Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 5, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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I am a parent of the West Limestone Junior Basketball girl’s team. I am very upset about the article in last Sunday’s paper about the West and East Limestone, tiie article clearly slates that ne player won the County Championship by herself. This was very insulting to myself as well as other parents and players on the team.
There is no “1” in team. The championship was was won based on teamwork. 1 believe the editor as well as ('oach Cooper owes everyone involved an apology.
Also, let’s get the politics out of sports. To all coaches, you should get honest when voting for all-county players and vote for the players who truly deserve it. The ones who play their hearts out throughout the season. The players you voted for this year-only played four or five games the entire season.
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3 children dead in Huntsville apartment
HUNTSVIl.LH, Ala. (AP) - The bodies of three children were discovered Friday in a Fluntsville apartment, police said.
Officers found the bodies of Shanieka Y. A'ard. 1 1; L.atricia Ward. 9; and Christopher O. Ward. 8, on the door in three separate bedrooms of the apartment on the city’s southwest side, said Wendell Johicson, public affairs administrator for the Huntsville Police Department.
"When we arrixed. we found three children dead.” Johnson said. “We don’t know how long, we don't know v\hy.”
He .said the children's grandmother and their mother, Natashay Yvonne Ward. 30, met responding otTicers. But it was unclear who had initially called authorities, Johnson said.
He said the cause of death has not yet been determined.
Utilities in the apartment had been turned off since Jan. 12, and the children had not attended school since after the holiday break, Johnson said. Family members told police that they had been trying to visit the lamily for weeks, but the children's mother would not open the door.
Johnson said workers with the Alabama Department of Human Resources had also tried to visit the apartment in December, but the children's mother refused to let them inside.
He said investigators w'ere trying to determine when the children had last been seen.
"We're talking to witnesses, we’re talking to the mother,” Johnson said. “We’re basically stumped.”
He said the Madison County Coroner, the Alabama Department of Forensic Science and Huntsville police were inve.sti-gating.
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Athens’ newest firefighters are, from ieft, Jared James, Justin Stephens and Chuck Tailey. They are shown above at their first fire on S. Marion Street this week with Lt. David inman, right.
Athens’ newest firefighters follow their dreams, protect community
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/Vcm '.V- Courier Reporter The alarm signaling a possible fire was no ordinary alarm when it came in at Station No. 1 at the Athens Fire fJall Thursday afternoon for Justin Stephens, Jarod James and Chuck Talley.
It was the call they had been waiting for. It was their
first real fire call as Athens firefighters.
After the newest members of the Athens Fire Department heard that sound they suited up and headed out.
Stephens and James said it took them appro.ximately See Firefighters, Page 2A
Unsolved 1997 Athens murder subiect of MSNBC’s ‘On/Alert’
By Sonny Ti unfr
sonny(a uthensnews-coiirier.com .Athens police have been searching for Bernabe Roman for eight years. Warrants charge the 27-year-old Athens man with murder.
The unsolved murder will be featured Wednesday on national television. It will air three different times during the day on the MSNBC “On Alert” show.
"They hav e some of the details on the day of the murder and they will be airing that in hopes it could lead to this man’s capture.” said Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson.
Roman shot and killed a Hispanic male police said at the time was his friend after the tw^o got into an argument. The shooting occurred at a home on Wheeler Street on Christmas Day, 1997.
lhat shooting occurred during an all night party that included a pig roast and drinking, police said.
After the shooting,
Roman fled the scene and police have not seen or heard from him since.
“It’s highly possible he left and went back to Mexico,” said Johnson.
“But there is a possibility he has come back and could be around this
The case has been placed on a Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list, police said.
MSNBC will air the show at 9:24 a.m., 11:24 a.m. and 2:24 p.m. on Feb. 9.
They say if breaking news occurs that day, the show will be moved to Feb. 11.
MSNBC will air the show at 9:24 a.m., 11:24 a.m. and 2:24 p.m. on Feb. 9. If breaking news occurs that day, the show ’Y\ ill be moved to Feb. 11
Water Authority gives answers to customer queries
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.Members of the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors, under pressure to resign after giving employees large Christmas bonuses soon after raising rates for customers, are staying put to avoid “a break in leadership continuity,” according to a press release issued Friday.
The press release came in response to questions raised during a Jan. 27 board meeting attended by a large crowd of irate customers. Board members told those in atten-
See Authority, Page 3A
Valentine gift packages sold as fund-raiser for Boys tk Girls Clubs
Boys & Ciirls Clubs of Limestone County will sell Valentine gift packages to be delivered on Monday, Feb. 14. The annual fund-raiser is handled by the clubs’ children, w'ho help sell and package gifts. Proceeds fund programs to help local children at Athens, Tanner, Ardmore clubs and the Teen Center.
Packages available include:
■ A children’s package that includes toys, snacks and candy for S15, or add a large toy such as a Beanie Bopper, Ty Classic Cat or large Valentine stuffed animal for $25.
■ f he Sweet Tooth Gift Bag sells for $20 and contains a box of chocolates, Valentine bear, white chocolate party mix, svNcet straws, hot chocolate mix and loo.se candy.
■ The Spa Bath Bag sells for $30 and contains rose petals soap in a heart dish. Sweet Nothings lotion, CoCoNilla Bath Gel and Russ Brown Bear.
■ The Sweetheart Deluxe sells for $50 aiid contains a hat box, decorative plate, candy bar browmies, sparkling cider, cheese straws, Swedish nuts, chocolate chip pecan cookies, hoop cheese, pita chips and loose candy.
A box of chocolates or valentine stuffed animal may be added to tiny of the boxes for $ 10.
C'hecks may be made payable to the Boys and Girls Club. Contact the following Limestone County Boys & Girls Clubs to order: Athens, 232-5545; Ardmore, 423-8570; Tanner, 232-9983.
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Boys & Girls Club workers, from left, Vickie Camp, Nedra Pride and Emily Page, prepare Valentines Day gift baskets as a fund-raiser.
Registrars name new member
By Tashia Lovell
He has been a volunteer for eight years but now he’s official.
“It’s a political appointment,” Felix Lee Liveoak Jr. said Friday of his recent appointment to the Limestone County Board of Registrars.
Liveoak is replacing Ralph Smith who resigned in December. Liveoak was nominated and then appointed by Gov. Bob Riley.
There are two other people employed in the office, Edna Greenhaw and Joel Glaze.
“On a day to day, a voter comes in and registers to vote. We process that on the state system and county system,” said Liveoak of the work they do in the office.
“When a voter comes in all they know is their address,” said Liveoak. By the time the voters leave they will know their “beat and box.”
See Registrars, Page 2A