Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hev, Sound Off:
Responding to the item about the condition of the area in Swan Creek Park where kids skateboard, I agree something should be done.
Maybe the city should do like other cities everywhere and give these kids something better than a little section of asphalt to practice on.
Maybe some bleachers or benches like other sports have so skaters and fans could enjoy their time at a park instead of a dead end street. Recently, the Athens City Council approved a bid of $42,000 for renovations to Big Spring Park, including the installation of a new keystone wall around the pond.
I wonder if we could find some money to build the skaters something that would not be an '‘eyesore.”
The city has talked about a park for the kids for so long now, maybe it is time to seriously do something instead of just talking about it.
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50 CentsCounty names 3 new coaches
By Phil Willis
The coaching slate is again filled for Limestone County high school football.
Ken Adams will coach the Ardmore Tigers, Barry Daniel the Clements Colts and Chad McGehee the Elkmont Red Devils after the .Limestone County School Board approved their hiring during its regular session Monday night.
Adams comes to ArdmorfcTrojn Calera, where he has been head coach for nine years. His team last year posted an impressive 11-1 record. He takes over for Barry Gibson, who spent three years at Ardmdre and turned the Tigers from a state laughing-stock in Class 3A to a Class 4A playoff team. The Tigers, who at one point approached a state record with 33 straight losses, went 7-4 last year, including a 28-14 opening-round playoff loss on the road at Dora. Gibson’s first team went 2-8.
Since that time, the Tigers have a 13-9 record.
“Coach Gibson has done a great job at Elkmont for the last three years and I just want to continue his success,” Adams said. “I know the expectations are great in Ardmore and we’ll just have to get a little better each day.”
Daniel spent the last 10 years at perennial power Russellville High School, where he served as defensive coordinator, special teams coach and strength coach. His teams won 40 games over the last three years and have proven a nemesis for Athens High School, defeating the Golden Eagles four times during that span.
Daniel takes over for Mike Young, who resigned on Jan. 29 after directing the Colts to a 2-8 record last season. Young, in six seasons at Clements, improved the team’s work ethic and increased the numbers in the program.
He said upon resigning that he believes the ground-
Adams Daniel McGehee
work has been laid for a successful season for the new coach in 2005.
“I'm really excited about where we are and where we can go,” Daniel said of the prospects at Clements. "1 just have to work hard to keep developing that work
See Coaches, Page 2A
Woman runs over common law husband
By Kelly Kazek
com On Sunday afternoon, Jeanna Kilpatrick placed her toddler in her Oldsmobile Alero with the intention of leaving her common-law husband.
He had other ideas.
Timothy Emerson, 40, of 14109 Deb Drive, stood in front of the car in an attempt to stop his wife.
Kilpatrick had other ideas.
She drove the car over Kilpatrick Emerson — not once but twice — before leaving the scene, according to Limestone County investigators.
“She knocks him down and, according to witnesses, he was struck twice by the vehicle, like she backed up and struck him again,” said Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
Emerson was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, then transferred to Huntsville Hospital, where he was treated for a broken
See Run over, Page 2A
Inmate dies at Athens City Jail
By Sonny Turner
Athens police are expecting an autopsy to tell them what caused the death of a 31-year-old Athens man Saturday who was found dead on the floor of his cell at the Athens City Jail. Preliminary toxicology tests proved inconclusive, Capt. Marty Bruce said late Monday.
Luis Garcia Martinez, of 1311 Wheeler Street, Athens, was arrested after he jumped on the back of an Athens policeman who was attempting to arrest Martinez’ brother for domestic violence.
“He was laughing and talking while he was being booked in at the jail,” Bruce said Monday of Martinez. “But when our officers checked his cell a little later they found him on the floor and he was not breathing.”
Bruce said Martinez was in the same cell as his brother, Jose Coriano, 18. Coriano was in the bunk asleep when officers found his brother dead, Bruce added.
See Inmate, Page 2A
On Thin Ice?
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Above, Athens City Council members Harold Wales, left, and Johnny Crutcher pick up some of the debris left at a temporary skate site in Swan Creek Park. Crutcher is holding wheels of a skateboard. At left, graffiti and nails litter the site.
Are skateboarding vandals hurting chances of getting city skate park?
By Kelly Kazek
The stuffing from a tattered, weather-beaten sofa is strewn across the asphalt area. Its dirty cushions — also tossed around the lot — are decorated with graffiti written in black marker.
“(Name omitted) is a (profanity) turd burger,” reads one.
“Skate 4 death,” says another.
Nearby, boards lay stacked like a
“If we build a skate park,
dangerous game of pick-up sticks, rusty nails pointing skyward.
Concrete benches placed by the city for people using Swan Creek
Park have been rutted and gouged in tracks that appear to have been made by the wheels of skateboards.
Locks and chains hang from the gates of the adjoining tennis courts to keep vandals at bay. They also keep residents from the easy access they once had.
Someone is vandalizing the temporary park created for local skate-
See Skateboarding, Page 3A
Three injured in crash at Glaze and Quinn
Three Athens motorists were injured in a grinding two-car collision just after lunchtime Monday at the intersection of Glaze and Quinn roads, about a mile west of Athens. The drivers of both vehicles, Llean Jones, 72, and Mahion Nixon, 63, were transported by ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital. Nixon’s wife, Shelby, 63, a passenger in their 2005 Toyota, was transported by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. According to a report filed by the Alabama state troopers, all three wreck victims were wearing seatbelts.
Summer school gets ‘new wrinkle’ in county
By Phil Willis
com There will be a “new wrinkle” in summer school for Limestone County students this year.
“We’re going to offer them an opportunity, not just a review,” School Board Member John Wayne King remarked as the board approved changes proposed by Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll.
With the changes, students will be given the opportunity to advance in their schoolwork, Carroll explained. Rather than being remedial classes, as in the past, summer school classes will
closely mirror those offered during the regular session.
“Classes will be taught on the same level as during the regular school year, so students can get ahead with their studies if they choose to do so,” the superintendent said.
Parents of out-of-state students attending school in Limestone County will have to pay a bit more for them to do so next year. That cost is based on ad valorem tax collections in Limestone County, according to Carroll, and will
See School, Page 2A