Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Resident demands sewer
West Athens man says city had money for service there In 1980s but did nothing
By Karfn Middlkton kiircniS\itlicmne\\s-a)urier.c‘()m William “Ernie” Ford of Becky Street is a frequent attendee at Athens City Council meetings.
His question is always the same, “When will West Athens
get public sewers?”
He says a 25-ypar wait is long enough.
Ford brought a letter to The News Courier this week dated April 18, 1984. It is from then-mayor Bobby Wood that informs
him and his neighbors of a public hearing to discuss an ordinance calling for a proposed sewer project in the Byram Heights and Ezell Place subdivisions and “areas adjacent thereto.”
According to the letter, the cost of such improvements 25 years ago would have been $300,914.90. Wood writes that the proposed ordinance would assess each
homeowner in those neighborhoods $2,104.30 per lot served. -Ford says he believes he arid his neighbors were assessed, and he wants to know what the city did with the money, because pubr" lie sewers never came to hi» neighborhood. T
“I even helped the city get the
:aSee Sewer, page 3A'
Local kids were extras in "Hannah Montana: The Movie," starring Miley Cyrus. The much-anticipated movie was filmed in Tennessee and is due in theaters April 10.
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Face to face with history
Actor Joe Wiegand, in costume for his one-man show, "T.R.," hands out a Teddy bear to a young fan after a recent performance. The Teddy bear was named for the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, after he ordered the mercy killing of a wounded young bear. Wiegand will reprise his role as "T.R." April 6 at Athens Middle School.
AMS to present ‘T.R.’
By Karkn Middlcton
kari'im-iithcnsuvxvs-cxniricr.coiii Athens Middle School students and thè general public will have an opportunity to see a sUce of American history up close and personal April 3 when noted actor, Joe Wiegand, brings his one-man show, “T.R.,” to Athens. *
Presented in the middle school auditorium, the show is a fundraiser for the General Joe Wheeler Foundation and the school.
Wiegand, who has reprised his role of Theodore Roosevelt for six years, performed “T.R.” before former President and Mrs. George Bush in October.
“It was just a wonderful audience in the East Room,” said Weigand by phone
How to go
One-man show, "T.R.," about President Theodore Roosevelt, starring Joe Wiegand, will be presented at 1 p.m. April 3 at Athens Middle School Auditorium. Tickets at the door are $2 for students and $10 for adults.
Friday. “I can only imagine with that fellow (Roosevelt), but I do my best to bring him to life.”
In “T.R.,” Wiegand shares stories of the life of Roosevelt full of adventure, laughter and inspiration. The stories con-
See Wheeler, page 3A
Sho|)per thwarts robberv' at Walmart
By Jkan Coi.k
A shopper thwarted a would-be robber from stealing her purse Friday morning as she loaded her vehicle at Walmart in Athens.
Based on the victim’s description of the assailant, Athens Police Sgt. Fred Mill-ward, who was patrolling the area, saw the subject running on the
west side of Wal-
, . 1 Kent M. Hastings
mart and arrested
him. Millward also found a bottle of Klonopin that belonged to the offender Kent Michael Hastings, 22, of 1098 County Road 590, I^t 8. Hanceville, was charged with third-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and giving a false name to a law-enforcement officer.
The victim said she was loading her vehicle with merchandise when the offender tried to grab her purse. She was able to resist and scream, which prompted the offender to run, and she called 911. The victim was not injured and no property was taken.
Athens Pharmacy burglary suspect nabbed by police
By Jkan C:okk
Athens Police have found the man suspected of breaking into Athens Pharmacy early Wednesday morning and stealing painkillers and tranquilizers, an official said.
Flanagan, 29, of Athens was arrested and
charged Friday morning with two counts of third-degree burglary, which are
felonies, said Athens Police Lt.
Jacob R. Flanagan
See Burglary, page 3A
AHS students plan ball, name Mr., Mrs. JROTC
By Jean Cole
If you had to find someone to help you plan a fancy ball with formal attire, a catered dinner, a guest speaker and a king and queen, you might not turn to members of the Athens High School JROTC. But you could.
Some 12 to 15 of the school’s cadets recently planned an executed a high-end bash for its members, guests and cadets from four other schooN.
The 43rd Annual Military Ball was impressive, drawing 122 people — twice the number who attended last year.
The event was held Feb. 14 at the Redstone Arsenal Officers and Civilians Club in Huntsville.
The annual ball is not just a chance to party but also a logistics exercise.
“It took me 45 minutes to do my hair,” Moore noted. “I looked good.”
Cadets had to plan the event — decide who and how many to invite, phoose a theme and colors, arrange for a guest speaker, plan entertainment, order supplies, design and mail invitations and then make it all come together the night of the event.
See JROTC, page 2A
Gregory Hacker and Ahna Ravan were crowned Mr. & Mrs. JROTC during the Athens High School JROTC 43rd Annual Military Ball.