Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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111 the days when cars and planes were new. I..ouis Speaks founded local businesses based on these modes of transportation with his partner. Jack Park.
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- Why would a person whose salary is S1 dO.OOO o\ eii be considered for a bonus? If the position is unsatisfactoiy' at that salary let him go someplace else.
We have plenty of young pro-lessionals with master's degrees who can make good decisions and would love a ob at half the salar>'. By the • ime all the bonuses are dis-.ribuied to just the water .lepartment, taxpayers are down S35,(kK). What happened to the old bonus of a lam or turkey'.’ Good ole ooys arc taking care of good
Athens and Limestone ounty should have gone metro years ago. then we ■vouldn't ha\e two departments for everything.
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Fatal crash on Beatiine Road
3 killed, 4 injured in New Year’s Eve one-car accident
Tan iie Nash
A New Year's Eve crash proved fatal for a Toney woman, her young daughter and a Decatur man, apparently just moments before the trio and four others were to arrive at their destination on East Limestone Road.
Kimberly Roberts Miller, 36, of Toney, was the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu which left the roadway just after 9 p.m. Friday, crashing into a tree before coming to rest in the yard of a vacant house on Beatline Road, according to Limestone Assistant Coroner Andy Jackson. Miller was killed in the crash, along with her 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlin Marie Miller, and Wyman Oye Chandler, 40, of Decatur, according to Alabama Troopers.
F-our other passengers Dennis Barnett, 17, Nikki Chandler, 15, Mitchell Lindsey, 12, all of Decatur, and Hoili Miller, 11, of Toney, were injured in the accident, a trooper said. Lindsey was treated at Athens-Limestone Hospital and released. Barnett, Chandler and Holli Miller were admitted to Huntsville FJospital, according to the trooper. No information was available late Saturday on their conditions.
Jackson said authorities spent about six hours clearing the scene of the crash.
“The assumption is that they were going home, because Miller lived on East Limestone Road right there at the dead-end of Beatline,” Jackson said. “They were going down Beatline and for whatever reason, lost control of the car and hit a tree.”
News-Couner Kini Ryndevs
Three people - Kimberly R. Miller, 36, Kaitlin M. Miller, 4, both of Toney, and Wyman 0. Chandler, 40, of pecatub were killed in this crash on Beatline Road just after 9 p.m. Friday. Four others — Dennis Barnett, 17, Nikki Chandler, 15, Mitchell Lindsey, 12, all of Decatur, and Holli Miller, 11, of Toney, were injured in the accident, a trooper said.
Jeremy McDaniel says a requirement by the local Post Office to place a mailbox beside the street in front of his home is taking away from the looks of the historical district on First Avenue in Athens.
New postal requirements mean a walk to the curb for Athens residents
Hamlet said McDaniel may be having trouble receiving his mail because he is a new' resident.
McDaniel said he has phoned the Post Oil ice in Athens several times during the past two weeks and was told he didn't have any mail.
But w hen he visited the post office, he was told he did have mail that had been at the post office for weeks.
“Lvery time Td go up there and call, they'd say 1 had no mail,” McDaniel said.
Residents of Athens' historical district currently have mailboxes attached to their homes where mail has been delivered for more than a century.
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nancyiil utheusnews-couner.com Jeremy McDaniel says a requirement by the local F\3st Office to place a mailbox beside the street in front of his home is taking away from the looks of the historical district on First Avenue in Athens.
McDaniel moved to First Avenue Dec. 17.
“I’ve been having a battle with the post office,” he said. “1 haven’t received mail for two weeks.” The regulation by the post office will oFTieially go into effect in January, according to spokeswoman Estella Hamlet.
Are they telling the real truth?
The four women in APD orobe known for prostitution
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sonnvfu alhensuews-eouriereom The four women iiwohed in the Athens Police Department in-house investigation of three city policemen are alleged “crack heads” and known for prostitution. The \ews-Courier has learned.
