Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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By Diane Lehr For ll)e News Courier I went to a surprise birthday party last weekend, and although I never expected the conversation to turn toward art, it did.
First I was introduced to a friend’s grandmother as “the art lady in Athens.”
I was thrilled to have this label but I quickly said, “I am a person who loves to make art, loves to buy art, loves to know artists and loves to study art. So I am only one of the art ladies in Athens.”
She smiled, patted her chair and said, “Then we need to talk.”
She told me that about a decade ago, she started asking herself, “What do I love to do?” There was a real sadness at not having an answer, even for herself.
She knew she did loads of daily chores, had lots of responsibilities and enjoyed reading her Bible and listening to sermons at church, but she felt a bit empty regarding
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Community Band tuning up for Concert on the Square
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Unfold your lawn chairs, plop down in them and soak in the tunes of the Athens State University Community Band on Friday, Aug. 7, in downtown Athens.
This year’s Concert on the Square begins at 6:30 p.m. on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
It will feature music ranging
from Sousa marches to Duke Ellington jazz to big band service medleys to movie music.
“It will be just a good old outdoor bank concert with a little of everything thrown in,” said Community Band Director Dan Havely.
The concert will be held on the east side of the courthouse, 'which will be cordoned off for the event. Bring your own lawn chair and refreshments.
The band includes 40 active players, give or take a few, and has been performing for six years, Havely said. This is the second year it has performed a concert on the square.
“The event was well attended last year,” Havely said. “I had people come up to me on the street and ask when we were going to play again. I hope this concert is as good or better than last year.”
The upcoming concert means as
much to the players as it does to the patrons, Havely said.
“We have some really faithful players, and this gives them an opportunity to perform what they have learned,” he said.
The Community Band also performs a popular Christmas concert at ASU each year.
For more information about Concert on the Square, call (256) 232-5411
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A Goodsprings, Tenn., woman remained in serious condition Thursday in the surgical intensive care unit of Huntsville Hospital following a two-vehicle accident at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on Alabama 251, five miles south of Ardmore, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Stephanie Condrey, 20, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by David Williams, 20. of Elkmont, who was listed in good condition at Huntsville Hospital and staying in a regular room, the spokeswoman said.
In a separate wreck early Thursday morning, an Indiana man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Segers Road, a quarter mile west of Madison, a state trooper said. The driver, Amir Arbabi, 23, of Indianapolis was treated at Athens-Limestone Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred about 12:16 a.m., the trooper said.
In a separate wreck Wednesday, Jason Wade and Donna Kenieski, both age 18 and from Athens, were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 5 p.m. on Hine Street between U.S. 72 and Lucas Street, according to Athens Police. The two were passengers in one of the vehicles. Kenieski was treated at Athens-Limestone Hospital and released, a spokeswoman said. Wade was not listed as having been treated at either Athens-Limestone Hospital or Huntsville Hospital.
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AHS sportsmanship awarded
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Athens High School is one of only 103 of 378 high schools in the state to receive a sportsmanship award for the 2008-2009 season.
The Alabama High School Athletic Union bestowed the award to schools whose sporting teams avoided fines and ejections during the athletic season, said Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr.
“To go an entire season without receiving any fines or ejections is very commendable,” Bridges
told school board members during a meeting Thursday.
Unfortunately, sportsmanship is apparently no longer the rule.
A melee broke out during the CarvenMont-gomeiy vs. Valley game Feb. 17 at the boys state basketball tournament at Alabama State. The fight forced a forfeit and prompted the arrest of 11 juveniles. A foul called against a Valley player led to a shoving match that escalated to a brawl and chaiges of assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and inciting a riot.
In other business Thursday, school board members approved the following personnel items:
• Accepted resignations from Rusty Murks, math teacher at Athens High; Jane Scott, special education teacher at Athens Middle School: Emily Clem, science teacher at Athens High; Susan Nelson, office assistant at Athens Intermediate School; David Christopher, JROTC instructor at Athens High (hired last month, a military commitment forced him to resign); Kerry Donaldson,
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Sonia Sotomayor sped toward confirmation as the nation's first Hispanic justice Thursday, encouraged by GOP promises of a quick vote and cheered on by a Democratic senator's challenge to take on the Supreme Court's conservative wing.
The Tennessee Valley Authority significantly raised the hazard potential for several of its coal ash sites Thursday.
Art on the Square gears up for its annual silent auction
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This year's Art on the Square event on the downtown square will be Sept. 12. A silent auction fundraiser will be Aqg. 8. Above, a local girl displays her creativity at last year's event.
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Local artist and gallery owner Carole Forêt donated this painting of downtown Athens to be given away at the Art on the Square silent auction on Aug. 8.