Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Saturday, September 10, 2005
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Sears helping out
The Athens Sears store on U.S. 72 is accepting donations for Gulf storm victims. Sears is matching donations up to $500,000.
Hey, Sound Off:
1 can’t believe the fingering pointing and hinting of racial bias in the hurricane assistance.
Put some credit were it is due. People must take personal responsibility sometimes! The government officials and the rest of the country can not always take care of individuals that are to lazy to take care of themselves. 1 am all for helping others but the politics out of it.
This is not a right or left wing issue. After all, the city is below' sea level! How stupid can one be not to leave?
Then they want blame someone? Go figure!
Hey, Sound Off:
Now that the City of Athens is not going to provide me the sanitation service this week or last week that 1 pay for because of the fuel shortage, are they going to prorate my monthly fees? Probably not, but they should because 1 am not getting the full service that I am paying for!
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Chief justice: Rule of law heart of society, economy
By Karen Middleton
net Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr. told Athens Rotary Club members Friday that the rule of law on which this nation was founded was nearly lost in the lawlessness that gripped New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Nabers was Rotary guest speaker, invited to address the group by members Jimmy Woodroof and Sanders Woodroof Named in June 2004 by Gov. Bob Riley to replace ousted chief justice Roy Moore, Nabers is a former state finance director. Upon graduation from law school he served as a clerk for Supreme Court
Justice Hugo Black.
Nabers, who was accompanied to Athens by state Administrative Director of Courts Randy Helms, spoke to Rotary on the importance of the rule of law', which he called the “foundation of our liberties.” “I asked historian Paul Johnson what the most important development of the past 1,000 years was and he said it was the establishment of the rule of law,” said Nabers. He said it began with the Magna Charta and was extended with the right of everyone to vote.
“The goal was a judicial system where everyone was equal under the law' and
See Justice, Page 2A
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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr., second from right, was in town Friday to address the Athens Rotary Club. Drayton praised the work of local judges, saying they are doing an “excellent” job of upholding the rule of law. With Nabers are District Court Judge Jeanne Anderson, Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page, and state Administrative Director of Courts Randy Helms, far right.
Late coach honored
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East Limestone High School Principal Dennis Black, top right, dedicates the football field to the late Phil Cavnar, long-time Indians coach who died of a heart attack while jogging July 7. Participating in the dedication ceremony are, from left, brother Mike Cavnar and wife Tonya, brother Randy Cavnar, parents Doris and Ron Cavnar and Black. At bottom, the scoreboard displays the new name of the athletic field.
Athens man finds uncle, daughter OK
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Athens resident Floyd “Jack” Morgan didn't know if his daughter and uncle were alive after Hurneane Katrina hit the (iiilf C oast.
Fortunately his daughter liad been rescued from her business in New Orleans aTtei tlw ,>tonii aiio evacuated to San Antonio. Texas and Morgan learned that his uncle, who lives in Slidell and did not evacuate before the storm, is staying with his housekeeper's son in Baton Rouge.
“She's alright.” .Morgan said of his daughter.
Morgan doesn't know when he will get to see them again and said that his daughter plans to move in with her mother in Нота. Louisiana and that he would visit is uncle as soon as he could.
He said he was overjoyed
to discover that his uncle was alive and was emotional over the discovery of his daughter.
“I love my old uncle.” Morgan said.
Morgan has ties of his own to l.oiiisiana.
He said he lived in New Orleans from the time he was six months old to 25 years old,
He said he takes his wife to V isit every once in a while.
Are you missing a loved one'.’
To visit the International Red C ross search page go to http: w ww. family I inksicrc.o rg katrina locate.
If you have someone missing from the hurricane disaster you can register his or her information at the national Next of Kin Registry by visiting w wvv.nokr.org.
There is also a message board at the Next of Kin Remstrv Web site.
Trail of Tears to vary route, travel on Mooresville Roac
Trail of Fears motor^elists will make their annual trek through the area by a different route on September 17.
Sheriff's Deputy .Mike Cjiinter said that the group would depart Madison between 1 1 and I 1:30 a.m. and head wcNt
on Interstate 565. getting off at the Mooresville exit. From there, they w ill travel north on Mooresville Road to U.S. 72.
The motoreyelists will turn left on U.S. 72 and travel westward through Limestone County to the Lauderdale C'ountv line.
Landowner required to
By Tashi.a Lovell
Today is the opening day of dove season in Alabama and there are a few things you need to make sure you do before heading to the field.
Sergeant Travis Gray, state conservation enforcement officer said that those planning to hunt ages 16-65 needs to have a hunting license for this year, a Harvest Information Program permit, permission from the landowner to hunt and make sure your shotgun is not capable of holding more than three shells.
Shot falling on people’s houses is probably the number one complaint during dove season, he said.
If any way possible make sure to keep aim away from houses.
Conservation Enforcement OtTicers will be out checking.
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patrolling and enforcing the law as needed.
Gray suggests that if anyone has a complaint about illegal activity to call 1-800-272-GAME to report it. However, if anyone has property damage he or she needs to call the local police department of sheritT’s off ice.
“W'e don’t do damage complaints,” he said.
Gray said that each hunter has a 15-dove limit per day. If people decide to give their doves to a friend etc., make sure to keep the doves separated and make sure the person’s name and driver’s license number is with any doves aside from your own.
Gray stresses safety and recommends that hunters wear earplugs, safety glasses and to be mindful of where your gun
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History on display
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The newest display at the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives is a Huey helicopter. The Limestone County Sheriffs Department donated the chopper to the museum. Sheriff Mike Blakely got the bird and another just like it when the military began downsizing in the early 1990s. The donated helicopter was stored at Pryor Field Regional Airport nearly 10 years to supply parts to the sheriffs helicopter that is still in use. At left. Is World War II Navy veteran Bob Smaitz and Korean War era Army veteran Jim Patteson.