Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Road work to begin
By Jean Cole
jeanC^nthensnews-courier.com A construction company hopes to begin improving the intersection on U.S. 72 West and Hardy Road near Blue Springs Elementary School by the middle of next month.
A subcontractor for Pearce Construction Co. of Huntsville plans to begin extending a
drainage line under 72 and then adding right-and left-hand turn lanes in the interaction to make it safer for traffic.
The company has already put up some construction warning signs and will put up cones, barrels with flashing lights and, if they have to stop traffic, flagmen, said Lewis Price, secretary/treasurer at Pearce.
“People will realize they are coming up on a construction area," Price said.
Work in the intersection cannot begin until telephone, cable and water lines are moved.
“We’ve been ready since day one on this project,” Price said. “One of the very first things
See Construction, page 8A
Where's the boss
After South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted disappearing to visit his mistress in Argentina, AP called governors' offices nationwide to ask: Where's the boss?
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Fire Cracker Festival to feature local bands, fireworks
Reliance Bank’s Seventh Annual Fire Cracker Festival is set for Saturday at Athens High School’s stadium.
Activities begin outside the stadium at 3 p.m. with inflatables, pony rides and food vendors.
This year, a stage also will be set up outside the stadium rather than inside so people can see the bands better, said Brooke Burns with Reliance.
People can bring lawn chairs to set up to watch the bands, she said.
Entertainment will be:
• 5:30 p.m.: The Shakes
• 6:30 p.m.: The Flying Dutchmen
• 7:30 p.m.: The Dixie Bluegrass Band
As it does every year, the fireworks show begins at dusk inside the stadium.
No repeats at Loudon
Blame the tough . track, the Car of Tomorrow or simply circumstances. Whatever the reason, there have been no repeat winners in the last four years of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Fugitives run up sizable tab for officials in North Dakota
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Officials are wondering how to cover the bills four Alabama fugitives are running up for Stark County.
The cost for security for two of the fugitives while they were hospitalized after the June 6 shootout is already well over $26.(X)0.
And this may just be the beginning.
“Our general fund is going to take a hit, there’s not doubt about it." said Duane “Bucky” Wolf, Stark County commissioner.
Joshua Southwick, 26, and Ashton Mink, 22, were apprehended following the shootout with North Dakota law enforcement earlier this month. That came nearly two weeks after they escaped from the Perry County Detention Center in Uniontown, Ala.
Southwick entered a guilty plea to the 2003 contract killing of Elkmont resident Michael Bryant.
Also taken into custody were two women who authorities said helped the men escape: Angela Diana Mink, 25, and Jacquelin Rae Kennamer Mink. 25, Mink’s sister and wife, respectively.
Ashton Mink and Jacquelin Mink were hospitalized after the shootout, but were released this week and taken to the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center.
All four are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Additionally, loin Henning, Stark County state’s attorney, said he’s looking at increasing the severity of the felony charges.
The four must remain in Stark County for now to face those charges, he said.
It cost the county $30 per hour, per fugitive to provide around-the-clock supervision at the hospitals for the fugi-
See Fugitives, page 3A
New ASU president wants to open doors of his official residence to the community
By Karen Middleton
New Athens State University President Dr. Robert Glenn wants to open the doors of his official residence, the ca. 1826 Beaty-Mason home, to the community.
School officials are embarking on a $1.7 million fundraising drive to return the home to its historical beginnings but at the same time, outfit it with the ma
terials for lasting safety and beauty.
“Rick (Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould) and I are working on a plan to raise money,” said Glenn. “We are confident the people of Athens and Limestone County will be generous. This house belongs to them. It is an asset to both the university and the community and w hen it is fin-
See Residence, page 8A
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Jerry Bradford, director of the ASU physical plant, points out water damage to an upstairs bedroom of the historic Beaty-Mason house.
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Don Tingle shoots footage of Patrick Smoak demonstrating different shooting angles. Participants in the workshop learned pre- and postproduction filmmaking.
Entries sought for Athens inaugural short film festival
Fledgling filmmakers should get their cameras ready — the local organization Art on the Square is calling for entries for Athens’ first film festival.
The Southern Shorts Him Festival will be Oct. 17 with winning entries to be screened at a premiere party Oct. 16, said Alissa Rose-Clark with Art on the Square.
The site of the festival is to be determined.
Proceeds from the festival will go to Art on the Square to promote the arts in Athens. Funds raised at the premiere party will be di
vided between AOTS and Spirit of Athens, which support downtown revitalization.
Films submitted for the festival should be five to 15 minutes long and are due Oct. 1. They can be submitted in two categories: an unthemed, or open category, and one called Secret Athens, in which filmmakers can create a short movie about the pasts of local business, people with interesting pasts, ghost tales or other tales of local interest.
More information will be announced at
See Film, page 3A