Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 3, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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This is to the people who rolled the yard on the east end of Section Line Road Halloween night. *
The house that you ehose to litter up belongs to two very elderly women. One is bedridden. the other is on a walker. How did you think their yard would get cleaned up after you did your tacky deed? And why did you roll it in the first place?
Have your parents failed in their job to raise you to become a decent and caring person? Too bad you didn’t get arrested for trespassing and vandalism. What was the fun in making life harder for these sweet and kind ladies / Shame on you!
Hey, Sound Off:
This is from the wicked witch: 1 am all for the children to come around trick-or-treating.
In fact. I could hardly wait for the little ones to come to my door all dressed up. But parents, teacher your children to say thank you and don't bring them back to the same house twice.
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Police: He was friend of victim’s grandson; robbery the motive
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Capt. Marty Bruce said Wednesday that Reid Lackey, 22. of Madison, will be charged with capital murder when he is released from Huntsville Hospital, where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.
Lackey is listed in serious condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Huntsville Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police say 1 ackey was wounded in a struggle with Newman.
Police found Newman's body in the den of his 611 N. Hine St. home when they answered a 7:35 p.m. 911 call Police ^ay the tape of the call did not pick up anyone speaking, but it picked up sounds of an apparent struggle in the background.
Officers Perry Gooch and
Katrina Johnson arrived at
Newman's house at 7:40 p.m. and found the victim lying in his blood-spattered den among overturned furniture. An autopsy showed that
Newman died of “massive blood loss" after ha\ ing been shot once in the chest and repeatedly stabbed. Harper said.
Bruce said that police believe Lackey acted alone when he allegedly drove a rented 2005 white Nissan to Newman's home Monday night and entered through the backdoor of the stately columned house. Investigators say they could find no sign of forced entry.
Neighbors told police that
Newman closely guarded his privacy and associates said he always checked to see who was at his door before opening it. They said they did not believe that Newman would have ever opened his door to a stranger.
Bruce said that robbery was the apparent motive, but police did not recover any cash from the rented Nissan when it was discovered at a Madison convenience store the
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News-Courier Kim Rynders
Two Athens policemen guard the back of Charles Newman s home Monday. The 22-year-old man police say killed Newman entered the back door of the home just to the right of the garage door.
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East Limestone Road project to cost $300K
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The State Department of Transportation in Montgomery will open bids Friday on a $300.000 project to widen and resurface a portion of l ast I imestone Road.
The Limestone County Commission will enter into an grant agreement with the state to widen and resurface the highway from Beat line Road to U.S. Highway 251. a distance of approximately three miles, said Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders.
The highway will be widened two feet to 22 feet, Sanders said. The state recently widened and resurfaced the upper end of the highway, county officials said.
East Limestone Road is a heavily travelled road 111 the eastern section of the county, officials said.
Meanwhile, county commissioners in work session Wednesday heard a request from Raymond Trafton from the American Kidney Association to appropriate
between $2,000 and $3,000 to aid the Kidney Association in gasoline expenses they incur while transporting patients to kidney dialysis three times a week.
Commissioners said they will vote on the request Nov. 21 if they are legally cleared to make that appropriation.
On Monday, commissioners will vote to reappoint Margeret Tomlin to the Limestone County Board of Department of Human Resources with the term expiring on Oct. 1, 20011; revise personnel policy bereavement leave; update the stalling plan to include one director trainee for Council on Aging; employ Emily D. Haney as director trainee for the Council on Aging, effective Nov. 7-Dec. 31; approve family medical leave for Frank J. Sanderfer, beginning Oct. 11 until Nov. 2; and approve merit salary increases for C harles Collier, Jennifer Deese. Steven Gatlin, Martha Jones, Jacqueline King, Bobby
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Ridgeway, Woods retiring with 80 years of service
By Tashia Lovell
Combine their service and Sylvia Ridgeway and Faye Woods have worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more than 80 years.
They will soon be leaving their jobs at the Limestone County Farm Service Agency for retirement.
Limestone County Farm Service Agency formerly the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service is the branch of the USDA that administers cost-sharing programs for farmers and landowners.
They also administer the crop subsidiary program.
Wednesday, family, friends, colleagues and customers attended a
retirement party for both Woods and Ridgeway at the ASCS office off U.S. 72 East in Athens.
Marie Stewart. Ridgeway’s niece, said that she is a wonderful person, loves her family dearly and would do anything you needed.
Frances Green, Woods' cousin, said Woods is a real nice, sweet person.
Shane Seay, county executive director of Limestone County FSA, has worked with the two women for four years.
He said that both of the w omen had just a wonderful reputation with fanners.
Seay spoke well of Ridgeway’s See Retiring, Page 3A
News-Courier Tashia Lovell
Faye Woods, left, and Sylvia Ridgeway were honored Wednesday at the local Farm Service Agency. Both will retire next month with 80 years of work experience.