Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureWednesday, September 7, 2005
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A message to the uninformed and apparently uneducated Bush-bashers about how government works.
In any disaster in any city the first line of defense is the mayor and in a state it is the governor. dearly, in New Orleans and in Louisiana both of these politicians failed. They had ample warning of an impending hurricane and didn’t take the necessary' steps to protect their most needy citizens. Just imagine how many people could have been evacuated using the Hooded school buses we saw on the news.
As to the price of gasoline, didn't you hear about the refineries that were closed? Maybe now we will be allowed to build more refineries and perhaps drill for oil in places that have so far been off limits. 1 know this will have no effect on people who know only hatred for President Bush but you really should get your facts straight before you start spewing your poisonous hatred.
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As floodwaters recede
New Orleans braces for what lies beneath
By Doi g Simpson
As.sociated Ihv.s.s Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a herculean task that could take months, engineers struggled to pump out the flooded city Tuesday, ami the filthy waters were dropping noticeably. “Em starting to see rays of light,” the mayor said.
The pumping began after the Army Corps of Engineers used rocks and sandbags over the Labor Day weekend to finally plug the 200-foot gap that let water spill into New Orleans and swamp 80 percent of the bow l-shaped, below-sea-level city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
On Tuesday, the C orps said the area under water had fallen to about 60 percent.
“Em starting to see water levels much lower than Eve seen,” Mayor Ray Nagin said after surveying his city from the air. “Even in areas where the water was as high as the rooftops, I started to see parts of the buildings.”
Still, he warned of the horrors that are likely to be revealed when the waters recede. “It s going to be
awful and it’s going to wake the nation up again,” the mayor predicted, a day after saying the death toll in the city could reach 10,000.
Walter Baumy, a Corps manager in charge of the engineering job, said it will take 24 to 80 days to drain the city.
Exactly how long the Job will take depends on a number of factors. Among other things, the condition of the pumps — especially whether they were submerged and damaged — is not yet fully known, the Corps said. Also, the water is full of debris, and while there are screens on the pumps, it may be necessar>’ to stop and clean them from time to time.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, began sending paratroopers from the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division to New' Orleans to use small boats, including inflatable Zodiac craft, to launch a new' search-and-rescue effort in flooded sections of the city. Maj. Cien. William B. Caldwell IV, division commander, said about 5,000 para-
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A soldier patrols the street next to a house fire in the Garden District Orleans,Tuesday. Fires continue to break out across the flood besieged city that running water.
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‘It was like a war zone
Seibert, crew take needed supplies to Biloxi officers
By Sonny IT rnfr
sonnyCa athensnew's-courier.com Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert led a group of a dozen county residents from Berea Baptist Church Monday to storm-ravaged Biloxi, Miss and he said what once was a thriving city now resembles a combat zone.
“It smelled like a war zone,” said Seibert. “You could smell it when you w'ent it. Bodies were everywhere.”
A group from the church that included Seibert, f.imestone Chief Deputy Jim Landers, Deputy Rodney Jackson and Berea pastor the Rev. Patrick Lawrence, drove to Biloxi with a tractor-trailer full of food, clothes and other supplies.
“You’ve just got to see the pictures. 1 wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it,” said Rev. Lawrence. “There
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Law enforcement personnel from Biloxi, Miss, wasted no time in grabbing the supplies left Monday by the group from Limestone County. Limestone County Officer Rodney Jackson is In the truck at upper right. A dozen people from the county drove to Biloxi to deliver a trailer load of food and supplies.
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Students from hurricane-affected areas have been enrolled m county and city schools in Limestone C ounty.
"We enrolled three today (Tuesday),” said Creekside Elementary School Principal Matt Scott.
He said the students that were enrolled are m the area staying with local families and are from Mississippi and L.ouisiana.
Ihe .Athens City System had seven as of Tuesday afternoon enrolled in schools. However, more students are expected to be enrolled.
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County Schoo Board approves Ardmore walk
By I vsmia Lov Ki I.
The l imestone County Board of Education approved a walkway at Ardmore High School to connect from the main building to the middle school building to be constructed to cross from the mam building to the middle schcxil building. This project will cost $14,568.
The board also approved a pay increase for bus drivers who drive for extra-curricular activities. The new pay for the bus drivers who drive for extra-curricular activities will be $10 per hour.
fhere will also be a ceremony Friday night at East Limestone’s football game in which the football field will be named in memory ot Coach Mike Cavnar. The field will be called Cav nar Field.
In other business the following contracts were approved by
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News staff heads
to Picayune, Miss.
Two members of The News-Courier staff left this morning for Picayune, Miss., to help the staff of The Times-Picayune, a sister newspaper.
Managing Editor Kelly Kazek and photographer Alissa Clark will cover news stories in the area because the news staff there has suffered such great loss.
On Saturday, reporter Karen Middleton and photographer Kim Rynders will also travel to Mississippi to assist in reporting the news.
The staff' will be sleeping in the newsroom and will carry supplies so as not to deplete much-needed resources in that area. They will also take as many additional supplies as possible for those in need.
The stories and photos w'ill also appear each day in The News-Courier, unless any problems occur with transmitting them.
Fuel Drices lead
to temporary suspension of recycling pickup
I he Cit\ of .\lhens has started to feel the impact at the pumps.
"We ha\e been unable to get fuel at se\eral locations in town," said Earl Cilaze of the Athens Street and Sanitation Department. ‘After speaking w ith fuel distributors and in keeping w ith the go\ ernor’s request for fuel conservation during this crisis, the mayor and 1 have decided that this week, Sept. 5-4, we will only pick up residential garbage and commercial garbage. We will not pick up recycling or trash.”
Glaze said the city will evaluate the situation again un Friday and will make a dectsi.-n for the week of Sept. 12-16.
“We are sorrv for the inconv enience this mav cause.” he said.
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