Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Athens-Limcstone Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. today in the Rodgers Center of First Presbyterian Church, not at Athens Recreation Center as had prev iously been announced.
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It’s great that so many people here support our troops but why doesn’t the support extend to our beloved veterans?
I went into a large discount store and to put my fahter’s picture on their much advertised “wall of Honor." None of the employees knew where it was in the store.
When I found it, there were only two pictures on it.
It’s important to remember tose who bravely served when called upon to figtht for their country on Veteran's I3ay.
Where is our parade in their honor?
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Talking behind ciosed doors
3 councilmen, press not invited to annexation informal meeting
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President Ronnie Marks
promised that he would see that the press is notified of future informal discussions of an anne.x-ation committee chosen by Public ^'orks Director James Rich.
But Mayor Dan W illiams savs
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that certain things were discussed that “don't need to lie a matter of public record."
Neither IcKal media nor three of the five council members were aware that the committee, which discusses and studies the feasibility' of annexing property east of Athens, was meeting on Wednesday.
“We need to notify’ the press
if we are meeting regularly." said Marks. “But I honestly feel that them was no v iolation of the Open Meetings Law . It w as just a discussion and not a fomial meeting."
This is the second meeting Rich has called to study all facets of bnnging areas as far east as Newby Road into the citv. Fhe first time, citv officials notified
the press and most councilmen and department heads also attended.
The state s new ()|vn Meeting Law says that a gov enimental hodv must give the puhlie seven days notiee of pre,urangeil meetings of Its body ;ind also the eom-mittees and siibeommittees it ere-
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Ex-coach arrested for sexual misconduct
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sonny^athensnews-couri-er.com A former volunteer coach at Athens High School and with area AAU girls basketball teams was arrested Wednesday by Athens police accused of
sexual misconduct with a _
16-year-old girl. Stoney Burks
Stoney B^irks, 42, of 2104 Luke St., Athens, was released from .Athens C ity Jail on S 1.000 bail bond. He is charged with sexual misconduct, which is a misdemeanor offense.
Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said Burks was arrested after the 16-year-old girl filed a complaint with police. He said the girl told investigators that Burks had threatened to reveal things about her to her mother if she reported anything to police.
“I think It was consensual sex and it occurred only the one time.” Bruce said. “But the girl did tell us that he had threatened to tell her mother some things if she reported it to police."
Bruce said Burks told investigators he is unemployed.
Burks helped coach the Athens High varsity girls basketball team in past years as a volunteer and was the coach of several AAU-type girls basketball teams in northern Alabama.
Woman charged as fugitive
In a separate investigation, a 52-year-old Athens woman was arrested by police and charged as a fugitive from justice involving the kidnapping of her 12-year-old nephew in Bedford County, Tenn,
Bruce said W/anda Laye Young, of 1005 W. Pryor St.. Athens, was taken into custody by Officer Charles Clem during a traffic stop Wednesday night on Pryor Street near Young’s home.
Young is being held for Bedford County authorities, who are expected here in the next few days.
Bruce had no other details about the case.Rogersvi man serious after wreck
A Rogersville man and his wife remained in Huntsville Hospital Thursday after being injured in a late Wednesday afternoon wreck on U.S. 72 West.
A hospital spokeswoman said that James D. Griffin, 72, was listed in serious condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. His wife, Alva Griffin, 77, was listed in good condition in a regular hospital room, she said.
A troopers spokeswoman said that both Griffin and his wife were wearing seatbelts at the time of the one-vehicle , 5:05 p.m. wreck.
An emergency worker at the scene of the wreck said the couple was pinned beneath the dash of the 1990 Chevy Suburban when it crashed into a ditch in front of Clements Mini-Mart. Both victims were transported from in separate MedLlight helicopters.
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Major Cal Bonner, U.S. Army; Bobby L. Powers, U.S. Marine Corp and Raymond A. Phelps. U.S. Marine Corp and U.S. Army salute during singing of The Star Spangled Banner at a Veterans Day program at Athens High School Thursday. Today is Veterans Day and we salute our veterans with a special section inside.
VFW program today honor veterans
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Athens resident Terry Hodges installs a new sign at the VFW Post 4765 & Ladies Auxiliary in time for today’s ceremonies. The sign was taken down after it was damaged by high winds recently. It was reworked bv Tink Hanev.
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The annual VctL'ians Day program at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building promises tributes, tears and of course, the traditional chicken stew.
At 1 1 a.m. today, veterans from any branch of serv ice and any war or contlic't will be honored at a service at 1S6I5 Alabama 127, said Joe MeCart with the VFW’.
Mayor Dan Williams is guest speaker for the event.
“It's very important to honor veterans and give an example and educate our younger citizens that these people have done their part and they're going to have to do theirs." said Williams, who served with the U.S. Army National Guard.
W'illiams said this is a time of “unconventional warfare. “
“We’re in a war against terrorists." he .said. People must come together to prevent forces from attacking our freedoms and forcing us to live in fear, he said.
Also at the event, the ROTC w ill perform a 21-gun salute and post the colors. Following the tributes, free chicken stew will be offered as long as supplies last, McCart said.
McCart, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, said the VFW' plans the program each year.
“It's recognition of our veterans, not only those w'ho died for us. but also who are serving today," he said. “.As a veteran myself, it makes me feel proud 1 am recognized, that the sacrifice all of us have giveir— in more ways than one —is recognized by the peo-ple.”
McCart said he is also proud to see so many schools holding programs recognizing veterans.
“I’m glad the children recognize veterans because someday, they’ll be here,” he said.
Wendell Powers with the Alabama Veterans Museum & .Archives at 100 W Pryor Street said the museum will be open today for anyone who wants to visit before or after the VFW’ program. It will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Limestone County also honors veterans of Vietnam and Korean wars with monuments at the Alabama W’elcome Center on Interstate 65 at Ardmore.