Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Reward offered for Ardmore bank robber
By Jean Cole
jean a a thensnew scourii r-com A $1,000 reward has been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Friday’s robbery of an Ardmore, Tenn., bank.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Memphis and Ardmore Police Department posted the re
About 1:40 p.m., a black man about 5-feet, 9 inches tall and wearing a black jacket, dark pants, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Miller beer hat entered CB&S Bank at 26314 Main St., which is just across the Alabama state line.
Witnesses saw the suspect run from the bank, but investigators are also looking for an older, white
Oldsmobile with a red top believed to be connected to the crime.
“The man handed the teller a typed note to let her know she was being robbed and the
note was long and she wasn’t paying a lot of attention,” Ardmore Police Sgt. Tracy Luna said. “It started out, ‘Hi ma’am I hope you’re having a nice day.’ When
she got to the part about ‘you’re being robbed,’ he laid a handgun on the counter so she could see it, and she started getting out the money.”
About five people were in the bank at the time.
The suspect fled with about $3,500.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ardmore Police Department at (256) 423-2146.
By Karen Middleton
Trinity School restoration moving forward
By Karen Middleton karen a athensnews-courier.com Mashelda Green, a member of the Athens-Limestone Community Association organizing the restoration of the old Fort Henderson and Trinity High School site off Browns Ferry Street, said progress is coming slow.
“Everything is going good — just slow,” said Green. “But we’re getting farther than any other group got so far,”
The restoration of the old Trinity High School into a museum or community center has been the goal of several groups over the years, but the amount of funds required for the project has proved daunting.
Trinity High School, a school for black students was founded in 1865 and closed in 1970. It sits on a site that was once Fort Henderson, a Civil War-era earthwork structure that was occupied by Union troops.
The group’s mission statement says it hopes to “create a historical reflection of the Browns Ferry Street site” because of its Antebellum and Civil War history and its impact on Athens.
ALCA are seeking support to help preserve this site as a museum. They will meet from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Round Island Creek Mission Building at 13829 Lucas Ferry Road to review plans in a town hall format.
Green said the board has met with two architectural firms and is sending out invitations to other to meet Nov. 30 at Athens-Limestone Public Library. The firms will be asked to make presentations at appointed times.
The Trinity High School Class of 1966 is also conducting a memorial and commemorative brick sale to benefit the project. 4-by-8-inch bricks are $50 and 8-by-8-inch bricks are $100. For more information on the brick project, call Shelby Hobbs at (256) 233-2264.
The group will need a total of about $1 million in donations and grants. Phase I will require about $115,000, which will fund an ar-
See Trinity, page 2 A
City gets look at new
Drawing of renovations to old Kroger building presented to Council
The Athens City Council got its first look at plans for the new library Monday night.
Librarian Susan Todd showed drawings by CMH Architects, Inc., which have already been approved by the Athens-Limestone Library Board of Trustees.
The library, which is being created from the converted Kroger supermarket building on South Jefferson, will cost an estimated $5.9 million. That cost, minus local in-kind services such as site work, landscaping, and finishing work inside by Athens and Limestone County em-
See Library, page 3A
The façade of the new Athens-Limestone Public Library is in keeping with the "spirit” of local landmarks. The $5.9 million library will be completed in three phases.
COURTESY PHOTO CHAD HOLLAND
Only the charred remnants of the home stand as day dawns on Cannon Road.
Mobile home bums
Fire strikes Owens home; Red Cross helping family
By Jean Cole [email protected]
Angela McCool and her family awoke about 4 a.m. Saturday to someone banging on their front door.
“As soon as my feet hit the floor, I could see the glow through the window,” McCool said.
Flames were licking through the sides and roof of the mobile home next door at 15208 Cannon Road in the Owens community.
“A young gentleman — Jordan De-crouse — was driving by in a truck
See Fire, page 2A
COURTESY PHOTO CHAD HOLLAND
While the family is away, fire devours a mobile home at 15208 Cannon Road before dawn Saturday in the Owens community.