Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 17, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Casey Patterson of Madison
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I take pride in my home and my yard. It would be appreciated if the people living on Sledge Road would too.
It hasn’t been a month since the commissioner and sheriff had the inmates to clean off our road.
Right now you cannot teft it has ever been cleaned. There is everything from diapers to drink bottles strewn up and down the road. I cannot understand why anyone would not take pride in where they live. We are so fortunate to live in this great country and we should have enough pride to keep it clean. I wish Sheriff Mike Blakely or one of his deputies would come up this road right after dark one night and catch these people. It happens every night, not just once in a while. My neighbor and I use to pick this road up and keep it clean. Our age has stopped that. Some people are just not appreciative. Thanks to the sheriff department and the commissioner for a job well done.
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00001Delphi site manager confident
By Karen Middleton
net Delphi Steering Site Manager Curt Cargile said Monday that he feels the local plant is up to facing the challenges to the entire automotive industry.
Cargile, who welcomed the Limestone County Commission to Plant 23 to hold its regular meeting there, expressed his gratitude to both the commission and the Athens-Limestone Economic Development Association for past and present help.
Commission Chairman David Seibert told Cargile that the commission is "passionate” about the welfare of Delphi. "You can be assured that we will do everything to help Delphi to remain viable,” he said.
But it will take more than the passion of local officials il the largest automotive parts supplier in the world is to withstand the downturn of its largest customer, General Motors.
On Friday Delphi posted a quarterly loss due mostly to G.M. production cuts.
"It’s not a pretty picture,” Reuters News Service quoted Calyon Securities analyst Joseph Amaturo as saying. "But at this point the company has a. fair amount of liquidity to weather the storm for a fair amount of time.”
Delphi shares jumped 15.3 percent to S3.92 as the top percentage gainer on the New York Stock Exchange in Friday afternoon trading. The stock, which set an all
time low at $3.20 in late April, climbed as high as $4.(18 earlier on Friday.
Delphi reported a first-quarter net loss of $409 million, or 74 cents per share, compared vv ith net income of S53 million, or 9 cents per share, a year earlier.
At mid-week last w'eek. Delphi announced two new electric power steering contracts worth more than $400 million over the length of the average four-year contracts.
Cargile said Monday that diversity in customer base is the key to keeping the auto parts giant afloat. In January Delphi began producing halfshafts for the
See Delphi, Page 3A
Firefighter’s home burns in Ardmore
Bv Sonny Tt rner
ARDMORE — Niki Reuter was working an accident Saturday when she got a call that a house was on fire in Ardmore.
So, the Ardmore Rapid Responder and several others on the scene took off for Ardmore, Tenn. to aid those in need at the fire. Little did she know at the time that fire was at her home.
"On her way to the fire she realized that it was her house,” Ardmore Police Sgt. James Kennedy said Monday. "They lost everything they had in that fire.”
“They lost their house and everything in it, but they have each other and their children,” Reuter’s mother, Donna Patterson, said Monday.
Reuter and her husband, Bill, are both paramedics. Niki is a paramedic at Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, Tenn., and Bill works with the ambulance
See Firefighter, Page 2A
A moment to celebrate
Athens State University held its 2005 commencement ceremony Friday night at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. At top, graduate Vicki Pace hugs son Spencer following the ceremony. At left, Kimberly Bates and Jessica Gordon, both biology majors, take a moment to reflect before graduation.
Barry Hamilton, left, Paul Parker and Larry McCoy have fond memories of Hall of Fame coach William “Brub” Hamilton, who died recently. Hamilton was one of eight people inducted into the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night at Athens State University. Barry Hamilton accepted his father’s nomination, Parker played for the coach and McCoy coached with and is the brother-in-law of the coaching legend.
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The president of the Athens-Lunestone Humane Society, who owns and operates a local pet sitting business, has been arrested by Athens police accused of stealing money from the homes of at least two of her customers. ‘
Police charged Mary Beth Weseott, 39» of 25028 Capshaw Road. Athens, w ith two counts of theft.
Weseott was arrested and accused of stealing $600 from one Athens home and warrants were obtained against her. Monday «m .in additional theft charge in connection w ith the theft of $150 in cash from another customer.
Athens Police ( apt. Marty Bruce said Monday that Weseott has admitted to Detective Trevor Harris that she stole money from the homes while attending to pets in both homes while the owners were out ol town.
Weseott owns and operates "Pet Sitter” out of her home. In that business, police said she contracts with homeowners to go into their homes and look after their pets while they are away on vacation or out of town on business.
"We are continuing to investigate whether more homes might be involved,” said Bruce. "She did admit to the taking $600 from the home of one Athens family while being questioned by Detective Harris. "In the business she owns and operates she goes into homes to feed and water their pets.”
Weseott was first arrested Friday and charged w ith second-degree theft of property, a felony. Then Monday, police obtained a second warrant for her arrest charging hci w ith third-degree theft, Bruce said.
Mayor answers critics of efforts to amend city’s liquor ordinance
Bv Karen Middleton
News-t ourier Reporter Athens City Councilman Ronnie Marks said at a Monday night council meeting that Mayor Dan Williams was ready to answer critics of the city’s handling of the liquor ordinance.
“After the last City Council meeting, in which I thought we passed a very progressive ordinance, there were those who wrote m to the Sound-Oft column who I feel are just trying to drive a wedge between the council and the community.” said Marks.
The News Courier publishes the Sound-Off column daily. Readers may comment on issues anonymously. The liquor issue has been the frequent subject of comments in the column. Marks said that he does not object to The News ( ourur V running of the column, but he feels that some that comment are generally opposed to liquor sales and so take every opportunity to criticize the city’s handling of the ordinance.
Williams is convalescing at home from hip-replacement surgery. Contacted after the meeting he prov ided a copy of his statement
He said the comments about the action of the Athens City Council to reduce the application fee
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