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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 8, 2005, Athens, Alabama Economic slowdown? Analysts predicts cost of Hurricane Katrina recovery will bring recovery to a halt jqAThe New Players of Week East Limestone's Dewitt, Athens’ Leonard recognized for efforts IB ounerServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureThursday, September 8) 200S ^cycrd'Evie Hughes of Athens Subscriber of the dayintKfF Hey, Sound Off: Let’s tell the truth about the high price of petroleum products. It starts with the price of crude oil that the greedy traders and oil company's are inflating to make more profits with no regard for the people on a low or fixed income. 1 think it is a sin for someone to put the greed for more money before the well being of the less fortunate. When Dianne Sawyer had an interview with Bush she asked him if the oil company’s would take a 20 percent cut in their obscene huge 100 percent profits to help, he changed the subject. This administration has an nil out assault on the middle, low wage earner and the elderly. I can’t wait for 2006 to see a change of leadership in Washington. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Ciet the news with your morning coffee .Subscribe to 232-2720 Index Business...... .. .10A Classified..... 5-8B Comics....... 4B Headlines ____ 6A Ledger ....... 11A Mini Page — 12A Most Wanted . .. .12A NASCAR ...... 2B Lifestyles..... 9A Obituaries..... 2A John Robert Thompson Opinion ...... 4A Sports....... 1-3B Valley ....... 5A Weather...... 2A Daily Bible Moment God said laito AhrahcuJi, Thou shall keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. Genesis 17:9 322 Hwv3IN • Athens .    256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 69847'DOOOIAPD building costs to rise? Mayor says soaring gas prices will likely impact project bids By Sonny Turner sotuiy(^a Athens Mayor Dan Williams said Wednesday that the high price of gasoline could very well drive up the bids of the expected S3 million police headquarters building the city has already approved for construction. “The higher gas prices will drive up the costs of building materials, but just how much we will just have to wait and see,” the mayor said. “As for as building materials are concerned, we hope to have all the bids in before all the building starts on the coast.” The Athens City Council agreed a week ago to begin advertising for bids for the complex with plans to open bids on Oct. 4. “The price of gas is our most immediate problem,” said Williams. “We pretty well know that it could drive up the costs on everything including building materials.” Architect Robert Gray with Paul B. Krebs & Associates of Birmingham, who designed the structure that will be built on East Hobbs Street, consulted with a con- Dan Williams tractor on anticipated materials price hikes by phone during a special called meeting of the City Council last week. “The concerns we have is the cost of materials being affected by the hurricane in the bid market,” Gray said last week. He said that there was already a strict allocation on Drywall products before the storm. “Our problem immediately w'ill be on wood products, but what the contractor told me is that what will really get us is the price of gas. It’s better to bid fast as we can because putting it off three to six months will not help you a bit, and it could be even worse,” he said. The mayor and council left last week's meeting satisfied that the plan for the 18,257-square-foot structure was as conservative as it could be toSee APD costs, Page 2A Bible welcomes Mississippi family upon return home KEi.iy Ka/.ek Managing Editor Kelly Kazek and photographer .41issa Clark are working from a sister newspaper in Laurel. Miss., this week. Here is a portion of their observations from Wednesday. KILN, Miss. When Patricia iuanco entered her home on l.ake Holden for the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck, her Bible sat in the doorway. Next door, her neighbor and boyfriend of five years. Al\a Davis, entered his home his Bible also sat in the doorway. “1 thought that was neat.” Franco said. It was probably the only thing she found “neat" Wednesday as she picked through the items she could salvage from her Hooded home. “The water was over the roof,” she said. She and Davis live side by side in 1 ake .Iordan Subdivision in Kiln. Their stilted homes and several others surround the small lake, making them prone to Hooding. See Bible, Page 2A News-Courier A\lissa Clark The powerful storm surge from Hurricane Katrina easily picked up boats and tossed them around like toothpicks, above. Most residents of the storm-devastated Mississippi Gulf Coast find little of value to reclaim upon their return home, right. Now they must work with insurance adjusters to secure funding to rebuild their homes - and lives. 10,000 holding on in New Orleans Vlayor orders force, if necessary, to evacuate residents refusing to leave NEW^ ORLEANS (AP) Using the unmistakable threat of force, police and soldiers went house to house Wednesday to try to coax the last 1(),0()() or so stubborn holdouts to leave storm-shattered New Orleans because of the risk of disease from the putrid, sewage-laden Hoodwaters. “A large group of young men armed with M-16s just arrived at my door and told me that 1 have to leave,” said Patrick McCarty, who owns several buildings and lives in one of them in the city’s Lower Garden District. “While not saying they would arrest you, the inference is clear.” A frail-looking H6-year-old Anthony Charbonnet grumbled as he locked his front door and walked slowly backward down the steps of the house where he liad lived since 1955. “1 haven't left my house in my life,” he said as soldiers took him to a helicopter. “1 don't want to leave." Mayor C. Ray Nag in ordered law' officers and the military late luesday to evacu ate all holdouts - by force if necessary. He warned that the combination of fetid water, fires and natural gas leaks after Hurricane Katrina made it too dangerous to stay. In fact, the first government tests confirmed Wednesday that the amount of sewage-related bacteria in the Hoodwaters is at least 10 times higher than acceptable safety levels. Dr. Julie Gerberding, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned stragglers not to even touch the water and pleaded; “If you haven't left the city yet, you must do so.” As of midday, there were no reports of anyone being removed by force. And it w'as not clear how the order would be carried out. Active-military troops said they had no plans to use force. National Guard officers said they do not take orders from the mayor. And even the police said they were not ready to use force just yet. It appeared that the mere threat of force would be See New Orleans, Page ЗА AP Photo New Orleans resident Chris Geisler, right, watches as members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne patrol Bourbon Street In the historic French Quarter of New Orleans on Wednesday. New Orleans officials have said they would begin to forcibly evacuate residents remaining in New Orleans. ìé ÌÉiÉÉI ^ -4, ;