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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama Obama to Congress: ‘ lime ibr biekerin|i is over’ PAGE 2A e News Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 cents Thursday, Sehtemb«f 10, 2009 Visit us online www.en«wscouricrxom Inside Ibday Fed survey shows U.S. recession may be over The recession is ending and the economy is finaily growing again. That's the message impiicit in the Federai Reserve's latest survey of businesses around the country, which found economic activity stabilizing or improving in most regions PAGE ЗА Steeiers, Titans open NFL season The Titans and the Steeiers, teams that always stay in character amid the constant changes that swirl around them in the NFL, open the new season tonight. SPORTS, PAGE IB Subscribe Get tlie news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 Hotel to open in Januaiy By Karen Middleton karcni^athensnews-courier.coin Early January is now the likely opening for the long-delayed Hampton Inn & Suites at Kelli Drive and Interstate 65 in Athens. Manager Bill Simmons said a sluggish economy slowed construction of the 88-room hotel that he had predicted in July would open by mid-December. “It’s scheduled for a January opening but we might even squeeze it in by Christmas,’’ Simmons said from his office in the Hilton Garden Inn in the Winston-Salem/Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he is currently assistant general manager. “Construction is now up and running and getting back on track after being down for a while,” he said. The goal was to have the hotel open in time for the Fiddlers Convention in early October, which typically fills up local motels. Simmons had to turn down the Alabama Natural Gas Association’s request for reservations because it wanted all 88 suites. Simmons, a native of Wilmington, N.C., who has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, said he would bring one employee with him from Winston-Salem but hire the remaining staff locally. Free entertainment offered Violinist Alfonso Lopez COURTESY PHOTO Two concerts kick off Athens State s concert/lecture series Athens State University’s 2009-2010 Livingston Concert Lecture Series will lack off its third season this year with a fiee concert b^reoowoed musicians Tabor and Lopez. Tbe concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, S^L 20, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Qttirch in Athens. No reservations are required and the (x>ncert is open to the public. Abo, ASU and Athens Dulcimers will present an evening with dulcimerist Don Pfedi at 7 p.m. TUesday, Sept, 22, in McCan-dless Hall on the ASU campus. Tabor and Lopez Pianist Michelle Tabor holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in piano and theory fixim Tldane Universi ty, the University of Denver and Florida State University, respectively. The first part of her program consists of two sonatas. The first sonata, by Mozart, is a delightftil work that creates a bright, light, happy mood typical of this composer’s output. The Schumann Sonata is a good example of the 19th century Romantic era v^th its beautiful melodies, strong contrasts and some dramatic sections. After and intermission, the second part of her program is made up of a number of short pieces, most of which are inspired by dances. Works by Dvorak and Brahms are inspired by dances ftxrm Eastern Europe. The next two pieces, See Concerts, page ЗА How to go Athens State University's 2009/2010 Livingston Concert Lecture Series begins with two free events. Renowned musicians Tabor and Lopez will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. No reservations are required and the concert is open to the public. Dulcimerist Don Pedi will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in McCandless Hall. For more Information on upcoming events in the Livingston Concert Lecture series, call ASU at (256) 233-8126. COURTESY PHOTO Don Pedi Students’ SAT scores better state, U.S. marks By Jean Cole JcaniS' Athens students in every grade beat both the state and national average on the 2009 Stanford Achievement Test. “We did really well - well above the state and national average in every subject tested,” said Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. Although subjects tested varied depending on grade level, they mainly included reading, math, language, science and social studies. “We are proud to score higher than the state average and especially the national average,” Bridges said. He said averages varied depending on grade level and depending on subject, but all were above the state and national average. The purpose of the Stanford Achievement Test is not to torture students, as you might have assumed. It is to compare the performance of individuals and groups with the norm to show their strengths and weaknesses and to show any change in performance over time, according to SAT. Teachers use the results to improve their students. “Our teachers put in a lot of work analyzing test scores and then developing strategies to help students improve See SATs, page ЗА Musical acts to perform at Art on Square ByJf^Qjle JeaiMathvnsiwws-c'oimerx'om A diverse group of musicians and entertainers will complement this Satur day’ s Art On The Square festival at the Limestone County Courthouse Square in historic downtown Athens. They range fi"om rockers, to drummers to string band artists to Mayor Dan Williams. More than 40 regional artists will display and sell their original artwork in such mediums as painting, clay, photography, jeweliy, mixed media and more at the event. The fi"ee festival will also include all kinds of fi-ee art camps for children to make all kinds of art during the day. ’ News Courier Managing Editor Kelly Kazek will launch her new book, “Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom,” at the festival. Half the proceeds from the sale of her book will go to Art On The Square. The coUection See Musical, page ЗА Index Business......................5A Classified.....................4B Comics.......................SB Ledger .......................5A Obituaries ....................2A Stanley Hobbs John Timothy Pettie Sports ...'.....................IB Valley ........................4A W’eather......................2A The features you love. The brand you trust. 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