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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 State title at stake  Tide, Tigers carry high expectations into Saturday’s Iron Bowl game  Cooking big  From mud pies to groundhogs, Brenda White cooks it all  9A  News-Courier  Thursday, Novkiviber 17,2005  Ser\ i\G Athens and Limestone Coi ntv; A Commi nma of Tradition and Fete  RE  enewscou rier.com  O j ^CrCrd  Horace Wooten of Athens  SiilxsEriher of the clav  W№  Hey. Sound Off:  Hats oft' to Councilnian Jimmy (lill for voting against pouring more money into the old C ollege Inn buildings.  fhere may be a handful w ho can remember the old buildings but there are even fewer who want t)ur taxes spent on restoration. If you want the buildings restored, then get out and raise the nivtney or do the work yourself  How much better the money could have been used if given to the school system or Habitat for Humanity.  We are fast approaching a time w hen we are all going to have to account for all the spending our city is so free with.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  (ict the news with your inorninLi coffee  Subscribt- to The \eu'S-c:<>uner  232 2'2()  Index     Classified_____    .. .5-8B      Comics......    . . 4B      Headlines    .., 6A      Ledger ......    7A      Obituaries..,.    2A     Mildred H. Chambers Adline Lapington Donna Jo McAnally Susie Mae Moore Jewel Dean Pylant Harold Francis Scott Evelyn Sutton  Opinion .........4A  Sports.........1-3B  Valley ..........5A  Weather.........2A  Dailv Bible Moment  od has caused me to he J'nI itfuI in the latid of my afflict iof I.  Genesis 41:52  limestone Chape  '.w  .122 Hhv. 31 S • \ihen> 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-"^71-0934  69847'00001  Recycler’s dump site cleared  Tistricts pool resources to dean Burgreen site  Bv KvRFN Minm.FrON  ancuewsui pciiief. net  Piles of junk 30-foot high are now gone from the Burgreen Road site of a bankrupt recveling firm.  C’ountv C'onimission C hairman David Seibert sail! Wednesday that the cleanup is now complete at the fonner Recycling Solutions. A year ago, the Alabama Department of fan ironmental Management filed a claim with the bankruptcy court seeking funds with vv hieh to clean up the site.  Nearbv residents had complained of infestations of rats, snakes, tlies and mosquitiK’s associated w ith aeeuniulalions of appliances, tires, con  struction debris and even citv of Madison street debris that were lefl behind after the ow ners dosed up shop.  Owners Rav Stubblefieki a fonner Madison citv councilman, and William Ifrvyington eeascil operation ot the business, which was located on a leased she. more than a year ago and filed tor protection under federal bankruptev laws.  Seibert said Wednesdav that all four commission districts lent manpower, equipment and materials to complete the cleanup.  “You've seen the pictures troni before the cleanup, but you should .see it now." said Seibert.  Seibert made his comments at the conclusion of a Wednesdav commission work session where commissioners set the agenda for .McaKlav's meet-  See Dump, Page 2A  Last year, piles of trash rose as high as 30 feet of the dump. In this photo, clearing of the site  lie Pliou>  in some portions had just begun.  II the nearly 600,000 nionthh' ineth u.sers in the I nitecl Stales each had a child, a nieth lab and typical health complications, their use could cost governments more than S-i9 billion in the war of their arrests.  Nation seeks a solution to meth blight  Bv Li kt Kn(, v\  C'XI/I \'ews Service As methamphetamine moves from the rural Heartland into American cities, ptilice. experts and health officials sort through their toolbox for ways to fight the epidemic.  It s a challenge that can be seen from the darting eyes ot recovering users to the wringing hands of concerned community members.  Lasi in a Series  But allowing use to spread unimpeded is costly to the public pocketbook.  More than 12 million people m the United States have used meth at least once, estimated a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey. More women now use meth than cocaine.  Despite its spread, methamphetamine remains a rural drug in much of the country.  Take .Maryland, where meth use is most common in the state's western hills, said Vern Conaway, commander of drug enforcement for Maryland State Police.  C lubgoers in the Baltimore area use crystal meth and eestacy. two forms of methamphetamine. But Conaway said the most common profile of a meth user in Maryland is a middle-aged employed white male of low to moderate income who lives in rural parts of the state.  Caught med-handed  Retailers faced meth-related costs after pseu-doephedrine. a legal cold medicine ingredient, was tar-  See Solution, Page 3A  Faces of Meth'“ photos used with permission of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland, Ore.  . Yiblic costs of meth epidemic high  11 the nearly 600.()()() monthly meth users in the United States each had a child, a meth lab and typical health complications, their use could cost governments more than S49 billion in the year of their arrests.  Taxpayers’ tab:  • Local police respond for a lab bust and follow-up testimony for trial: S2.800  • State crime lab evidence analysis; SS4  • Child welfare advocacy: S3,526  • Intensiv e foster care: S29.930 per year  • District attorney paralegal costs: SSO for criminal case, S80 for child welfare case  • Judges, court clerks and public defender; more than S3.000  • Detox treatment on three levels, a typical  41-dav process, subsidized to tw ice the poverty level; S3.280  • Jail holding until trial: S40 per day  • Blood pressure medication in county jail: S50-300 per month  • Medication to treat psychotic symptoms; S200-1.000 per month  • Pulling teeth left rotten bv meth: $350-500  • U.S. Drug Lnforcement Administration specialists cleaning up a meth lab: S3.500  • One year in prison: nearly SI6,600  Sources: Johnson County. Texas, sheriff's office. Northern Oklahoma College NOC Report, Texas Department of State Health Services.  Delphi workers won’t see change in health plan  From staff and wire reports  The 16.000 salaried employees working at the bankrupt Delphi Corp. including some who work at the Limestone County complex will pay roughly the same rates for medical coverage in 2006 as they did this year under updated health care plans released earlier this month.   REL.4TED Story, Page 5A  According to news out of Detroit, Mich. Wednesday, Delphi opted not to shift more costs to salaried workers even as it’s asking its 33,000 hourly workers to accept huge increases in health care costs. The decision also comes as most U.S. businesses are raising premiums, deductibles and other health costs for white-collar employees to offset spiraling medical costs.  Delphi said its salaried employees already pay a higher percentage of their health care costs than hourly workers do and should not have to pay more.  The approach differs from one taken last month at General Motors, which raised white-collar health costs for 2006 in a sign that cost-cutting w'ould be shared at all levels. The increases coincided with GM’s agreement  See Delphi, Page 2A  News-Courier/Kim Rynders Ann Laurence  Ann Laurence introduced as oublisher O ' Neivs-Courier  Bv CHARI.OT I E Fl ETON  charlottefwathensnews-courier.com  Ann Laurence, a Kentucky native who has spent her entire career in newspapers, has joined The News-Courier as publisher following the resignation of Denny Koenders.  Laurence comes to The News-Courier from Morehe'ad News Group in Morehead Ky., where she was publisher. Morehead News Group, like The News-Courier, is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Laurence joined CNHI five years ago as director of group salesTiiche products for C'NHI’s Bluegrass Division, based in Kentucky.  Prior to her affiliation with CNHI, Laurence was advertising director for The Winchester Sun in her hometown of Winchester, Ky. She also has worked as classified advertising manager for the New London Day in New London, Conn.  See Publisher, Page 3A   

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