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Phase I complete at new ABS campus
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By Kelly Kazek
keUy^athemne^’S-courier. com The first phase of a new campus for Athens Bible School is complete.
Dr. Joe Olson, president of the private academy, said Friday the first portion of the project includes a road, parking lots, two soccer fields, an outdoor classroom and retention pond.
Students at ABS, housed in buildings as much as 60 years old on Forrest Street, will use the new facilities on U.S. 31 North near Limestone Chapel Funeral Home, Olson said, while Phases II and III are under way.
The first phase of a new campus on U.S. 31 North includes a road, parking lots, two soccer fields, an outdoor classroom and retention pond. Students will begin using the campus but the new school building may not be completed for as much as a decade. Athens Bible School opened in 1943.
“We’re going to catch our breath and move on to the ball fields,” Olson said. Phase II includes four ball fields, while Phase III will be the new school building.
The projected completion date for the building is 2020, Olson said, but it likely won’t be that long before students are in new classrooms.
“We’re giving ourselves wiggle room to raise the money and weather recessions,” he said
If built now, the building would likely coat $12 to $13 million. FUndraismg is ongoing.
Olson said the current school buildings were built at varying times but the oldest portion of the high school has been occupied since 1945.
Closings for MLK Day
Athens City and Limestone County offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
State offices also will be closed.
Garbage collection will run on schedule next week in the city and county.
The News Courier office will be open its regular hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.
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A view of the West Front of the Capitol building in Washington, where President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn-in Tuesday.
Locals witness historic event
The Tigers finally found their shooting touch from the outside Saturday against Alabama, racing to a big lead and a season high for points.
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By Jean Cole jeank9 athensnew s-courit r.mm Amid a sea of onlookers, with the cold sting of January on his face, 62-year-old Leon Steele of Athens will stand before the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and watch Barack Obama become the nation’s first African-American president.
“I’ll be proud for the people who didn’t get to see what they did to make this happen,” said Steele, who will attend the inaugural with his niece, Gwen. “I’ll be proud for the people who laid down their lives — both blacks and whites — so that people had the right to vote. It will be a glorious day.”
Shelia Battles of Athens, who is in her early 40s, will be in the crowd with husband Reginald, 16-year-old daughter, Destiny, and 12-year-old son, Reggie.
“We’re so excited about going,” Battles said. “I’m feeling all of the excitement and I’m focused on the change that is going to happen and the glimpse of hope that I see for our country.” It was daughter Destiny who made the trip happen. While others wondered if Obama could win the presidency, Destiny’s youthful hubris and her birth a generation from the 1960s civil rights movement, asked “why not?”
She talked about Obama to her family, her peers and anyone with ears.
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Staying home? What you should know
Megan K. Scott
Associate Press Writer
Don’t worry if you aren’t brave — or lucky — enough to attend the historic presidential inauguration.
There will be plenty of media coverage for those at home. Here’s a guide to making the most of watching the big event, and those leading up to it:
“Renewing America’s Promise.” Full details on the history of inaugurations and this year’s events can be found at the Inaugural committee’s Web site, www.pic2009.org.
“We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.”
The free concert features top performers, such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks. Obama and his family are due to attend, with Obama expected to speak. The special will air later that night on HBO at 7 p.m. Cable and satellite
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This undated file photo shows the mixed media collage by Shepard Fairey, photo courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, titled "Barack Obama," will be on view at the Portrait Gallery by Inauguration Day. Fairey's collage was the central portrait image for the Obama campaign.
• 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) -Call to order and welcoming remarks followed by invocation, song, vice presidentelect's swearing in and music.
ma will take the oath of office • 11:05 a.m. - President Obama will give his inaugural address followed by a poem, benediction and the national