Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Tenant charged with arson
Sheriff: Accused woman was about to be evicted
By Kklly Kazek
A woman charged with burning her apartment in a duplex and damaging the adjoining one was to be evicted the morning of the fire, the sheriff said.
Cynthia Marie Gooch,
30, was arrested Monday night in connection with the Monday morning fire at 17047 Newby Chapel Road.
“After an investigation and based on witness statements at the scene, she was charged with first-degree arson,” said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
The adjoining apart-
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The northern unit of this duplex on Newby Chapei Road, rented by Cynthia Gooch, was des^oyed Monday by fire and the southern unit damaged. Gooch has been charged with arson m connec
tion with the fire.
Gettin’ country for a cause
Dueling diet plans
Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn't matter, scientists say. All that really counts Is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years.
HEALTH, PAGE 8A
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Leigh Ann Cochran, Brittany Wiseheart, Beth Ham and Denise Pettey practice the 'Can-Can' skit for Poke Sallet Follies Tuesday at the Athens Senior Center.
Cast of Poke Sallet Follies prepares for annual event
MEW area code
By 2011, locals will have to dial 10-digits on telephone
By Kn.i Y К.\/ь:к
In two years, residents will need to dial 10 digits to make local calls because the existing 256 area code will be exhausted.
The Alabama Public Service Commission approved the addition Tuesday morning of a new area code but the new number will not be determined until it is needed, said PSC spokesman David Rountree.
When numbers beginning with the 256 area code run out — in either the first or second quarter of 2011 — a new area code will be assigned in north and east Alabama. Residents will keep existing numbers but those moving to the area or changing service may get a number with the new
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By Karen Middleion
Some members of the Poke Sallet Follies cast might wish the Athens Senior Center were sort of like Las Vegas. You know, “what happens here stays here.”
But it doesn’t.
Folks have been paying to see what goes on there every year for the past 17 years. So once again, ordinarily respectable, upstanding citizens of this city will engage in activities that maybe even
How to go
What: Poke Sallet Follies
When: March 12,13 and 14, nightly at 6
Where: Athens Senior Center
Why: Because it's fun
their mothers don’t know about.
But it’s all in the name of a good cause — services for the elderly and home-
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GM buys Delphi steering operations
DElTlOrr (AP) - Delphi Corp. said Tbesday it has agreed to sell its global steering business back to former parent General Motors Corp. as part of its plan to raise cash and shed noncore businesses in hopes of eventually emerging &Dm bankruptcy protection.
Terms of the deal for the Saginaw, Mich.-based business, which makes critical parts for the troubled Detroit-based automaker, were not disclosed.
In connection with the agreement, GM agreed to increase its cipedit commitments to Delphi to $450 million fiom $300 million, effective March 24.
Delphi said the sale of the business and the speeding up of the payments ftom GM, along with support fiom its lenders, will give it enough cash to keep it running into May. The companies hope to
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Councilman favors giving old Kroger building to library
By Karen Midoeeion
The Athcns-Limestone Public Library building committee was to meet Tuesday night in a series of sessions to come up with a funding plan that not only includes renovations but also operations and maintenance.
The city of Athens purchased the 39,000-square-foot Kroger supermarket building last year for $650,000 with the intention of turning over the greater portion to the library board and foundation to renovate. The present 1970s-era library is just 10,000-square-feet and too small to house the collection or the programs it needs to offer according to state and national library standards.
Library officials say they need the entire Kroger building to keep up with
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