Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Verona Walton of Athens
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Enough with the complaints from the lunchroom ladies! We all know that yo" hiiv e a hard job. But as a parent and a teacher 1 have to admit that Em not thrilled with the new menu. My child is picky so 1 pack his lunch everyday. That's not a problem for me but I see so many children that don't have that option and they aren't eating anything. They get their lunch and it just sits there and then they throw an entire tray of food away. It makes me feel terrible to think that these children are hungry because they can't eat the food. And the worst of it is. 1 know how they feel because it tastes bad. 1 don't even eat it so 1 ' bring a lunch as well.
And for those that think they should be "made” to eat it or worse, "it won't hurt them to eat more healthy," why don't you come to school and eat the food’.^ 'VVhy don't you go without lunch a few days? Maybe then you'll understand. Our children are at school seven hours a day and most are skipping lunch.
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Athens murder suspect found shot, now in hospital
Police not sure his connection to elderly victim
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.'ionnyia athcnsnews-couricKcom A trail of blood leading from the posh home of a brutally murdered elderly man led police to a suspect now under guard in Huntsville Hospital.
\Mio killed 8()-year-oId CTiarles Newman on Halloween nighf.’
Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper refused to div ulge the name of tlie suspect, only to say the white male is, “young" and is being treated in the Intensive C are Unit of Huntsville Hospital for a gunshot would to the chest.
Newman, a retired .Athens house builder, was tound dead inside his bll North Hine Street home Monday niglii. just minutes after Newman himself made a 911 call to police headquarters.
Harper said that detectives continue to analyze the tape of the call but there were obv ious sounds of a struggle in the background. He said dispatchers received the call at 7;35 p.m. and immediately dispatched
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Police crime tape mark the scene of Monday night's murder of 80-year-old Charles Newman. Athens police have a suspect in the murder and will Issue an arrest warrant for capital murder against the man sometime later this week. Police said the suspect is in Huntsville Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Much-needed extra point
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Jason Lewter, coach for Tanner’s mini-midgets youth football team, points player Sydnae Townsend toward the goal line after he recovered a fumble and headed down field at a recent game at Athens Middle School field. Youth football is played every Saturday.
ALDOT seeks input on widening of U.S. 72 in Limestone County
By Karen Middi.eton
ancne\s's(^pclnet. net it might cost in excess of S60 million and take another 13 years to complete, but motorists and adjacent residents of U.S. 72 West w ill get a reprieve from a dangerous stretch of roadway.
On Tuesday afternoon officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation held the first public involvement meeting at Clements High School to get comments on the widening of U.S. 72 from the Elk River to Athens. Construction is slated to begin in late 2010.
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, said. “This is about saving lives.”
“Right now, just a 6-inch yellow line separates two cars going in opposite directions at 60 to 70 mph," said Butler. “One hydroplanes or goes over the line, and you have another fatality.”
Butler said while the widening project has been
talked of for a number of years, it took about 30 fatalities in a short period to convince officials of the urgency to widen the highway. Local legislators held a town meeting with Gov. Bob Riley in early spring at the Clements Volunteer Fire Department to emphasize the plight of area residents who must travel the road daily.
“The governor came to Clements to talk about safety," said Butler. “He put money into enforcement and reduced the speed limit. Fatalities have dropped drastically in the area and troopers have given a lot of tickets, so obviously, speed was a big factor."
Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decalur, said he has found the governor to be “good on addressing safety issues.” He said most of road funds come through the federal government, but the executive branch of state government regulates where the money goes.
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Judge: Trial to stay in Athens
By Sonny IT rner
sonny(iyalhensne\\-s-c(nirier.com Limestone County Circuit Judge Bob Baker luesday denied Earron Barksdale's motion to move his upcoming capital murder trial away from Limestone County.
Baker gave no reason for the denial other than to say that he held a hearing and considered the “submissions and arguments" before making the decision.
Barksdale is charged with luring two Athens police officers, Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims, to his mother's Horton Street home on the morning of Jan. 2, 2004, and shooting both to death in his yard.
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October was driest month in 100 years
October, 2005 will go into the record books as one of the driest in Limestone County in more than 100 years.
In the county, it was one of the driest months since 1894 when the local weather data record began. Limestone County saw only a trace or in some instances, no rain at all during the month.
According to a study conducted by the University of Alabama at Huntsville, areas west of Limestone County saw only 0.01 inches of rain in October, while in Huntsville the weath-
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