Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 25, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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With Terry Schiavo visibly drawing closer to death Thursday, her parents refused to give up the fight to reinsert their brain-damaged daughter’s feeding tube, despite being rebuffed by both the nation’s highest court and a Florida judge.
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Traffic was backed up for miles on Alabama 20 Thursday afternoon.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cosby/Decatur Daily One person was injured In this truck and taken to Huntsville Hospital via Medflight.
Wreck causes big traffic jam on Alabama 20
Decatur police were investigating a mid-afternoon wreck Thursday that caused traffic to back up for miles in south Limestone County.
One person was injured when an 18-wheeler collided with a small Ford Explorer that was pulling a trailer. The wreck occurred in the west bound lane at the Raceway service station, the scene of numerous accidents in the past.
The injured man was taken from the scene to Huntsville Hospital by Medflight helicopter. The identify of the man was not known at press time Thursday night.
Motorists at the scene said traffic was backed up in both directions from the 1-65 interchange for more than an hour.
Maggie turns 99
Lifelong Limestone resident retains wealth of memories
By Tanjie Nash
's-cuuriercom Maggie Ratliff enters the living room clutching a metal-framed walker. She is dressed immaculately her white suit, her elegant hat, her rose-and-baby's-breath corsage come together as a stately ensemble on her tiny, slightly bent frame.
“I need me some chewing gum,” she says.
The statement sounds as if it’s directed to no one in particular. But once Mrs. Ratliff is settled into a comfortable chair, her daughter, Shirley Davis, hands her 99-year-old mother a rolled up slice of gum.
The woman chews it daintily, thoughtfully as she remembers a time when walking a few miles to church was ordinary, when riding horses was her favorite pastime, when “everybody big enough to pick up a wood chip had a job to do.”
Mrs. Ratliff was bom Maggie Mae Malone on March 15, 1906. She was one of 12 children born to Jim Malone and Rachel Harris Malone.
She remembers her daddy being hard at work in his butcher shop near the railroad tracks on “72 Highway.” She remembers walking several miles to attend services at James Chapel Church. She remembers her mother’s death when she was barely 5 years old. She
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News-Courier/Tanjie Nash Maggie Mae Malone Hobbs Ratliff of Athens sits surrounded by the more-than-100 cards and gifts she received in celebration of her 99th birthday March 15.
WW II hero Clyde Mabry dies at 87
From Staff Reports The founder and former president of Mabry Engineering, Henry Clyde Mabry, of Athens, died Wednesday at the age of 87.
Mabry was a retired Brigadier General and was a decorated war hero.
He formed Mabry Engineering Co., Inc., in Decatur, where he served as president for 25 years before retiring in 1982.
He also formed Testing,
Inc., a soil testing firm and developed a Clyde Mabry microwave heating method for soil testing Mabry designed state and federal highways and bridges in Alabama including stretches of 1-65 and 1-59, Joe Wheeler State Park, state docks facilities at Cordova, the original Huntsville Airport, and he designed and built the first prestressed concrete bridge in the state. He also designed the crane pad for the Space Shuttle at Marshall Space Flight Center.
He was a past president of the Consulting Engineers Council of Alabama, the professional organization for his field.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The Rev.
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Water board votes to give senior center break on bills
By Tanjie Nash
Business was swift and efficient Thursday during the first meeting of the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board of directors since two new members were named last month.
Mark Yarbrough and Jerry King join Alton Robison, George Binford and Chairman Bobby Gilbert to round out the five-member board, which oversees water and sewer service to some 15,000 customers in rural Limestone County.
On Thursday, the board took action on a request made at last month’s meeting by County Commissioner Bill Daws to give area senior centers a break on water bills.
At King’s suggestion, the board agreed to create a pilot program exclusively for senior centers. The centers will be charged the LCWSA minimum billing rate for a period of six months, after which center usage will be reviewed.
The current minimum is $13.76.
King said of the five centers in Limestone, four have LCWSA service. He said paying the minimum rate v\ ill be a savings for the centers.
“It doesn’t run too awful much more except in the summer months," he said.
Gilbert said 2,500 gallons of water is the maximum covered under the minimum billing code.
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One brother released, other still hospitalized
By Sonny Turner
One of the two brothers stabbed Tuesday night during a fight at Jarrett Wrecker Service remained in the hospital Thursday. The other brother, though, was released from Huntsville Hospital.
Tim Hargrove, 44, has several stab wounds including one across the chest area, his wife said Thursday. He also has wounds to the arms and back. Tim Russell
The man who is charged with assaulting Tim Hargrove and his brother, Greg “Pee-Wee” Hargrove, 43, was released from the
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