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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama TmiRSDW, .1 am un 6, 2005 encwscourier.com 50 Cents Index Business ...... 11A Classified...... 4-5B Comics....... fiB Headlines ..... 6A Kids’ Corner ... 1?A Ledger ....... . .7A Lifestyles ..... 9A Obituaries..... ?A Tempia K. Fuller Opinion ...... 4A Sports ........ 1-3B Valley ....... 5A Truck overturns News-Courier/Kim Rynders A worker removes logs from an 18-wheeler Wednesday that overturned on Lydia Corey Road in the Owens community. Bill Hughes, of Elkmont, was hauling logs and turned the corner when his truck tipped over. Hanging tough    ?,    Who    made    a    difference? Lady Eagles blow big lead, survive in    > Reader contributions sought for annual magazine, overtime against Russellville jg ^    “People Who Made a Difference”    3A. The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Dailv Bible Moment I o you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect. James 2:22 * thmJu«' t l(f)d 322 H»v 31 N ‘Athens ,    256-232-1051 "' w ' '*'* Obit line 256-771-0934 69847 00001 Water board asked to resign Commissioner wants members who gave bonus checks to leave By Sonny Turner and Phil Willis sonny@athensnews-couner.com Saying he believes they have lost the trust and respect of the people, Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert Wednesday called on members of the county Water and Sewer Authority to resign, effective immediately. But three of the four members on the board indicated Wednesday they will not resign. “I only have two months remaining in my term and I intend to serve it out,” said Leslie Bagsby. “I don’t intend to resign. I think it would do me a great injustice if I am forced to resign. I’m the only conservative there.” Two other members, George Binford and Alton Robison, would not say if they intend to resign. “I’ll give my reaction at the next board meeting (Jan. 27) and not before,” said Binford. “I wasn’t there, 1 don’t know what was said, so 1 am not commenting at this time,” added Robison. Board Chairman Bobby Gilbert was out of town on a hunting trip and unavailable for comment. “After careful consideration of events concerning Limestone County Water Authority. I feel it is my duty as chairman of the Limestone County Commission to ask for the resignations,” said Seibert. “I appreciate the service of each board member, acknowledging full well that our water system is a source of pride for this county and has been instrumental in attracting industry as well as industrial development.” But Seibert said recent decisions by the water board have led to a public outcry that he believes cannot be reversed. “The people have lost trust and respect for this board. Their creditability has been damaged and I don't think that will change. 1 think we need a new board,” the chairman See Resign, Page 3A Alligator Alley Take a drive along Alligator Alley (Highway 41 ) on the edges of the Everglades in southern Florida, then stop in the Keys for a swim with dolphins. Destinations Sunday StlDIDOff Hey, Sound Off: When is The News-Courier going to do some real reporting and reveal the names of the Athens police officers accused of wrongdoing? If you are going to report that the accusers were said to be “crack-heads” and “involved in prostitution,” then you should also give equal time to discussing the activities and backgrounds of the “accused.” If a private citizen were accused of committing a crime, or wrongdoing. don't you think the Athens Police would release their names? You better believe they would! More Sound Off Valley, 5A Teenagers stabbed after fight over girls By Sonny Turner sonnv@athensnews-courier.com Limestone County investigators say a group of teenage boys got into a fuss over girls and that led to an all out fight late Tuesday night that ended with two of the teens being treated at the hospital with stab wounds. “We have not made any arrests, but we are investigating,” Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Wednesday. “We were told they were fussing over girls and there was some name calling involved.” Two 17-year-old youths were treated and released at Athens-Limestone Hospital after midnight Tuesday. McNatt said both teens had “puncture wounds." He said one of the injured claimed he was stabbed with a screwdriver. “It all started at the mall in Huntsville and ended with them getting into a fight at Cottonpatch Trailer Park,” McNatt said. “We don’t know exactly how many right now, but there were several teenagers involved. We plan to talk to some of them today (Wednesday).” McNatt said investigators were told the fuss over the girls started at the Madison Square Mall and on the way back to the eastern Limestone County trailer park some of the teens were accused of calling the girlfriends of the others “bad names.” Investigator Brad Curnutt is in charge of the investigation. “We don’t know if there will be charges brought in this case, but we are continuing to investigate,” said McNatt. “The two boys hurt in this incident were not seriously injured, but they did require medical treatment.” McNatt said one teen had a slight puncture wound on his upper body, while the other suffered a wound to his hand. Little Zoey Malone is unaware of her instant celebrity status as Baby New Year as she sleeps soundly in the arms of her parents, Lorenzo and Rhyshae Malone of Athens. Zoey Malone makes entrance as first baby of 2005 By Tanjie Nash tanjie@athensnews-courier.com Rhyshae Malone wasn’t due to give birth until Jan. 19. So, on Dec. 31 when she began to feel labor pains, she was reluctant to go to the hospital. She’d already made the trip a couple of times, only to be sent home with a diagnosis of false labor. “I just knew they were going to send me home again,” she said of Friday’s trip to the hospital. But they didn’t. This time, Mrs. Malone’s labor pains were legitimate and, at 12:38 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 1, Zoey Malone became the first baby born at Athens-Limestone Hospital in 2005. Zoey is the second child for Rhyshae and Lorenzo Malone. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Payton. Mr. Malone also has a son, 7-year-old Micah. Mrs. Malone said she went to the hospital Friday at See Baby, Page 3A Limestone Jail escapee likely miles away By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com Limestone County authorities believe a 46-year-old inmate who escaped last week from the county jail annex on East Elm Street is now far from Limestone County, probably in the western United States. “A 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck that we think he stole in Columbus, Miss, on December 30th was recovered Monday in San Juan, New Mexico,” said Investigator Stanley McNatt. “Although we don’t know what he’s now driving, we believe he is somewhere out west.” The escapee, Herbert Cleatus Latham, of Reform, was awaiting trial on a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. He was discovered missing when jail personnel did a “head count.” Latham stole an 18-w'heeler w ith a 30-foot lo-boy trailer after escaping. That truck was found abandoned on Dec. 30 in Columbus, the same day the 1993 pickup was reported stolen. The tractor-trailer truck is owned by Tunstill’s Custom Dozer Work. It was being used at the construction site of the new 911 building on Elm Street when it was stolen. Latham is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing an orange jacket and gray and white sw r eat pants when he escaped. New Year, New Family