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What idiotic group of lawmakers decided it would benefit me to make it illegal for a convenience store to sell me gas for less than what they paid for it. It’s no wonder price wars don't work anymore. Smells to me like the lobbyists for the big oil companies at work. I say lets get this law off the books.
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Their numbers can be found on the opinion page of The News-Courier. Also, for the people of Lauderdale county: come election time remember your local D.A.’s comments about prosecuting the stores in Rogersville for lowering the gas prices there for you.
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Mancuso may run again
Former state representative could vie for Tommy Ed Roberts' seat
By Sonny Tirner
Former Limestone County Rep. Dr. Angelo Mancuso said Friday he may be a candidate next year for the state senate seat now held by retiring Senator Tommy Ed Roberts of Decatur.
“We are forming an exploratory
committee to look at the possibility of seeking that position,” Mancuso, 50, of Decatur, said Friday. “I can't say right now if 1 will run, but it is a possibility at this point.”
Mancuso, a Decatur dermatologist, served one term as a state representative from Limestone and Morgan Counties from 1098-2002.
He did not seek re-election to that post.
Several people have already announced they intend to seek the Senate District 3 seat now held by Roberts that serves portions of Limestone and Morgan Counties. Mancuso said if he decides to run, he will run as a Democratic candidate. Those who have said they will run for the post are Republicans.
Roberts, who has held state office for a number of years, announced this week he will retire when his term expires in 2006.
I can’t say right now if I will run, but it is a possibility at this point." — Angelo Mancuso
The primary election is June, 2006.
State career center to close here
MONTGOMERY — A team of workforce development officials will reorganize the state's career centers, including closing the one in Athens.
Only two employees work at the Athens center and they will be transferred to other offices nearby, state officials said this weekend.
In Alabama, the state has announced it will reduce the number of the work centers by more than 20, but will still keep open enough so that Alabamians will not have to travel further than one county to receive service. The work center in Decatur will remain open.
Officials with the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Office of Workforce Development and others have been studying the operations of the career centers for months. A committee representative of the various Career Center partners, along with two legislative representatives, developed the reorganization plan.
The reorganization became necessary because of a long-term decrease in federal funding combined with increasing costs for state personnel to operate the career centers.
The officials also made clear that while 25 career centers are slated to be closed under the reorganization plan, 32 will remain open in rural and metropolitan areas throughout Alabama.
“The major considerations in deciding which offices to close had to do with demand for services, efficiency and proximity to other services. We’re glad that every Alabamian will still have services in their home county or in a neighboring county,” said Dr. Tim Alford, director of the Office of Workforce Development. “No Alabamian will have to travel across more than one county to find a career center under this reorganization plan.”
In areas where career centers are closed an array of alternative services will be offered as needed. The services may include itinerant services one or more days a week and a mobile career center.
Sam McCracken Days
Curtis Swanner, Tim Carter and David Green hold a jam session on the campus of West Limestone High School during Sam McCracken Days Friday night.
2nd Annual Sam McCracken Days held this weekend
By Tashia Lovell
From crafts to food to entertainment the 2nd Annual Sam McCracken Days Fiddler’s Convention and Arts and Crafts Sale was held at West Limestone High School this Friday and Saturday.
Money raised from the event goes to support athletics at the school.
McCracken is said to have been a “southern gentleman" and who loved playing and loved people who began fiddling as a young boy with his brother. McCracken raised a family in western Limestone County. He died in 1972.
Last year was the fist year for the convention and
Sam McMeans, one of the organizers of the event, said that although “we” always have higher expectations, it went really well.
Friday night competitions were held and winners were announced. Winners in the Dohro Guitar category were, Damian Kidd, Elkmont; Johnny Bellar, Ashland City Tenn.; and Tony Mims, Jr. Limestone County. Winners in the Dulcimer category were, Koryn Golliver, Killen; Rob Pearcy, Smyrna Tenn.; and Bobby Nobley, Lagrange Georgia. Winners in the Harmonica category were, Rob Pearcy, Steve Hall Kentucky and Bobby Nobley. Winners in the Ole Time
See McCracken, Page 3A
AHS grads gather after 65 years
By Tashia Lovell
Some are just now celebrating their graduation from high school, but a group from Athens High School celebrated 65 years of being out of school on Saturday.
The Athens High School graduating class of 1940 met at Shoney’s in Athens for their 65 year class reunion.
Lucille Schaub Sanderson and Oberlean Greene Hill coorganized Saturday’s event. Both were looking forward to visiting with classmates.
Sanderson said that in recent years the class has had five-year reunions and she was expecting about 20 classmates to attend the reunion Saturday.
People attended from several different states including Tennessee, Florida, and New Hampshire.
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At left, Oberlean Greene Hill and Erlene “Smitty” Coppock are members of the Athens High School graduating class of 1940. Above, several members gather before eating at Shoney’s in Athens on Saturday.
Program scheduled at museum
By Jennifer Hill
New’s-Courier Reporter When you visit the Alabama Veterans Museum here in Athens, you automatically feel the overwhelming spirit of the past as it cries out to be remembered. In a time where many neighbors are strangers, the volunteers there strive to keep the museum especially personalized to Athens, Limestone County and surrounding areas. Not only is it personal to the community, but very personal to the veterans who volunteer to work there.
“The main purpose of the museum, to me, is to educate the young people to what has gone before,"said Jim Patteson, the display chairman of the museum. Patteson served in the Army of Occupation and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He said he’s afraid that the history that he and his fellow comrades contributed to is being forgotten. This fear is common among the veterans
See Museum, Page 2A