Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Bartender who inspired hit TV sitcom "Cheers" laid off after 35 years mixing drinks in Boston tavern.
A gunman went on a rampage in the south Alabama towns of Samson and Geneva late Tuesday, killing nine before shooting himself.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Athens-Limestone Public Library Coordinator of Public Services Paula Laurita sorts books in a crowded back room of the library. Monday, the Athens City Council authorized the library board to use the entire 39,00®-square-feet of the old Kroger building as an expanded library.
Finally, Ubraiy gets word it can move into new century, facility
By Karen Middleton
A new library will be built in phases as funding sources become available, said Athens-Limestone Library officials.
Monday, the Athens City Council allocated the entire 39,000-square-feet of the old Kroger building to the library for use as an expanded facility.
The city purchased the building at auction in August for $650,000 to house a library and possibly other municipal offices. Library officials maintained they
needed the whole space to allow for ptip-ulation growth.
While allocating the space to the library, the city will retain ownership of the building for now. The library board has 120 days to come up with both an operational budget and a renovation budget.
Council President Ronnie Marks estimated that at $100 per square foot for renovation, the project should cost about
See Library, page 3A
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
The building at Jefferson and Forrest streets that once was the Kroger grocery will be renovated and get a new facade before it opens as the community’s new public library.
still no word on Woods' punishment; Joines to learn of outcome on May 6
By Kelly Kazek and Jean Cole
kelhx^iitlu'itsnew s -courur. anii Nearly a month after a Huntsville man was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of two Athens men, attorneys still have no word on when a Madison County judge will set his sentencing.
A spokeswoman in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office said there’s been no word ft-om Judge Laura Hamilton since the sentencing for 24-year-old Jamal Woods of Himtsville
was postponed Feb. 16.
The sentencing was to be the Monday following a jury’s guilty verdict on Feb. 13 but a juror was tcx) sick to appear that day.
Woods was convicted of capital murder in connection with the Dec. 17, 2006, shooting at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on University Drive in Huntsville that killed Tanqueray “Tank Beavers, 21, and his cousin, Thurston Turner,
See Woods, page 2A
IN SEX ABUSE CASE
attorney’s sentencing set Friday
By Jean Cole
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A former Athens attorney will be sentenced Friday on charges of child enticement, unlawful imprisonment and sexual abuse.
John Hamilton McLain V, 50, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Madison County Circuit Court.
He was convicted Feb. 12 on two felony counts of enticing a child, four misdemeanor counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse.
He has been held pending sentencing.
McLain was accused of picking up two Madison runaways — ages 12 and 13 — near the Madison Square Mall on July 3, driving them around Huntsville in his sports car, taking them up to Monte Sano Mountain, where he improperly touched one of them, then driving them to his Athens home, where he allegedly touched the breast of one of the girls and appeared nude before Ixith of them and masturbated.
One of McLain’s attorneys, Marc Sandlin, has said he will likely appeal the conviction.
Tina Coker, one of three attorneys with the state Attorney General’s office prosecuting the case, said during her closing argument that McLain is a sexual predator.
Sandlin and co-counsel Dan Totten of Athens argued the girls either were
See McLain, page 3A
Despite economy, Calhoun College expands campus
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Calhoun Q)mmunity College, which has served as Limestone County’s junior college for more than 60 years, is in an unusual position for a college in this economy: It’s growing.
C^houn’s expansion into Huntsville has greatly impacted its growth, with an increase of 38 percent enrollment at the Cummings Research Park campus fiiom 2005 to 2008.
This spring, enrollment at the Huntsville campus is up more than 13.5 percent over last spring to 3,897, said Janet Kincherlow-Martin, spokeswoman for the college.
The Research Park campus has almost reached capacity. Classroom space and paridng are very limited, especially in the middle of the day and early evening.
As a result, Calhoun President Dr. Marilyn Beck announced Tuesday the college will begin a $4.8 million construction and renovation project at the Huntsville campus.
Beck said the project would be funded by bond money appropriated in 2005 combined with facilities fees paid by students.
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