Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 23, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Spacewalk cut short
Two astronauts cut short their spacewalk and hurried back to the safety of the international space station Wednesday when a suit problem, resulted in rising carbon dioxide levels for one of the men.
Obama tries to rally vote
President Barack Obama sought to rally support for sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night as Congress struggled to find agreement.
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ASU offers civic center site
OEAL OF THE DAY
By Karkn Middij-tidn
kniviK^iitlmisnc\\s-ixniht‘r.(X)m Athens State University’s old physical education building, Carter Hall, could become part of a civic center in the next five yeai^. «
That was an idea that ASU President Dr. Robert Glenn “brought to the table” Wednesday when the Chamber of Commerce introduced a civic center feasibility stu(b^ that the College of Business conducted for the chamber.
Chamber President Hugh Ball reiterated that it is only a study and no decision has been made
to proceed with the project.
In June of2007, the chamber applied to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Alfeirs for a grant to detemiine the feasibility of a multi-purpose dvic/convention/event center.
’fhe chamber was subsequently notified in August 2007 that it had been granted $38,100 and the contract was awarded to Athens State University College of Business to conduct the study.
Linda Shonesy, dean of the College of Business, and Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management Laura Lynn Kemer presented the
findings of the study at 9 a.m. that day in the Student Center ballnxnn.
Shonesy and Kemer conducted interviews with numerous groups and individuals in the city and c*ounty and traveled to tour other communities and determined the community needs a 40,000-square-foot facility. Of that space, about 20,(XX) square feet would be neixled for an arena with the remaining sjiace equipped with dividers to break it up into smaller meeting rooms.
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The Girls’ night out
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Members of the country music group The Girls, from left, Tayla Lynn, Caroline Cutbirth, and Jennifer Wayne, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Limestone Tavern in Athehs. There is a $10 door charge.
Loretta Lynn, John Wa}Tie granddaughters will perform with group Saturday in Athens
By Jennifer R Hill ji‘nnift'r^Hthensne\vs-ivuiitr.a>in A unique sound coming from Nashville’s Music Row will be heard in Athens this weekend. Country music group The Girls, made up of three women with American icons in their femily trees, will show off talents stemming fi*om their femous roots in a 9 p.m. show Saturday at Limestone Tavern.
Tayla Lynn, 28, granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, Caroline Cutbirth, 24, a de
scendant of Daniel Boone, and Jennifer Wayne, 26, the granddaughter of John Wa)nie, formed the country group last year and have been doing the, “writer’s round” in Nashville for about six months now, Lynn said,
“We’re exdted to play in Athens. Our agent (Blake McDaniel) is from around Huntsville,” she said.
The eclectic group of women is produced by Slyline Music Publishing executives managing partner and writer WaUy
W51son, and chief creative officer Paul Worley, ^\5lson is a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter, who has written songs for Joe Cocker, Aaron Neville, Lon-esto, Doug Stone, Linda Ronstadt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rascal Flatts, Worley is a two-time Grammy-winning producer and session guitarist who has worked with country music acts The Dixie Chicks, Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum
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PBGC to assume Delphi pension pians
WASHINGTON — The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation today aimounced it will assume responsibility for the pension plans of 70,000 workers and retirees of Delphi Corp., the nation’s largest producer of automotive parts. The PBGC will initiate action to become trustee of the plans, a pixicess that could last up to several months.
The PBGC is stepping in to protect the Delphi pensions because the restmcturing Delphi cannot afford to maintain its pension plans and General Motors has stated it will not assume them. Delphi was spun off fix>m GM in 1999.
Since Delphi entered bankruptcy protection in 2005, the PBGC h^ worked intensively with Delphi, GM and other stakeholders to keep the pension plans ongoing.
In September 2008 GM tcx)k on apprxjxi-mately $2.5 billion in liabilities of the Delphi Hourly Plan, and until its recent restructuring in bankruptcy, GM had been expected to assume the entire obligation for the hourly plan.
Delphi sponsors six defined benefit plans for its workers. The Delphi Hourly Pension Plan covers 47,000 participants and has about $3.7 billion in assets and more than $8 billion in liabilities, according to PBGC estimates, The PBGC e?q)ects to be responsible for about $4 l^on of the plan’s shortfeU of nearly $4.4 billion.
The Delphi Salaried Pension Plan covers about 20,000 workers and retirees, and has
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Man charged with buying Wii with stolen debit card
An Athens man was charged Wednesday with using a stolen debit card to make purchases at convenience and discount stores, said Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
Darrell Dwight Taylor, 35, of 923 Strain Road was charged with four counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card,
Taylor allegedly used the card at Walmart to buy a Wii and a game for the Wii system. At Raceway, he reportedly bought gas and cigarettes. He
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