Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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At left, the 1839 Brick Church, one of the few remaining examples of the Greek Revival Brick Churches built in Alabama in the early 19th century, will be on the tour. Above, also on the tour is the 1840 Post Office, the oldest continually operating post office building in Alabama and one of the oldest in the country.
Picturesque village to host May Walking Tour
McLain appeal planned
$2,000 to a victim’s compensation fund.
Under Alabama law, a defendant has 42 days from the day of sentencing to file notice of appeal. However, the oral notice of appeal at sentencing served as adequate notice of appeal, said a clerk in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. In sexual abuse cases, an appeal might be based on false or unproven testimony at trial
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By Jean Cole jem(<Pathensnews-courier.com Defense attorneys plan to appeal the conviction of a former Athens attorney convicted of enticing, unlawfully imprisoning and sexually abusing two Madison girls based, in part, on the defense failing to receive written statements the victims made to Madison Police.
Defense attorneys Marc Sandlin of Madison and Dan Totten of Athens have
notified the Madison County Circuit Court of plans to appeal the conviction of -client John McLain V at his sentencing March 13.
McLain, 50, a former attorney and certified public accountant, was convicted Feb. 12 of two counts of enticing a child, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. He was also ordered to partake in a sex-offender treatment program and pay
Ami Miller threw out the first pitch to open Dixie Youth baseball season. She is the mother of the late Josiah Miller, a T-ball player who was killed at the Huntsville Air Show last year.
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Bv Jennifer R. Hill jetmilcr^athensnews-courier.ctmi Today Mooresville has traded in its early 1800’s-community of cotton farmers and merchants for many of their descendants, now commuting metropolitan professionals. However, Mooresville still appears as if it was paused in time, nuzzled between Decatur and Huntsville in the lower southeast comer of Limestone County. There, 53 residents live and maintain the town older than the state of Alabama, in which the history is as rich as the cotton-farming soil it resides on.
How to go:
The Mooresville Walking Tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10. One-day admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six to 12 years old. Tickets are available at the gate and admission includes one Mooresville guide booklet per family.
Residents will showcase their historical 19th century homes and buildings during the semi-annual Historic Mooresville Walking Tour May 9 and 10. The tour, held every oth-
er year, will focus on gardens and porches this year. The tour is a fundraiser for the town to maintain older buildings, including:
• The 1821 Stagecoach Tavern, reportedly the oldest frame public building in Alabama.
• The 1839 Brick Church, one of the few remaining examples of the Greek Revival Brick Churches built in Alabama in the early 19th century.
• The 1840 Post Office, the oldest continually operating post office building in Ala-bgjna and one of the oldest in the country.
See Tour, page 2A
Additional fee coming for city, county online utility payment
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
The added convenience of being able to pay city of Athens utility bills and possibly Limestone County water and sewer bills online is coming with additional fees.
Beginning April 1, Athens Utilities began offering online bill payment. However, those who pay online will have an additional 2.5-percent processing fee added to their monthly charges.
According to Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins, the 2.5-percent convenience fee pays for the bank pro
cessing of the bill. The utility does not get to keep the 2.5 percent. The processing fee will show up as a separate line item on monthly credit card or bank statements.
“We don’t get any of it,” said Scroggins. “We felt like we couldn’t absorb as much money as we process in a year. We are beginning to get a lot of people paying with credit cards. We will pass this on rather than absorb the rate (of processing).”
Scroggins said he had done a survey
See Fee, page 3A
Guild needs help to continue free symphonies for students
By Jean Cole jean(@athensne\\ s-courier.com Each year, the Huntsvillq Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert for about 7,000 fourth-graders in North Alabama and Tennessee, including students throughout Limestone County.
Wearing their Sunday best, Limestone students rode to the Von Braun Civic Center Concert Hall on Feb. 12 and soaked in the sounds of the annual Young People’s Concert. They were mesmerized by harpist Katherine Newman of Huntsville and were even introduced to ballet.
Limestone students had a prominent place in creating the program for the special day at the symphony.
See Guild, page 7A
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