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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama Tomatoes 101: Know when grow PAGE 13A The NewsBICourier Sening Athens and Limestone County: A unity of Tradition and Future One dollarSunday, March 15, 2009 Visit us online www^newscourierxom Inside Today All-county basketball Top players, coaches of '08-'09 season selected. SPORTSr PAGE IB Road closings Clinton Street from Christine to Forrest streets will be closed on Monday for drainage work. Christine Street around Athens Middle School will be the detour. Also, the roundabout at Forrest Street and Lindsay Lane will be closed Wednesday for paving. The rush to text Students pour out of the building after the final bell rings and cell phones immediately pop out as text messages are sent to friends, it's a familiar scene at any school. PAGE 13A 7    6984700002    2 INSPIRATIONAL STORV ‘65 roses:’ Pretty name for a horrible disease NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Amy Carter, 31, suffers from cerebral palsy and reflex sympathetic dystrophy, which causes constant pain, but wants to conduct an individual campaign to benefit cystic fibrosis. Local woman with CP joins fight to help children with cystic fibrosis By    MiDDii:iX)N kan'ivAnthcnsiu    T.iX)in “Sixty-five roses is a beautiful name for a horrible disease,” said Amy Carter fixMn her limestone Health Ridlity room. She explained that “65 roses” has become the informal name for cystic fibrosis because when its youngest sufierers try to say the name of their disease it comes out sounding like “65 roses.” Thirty-one-year-old Amy was a child of 9 when she read Frank Deford’s book, “Alex; The Story of a Child,” about his daughter’s struggle See Help, page 3A Frank DeFord How will prepaid tuition mess get resolved? By Karkn Middlkton kawn^atlwnsiwws-courwr.cow Parents have been socking away tuition money with the state’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan since it was created in 1989, but a fund that had once grown to $899 million has dwindled to $463 million. Another victim of a tanking economy, the program raises funds by investing payments in the stock market. Added to that, is rising tuition costs and record student enrollment and PACT assets have taken a 48-percent hit. RELATED STORY, PAGE 6A Athens State University spokesman Guy McClure Jr. said that school is still getting paid. “There has been no problems receiving tuition payments from the PACT program in the past, although we have been informed that this year’s PACT payments may be delayed,” said McClure. State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madi-son, said the PACT situation has called for a thorough assessment before the Legislature acts on any possible remedial measures. “On Thursday, some Senate members met with the speaker (Speaker of the House Seth Hammett, D-An-dalusia), and the executive assistant to the governor (Elaine LeFleur) and three House members met with Kay Ivey (state treasurer, whose office ad- S«€ Tuition, page 8A Coworkers find they were born on same day in same hospital By Kelly Kazek kelly^ When it was time to take department Christmas photos at The News Courier, photographer Kim Rynders had the most difficulty with the production team: Kayla Taylor and Drew Downs. The two weren’t demanding or picky; the difficulty stemmed from trying to get both in the same frame. Taylor is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and Downs is 6 feet, 3 inches. Finally, Downs sat in a chair while Taylor stood. They came close to being the same height. But our in-house “odd couple” discovered they had more in common than it would appear. While talking one day. Downs mentioned his upcoming birthday today, March 15. “Kayla said, ‘That’s my birthday,”’ Downs said. The Limestone County natives — Taylor grew up in East Limestone and Downs in Clements — then discovered both would be 25 years old. Taylor asked in which hospital Downs was born. “Decatur General.” “Me, too,” The times differed a bit — $M Birthday, paqa 3A NEWS COURICR/KIM RYNDERS Kayla Taylor and Drew Downs were born on the same day in the same hospital and ended up working side by side at The News Courier in the same department. They turn 25 years oid today. Official: Only minor work left on RR crossings ^    y,,«««    1    .1    .      1.    A.      A.    1a.    L    .AM    «    M    1    t    o    i    T%rr By Kelly Kazek kelly^ Railroad crossings through Athens are open again now that maintenance work has been completed. CSX Railroad spokesman Dwight Emerson said Friday he knew the temporary closings over the last several days have been an inconvenience. ‘We have to tear the town apart to put it back together again,” he said. Work on the crossings was routine maintenance that typically is done every seven years but this time was stretched to nine, he said. “They desperately needed it,” he said. The rails were changed out several years ago, he said, but the crossties and asphalt were weakening, causing some bumpy crossings. “All the crossings in Athens are complete except for some topping work,” he said. That means crews will wait a few days for the work at the crossings to “settle” and then realign and smooth them. See Crossings, page 8A Index Classified.....................ID Editorial................■.....4A Obituaries ....................2A Opal Irene Chambers Walter Quinton Jennette Frances V. Kilburn Barbara Luna Lems Otis Lee Sledge Maudie May Smartt Sports ........................IB HA ttithftniiiA tUUjM liBidiun iUid fiARtóltil Online edition pijijii i.itiiii    »w e a i*e3io*r«w 290-0403 Find the day's oddest stories at Weird News under the Local and State/Nation headings ;