Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 20, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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West girls pull out tourney win
The Lady Wildcats opened play in the Limestone County Tournament with a 58-51 win over Ardmore.
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35 cars, 5 big rigs pile up in snow
A pileup of five tractor-trailers and five cars on a snowy Maryland highway killed two people Monday and seriously Injured at least a dozen.
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Local soldier killed in Iraq
Athens native Ricky Lee Turner, 20,.dies within month of arriving to serve overseas
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kclly^iithci]siu'\\s-i'()uritr.cx)m James Turner carried a small, red Bible in his large, worn hands. Tucked inside were tiny bits ot paper — notes in childish scrawl and drawings of racecars.
The scraps were gifts fixjm his
son, Ricky Lee, when he was a boy.
James was proud when Ricl^ took strides toward becoming a man and joined the Army 2 1/2 years ^o.
“I just remember him talking about jumping out of planes and the things he was doing over there,”
James said Monday, recalling his son’s training as a combat engineer at Fort Bragg N.C.
Ricky, 20, of Athens was deployed to Iraq in December with the 82nd Aiibome Dhision, ac-
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INATIGURATIOX DAY 2009
Local leaders share hopes, dreams for Obama presidency
AP PHOTO/JEFF CHRISTENSEN
President-elect Barack Obama, left, and wife Michelle wave as they arrive at the "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration" a\ the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Sunday.
When Athens Mayor Dan Williams heard a network news commentator say Barack Obama was one of the best president’s this nation has ever had, he sat up in his chair.
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“He hasn’t even been sworn in yet!” the mayor said.
As a politician, he believes expectations for the new president are a little steep.
As Obarna becomes the nation’s 44th president tcxlay, The News Q^urier asked the mayor and others their hopes for the
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LOCAL FACES IN THE CROWD
D)cal students find inaugui'al festivities crowded but exciting
More than 60 students ifom Limestone County Career Technical Center are learning to stay warm and flexible amid the ftias-sive crowds gathering in Washington D.C., for today’s inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
“The tour of the monu
ments was nty fovorite part because it is really interesting to see our former presidents and the impact they had on society,” student Ehzabeth Bailey said Monday by telephone. “We are all lucky to be experiencing this. The only drawbacks are the crowd and the cold.”
COURTESY PHOTO BY MIKE MATHIS
Local students in Washington, D.C., are, from left, Chris Carter, Savannah Bolding, Kate Bishop, Kriss Gooch, Alex Keller, Warren McNeill, Dustin Bowen, Mitchell Mathis, Hannah Harris and Danielle Cassady.
MLK Day marchers say 2009 marks 'new beginning' for U.S.
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Nearly 41 years after his death. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dreams are coming true.
Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said although the nation celebrated MLK Day Monday, it is really a celebration of King’s (¿earn today as the first Afiican-American president of the United States is sworn in.
Monday, the local branch of the
NAACP sponsored its annual MLK march fix>m the courthouse to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. The program included the reading of winning essays in three age categories in an NAACP-spqn-sored contest.
Fifteen-year-old essayist Phillip Smith, wdio took first place in the 13-15-year age group, also picked up on the theme of King’s dreams realized
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As the American flag flies overhead, Athens High School JROTC cadet Ty Horton waits for the Dr. Martin Luther • King march to begin Monday at the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Marchers made their way from the south side of the courthouse to the Alabama Veterans Museum, where a program was held honoring Dr. King.Index
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