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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Field of dreams  New Athens High School baseball coach looking for grassroots support from Golden Eagles’ fans  The News-C  Saturday, AiKiiisr 6, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscouricr.com  SOCems  Fran Smith of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Fab 4 pretenders  Beatles tribute band coming to Athens September. See story  Sunday  imtFF  Hey, Sound Off:  In response to Sunday’s letter to the editor regarding poor service at the new county annex. The author needs to be informed that the License Examiner’s Office is a state, not county, office. If you had polled the others waiting, you would find that a large percentage are from our neighboring counties Apparently, the wait is longer there than it is here.  Finally, advice to anyone at the Examiner’s Office, don’t go when school is out. That is when students go because it is not an excused absence.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu'S-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified   .4-7A  Comics..........5B  Golf............7A  Obituaries 2A  Elree Couey Culps Shelby Jean Smith  Sports.........1-4B  Weather.........2A  Daily Bible Moment  or he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  James 2:13  "<Wt  J22 Hwv.tlN*Ath*iii 25*-2.12-l05l Obit lint 25b-771-09M  69847 00001  Auto plant to employ 75  Elkmont to be site of car comoonent manufacturer  K vrkn Midih.eton  ancnews^pclnet. net Less than one year after Electricfil Automotive, a Beynost, France-based electronics component company in Elkmont, announced a three-year employment goal it has hired more than half the projected workers, according to  Human Resources Manager Lynn Lane.  The company, located off Alabama 127 in the former Alabama Wire complex, produces sensors for automotive engines and transmissions. Officials announced the location of Electricfil in Elkmont on Aug. 24, 2004, estimating that they would hire 75 employees over  three years.  Purchase of the plant represented a $5 million investment for the company begun by Johanny Thollin in 1936. Lane said employment now stands at 40. She said the company would hire another 25 to 30 workers by the end of the year.  “For production jobs we work through AIDT (Alabama Industrial Development Training)," said Lane. “We just tell people to watch the paper for openings. Also, for salaried positions, they need to watch the paper for advertising.”  Lane said the Elkmont plant is shipping out from 11,000 to 12,000 parts a week.  A “tier one” supplier, Electricfil’s production is subdivided among three automotive components: engine control, ignition and injection solutions, which make up 62 percent of sales; transmission solutions for electronic manual and automatic gear boxes, which constitutes 25 percent of business; and energy, passenger compartment heating and air conditioning, which makes up 13 percent of sales, according to the company’s Web site.  ‘Snake Man’ gets day in court  Exit  i  Ncws-Couricr Alissa Clark  Turner Davis Roberts, also known as “snake man,” and his wife “Tootie” are en route to the third floor of the Limestone County Courthouse Friday morning. Roberts was to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge of possession of a non-indigenous venomous snake.  Man pleads not guilty to snake charge; says pet not venomous  B\ I asuia Lon ei I.  tashiaCa athensnews-couriencom Turner Davis Roberts, also known as "Snake Man,” pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge for the pos.session of w hat authorities called a non-indigenous venomous snake.  The snake v\as eventually euthanized.  As Roberts was en route to the third floor of the  Limestone County Courthouse with his wife “Tootie” he said, “A lot of people don’t understand snakes.. .a lot of people don’t understand me.”  Roberts said he had the snake, what he said is a false water cobra, for several years and it was not dangerous to humans. He said the snake had bitten him several times.  See Snake Man, Page 2A  Thompson  Man charged with making meth remains behind bars  Bv SONNV 14 RNEK  sonny(a athensnew s-eoiiher. com  Garth Allison Thompson remained in Limestone County .lail on S5(),000 bond Friday after his arrest Wednesday charging him with manufacturing the drug known as “crystal meth.”  The    41-year-old  Elkmont sheetrock finisher is expected to be arraigned in Limestone C ounty C'ircuit Court later this summer. Evidence against him will go before the next session of a Limestone County grand jury which meets later this year.  Limestone County authorities raided Thompiion’s Clem Road residence late Wednestlay confiscating dozens of items they >ay were used to make crystal meth. Those items were found inside an abandoned house across from Thompson’s home.  “We believe he has been manufacturing the drug to sale on the street and for his personal use.” said Limestone Drug Enforcement OtTicer Lance Royals who added that authorities were alerted that Thompson might he involved in illegal drug activity.  Thompson is charged vv ith the manufacture of a controlled substance and was arrested after lawmen raided the abandoned home, a home that Thompson use to live in,  C’onfiscated from the home were more than l.OOO Sudafed pills that investigators believe were purchased over the counter to be crushed as a key ingredient in the making of crystal meth. Also seized were propane gas tanks, ammonia, several bottles of Heet, Ephedrine, Acidone and other items.  ".All the stulThe needed to make the drug was there inside that house.” said Royals. “W’e didn’t find any crystal meth in the house, but we believe he has made it and sold It in the past.”  Surprise storm Friday leads to power outages  An unexpected hail storm damaged two substations Friday afternoon, causing outages in southern Limestone County, including loss of power to traffic lights in front of Calhoun Community College.  A .spokesman for Athens Utilities said crews were busy working on dow ned lines.  “We’re working to make sure we get things back up right now,” he said. He did not know how many homes were w ithout power.  Spencer Black, director of Limestone C ounty Emergency Management Agency, said he was driving along Interstate 65 when the storm hit.  “1 just came through it and there was some hail and lightning, Winds might have been  about 30 mph,” he said, adding it appeared to be “just a plain old thunderstorm.”  He said he saw a large tree uprooted along the interstate near Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road.  A firefighter with Tanner Volunteer Fire Department reported that problems occurred when traffic lights went out on U.S. 31 in front of Calhoun and that cars were hydroplaning in the heavy downpour.  Athens police responded to a wreck at U.S. 72 and Mooresville Road during the storm, but no one was injured, a spokeswoman said.  As of Friday afternoon, no other damage from the storm was reported.  Kelly Kazek  Nice day for ice  Five-year-old Ally Davis tries a spoonful of Hawaiian Shaved Ice at a stand on U.S. 31 Friday afternoon. This is the last weekend to buy the cool treat at this location. Aliy and her grandmother Deborah Davis were spending the day together. Ally is the daughter of Clint and Rebecca Davis.  New s-C ouricr Kim Rvndcrs   

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