Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama
omali pirates and their hostage lerican were adrift \ lifeboat Thursday, ladowed by a U.S Navy destroyer.
Maria Bonitas eateiy now open on courthouse square
By Jean Cole
Step into Maria Bonita Grill & Cantina in downtown Athens and you won’t see your average Mexican restaurant. But, you will find the flavor.
Maria Bonita oflicially opened Thursday at 208 W. Market St., the building renovated to house Giovanni’s Italian restaurant, which closed after a brief stint last year.
You won’t find sombreros, pinatas and blankets hanging from stucco walls at this place. The atmosphere is more cosmopolitan
and contemporary than Third World.
The artwork consists ol black and white prints of Latin Americans, some of them stereotypical. The wall colors have changed to vivid oranges and yellows. However, the exposed brick walls, sconce and pendant lights, skylight and handsome woodwork of Lucrano’s and Giovanni’s restaurants remain.
“We plan to hold a grand opening within the week,” said Manager Matt McLellan.
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Manager Matt McLellan happily serves customers Mitch Shelly, Zac Bur-green, Jimmy Corder and John Plunk at Maria Bonita Grill & Cantina, which opened Thursday at 208 W. Market St. in downtown Athens.
Food Bank moving to Tanner site
By Karen Middleton
$-courier,cùm The Food and Shelter Program is moving to Tanner this weekend, according to food bank volunteer Laura Aldridge.
The News Courier reported Thursday that Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert had given the program until April 20 to vacate its offices in the Family Resource Center.
The Food and Shelter Program has been housed at the Family Resource Center, where it occupied rent-free offices with free utilities, since its move from the former city sanitation building on Armory Street.
In early March Seibert sent a letter to the Food and Shelter Program Board telling them they had 20 days to vacate,
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Elm Street bridge open
By Karen Middli ion
karcn ^athens new s -courii r.Com After nearly a year of construction. Elm Street bridge is now open for traffic, according to Athens Police Capt. Tracy Harrison.
Harrison said late Thursday afternoon that the Alabama Department of Transportation did not inform local police that the bridge had reopened and his patrol officers happened to notice that the street was
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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others were killed by a suspected drunk driver hours after the rookie won his first major league game.
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Good Friday closings
State offices and Limestone County offices will be closed todayln observance of Good Friday. Athens offices will be open. The News Courier office will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Three dead in two Limestone locations in bizarre drug case
By Jean Cole
A father’s knees buckled after learning a second of his grown children had died Thursday.
Family members of Eli Hughes rushed to grab the elderly man as he nearly collapsed in front of his daughter’s home at 418 N. Beaty St. in Athens after learning she was dead after earlier learning his son was dead.
A swarm of family members encircled
Hughes, seated him on the bumper of an ambulance parked at the scene and tried to comfort him.
A night of drug taking resulted in the deaths of two siblings and another man, according to family members and officials.
Dead are Jackie Hughes Bates, 51. and Steven Louis Goode, 40, who were found lying dead on a couch inside the North Beaty Street home about 12:36 p.m., and Thomas Hughes, 48, of Delaney Road, located just outside the city’s north bound
ary, who had been at the party earlier and died after returning home.
“Information we received in the investigation indicates both Bates and Goode took a large quantity of drug^ last night,” said Athens Police Capt. Martv Bruce.
Both bodies were transported to Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences lab in Huntsville for autopsy.
There is no evidence of foul play at this
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More than a dozen Athens Police and Limestone County Sheriff's deputies responded to a North Beaty Street home Thursday where two people were found dead of probable drug overdoses. Outside, investigators questioned Darren Terry about the incident for about 30 minutes. He was taken by ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital for observation.