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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama Quake rattles IndiaMassive earthquake on India-Pakistan border leaves thousands dead 14^Dawgs dump VolsShockley leads Georgia to big SEC win over East rival Tennessee IBThe News-Courier Si .NOW, OCTOBF.R 9, 2005 Ser\ INC Athens and Limestone Coima: A Commi ni r\ oe I radition and Fi it RE ^o-o-d . Lidy McCuri')’ of Athens Subscriber of the dayHey, Sound Off: In response to the liberal's comments about discussing Supreme Court nominees in church in Thursday's Sound OtTColumn. The article seemed to be a veiled threat to report the church to the IRS. Those who do not want Christians involved in politics should read what our Founding Fathers views were on Christianity and politics. We as Christians should not want all our politicians to be Secular Pagans who worship at the Alter of Roe vs. Wade. Christians need to make their views known to their elected leaders. Abortion was made legal by five e\ il, misguided Supreme Court justices. Their ruling was not based on law, it was merely their opinion, based on a case that has been exposed as a fraud. They had the authority to make abortion legal, but not even the Supreme Court can make abortion ethical or moral. Gel the news with your morning coffee Subscrifx- to The Setes-Coutier 232-2^20 Index Classified 1-16D Crossword 17A Ledger..........9A Obituaries 2A Mary Belle Kirkland Randy Johnson Lena Irene Scroggins Thomas James Knotts Elizabeth Zloinick Other Views 5A Our Opinion... 4A Sports...... , 1-6B Valley ... .6A Weather 2A NFL Preview ... .58 Daily Bible Moment ivi/l both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8i ‘c i Mfftedone 322 H»i. 31 N • AthtBs 7tt.70.irwi 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0034.7    69847    00002    3 Delphi goes bankrupt Largest U.S. automotive supplier files for protection from creditors DETROIT (AP) - Delphi Corp., the nation's largest auto supplier, filed for bankruptcy Saturday, sending shock waves through a U.S. auto industry already weakened by high labor costs and falling market share. Delphi's bankruptcy, which is expected to result in plant closures and layoffs, is one of the largest in U.S. history. The company has 50.000 U.S. employees. The company filed to reorganize its U.S. operations in federal bankruptcy court in New York, where a judge Saturday allowed Delphi to continue operating and set more comprehensive hearings for Tuesday. Delphi's non-U.S. operations were not included in the fil-ing. Delphi Chairman and CEO Robert S. Miller said the company hopes to emerge from Chapter I 1 in earlv to mid-2007. "We will make every effort to make this as quick as possible." Miller told The .Associated Press on Saturday. Miller said Delphi will continue to pay its employees and suppliers and will ship Its products on schedule, although the company's former parent, (ieneral Motors Corp., said the filing could cause supply problems. “We are not going to adversely affect our customers," Miller said. "()ur people will gel iheir pa>checks and will still have their health benefits. Retirees will continue to get their checks. .Any changes to that will be dealt with in an orderlv way." Miller, a restructuring expert who was hired in .Inly, had threatened to take the company into bankruptcv if he failed to reach a restructuring agreement with CM and Its largest union, the United Auto Workers. Miller set a deadline of Oct. 17. when U.S. bankruptcy laws are scheduled to change. Miller said Delphi will eontinue negotiating with CiM and the I'.AW toSee Delphi, Page 3A Kentucky man killed in wreck \eus-(\Hiner .lenniler ilillRobert Newell, of Burkesville, Ky., was killed when he was ejected from his truck as it fiipped sev-erai times Saturday afternoon after running off of Interstate 65 near Ardmore. Bv Jfnmffr Mil I ancne\\s((A .A 35-year-old man died Saturday after the vehicle he was driv ing left I 65 near the .Ardmore exit about I I 2 miles south of the fennessee Stateline. An officer at the scene said the 2002 white Chevy truck slid and then flipped several times ov er a track of about 300 ft. eventually ejecting the man out of the truck. Robert Newell. 35. of Burkesv ille Ky.. was transported bv’ Medflight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital where he was pronounced dead at lluntsv ille Hospital. Officials at the .Alabama State Iroopers Decatur f^ost reported that the wreck occurred at 12;50p,m. and Newell was not wearing a seat belt. No other details of the accident were available Saturdav. Quarry blast olts Cabbage ^idge residents Bv Karfv Miodi fion ancnensUi pci net. net They felt the earth move under their feet out on Cabbage Ridge Road in northwest Limestone County on Thursdav. .About mid-morn mg Hiursday Cabbage Ridge resident Paul Whitt reported that a large explosion that he attributes to Rogers Group quarry operations on Easter Fx*rry" Road caused unusually large vibrations in his neighborhood. “It shook my house real bad,” he said. “It shook the floor and rattled the house.” He said he has never felt anything like that before. “It felt like an earthquake." He said he didn't know for sure where it came from but he thinks it is the quarry because it sounded like a “big dynamite blast.” However, on Friday, Rogers Group spokeswoman Lauri Chaudoin said that seismograph readings showed Thursday's 10:37 a.m. “shot” to be “well within the acceptable levels.” Chaudoin said that the seismograph on site of the blast did not show enough motion to cause damage, “let alone at Cabbage Ridge Road, which is miles away.” Jewell Clark, who said she “lives across the field” from Whitt, said she felt the blast, but that it was nothing unusual. “We’ve had them before,” said Clark. “I heard it (Thursday) but it didn't shake theSee Quarry, Page 3A Dinner to honor retiring legislator Tommy Carter is the longest-serving member in Alabama’s House of Representatives, making him the dean of the House. He began his serv ice to the people of Limestone County as a member of the Limestone County School Board and was then elected to the Alabama Carter House of Representatives, where he has served for 36 years. He will retire at the conclusion of the next legislative session. His impact on his home county is evident every time one passes Athens State University, drive on a paved road, send a child to school, need emergency assistance or go to a ball-game. The Limestone County Democratic Executive See Carter, Page 3A Pickin’ for FUN, PRIZES AT Fiddlers New s-Courier Cheryl Rowe At top. Will McMeans, of Lester, plays dulcimer Friday at Athens State University during the Fiddiers Convention. Above, Steve Smiley, of Harvest, plays the Dolbro on the steps of Founders Hall during the Friday night competition. Bv Jenmffr Hill anctmvs%pcinet. net The distinguished sound of old times pasted could be heard almost to Hobbs Street in front of Athens State University, Saturday. The bluegrass fiddle playing was coming from youngsters and old-timers alike, who where playing at the 39th Annual Tennessee V'alley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The convention draws an interesting crow'd each year. A variety of people could be seen out and about at the convention, teenagers dawning their dift'er-ent colored spray painted hairdo, men and women vveanng overalls, wearing Harley- Dav idson attire, and of course, cowboy hats were flaunted with pride. Chris Phillips, of Ariz., said she w'as in Athens visiting her relatives. “I like the crafts and we love the music and Just being outside,” said Phillips. There w'ere arts and crafts to buy and even candles and other crafts for the kids to make. There were various booths including doll clothes, handmade leather belts and accessories, pottery, purses, pillows, cookbooks, and paddles sporting the phrase 'Mamma said now’ among other items to buy at the various booths at the con-See Fiddlers, Page 2A ;