Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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That's the way it is down here in the South.
If you don't like it then you can go back to where you came from, because b sure seemed like you had it made there.
Don't put down our cotton pickers. If it wasn't for them you, wouldn't ha\e you're cotton clothes that your wearing. Leave them alone. .lust stop complaining about everything and fix it yourself.
It's cotton. It is not going to bile you.
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Second suspect sought in rampage that did S19K damage to two local schools
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kellyUi athi’nsncws-couritr.com LimestcNne C ounty authorities were searching Thursday in Lawrence Lounty for 18-year-old .Alton Walter Wallace of nartselle. whom they believe was iiwolved in \andalism that caused S19,000 in damages to two local schools.
A warrant was issued tor VCallace after Stephen Aaron Murphy; 1*8, of 1502 Vest
Road in Hailselle, confessed to being one of the two people caught on \ ideotapc Niindalizing East Limestone High School on Nov. 9, where about S15,(K)0 in liam-age was done, said Sherift'Mike l^lakely.
The tape depicting people wearing ski masks was shown on locaHieIe\ision news shows, where someone recognized ■Murphy.
“Someone .saw the \ ideo on fV and
said that looks like him and said. ’1 think he Morgan County.'“ the Inv estigators then went to
got arrested in sheriff said. Moriian Countv
.lail to interview Murphy. "lnve.stigaU>rs checkcAi his propertv box (where a prisoner's belongings are stored) ,uid one of thivse ski masks was in the propeilv box."
Murphy was also suspected in a similar break-in at Clements High School oti Nov. S. in which S4.()()0 of damage was done.
During the interview. Illakely saui “I le confessed."
A hold was placed on him while he is in Morgan County .lail. where he faces charges in juvenile court, a spokeswoman
See Vandal, Page 2A
Limestone still listed on fire alert
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Limestone County as well as 32 other .Alabama counties remains under a fire aleil even after recent rainfall in the area.
A\ceording to CIreg Wood forestry specialist with the Limestone County office of the Alabama Forestry C'ommission. the alert would remain at least through the weekend or longer.
He said the recent rain was not enough to lift the alert.
.A re-evaluation will be conducted at the beginning of next week by .Alabama State Forester Timothy C. Boyce who consults with Fire Division Director Ste\e .May.
W'ood said some areas did get ram. but it was scattered and the surface of the ground is probably already dry.
“We could have a fire today," Wood said.
However, he said a fire that started now would not burn as fast as before the rain.
Wood said that in the southeast the official tire season is Oct. 1-approximately mid-April.
tie said there is nmre dry grass and leaves available to fuel a wildfire in the tall and it will remain until the fuel becomes green in the spring.
Wood said the No. 1 cause of wildfires statewide is incendiary fires and fires caused from burning debris are a close .second.
In Limestone County, more fires are typi-
See Alert, Page 2A
Spike strips finally enc police chase
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kel lydg^athensnew s-courier, com Spike strips placed along Alabama 127 flattened the tires of a car of a man fleeing two Limestone County deputies and an Athens Police officer, but the man kept going for several more miles, said Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
Michael Truman Green, 40, of 21429 Easter Ferry Road, was eventually stopped and charged with attempting to elude, reckless driving, resisting arrest, running a stop sign, improper lane usage, reckless endanger-ment, having no driver’s license, driving with a revoked license and failure to signal.
The chase, which began at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and reached high speeds, occurred after Limestone County Deputy Josh McLaughlin spotted a car crossing the center line on Cabbage Ridge Road and tried to pull ov er the driver, McNatt said.
“He began to speed up and ran a stop sign, then turned on Easter Ferry Road” he said. “He traveled to Edgewood then turned onto Sewell Road."
McLaughlin was joined in the chase by Deputy Dusty Meadows and Athens Police Officer Greg Parnell. The driver of the car then turned onto Alabama 127, north onto Hays Mill Road and back onto Alabama 127, where Meadows and Parnell had placed spike strips near the intersection of Piney Chapel Road to flatten his tires, McNatt said.
“The strips were successful, but the vehicle kept going and turned on Piney Chapel Road and into Piney Chapel Trailer Park, where they were able to apprehend the driver and take him into custody,” McNatt said.
He was taken to jail on $5,300 bond.
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Pat Lewis, who co-chairs this year’s Festival of Trees with Carolyn Crow, takes a break in a log cabin decorated by Tillie Daniel and Karen Mastich. The cabin, which sits in the side yard of the historic Donnell House on the campus of Athens Middle School, puts a rustic interpretation on the ‘ Holly Jolly Holiday” theme. Dozens of trees and collections are on display inside the Donnell House from 4-8 p.m. today and Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. A feature in Sunday’s Lifestyles will give a preview and full information on other times and dates of the event.
Residents get opportunity to speak out on county issues
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“Encourage your neighbors to recycle,” said Vicki Toney with Keep Athens-Limeslone Beautiful.
“Speak out against (unkempt) properties."
Those were just a couple of things said to dozens of people who attended a community meeting Thursday night.
The meeting gave residents an opportunity to learn more about littering, recycling as well as other topics.
There are ways you as citizens of Limestone County can help.
"(Jne person can do something.” said f oney.
One way citizens can get invoked is through a program called Litter Watch. The purpose of this program is to observe and report littering incidents in Athens and L imestone County, and reporting these incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
KALB participates in other programs in the area as well.
See Meeting, Page 2A
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Ordinance Enforcement Officer Paul Tucker, with the Athens Police Department, speaks to a group attending the community meeting Thursday night.