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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama Roberts confirmed Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice of Supreme CourtThe cowboy way Western attire not only fashionable, it’s also functional 8AThe News-Qmrier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Friday, September 30, 2005 50 Cents W.D. Hargrave of Athens Subscriber of the day Siren out of order The warning siren at Limestone Correctional Facility is not functioning., Residents in that area should not rely on it to sound during severe weather, emergency officials said. MWOfF Hey, Sound Off: This is in response to the person who wrote about carpooling; That would be a great idea except for one thing: Most people in Athens aren't really friendly, with the exception of the few that I work with, and they don’t live anywhere close to my home. Those of us who aren’t from around here can’t even get eye contact or a simple hello from neighbors or acquaintances, much less a ride to work. I’ve been living here for almost five years, and the only friendly people I encounter are transplants as well. They basically feel the same as I do about the “Southern hospitality’’ that .Athenians show. So, since you feel so strongly about car-pooling, put an ad in the paper, and you can gladly pick me up on your way to work anytime. More Sound Off Saturday Index Classified 4-6B Comics..........3B Horse & Farm 8A Ledger .........13A Lifestyles  6A Obituaries 2A William Floyd Bland Thomas A. Blankenship Treva M. Brown Brian Randolph Miller James Yarbrough Sr. Religion 9-12A Sports.........1-2B Valley ..........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible .Moment on shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangets in the land of Egypt. -•tn. Exodus 22:21 ^Slimefitone (oluéf 322 H»v. 31 \»Aihen» 236-2.32-1051 Obit lint 256-771-0034 ?    69847    00001 Widening of U.S. 72 nearing DOT to host public hearing on proposed highway project By Sonny Ti rner sonnyiivxithensnew’ The Alabama Department of Transportation is proposing to widen U.S. 72 West from the Elk River Bridge to the Athens city limits and has scheduled a public hearing at Clements High School on Nov. 1 to discuss the project. The state hopes to construct a center turn lane along that stretch of highway which in the past has been the site of numerous fatality accidents. DOT started advertising the project this week in the newspaper. It will hold the public hearing from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Clements High School lunchroom to take public comment both for and against the project. “The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that any interested parties, including local governments, metropolitan, regional, state and federal agencies, and the general public have an opportunity to participate and share their views and comments throughout the various stages of the project development process,’’ said DOT Division Engineer Johnny Harris. “There will not be a formal presentation at the meeting, but rather an “open house’’ format.” Harris said interested parties may arrive at any time during the meeting schedule. He said representatives from DOT will be available to answer ques- See Highway, Page 2A A BRIGHTER FUTURE Ncvvs-C'ourier/Alissa Clark News-Couner Kim Rynders At left, many families have no homes to return to, such as this couple in Waveland, Miss. Above, Limestone County United Way Director Kaye McFarlen talks above emergency services. Agencies victims in discuss ways to help hurricane Limestone County rebuild lives Bv Karen Middle ion ancnew's^pclnet. net About 50 Gulf area families took refuge from two hurricanes in Limestone County. Some are still here and might be for years. Agencies from throughout the community are coming together to answer the long-temi needs of evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On Thursday United Way Director Kaye Young McFarlen coordinated the second meeting of local agencies providing services for evacuees in the community and those sending aid to Mississippi and Louisiana. The first meeting was concerned more with emergency services. Now that the immediate crisis has passed, McFarlen said that many needs of evacuees do not fit emergency categories, but are still vital to getting them back on their feet. McFarlen called for the formation of what she is calling a “Long-term Recovery Committee.” She said she had learned from United Way of .America otficials that special funds are available to local chapters for hurricane relief and recovery. “As a community, vve need to come together to address the needs of people who are staying here for a lifetime or for a few months,” said McFarlen. "Some of these people’s needs do not fall into any of our categones. There is money available through a hurricane relief fund. 1 would keep this money on reserve and those with needs would come before a See Agencies, Page 3A Applicants wanted for city boards Athens City Councilman Johnny Crutcher said the city needs more applicants for vacancies on its boards. “We need more input on our various boards,” he said. “When we get ready to fill some of these positions a lot of times we have very few people who apply yet when we make an appointment someone always complains. I just want the public to know' that w'e can’t appoint unless we have someone to apply.” Mayor Dan Williams said all vacancies on city boards are published in the new'spaper and calls for people to apply for those open positions. “We just need more people to apply and I would hope that in the future we will have that,” said Crutcher. fhe council on Monday reappointed two members to the Board of Trustees of the Athens-Limestone Public Library. It was during that meeting that Crutcher said he would like to see more applicants for future board appointments. Sonny Turner News-C'oiiricr lashia l.ovdl Jackie Sneed, of the Lions Club, stands near the airplanes at the Kiddie Karnivai. The carnival will open Saturday from 4-9:30 p.m. with proceeds for the day going to benefit victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. \ Carnival open Saturday for Katrina relie ' Bv I aSHIA l.OV ELl laslm(ci athensne\\'s-coiineKCom The Kiddie Kamival in Athens hasn’t made its last run this year just yet. For one more night, Saturday, the Kiddie Kaniival, hosted by the .Athens Lions Club, will be open. But this time proceeds from the event will go to benefit v ictims ot'Humcane Katnna. The .Alliens Lions Club has already helped victims, most with a local connection, according to Jackie Sneed of the Lions Club. The carnival this weekend is an additional w ay for the group to help in Katnna relief The proceeds from the carnival Saturday will go to the Katnna Relief project. fhe money will be sent to a couple of Lions Clubs in Mississippi. Dana Henrv' said this is the first time, to anyone's knowledge, that the Kiddie Karnivai has been open in the fall. The carnival is usually open from the last weekend in June through the first weekend in August on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturtiays. See Carnival, Page 3A ;