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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 19, 2009, Athens, Alabama Ready for high school hoops? ROUNDUP, PAGE IBThe News CouriSening Athens and Limestone County: A Coininunitv ofTriidition and Thursday, November 19, 2009 VIsrt us online Inside Today Knaus learns from his failures Chad Knaus, the most intense crew chief in NASCAR, is one step from guiding Jimmie Johnson to a record fourth consecutive Cup Championship. He's meticulous, relentless and a bit obsessive. SPORTS, PAGE IB Housing starts take big plunge The budding economic recovery isn't getting much help from the home-building industry, which normally creates jobs and drives growth when a recession ends. BUSINESS, PAGE 5A Subscribe Gi*( the nows with your iiioniiiig oolioo SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Business    ........5A Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........6A Lottery..........3A Obituaries.......2A Hazel George Alice Harris Sports...........IB Valley...........4 A Weather.........2A 7    69847    00001    6 Over the river and through the woods ... on the hunt for A PERFECT Christmas tree NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Sizing up a tree of their own Wednesday at Georges' Tree Farm at Line Road and U.S. 72 East are, from left, Kip George, Sam George, Finn George, Carter Rayburn, less George and Jo George. The dog - Cedar or Cypress - is one of their two black Labrador retrievers. Two Athens growers ofFering variety of choices for holiday By J KAN Coi K Jcun^iithi'iisiK'ws-nHiricr Two Athens growers are teaming up to offer fresh, green Christmas trees to North Alabama residents this year. Georges’ Tree Farm and White Dove greenhouse, nursery and farm will let you choose and cut your own live Christmas tree, buy an already freshly cut tree, or buy a live tree to replant for Christmas or landscaping. Visit the Georges’ farm at Line Road and U.S. 72 East. Their trees are color-coded by size. The farm will be open the day after Thanksgiving or, if you want to come another time, you can call White Dove owner Tim Harper at (256) 431-9085 and he will meet you at the tree farm. If you go to the tree farm and no one is there, you can call the number pcisted and reach Harper. The Georges will also be selling some of their trees at White Dove’s stand at 23374 U.S. 72 East. The $7.50-a-foot cost for a tree at the farm is not for everyone. Hut some consider cutting their own tree a family tradition or they would like to make it one. For some, tree cutting reminds them of Christmases past, when all was right with the world if under the tree they found Davy Crocket’s Alamo Playset, a Barbie doll or a Hot Wheels track. See Trees, page 2A Schools offering HlNl vaccinations ByJe:\n CXm.k /('¡isiu ‘ws-i (nirifT.coni Limestone County Schools will offer swine flu vaccinations to children in kindergarten through third grade Monday, Tuesday and Nov. 30 at schools throughout the county. Swine flu — officially called novel HlNl influenza — has killed at least 32 people in Alabama. “Vaccination is the best way to protect your children from this potentially serious disease,” state Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson said Wednesday. “Research indicates that it is far safer to receive the vaccination than to become ill with the disease.” The nasal mist spray vaccine will be free and voluntary, though parents must sign a consent form for their children to receive it. For children age 9 and under, this will be the first of two doses needed to prevent nov'el HlNl influenza, commonly referred to as swine flu. The second dose should be given about four weeks later. “Schools are sending out notices and parental consent forms,” said Limestone Lkrunty Assistant Superintendent Mike Owens. “As of this minute, this is our schedule, though it is subject to change.” Monday, Nov. 23: Ow^ens Elementary Schcxrl, West Limestone High School, Clements High Schotrl; Tuesday, Nov. 24: Creekside Elementary School, Piney Chapel Elementary School, Tanner High School; Monday, Nov.. 30: Cedar Hill Elementary School, Johnson Elementary School, Elkmont See Vaccinations, page 2A Habitat store has planning approval By K\hk.n Middi iton iltlK'HSIII'W '>-C(Hirn'r.C(llll The proposed Habitat for Humanity “Restore” w^on its request for conditional use approval from the Athens Pkinning Qirnmission by a 4-to-2 vote. Habitat had requested the permit to operate the store in the old Clem Tire Store on West Washington Street, which is now owned by First Prcsbvterian Church. “'{’he next step now is for the church to get approval from its cirnfcrence to be able to use the building for that,” said Planning Commission Chairman Hod Huffman. “I’he lociil church people are in favor of it.” 4’he Restore would not Ix* a thrift store, but wxHild sell used appliimces, discontinued tmd donated building materials as well as other household items. In other business, Huffman said the commission tui'ned down by a 4-to-2 vote a request by the Days Inn to Icxatc a fuel station on its U.S. 72 fiast property. Huff-mim said having the fuel station on the grounds of the motel would violate a city ordinimce, which s[)ctiiies ihc pro]xrty has been approved tor a hotrl,, motel, but not a giisoline station. “They cim hav e an accessory building, but this is an entirely different line of business,” said Huffman. “Also there was the traffic issue — fuel tnicks going in and out, backing up and negotiating the property. 'fhey w'ould have to go all ¡iround the pro^xrty to get back out. “4’he traffic study showed no problem with U.S. 72, but the cinalvsis didn’t cover See Store, page 3A McConnell elected to replace Hasting as Ardmore mayor By Kahi .n Middi .I'ION 'II ^iitlh 7;s;i( 'M s-co(/;7( r.ami Eight-yeiir Ardmore, I’cnn., lx)ard of aldermen member Tim McConnell has been elected mayor. McQmnell said he t(X)k 208 votes to opponent Ckiron Hargrove’s 149. McConnell will bt' sw'orn in to replace Mayor Bobby Hasting at the .km. 14 meeting. “I see some things I’d like to do to improve Ardmcxe,” said McConnell, an employee of Ardmore 4’elephone Q). McQ)nnelI said he w’ould like to see a change in awarding bids. “I’he way it is now, we have to hid something if it’s over $4,(KK), but I’d like to drop that limit,” he said. “I think it should be from $1,(KX) to S2,(KK).” McQrnnell said he would also like to attract jobs to the tow n that straddles the Alabama-fennessec stale line. “Clavton Mobile Homes closed up this See Mayor, page 2A Annual ornament by Historical Society depicts old College Inn By Karf:n Mii)Dr.h:ix)N kHrciii^iitln ‘iisnt '\L s-( ■( niru 'r. ami Fifteen dollars will buy a piece of Athens history. The new' Limestone County Historical Society Christmas ornament features the twin Cbllege Inn buildings. The buildings have brought back a lot of memories in the last few years as they have been renovated by city of Athens Public Works Department employees. The complex of two buildings, Duilt during the Great Depression, louse the Park and Speak service station and the Ckillege Inn at its original ocation at Pryor and Clinton streets. The Inn was a popular hangout for Athens College students and World War II veterans returning after the War to attend the college on the G.I. Bill. The College Inn was also a stop on the old Bee-Line Highway that wound through Athens. The long closed twin prairie-style buildings were located on property purchased by First Baptist Church and then moved to donated property near Big Spring Park and East Street, where they were restored. The College Inn Café now houses the office of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and the filling station building will soon be the location of the Gulf Museum, housing memorabilia See Ornaments, page 3A The twin prairie-style buildings of the College Inn Café and Park and Speak service station comprise the design of the Christmas 2009 Historical Society ornament It may be purchased at Osborne's Jewelers. ;