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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama Sunday, October 23,2005 One Dollar ^ CrO’dL' tvu&Vtf/C i1 Mickey Grisham of Athens Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: It was noted with interest, that Karen Middleton wrote (in an article in Thursday’s edition) that professor Wayne Flynt drew gasps from the audience with a statement regarding homosexuals and abortion. She wrote Flynt “conjectured” that being a homosexual or having an abortion would keep us out of heaven. Webster defines conjecture as theory or prediction based on guesswork. My question is this: Was there not a single person in the audience to challenge him with scripture? Are we so politically correct that no one dares repeat what 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 say about a group, including homosexuals, who shall not inherit the kingdom of God? We should also beware of anyone who tries to correlate low taxes with illegitimacy, infant mortality and divorce rates. President bush as thrown three billion dollars toward these very issues and it has made no difference. Mindsets are what must be changed, ?Study the issues and don't be deceived by this redistribution of wealth foolishness. That is socialism. More Sound Off Valley, 6A Index Classified......1-16D Crossword.......10A Courthouse Beat.. .10A Ledger..........9A NFL Preview 5B Obituaries........2A Ocie Ann Carpenter Other Views  5A Our Opinion.......4A Sports.........1-6B Valley...........6A Weather.........2A lily Bible Moment said, “I will 'fess my trans-ssions to the d, ” and You \ave the iniq-f of my sin. ■>*** ■ Psalm 32:5 tlimJcne ((Jiabel 322 H»\. 31 S • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-7'1-0934‘Not as good’ as last year Cotton yield expected to be good but not a record Bv Tashia Lovell tashia(a a i hens news-courier, com “The dry spell in August really hurt the (cotton) crop." Regional Extension Agronomist Mark Hall said Friday. But dry weather now is a good thing and farmers are making good progress, he said. It’s been a good fall for getting the crop out as far as weather is concerned Hall said. While a lot of ram wouldn't be good for cotton farmers right now, Hall said it would not be disastrous to get some rain. Hall said the cotton crop is not as good as it was the past two years. See Cotton, Page 3A Angie Black, in tractor, cuts stalks Friday at Black and King Farms. NcrïG-Courier Kim Renders .7    69847    00002    3 Raby plans to run for House seat Retired Limestone County educator, Anita Raby. announced today that she will be a candidate next year for the    Alabama House    of Representatives. Raby will be a candidate for District 5, the seat currently held by veteran legislator, Tommy Carter. She, like Carter, is a Democrat. Raby retired with 29 years of service in education    in Alabama. She taught Raby at West Limestone High school for 26 years and spent three years serving two terms as president of the Alabama Hducation Association. Raby has also been a representative for an insurance and investment program and taught night classes for Calhoun Community College. An Athens resident, she currently substitutes and tutors students in local schools. A life-long resident of Limestone County's District 5, Raby attended East Limestone High School and graduated from Athens High School, Athens State University and Alabama A&M University. She is a member of the Athens State University Alumni See Raby, Page 2A A BRIDGE TOO FAR OVER SCHEDULE? Swan Creek Bridge work to continue at least two more months Ba K\ri \ Middle ion ancnewsut pclnef. net Motorists who have squeezed through the U.S. 72 East bottleneck created by Swan Creek Bridge construction will get some relief by the end of the year, according to and engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation. Curtis Vinson of ALDOT said Friday that work is more than 90 percent complete on the SI.7 million project that the state began in early January with a projected late-November completion date. “We are finished with the decking and we are pouring the rails,” said Vinson. “Next, will he the pav ing and approach work. It looks like we'll be wrapped up by the end of the year." The eastbound bridge under replacement was built ;n 1929. when U.S. 72 was a two-lane road. The west-News-Courici Kim Rynders bound bridge was built in 1959, Construction on Swan Creek Bridge on U.S. 72 will have taken about a year to complete by the time it is completed this December.    See Bridge, Page 3A City schools’ 5-year plan includes AHS expansion The Athens City School Board has approved a five-year capital plan that includes projects such as additions at schools, renovations and more. While the plan is prioritized, Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges, Jr. said that depending upon funding priorities will get moved up. It’s a long-term plan, he said. A committee, which is composed of board members, school personnel and community members decides what is a priority. Bridges said that the state requires a capital plan for your district. The fact that the Athens City School System has a capital plan will be submitted to the Alabama See Plan, Page 2A Waiting for Wilma AP Photo Joanna Fox, 5, uses her dad s tape measure to check the height of her older sister, Julia, 8, as their father Jerry affixes plywood over a window of their home in Naples Park in North Naples, Fla Saturday morning in preparation for approaching Hurricane Wilma. For an update on the storm’s slow journey through the Gulf, see story on Page 2A. 2 killed in wreck identified A Rogersville man and a Harvest woman died in the motorcycle-car crash Friday night on U.S. East in Limestone County. State troopers identified the victims as Gregory Lee McKinney, 23, of Rogersville, the driver of the motorcycle; and Martha Agee Gillikin, 60, of Harvest, the driver of the 2005 Toyota. Troopers said McKinney was wearing a helmet and Gillikin had on a seat belt at the time of the wreck. Troopers said the wreck occurred near Limestone Flea Market, six miles east of Athens. Troopers did not say what caused the wreck. It occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. — Sonny TurnerIn step with God Tide remains perfectTeacher says aim of liturgical    Alabama hangs on for a tough 6-3 dance is ‘to magnify Him’ jc win over Tennessee Vols    IBThe News-Courier crying Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition v\d Fi ti re ;