Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 9, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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7 69847 00001Deputies chase man up treeSuspect to face charges in Lawrence County; alledged accomplice charged here
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I Iwiisiirw s-coiiru r. coin A man on the run from sentencing in a I^wrence County crystal meth case found himself up a tree and nowhere to go Thursday afternoon.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said unlike Zacheus of the Bible who perched in a sycamore tree and was called dowm by the Lord, the man did not see the error of his ways.
“I told him to come down out
of that tree or I’d get a chainsaw and cut the tree down with him in it,” said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
The incident began about midafternoon Thursday when a deputy saw a suspicious looking
car east of the Elkmont exit off Interstate 65.
“My deputy, Randy Burroughs, spotted this car near the Elkmont Deli at Clem and Thatch Roads,”
See Chased, page 2A
Standing broom only
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A broom in the Athens State University Library break room mysteriously stands on its own as professor Mark Durm and library assistant Patsy Naves look on.
Is broom that stands a lesson in physics or supernatural?
By Karfn Middi.fton
karcinS.atlicnsiic\vs-couh(r.coin It’s the haunting season on the campus of Athens State University and now the school can add The Standing Broom to its repertoire of ghost folklore.
Call it shifting fields of gravity, spirits walking among us, mass hysteria, or cheap brooms, but Alabama seems to be infested with more of these reports
than any other place.
We won’t even begin to go into UFO sightings.
Now, Athens joins Prattville as the latest site of The Standing Broom phenomenon.
ASU Library assistant Patsy Naves was intrigued by the Standing Broom of
See Broom, page 2A
Athens State brings comedy duo to local storytelling festival
By Guy McCfurf
As an added treat for this year’s Athens Storytelling Festival, Athens State University will be sponsoring Trout Fishing in America” in the Storytelhng Tent on the east side of the Courthouse Square on at 5 p.m. Oct. 31.
Athens State has subsidized the cost for this one performance, and the public will be admitted for free.
Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name for the duo is taken from a Richard Brautigan novel and seems almost as incongruent and intriguing as a
See Comedy, page 3A
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idle make up the musical comedy duo Trout Fishing in America.
Burkes Outlet to open this morning
Burke’s Outlet will open in Athens Town Center on U.S. 72 at 9 a.m. today, a store spokeswoman said.
The 25,312-sq^e-foot store is in the former (KKxly’s location.
The store will include a selection of ladies’, men’s and children’s apparel, handbags «md accessories, shoes and a home department.
When fully staffed, the store will employ abt)ut 12 associates and a store manager, a press release said.
The store’s grand opening celebration wiU feature promotions including a $5 gift card giveaway to the first 300 shoppers each day on today and Saturday, a drawing for a $100 shopping spree, and a weekend coupon.
Burke s Outlet, a division of Beall’s Inc. and headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., has more than 425 stores.
A store spokesman said the company is having its largest grand opening day ever, with 12 new stores opening. Burke’s Outlets are holding grand openings in Russellville, Fort Payne and Andalusia, as well as in Mt. Aiiy, N.C., Morganton, N.C., Orange, Texas, and Corinth, Miss.
Nine of the 12 new Beall’s and Burke’s stores are former Cioody’s locations. Cioody’s filed for bankruptcy and closed stores in March. “Our outlet business has been quite healthy for the past few months and we jumj>ed at the opportunity to acquire attractive Gtxxly’s stores in our trade area,” said Jim Simpson, vice president of real estate.
For information, visit www.Burke-soutlet.com.
Interstate 65 exit at Tanner officially open
The Interstate 65 interchange at Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road near Tanner is officially open, according to Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Welch.
ALDOT workers finished erecting the necessary signage this week and removed barricades to traffic.
Officials said that signs that post available gasoline, lodging and food are paid for by the advertising companies and would be erected later.
The $5.8 million project is expected to open the way for business and industrial development in the south part of Limestone County.
Federal highway funds paid for 80 percent of the project with the state paying the rest.
— Karen MiddletonIndex
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