Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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The U.S., in the administration of President Barack Obama, is marshaling resources against economic catastrophe with a record-busting stimulus plan in ways not seen since Franklin Roosevelt's New ' Deal.
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Ringlinq Bros. & Barnum & Bailey circus opens its Zing, Zang, Zoom show in Huntsville this month.
LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C
Presidents Day closings
Limestone County and state offices will be closed Monday to observe Presidents Day. Athens City offices will remain open. Garbage collection will not change for city or county residents next week.
The News Courier office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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City has hopes for funding
New sidewalks, construction comprise bulk of projects proposed for stimulus
The City of Athens has submitted to appropriate agencies lists totaling $21 million in projects it hopes to fund with money ftx)m the economic stimulus biU expected to be signed Monday by President Obama.
“These projects have been submitted to the Alabama State Department of Transportation. TARCOG, the North Alabama Transportation Foundation, State Legislators, the Congressional Delegation, and will go to anyone else that we think will be able to promote them when monies are being distributed from the stimulus legisla-
List of county projects Coming next week
tion,” said Mayor Dan Williams.
The projects are not listed in order of priority, he said.
“AU projects seem to be reacfy to go to construction within 120 days,” Williams said.
The city may be required to have matching
See Stimulus, page 3A
Man charged in buggy wreck
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A carriage overturned Saturday afternoon at Ham and Reid roads, pinning the driver and tossing out two passengers, ages 4 and 7. All were reportedly unharmed but the driver, Daryl Evans, was charged with public intoxication and two counts of endangering a child. The horse pulling the buggy stands at left, above, unharmed.
Children reportedly unharmed; uncle arrested for endangerment
By Jennifer R. Hill .\nd Kelly K.\zek
A man who authorities say was drunk while taking his 4-year-old great-nephew and 7-year-old great-niece for a horse-drawn carriage ride Saturday apparently miscalculated a turn and
flipped the buggy and children into a drainage ditch.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. at Ham and Reid roads.
The driver, Daryl Lee Evans, 45, of
See Buggy, page 8A
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The estimated cost of project the city submitted in hopes of getting stimulus funds are:
Utility projects: $2,074,000 Transportation: $8,250,000 Building projects: $10,325,000 Sidewalks-parking lots: $10,325,i Total: $21,304,000
Chili challenge promises hot competition
By Jl:nnifer R. Hiijl
On Feb. 21 more than 200 volunteers will come together to carry out a yearly event, one of the longest running fundraisers in Limestone County. The 21st Annual Chili Challenge and Silent Auction, the only flmdraiser for Hospice of limestone County, will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Athens High School.
All profits will benefit Hospice of Limestone County, a non-profit com-munity-owTied organization. Hospice executh^e director Pat King said.
See Chili, page 3A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Norman Hamm, entertainment chairman, and Wanda Johnson, organizing chairperson, work with items that will be part of the 21st Annual Chili Challenge and Silent Auction on Feb. 21 at Athens High School. More than 200 volunteers are involved in the event.
Still hope to stop quarry?
By Jean Cole
County Commission Chairman David Seibert wasn’t surprised to leam this week that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management granted Rogers Croup the air and water permits it needs to open a limestone quarry at Tanner.
“I’ve never known them to deny one,” Seibert said.
As a seasoned public servant, he knew it didn’t matter if residents opposed the quarry, if they feared it might endanger their health, homes, water supplies, property values, the blue heron rookery and protected pigmy sunfish in the nearby wildlife area, the future development of the TTA industrial megasite across the road or even Gov. Bob Riley’s dream of a state-of-the art robotics center at nearby Calhoun Community College. Seibert knew, that under the law, ADP]M only had the power to consider whether a proposed quarry would meet certain air and wa-ter-quality standards.
Until recently, Seibert and the rest of the County Commission had no control
See Quarry, page 8A
Sheriff: Man tried to trade sex with girl, 13, for drugs
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A man who allegedly tried to trade a 13-yeaix)ld relative drugs for sex and had sex with an 8-year-old was arrested Friday by Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators, said Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Bobby Joe Adams, 50, ol 8886 Franklin Road, was chaiged with first-degree sex abuse and enticing a child.
“The sex abuse occairred a few years ago with an 8-year-old child,” Blakely said. The child, now 16, reported the incident to
See Trade, page 8A
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