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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 31, 2009, Athens, Alabama The Ne ourier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Saturday, October 3h 2009 Visit us online www..MMWscouiierxoni Don't forget to fall back! Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Turn clocks back one hour Inside Today Gas prices on the rise as holidays approach Americans are paying more for gasoline than they did last year as the holidays approached - billions of dollars that could go to books, clothes and Barbie dolls instead being spent at the pump. PAGE 2A Subscribe CJet the news with your morning cofiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 October wet, but no record By Karen Middleton karen(^athi'nsne\\'s-couricr.coin It was a wet October throughout the Tennessee Valley, but a forecaster in the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville, said it was far below the record set nearly 35 years ago. Meteorologist Dave Nabler said weather service employees were closely watching a hne of thunderstorms moving in from the west Friday night while much of the area remained under a tornado watch. “Unless it rains about 5 inches tonight, October will not be a record,” said Nabler. The Huntsville area has received 7 inches of rain since Oct. 1. Nabler said the record is 12.06 inches, which feU in October 1975. “But it’s still been a wet October with rainfall about 3 1/2 inches above normal,” said Nabler. Nabler said that most of the threat for tornadoes or strong, damaging winds existed Friday night below the Tennessee River. “Behind the line it’s expected to turn cooler, but it shouldn’t drop much below 50 degrees,” said Nabler. “The severe threat wiU diminish behind the line and the rain should be over by mid-moming and clouds break up See Wet, page 3A Tricks and treats around the county NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Schools, businesses celebrate Halloween The streets will be full of trick-or-treaters tonight as ghosts, goblins and princesses begin knocking on doors for their goodies. One Cowart Elementary mother, Angie Pattillo, wants as many local children as possible to have costumes. Pattillo started a costume drive last year and was able to provide 40 costumes to students. This year 80 children were given a new costume Friday morning when they showed up at Cowart without one. Pattillo, above, shows the costumes to her daughter, McKenzie, who is a kindergartener at the school. Below, Cruella De Vil along with her two henchmen, round up the dal-matians at Brookhill Eiementary. Principal Felicia Phillips and the Brookhill teachers and staff entertained the students as they arrived at school to find the many spots floating around the school. At right, Bili Davis, owner Hickory Barn BBO, gave customers guite a shock Friday when customers arrived to see Davis as a Hooters girl. NEWS COURIER/BELINDA BISHOP limestone group to attend PACT board meeting Members of the Athens-Limestone chapter of Save Alabama PACT are planning to caravan Wednesday to Montgomery to attend a meeting of the board of Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan concerning plans to rescue it from financial trouble. Tlie meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in the state capitol auditorium. Local members will meet in the paddng lot of Murphy USA at Walmart at 7:30 a.m. The Limestone group will meet with the Decatur group at the Mallard Village parking lot near exit 334 off Interstate 65. Anyone who plans to attend the meeting should call Limestone County PACT President Jerry Whitt at (256) 777-4049. Limestone County PACT members will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 to discuss the outcome of Wednesday’s board meeting. Members will meet at the Rodgers Center in First Presbyterian Church in downtown Athens. Candidates for State 'Rieasur-er including George Wallace Jr., Jeremy Sherer and Charley Grimsley have been invited to Athens to speak. — Kelly Kazek Get an extra hour of sleep tonight Most Americans will get an extra hour of sleep tonight. Standard time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, so clocks are turned back one hour. Daylight Savings Time will begin again March 13. States and territories that do not observe Daylight Saving.s Time are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.Index Classified..................,.. .4B Comics.......................3B Ledger .......................9A Lottery....... 3A Obituaries...................none Sports ........................IB Weather......................2A Bring a Buddy & Share Your 1st Month's Fee; Only $14.50 each!    j No contracts. <5ffer Expires November 30,2009.    I Hr)jnilg_€Mcrci/e i/ Fur\, Rgolnl Mon-Tues'Wed-Tluirs 5:30 pm • Athens Ree Ctr, 270 OS 31N Call 256-729-1160Online edition Check out this season's high school football coverage at just click "Crunch" ;