But some of the stories they are telling iinestigators apparently are true since they have passed lie-detector tests given by the department, sources say.
“I want to make it clear, no charges have been brought against these officers and no one has been found guilty of these allegations, said Capt. Tracy Harrison. "These officers are stiil working on their regular shifts and will be until Chief (Wayne) Harper comes back and makes a determination” of w hat should be done.
Sources tell The Sews-C 'ourier that some of the women are w it-nesses themselN'cs and that tiiey claim the three otticers. v\ho police ha\c not yet named were involved in sex acts with them while in uniform and on duty. Sources say the women are accus
ing the officers of having sex with them inside the Athens City Jail and outside of the jail.
The women imoKed are known to “turn tricks” for money to buy dope to support their drug habits, sources say.
The three officers are all veteran. ranking officers in the department and the allegations against the three date hack six to se\en months and were filed by the four women who at one time or another were inmates in the city jail.
The internal investigation has been ongoing for weeks. Harrison said and w ill be resolved as soon as Harper returns from Hawaii on Jan. 10.
The chief has a daughter and grandchild living in Hawaii while his son-in-law is serving in Iraq, fhe trip had been planned long before the sexual misconduct investigation began, said Mayor Dan Williams. The mayor said he encouraged the chief not to cancel his trip to be with his family at Christmas.
“1 told him we would resoKe this w hen he got back.” the mayor said.
Committee looking to re-establish boundaries for City of Athens
Bn Sonny Turner
sonny^athensnew'.s-courier.eom A committee made up of two Athens city councilmen is looking into the possibility of Athens establishing new boundaries with the probability of annexing land in eastern Limestone County.
“We don’t need to do something to counteract Huntsville, we need to look at our own planning,” said Councilman Ronnie Marks, w'ho along with Councilman Henry White, serves on the committee. “We’re looking into trying to establish our boundaries. But we’ve got to realize we have to serve what we annex.” The Athens city limits now extend to the Mooresville Road area to the east. That area of town is the fastest growing area in the city and county.
Huntsville notified Limestone County
officials two weeks ago that it had annexed 650 acres in the East Limestope area. That annexation almost has East Limestone’s Creekside Elementary surrounded and it has upset county school leaders and county commissioners.
Limestone County is questioning whether the annexation is legal since Huntsville annexed up Limestone Creek in order to get to much of the 650 acres. Commissioners have asked county attorney Mike Cole to look into the legality of the annexation.
Cole said he has not yet determined whether Huntsville’s annexation is legal, but added he expects to make a determination and report back to the commission maybe sometime this week.
Marks said he believes the city should consider adding a school board member to
the annexation committee because he said that area is growing and with another 400 to 500 homes a new school may be needed in the future.
The superintendent of l.imestonc County schools. Dr. Barry Carroll, said he is deeply concerned and shocked w ith the City of Huntsville's action to annex the 650 acres.
“It really came as a shock to all ot us and we’re deeply concerned about our schools out there,” said Carroll. “1 don t know their intentions, but 1 hope it's not to take over Creekside and East Limestone. But it appears the people there in the community need to throw up some barricades.”
Carroll said he has instructed school board attorney Byrd Latham to research the legality of the annexation and report
back to the school lioard. There are no students iinolvecl but Carrol! said the land Huntsville has annexed has Creekside Elementary nearly surrounded.
"It’s possible they could build schools in l imestone County and that has me deeply concerned." the superintendent said. "The school system owns property on both sides of Limestone Creek where they are annexing and they didn’t ask us or mention that to us.”
“It's lasso annexation and 1 think it might be illegal,” said Commission Chairman David Seibert. “They're going dow n Limestone Creek and we don’t think thc\ can do that. We don't think they can annex down a creek using it like a road.”
1 he annexation \ ote was approved by the HuntsNille City Council on Nov. 23 and became effective on Dec. 13.