Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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The Legislators were right. Accountability does exist in the Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority.
Just like school boards, hospital boards, housing authorities, library boards, and the like, LCWSA is regulated by state Laws and state and federal regulations. Term limits already exist.
The appointing authorities can reappoint sitting board members, or not. Maybe it would be better if we, the public, could fire C ounty Commissioners every time they make stupid decisions. 1 could go for that.
Keep up the good work, state Legislators.
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Samuel Scott Hargrove had been to a meeting Saturday night in Madison and apparently was on his way home when he was killed.
The Athens Food World employee died instantly when his 1998 Dodge Dakota went out of control and slid into a tree on Nick Davis Road just east of Lindsay Lane in Athens. The truck then burst into flames.
Athens Police Lt. Tracy Harrison said Monday that Hargro\e, 25, of 26904 McLemore Circle, Harvest, was alone. He said police believe Hargrove lost control of the truck while east bound on Nick Davis Road. The truck then ran off the north side of the highway and went into a slide and hit a tree. Harrison said the impact hit the passenger side of the truck and it wrapped around the tree.
The truck caught fire with Hargrove still inside, Harrison said.
Assistant I.imestone County Coroner Andy Jackson said the body was sent to the forensics laboratory in Huntsville for an autopsy for positive identitication. He said results of that autopsy will
See Fatal crash, Page 3A
The owner of this Dodge Dakota died after the truck struck a tree at Nick Davis Road and Lindsay Lane. '
Clearing begins at dump site
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Clean up will come one bite at a time at the Recycling Solutions dump site. The job is expected to take all summer.
Huntsville recycler to remove garbage left by defunct firm
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.sonny(i^athensneM's-couneKcom MADISON The cleanup of the old Recycling Solutions Inc. dump site off Burgreen Road in eastern Limestone County started .Monday and will take most of the upcoming summer to complete.
The site is in the city limits of Madison.
Sen. Tom Butler, Limestone County Commission Chaimian David Seibert and other state and county officials met at the site Monday morning to announce the clean up process.
Mike liies of Diversifieil Recycling m Huntsville, started the cleanup Monday. He will remove all of the recyclable materials from the site ;md take them off to be recycled. His fee will include the funds he receives tfum the recyclable goods.
Landowner Ben Brannum will then use equipment to level the land and Ijmestone County will prov ide 100 loads of cover dirt.
Ray Stubblefield and W illiam Boyington. the owners
See Dump site, Page 2A
City settles on site for new police headquarters
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phiKu a then v/R'u v-t omier. com I here's Still no time frame for construction. but when the Athens City Council decides to proceed with construction of a proposed new police headquarters, the facility apparently will be located on Hobbs Street.
The council Monday night approved a 1.78-acrc site on the north side of Hobbs Street, between I homas and Shaw Streets, as the site for the proptised new 1 S.OOU-squarc-foot police station.
Cost of the property, which includes an additional 2.05 acres on the south side of Hobbs Street as part of a package deal. i . S2()().00U An estimated S30,000 will be needed for fill dirt and site prep, with another SI0.0(10 earmarked for testing for a total property ^'ost ol S240,000.
f.siimaled cost oi construction, at a inice of S140 per square foot, is some 82,520.000. with an additional SI68,840 estimated for architectural fees and S70,000 for furniture and appliances, etc.. for a total building cost of 82.758,840.
I'hal brings the estimated cost of the total package m at just a few dollars short of S3 million.
1 he previous council had approved construction of a combined police headquarters fire station on 3.2 acres at the intersection of I S. 72 and Interstate 65 donated by Athens developer Bill Ming. Cost of the proposed structure, initially estimated at approximately 86 million, came in at almost 88 million when put out to bid. fhe new- council, which took office last October, refused to fund that amount and began over from scratch the process of building a new police headquarters, removing the fire station from the equation.
Prior to approving the Hobbs Street site.
See Police, Page 3A
City-County to partner for Cowford upkeep
By Phil W ii.lis
philCci,athensnews-coiirier.com With a bit of a nudge from the Limestone County Commission, the Athens City Council agreed .Monday afternoon to proceed with TVA’s proposed turnover of its campground and boat ramp facilities at Cowford Landing to the two government entities.
Operation of the facility initially will be the responsibility of the Limestone County Parks and Recreation Committee, a county agency, with the city council making necessary appropriations to that agency.
"If the city has no problem with the existing board, we have no problem with it administering the park," Commission Chairman David Seibert told the council in a joint meeting of the two bodies called to discuss the issue. “We'll be glad to just go with what we’ve got. But we’ve got to tell these people (TVA) what we want. T hey are waiting for an answer.’’
Commissioner Bill Latimer, in whose district Cowford Landing is located, said he had received several calls from TVA.
“They're really pushing us,’’ he said. Latimer is to meet with TVA officials today and let them know of the
decision to accept tlie campground and boat landing. He also plans to obtain cost figures for operating the facility so that council and commission members can get some idea of the expense.
Initial agreement probably will be for a one-year lease. Parks and Recreation C'ommitteeChainnan Doug Gates said, but TVA apparently is open to other options up to and including a 99-yeai lease Commission and council members want a one-year lease to get a better feel for the operating expenses before become legally obligated for a longer term.
See Cowford, Page 3A
New paper width debuts
You may notice when you grip your newspaper today that it is a little'easier to handle.
i)ne inch has been removed from the width ot The News-Coiiricr to create a more streamlined product. The change does not alfect the readability of the newspaper, as font sizes and photos will be as large as they were previously.
To make comments on our new look, contact Kelly Kazck at kellyiiv athensnew's-courier.com, or call 232-2720.