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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Back in swing  Tide’s offense trying to regain its groove jg  A puzzler  Have you tried Sudoku? Today’s trial brain-teaser is inside. Give us your feedback 6A  e News-Courier  Ti October 18, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscouner.com  50 Cents  к н.  È  O'0-d rwQ'Xs tv vh/  Todd Porter of Athens  Subscriber of the clay  HI) OFF  Hey, Sound Off:  I would like to say thanks to The News-Courier for having the Sound Off section in the paper.  I feel that it is important for people to be able to express their feelings freely, even though sometimes I may not agree with them. And by the way, this is not called “whining.” It's called freedom of speech.  As for people not stopping at the four-way stop on Lucas Ferry road I wouldn't know who stops or just does an “Alabama roll through the crossing unless 1 sat there and watched. Personally, I have more to do with my life than that, but 1 can assure you 1 do stop at the signs.  If the person who wrote to Sound Off about people doing an Alabama roll through the signs is a police officer, then they should be giving tickets.  If not, then they should be taking tag numbers and reporting them to the proper authorities.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News -Cou tier  Delphi officers take cuts  232-2720  Index  Classified........4B  Comics..........3B  Ledger ..........5A  Valley...........5A  Movie Listing  3A  Obituaries........2A  Michael Carter Sports ..........1B  Daily Bible iMoment  W/ here is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.  Psalm 130:4  №  ■‘Wc Okw”  ‘m.itone  322 Hw\. 31N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit Une 256-771-0934  I  V    ПЛп<‘П  1 ROY, Mich.—Delphi Corp. Monday made several announcements related to executive compensation in connection with its recently filed chapter 11 business reorganization cases. Delphi's Chairman and CEO. Steve Miller, will reduce his salary to $ 1 per year, effective Jan. 1, 2006, and continuing until Delphi successfully emerges from its reorganization in Chapter 11 In addition, the Delphi officers who were at Delphi at the time when Miller joined the company, volunteered to waive 10 percent of their base pay, 20 percent in the case of President Rodney O'Neal, to be effective Ian 1 2006.  “I have given the subject of executive compensation a great deal of thought and planned to announce a reduction in my own compensation, as 1 had previously suggested." said Robert S. “Steve” Miller, Delphi  Chairman and CEO Miller to take Si per year salary; company officers waive 10- 20 percent of base pay  chairman and CEO. “In addition to my annual salary of SI. I will continue to receive zero bonus, zero severance, zero pension plan, and will have no other similar entitlements whatsoever. While I remain concerned about the below-market compensation paid to many of our key executives, Delphi's transformation message must be unambiguous and marked indelibly by the commitment of Delphi’s leadership. To that end, Delphi’s officers who were at Delphi when I joined, have unilaterally volunteered to give back 10-20 percent of their base pay a clear indication of their com-  mitment.”  Delphi said that the balance ol compensation ai rangements for its executives would be decided by the Bankruptcy Court at the company’s Nov. 29 omnibus hearing when the company's Key Executive Compensation Program (Kf CP) motion will be heard by the Court. Under the terms of the KECP motion, w hich was filed w ith the Bankruptcy Court on Oct. 8, Delphi w ill cancel pre\ iously authorized and disclosed retention bonus programs and unvested long-term incentive compensation programs and will  Man charged with assault of 2 officers  Patch Work  Bv Sonny Ti rnfk  sonny \a athensnews-courier.com A man who apparently became upset because his w ife locked him out of their apartment room because he was intoxicated and had caused injuries to their 5-year-old child, was arrested Monday after he attacked several investigating Athens police officers.  Willie Nava Gonzalez, 21, of 606 U.S. 31 South, Athens, was in the Limestone County Jail Monday charged with two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of domestic violence and resisting arrest.  Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said Gonzalez and his common-law wife were staying at the Budget Inn in Athens off US. 31 when he returned home early Monday after midnight intoxicated.  "He threw a can of beer at her hitting her in the face after she earlier locked him out of the apartment because he had been wrestling with the child who had been sick,” Bruce said. “He came back and after she refused to let him back in he broke a w indow and kicked in the door, causing slight injuries to the child who was behind the door at the time.”  The suspect attacked his father-in-law and punched him in the lip after the father-in-law attempted to restrain him, a police report said.  Bruce said when police arrived on the scene, Gonzalez started fighting with them, kicking Officer Dustin Lansford and blowing mucus from his nose on to Officer Wesley Jarrett.  “They tried to handcuff him and he resisted,” Bruce said. “He didn't have a shirt on at the time and was bleeding,”  Police said the suspect kicked on the window of the patrol car once the officers got him inside the car. He also kicked Officer Greg Parnell who was there to assist.  “Once they got him to the county jail he started to fight the officers again,” Bruce said. "The man was highly intoxicated at the time and apparently got mad over being locked out of the apartment.“ The officers received minor cuts and bruises.  Kirsten Kelley arranges pumpkins at the Friendship Learning Center Pumpkin Patch on Lucas Ferry Road.  The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins, gourds, mums, Indian corn and hay.  Hours are Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds go to benefit the preschool and daycare.  News-Courier/ Kim R' nders  Inspired to read   All4kA . . j ,    _    ..    .    News-Courier/Kim    Rynders  Author Adrian Fogelin speaks to students at Athens Intermediate School. The fifth and sixth graders have been studying the author, who conducted a two-day workshop for the students.  Commissioners revise rules for traveling workers  By Sonny Ti rner   sonny@adtmsnews-courier.com   The Limestone County Commission revised its employee travel policy Monday because Chairman David Seibert said the employees were not being reimbursed enough when they take trips on county business.  In the past, Seibert said the county paid employees S40 per day for meals which was increased to $50 per day.  In addition, he said in the past employees were required to drive their vehicles up to a distance of 500 miles on trips and that was changed to 350 miles. Another change approved was that employees can’t stay in a motel room on one day trips under 60 miles.  “The policy we had in  place was outdated and needed revising,” said Seibert. “On out-of- state travel the employees will be reimbursed for their actual expenses."  In other action, the commission adopted a resolution opposing the City of Huntsville's plan to to cross the property of 15 East Limestone County landowners with a sewer line to Huntsville's annexed areas in Limestone County.  Commissioners agreed to the resolution after three of those landowners — Norman C'hittam, Olan Phillips and Marty Emerson — came before the commission last w'eek requesting county action.  See Commission, Page 3A   

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