Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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7 69847 00001Harvest husband shot to deathAuthorities: Wife of two months admitted to Idlliiig
By Jean Cole
jciin(4)itthensne\vs-c(nirkr.c()iu A Harvest woman accused of fatally shooting her husband of 53 days on Sunday told a Limestone County deputy “I’m not saying anything” when he asked her what happened, court
The couple had married on July 2 but was estranged and living separately, said Sheriff Mike Blakely.
“Family said he had gone to her house to discuss divorce with her,” the sheriff said.
Pamela Darlene Terry Slaughter, 48, of 29460 Thunderpaw Drive was charged with murder and remained in the Limestone County Jail on Monday in lieu of posting a $100,000 bail bond, records show. She is accused of murdering Steven Charles
Slaughter, 49, of 4095 Lawson Ridge Drive. Apt. 2009, in Madison at her home in Creekside Plantation subdivision, court records show.
What prompted the shootingSee Killing, page 2A
New City Hall in the works
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Bob Gray, right foreground, and Philip Black, right t>ackground, of Krebs Architecture of Birmingham, explain their design concepts for a new city hall to the Athens City Council Monday. The new municipal building will likely be built on the site of the present 55-year-old structure at Marion and Hobbs streets.
Council reviews plans by architects for new Athens municipal building
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After nearly 55 years, Athens is due for a new city haU.
Monday, four architectural firms responded to City Council requests for proposals. The council met with the firms, Krebs Architecture of Birmingham; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood of Birming-, ham and Huntsville: CMH Architects of Birming-’ hain, and Godwin Barnett of Decatur in four ses-j sions throughout the day.
The council is considering one of two options: renovating and enlarging the existing Municipal Building at Hobbs and Markm streets, or tearing
down the old building and building a new.
Krebs’ designs are now familiar with the Athens public. The firm designed the Athens Police Department building on East Hobbs Street, Fire Station No. 2 off Lindsay I^e and Fire Station No. 3, currently under construction oft' Roy Long Road.
Bob Gray of Krebs told the council that building costs are going down with one job he had priced out a year ago in Bimiingham now costing some 20 percent less.
He said in today's maricet it’s cheaper to levelSee City Hall, page 3A
Water/Wastewater gives back money
By Karen Middlliun
kiUvnklathensmw s-o)iuitT.œm For a refiieshing change in city business, the Water and Wastewater departments refunded some $60,000 to the Capital Infi^tructure Fund.
WaterAVastewater Manager John Stocktcai said the funds are unspent portions of four previous appropriations for the departments.
“This is just cleaning up the books for the beginning of a new fiscal year,” said Stockton.
The council will meet in a work session with Stockton fiiom 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday to discuss his departments’ budgets. Stockton will also explain a proposal to amend the fire line tap fees and fire hycfrant service charges in Wednesday’s budget hearing.
Stockton asked that the discussion be placed on the agenda two weeks ago, but Council President Ronnie Marks asked that it be tabled until Stockton presented a clearer explanation on how the amendments differ fiom
the existing policy. Stockton was reacly to present the inlbr-mation at Monday’s regular council meeting, but Marks asked him to hold it for the budget hearing.
“I think we still need to go throu^ the budget discus-sicMis before we talk about fees,” said Marks.
Stockton said current ordinances call for charging for each non-metered sprinkler line.
“We recjuired that they used to pay per sprinkler head, but they were never charged because of the way it was written it was never clear whether customers were to be charged per month or per year,” said Stockton.
He said the amended ordinance would charge a flat rate according to line size: $4 for 2-inch; $8 for 4-inch; $18 for 6-inch; and $32 for 8-inch.
Tlie second amendment would be in charging $1 a month to customers outside thé city limits sensed by dtySee Council, page 3A
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Candidate hosts health. care Town Hall ineetuig dowxitown
Republican Les Phillip, a candidate for Congress, will hold a Town Hall meeting on health care from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens.
T he public is invited to express opinions and concerns about the pending health care hill before Congress.
“Our town hall meetings allow citizens a chance to voice and discuss their concerns about healthcare reform,”
Phillip said. “The response tor these town hall meetings has been overwhelming and we look forward to being in Athens on Thursday.”
Phillip is a candidate for Congress in the 5th District, which is currently held by Parker Griffith. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy and a former Navy Aviator.
He is a small business owner in Madison.Ardmore man killed in wreck
An Ardmore, Tenn., man was killed in an early morning wreck Saturday, according to State Troopers.
Kevin Wade Lewis, 31, of Ardmore died following a one-vehicle wreck at 4:45 a.m. on Alabama 53 in Madison County. Lewis was driving a 1983 Ford F-150, the trooper said.
Funeral service for Lewis, who was a house framer for M&M Construction, will be at 2 p.m. today at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore, Ala.
Lewis is survived by his mother, Carol Lewis of Ardmore, Tenn., and a son, Collin Grant Lewis of Kelly’s Creek, Tenn.
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