Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Residents of this tiny rural Alabama community are fighting to bring their dead town back to life after the county commission declared it dead.
What is O'Keeffe’s tie to ASU
Which relative of the famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe painted the tulips above while in Athens?
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Digital TV almost here
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Owners of analog televisions — those who Wednesday to delay for four months the switch
rely on rabbit eai^ or an antenna to get free TV - from analog to digital TV signals. On June 12, all
will have to buy a converter box by Feb. 17 if they full-power television stations in the U.S. will stop
want to keep watching Alabama Public Television broadcasting in analog and switch to digital rather
and WAAY Channel 31. than on Feb. 17. But television stations are al-
Tliey will have more time to buy a converter if lowed to convert early if they like, unless new leg-
they watch WHNT Channel 19 or WAFF Chan- islation would prevent it.
In the Tennessee Valley, APT and WAAY Chcuinel 31, the ABC affiliate, plan to make the switch Feb. 17.
“We will make the switch Feb. 17 as planned,” WAAY Channel 31 General Manager Art Lan-ham said Friday. The deadline for 31 would change only if the bill passed Wednesday pro-
See Digital, page 2A
Spanning the years
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
David Malone, left, and Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill walk along the pathway between the ruins of Trinity School and the old bridge built by former students.
Group raises funds to preserve site of fort, Trinity Hi^ School
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picturesque concrete bridge sets beside Browns Ferry Street in Athens, incongruous with the ruins of a 1950s-era school building behind it.
Nature bypasses the building’s broken windows, continuing an onslaught of the classrooms and their furnishings.
Both the pretty and the dilapidated are parts of Limestone County’s history that need to be preserved, according to a group called the Athens-Limestone Community Association Inc.
See Trinity, page 3A
FROM "ETCHED IN LIMESTONE”
The bridge at Trinity High School was designed and bailt by former students. Above, students enjoy a walk on the bridge when the school was still in use.
300-bed center helps prepare inmates for life outside prison
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A newly completed building at limestone Qrrrectional Facility will be a transitional center for inmates where they learn to better handle life outside of prison, lire goal is to have fewer of them return. Department of Corrections officials say.
The 300-bed pre-release center was formerly an Alabama Corrections Industries warehouse that was renovated by Martin and Cfobey Construction Co. as a dormitoiy-style facility, said DOC spokesman Brian Corbett.
While prisons state wide have similar pmgrams. Limestone Q)unty’s is the most intensive, said Elana M. Parker, Re-Entry Ifrogram axrrdinator for the IXX:.
The facility opened about a month ago and inmates already have been moved to the focility to go thniugh the program, she said.
Limestone was chosen for the more in-depth program because this “institution had space, capability, and staff,” she said.
The Re-Entiy Program was initiated by DOC Commissioner Richaixl Allen, who hired Parker to head it in 2006.
“It prepares people to go out and look for a job, gives them
See Prison, page 3A
Tickets go on sale Feb. 16 for Poke Sallet Follies '09
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It has been 17 years since Jim Minor was in the first Poke Sallet dinner theatre show. Whether for Minor’s humor and good nature, or pure torture from the other cast in the show, he has played the part of many women, and even did parodies of Tiny Tim, Tarzan. Bugs Bunny, and Tom Jones.
Minor, a former teacher at Athens High School, has
volunteered with the show, a fundraiser for the Athens Senior Center, for 16 years. The first year, Jaclde Jackson said. Minor was volunteered for a part. Jackson’s husband. Tee Jackson, a former principal at Athens High School, and now the superintendent of Giles County Schools, volunteered him. When Tee was asked to be in the show and could not
See Tickets, page 2A
NEWS COURIER/ JENNIFER R. HILL
Poke Sallet director Jackie Jackson and Athens Center Senior Director Emily Haney try different costume ideas with Poke Sallet cast member Jim Minor.Index
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Coverage of the trial of a man accused of killing two Athens men at T.G.I. Friday's restaurant continues in Tuesday's edition. Find ongoing coverage at enewscourier.com