Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 13, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Local attorney and author Shane Black encounters ghostly tales wherever he turns - such as in Athens City Cemetery, left - as he evplores the history of Athens. His book "Spirits of Athens," a collection of local ghost stories, above, will be available in coming weeks at Pablo's on Market in downtown Athens.Author: City’s history mingles with ghost stories in ‘Spirits of Athens’
By Karen Middleton karen <?athetisne\\ s-couricr.Com
The reason ghost stories endure for generations is that folks enjoy being scared.
The willing suspension of disbelief for a few moments carries the promise of a delicious chill.
Local attorney and author Shane Black says this is especially true of Athens and Limestone County, from
which he draws the tales tfyat make up his book “Spirits of Athens.”
Black is awaiting a printer copy of his book, due this week.
“Hopefully, if it looks good, if there are no corrections to be made, then it’s ready to go and can be here by the end of next week,” said Black.
All of the author’s profits will go to the local downtown rejuvenation group, Spirit of Athens. It’s a group close to his
heart. His wife, Tricia, is the group’s director.
Black said the idea for a collection of local ghost stories arose from organizing the haunted tours for the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce about four years ago.
“Jeannette Dunnavanf (chamber tourism director) and I put out the call for
See Ghost page 3A
Taylor Cheatwood is the featured musician at Wednesday’s Customer Appreciation Day
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Man taken to hospital following stabbing during fight over job
While many Americans are fighting for their jobs, two Athens men were fighting over a job, which left one man hospitalized, according to police.
Darryl De-wayne McDonald,
44, of 2111 Booker Drive is accused of Darryl McDonald
stabbing Donald Malone, 46, of 110 Cedar St. at his home after a fight over a job, said Athens Police Capt.
Malone was taken to Huntsville Hospital but his condition was not available Monday because the hospital did not have a record of a person named Donald Malone, a representative said.
McDonald was arrested and charged Saturday with first-degree assault, records show.
He was transferred to the Lime-stope County jail Saturday then released after posting a $10,000 bail bond, records show.
• — Jean Cole'Sick Call' host needs help from friends, strangers
By Jean Cole ¡eana athensnew s-courier.com To his friends and others, Corey Romine Hudson is known as “the sick-call man.”
The Athens man is the third-generation of his family to host the public-service radio show “Sick Call” on radio station WKAC in Athens.
For a half-hour each day on the program, Hudson lists the names of those who have recently died as well as those who are hospitalized. First broadcast in 1953, the show airs at 8 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
In an odd twist of fate, “the sick-call man” is now trying to stay off the list himself.
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Glenn Valley to get sewers
Help on the way for Cottonwood, city says
By Kari-n Middleton
kan m&athi 'nsiu •ws-courier.dom Help is on the way for Glenn Valley Subdivision to get public sewers after the Athens City Council Monday approved a resolution prioritizing their neighborhood for first ac
tion with Winslow/Whitfield second on the list.
Several residents from both subdivisions showed up at the council meeting to express thanks to the council, but there was also some disappointment among Cottonwood
Subdivision residents who were promised months ago that help was on the way for that neighborhood’s severe raw sewage overflows from septic systems that become inundated in heavy rainfall.
Council President Ronnie Maries said city officials received several calls from Cottonwood residents af
ter a story in Sunday’s News Courier, saying that the Glenn Valley work was imminent.
Maries assured the Cottonwood residents that the city has already been approved for a grant for the half-million-dollar project.
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