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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 14, 2009, Athens, Alabama Locals appear during All-Star week in Huntsville PAGE IB The News Courie Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 50 (4'nls Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Riley presents award to AMS Athens Middle School among three in state honored for AMSTI program . VALLEY, PAGE 4A Alabama doctor to be next surgeon general Obama names Dr. Regina Benjamin of Bayou La Batre to post PAGE 5A Index Classifieds 4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........5 A Obituaries 2A Beverly Campbell Mable Hughes Katherine Williams Sports...........IB Valley...........4A ^    69847    00001 Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Meeting grows ‘his’-terical Historic district residents fill council chamber to protest new ordinance By Karen Middle'ix)N kareni^albensnews-coLiher.ivni It was standing room only Monday night when residents of Athens’ three historical districts filled City Council chambers to protest proposed changes to preservation ordinances. One Beaty District resident disagreed so vehemently she announced her withdrawal from the district. Chief among the complaints were the levying of a proposed $500-per-day fine and misdemeanor charges for non-compliance. Former city councilman Bucky Patton said that about 10 years ago a petition circulated among the residents of the historic districts and 90 percent of those who signed agreed that the rules were too strict. “Since that time, things have gotten lax,” said Patton. “But $500 See Historical, page 3A So one hurt in Hobbs St. fire NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE ' An Athens firefighter prepares to store his gear following a fire Monday off West Hobbs Street. Athens Fire Capt. Paul Anton emerges from a home at 1222 W. Hobbs St. about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Firefighters quickly contained the blaze to one wall and a small section of the roof of the wood-frame home used only for storage by the owners, who live next door. A preliminary Investigation shows • the fire started in the breaker box. Athens firefighters quickly extinguish probable’ electrical blaze Monday B\ Jean Cole jeaiii^athensnews-ivuiier.ixmt A fire likefy caused by an electrical short seriously damaged one wall and moderately damaged the roof of a wood-fi:ame home on West Hobbs Street on Monday morning, said Athens fire oflBdals. About nine firefighters roared to 1222 W. Hobbs St. after the owner of the home, who lives next door at 1224 W. Hobbs St., called to report smoke in the home about 11:16 am., \\iiich is used only for storage. The home was burning when about nine firefighters arrived on Engine 1, Engine 3 and Tower 10 but they were quickly able to suppress it. Ibey did a check for anyone inside, which is routine, and then, when the fire was out, pulled out the Sheetrock and got behind the wall and checked above and below to make sure the fire was out, said Fire Chief Danny Southard and Battalion Chief Toby Carter. Firefighters were already removing their gear and begin ning to roll up the hoses crisscrossing the ground when The News Courier arrived. “Our prehminaiy investigation shows the cause was probably electrical,” Southard said. There was moderate to severe damage to the wall where the electrical box is located and moderate damage to a small section of the roof, Carter said. Firefighters, Capt. Leslie Williams, Capt. Paul Anton, Jared James and Fire Prevention Chief Tony Kiik tried to pinpoint the cause of the fire and make sure it was out. Telly Savalas Jacobs Police: Molester lived too close to schools BV Jl-AN 0)I.E /< ‘aiiif atht ‘Dsiu ‘ws-coiihi r.anii An Athens man. Icily Savalas Jacobs, has been charged with two counts of violating the Community Notification Act, the law requiring convicted sex ofi’end-ers to notify law-enforcement officials before moving or changing jobs, records show. Jacobs, 33, of 939 E. Strain Road, is accused of moving without giving the required 30-day notice and living at 110 Thomas St. in the Quadplex Apartments, which is within 2,000 feet ofjulian Newman Elementary School and First Baptist Pre-School, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. Jacobs was convicted inl997 of first-degree sexual abuse involving a 16-year-old female. He was transferred to the Limestone County Jail and cannot be released until he provides an address acceptable to law-enforcement officials. Victim lured by woman to his assault, police say The promise of a woman’s interest lured a 24-year-old Athens man to an apartment complex where he was assaulted and robbed, an official said. The victim, whose name was withheld by Athens Police, reported he was riding around town Sunday night with a 30-year-old acquaintance who told him he knew a girl at Swan Creek Apartments who wanted to meet him, said Athens Police Capt. 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