Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 8, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Jobless tougher than past
Americans have more than triple the debt they had in 1982, and less than half the savings, leaving them one medical emergency away from financial ruin.
Space Elevator prize won
A Seattle team has collected a $900,000 award in a NASA-backed competition to develop the concept of an elevator to space.
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Knology may buy PCL
By Karp:n Mii>Diinx)N kHn'inS^H(hviisiH‘\vs-(miricr.cr)m West Point, Ga.-based Knology, Inc., is in talks with PCL Cable owner Bobby White to purchase the Athens company, according to a source \riio asked to remain anonymous.
White did not respond to repeated requests for comment Friday. Also, a message left for Knology Division Manager Jerry Strasser in
Huntsville was not returned.
Employees in PCL’s Athens oflBce said they had “no comment” on the rumored sale. One employee, who did not give his name, said that if negotiations are underway, an agreement has not been reached to anyone’s knowledge.
“You know as much as we do,” he said.
PCL was granted a fianchise renewal on Oct. 26 from the Athens City Council.
PCL Cable has provided cable TV service to Athens since early 1995. The c-ompany launched High Speed Cable Modem service known as PCLNE7T in the summer of 1998. PCL Cable expanded its service area to include Decatur in recent years.
Athens Mayor Dan Williams said he believes See Cable, page 8A
NEWS COURIER/EDD DAVIS
From left, Maebelle Whitt, Edith McCormick, Madalyn Perry, 2, and her grandmother Linda Perry wave to participants in the Veterans Day parade Saturday during its route from Athens High School to Hometown Grocery. Maebelle, Edith and Linda are sisters whose four brothers served in World War II.
Veterans to be honored with programs this week
Local residents celebrated Veterans Day witji a patriotic downtown parade Saturday, and programs will continue this week in Athens, Ardmore and at Calhoun Community College.
Also, the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives staff reminds residents to purchase a flag to honor or memorialize a veteran. The flags will be flown along U.S. 31 on patriotic holidays including Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, POW-MIA Day and
Veterans Day. A plaque with names of those honored will be on display in the museum on Pryor Street.
To participate, call Teresa Smith at (256) 771-5697 or Museum Director Sandy Thompson at 771-7578.
Calhoun’s celebration to honor United States veterans will be Tuesday with
See Veterans, page 8A
Weather warning siren not working
иЪе outdoor warning siren on Persimmon Tree Road is not operational at this time due to eleclronic failure. The siren will be down for repairs approximately three weeks.
limestone County Emergency Management Agency officials ask residents not to rely on the siren to sound during severe weather or tornado warnings.
“Please stay weather aware by using a NOAA weather radio, local TV and radio stations with battery backup,” said Daphne Ellison with Limestone EMA.
Tornado watches and warnings also are posted as breaking news on 1Ъе News Courier’s Web site at enews-courier.com
For more inlbrmation, call EMA at (256) 232-2631.
Churches offering Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving is known in America as a day of feasting, but in the land of plenty, for many, it’s just another day, especially for the elderly and those struggling to make ends meet.
Several churches in the community are striving to till this need.
ТЪе Mildred Harris Memorial Free Thanksgiving Meal Ministiy is ofiering dinner tor those expressing assistance in celebrating the holiday.
“Members of the community have joined together once more to cany forth the worthy ministry in honor of Mrs.
See Thanksgiving, page 8A
Athens State to host lecture by Christy Jordan
Southern cuisine aficionado and creator of Southemplate.com, Christy Jordan, will speak at Athens State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in McCandless Hall. The event is offered fi^e to the pubhc and no reservations are required.
“We relate our experiences to what was served, what was prepared,” says Jordan. “Celebrations center around dishes steeped in tradition and memories of Great Granny preparing her special rolls or pie.”
Jordan spent her childhood hearing stories from her great-grand-
See Jordan, page 8A
Topping off new bank in Athens
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
A cupola is being lowered on top of the new First National Bank building at U.S. 72 and Lindsay Lane. A groundbreaking was held in May for the new building, which will include a community room for use by local residents.
Veterans Day closings, garbage collection schedules
Limestone County and Athens City offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 to observe
Veterans Day. Local schools will be closed. County and ^ city senior centers also will close for the day. Garbage collection for city and county will not change next week.
State of Alabama offices also will close Wednesday.
The News Courier office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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