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Gasoline prices climbing
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
So, for starters here’s the bad news: The average cost of al5-gallon tank of gas in Athens and Limestone County this week is $32.55, up from last’s week’s average of $30.56.
Now, the good news: Last year at this time you paid $54.92 for 15 gallons.
Try telling yourself the dismay you feel is
all relative when the numbers just won’t seem to stop rolling the next time you pump.
According to AAA of Alabama online fuel price finder, of those stations checked on Sunday, local residents paid a high of $2,209 at Minit Man Shell No. 329,17785 U.S. 72, to a low of $2,059 at Chevron, 1514 E. Elm St.
AAA spokesman Clay Ingram said the spike in gasoline prices is not unexpected with the approach of the Memorial Day
weekend and a slight increase in the price of crude oil.
“But I’m a little surprised at the amount of increase,” said Ingram. “Crude has jumped only $7 to $8 a barrel in the last two weeks. This is the time of year we expect a natural increase in prices because of the increase in demand.
See Gasoline, page 2A
Trojans fall in first game
The Athens Bible School baseball team came up short in the first game of a best* of-three battle for the Class 1A state baseball title, falling 3-1 to Brantley. See tomorrow's edition of The News Courier for details and results of Wednesday games.
Females epare for omen Build
Girls swing hammers for Habitat for Humanity
LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C
Floyd Barber Ruby M. Blade Walter Davis John E. Fletcher Sr.
Roy Lee Gravitt Luther Haggermaker Alexander L. Trotter
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The first all-woman jury in California, pictured above, acquitted the editor of the Watts News of printing indecent, obscene language on Nov. 2,1911. In February, Limestone County empanelled its first all-woman jury in history.
Jury for recent trial first ever of all women in county histoiy
By Jean Cole jeati(g)athensnews-courier.com On Feb. 26, the first all-woman juiy in Limestone County histoiy convicted an Elk-mont man of reckless murder in connection with an alcohol-related fatal wreck in 2006.
Some residents wondered why an allwoman juiy was legal when, in the past, groups had fought to ban all-male and all-white juries.
The answer has nothing to do with chivalry. Jt has to do with the diversity of the pool from which a final juiy is selected.
“There can be an all-male juiy, an all-black jury or an all-female jury,” said Professor Steve Emens of the University of Alabama School of Law. “A jury of all one gen-
First female jury
The first all-woman jury in California acquitted the editor of the Watts News of printing indecent, obscene language on Nov. 2,1911. Limestone County empaneled its first female jury in April.
der does not by itself make it illegal.”
A juiy is selected from a diverse pool, said Emens. That means the pool is made up of men and women of different races.
“In Alabama, the prosecution and the defense get to choose from a pool of jurors after they have asked questions of the juiy
See Jury, page 3A
offers day of military education
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives will observe Armed Forces Day Saturday not with a celebration but with a day of education, according to Director Sandra Thompson.
“A lot of people don’t know why Armed Forces Day was created,” she said. “It was created in 1950 when Harry Truman was president and all of the services came under the Department of Defense. The day was observed to thank all of the militaiy for their patriotic service.”
To educate, the museum will have on display bound copies of books about each branch of the service. There will also be flags of each branch flying outside.
“I don’t think we’ve ever done that before,” she said.
Thompson, an Air Force retiree, is in her fourth week on the job.
“I would have liked to get more of a celebration organized, but it’s been a busy few weeks,” she said.
Thompson has created exhibits explaining the mission of each branch of the military and why it was formed.
“We will also have some kind of artifacts from each of the branches on display,” she said.
Thompson said the museum will celebrate Memorial Day May 23 with an exhibit by Jeff Lea of Huntsville, who collects World War II German military artifacts.
“He will bring a German staff car and motorcycle with sidecar,” she said. “He does Civil War and WWII reenactments.”
Hospital to host health fair Friday, offer free screenings
To celebrate National Hospital Week, May 10-16, Athens-Lime-stone Hospital is hosting a health fair at Waddell Center Family Medicine on Friday, May 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Hospital staff will offer free screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat analysis.
May is also Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month — time
to start a lifelong habit of examining your skin.
Athens-Limestone Hospital and Dermatologist Dr. Stephen Mal-lette will offer free skin cancer screenings also on May 15. The screening is also at Waddell Center Family Medicine from noon to 3 p.m. The screenings are offered on
See Health, page 2A
Students honored as 'unsung heroes'
Fourteen Limestone County high school seniors will receive “Unsung Hero” scholarships during a banquet Saturday in Athens.
The Unsung Hero Scholarship Banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church at 1300 Lindsay Lane.
Recipients were selected as unsung heroes of Athens and Limestone County for 2009 by Mayor Dan Williams and Jannifer Matthews of MTM Corp. for their good grades and various contribu-
See Heroes, page 2A
Dancing in the streets
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Cowboy hats, dancing boots and lawn chairs were in abundance last night on the courthouse square for the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo street dance and fashion show. The two-night rodeo is Friday and Saturday at the Sheriff's Arena on Alabama 99.