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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama B-l-N-G-0 Series examines who’s minding the store when it comes to game proceeds. Coming Sunday Too good to refuse Walker moves to Ardmore in rash of coaching changes at county schools IB The News-Courier ’KlDAY, it'Ni; 24, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future eneHsaiu nvncori* 50 C'en i s Martha Tribble of Harvest Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: Isn’t progress peculiar? Our city officials promised that if alcohol became legal, they would control it with tough zoning ordinances. At the first hint of the “L” word (lawsuit), the city caves, rezones and gives us more liquor choices in even more places! In the meantime, Athens sadly records another policeman shot. The News-Courier reported ‘fights between intoxicated rivals at the scene where the officer was shot. If this progress continues, Athens will soon catch up with Atlanta and Detroit. A small handful of retailers are making the money and a little town with a population of less than 25,000 people suddenly resembles the violet streets of urban America. That’s progress? Doesn’t anyone want their life back? More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Seu s-Couriet 202-2720 Index Classified — . .3-7B Comics....... 8B Ledger ....... . .15A Obituaries..... .. ,2A Clara Mae Cribbs Mary Ella Mosely James C. Stanford Sr. James Albert Watkins Hubbard Michael White Religion...... .9-11A Sports....... . .1-2B Valley ....... ...5A Weather...... 2A Daily Bible Moment TLet not the floodwater overflow me; nor let the deep swallow me up. Psalm 69:15 322 Hwv. 31N • Athens hJNU    256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 7    698    47    00001    6 Water and Sewer board continues manager search Members of the Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority met Thursday with a representative of a firm hired to conduct a search for a new water manager. Board Chairman Bobby Gilbert called for an executive session following discussion of the regular business items on the agenda. Gilbert said the executive session was held so members could discuss the good name and character of applicants being considered to replace Bobby Chandler as manager. Going into executive session is legal to discuss “good name and character,” said board attorney Jim Moffatt. Chandler resigned in January after public outcry about a $15,000 bonus he received from board members in 2004. The firm of Nicholas, Reagan and Ross was retained to help find a replacement. Rick Thwing of Decatur represented the firm at Thursday’s meeting. No action was taken. The meeting was the first for new member Mike Hardaway. Hardaway was appointed after board member Jerry King had to relinquish his position after he moved from the district he was appointed to represent. Board members are appointed by the Limestone County Commission for a term of six years. Hardaway’s term ends in 2111. On Moffatt’s advice, board members voted again on three items they had approved in May. Moffatt said he was concerned the May votes would be void because they included King s vote. Board members once again approved paying bills from the 2004 construction fund; accepting a bid for a Ford Ranger truck from Woody Anderson Ford, the only bidder; and requesting bids for the best rate to renew a CD. — Kelly Kazek News-Courier/Kim Rynders Mike Hardaway attended his first meeting as a new water board member Thursday. Police shooter indicted Elkmont man hurt in assault with auto By Sonny Turner sonny@jathensnews-courier.com An Elkmont teenager who was injured Wednesday night when he was struck by a car just outside his home has not yet decided whether to press charges against the man who is being accused of running over him, Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Thursday. The 18-year-old victim was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital where he was treated and released from injuries he sustained on his knee and arm, McNatt said. “The victim states that the man driving the car ran over him intentionally, but he is not sure if he wants to press charges,” the investigator said Thursday. “We are still investigating, but it is likely charges will not be filed unless the victim decides to pursue it,” said McNatt. “That will be left up to him.” The investigator did not identify the injured teenager or the man who is accused of running him over saying until charges are filed in the case. The assault occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Sugar Way in Elkmont at the home of the 18-year-old, authorities said. “The 18-year said the offender had come to his house and was intoxicated,” McNatt said. “He said the man got into an argument with someone inside the house.” Investigators were told by the teenager that the man had just backed his vehicle out of the driveway and as he was leaving he struck the teenager who was standing on the side of the road with the car. “The victim told us that when the offender got into it with someone inside the house that the offender was asked to leave the house,” McNatt said. City schools to implement mandated 6% pay increase By Tashia Lovell tash ia@athensnews-courier. com In a meeting Thursday night, the Athens City School Board approved that a state mandated six-percent salary increase be implemented at the beginning of the employee contract year. The increase includes teachers, principals, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc. Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. will also be receiving a salary increase. In other business the following personnel items were approved: Resignations, Jerry Davis, Athens High School boys’ track coach; Kristie Murphree, Athens Elementary physical education aide; David Reeves, AHS assistant football coach and head baseball coach; Transfers, Martin Bailey to alternative school for one section of science; Kim Bailey to alternative school for one section of language arts; Marisol Bet-Sayad to system-wide ESL teacher; Emma Binford to system -wide special education aide at Athens Elementary; John Bond to language arts teacher at Athens Middle School; Sherry See Schools, Page 2A Terrias Donta Cain, 21, of 1306 Montreat Dr., Athens, with reckless endangerment. Cain is accused of firing shots into the air during a disturbance that led to the officer being shot. Blakely said Wednesday he does not anticipate any more arrests from the shooting that injured Athens Police Detective Brett Constable, 39, of Athens. The officer was shot in the chest by a bullet that struck his forearm and his thumb before exiting his right armpit. He was treated and later released from Huntsville See Shooter, Page 2A A bumper crop News-Courier/Kim Rynders Marlene Isom, owner of Isom’s Produce on U.S. 72, hands a basket of peaches to Jane Wood, while her granddaughter Hayley Hampton looks on. Isom owns the orchard with her husband, Wes. See Horse and Farm on page 8A for more information on this year’s peach crop. Limestone grand jury charges against Vic Houston include attempted murder By Sonny Turner sormy@athensnews-courier.com A Limestone County grand jury has indicted an Athens man who police say shot an Athens police detective Sunday morning during a disturbance at the American Legion building off Cloverleaf Drive in Athens. Vic Demone Houston, 46, of 705 Browns Ferry St., Athens, was indicted on charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and carrying a pistol after being convicted of a crime of violence. Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails said Thursday the indictments were issued against Houston on Wednesday after she presented evidence from the shooting to the grand jury which has been in session all this week. Brett Constable Vic Houston Vails said no other indictments were issued involving the Sunday shooting incident although Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has charged one other man.