Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Locals to meet on PACT
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A group of Limestone County parents will gather Thursday, July 23, in Athens to tty to help save Alabama’s Prepaid Aftbrdable College T\i-ition program.
Members of the Limestone County Chapter of Save Alabama PACT will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Rtxigers Center at First F*resbyterian Church, on the west side of the Limestone County Court-
"If we sit back and do nothing, nothing good will happen."
" JERRY WITT
house, said group member Jerry Witt of Elkmont.
Witt will conduct the meeting, which will feature Pattie Lambert and Rebecca Thrasher of Decatur, who are officers in the new state chapter of Save Alabama PACT.
“We will get you up to speed on the status of PACr and also discuss what we can do to woric toward a positive resolution to the fiinding problem,” Witt said. “Spread the woid to those you know who own PACr contracts. If we sit back and do nothing, nothing good will happen.”
The PACr program was created to help individuals pay the cost of attending college in Ala-
See PACT, page 3A
Tiger tries to tame Tudberry
The sea breeze in his face was not nearly as important to Tiger Woods as finding the best route around three pot bunkers on the 10th hole as he practiced Tuesday for the British Open.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
DHR closed today
The Limestone County Department of Human Resources will be closed today due to a iJck of electrical service and, in turn, air-conditioning. The system is being worked on and the office is expected to reopen Thursday.
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A timely eggs-periment
Students in Dr. Brenda Harper's Principles of Management class at Athens State University look anxiously upward to the Founders Hall balcony Tuesday as other students prepare to drop eggs, enclosed in protective covering, to the sidewalk below. The Fourth Annual Egg Drop teaches teamwork and management skills that hopefully lead to a properly protected egg that strikes the sidewalk and doesn't break. All participants this year are distance learning students.
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Hattielene Rost Lucille Turner
Celebrities ticketed for racing along Interstate 65
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At least four lead ftxits in fast ears were ticketed while racing through Alabama Tiiesday morning, apparently while on a leg of an tmnual car rally that costs $20,(XX) to enter, officials said.
dhe Bullrun Rally, which this year has reportedly drawn fonner NBA (xldball Dennis RxxJintm tmd auto-racing legend Mario Andretti, made its way alt)ng Interstate 65 heading to Austin, Texas, according to the Web site ww^’.bullrun.coin.
Alalwma stale tnx)pers received a tip from Tennessee state tnxipers to be on the lookout for Lamlx)rghinis, Corvettes and other fast cars heading to Alabiima on Interstate 65, said Tnx)per spokesman Curtis Summerville.
Natumlly, some of them were speeding.
“Apparently it is like the running of the bulls and cars go from Nashville to Talladega, driving at high rates of speed,” Summerville said. “Four sf^xieding tickets were written in Alabama for drivers at speeds in the 80s and 90s. None of them were in the l(X)s, but I think Tennessee had one that high.”
Alabama tnx)pers did not assign special patrols for the rally, Summerville said.
“They didn’t know about it until Tennessee told them they were coming through,” he said.
According to the Web site www.bullrun.com, the Bullrun 2009 began with a launch party in Manhattan on July 10 and will end July 17 in Austin. The rest of the locations remain secret until rally time, and the drivers will be featured on the rally’s television show “Cops, Cars
See Race, page 3A
Residents welcome public sewers
By Karf:n MiDDirnx)N kart'n^'>athonsncws-a)uncr.cx)in One resident of Glenn Valley Subdivisión said he’s tired of showing hospitality to his neighbor’s overflowing septic system.
That seemed to be the mood of most of 14 Glenn Valley residents who showed up Tiiesday for the first of five public meetings hosted by the Athens City Council to find out if residents are
interested in paying a $2,400 tapping/impact fee to connect to dty sewers.
Successive meetings will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, WinslowAVhitfield; 6:30 p.m., Monday, Ezell Subdivision; 5 p.m. July 22, Byram Heights, and 6:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Hannah Heights.
All meetings except the Monday
See Sewers, page 6A
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Community groups to get look at center study
By Karen MiDOLcroN
kcircn(0)ci thcnsm'w 's-txniritr. ami Several civic and government groups will get a look at a long-awaited feasibility stucfy for a multi-purpose event center vdien the Chamber of Commerce unveils tjie findings July 22.
“For many years we have watched major events leave our community in
search of suitable fricilities,” said Chamber President Hugh Ball. “We have also missed opportunities to conduct or welcome new events that would enhance our quality of life and economy vitality.”
In June of2007, the chamber appligd See Study, page 2A
Ardmore Chamber director named
NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON
Joe Douthit, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce president, welcomed the new executive director for the organization Linda Higginbotham at Tuesday's chamber meeting. Douthit tried for size one of the chamber T-shirts advertising the Aug. 29 Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival. Higginbotham is a longtime member of the chamber. Douthit said she has "done about every job there is and given the office a new look.”
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