Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Concerning the bingo bonanza that seems to be thriving in Athens: 1 didn’t know Athens had become a small-town Tunica. Why is it that other not-for-profit groups can raise money for their causes w ithout bingo?
What if every nonprofit in town started bingo? We’d have bingo on every corner.
1 have nothing against the game, but I believe these people should follow the rules.
Does being a veteran entitle you to being above the law?
I think not. Let’s be accountable, folks!
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Many on coast ignore order to evacuate as shelters, rooms fill up
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A heavy stream of traffic moved up converted one-way Interstate 65 on Saturday but tens of thousands ignored a mandatory evacuation order, opting to ride out Hurricane Dennis at home rather than hunt for a scarce motel room or join the crowd in a shelter.
“I always stay,” said Mobile nightclub worker Clifton Pugh. “I’ve never evacuated. We don’t have any place to go. We’ll have a couple of decks of cards and some candles and flashlights. We stayed
during Hurricane Ivan.”
Memories of Ivan are fresh along a coastal area where blue tarp on damaged roofs and empty, wrecked beach buildings remain 10 months after the hurricane made landfall at Gulf Shores.
“It’s just part of living down here,” said Barry Davis, who left his Baldwin County home with his wife at 4:30 a.m. to stay with family members in Calera. “But it’s unusual that they would be this close together. There’s still a lot of damage left from Ivan that hasn’t been fixed.”
Dennis, the earliest to reach Category 4 strength in the Caribbean on record, dropped in strength to Category 1 after passing over Cuba, but strengthened again as it moved over open water into a
See Dennis, Page 3A
Wind, rain likely here
The National Weather Service is calling for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in Athens today. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Showers and thunderstorms likely Sunday night. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low near 71. Windy, with a east wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Showers and thunderstorms likely to continue Monday. Cloudy, with a high near 81. Windy, with a east wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
City wants Charter to repay $90 K
By Sonny Turner
The Athens City Council has decided to send Charter Communications a letter demanding a $90,000 payment in delinquent pole-attachment fees from last year.
That notice follows the dismissal of a lawsuit in federal court in Birmingham that Charter had filed against the City of Athens which clears the way for Athens to pursue its lawsuit against the cable company.
Athens Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins met with Mayor Dan Williams and members of the council Thursday in work session and advised councilmen then that Charter has ignored the city’s payment requests**
Charter counter■sued' Amens more than five years ago alter Athens filed suit against Charter asking the court for a declaratory judgment on whether Charter had met requirements of the franchise and whether the cable company was meeting standards of a pole attachment agreement.
Brian Terry, a former president of the council, said the city filed suit against Charter and Charter later countersued in federal court. He said the city sued Charter for a number of reasons, but one major reason was that “Charter was not following through with the agreement they had with us and that involved safety that they were not properly training their employees.” Terry said the city also charged that Charter, when it purchased the cable company from Falcon Cable years ago, refused to follow the rules and regulations Falcon had agreed to with the city.
“We asked that they produce records to show how much they owed the city,
See Charter, Page 2A
Making it shine!
News-Courier Kim Rynders
Lee Akridge, of Glencoe, polishes his 1930 Ford at the annual Delphi-Saginaw Classic Car Show Saturday. The all day event had people from several states attending and showing cars. Hundreds battled the heat to attend the car show and admire the different types of cars on display.
Hog calling, watermelon eating among festival events
By Tashia Lovell
Get your bib and get ready to eat- a watermelon and pie-eating contest are among the activities at the upcoming Ole Time Country Festival.
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Director Lynne Hart said that the organization will provide the watermelon and chocolate pies for the competitions and whoever eats the most when the time is up will be declared the winner.
But, eating is not the only competition at the festival to be held Saturday, July 23. There will also be a Hog Calling contest. This is a way for participants to demonstrate their skills or just have a little fun. A chai. -pionship ribbon and ham will be awarded to the biggest “ham” in this competition.
The Ole Time Country Festival will be held at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. on July 23. The festival will also feature the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby.
See Festival, Page 2A
Hog calling and eating competitions are just a couple of activities that will be held at the upcoming Ole Time Country Festival to be held Saturday, July 23, at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.Tanner to host 29th tractor pull
Bn Tashia Lovell
For those who have never been to a tractor and truck you will soon have your chance to view the excitement.
The 29th Annual Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull is scheduled for July 29-30 at Tanner High School. The event begins each night at 7.
Chairman and Announcer of the event Johnny Malone said that Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, Open Modified 4WD Trucks, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, and Pro Stock 4WD trucks will all he at the event.
He said that last year there were approximately 80 hooks each night and that he expects that many or more this year.
The purse for this year's event is more that $31,400.
The Pro Stock 4WD Super Farm Purse is as follows, first place-$450, second place-$350, third place-$250, fourth place-$150, sixth place-$75, seventh place-$50 and
See Tractor pull. Page 2A