Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Tide, Tiqers face bia SEC tests
Both Auburn and Alabama faced crucial Southeastern Conference road tests Saturday, the Tide at Ole Miss and Tiqers at Arkansas.
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Shingles are gold
Crooks nationwide have been stealing millions of dollars worth of shingles from companies this year, a sizable increase from years past.
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"Regardless of your politics, 'The Way We Get By' celebrates three unsung heroes who snare their love with strangers who need and deserve it"
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The feature film "The Way We Get By" will be screened Saturday during the Southern Shorts Fiim Festival at Athens State University’s McCandiess Hall. Shown above is a scene from the film. The festival, Athens' first, aiso wiil include screenings of the festi-vai's winning short fiims, as well as two other feature-length films and the specially selected short film, "Spirit World of the Shoals."
Award-winning at local festival,
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kolIy^athrnsnc\vs-i‘(>uritr.a)iii Organizers of the Southern Shorts Film Festival, the first of its kind in Atheas, will be screening three feature-length films and a special presentation of the Thomas Beane’s short film “Spirit World of the Shoals,” in addition to more than 25 juiies shoit-film entries firrm across the South.
One of those teatures, the award-winning independent film “The Way We Get By,” tells the story of a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to greet American troops and thank them for their service.
“When its three subjects aren’t at the airport, they wrestle with their own problems:
films featured prizes awarded
How to go
The Southern Shorts premiere party will be from 7 to 10:30 Friday night at The Club House in downtown Athens. Tickets are $35 for one ticket or $60 for two and can be purchased at www.aots-athens.com/film. Tickets for Saturday's film festival at McCandiess Hall are $8 and are available the day of the event at the door.
Failing health, depression, mounting debt,” reads a description on the film’s Web site, thewaywegetbymovie.com. “Regardless of
See Films, page 8A
Donations will help Athens-based soldiers in Iraq see, speak with families during holidays
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The husbands, wives, fathers, rnotheirs, sons and daughters of area soldiers serving in Iraq are hoping they can repeat the event last week that enabled them to see and speak with their loved ones overseas.
Donations fi'om the public —
even small ones — would ensure it.
Fourteen area famOies recently gathered at an undisclosed location for a teleconference with soldiers with the 203rd Mihtaiy Police Battalion, which is based in Athens.
“It was great,” said Amanda Bailey, FRG chairperson with
the 203rd. “We recorded their visits on DVDs so they could take them home and watch them. It boosted the soldiers’ morale because they could see their fomilies.”
Although family members can talk on the telephone and ex-
See Soldiers, page 3A
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It’s time for public sewers, at least in one subdivision where residents complain about raw sewage sleuthii^ down the street fiom a feulty septic tank.
When the Athens City Council meets Monday night members will discuss a resolution to begin installing sewers in Glenn Valley and Whitfield/Wmslow subdivisions.
At the last council meeting, two Glenn Valley residents complained about sewage seeping up through the ground and into the street where children ride their bicycles through it.
City Council President Ronnie Marks said the city could no longer wait on something that is becoming a public health hazard.
“iTie council is looking at doing a resolution that prioritizes which one of the subdivisions wiU be first,” said Mayor Dan WUhams. “They’ve gone through the whole thing (a series of public hearings for residents without public sewers) and Glenn Valley is less expensive and has the most critical need. I think they will bring it to a vote.”
Williams said the city has not forgotten its commitment to install public sewers in Cottonwood Subdivision off Bab Daly Road.
“We’ve applied for a grant throu^i ADECA for Cottonwood.” he said. “We haven’t heard anything about it, and that’s really quite a critical situation. As soon as we are approved for the grant we wiU start.”
Other agenda items include:
• Sale of alcohol for Exxon Food Mart at 1510 U.S. 72 East because of change of ownership;
• Declaring a public nuisance for an
See Sewers, page 3A
Columbus Day closings
Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.
There is no U.S. Postal Service delivery.
State and Limestone County offices will be closed, as will county schools.
However, Athens municipal offices and city schools will be open Monday.
Garbage collection will not change in the county or city.
The News Courier will be open from 8 a.m.-4*30 p.m.
Most banks also will close; call your local branch to verify.
Annual Athens Storytelling Festival to be held throughout Halloween weekend
Storyteller Carmen Deedy holds students rapt at the 2008 Storytelling Festival in downtown Athens. Deedy is once again a featured speaker at this year’s event.
The Limestone County Courthouse square has been decorated in fall finery in anticipation of the Athens Storytelling Festival to be held this year on Thursday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 31.
Stories will be told in the big tent on Marion Street, between Market and Washington, within close proximity to an eclectic mix of downtown restaurants and shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware.
“We’ve put together another outstanding festival that features the top storytellers from across the nation,” said Wayne kunsthalles, event organ-
How to go
Tickets to attend the Storytelling Festival are varying prices.
• Storytellers’ Showcase, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 29, $20
• Ghost Stories, 10-11:30 p.m., Oct. 30, $15 for adults, $10 children ages 6-18
• All events (Thursday-Sunday) $60
• Friday and Saturday events, $40
• Single day, $25 each day
Visit athensstorytellingfestival.com for more information.
izer. “From the youngest to the oldest family member will enjoy these tellers
See Storytelling, page 8A
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