Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Hey, Sound Off:
To the rich gentleman who responded to Sound Off in last Sunday’s newspaper: That was the response I would expect from someone who doesn’t have any money worries.
He seems to be repeating the same line of garbage that George*.
Bush is pumping out about Social Security. I wonder how you would like to try and live on only several hundred dollars a month and have some compassionate president try taking what little you have away.
It would only be a few thousand dollars a year that you would give up, which would not hurt you any, but taking away from someone who does •not have any is a sin.
I don’t believe many people understand just what this president is trying to do to the middle class and poor people. May the good Lord have mercy on your soul and on George Bush!
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Brian Terry, Eural Claxton among those considering run for House
By Sonny Turner
Two more people have made their intentions known in recent days about the possibility of seeking the Alabama House seat now held by longtime legislator Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, who is retiring at the end of this term.
Former Athens City Council President Brian Terry said he is seri
ously considering a run for the post that will be up before voters next year.
In addition, Athens resident Eural Claxton, who in the past has sought local political office, says he also will enter the race.
Carter, 70, announced June 1 that he will not be seeking another term. When his term expires next June, he will have served 36 years in
Terry said if he decides to run, he will make the announcement at a later date.
declared this past week, saying he believes he can get things done in Montgomery and Carter
vowed not to turn deaf ears to the w ishes of the people of l imestone County.
Others who have either declared or are seriously considerinu a run for
Carter’s seat include Limestone County businessman and former Sheriff's ln\estigator Brad Pullum. Limestone County Ambulance Ser\ ice Director and Coroner Mike West, Athens Mayor Dan Williams and former Athens City Clerk Mignon Bowers.
Ronnie Coffman, who owns and operates C’offman Sur\eying Inc., in Athens, has already said he will be a candidate for the House seat as a Republican. I’ullum, too, ran as a
See Carter, Page 2A
Glad to be Dad
Father now aas a son in the family
By TA.SHIA Lovell
Father’s Day is a day when dads are recognized for all they’ve done and what they mean to a family, and it’s a day to remember the responsibility of a father, said Steve Hargrove, father of 1 r.IppV three.
Hargrove was 29 years old when he became a father. After 12 years, he has learned a thing or two about that role.
“Now, I’m 41 and starting all over again,” Hargrove, said.
Hargrove and his wife Robin adopted a son Thursday whom they have fostered since 2004.
Isaiah, now 2 years old, has helped bond the Hargrove family, Hargrove said.
See Father, Page 2A
News-C'ounor Kim Rynders
Steve Hargrove — In top photo with, from left, Brianna, Robin, Isaiah, Steve, and Mackenzie — said Isaiah has helped his family bond. Directly above, Hargrove and Isaiah play as his daughters Mackenzie, left, and Brianna stand nearby.
Man injured in nail gun incident discharged
Karen Middi l ion
Scott Williams, the 32-year-old man injured in a nail gun incident June I, was discharged from Huntsville Hospital Tuestiay, according to a hospital spokes-woiuan.
Athens I’olice Chief Wayne Harper said that he would not face any charges.
Williams’ estranged wife. Venue Williams, called police, saying that her husband had barricaded himself in their f irst Avenue home and was threatening suicide.
Police surrounded the rented house, but were not sure if Williams had a weapon. Four hours after receiving the S:30 a.m. call oft'icers stormed the back door, broke it down, and found Williams lying on the tloor of a front bedn>om.
Williams, who had blood on his forehead, was unresponsive. Police and emergency workers thought at first that he had shot himself with a pneumatic nail gun that was lying near him.
Doctors at Huntsville Hospital where Williams was transferred soon after the incident, said that the wound to his forehead was superficial and that the nail dellected off and did not penetrate his skull, according to 1 larper.
However, Williams remained in critical condition for several days.
Local yards being invaded again by Japanese beetle
Bv Sonny I t rner
Guess what, they're back!
It’s the Japanese beetle and he’s mooching off our plums, crape myrtles, roses, okra and even our cotton.
“If you don’t spray him, he’ll pretty well destroy the plant he's on,” said Limestone County Extension Agent Doug Chapman. “But we do have something that will kill him and it’s carbaryl or better
See Beetle, Page 2A
Man flees on foot following high-speed chase in Athens
SUV rolls over suspect, he jumps up, runs
Athens Police had one suspect in custody and were using tracking dogs from Limestone Correctional Facility to search for another in an area off U.S. 31 South Saturday evening following a high-speed chase that ended with the suspects’ vehicle crashing near Southside Baptist Church.
Lt. Floyd Johnson said police believe the Chevrolet SUV involved in the chase was stolen in Virginia in April. He said the vehicle wrecked and rolled over the driver, who then jumped up and fled on foot.
A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody at the wreck scene.
Apparently the driver was not injured when the car rolled over him, Johnson said, because he was able to jump up and run.
The high-speed chase began at about 6:45 p.m., on Brownsferry Street, proceeded to U.S. 72 East, and on to U.S. 31 South, where the wreck occurred and the foot chase ensued.
Authorities were still
searching for the man two hours later and had established a search area that included Sandefer Road Apartments, Scotland Drive and Welch Street just west of U.S. 31.
No other details were available at press time Saturday.
Elkmont residents celebrate Community Day
Ncwi.-Courier Tashia Lovell Robert Yeghlaian, left, and Barbara Williams, right, of Pulaski, sold yard sale items at Elkmont Community Day Saturday.
Fun, food, and more that’s what Community Day in Elkmont had to offer Saturday.
Community Day was sponsored by Piggly Wiggly and was an event to raise money for the Elkmont Volunteer Fire Department.
Hotdogs, ice cream sandwiches and soft drinks were available at the event and helicopter rides were offered at Industrial Park for a fee.
Piggly Wiggly manager Joanie Holt said that SI,500 plus was the goal for the Day.
s Even the Piggly Wiggly mascot made an appearance.