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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama Visit us online State to improve 72, but hazards remain Inside By Jean Cole jeamdnthensnew A day after a man died of injuries suffered in wreck near the school construction site at U.S. 72 West and Hardy Road. Limestone County Schools received a permit needed to begin working on the intersection. Although the permit only allows workers to extend a storm-drainage pipe that is already under the highway, the permit requires that safety precautions — such as lights, barricades and flagmen — be provided while work is underway. Rut until the work begins and the safety precautions are in place, the hazard remains for motorists traveling the dangerous highway. Gerald Burns, 64, died Tuesday morning of injuries suffered in a June 3 wreck on U.S. 72. His pickup truck NCAA puts Tide on probation Alabama football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALISSA ROSE-CLARK SPORTS, PAGE IB Above, .Katherine Fleming admires the fish sculpture she cast during an Art on the Square visual arts camp this week in downtown Athens for students in grades 1-6. At left, Gail Bergeron, professor of art at Athens State University, is helping Jeremiah, a student from the local Boys & Girls Club who received a scholarship from AOTS to attend. Each of the 37 children who attended camp completed two projects. AOTS will host an art festival downtown Sept. 12, allowing artists to sell fine creations and offering more than 20 mini art camps for children. See Hazards, page 8A Old country club pool fails to sell at auction PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALISSA ROSE-CLARK By Kei ly Razee kclly a nl hrensnews -courier, com The pool and clubhouse that formerly were part of the Athens Country Club and were bought in 2005 by Southwind Christian Center did not sell when they were up for auction Thursday, according to a Garner Auction spokeswoman. Buddy Weatherford, who was the first owner of Athens Golf and Country Club when it became a public club in 1997. said it’s possible an offer still might come through on the property. “I think they invited people to Florida woman helps rescue good ol' boys from alligators as the state's only female alligator trapper. PAGE 5A Woman wins $15K sweepstakes By Jean Cole [email protected] Pam Blythe stepped out her front door one recent afternoon to pick up her son from school and saw a tree lying in the yard. She took a quick, mental inventory of life’s recent downers — illness and death in her family, a hole in the roof discovered the night before, col lege expenses pending for her son, taxes past due and, now, a tree in the yard. “I thought, it is one thing after another,” she said. “I looked up to Heaven and asked, What next?, and I looked down and there, at my feet, was a letter.” The UPS missive was from Rite Aid, telling her she had won their sweepstakes and she could choose between a new $20,000 Mini Cooper — one of those cute little gas-saver cars — or $15,000 cash. Novaris Consumer Health sponsors the sweepstakes through Rite Aid. “When I found out, I was glad no one was around because I was crying,” BlytheSubscribe SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720See Sweepstakes, page 8A Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........7A Lottery..........3A Mini Page 5A Obituaries 2A Martha Jean Barber Janies H. Bedingfield William Tyler Jr. C. Wesley Reynolds Religion........10A Sports...........IB Valley...........4 A Weather.........2A Con artists using The News Courier name to run scam Boys & Girls Clubs host youth rally in Athens If someone calls and says he or she got your name or the name of your business from The News Courier and asks you for a credit card or bank account number to pay in advance for advertising, be advised The News Courier does not give out the names of its advertisers to other parties. An advertiser called The News Courier office Thursday to notify the staff that a man who gave his name as William Bryant said he was selling advertising for a community guide The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama held a “Tough on Tobacco" Summer Youth Rally Thursday at Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park using a grant to fight tobacco use by kids. Students In the 14 clubs were treated to loads of fun throughout the day. Enjoying cold watermelon, are, from left: Dixie Urn-back, Tyiasia Springs, Brittney Toney and Isiah Hargrove. 7    69847    00001    6 NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS WHERE BEAUTIFUL IS OUR BUSINESS tu,, ,,,    ,    i    ,,    isw <0frerr Hatr Services • Manicures Acrylic Nath • Waxing • fyef Off^rade <»f Homes guide from Homebuilders Assoc. Coming SundayThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and f uture 50 centsFriday, June 12, 2009 ;