Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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As different as the two appear in public -Steve Spurrier with his wisecracking bite compared with Nick Saban's, plainspoken, stoic edge - the coaches at South Carolina and Alabama, respectively, share respect, friendship as they prepare to meet Saturday for the third time in their careers.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
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State: Architectural firm OK
By Kr i i .Y Kyzkk k(il\ Pcillu‘nsn<'\vs-(•oiihiT.(•<)iii Despite concerns nnsed last month about a firm bidding to give estimates on a new city hall, state oflBcials said the Decatur architects are operating legally.
At an Athens City Council meeting in September, Councilman Harold Wales said someone had called him to issue a complaint about Godwin Barnett Architecture, claiming the firms’ oflficers were not registered struc’tural engineers or architects, as is required by law.
However, a letter sent from Cynthia J.
McKim, executive director of the state board, to council members says Godwin Barnett is not required to have registered structural engineers as oflBcers.
At least one councilman, Harold Wales, said he felt the fact that John Godwin and Sam Barnett are registered as landscape rather than structural architects should have been disclosed during their proposal.
McKim said the state is not currently enforcing that portion of the state code because the Board for Registration is seeking to change its provisions.
“Thus, the board does not require that all officers and shareholders be architects or engineers,” the letter, dated Oct. 2, states.
She said firms should have at least one registered structural engineer or architect on staff, and Godwin Barnett does.
City Council members agreed in September they would choose an architectural firm to give estimates on building the new municipal fecility, which would include a new fire station, or renovate the existing fecility.
See Architect, page 3A
Horton: A man of honor
MORGAN COUNTY ARCHIVES. DECATUR, ALABAMA
Victoria Price claims during the infamous trial of The Scottsboro Boys in 1933 that nine black boys raped her. The Morgan County Bar Association recently honored Limestone County native son Judge James Horton Jr. for his stand for justice in the historic case.
Plaques in two counties honor judge who stood against racism
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A Limestone County judge who risked his career for nine black boys fiUsely accused of raping two white w'omen in 1931, was recently honored in Morgan County.
In tire second tiiai of one of the nine young men known as The Scottsbortr Boys, Judge James Edwdn I lorton Jr. set aside a death sentence imposed against Haywcxxl Patterson in 1933 due to un.substantiated and false evidence.
in ordering a new trial, Horton said: “lire law must proteci everyone, or it will protect no one.”
A portrait of Horton and a plaque honoring him have been displayed on the wall of the fifth floor of the Morgan County Courthouse, lire bench behind which Horton ruled still stands in a first-floor courtroom.
See Horton, page 3A
COURTESY OF THE HORTON FAMILY
In later life. Judge James Horton enjoyed life at the family home in Limestone County. His role in the Scottsboro Boys trial is immortalized on a plaque in Limestone County Courthouse.
Officials try to cut energy use, utility bills
Limestone County Commissioners are ready to hire a company to help improve energy efficiency and lower the county’s utility bills.
Commissioners tentatively agreed during a work session Wednesday to pay Chevron Energy Solutions Co. $1,981,455 over 20 years to lower ener^ gy consumption and reduce operation and maintenance costs in county buildings.
Tire company improves efficiency through improvements to indoor lighting, water and control systems, heating and am<»nditioning, electrical infi:a-stmcture, thermal heat-storage recovery and building shells.
Commissioners will vote on the contract at their regular meeting Monday.
“The contract seems awfully large, but it will be paid for with the energy
See Energy, page 3A
Haunted house gets new home at old hospital
BYjFJVNIFlJt R. Hill.
icniutcr^^Mhcnsne\vs-ir>urit‘r.c'()m There are plenty of ^osts lurking in the hills and hallows of West Limestone County.
In fact, when the Goodsprings Haunted House was shut down by the State Fire Marshal’s office two weeks ago for several code violations including no fire suppression system and outdated wiring, the Scare for Charity or^ ganization immediately thou^t about making the haunted attraction’s home in the abandoned hospital located down the road in Lester.
The old D.E.‘Jackson Memorial Hospital has sat abandoned for nearly
See Haunted, page 3A
Butler presents state grant funds to defray cost of ER expansion
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, presented Athens-Limestone Hospital with a $50,000 check Wednesday toward the expansion of the emergency room waiting room.
The funds came from a state of Alabama grant.
In April, Athens-Limestone Hospital opened its new emergency room patient area, which included a large nurse’s station and a trauma room for the most seriously injured patients.
The newly constructed
ER also has five additional treatment rooms, for a total of 17, and a negative-pressure room, which was funded by employee donations.
What was estimated to be a $1 miUion makeover of the emergency room came in under budget at $750,000, according to Hospital Foundation director Amy Golden.
In 2008, the hospital treated 27,000 patients in the ER, a 16-percent increase over the previous year.
NEWS COURIER/ JENNIFER R. HILL
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison presented Athens-Limestone Hospital a $50,000 check Wednesday toward the expansion of the emergency room waiting room. From left are Athens-Limestone Hospital CEO Cary Payne, Hospital Foundation board member attorney Jim Moffatt and Sen. Butler.