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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Wednesday, M an 4, 2005  çnewscou rier.com  50 С» vi s  Resident reports illegal dumping  on Sugar Way  Walk on by  News-Courier/ Kim Rynders  Athens Intermediate School staff members Ray Williams, left, Lisa Marshall, center, and Susan Nelson, right, take time Tuesday and walk a piece of the new trail located around the school.  Public walking track opens at Athens Intermediate School  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   A new walking track is now complete on the west side of Athens.  The track, located around Athens Intermediate School, has been assessable for two weeks.  Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks said the project was a priority of the previous city council, which approved plans and a budget.  The new council followed through with the project.  The idea for the track began last summer. Work began last fall, then stalled briefly when some residents behind the school claimed the city had abandoned the right of way on which the track was to be built. Residents said they had been using and maintaining the area so the land  See Track, Page 2A  69847  00001  By Tashia Lovell   tashia@athensnews-courier.com   A resident of Sugar Way Road said someone has illegally dumped trash along the road.  Trash has been dumped in patches as far as a quarter mile up the road according to resident Jerry Brown.  “(Trash) this bad (isn’t) normal,” Brown said as he stood near a line of trash on the side of the road.  But Brown said it’s not the first time people have dumped their trash on the road. He said trash was dumped in the area about two years ago.  Another resident said previously she is having problems with trash on her end of Sugar Way Road — at Grigsby Ferry Road — but it is strewn by animals. The garbage truck does not pick up their trash at each location on the road causing residents to have to take it to the intersection.  Brown said he’s not sure who dumped the trash that appeared there Friday, but he believes that the person works on air  See Dumping, Page 2A  News-Courier/ Alissa Clark  Sugar Way Road resident Jerry Brown stands near piles of trash that have been dumped illegally on his road.  Unsung heroes    Tanner    boys    win  Jan Matthews offers scholarships to honor Aaron Romine takes top individual those who helped her achieve her dreams honors in county golf tourney „  The News-Cm  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  ^ & cl' пл/0'thiiftÿ  R.M. Higginbotham of Harvest  Subscriber of the clay  Hey, Sound Off:  I feel that I must respond to that person who gave us the definition of a liberal as defined by a dictionary.  The real definition of a modern day liberal is as follows: A liberal will never support a war when America is attacked. They will ahvayt say that it was our fault that we were attacked.  A liberal does not believe in individual achievement rather they believe in the group (i.e.. Socialism). Read some of Hilary Clinton's statements.  A liberal does not like being held accountable for their actions or deeds. That’s why the extreme left wing liberal is trying to do away with Christianity. Just take a look at the Hollywood liberals and the mainstream press.  A liberal has no problem lying if it achieves their goal. A liberal loves to rewrite history (part of lying). Read some of Hilary Clinton’s statements.  A liberal believes that government should be involved in every aspect of our lives (Socialism).  A liberal supports the redistribution of wealth. (Socialism).  A liberal believes that they are better than non-liberal people.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Index  Classified ......4-8B  Comics .........3B  Health..........8A  Ledger.........11A  Obituaries  2A  Ruth Ann Hale Al White  Sports ........1*2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather ........3A  Dailv Bible Moment   ] e entered a bouse and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.  Mark 7:24  Uitnedone lùttflbd  322 Hm. 31 N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934  Mother arrested in adoption case  Woman charged with illegally giving child to Athens couple for adoption  By Karen Middleton  ancnews@pclnet. net The birth mother of a 4-year-old child in the middle of a local adoption dispute was arrested Saturday in Columbia, S.C., on a $500,000 warrant alleging violation of a Yolo County, Calif., custody order, according to Sacramento area news reports, llene Hill, 23, mother of a child identi  fied by the adoptive parents as “Anna,” gave the child up for adoption in March without allegedly first obtaining consent from the child’s father, 22-year-old Jesse Baldizan of West Sacramento.  Yolo County issued a warrant for Hill’s arrest, accusing her of “illegally withholding or concealing the child and maliciously depriving” Baldizan, of West Sacramento of his right of cus  tody.  If convicted. Hill could face a three-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.  Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis said Tuesday that the “adoption case is proceeding.” Davis said as a sitting judge he is not free to divulge any particulars in the case. “The proceeds are in the bounds of Alabama law and the best interests of this child are paramount.”  Davis said there is no “final disposition” of the case.  According to a statement released by  the adoptive parents, who live in the East Limestone community and have a Madison address, Hill contacted them in February 2005 with a story of “desperation."  “We were assured by the birth mother [of] the following information: The birth father’s family was not willing to help, and neither he nor his family had provided financial support to the birth mother; there was no contact from the birth father or his family from June 2004; there was no contact from June  See Adoption, Page 2A  Man ticketed  for speeding on U.S. 72 three times in two days  B 1 * Sonny Ti rner   sonny@uthensnews-courier.com   A Lauderdale County man has found out the hard way that state troopers mean business in their daily patrols of dangerous U.S. 72 West of Athens.  Not only has it dug deep into his pocket book, but it could cost him his driving rights as well. But still the man is taking the three speeding tickets he got over a two-day period in stride.  “He knew it was going to cost him and he knew he may even lose his driving rights," said Limestone County C ircuit Court Clerk Charles Page. “But at least he is talking about it and even had smile on his face.”  The man, who Page has not yet identified, was on his way to work in Huntsville one morning in early April when a state trooper issued him a speeding ticket on U.S. 72 West between Rogersville and Athens. Then a separate trooper gave the man another speeding ticket the same day, but in the afternoon on U.S. 72 West as the man was headed home from work. Two days later, another trooper issued the man his third citation in two days on U.S. 72 West. Again, the man was headed to work in Huntsville.  “You have t6 feel for him, but on the other hand you would thin!; he would have learned his lesson." Page said. “He has three of the 4,000 speeding tickets the state has issued since they started patrolling the highway for speeders since the first of the year."  The man is faced with paying $158 for each speeding ticket he received, court records show. In addition, state law says three speeding tickets w ithin a one year span and it's three strikes — you could lose your driving privileges. State troopers are expected to patrol that stretch of U.S. 72 heavily until at least the first of the year. Troopers are working overtime to make sure drivers do not break the driving laws.  U.S. 72 West of Athens has been targeted by Gov. Bob Riley for improvements. Riley ordered the heavy patrols following several deadly w recks on that stretch of road.  The speed limit during times of rain has been reduced to 45 mph. The speed limit is 60 mph on a normal day.   

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