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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama Way to go Class oi 2009! Special section inside todayle News CourierSening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future One dollar Sunday, May 17, 2009 Visit us online « Inside Today ‘Bottleneck’ to be widened By Karkn Middleton [email protected]' Most people are painfully aware of what has been described as “botdeneck” traffic conditions at U.S. 72 West and South Jefferson Street. But help is on the way. Athens Mayor Dan Williams said last week that he had received a letter from the Alabama Department of Transportation that states widen- ing U.S. 72 West under the CSX rail overpass is in the five-year plan of improvements. Funding comes through a federal stimulus package. “The money we’re going to get we wouldn’t have got unless it was included in a five-year plan,” said Williams. Williams said the estimated $1 million project would require a $200,000 match from the city. “This is not free money,” he said. The city will also be responsible for relocation of utilities. He said the state has approved funding for engineering services. “I hope they’re going to do the plans soon,” said the mayor. Williams said both east and westbound access See Bottleneck, page 2A ASU grad holds on in the rink Summa cum laude alumnus packs a mean punch in roller rinks around the country as a member of the Nashville Rollergirls. PAGE14ASubscribe Get the news with your morning coffeeSUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7 IIB,69847 00002    3 Hundreds of agents participating in intensified inspection program along U.S.-Mexico border. PAGE 17A Trial set for man charged with soccer game assault By Jean Cole jMn(<*'utht,nsne\\’S'i The man accused of attacking Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker at a Hartselle soccer game last year w ill be tried June 15 in Morgan County, records show. William “Cliff” Sanders of Eva was charged in April 2008 with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor offenses. Bilker accuses Sanders of assaulting him March 27, 2008, while he was watching his daughter play in a soccer match between Athens and Brew er at the Brewer High stadium. Baker said he and other parents were sitting in the bleachers watching the game when a man began yelling. In response, Baker said a mother of an Athens player said aloud, “Stop whining.” Baker said the man made vile and obscene comments to the mother. Baker said he stood up and turned around to tell the man to stop or he would call the police but he never finished the sentence before the man screamed, “Do you want a piece of me?” Baker said the man dove at him, hitting him in the chest and knocking him backward down the bleachers, then dove on top of him again and drew back as if to strike him. When other Athens fathers attempted to restrain the man, he liegan fighting them. Baker said. At some point, the man ceased and left the scene. Baker said. See Assault, page 2A Public invited to library fundraising kickoff event By Karen Middef:ix3N [email protected] It’s time to book a date with the library. Athens-Public Library librarian Susan Todd invites the public to “enjoy the excitement of possibility” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the old Kroger building parking lot. The library’s Board of Trustees and the Library Foundation will host an official fundraising kickoff for renovations to the Kroger building, making it a state-of-the art facility that should serve the community’s needs for decades to come. “We will have a short program,” said Todd. “We’ll have Mayor Dan Williams and County Commission Chairman David Seibert and we will thank the city for the building and the county for their help in renovating it.” Todd said local author Bill Hunt would deliver comments on the importance of books and reading to a community. “What we want is to get people excited about the possibilities of what we want to do,” said Todd. “Of course, we would appreciate any donation, but we want people to just come out and enjoy the excitement of possibility of a new library and get the word out.” The new library will be built in phases as funding sources become available, said Athens-Limestone Library officials. The Athens City Council allocated the entire 39,000-square-feet of the old Kroger building to the library for use as an expanded facility The city purchased the building See Library, page 3A iMÉftrrr Guns, cash found at border Bom to run Signs of revitalization NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Spirit of Athens, an organization to revitalize downtown Athens, purchased 16 banners and three were hung along Jefferson Street on Thursday by the city to help cut expenses. The banners are a small part of an overall streetscape plan for an aesthetically, cohesive downtown district. Spirit of Athens and the Storytelling Festival committee are working with an architect to show a series of sketches of facade improvements, brick restoration on the streets, unified streetlights, and trees. NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Graits Sock Lady - "Socks" - held by one of her owners, Ken Chaney of East Limestone, recently won first place in the Alabama Futurity. The 2-year-old quarter horse is to compete in the Indiana Juvenile Stakes. Harvest quarter horse wins Alabama Futurity in Louisiana By Karen Middi.ftixin karen(g>athemnews-courier. com Graits Sock Lady obviously doesn’t like being confined to a stall in Walt Chaney’s East Limestone bam. She paws the bedding, rattles the doors and blows impatient snorts to show her displeasure. But the 2-yeaiH)ld quarter horse is valuable property and romping in a pasture or corral might lead to injuiy. “Socks” is a racehorse. She was bom to run. She can’t wait to show her stuff again like she did May 9 when she won first place in the Alabama Futurity at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, La., taking $28,000 of a $63,310 purse. She wouldn’t have long to wait; Chaney and his son, Ken Chaney, were loading her into a trailer Friday afternoon for Shelbyville, Ind., outside Indianapolis, for the Indiana Juvenile See Horse, page 3AIndex Classified .....................1C Crossword ...................24A Editorial......................4A Ledger ......................24A Letters ...;...................5A Lifestyles .....................9A Obituaries ....................2A Wayne Jackson Boyd Edsel B. Moore Sports  .................IB Jerry King Company 1613 L Gray Blvd. • Athens, AL 3561 1230-0402 QNC Member We    Cmßef Ym Umwedtirn ike Cbngeoutj'our old syetem with « NEW High Efficiency Heatpump today! Mfc Fíaencáag AvWfabb Athene Utifiáe>&TVA Ceil far DeteiktOnline edition Don't forget - we post breaking news you saw iUkgt _ 0*1 leaking news at ;