Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Sfrmnc Athens and Limestone Coi nty : A Commi nity of Tradition and Fin
Evalene Pophani of Athens
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in response to people not being friendly in Athens: Most people aren't friendly even if you have lived here all your life. They are to busy being grouchy, se 1 f-ee n tered. i m po rt a n t or recognized. It is the “me" syndrome.
I think “Southern hospitality” is a thing of the past, unless some big disaster happens. Otherwise the person in need right next door is ignored and the big kind-hearted community busts their keister trying to look like the good Samar i I an way over yonder 1 ook right under youi doorsteps for need) pcv-ipk and as the Bible says don’t be such a respceiei of f)cr-sons in who you choose to help. Let someone in line in front of you, open a door for someone, call a sick or lonely person, ask how are you and really mean it, when someone visits your church 'don't let them go home feeling as if they weren't welcome there. .A smile and a kind word go a long way. Don’t think so highly of yourself.
(lod made and loves us all no matter who we are.
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Delphi pay cuts proposed
Some salaries may be cut $10-$19 per hour
From staff, wirf. rf.ports The financially troubled Delphi Corp. proposed cutting salaries of workeiN to S10 to S19 per hour Thursday at the south l imestone County plant to possibly a\oid a company wide bankruptcy.
Delphi asked concessions from UA\V. and the news Thursday caused some concern among the 2.500 employees.
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The U.AW International Bargaining feam has released a list ot proposals that Delphi has asked of union officials in a bid to a\oid filing for C hapter 11 bankruptcv
According to U.AW l ocal 2195 President ferry Scruggs and C'hairman Howard (ireen. the proposal includes the follow ing:
• Production wages lowered to SIO to S12 an lunir
• Skilled trades’ wages lowered to SI9 an hour
• Lliminate ail cost of li\ ing allowance
• Reduce holidays to a ti>tal of 10 to 12 day s per year
• Reduce \acation to a maximum of four weeks per
• (’ompletely eliminate the Independence Week pay
• Modify fX'iisions to reflect lower wage rates
• Maximum of 26 weeks SUB pay per contract pen-
• Pliminate the .lobs Bank
• Consolidate, phase-out. or sell the m;ijonty of plants through the next three y ears
These changes are projected to result in a wage and benefit package including a total cost of wage, bene-f its anil statutory costs of from S16 to S18 per hour.
See Delphi, Page3A
Caregiver arrested for theft of identity
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sonmiaathensnews-conrier.com Athens police ha\e arrested a caregiver for stealing the identity of the 79-year-old Athens woman she was taking care of The woman. Latoya Deanna Coflhian, 24. of 302 McBeth St.. .Athens, is accused of obtaining credit cards by fraud and running up bills of more than $1,600.
“She w as a caregix er for a Huntsx ille home health company and she was taking care of this 79-year-old patient in f the patient’s house,” said Coffman Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. “She took a credit card offer that came in the mail for the 79-year-old and filled out the application and changed the address to her address. W hen the credit card arriv ed at her home, she ma.\ed it out by charging $1.055."
Bruce said during that time another credit card offer came in the mail at Coffman's residence and again she applied for it in the victim's name. Once she received that card police said she charged another $600 on it.
“Most of it was ATM withdrawals for cash," Bruce said.
Police were notified by the victim's daughter after the family received a call from the credit card fraud department, investigators said.
“1 hey became suspicious with all the ATM withdrawals." said Bruce. “The daughter notified us and we started to investigate anil determined that the woman had been using the credit cards by fraud."
Coffman was charged Wednesday w ith first-degree identity theft and has been transferred from .Athens City Jail to the Limestone County Detention Facility.
Sheriff nabs two men for possessing crystal meth
Bv Phil Willis
f)hil(fiiathemne\\s-courieKcom Wednesday night searches of two Limestone County homes resulted in as many arrests for possession of methamphetamines.
Officers from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, acting in concert with their counterparts from the Athens Police Department, made consent searches of one residence hear Ardmore, Sheriff Mike Blakely said, and another hou.se near Pettusville.
Following a search of his home, Kenith Lamar Swanner, 37, of Sand Springs Road, Elkmont, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree illegal possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, Blakely said.
At the second home, the sheriff' continued, officers found a “meth” lab and enough evidence to charge Robert Andrew Roberson, 38, of Robinson Road, Elkmont, with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine and second-degree illegal possession of marijuana. Blakely
See Meth, Page 3A
“Both were good role niodels. If you needed .something,
you'd go to Shahonda...and the kids just loved Colin." -Clements teacher Melanie Bridges
Ontario Patrick shows his classmates a photo of himself with his mother, Shahonda Patrick, and brother Trinity Robinson. Shahonda, who died in an automobile accident Sept. 15, is one of two Clements alumni to be memorialized during tonight’s homecoming game.
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A Clements grad was to eulogize a frienc tonight; now both will be memorializec
Shahonda Patrick and Colin Sherbert at Clements High School’s graduation in 2002.
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After Colm Sherbert died in a four-wheeler aecideiii on July 3. Shahonda Patrick began writing a eulogy for her friend and classmate. It was to be read tonight at homecoming for C’lements High School, where both graduated in 2002.
Those plans changed when Shahonda died in a car crash in Rogersville on Sept. 15. Now. both will be memorialized when blue balloons - Sherbert symbolizing Colin's favorite color and Shahontla’s sorority color - are distributed at the gate and released prior to tonight’s homecoming game.
Shahonda and Colin had been tfiends for years. Colin’s
See Memorial, Page 3A
Nedra Pride, Suzanne Rainey and Emily Haney, all of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Limestone County, work on gourmet apples that will be delivered today as a fund-raiser for the club.
Ex-educator, 99, dies in Montgomery
By Karen .Middleton
ancne\rs(cv,pclnet. net A former Limestone County edueitor died Tuesday in Montgomery at the age ot 99.
Floyd R. Johnson Sr. served as Limestone County superintendent of education from 1949 to 1957. Johnson Junior High School—now Johnson Elementary School—was
named in honor of Mr.
He went on to become an
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of education, serving a total of Johnson 42 years in education, according to his son, Floyd R. Johnson Jr.
Services were held in Montgomery on Thursday, and the family will receive friends
See Educator, Page 3A