Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Thursday, February 3,2005
A second term
President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday with Social Security reform as a primary goal.
Elkmont Library re-opens
North Alabama newcomers Tom and Pat Rezack have reopened the library in Elkmont. An interest in history and antiques inspired the couple to open the library, which is located next door to the Elkmont Senior Center in the historic Elkmont Depot.
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Divers survey the scene of Wednesday morning’s fatal car crash near the Tennessee River in South Limestone County.
One dies after car plunges into water
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No one knows why the vehicle left the roadway, but a Decatur man died early Wednesday after his car plunged into the backwaters of the Tennessee River in South Limestone County inside the Decatur city limits.
Leondrey Mondez Freeman, 31, of 3207 Leafwood Place, Decatur, was dead when divers pulled his body from the water shortly before 8 a.m. The cause of death has not yet been detemiined.
“He was eastbound on Highway 20 past the Y on the U.S. 31 exchange. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the drainage ditch.” said Decatur Police Lt. Dennis Hughes. “About nine-tenths of the car was submerged."
Freeman was driving a four-door 1990 model BMW.
See Car in water, Page 2A
County adopts resolution to dismiss board
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somiy(wathemne\vs-coiirier.com The Limestone County Commission adopted a resolution Wednesday asking the county’s legislative delegation to sponsor a bill that would among other things, give commissioners the power to dismiss members of the Limestone Gounty Water and Sewer Authority.
The resolution, adopted by a 4-0 vote, asks for legislation to limit the water board appointments to four-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive temis and to allow the commission to dismiss a board appointee by unanimous vote and to call for an audit by the State Examiners of Public Accounts.
Commission Chairman David Seibert has called for water board members to resign because he says
the board has lost the confidence and trust of the people. But members of the water board have refused to resign saying they have done nothing wrong.
“I only hope the legislative group reads this resolution and follows through with it,” said Commissioner Tommy Raby.
“1 second that and hope they will act quickly, the sooner the better,” said Commissioner Bill Daws.
The local legislative delegation is made up of Senators Tom Butler and Tommy Ed Roberts and Representatives Tommy Carter, Mickey Flammond and Ray Gamer.
Carter and Butler have said they will consider the commissions request, but made no promises of
See Resolution, Page 2A
Huntsville changes annexation to make it legal: Commission
By Sonny Tlrner
The City of Huntsville’s annexation of 650 acres in eastern Limestone County is now apparently legal.
“We were notified on Jan. 25 they have annexed around the school land and that it appears to be legal,” said Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert. “I’m afraid if we fought it in court, we would lose.”
At question was whether Huntsville annexed legally up
Limestone Creek since the Limestone County Board of Education owned land on both sides of the creek and did not give permission to be annexed, as required by state law.
But since that was challenged legally by Limestone County, Huntsville bypassed the school board land by going between Capshaw' Road and Nick Davis Road with Menefee Road to the west.
“They had to redo it and they got out of the creek and went
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Athens Street and Sanitation employees Phillip VonBoeckman, Bobby Furtado and Howard Hopkins are on the scene of a water leak at the intersection of Elkton Road and Pryor Street. While the fire hydrant shoots out water, the workers toil to restore the six-inch water main.
Educators hopeful voters will extend school tax
By Phil Willis
phiK^athensnews-courier. com The loss of a 60-year-old ad valorem tax package earmarked for local schools would deprive educational systems of their “lifeblood,” according to Athens City Board of Education President Earnest Campbell.
“I don’t even want to think about it,”
Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll said of the potential defeat of a Feb. 15 referendum to renew' the levy. “But we have to think about it, because if we can’t go with Plan A, we’ve got to have a Plan B to fall back on.”
Limestone County voters will decide in the Feb. 15 special election whether to
continue funding local schools through their property taxes. The ad valorem tax package, which has been on the books for some 60 years, raises almost S3.5 million per year for schools - approximately $2.4 million for county schools and S1 million for city schools, based on average daily enrollment.
“I feel like the voters will step up to
the plate for the kids,” Carroll continued. “This tax has been on the books for at least 60 years. My parents voted for it in 1964 to help fund my education and 1 voted for it in 1984 -- the key being that this is a tax renewal, not a new tax.
“There’s no hidden agenda here.
See School tax. Page 3A