Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Bobbi Kidd, 43, from Mobile, first fled domestic violence in 2002 by contacting a local crisis center for women and children.
New skills for old business
After a lifetime of family ranching, a couple manages its operation with more business savvy thanks to the help of a class designed to help people in agriculture make better financial decisions.
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Donations made online help troops on Iraq duty
By Jean Cole jt'aiha atht msnt'ws-courier.com
Want to put your money where your “Support the Troops” car magnet is?
Give a small donation to Athens’ 203rd Militaiy Police Battalion now stationed in Iraq. Now you can donate online and help make Thanksgiving and Christmas better for local and area soldiers, said Amanda Bailey, chairwoman of the Family Readiness Group — which supports the 203rd Militaiy Police Battalion based in Athens.
Donations of any size are needed to buy turkeys or hams for the families of about 85 soldiers from limestone, Morgan and the surrounding area for Christmas.
The FRG also hopes to buy about 60 teddy bears that will be given to the soldier’s children on Christmas day. The $3 bears include a recording device that will be sent to Iraq so a soldier mom or dad can record a message then return it and have it reattached to a bear for their children. Donations will also be used to fill Christmas stockings for each of the soldiers.
To donate online, go to: www.fig203id.oig.html, scroll down to the Contact Us bar on the left side of the home page and click on it. Then, scroll down to the end of the page and click on the yellow donate bar, which allows you to donate using PayPal.
Or, you can send a check or money order by mail to: FRG 203rd, 28514 Countryside Circle, Ardmore, AL 35739.
The 203rd was deployed on Father’s • Day to Fort Hood, Texas, and then to Iraq in September. The soldiers are training the Iraqi police for their eventual takeover in the region. The unit’s departure from Athens this summer marked the first time a local guard unit deployed overseas since 1950, when the 1343rd Battalion left for the Korean Conflict.
The primary mission of an FRG is to assist commanders in maintaining readiness for the service members, families and communities by promoting self-sufficiency, resiliency, and stability during peace and wartime.
Downtown Christmas open house coming next weekend
The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and The Spirit of Athens will hold its 23rd annual Christmas Open House in Athens all day Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.Related story, Page 6A
Activities planned downtown for the weekend include visits from Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, carriage rides, carolers and
At each participating business countywide, shoppers will have an opportunity to register for a door prize to be awarded by the business and a grand prize from Hobbs Jew
elers to be announced at The Club House at 121 S. Marion St. at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Participating businesses will be identified with a distinc-See Open house, page 3A
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'Domino hair gets a facelift
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
The square orange brick building at Beaty and East Market streets once served as the early city of Athens electric department. Then, a few decades back, elderly gentlemen gathered there for heated matches of dominoes.
In recent years the building has housed grounds keeping equipment. But now, this former ugly duckling has bloomed into a graceful swan at the hands of Sanitation Department Director Earl Glaze and his work crew.
Exposed bricks and gleaming oak surfaces give a trendy feel to the
offices and meeting space that has been created within.
It’s rare that the city of Athens has three construction projects going concurrently. As well as the “domino hall,” the city recently completed a new two-bay fire station to serve Black’s Landing Subdivision on the banks of the Tennessee River.
The City Council voted last week to name the new station, which was completed as a joint project with Clements Volunteer Fire Department, “Oak Grove Station,” in honor of Oak Grove CME
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The former Athens Electric building - more recently known as "the domino hall" - has a brand new interior and exterior after a renovation by city Sanitation Director Earl Glaze and his Public Works Department work crew.
Treasures of the past
The Mammoth, which became Lerman and Bowen Grocery in 1895, was located on the north side of the Athens Square.
Historian Betty Taylor catalogs BO years of business in Athens
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
‘iisiu iws-courier.com When Betty Lindsay Taylor agreed to do jme local research for the Mormon Church wen years ago she never dreamed it would :ad to compiling a 393-page book featuring ithens businesses from 1870 to 1950.
Taylor’s research project for the Morions has long been completed, but she be
came so intrigued during her research that she decided to do a book.
“The Mormons wanted someone to go through all the Probate Office’s loose files and copy every name listed,” said Taylor. “About six people worked on this project. I was just fascinated by the old letterheads
See Treasures, page 3A
Gathering at W.E. Estes & Son, Betty Taylor, front left, said she couldn't have compiled her book without the help of Jackie Leonard, back left, president, Friends of the Archives, her husband Houston Taylor and Doris Estes.