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About Click It or Ticket: Our government pretends to care for our lives and well being by requiring us to wear seat belts. This is just another example of socialistic government control. Come on folks. If they really wanted to save lives, then why don’t our legislators pass a bill to stop the sale of alcohol and tobacco products? Drunk drivers kill innocent people every day.
Our government doesn’t really care about saving lives because they get billions of dollars from the sale of alcohol.
Why should the government have the right to tell a person over 21 years old that they should have to wear a seat belt.
No one is in danger except the person who is not buckled up. These Click It or Ticket ads are a joke — at taxpayer’s expense.
I am over 21,1 wear a seat belt and I have never had a ticker for not wearing one. But if I chose not to wear one, that should be my choice.
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New principal named for Piney Chapel
By Tashia Lovell
In a Limestone County School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Barry Carroll
announced that Bill Hardyman had been named the new principal for Piney Chapel Elementary School.
Hardyman said he wants to bring experience and a willingness to work hard to the school and make it the best school in the county.
He has worked in several schools in Limestone County, most recently serving as Assistant Principal at West Limestone High School. He has also
served as interim Assistant Principal at Ardmore and he was also a teacher at Tanner High School and Ardmore. This summer is Hardyman’s fourth year as principal for summer school in Limestone County.
Former Piney Chapel Principal Pat Gartman is to be assigned to serve as Assistant Principal at Elkmont High School effective July 1.
In other business Tuesday night the board approved the following new positions: sixth grade teacher at Ardmore, social studies teacher at Ardmore, science teacher at East Limestone, sixth grade teacher at East
Limestone. Special Education Inclusion Assistant at East Limestone, elementary teacher at Johnson, elementary teacher at Piney Chapel, elementary teacher at West Limestone, technical specialist at Cedar Hill, technical specialist at Owens, and assistant principal at Tanner; New personnel: Terra Fleming at Cedar Hill, Lori Brocato at Clements, Keith Hairrell at Clements, Laura Poe at Clements. Kyle Rhea at Clements, Brandi Patterson at Creekside, Jennifer Gresham at East Limestone, Nancy Simpson at East Limestone, DeWayne Uselton at Eat Limestone, Danielle Nash at Elkmont.
Alicia Dean at Elkmont, Susan Fry at Elkmont, Lynda Wray at Tanner, Doug Ezekiel at West Limestone, Joanne Gromek at West Limestone, Clint Legg at West Limestone, Mark McC hristian at Elkmont. and Many Wilbanks at Elkmont; transfers, Kim Walker to Ardmore, Penny Vincent to Cedar Hill, Jane Hardin to Clements, Janie Grover to C lements. Robin Blankenship to Clements, Pam Marks to part-time ( NT cashier at Clements, Cassandra Moore to Clements, Josh Davis to Creekside, Hillary Kennemer to
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56 pounds of marijuana seized
Deputy Eric King shows where the 56 pounds of marijuana was hidden in this car, above, and Investigator Stanley McNatt, Sheriff Mike Blakely and Athens I Police Chief Wayne Harper, show the drug at right. New, s-Courier Kim Rynders
Revisions clear a path for package store in city
B\ K\Rt\ Middleton
The single business to apply for package liquor sales has passed another hurdle with the Tuesday night unanimous decision by Athens Planning Commission to revise the city’s zoning ordinance.
The Planning Commission's action, which paves the way for package stores, brings zoning in line with a liquor ordinance the City Council approved last month. Athens Mayor Dan Williams said at the time that the council’s action was partially in response to fears of being sued by the company.
Athens Beverage Co. currently sells beer and wine, and w ith the zoning change, may sell hard liquor at its store on U.S. 31. On Thursday, the Zoning Board of Adjustments approved the company selling hard liquor conditional to the Planning Commission approving zoning changes.
Currently, the only package store is the state ABC' store, which is not subject to city package ordinances.
"This action is designed to bring regulations in line with the city ordinance,” said
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Two arrested on Interstate 65 in Limestone
News-Courier Kim Rynders Athens Police Sgt. Brett Constable holds his son, Tucker, after the officer returned home from the hospital Monday.
By Sonny Turner
School Resource Officer Eric King wears many hats in his duties with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department and Monday night his skills paid off in a big way.
King, who in the summer while out of school works as Sheriff Mike Blakely’s Highway Drug Eradication officer, was working Interstate 65 at 6:30 when he
spotted two suspicious northbound vehicles.
King pulled the drivers over, one for reckless driving, and questioned both.
“Their stories just did not yell out and we decided to search the vehicles,” said Blakely. “We got a drug dog in here he alerted on both vehicles and we hauled both cars in to the jail and searched them.”
What they found was more than 56 pounds of marijuana that Blakely estimat-
Second suspect may be charged in officer's shooting
ed has a street value of between $45,000 to $50,000.
Arrested and jailed were German Barron, 36, of 2417 Juanita St.. Donna, Texas, and Raul Olquin Valdez, 52. of Lyford, Texas. Both are charged with trafficking in marijuana.
The mari juana was found in only one of the vehicles, but Blakely said the other car
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B\ Sonny Turner
A 46-year-old Athens man who was on probation from a 2001 shooting in Athens was arrested late Monday night and charged with the Sunday morning shooting of Athens Police Sgt. Brett Constable.
Vic Demone Houston of 705 Browns Ferry St.,
Athens, was in the Houston Limestone County Jail Tuesday charged with first-degree assault. Bail was set at $100,000.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Houston admitted during questioning that he shot Constable. But he said Houston told investigators he did not know Constable was a policeman when he fired into the officer’s personal vehicle.
Constable was in his pickup truck late Sunday night when he responded to a distur-" bance call at the American Legion building off Cloverleaf Drive. He was shot as he