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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama Special Edition: Filled with local stories, informationThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 centsWednesday, October 28, 2009 Visit us online Inside Today HALLOWEEN FEATURE Fire Marshal now probing 2 local fires Still moonshining? Running a moonshine still is not necessarily a thing of the past, authorities say PAGE 13A NEWS COURIER ILLUSTRATION/KIM RYNDERS a» Do haunts walk the halls of historic Athens home? By Karen Middleton [email protected]?ws-courit r. com Most bankers are spooked these days, but Garth Lowom more than most. It’s not the economy that has Garth loosing sleep; it’s the restless spirit of a long-dead inhabitant of his home. Pattie Vasser had experienced just too much tragedy in her young life when she reputedly slung a rope over an attic beam, fashioned the other end into a noose, slipped it around her neck and leaped from a chest Nov. 2, 1866. Her blood-curdling scream is said to reverberate through the stately Vasser-Loworn home on East Washington Street more than 140 years lat- See Haunts, page 2A By Karen Middieton [email protected] Athens firefighters got a call to a home in the new Hawk’s Landing subdivision off North Lindsay Lane Sunday morning to find three separate extinguished blazes. Chief Danny Southard called in the state fire marshal. “The homeowner had left the house at 18250 Red Tail Street at the end of the third quarter of the Alabama game on Saturday,” said Southard. “He was away all night. When he came back, he discovered that the living room was burnt up.” “We got the call at 9:56 a.m. and when we arrived we found no heat, no smoke inside. Exacdy what they found was the living room had been completely consumed by fire. Upstairs, they found a small amount of smoke and heat in a bonus room.” Southard said he got a call from one of his chiefs, David Andrews, who reported that he had found evidence of three separate fires in the house. “When a fire never breaks a window, the fire can’t get oxygen and eventually extinguishes itself, and that’s what happened here,” said Southard. “The fires used up all See Fires, page 2A PLUS-Local on every page Including (A section).. » Garden Spot 4 » Opinion 5 » Scarecrow contest 6 » Elkmont history 9 » Ardmore history 11 » Odd place names 12 » Couples in business 14 » Senior center photos 15 » Events listing 17 » Limestone Ledger 8 »1974 explosion 19 » Calhoun nursing 21 » Crow's Nest history 22 » Church Bulletin 25 » Newspaper history 26 » Author event 27 » Financial column 28 » J. Newman honor roll 33 » Tanner honor roll 34 » Clements honor roll 36 » Cowart honor roll 37 » Brookhill honor roll 39 » ABS honor roll 40 More ghostly stories to be told at festival If the haunted tale on this page is not enough to satisfy your need for chilly and thrills, be sure to get tickets for the Third Annual Athens Storytelling Festival. The event is Thursday through Saturday, with ghost tales told at 10 p.m. Friday by Kathryn Tucker Windham and Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein. Windham started her career as a journalist and has penned dozens of books, including “Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jef- See Festival, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS The Vasser-Lovvorn home on East Washington is said to be haunted by the spirit of Pattie Vasser, who in a moment of profound grief, tried to hang herself in the attic of the house in 1866. Sex offenders to be off streets on Halloween night By Kelly Kazek [email protected] Limestone County sex offenders who committed a felony and remained under federal supervision upon release from prison won’t be on the streets this Halloween. A new policy from state and federal probation offices is aimed first at helping educate and reintegrate sex offenders and secondly to safeguard the community, said U.S. Supervisory Probation Officer Jeff Purcell. Felony sex offenders are required by the State of Alabama Probation and Parole Office and the U.S. Probation Office to report to an undisclosed location for a meeting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Probation Office of the U.S. Dis- See Offenders, page 3AB section... » E. Limestone football 1 » Boo at the Boss 2 C section... »Recipes    1 » Red Ribbon winners 7,9 » FNB student board 8 » Clements band 8 MUCH MORE! Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7 69 8 47 00001 t Local dentist takes a stand against sweets, gives cash for candy One area dentist is redefining the phrase .“put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Brad Beasley is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and glowing electric toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. The treats won’t be trashed - they will be shipped to our armed forces overseas by Operation Gratitude . “Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great pre- See Candy, page 3A Sports, page IB • East Limestone football • Boo at the Boss • Mr. and Mrs. AHS Christmas Open House set Nov. 21 downtown Organizers are putting together a party to kick-off the Christmas season with carolers, Santa, refreshments and, yes, bargains! The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and The Spirit of Athens will hold its 23rd annual Christmas Open House in Athens all day Saturday, Nov. 21, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Businesses can still sign up to participate. Carolers will entertain in downtown Athens during the Christ-See Open House, page 3A    mas    Open    House on Nov. 21 and 22. Index Classified.....................ID Comics.......................4B Editorial......................5    A Ledger ......................18A Lifestyles .....................1C Obituaries ....................2A James Lomax Henry Smith Sports ........................IB Valley ........................4A ;