Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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NAACP announces speaker for upcoming banquet in Athens.
Athens scouting east side as new site for firefighters
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ancnews a pci net. net Athens' rapidly dev eloping east side is in need ot more fire protection, according to city councilmen w ho are seeking a site for a new fire station.
Councilman Harold Wales, who represents District 2 that encompasses most of the high-growth area, said he has discussed with one landowner in the area
the possibility of donating a piece of property for the project.
* “He said yes. he would love to sit down and talk to us about it." said Wales.
The landow ner has asked not to be identified at this point in the discussions.
Fire protection on the city's east side w as one of the matters the council discussed in a Monday morning work session as the city prepares to adopt the
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While the unnamed property is one possible option. Councilman Ronnie Marks said that the ideal location for a station would be on the Athens-Limestdne Hospital Medical Village site under de\ elopment on I S. 72 Fast at Lindsay Lane. If located there, the station's five-mile circumference of sen ice could take in Houston Place, a development adjacent to I S. 31, south of Tanner, which is in the city, according to Councilman Johnny Crutcher.
Marks said that he had also looked at the city s water tank on Bab Daly Road as a possible site. A fire station in located in
the bottom of a city water tank off Lucas Ferry Road on the west side of the city, but the station was built as part of the tank's structure in the early 1990s. Marks said it might he too expensive to adapt the Bab Daly tank and do road improvements leading to it to make it a feasible project.
Paving, capital fund
Restructuring the city's General Fund might make it possible to conduct a continuing paving program and build a capital improvement fund. Mayor Dan
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sonny(ji athensnews-courier.com Another Limestone County resident says he will run for the legislative seat now held bv Tommy Carter.
I im Hice, a local computer specialist who has been wheelchair bound since breaking his neck during football practice in 1977, said Monday he definitely is a candidate for the House District 5 post which comes up for election before voters next year.
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Hice is a 1979 graduate of Elkmont High School and this is first run for political office.
In August. Hice announced he was considering a run for the state office. On Monday, he made it off icial — he is a candidate for the position.
Hice is one of several people who have either announced or considering a run for the legislative post.
This past weekend, former Athens City Council President Brian Terry made it official that he is running and Anita Raby, the former president of the Alabama Education Association, is said to be considering a run for the post.
C arter, of Elkmont, is retiring at the end of this term.
Carter, 70, announced June 1 that he w ill not be seeking another term. When his term expires next June, he will have served 36 years in Montgomery.
Others who have either declared or are seriously considering a run for Carter’s seat include Limestone County businessman and former Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Pullum. Limestone County Ambulance Service Director and
Coroner Mike West, Athens Mayor Dan —I I Williams, former Athens City Clerk Mignon InriPY Bowers, Limestone County surveyor Ronnie
lU CA \ Coffman, county resident Eural Claxton and
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LedQer 3A I Menefee are said to be Republican candidates.
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The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority (LCWSA) today announced the appointment of James Anthony “Tony” Sneed as its new general manager. —i
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from 8 - 10 a.m. at the LCWSA on U.S. 72 West in f Athens.
Sneed has served as the C ollection System Manager for the Mobile Area Water & Sewer Serv ice for the past eight years. Prior to his position in Mobile, he worked with Huntsville Utilities in the water engineering department and as a Field Manager with ADS environmental services.
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Here for the fiddlers
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John Barrington pulls out the awning on his Airstream trailer Monday behind the Athens Recreation Center. Barrington and his wife, Billie, are here from Pensacola. Fla., to spend the week enjoying all the festivities surrounding the Tennessee Valley Old lime Fiddlers C onvention. I he Fiddlers Convention will be Friday and Saturday on the Athens State University Campus.
Halloween decorations set on fire
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Clarissa Glanton picks up chrysanthemums at a Halloween display that had been set on fire Monday morning at the family business, The Barn Feed, Seed and Hardware in downtown Salem.
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It wasn’t a typical morning for Shane Glanton when he went to open his business Monday in downtown Salem.
Halloween decorations at his business. The Barn Feed. Seed and Hardware, had been set on fire sometime during the early morning hours.
The Barn, owned by Glanton and his wife, ( larissa, has been open for approximately three months and the Halloween decorations only recently had been put on display.
Clarissa said the display included four square hay bales, one round hay bale, chrysanthemums, pumpkins and a scarecrow.
“I just never dreamed they would use fire,” Clarissa said.
However, she said the incident could have been a lot worse. The display was not far from a barn and the store.
“That barn’s irreplaceable,“ she said.
She said two beer bottles were found on the scene that w'ere filled with gasoline and a cloth in each. One beer bot-
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