right-turn lanes completed two years ago left surfaces that are cracking and breaking up because a proper base was not applied prior to the resurfacing. “Highway 72 is in need of repair and resurfacing now.” he said. “We would hope the state will combine the repair and resurfacing and center turn lanes with a 2006 start dale.” ('ommission Chairman Dav id Seibert said that the county would take Westlake's request under consideration, but the state will make the final decision. State Sen. Tom Butler increased efTorts to seeking funding for U.S. 72 improvements last year after three people including a young mother and her child and an Athens State University professor were killed in a wreck. Butler said the road over the years, has See Highway, Page 3A County offices closed extra day for holiday Limestone County government employees w ill be given an extra day off during the Christmas holiday, thanks to their bosses at the Limestone County Commission. Commissioners Wednesday approved the holiday time off from Friday, Dec. 23 through .Monday, Dec. 26. That means the Limestone County Courthouse, the two county annex offices and operations in the county will be shut down for four days since Christmas this year falls on Sunday. “We’re just doing what has always been customary.” said Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert. “In the past, we've given our employees two days off during the Christmas holiday period.” Commi.ssioners said the courthouse and other county government offices will close after 4 p.m. the Thursday before Christmas and reopen the following Tuesday morning. Seibert said commissioners have not yet acted on the New Year’s Day schedule. — Sonnv Turner Final iolirney home m „ .    APFile    Photo Maintenance supervisor Bill Newby is photographed outside TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Kingston, Tenn. on June 15, 2001. Newby, the longest-serving employee in the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 85 Bill Newby, longest-seiYing TVA worker, returned here for buria Bv Karfn Middi.kion W'illiam Pryor Newby is coming home. Family of the longest-serving employee in the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. today at McConnell Funeral Home. They will bury him Friday in Roselawn Cemetery. Born on Newby Road in Limestone County. Newby died Saturday at 85 at his Kingston, Tenn., home of complications from a bout with pancreatitis, according to his wife, Sarah Newby. .lames Newby of Athens, a third cousin, said he graduated in the .Athens High School Class of 1939 w ith Newby, who went by “Pryor” in those days. Pryor Newby married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Hughes, who also graduated in 1939. .lames Newby said the couple rarely missed a class reunion throughout the years. He said he attended the couple's 60th See Newby, Page 3A Christmas parade at 6 tonight News-Courier/Kim Rynders Alex Smith puts some finishing touches on The News-Courier’s float Wednesday afternoon. Smith, ad manager for the newspaper, has helped build or decorate parade entries for the past four years. 138 set to participate Bv Tashia L()\ ell tashia(wdithensne\vs-c(ntriercom Grab the kids and bundle up — the annual Athens Christmas Parade begins at 6 tonight. The parade had 138 entries as of Wednesday morning with more possibly to enter. According to, the temperature in Athens w'ill be 42 degrees at 6 p.m., but will feel like 38 degrees. The low tonight will be 25 degrees. The parade will begin at Athens High School, travel around Limestone County Courthouse Square and end at Hometown Grocery on Jefferson Street. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said the Hobbs Street See Parade, Page 3A ;