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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama Small town charm Take a photo tour of Elkmont, the county’s smallest Incorporated town jc Big hitter Sierra Caudle leading AHS volleyballThe NewyCourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and FutureWednesday, August 10,2005 kwCrX/h/i/fv^ Susie Fogg of Athens Subscriber of the day WOfF Hey, Sound Off: In response to a recent Sound Off: Our tax dollars are spent to take fathers who don't pay child support to court because they are deadbeats! If they would pay the way they should, mothers wouldn’t have to take them to court. Just because the mother remarries doesn't mean the father shouldn't pay child support. The kids still belong to him unless he signs over his rights. If courts would make fathers repay court costs and other fees, it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers so much. Sounds to me like a “deadbeat dad” wrote this item! Hey, Sound Off: Does the father who wrote in think that because his ex-wife remarries he is no longer father to his children? Please! Even if he doesn't visit them, send birthday gifts or claim them as his own, his DNA helped bring life into the world and he should be a man and do the right thing by them. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Classified 4-8B Comics..........3B Headlines 4A Health ..........8A Ledger ..........6A Obituaries 2A Lanny Dean Roddy. Donald Sutton Arthur James Wagner Sports.........1-2B Valley...........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment hit he ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 ¿L \ Uinwhme ({¡label xLJT 322 Hwy. 31N* Athens .    254-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001Will Delphi slash wages? From staff and wire reports The ailing Delphi Corp., seeking to overhaul its unprofitable North American auto parts business, is pushing the United Auto Workers union to agree to slash hourly employee wages and benefits before its current labor contract expires in 2007. And that news which was made public late Monday in Detroit, is upsetting to the 2,500 hourly employees that work at the Limestone County Delphi plant in south Limestone County. Meanwhile, General Motors Corp., Delphi’s former parent, disclosed Monday it is considering Delphi’s request for financial help by an Oct. 17 deadline. The developments come as Delphi and rival Visteon Corp. reported second-quarter losses Monday in part because of production cuts at GM and Ford Motor Company. John Sheehan, Delphi’s acting chief financial officer, said the company is seeking an agreement with the UAW that would make Delphi more competitive with rivals such as Johnson Controls Inc. and Dana Corp., which pay lower wages. See Delphi, Page 2A GM might assist Delphi For the first time, General Motors Corp. said Monday it will at least consider Delphi Corp.’s plea to help it cut costs and avoid bankruptcy after the nation's largest auto-parts maker said it lost another S338 million in April, May and June. At least that was the latest news out of Delphi headquarters in Detroit. Mich. Tuesday and as was reported in the Detroit Free Press. "They have asked us for some financial support, and at this point in time, we are considering their proposal," GM spokeswoman Toni Simonetti said adding that any deal will have to-be for the benefit of GM sharehold- See Assist, Page 2A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The} 232-2720 Mayor to city employees: Tighten belts By Karen Middleton [email protected] net The word is going out from the mayor’s office to all employees and department heads: cut back on expenses and have proposed budgets ready for City Council consideration by the end of the month. The City Council and Mayor Dan Williams met Tuesday in the first of budget work sessions for fiscal year 2006. An accountant gave the council figures from a fiscal year 2004 audit that shows the city operating well in the black, but increasing infrastructure improvements and agency requests have the city looking for ways to save money. “I’m asking all departments to trim whatever they can,” said Williams. “You can always pass a stringent budget and then adjust it easier than doing a lenient budget and trying to cut back.” City Clerk John Hamilton said he wants preliminary department budgets by next Thursday and a draft by the Aug. 22 council meeting. Evan Thornton, an accountant with Johnson, Feigley, Newton accounting firm gave the council the results of the fiscal 2004 General Fund audit, showing that the city had as of Sept. 30, 2004, $3 million in its checking account and in cash deposits; $5.9 million left in warrant funds, and $3.6 million in reserve funds. He said the city ended 2004 by clearing $76,000 more than it spent. Thornton said the city spent $1.5 million on land in 2004 and $4.1 million in capital and infrastructure improvements. Long-term debt over the next 20 years totals $19.2 million. The city will begin fiscal year 2006 with a $1.2 million principal and interest obligation. See Budget, Page 3A Bids for Madison hospital continue despite lawsuit By Kelly Kazek [email protected] com A circuit judge in Montgomery has not ruled on a lawsuit filed by Athens-Limestone Hospital against a state board, but two area hospitals can continue with bids to operate a facility in Madison, an off icial said. Hospital CEO Phil Dotson said a lawsuit was filed May 6 follow ing a meeting of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, which met to hear comments for and against a 120-bed facility in Madison. Dotson and Limestone County officials traveled to Montgomery to testify before the board, giving reasons they feel a hospital so near here could put Athens-Limestone’s facility out of business. SHCC members voted that day to modify the state’s health plan to add 120 beds for a hospital in Madison. Unsure at first whether the council would be able to meet because it did not have a quorum, SHCC Chairman Judge John Rochester finally decided enough members had arrived and testimony began. However, at least one member repeatedly left during proceedings. Following the vote, Limestone County Attorney Winston Legge questioned whether it was legal. “Basically, our primary issue relates to whether or not there was a quorum that would have allowed the meeting to have occurred,” Dotson said. Preliminary hearings in the case are set for sometime in September, but Dotson said See Hospital, Page 2A Boom lowered Truck overturns with worker inside bucket Eric Martin was working in the bucket of this utility vehicle some 30 feet in the air when the truck suddenly shifted in the loose dirt and overturned Tuesday on U.S. 72 at Hine Street. Martin, who is employed by Shoals Electric that was hired by the state to upgrade the traffic light signals at the intersection, said he survived the ordeal without injuries “by the grace of God.” At right is a closeup of damage to the bucket. News-Courier/Kim Rynders Piney hosts antique farm, engine show The 13th Annual Piney Chapel Antique Engine and Farm Equipment Show will be held Friday and Saturday on Llkton Road, two miles north of Athens. The Piney Chapel Fire Department and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company. Inc. sponsor the event and the show is a fund-raiser for the fire department. Last year the event raised approximately $5- $6,000 for the department. Assistant Fire Chief Man in Putman said that the goal this year is $10,000. Over the past several years the event has averaged 300 tractors and 200 engines. “We expect that many and hopefully more,” Putman said of this year's turnout. The show will feature antique tractors, gasoline engines and steam engines There w ill also be a tractor parade, fast crank competition, slow races, skillet throw and fun for the whole family. Admission is $3.00 for adults; children under 6 get in free. Spaces for exhibitors will be first come, first serve beginning Thursday. Parking is free. Putman said that the show lias grow n to be the largest in Alabama. For more information contact Marvin Putman at (256) 431 -2316. Boots made for jumpin' News-Courier Alissa Clark Tim Hargrove took a leap into Flat Rock Creek wearing cowboy footwear last week, proving boots are not only made for walkin’. ;