Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 27, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Burke's Outlet, which already is displaying its "Coming Soon" sign, will be located in the former Goody's location in Athens Town Centre on U.S. 72.
Burke’s Outlet store to open in Athens
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icnnH'cr^^\itli('nsnc\\s-('(Hiritr.coin The old Goody’s Family Clothing building that has stood empty for months, is now filled with workers preparing the space for it’s new tenant, Burke’s Outlet.
Burke’s Outlet plans to hold its Athens grand opening Oct. 9, said Burke’s sales promotion assistant, Patti Alderson.
“We’ve taken a number of GiX)dy’s locations. Most of the Goody’s are nice locations,” said Bill Webster, the director of public and government affairs for parent company Beall’s, Inc.
Burke’s Outlet oflers closeout items from private label merchants such as apparel for men, women, children, plus
Burke'S Outlet offers closeout items from private label merchants such as men's, women's, children's, plus sizes, juniors and young men's, shoes and home items.
sizes, juniors and young men, shoes and home items. Every customer is also eligible for special discounts at Burke’s Outlet each week, Webster said.
Burke’s offers a 15 percent discount on Mondays to customers age 50 and older.
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John Wayne King retires from ASU
By Karen Middleton
John Wayne King has seen 30 years of Athens State University history.
Tuesday, at a retirement reception in his honor, King remembered highlights of his career, beginning with a time he had to drive the state to sign up students.
King, retiring as vice president of student affairs, said he began in 1979 as the coordinator of campus programs.
“I drove all over the state,” he said. “I’d leave in the morning to go to Opp, then on to Mobile, then to Selma to register a class.
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John Wayne King, center, accepts well wishes from former Athens State University deans of students, Othel Washington, left, and Larry McCoy. King, who is retiring as vice president of student affairs, was honored at a Wednesday reception in Founders Hall.
Budgets feel hit from plant's closure
By Karen Middleton
kareni^athensnews-couricr.com “Of the 17 years I’ve been a councilman, this is the tightest budgets I’ve ever seen,” said Jimmy Gill at a Wednesday budget hearing.
The reason for the city’s financial angst is the closing of Pilgrim’s Pride, which means losses for the Electric Department of $1.2 million per year or 1.3 percent of its budget; the Water De
partment is losing 12.3 percent of its budget, or a little more than half a million dollars; Wastewater is losing $1.6 million in revenue, and the Gas Department, $1.3 million, for a total loss to the city of $4 million.
“We are dealing with the impact of the closing of Pilgrim’s Pride,” said Utilities General
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Man accused of threatening to kill sheriff, jail staff, others
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An Athens man is facing multiple charges after threatening to kill ambulance personnel, a deputy, jail staffers and the sheriff, a Limestone County official said.
Ronald Max Gurley, 50, of 22558 Quarry Road was charged Tuesday with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of making a terrorist threat, records show.
He remained in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday in Hey of posting a $22,000 bail bond.
Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said ambulance personnel were called to Gurley’s home Tuesday to assist a combative, intoxicated man who had fallen and cut his head.
“When the deputy arrived on scene, Gurley became belligerent and was cursing and making threats to kill the ambulance attendants and the deputy,” McNatt said. “Then he made threats to kill the entire jail staff and the sheriff. He was apparently pretty intoxicated.”
Gurley had no record of previous arrests with Limestone County.
Robbery suspect considered armed and dangerous
Athens Police are searching for a suspect considered armed and dangerous who is accused in Monday night’s armed robbery of Movie Gallery.
Robert Cameron Foust, 25, is believed to be traveling north into Tennessee on Interstate 65 in a gray or silver Ford Taurus or a tan Oldsmobile Cutlass.
He is accused of using a semi-automatic handgun in the robbery of the Movie Gallery. He also-is a suspect in the robberies of Movie Galleiy stores in Calera and Warrior.
Anyone with information about Foust’s whereabouts is asked to call Athens Police Department at (256) 233-8700.
— Jean Cole
Wife accused in man’s shooting out of jail on bond
By Jean Cole
The wife who fatally shot her estranged husband at her eastern Limestone County home has been released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Pamela Darlene Terry Slaughter, 48, of 29460 Thunderpaw Drive in Harvest, bonded out Tuesday, records show.
She is charged with murdering her husband of only 53 days — 49-year-old
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