Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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As a resident living in a subdivision on Lindsay Lane I would like to appeal to the mayor and City Council of Athens to make Lindsay Lane north of U.S. 72 a 45 mph zone.
This is a major road for expansion of this growing area of the city. All other roads in this area are 45 mph zones and seerrf to handle the subdivision traffic on these roads without problems.
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Man arrested in robbery of clinic
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A 23-year-old Tennessee man has been arrested in connection with the armed robbery earlier this month at an Ardmore doctor's office.
C urtis James Lobermier, of 455 Waterloo Road West Point, Tenn., was picked up Wednesday by Limestone C ounty authorities on a warrant issued in Tennessee.
He is charged with first-degree robbery by Ardmore police.
Ardmore Police Chief William “Doc” Oliver said
Thursday that Lobermier and another man who police are continuing to search for are accused of robbing a diet clinic on the Alabama side of the state line community at gunpoint at the Cumberland Center. “We think we know one of the suspects, but the one who drove the getaway car we haven’t yet identified” Ardmore Police Capt. Gary Daly said earlier.
“We believe the man we know who was involved is from Tennessee and we hope to make an arrest soon.” That man is Lobermier, police said.
Police said one man entered the diet clinic and robbed the place while the other waited outside in the getaway vehicle.
Police said the robbers made off with $2,735 in cash and $225 in credit card receipts. The man entered the doctor’s office adjoining the pharmacy, showed the receptionist a small black gun and told her to give him the money.
The man then followed the receptionist into the office where he grabbed a money bag and fled.
There were no injuries reported as the result of the robbery.
Mark Agee points to one of at least five cracks in his windshield that he said happened in a construction area on Alabama 99.
Residents want to know who pays for windshields cracked by gravel
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tas h in (w a th cnsncws-co uri er. com Darryl Long, a western Limestone County resident, said he is not happy about the recent resurfacing project on Alabama 99.
Two vehicles from his household now have cracked windows; damage he said was done
on the highway.
While he is not satisfied with the product now, he said he believes it will get better.
And Johnny Harris, District 1 engineer with the Alabama Department of Transpor-
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Cabbie: Fugitive couple raised no red flags on ride
NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Mike Wagers was his usual chatty self during the nearly two-hour cab ride. He passed the time talking about “nonsensical things” with his passengers, and even called a buddy and had him check the Internet for a cheap motel for the couple.
In fact, Wagers said the only time he wondered about the pair was when they told him they were headed to an Amway convention.
“Amway people are all about Amway, and when they didn’t try any conversation further about it, that’s when I pretty much thought, 'Well, they’re not with Amway; they’re doing something else,”’ said Wagers, 33.
Alerted by a friend. Wagers later made the connection: His passengers, Jennifer and George Hyatte, were on the run after allegedly killing a prison guard during a daring courthouse escape in Tennessee two days earlier.
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Local schools on Alabama’s ‘needs improvement’ list
Tanner, Clements, Piney among 331 listed in state
Three Limestone County schools are among hundreds in the state of Alabama that are in need of improvement, said Rebecca Leigh White, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Education.
Parents of students who attend Piney Chapel 'ETementary School, Clements High School and Tanner High School will have to be offered the choice of transferring their child to another school, they are considered to be Title I schools.
The three schools failed to make adequate yearly progress for the past two consecutive years and were therefore placed on school improvement year one.
The list is up more than 200 Title I schools from the previous year. In 2004 there w^re 80 and this year 313 schools were on the list.
They are among 871 schools already targeted for needing improvement but whose students had difficulty meeting the testing standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The struggling 313 schools represent nearly one-fourth of Alabama's 1,366 public schools.
State school Superintendent Joe Morton said the fourfold increase in the number of schools on the list reflects the large increase in the number of students tested.
Last year, only Alabama students in grades four, six and eight were tested.
This year, all grades were tested.
Not all schools on the list will have to offer transfers, but they must provide supplemental services, such as tutoring, if not.
Ardmore rodeo features top cowboys, girls around South
The Ardmore Police Reserves Rodeo is scheduled to start tonight in Ardmore, Tenn.
The event is sanctioned by Dixie Rodeo Association.
It will feature some of the top cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Southeast including several local cowboys and cowgirls.
Tickets for the rodeo are available at various stores and businesses in town.
Tickets are $8 advanced and $10 at the gate. Children pay $6 in advance and $8 at the gate.
A pony will be given away on Saturday night of the rodeo by purchasing a ticket.
Also, a western saddle donated by Adams Western Wear will be raffled op Saturday night and with a donation of S3 or two for $5. a ticket will be drawn and you don't have to be present to w in.
Ardmore is also hosting a “Little Miss Rodeo” and “Little King” contest.
Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding.
Should that be ‘cool’ guard?
News-Courier Kim Rynders
Crossing guard Jasmia Horton was looking cool in her shades Thursday as she helped children cross Clinton Street safely in front of Athens Middle School.