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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 13, 2009, Athens, Alabama ОС Cold snap leads to game cancellations countywide PAGE IBJhe News Courier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition ¿md Future Visit us online www.enewscourier.comInside TodayKentucky, Mississippi State win Mississippi state tops Georgia in battle of Bulldogs, Kentucky eliminates Ole Miss as SEC Tournament gets under way in Tampa. SPORTS, PAGE IBWheeler to hold raptors program Wheeler Wildlife Refuge will host a free event on birds of prey Saturday. Details on VALLEY, PAGE 4ADifficult day The fear of Friday the 13th has two names: "paraskavedekatria-phobia" and "frigga-triskaidekaphobia." For those with such a phobia, 2009 will be a more difficult year than most because there are three Friday the 13ths, rather than the typical two. February was the first, today is the second and the third will be in November. Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........6A Obituaries.......2A Johnny Wayne Adams Emmett Benford Jr. James Baniett Chisholm Shirley Lee Keith Attie Ming Pat Strange Jr. Religion . . lOA Sports .. ..; IB 69847 00001 Friday, March 13, 2009 50 cenls ■'"CT 5^ * Д NEWS COURIER /KIM RYNOERS/FILE State incentives aid art programs, but 2 local colleges taking project out of town By KaRKN MlDDLErrON kareniS^atlwnsnews -< ourier. com News of a joint art-education project between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University locating in downtown Decatur has some Athens downtown rejuvenation proponents eyeing such a facility for the city. If the project comes to fruition, the art education departments of both Athens State and Calhoun would be located in the old Robinson Furniture building on Second Avenue in Decatur, across from the Princess Theatre. ASU President Dr. Robert Glenn said Thursday he has not given up on his stated intention of establishing a university “presence” on the Athens square, the offer of a large, multi-stoiy building in Decatur at little cost to the two local schools was too good of an offer not to consider. “We certainly wouldn’t be opposed to multiple art centers,” Glenn said. “But we need to remember that this is not the first time Athens State has gone outside Limestone County. We have the Redstone Arsenal classes, Hanceville, Rainsville and Phil Campbell. In this particular case, Decatur’s approach early on was to put the offer of a 40,000-square-foot building on the table. They said they could renovate the building and rent it to us or give it to us and we would do the renovations.” Glenn said it was his “fiduciary responsibility to give it serious consideration.” He said both schools have expressed desire See Art, page 2A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Top photo, Athens State University often holds art shows in a gallery in Sandridge Student Center. The college’s arts program has grown considerably in the past decade. Directly above, the window of The Club House Café In downtown Athens shows efforts by local citizens' groups to keep the courthouse sguare vibrant and filled with shops and restaurants. An annual event called Art on the Sguare Is held here, an art gallery is located on Market Street and several businesses showcase works by local artists. Work under way on court’s offices B^ КлИ1 N MiDDI FIX)N knn 41 ^ ntlicnsiu -u .s-< rnim r.ct >in Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page iuid his sUiif have moved to the second tlix)r of the Limestone County Q)urthouse while his first-tl(X)r suite of offices is being renix vated. rhe cleiL’s office is the sewnd major renovation pmject on the courthouse, with District Attorney Kristi Vails’ suite of offices being the first. Vails moved her stall into the renovated (|uarters, which combines the space of her former offic-e on the first 1кюг plus the space formerly occupied by the license commissioner. License Commissioner Greg I'ucker and his stall moved to the Clinton Street Q)urthouse Annex about three yeiU's ago. County Commission Chiiinnmi David Seibert told memlx^rs of the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce Adult leadership Class, who visited and observ ed a fhurs-day c4)mmission work session, that the tt)unty has now s^xmt $b4,(KK) of a projeded S2 million renovation of the a)urthouse. The commission will appnwe bids on construction rnateriids lor Page’s office when it meets Monday in regular session. “We have just about removed all of the walls lor the cleiL’s office and we will be pouring new lkx)rs,” Seibert said. “We will mnx)ve the vault before we get ready to start back building walls. What was once basically a twtxoffice suite will become 13 offices, with each employee having his or her own office.” Seibert said if the county had gone with the first architectural rec- See Court, page ЗА Hendrix resigns as boys basketbaii coach at AHS Poke Sallet Follies continue tonight By Jean Cole iciintcfa I licnsncw s-courier. com Athens High’s calm, cool and collected head basketball coach Venard Hendrix won’t be head coach anymore but he wdll continue his physical education and tennis coaching duties at the school. Athens school board members accepted Hendrix’s resignation during their regular monthly meeting Thursday and thanked him for his outstanding service. “I felt like it was the right time to give up basketball,” Hendrix told The News Courier after the meeting. “I have been coaching basketball for 34 years and was head basketball coach for seven years. You give it some thought and now is the best time for meSee Coach, page 2A Elkmont tœns injured in wreck Tw'o teens were injured Thursday in an accident cm Red HiU Hollow Road, a state trooper said. Billy Whitaker, 16, and Kristopher Amolci 18, both of EJkmont, remained in the emergency room Thursday night at Athens-Lime-stone Hospital but were in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Tbe 2004 ChevTolet being driven by Whitaker was the only car in -volved in the accident, which oc-curred at about 3:25 p.m., the trooper said. Arnold was a passenger. Neither teen was wearii^ a seat belt at the time of the accident, the trooper saidSee Wreck, page ЗА NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Laughter filled the Athens Senior Center Thursday night as the Prime Time Players entertained a packed house for the 2009 Poke Sallet Follies. Above, Eddie Smith sings his heart out in the skit "She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” The follies will also be performed tonight and Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Council on Aging. For more information on remaining tickets call (256) 233-6412. Chamber hosts Home and Garden Show this weekend Don’t let the cold, wet weather dampen your enthusiasm for those upcoming spring projects. Spring break, which begins Monday, is the perfect time for some outdoor projects and the Greater Umestone County Chamber of Commerce hopes to help. Tlie annual Home & Garden Show will offer ideas for hcane decorations, home improvement projects of all types, plants, and more. Call (256) 232-2600 for details. The event will be fix)m 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at the National Guard Armory on Armory Street. There will be demonstrations, food and door prizes. There is no admission, but donations will be accepted for Limestone County volunteer fire departments. ;