Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 16, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Willie Baker of Athens
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In response to the person who can’t understand why accidents happen on Pepper and Mooresville roads, I think the type of signs used at that intersection are partly to blame.
They are very large signs mounted on two poles, and the only place I’ve ever seen signs like that used are at four-way stops.
I’ve only traveled through that intersection a few times, but the first time 1 did encounter that intersection, 1 assumed it was a four-way stop because of the signs, and I’m willing to bet that many of the accident victims thought the same thing.
At the intersection of East Limestone and Pepper roads, the same type signs are in place, with the exception of a small sign reading “oncoming traffic does not stop.” Maybe a similar sign at Pepper and Mooresville would help.
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President promises to rebuild ‘Big Easy’
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Bush promised Thursday night the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen. “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again,’’ the president said.
Standing in Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, Bush acknowledged his administration had failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina, which killed hundreds of people across five slates. The government’s costs for rebuilding could reach S200 billion or beyond.
“Four years after the frightening experience of Sept. 11, Americans have every right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency,” the president said. He said when the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, “1 as president am responsible for the problem, and for the solution.”
Bush ordered all Cabinet secretaries to join in a comprehensive review of the government’s faulty response. In addition, he ordered the Department of Homeland Security to undertake an immediate review' of emergency plans in every major city in America.
He also said a disaster on the scale of Katrina requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces.
Bush proposed establishment of \At>rker
See President, Page 2A
Board discusses student discipline
At a meeting of the Athens City School Board Thursday night the following business took place:
• Board members went into executive session for a student hearing.
• Information was provided regarding Board Meeting Direct Notification. If the policy is adopted registering people of the press and public would be charged a fee to be notified of meetings of the Board by electronic mail or by United State Mail where electronic mail is unavailable. The policy has not been voted on.
• Board members approved a contract with Johnson, Fiegley, Newton and Brand LLP to conduct audits for fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
See Discipline, Page 3A
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The staff of The News-Coiirier is planning to “adopt” the town of Waveland and raise funds to send the small community. If you w'ould like to help, call Managing Editor Kelly Kazek at 232-2720.
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At top, a member of the National Guard walks along desolate Waveland Beach. Directly above, a home on Nicholson Road is reduced to rubble.
Beachside community ‘wiped off mao’ olans
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WAVELAND, Miss. - ,A soldier in camou-tlage walks along Waveland Beach, stepping over debris iuid scattered seaweed. The desolate, other-worldly scene is a long way from a picture postcard fciituring the sand-castle builders and siinbathers seen here in a nomial September.
But no one IS asking for a normal September here most just want one nomial moment, one normal day in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In a town where 7,000 souls once lived, the majority' are homeless, many still living in tent cities in the parking lot of Kmart on Highway 43.
"Every day is a lad bit better,” said Nomia Stiglet. the coroner for Hancock County, where Waveland is located. She said 46 bvxlies have been recov ered coiintv vv ide, most in Waveland.
"I haven't had anv come in in the last three days and I hope it stavs that way, but we still have a lot rejxirted missing,” she said. "1 can't see us not hav ing a few more.”
See Waveland, Page #A
Plans under way for indoor theater
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Cinemagic Theater, a drive-in, plans to open a five-screen indoor movie theater in March or April 2006. Owner Carlen Freehauf held a ground-breaking ceremony this week. Above, Freehauf shows plans for the indoor theater to former drive-in employee Adam McNutt.
Joe Wheeler to offer 84 trailer homes to evacuees
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kellyui athensncws-courier.com More than 80 camper trailers stand ready at Joe \\ heeler campground to house evacuees ol'Hurricane Katrina who are still without homes.
The eampers, supplied by the Federal 1 inergencv Management Agency, are 28- to 32-fooi trailers w ith cooking and bathroom areas, said Tim Haney, superintendent of Joe W heeler State Park and state park division superintendent.
"Most of them are brand new," he said Thursday. "Probably by tomorrow, all the campers will be plumbed in. We’re going through checking stoves and refrigerators to try to make sure they're ready for someone to move into.”
Campers are also being set up at parks on Monte Saiio .Mountain in Huntsville and Lake Lurleen State Park in Tuscaloosa, Haney said. The measures are part of
See Wheeler, Page 3A