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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 28, 2005, Athens, Alabama l ui Ksim, Ami 28, 2005 fue« scouricr.com The Boys & Girls Clubs of Limestone County hosted a luncheon Wednesday in honor of Administrative Professionals Week. Lunches that were served to guests in boxes wrapped in ribbons included chicken salad, artichoke and rice salad, fruit salad, a cheese wafer, banana nut bread and cheesecake. Virginia Calvin and Theresa Butler organized the event, which was held at the Beasley Center. Among those enjoying the lunch were, above from left, Mary Bailey and Mary Corum. Athens High School’s Jazz Band performed for the group. At right, Mike Anderson plays guitar. ' -    .    •    ■    -    VT* ¡Ga■o-ct Barry Osburn of Toney Subscriber of the day Rodeo’s coming Look for a preview of May’s Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Coming Friday Hey, Sound Off: Why are parents complaining about tickets at the Sportsplex and the time an officer is spending writing the tickets? If the parents were not breaking the law, the police officer would not be writing the tickets. I am sure there are emergency and safety reasons for the designated parking spaces, after all, the public's safety is considered by the city. I have been at the Sportsplex many times and never have I seen all available parking spaces used (keep in mina they may not be close to the front gate). These same people complaining about the tickets are probably the same people that are healthy and park in the handicap parking spaces at Wal-Mart and other businesses! Get some exercise and park where there are parking spaces! More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 3-5B Comics..........6B Ledger..........10A Business 14A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries 2A Hubert Louie Beverly Oliver Mack Boyd Margaret J. Hodges Capitola Honea Jordan Robert Jackson Pitman Sports .........1-2B Daily Bible Moment (&nvy (is) the rottenness of the bones. Proverbs 14:30 № 'tyt &tw 322 Hwy. 31N « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit liuti56-771-09J4 69847 00001' Get the news with your morning Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 City to prioritize street, drainage projects here Bv Sonny Ti rner sonny@athensnews-courier.com The Athens City Council will set in two weeks a “priority list” of city streets and drainage projects that will be repaired as the result of a S2.7 million project that was approved Monday night. “We haven’t had a street paved since 1995 and some of our streets are in pretty bad shape,” Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks said Wednesday. “The council will meet in work session in a couple of weeks and prioritize the streets. I’m hoping the first work can start before summer.” The city has $2.65 million dollars in paving projects with another $500,000 to be spent on drainage. Funds will come from alcohol tax revenue, gas tax and potentially from a loan obtained through the League of Municipalities. Marks said the council has a long list of streets that need paving and he estimated the cost of the project could be cut back when the full council meets and discusses the projects. Coleman Hill on the city’s southwest side See Projects, Page 2A Luncheon celebrates Administrative Professionals’ Week Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Ardmore to get new plant Bv Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com Ardmore is getting a new industry and within three years it will employ 18 people. Chasteen-Goan Holdings LLC is planning to locate in the Dekko Industrial Park in Ardmore. The plant will manufacture customized horse trailers that include human living quarters. The plant was introduced to the Limestone County Commission Wednesday. Commissioners are being asked to adopt a resolution to give the new plant a tax break. Official action to adopt that resolution is expected to be approved Monday. Limestone County Industrial Development Coordinator Tom Hill said Chasteen-Goan is planning to purchase a seven-acre site in the industrial park to build the $155,000 plant. “They plan to start out with three employees and add five more employees each year for the next three years,” Hill said. “Of course right now it is only a proposed plant, pending final approval of the Limestone County Commission.” Commissioners heard the request during a work session Wednesday. In other action. District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws reported that work has started to replace the Easterferry Bridge at Four-Mile Branch on Easterferry Road near Alabama 99. Daws said the $210.000 project will take several weeks and traffic will be diverted to Sewell Road. The project is being totally funded by the state. The bridge was built in 1941 and it will take eight to 11 weeks to replace. Commissioners approved the project earlier. Burgreen Contracting Company was the low bidder and has subcontracted the work to Brooks Construction. City interested in hospital land for fire station By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com A new fire station on the city’s east side that would also consist of a bay for an ambulance may be in the works for Athens. At least that is what one city official said Wednesday has been verbally discussed in recent days between City of Athens and Athens-Limestone Hospital officials. The hospital owns approximately two acres at the corner of Lindsay Lane and U.S. 72 East and the City of Athens is in need of property for a new fire station. A city councilman said Wednesday he has been told that property may be available to Athens. “We will have to meet with the hospital people and talk about it." said Councilman Ronnie Marks. “But we have discussed it verbally. We’re talking about a two bay fire station and they want a bay that would include an ambulance. I think we can work things out.” See Fire station, Page 3A Ardmore child abducted in custody fight By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com ARDMORE — Giles County, Tenn., authorities were investigating the abduction of a 3-year-old girl in Ardmore Wednesday following a domestic dispute on Pleasant Hill Road. Lt. Gary Daly of the Ardmore Police Department said the child’s mother, Leslie Clark, was in custody and being questioned by Giles County investigators. He said Clark was apprehended in Decatur with the child. Clark is accused of attacking her husband, Michael Clark, and taking the child early Wednesday afternoon at their home. See Custody, Page 2A Residents want county to take Sugar Way Road By Tashia Lovell tash ia@athensnew’s-courier. com It’s a routine that Debra McElyea has followed for nearly a decade —- she takes her garbage a half-mile or more to the end of her road so the trash collector will pick it up. Why? McElyea said her road is not considered a county road. Because of this, she said, the residents on Sugar Way Road in Limestone County go to the end of the road to check their mailboxes, catch the school bus and take out their garbage. And that’s the way life is going to be unless something changes. Commissioner Bill Daws said there is something residents can do. He said that they could get together and pool their money to have a contractor repair the road so it will meet county specifications. After that the county could accept the See Sugar Way, Page 3A News-Courier/ Tashia Lovell Debra McElyea picks up a piece of trash on Sugar Way off of Grigsby Ferry Road in western Limestone County. Residents who live on that road have to transport trash to either end of the road for trash pick-up, making the trash an easy target for animals. For bu Faye Hardiman shares recipes as Cook of the Week    15^ ews-Courier On top ABS beats Donoho in first round of Class 1A baseball playoffs