Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Hendrix remembers his roots
Athens grad Richard Hendrix is still smalltown guy at heart.
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Bargain hunters buy groceries at auction
As consumers seek relief from the recession and spiraling food prices, grocery auctions are gaining in popularity as easy ways to cut costs.
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Local women find success at Two Thrifty Sisters blog spo
By Jfan Cole
Rebekah Davis hasn’t bought toothpaste for a year.
She isn’t running for Gingivitis Queen, she’s just stocked up on toothpaste right now.
“I only buy toothpaste now if I am going to make money,” Rebekah said. “When I have too much, I donate it,”
She and her sister, Rachel Petty, are a couple of Southern sisters who come from a
On the Web
Find tips from Rebekah Davis and Rachel Petty at www.twothriftysisters.bloqspot.com
long line of cheapskates.
The two stay-at-home moms , spend only about $40 a week to feed their families of
See Thrifty, page 2A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
When they are not stretching their food dollars, sisters Rebekah Davis and
Athens - creators of Two Thrifty Sisters money-saving Web site -- enjoy
an afternoon break at Big Spring Park in Athens are Brody Davis. Rachel Petty. Aaron Petty.
Rebekah Davis. Marley Davis and Ben Davis.
Elkmont cleanup set for Saturday
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By Karen MiDDiT:roN
While Great American Cleanup Day isn’t until April 4, Elkmont volunteers will get a week’s jump on activities.
Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Elkmont Rural Village Community Building to begin a community cleanup project.
The impetus for the Saturday cleanup grew out of a March 19 meeting in the Elkmont Rural Village that brou^t out 40 concerned residents who wanted to know what they could do about the growing litter prc^lem in and around Elkmont.
Keep Athens-Iimestone Beautiful Director Lynne Hart made a presentation to the group about what prompts people to litter and showed photos of heavi
ly littered areas of the county. City of Athens Code Enforcement Officer Ron Ultz also attended the meetii^ to give input.
While Ultz has no jurisdiction in the county, he explained state litter laws under which the county oper-ates.
Ultz said if residents could find proof of who littered, such as envelopes in the debris beanng the culprit’s name, they could be taken to law enforcement.
One member of the audience described a home on Alabama 127 that maintains an open dumpsite in the yard a few feet from the house. He said the resident is throwing cans, bottles, plastics and table scraps on the site, which has grown to about 12 feet in diameter.
See Cleanup, page 7A
Judge delays Delphi seU-off
¡■'n)in skill win' n'lioiis NEW YORK (AP) - A bankruptcy ctiurt judge on Tuesday delayed approval of a deed that would allow auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. to sell its steering business to Cicneral Motors Corp. in order to give Treasury Department officials more time for review.
At Delphi’s request, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain delayed until April 2 approvid of the company s motion to allow it to exercise its option agreement on the sale of the business to
rhe |X)stponement does not set hack the deid, said Vaughn Ckxxhvin of D)caJ UAW 2195, although a buyout will not clumge the status of the Delphi plant in Limestone Qiunty,
“From what I heard, it’s to give the restructure team time to lcx)k over the dtxniments,“ Ckxxhvin said of UxJays announcement.
(kxxJwin said previously that too much of the ItxsJ plant already had been moved under a plan to ronsoli-date with a Saginaw, Mich., plant for a buyout to save it.
A staft' that numbered more than 4,(KX) and was down to about 1,900 when closure was tmnounc«d in 2007 now stands at about 6(X), Cxxxhvin said, and will be down to 450 this week.^
Some are being laid oil and some moved to GM’s Saturn plant in Springhill, Tenn. The plan to move
See Delphi, page 3A
Sessions: Obama budget proposal 'not responsible'
By Karen Middi.eion
U.S. Sen. Jeft' Sessions, R-Ala-bama, said Tuesday if President Barrack Obama’s proposed budget is passed as it stands it will triple the nation’s debt in 10 years.
“The total debt of the U.S. is $5.8 trillion,” said Sessions in a teleconference with representatives of several state newspapers. “In five years under the president’s budget the debt would be $11,5 trillion and in 10 years, $15.4 trillion. It is not responsible to propose to triple in 10 years what it took all of the nation’s history to accumulate.”
Sessions said members of the Senate Budget Committee were to begin “marking up” the budget today (Wednesday).
“It comes out of committee on a majority vote, which is usually along party lines,” said Sessions.
However, Sessions said some members of Obama’s party are “expressing doubts.” He said Senate Budget Cfommittee Chairman Kent
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