Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama
College action Cotton to Capitol
Auburn, Alabama coverage in Reece Langley’s journey took him today’s sports section 1B from the fields to Capitol Hill icNews-CourierSunday, September 4,‘1005Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future
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Hey, Sound Off:
Why did it take the president of the United States a week to get to Mississippi and Louisiana?
If 1 remember just correctly, it only took one day for him to get to Florida when they were hit so hard.
When are people going to wake up and disapprove of the Republican administration.
I cannot believe that anyone cannot see what this country is heading for?
Gas over $3 a gallon? Come on people, it doesn’t take a scientist to see what the Republicans are doing to this country.
Just food for thought.
More Sound Off Valley, 6Apicks up steam
By Allen G. Breed
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.
No one knows how many were killed by Hurricane Katrina’s floods and how' many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating among the ruined city, crumpled on wheelchairs, abandoned on highways.
And the dying goes on — at the convention center and an airport triage center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday that she expected the death toll to reach the thousands. And Craig Vanderwagen, rear admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service, said one morgue alone, at a St. Gabriel prison, expected 1,000 to 2,000 bodies.
Touring the airport triage center, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a physician, said “a lot more than eight to 10 people are dying a day.”
Most were those too sick or weak to survive. But not all.
See Evacuation, Page 3A
Members of the National Guard help Hurricane Katrina victims evacuate from the convention center in New Orleans, La., Saturday. After days of waiting, hundreds of people were evacuated from the city by bus and helicopter.
Help comes too late for untold many
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A sign at the station at the corner of Elm and Jefferson streets in Athens notified customers Friday there was no more gas.
States suspend gas-pump price rules due to rise
By Beth DeFalco
Associated Press Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — State regulators across the country are being asked to make concessions for sen ice stations with older gas pumps that v\ eren’t built to compute gas prices above $2.99 a gallon.
With gas prices seeing a rapid rise in recent weeks, gas station owners say they were caught off-guard and didn't have a chance to upgrade their pumps in time.
To remedy the problem, several states have agreed to temporarily allow gas to be sold by the half-gallon — something that’s normally illegal — until new parts can be ordered to allow pumps to compute higher prices.
Regulators say they arc allowing the quick fixes because many of the older pumps are in rural areas or owned by mom-and-pop shops that would be forced to close until retrofit parts arrived.
“If we did not implement the half-price exemption, these stations might shut down and force consumers in rural areas to drive farther to fill up." Ohio Agriculture Director Fred Dai lev ^aid in a news release. “The only thing worse than high gas prices is no gas at all."
Most of the problem-plagued pumps are analog the kind that use w heels to display the price per gallon. \\ hen those were built, the dollar wheel only had three digits: 0. 1 and 2.
See Gas, Page 2A
Athens to host Night of Bands
By Sonny Turner
son ny(aa t hens news-courier. com A special “Night of Bands” event featuring five city and county high school bands and the Pride of Dixie Marching Band from the University of North Alabama w ill be performing Saturday at Athens High School.
The bands performing in order are West Limestone, Athens, Clements, East Limestone, Tanner and UNA. The UNA band will be playing as a special guest of the local bands.
The event will start at 3 p.m. and will continue until all have performed.
“It’s a way each school band can show off what
See Bands, Page 2A
Committee formed to study growth of the City of Athens
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ancnewsa pclnet.net Managed city growth is a balancing act: \nnex more land to build more houses but attract sufficient commerce and industry to build a tax base to pay for serv ices to the annexed areas.
On Friday, Athens Public Works Director James Rich led the first of a series of annexation studv committee sessions in City Council chambers.
What city officials say they want to avoid is “unrestrained growth" in which no holds are put on annexation. Rich said that the denser population is
See Growth, Page 8A
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News-Courier Alissa (. lark A Tanner High School band twirler struts her stuff.