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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama People who make a difference Special section featuring stories on more than 65 local people inside todayews-CourierSi NDAV, February 27, 2005Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future enewscouriencom ONE DOUUAR 1,000th birth A Limestone County midwife experiences the birth of the 1,000th baby she helped to deliver. i№«i Hey, Sound Off: For the past couple days many people written about a dog being run over. This incident is indeed very sad. but does nobody recognize the fact that the following day, a man became the victim of a hit-and-run while riding his bicycle? This man died, and all people can think about is how sad it is someone would run over a dog and keep going. A man died the same way and nobody is outraged about this. People are writing in, hoping the lady who killed the dog will lose sleep. What about the person that committed murder and kept driving? By no means am 1 saying it is OK to run over a dog. I am a dog owner. It is indeed horrible that someone could kill an animal with no remorse, but someone has killed a human, and has no one stepped forward. More Sound Off Valley, 6A Ciel the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier 232-2720 Index Classified . MOD Crosswords . .10A Ledger..... .....13A Obituaries .. 2A Dezzie V. Flannagan Other Views 5A Our Opinion . 4A Sports ..... ... ,1-3B Weather ... ... ,1-3A Daily Bible Moment oe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture. Jeremiah 23:1 •<w, ¿3.«" Ìémeotone %h(ikl 322 H«Y. 31 N* Athens 256-232-inM Obit line 2.A6-77HI934 69847 00002 Carter’s seat a hot potato Mayor and former Athens city clerk among possible candidates Bv Sonny Ti rnfr [email protected] com Athens Mayor Dan Williams and his former City Clerk Mignon Bowers ran one and two in the race for mayor last summer making it by far the most interesting political race of the year. Now, the two may be gearing up for another political battle, this time for Tommy Carter’s legislative seat in Montgomery. That is if Carter, who has served Limestone County in Montgomery for Tommy Carter Dan Williams more than three decades, decides to step down and not seek another term in office next year. But if Williams and Bowers do run, local political experts say they will have plenty of company from others who are considering a run for the post. Former Athens City Council President Brian Terry, local real estate professional and ex-lawman Brad Pullum and local surveyor and past candidate Ronnie Coffman, are possible candidates for the post. Carter, himself, isn't saying anything for sure if he plans to be a candidate for re-election at this point and time. “If Tommy decides to retire and not rim again 1 think you will see a bunch m that race,” Williams said. “I've already heard a lot of names mentioned including mine.” But the mayor would not confirm nor deny he will be a candidate. Fiut he said. “I’m not ruling it out.” Carter won’t say for sure if he is stepping down, either. Me would only say thn weekend that he is still “wrestling u itli it." See Carter, Page 2A BEUIiin DCnillU DADC limili You might be surprisec at the people who spent the evening in Limestone County’s new jail Friday night... Cy Kfli 1 Deciding she was hungry, Betty V. Lanham beat on the table and demanded dinner. What she didn't realize is that, when you're locked in jail, you can’t always get what you want. Still, she wasn’t ready to give up. She rounded up two other women dressed in identical black-and-white-striped jumpsuits — Edria Ann Norton and Margaret McElyea — then Lanham pressed a button on an intercom by the locked cell block door. “I’m hungry. 1 want some dinner,” Lanham said. A disembodied voice informed the women dinner would be served as soon as it was ready. Lanham wasn’t satisfied. “1 want to talk with my attorney,” she said. “We have our rights,” Norton yelled. “Yeah,” McElyea added for good measure. Before long, the cell block was in an uproar. They were probably some of the most unruly inmates Sheriff Mike Blakely will house in his new' Limestone County Detention Facility and some of the most prominent. Forty or more local citizens were locked into to the state-of-the-art jail on Elm Street during a fund-raiser Friday night for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Limestone County. They paid S200 See Behind, Page 3A News-Courier Amanda Siniard ail will News-Courier' Kel ly Kazek At top, inmates in one cell block eat a dinner of pinto beans, fried potatoes, slaw, each cobbler and cornbread. Below, Charlie Gray helps Edria Ann Norton make a break for freedom in a jail laundry bin. New be open to Dublic today Bv .Melanie Walker melanie(Wathensne\\'s-coiir The new Limestone County Jail has been completed. All systems have been duly tested and checked. A special “Spend the Night in Jail” fund-raiser was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club and now it's the public's turn. A special public open house of the S9 million dollar Elm Street facility will be held 2-5 p.m. today. Food and refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to tour the new jail. “We’re excited about the new jail,” Sheriff Mike Blakely said. “This project has been a long-time coming and maybe even took a little longer than it was supposed to. but it was a big undertaking.” See Jail, Page 3A Tickets on sale this week for Cooking Schoo By Charlotte Fulton [email protected] Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday at The News-Courier for the Taste of Home Cooking School, set for April 14 at Athens Middle School. “Rainbow of Flavors” is the theme, and home economist Michelle Roberts, who conducts cooking school demonstrations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas, promises to share some palate-pleasing ideas for brunches, weeknight meals for the family, and easy solutions for entertaining the most discerning of dinner guests. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. to allow ticket-holders to meander through the vendor display area and gather information about cookbooks, meal solutions, catering and other food-related products and services. See Cooking, Page 2A News-Courier Tanjie Nash Jerold Stewart and Buffy the Border collie make the rounds at Limestone Health Facility. Buffy has been a resident at the facility for about two months. She was donated by Dr. Robert Pitman as a therapy dog. LHF Activities Director Mary Nell Clem said Buffy’s presence serves to improve the quality of life for LHF residents. Buffy the border collie improves quality of life for LHF residents Bv Tanjie Nash [email protected] As Jerold Stewart and 2-year-old Buffy roam the halls of Limestone Health Facility, exclamations can be heard from every room, every corridor, every corner as they approach. “There's our precious baby!” “Here she is!” “There’s our dog, there she goes!” Each day Stewart and Buffy the border collie, make the rounds. They tour the 170-bed facility twice sometimes three times a day leaving smiling faces behind them. “Hi, hi, I like you,” says resident Mauvelene Phillips, smiling as she pats Buffy’s furry brow. Buffy looks up into Phillips’ eyes and wags her tail. “Isn’t she beautiful?” Phillips says. See Buffy, Page 2A ;