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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Twice blessed  A local couple planned to adopt a baby in the Ukraine, but they came home with twins -^q  AHS flying high  Lady Eagles win four in softbali tourney at Bob Jones High Schooi    IB  The News-Courier  Si NDAV, April 10, 2005  Shirley Meacham of Toney  Subscriber of the day  ABS’ Home Spun  Athens Bible School’s annual craft fair fundraiser begins Friday, celebrating it’s 25th year.  6A  SSIEOfF  Hey, Sound Off:  Why would the governing officials of Athens consider spending money on a skateboard park when there are so many other badly needed uses for the money?  For instance, even after sewer repairs on Madison Street, businesses in Crutcher Shopping Center can’t flush their toilets during heavy rains. This problem is more pressing than the request for a skateboard park and should be dealt with accordingly.  Properly working sewer systems should be a priority over skateboard parks. Spend the taxpayers money wisely, please.  More Sound Off Valley, 6A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  252-2720  Index  Classified 1-14D  Crossword 9A  Ledger ..........8A  Other Views 5A  Our Opinion 4A  Obituaries 2A  Ronnie Steven Naves Bill J. Pearson Sports .........1-4B  DaUy Bible Moment  e who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.  John 14:21  Шгп^*'пе %Jiaj)d  322 H»y31N*Atheas 256-232-1051  -rw. (Urn obU liee 256-771-W34  ^OO/. 7 nnr»n->  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enc scourier.cóm  Onf Don \r  Legislators reject county proposal  Water board changes not forthcoming, Limestone Commissioners ‘outraged’  By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Limestone County’s legislative delegation has rejected a resolution from the Limestone County Commission that sought a county-wide vote of the people to bring accountability to the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority saying the delegation did not want to “set a precedent to micromanage or dictate to a board.”  That rejection of all requests made on behalf of commissioners, has outraged Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert and three of the four commissioners.  “This commission was attempting to bring accountability to this authority which has none now. We feel like any authority or board should have checks and balances. As it stands now there are none,” Seibert said.  Commissioners had called for the state to conduct an audit of the books of the water board and wanted the people to vote on proposals that would allow the commission to make four-year appointments with a maximum of two consecutive terms and to allow the commission to dismiss a water board member by unanimous vote.  “The Limestone County Legislative Delegation is unanimous in its disagreement with the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority decision to expend funds in the manner that generated this controversy,” a delegation news release said. “We have discussed your request and this situation numer-  ous times. We have done research on the background of the LCWSA, researched state law, talked w'ith numerous people about this matter and given your request careful consideration.  “However, the delegation does not want to set a precedent to micromanage or dictate to a board. This Upe policy would make it difl'i-cult to find people to serve on our public boards, authorities, or commissions if they could be terminated every time they made an unpopular decision.”  “If we have no audit, we have no means of  See Water board, Page 2A  Grand jury  indictments  released  2 men indicted for attempted murder in seoarate cases  From staff reports  A man accused of endangering the lives of two Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators during a high-speed chase was indicted by a grand jury in March on two counts of attempted murder.  Michael Eugene Conley, 24, of Texas was arrested Dec. 29 after he rammed the car of Investigator Lance Royals on the Tennessee River Bridge. Royals’ car was then rammed into Investigator Mike Boyles’ car before Conley’s vehicle finally came to a stop. All three men were injured.  The wreck occurred after Conley was chased by authorities in Giles County, Tenn., before he crossed into Limestone County. Authorities placed spike strips on Interstate 65 in an effort to stop Conley, but he continued to flee on flat tires. Sheriff Mike Blakely said Conley has an “extensive” criminal record, but he was being chased that day after other drivers reported he was driving recklessly on Tennessee’s Highway 64. He reached speeds of up to 100 mph.  The grand jury also indicted Heath Dewayne Allison, 29, of Oak Grove Road for attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, menacing and domestic violence. Allison was chaiged Jan. 7 after he allegedly held a gun on an officer responding to a domestic violence call.  According to authorities, someone called to report the two men who were roommates in the house were aiguing. The officer arrived to find Allison holding his roommate in a headlock and holding a gun on the man. Allison then pointed the gun at the officer, but the second man knocked the gun from Allison’s hand.  The grand jury also released the following indictments:  Johanthan Buford Clemmon, breaking and entering of a vehicle; Mose Coleman III, third-degree burglary; Thomas Devoy Coleman, third-degree burglary; Preston Lee Colwell, first-degree theft of property; Joseph Albert Frankel, possession/receiving controlled substance.  See Grand jury, Page 7A  limestone area unemployment offices to close?  By Tanjie Nash  tanjie(^thensnews-courieKcom  Limestone County residents who make use of the office commonly known as “The Unemployment Office” on Marion Street in Athens could soon be traveling to Decatur instead.  The office, which is officially named the Athens Outstation of the Decatur Career Center, is under the auspices of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.  ADIR Public Information Officer Debbie Herbert said Friday officials are considering closure of the Athens office.  “It is a possibility that office might close,” Herbert said. “It has been discussed with employees and we’ve also talked with some people in the community.”  Herbert said an official announcement will likely be made Monday or Tuesday concerning the issue.  An employee at the Athens office said Manager Reba Hall would be out of the office until  See Offices, Page 2A  Softball season onens  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Parade marks' first day of softball games  The Athens Girls Softball program held a parade Saturday morning that began at Athens High School and ended at the softball fields at Cowart Elementary.  The event kicked off opening day games. Above, members of the Trojans softball team wave to the crowd. At right, Ian Hargrove watches from his parents’ Jeep as the trucks carrying players go by.  The 2-year-old is the son of Brandon and Holly Hargrove.  Only a few tickets remain for News-Courier’s Taste of Home Cooking School on Thursday  A few tickets remain for the Taste of Home Cooking School, set for Thursday, April 14, at Athens Middle School.  The event, sponsored by The News-Courier with a portion of the proceeds going to Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, includes goody bags chock full of samples and coupons; exciting cooking demonstrations; and dozens of door prizes.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. so that  guests can browse through the vendor display area. Food concessions will be available.  The cooking demonstration begins at 6:30 p.m., when Home Economist Michelle Roberts will give a two-hour demonstration including selections to awaken your taste buds to a springtime smorgasbord of flavors, textures and colors.  The 10 flavorful dishes Roberts prepares during her demonstration  will be as\ardeci by drawing at the end of the show.  Other door prizes - some from Taste of Home Cooking School’s national sponsors and others from local merchants and vendors - will be awarded throughout the evening.  Tickets at S8 each are available at The News-Courier.  If any tickets remain on the day of the show, they will be available at the door.   

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