Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hey, Sound Oft:
I believe that most of the citizens of this country are Christians, i also believe that this is supposed to be a democratic country where the majority is supposed to be heard.
Hovve\er. it seems as if the few agnostics, atheists, ACLU and misguided federal judges are by passing the will of the majority. It is time for the majority to get someone to fight for us to preserve out rights for a change.
We can join something like \1C'LU.\R (Majority Civil Liberty's .And Rights Union).
Let the minority of the . eopie be heard, but please do not take away the rights of the majori-W.
1 guess 1 should feel sorry for these people that want to take Christ out of Christmas, because when .lesus comes back they will be left behind.
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Sheriff asks county for cell at courthouse
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sonny(Lialhensne\\'s-courier.C(vn Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely told county commissioners Monday that when the next renovation is done at the county courthouse that plans need to include a holding cell for inmates who are there awaiting to see a judge.
“Today, for instance, we have 27 inmates up there and we've got them handcuffed and sitting on the benches," tlie sheriff said. “We are
"\Xe have 1" inmates up there and we've got them handcuffed and sitting on the benches. "
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in bad need of some type of holding cell there."
Commission Chairman David Seibert said he asked for the addition of a holding cell in t'uturc courthouse renovation plans.
Seibert said t!ie county docs have plans to eventuallv renovate the courthouse, but said when tliat will be done may be well down the road.
“It's going to be a good long while." he said. “But once we draw
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Court upholds county firing
The federal court in .Xtlanta. (»a., has upheld a lower court ruling that the Limestone County Commission was justified in Its firing of a District I emplovee m 21)00.
The employee. Bill Boldin, had filed suit against the commission and District 1 Commissioner Tommy Rahv charging that he was wrongfully terminated because commissioners did not follow proper procedures in his dismissal.
Boldin was terminated because commissioners said he intentionally destroyed county property.
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A whole host of city officials, police and interested residents were on hand Monday to break ground on the new police headquarters building on East Hobbs Street.
Officials break ground on new Dolice station on Hobbs Street
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sonny%athensne\ys-c ourier.com Ground was officially broken on the new S2.9 million Athens Police Department Monday on East Hobbs Street.
The 18,257 square foot struc
ture is expected to be complete by Oct. 1 of next year.
.Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper was among those on hand Monday at the ground breaking and said he will move 52 employees to the new building once it is
ready for occupancy.
Even though the official groundbreaking was .Monday, actual construction started on the new building Nov. 1. Harper said
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Last regular joard meeting of the year
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In the ki-st regular Limestone Countv Seluxil Board meeting of 21)05 Emmitt .limmar atldressed tlie Ixxuxl regiirding protected rights and representation s|veifieally ivgarding West l.imestone High Scluxvl and (Twens Elementarv .ScluKvl bus driver fina Cixits.
Tlietv w ill be a hearing for ( oats Dec. 14 Ix'fore the board.
.limmtir said after the meeting that Coats had been accused of' insulxirdination and neglc'ct of' duty etc. and she still doesn't know who is accusing her. .limmar siiid that Coats has yet to he inter-viewed regarding the situation by Limestone Countv Schools superintendent Dr. Barrs CaiToli,
Based on comments made b\ Jimmar, it seems that the incident stemmed from disobedience by a student on the btis atid pmfanitv' used by (\xits.
“1 informed you that 1 was placing vou on .Administrative Leave with Pay until I could further inv estigate the alleged incident," as stated in a letter signed by Carroll to Cixits.
The incident tx:eurred Nos. 2
The Ixxird approved the following consent agenda items.
• Second readings for local Ixxird policies G.A.A-Employment prcvess for eenit'ied teachers, GBDA-Ceilif'ied leaehei's hired in tem|xvniiy or substitute status. .IBfi.A-Early warning triuiney prevention program were on the agenda and LcK-ai Bixud i’ohey IDCA .
• rhe lxxin.1 gave approval to the following uses ot'sehcxils; Bany Black’s request to use the gvin at Clements for Saturday morning basketball Nov. 2005 through March 2006; Last Limestone .lunior Betti Club's request to use the old gym for their tuiniuil Winter W'onderltuid Dance on from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Dec. 10; and Elkmont Lions Club requests to liost a Chnstmas Basketball Tournament in the Llkmont gym on Dee. 26. 27 and 29.
• f he Ixxird approved the follow ing overnight tiips; Ctireer Technical Center Robotics Instructor
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Dec. 16 deadline for Santa letters
Special section published Dec. 23
It's that time of year again, boys and girls.
Santa Claus has asked the staff of The News-Courier to help him gather your letters.
Send your Christmas lists here and we'll publish them in a special section on Dec.
23, then we’ll forward them on to Santa.
Be sure your letters arrive here by Dec. 16 to be included in the publication.
Call Kelly Kazek at 232-2720 for more information.
Let there be light
Santa Claus and Athens Councilman Jimmy Gill, along with a group of local children, watch Monday as a new tree is lighted at Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park. Children from the Athens Boys & Girls Club attended the lighting and Santa Claus got an early start on Christmas by passing out a few gifts.