Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 16, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Water Authority was first incorporated in April, 1980
By Sonny Turner
The Limestone County Water Authority was incorporated on April 25, 1980 and started with three board of directors - Tommie Smith Jr., Binford Turner and Ivory Warren.
As chairman of the board Smith was paid S500 per year, while Turner and Warren received S10 per meeting not to exceed S250 per year. The three directors were paid for all expenses incurred.
Each member served briefly with Smith's initial term expnng on March 1, 1981. Turner’s term expired on March 1. 1982 and Warren’s term expired on March 1, 1983. The Limestone County Commission later amended that and board members
were appointed to serve six year terms.
According to county records, when the Water Authority was incorporated Charlie Christopher served as chairman of the Limestone County Commission. Commissioners were Mark Barnes, Raymond “Bubeye” Wales, Max LeCroix and Wendell Powers.
The records show commissioners amended the resolution in 1997 to include sewer service and the Water Authority became known as the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority. It answered to no one although its members were appointed by the county commission.
The initial water board was respon-
See Authority, Page 2A
City, county will hold first joint meeting
By Tanjie Nash
tanjie(a athensne\ i s-courier. com As long as leaders in Athens and Limestone County have conducted business, the governing bodies of the two entities have often found themselves dealing w ith issues relevant to both sides.
On Tuesday the Limestone County Commission and the Athens City Council will hold a joint meeting — the first of what is planned to become a quarterly gathering.
“Lately we’ve been sharing a lot of aspects of government,” said County Commission Chairman David Seibert. “We worked together on purchasing the depot downtown for the county archives. We've got the Solid Waste Authority together and then there's the Veteran’s Museum. There are just a lot things we work on together so we thought it would be good to have a meeting together”
The meeting will take place immediately following the County Commission's 10 a.m. meeting Tuesday (probably about 10:30 a.m.) at the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex, Seibert said.
Readers’ stories needed
The theme for The News-Courier's annual magazine edition, published in February, is “People Who Make a Difference.”
As we have in the past, the stalTencourages readers to submit stories they have written about someone who made a dififer-
See Stories, Page 2A
Monday March honors MLK’s memory
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Limestone County will join communities across the nation on Monday in honoring the memory of legendary civil rights leader and advocate for the underprivileged Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A march, sponsored by the Limestone Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Limestone County and the City of Athens, is slated to begin at 9 a.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse. The march will continue to the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex, where a short program w ill take place.
During the program winners of an essay contest held in conjunction with the observation of the Martin Luther King Holiday will read their winning entries.
Limestone NAACP President Benard Simelton said he was pleased with the essays, which were written by children in three age groups.
“We got a good representation of the community,” Simelton said.
Wilbert Woodruff, also of the local NAACP chapter, said he enjoyed reading the collection of essays.
“I thought they were quite good each one of them,” Woodruff said. “It seemed like they captured all the particulars about Dr. King and the reason why these students think we should celebrate this holiday."
Winners of the contest, which was themed “Why It’s Important to Celebrate Dr. King’s Holiday," were
School children in Everett, Wash., sign a banner Thursday following an event to celebrate diversity in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The holiday will be observed Monday. A march will begin at 9 a .m. from the Limestone County Courthouse and a ceremony will take place at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m.
Alex Holt, April Horton and Nesha Darby in the 6-12 age group; Taneshia Fletcher, Tevin Gordon and Marquette Hunt in the 13-15 age group; and Amanda Johnson in the 16-18 age group. Fletcher was named overall winner and will receive a SI00 savings bond for her efforts.
In the event of inclement weather, Simelton said the march will be cancelled but the ceremony and reading of the winning essays will still take place in the foyer at the Clinton Street Annex. For more information contact Simelton
at 426-6406 or the NAACP office at 216-5668.
Also on Monday, Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church will host the eighth-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Ceremony with the Rev. John Jude of Pleasant Grove CPC A as guest speaker. The event begins at 11 a.m., and will be followed by a luncheon sponsored by the Lincoln-Bndgeforth Park Committee. For more information contact Jimmy Gill at 232-0591.
See MLK, Page 3A
No decision yet in police probe
By Sonny Turner
Although he said last weekend that a decision of whether action will be taken against three Athens police officers from accusations of sexual misconduct would come in a couple of days, Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper Friday was still investigating the matter.
Harper said Thursday night the decision is near, but it probably will not come until after this weekend.
Four women say the three officers had sex with them in and outside of the Athens jail while they were on duty. All three officers, though, strongly deny those allegations, the chief said.
One of the officers being investigated by the department is Lt. Lee Kennemer who Friday publieally announced he is innocent and says that the four women who are accusing him are doing it as retaliation against him.
Kennemer. a 35-year veteran on the police force, said he wanted people to know' he has nothing to hide.
Kennemer said the accusations against him and two other unnamed officers come from four women who he described as females who police have busted numerous times for drugs, alcohol and theft, lie said some have been involved in prostitution.
See Probe, Page 3A
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Hey, Sound Off:
Limestone County Board of education members need to decide whether they want to be the parent or the Board of Education. A parent should be able to sign her child out of school no matter the situation. They are our children. We are responsible for them. As a parent. 1 feel that I know what is best for my child better than a Board of Education. Our schools are becoming like prisons. I understand the need to keep the children safe; however, in the event of severe weather, my child's best interest is what I have in mind. I couldn’t care less what the board thinks. If I want the board's opinion of what I need to do in the event of severe weather, I'll call them and ask them! They want parents to be involved and take good care of their children, yet their decisions rule.
Come on, we are the parents. We love our children much more than the board does. I will make decisions for my child.
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Mayor Dan Williams subject of second annual CASA roast
By Nancy Glasscock
Tickets are still on sale for a chance to laugh at Mayor Dan Williams later this month.
Williams will be the roastee for the annual CASA Roast at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Senior Center on Pryor Street.
The mayor has
Tickets are six other local
available at the celebrities and
CASA office at family friends as
912 W. Pryor roasters, Lt
Street. Call Governor Lucy
232-5751 for Baxley, Sheriff
information. Mike Blakely,
Mike Davis, Herby Greenhaw, Corey Moss and Steve Stringer from the
WKAC Wrecking Crew, and the mayor’s sons, Daniel and Charles
See Roast, Page 2A
At far left, a teenaged Dan Williams escorts Judy Kilpatrick Douthit to the homecoming dance. Above, Williams entertains at the Poke Sallet Revival.