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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama Pavers to help fund Trinity restoration PAGE 4AThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community    and    Future Visit us online Inside Today Getting noticed Camps, travel teams give high school athletes who may have escaped the notice of college coaches a chance to put their skills on display and perhaps earn an athletic scholarship. SPORTS, PAGE IB Sebelius: Lobbyists won't block reforms Health and Human Services secretary says insurers cannot block public health plan because more Americans realize competition is needed. HEALTH, PAGE 8A Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Health..........8A Ledger..........5A Lifestyles   1C Lottery..........3 A Obituaries.......2A Stephen H. Ball Lila Mae Greenhaw Teryll Allen Pugh Mary Ruth Senyeri Nina Starnes Carolyn Swanner Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weather.........2 A 69847 00001 50 cents Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Storm damage minor Downed trees cut power to some local residences Thunderstorms peddling rain, lightning and high winds damaged the roof of an antiques store, felled several trees and knocked out power in Limestone County Monday night, reminding residents to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously. While Morgan County bore the brunt of the storm, with many downed trees and 13,000 customers without power in Decatur, Limestone recorded winds of 70 mph. Storm spotters reported rotation in a cloud at Good-springs, in northwestern Limestone County, triggering a tornado warning abqut 6:45 p.m. Wind damaged the roof at Fort Hampton Antiques off U.S. 72 West and a tree blocked traffic on the highway for a time. “We had several trees down — mainly in the southwest part of the county — and some power lines down, which caused outages,” said Rita White of Limestone County Emergency Management Agency. “We had trees down on Blackburn Road and in the Lehigh area in the west and southwest part of the county.” Emergency scanner traffic reported downed trees or limbs near Clements Fire Department, off Nuclear Plant Road and across the road off Lindsay Lane. Athens Utilities reported isolated outages on Nuclear Plant Road, New Cut Road and the Coxey community due to lightning or limbs on lines. Storm and hail damage was reported in Limestone, Morgan, Marshall and Franklin counties. — Jean Cole Changing history NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Homeowners along a portion of Madison Street in the Houston Historical District have restored their bungalow style homes in accordance with historic district guidelines to retain their original design. Proposed ordinance would redefine city historic districts By Karfn Lin‘i i <l ni I it i is new s -< miner, nun The city of Athens has had historic districts for decades, hut members of the Historic Preser-vation Commission are the first to say that enforcement has been lax. Commission members submitted a revised ordinance for consideration to the Athens City Council at its last meeting and the council set a July 13 public hearing date on the changes. Commission Chairwoman Cherry Ann Ward said the main focus of changes in the 20-page document is setting fines high enough that homeowners will get serious about correcting violations. The commission worked with Jason Founders of KPS Group in Birmingham on rewriting the ordinance. See History, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON The owners of this restored home in the Houston Historic District, John and Peggy Hammons, used Historic Commission-recommended modern materials when they returned the home to its origihal appearance. Museum will host Saturday cookout for vets By Karen Middleton kart ‘tia atlu 'tisiu >u The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives is issuing an invitation to veterans throughout North Alabama to come get acquainted with local veterans, tour the museum and have a free hamburger or hot dog. “Calling All Veterans” will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday The event, sponsored by Fowler Auctions, Limestone Chapel Funeral Home and Pepsi-Cola, will also feature music by the Golden Age Band at 11:30 a.m. “This is for all our surrounding areas in the Tennessee Valley,” said museum Director Sandy Thompson. “There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. It’s a chance for our veterans to socialize with veterans from other counties and for us to introduce what we have here at the museum. “There are a lot of people who don’t know we are here.” The museum, which was dedicated on Veterans Day 2002, contains artifacts and representations from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, plus exhibits of life on the home front. The museum is located at 100 W. Pryor St. in the old L&N freight depot. Contact the museum at (256) 771-7578. Planning Commission approves dividing of family estate By Karen Middleton [email protected] The Athens Planning Commission Tuesday ipproved the subdivision and consolidation •equests of three members of the Simmons es- The reconfiguring of the property at Lindsay Lane and Johnson Road by surveyor Tommy Littrell involved pieces of individually owned property being consolidated with property from the estate. The consolidation request of Larry W. and Jewell D. Simmons resulted in the couple having a 2.3-acre tract. Kenneth W. and Janice C. Simmons have a 1.05-acre tract, and Vernon W. and June F. Reece have a 7.567-acre tract. The Simmons estate requests were the only items on the commission’s agenda.I HOMETOWN fiROCERY 1608 South Jefferson Street • Athens Shopping Center Store Hours Sun ttmi Thu / .1111 until 10 pm • Hi and Sat / am until 11 pm Hair Services • Manicures * Pedicures Acrylic Nails • Waxing * Eyelash Extensions ;