Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 6, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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When will Sugar Creek bridge be replaced?
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The old bridge over Sugar Creek was closed in 2005 when it was deemed a hazard. Now, emergency vehicles must travel a dozen miles to get around it.
Official: 12-mile detoiir remains a safety hazard, inconvenience
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en-and-metal bridge over Sugar Creek near Lester is empty and rusting. No one crosses; no one makes repairs.
“Road closed” signs and piles of dirt at each end make drivers turn back, on a path to a 12-mile detour.
The closure of the one-lane bridge three years ^o leaves two communities separated by the long detour and continues to pose a threat to safety, officials say, but the Alabama Department of Transportation has yet to act.
Bill Daws, Limestone County 4 District Commissioner, said Thursday he is awaiting funding fi'om the state to replace the bridge over Sugar Creek that was closed in 2005 because it was unsafe.
3 Number of years the bridge has been closed
12 Number of miles in detour
1/Cy Amount of money, in millions / of dollars, needed for repairs
mAge of the existing bridge in years
Limestone County does not have the money to replace the bridge, which is expected to cost about $500,(XX), said CounW
See Bridge, page 3A
Alabama Elk River Development Association names new director
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The new director of the Alabama Elk River Development Association has promised to “get things moving again.”
Franklin County native RandaD Hammock, 38, came on the job Feb. 23. He replaces Exl Sandlin, who served as director for 30 years,
“Our firsts big project will be finishing out the new medical center,” said Hammock.
The clinic will be located in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center off Alabama 127 on
AERDA owned property. Hammock said there was unfinished office space in the south end of the supermarket, with a separate entrance, that is being converted to doctors’ clinics.
“Dr. Wayne Jones and [nurse practitioner] Jeff Crawford will run the medical center,” said Hammock. “They are currently in the Limestone Community Clinic in Elkmont beside the post office. We got a medical grant for equipment to outfit 10 examining rooms.”
See AERDA, page 2A
Classic Cleaners among shops in Publix center
Classic Cleaners, which has been at 600 S. Jefferson St., since April 2008, will open a new branch in EastSide Junction, according to owner Janice Jewell,
“They’ve told us we can move in two or three weeks,” said Jewell. “It will probably be by the end of March.”
Jewell said she has 30 years of experience in the dry cleaning business.
“I’ve worked at Calvin’s, Economy Cleaners and Carriage Cleaners,” she said.
Jewell said she would maintain the South Jefferson Street store after opening the second store in EastSide Junction.
Her hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to .4 p.m. on Saturday.
— Karen Middleton
Food bank asked to move over ‘personnel’ problems
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The Athens-Limestone Food & Shelter Program has 21 days to vacate its headquarters in the Family Resource Center, a center board member said 4'hursday.
Rodney Jackson, who serves on the Family Resource Center Board of Directors, said the board unanimously agreed to ask the embattled food program to leave the center.
“It was because of a service delivery problem,” said Jackson. “There was frequently no one there to get the food out to folks.”
Jackson said there was also a second complaint of “mismanagement of volunteer personnel.” Jackson said he could not elaborate on the nature of the second complaint.
The Food & Shelter Program has been housed at the Family Resource Center since their move from the former city sanitation building on Armory St. In April 2007, Athens Mayor Dan Williams sent a letter to the PTmd and Shelter program giving them 30 days to move.
United Way of Athens-Limestone County severed ties, with the program in May 2008 because of what United Way Executive Director Kay McFarlen wrote in a May letter was, “non-compliance and lack of cooperation with the management review process being taken with United Way of Athens-Limestone County agencies.”
In August, when Food & Shelter volunteer J.D. Jones came to the Limestone County Commission to request financial help and a newer van, Commission Chairman David Seibert advised the program to try to mend its rift with United Way to help out with financial woes.
See Food bank, page 2A
Police: Man threatens to kill over lost PlayStation
A local man is not playing when it comes to his PlayStation.
When his was missing and presumed stolen Wednesday, he called Athens Police Department and said, “he wanted his PlayStation back or he was going to kill somebody,” said Capt. Marty Bruce.
Anthony James White, 40, of 1700 Elkton Street, Lot 5, was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat.
Bruce said when White called the Police Department demanding return of the gaming system. Officer Jonathan Caldwell went to White’s mobile home.
“As Officer Caldwell approached White’s residence. White came out yelling, ‘Get the (expletive) out of here,”’ Bruce said. “White then told Officer Caldwell, ‘Just shoot me. I have a gun.’”
As Caldwell was walking closer. White reached behind his back and said, “I will shoot you.”
However, when Caldwell was able to restrain White, no gun was found.
White was transferred to Limestone County Jail.
— Kelly Kazek
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