Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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As more and more land east of Athens is being developed into suburbs, ail potential buyers should understand they are moving into agricultural communities.
When you move into an agricultural community you will have to deal with noises and odors that relate to agricultural activities. Cotton poison and defoliation odors bother some folks who are not used to them.
The odor from livestock can sometimes be unpleasant to those unaccustomed to them. Cattle, hogs and chickens all create their own distinct odors. If you find these odors displeasing, think twice before buying property in an agricultural area. Some of us farmers have no intention of ever using our land for anything other than agricultural purposes. The noise and odors are not going away just because some developers choose to build in our neighborhoods.
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1 killed, 1 hurt in wreck
By Tashia Lovf.ll
One man is dead and another senously injured following a fiery collision on Alabama 20 Thursday in south Limestone County inside the Decatur city limits.
Lt. Dennis Hughes, public information officer with the Decatur Police Department, said the man died en route to Huntsville Hospital. Police were not releasing the name of the victim pending notification of the next of kin. Police said those names will likely be released sometime this morning.
A tractor-trailer truck and a car were involved in the wreck. The driver of the car died. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to CAB Hospital in Birmingham. His condition as not known Thursday night.
“We’re hoping for the best for him,” Hughes said.
Both men were airlifted from the scene, one by MedFlight and one by Air Evac.
The accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday.
“The car was traveling in the westbound lane...,” said Hughes.
The car crossed into the median and entered the east-bound lane and hit the truck head on.
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A Decatur police officer investigates the wreckage Thursday on Alabama 20 in Limestone County. One person died and another was seriously injured in the collision.
Man jailed for raping woman at boat ramp
By Sonny Turner
hensnews-courier.com A 30-year-old Muscle Shoals man was in the Limestone County Jail Thursday charged with raping a Limestone County woman late Wednesday night at the old Fish Hatchery boat ramp off Alabama 99 west of Athens.
“The woman says he was helping her move and he Moore pulled into the old Fish Hatchery and forced her out of the car and pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her,” said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “We've got the suspect in jail under $50,000 bail bond.”
Arrested on a charge of first-degree rape is Daniel Ray Moore, of 294 Lakeshore Drive, Muscle Shoals. McNatt said Moore is an
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Delphi: Wage cuts by spring
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Executives from bankrupt Delphi Corp. said they expect to have major cuts in wages and benefits of the struggling company’s blue-collar workers in place by spring.
Robert "Steve” Miller, Delphi’s chairman and chief executive officer, said he did not expect the cuts to lead to a wave of labor unrest at Delphi plants, noting that the United Auto Workers and its leadership know the giant auto parts supplier must change if it wants to survive.
”1 know people are angry and are upset,” said Miller, who has said repeatedly that the company’s blue-collar work force is vastly overpaid by standards that prevail in today’s global marketplace for automotive components like those made by Delphi.
“I believe the UAW has competent adult leadership,” Miller said during a news conference at
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Picking by hand
News-Courier/ Kim Rvnders
Howard Hobbs, Jr., known by many as Dickey, hand picks cotton Thursday morning on his farm in Elkmont. He along with family members and members of the community will be picking cotton by hand Saturday for the third time in an organized cotton-picking event.
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Pick by hand
By Tashia Lovell
Picking cotton by hand is not an easy job, just ask Limestone County farmer Howard Hobbs, Jr.
Hobbs, better known as “Dickey,” has been farming all of his life, he said.
While Hobbs used to pick cotton by hand, that’s usually not the case these days — except when he and his family get together for a cotton-picking event.
“I sprung this one on them,” Hobbs said.
The family has had two other cotton-picking events; an idea Hobbs said came about before his mother died. The first pick was in 1994 and the second was in 2000. And although Hobbs doesn’t rule
out another pick, this could be the last.
Saturday, Hobbs along with family members and community members will gather to pick a bale of cotton on land off Alabama 127 in Elkmont. There they will hand pick until a bale is reached.
Hobbs said a bale is between 1,300 and 1.400 pounds.
Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., the group will pick for a couple of hours. Hobbs said with three, four-row picker machines they have, he can pick as much cotton in a day as a thousand hands can pick.
Cotton sacks will be used to put cotton in and a scale that w ill hang from a
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This will make the third hand picking gathering for the Hobbs family within the past 10 years. Five years ago the they picked a bale of cotton.