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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama Playoff berths on lineElkmont, Clements fighting tonight to ensure spot in postseason football playoffs jb Trail riding It’s time for the Sixth Annual Cowboys for Kids Trail Ride 9AThe Neivs-CmrierSermng Athens and Limestone Coi nt\ : A Commi neh of Tradition and Fi ti reFriday, Oc tober 21, 2005 50 Cents ^ J ^CrCrd' Doris Ciafforc of Athens Subscriber of the clav WOlf Hey, Sound Off; To the prowler who was lurking around my fence at about 3 a.m.; I don't appreciate your shouting all those profanities at my dog. You have no business lurking around my fence at 3 a.m. That just goes to prove you were up to no good. My dog is out there to protect mine and let me know when a prowler is around the house. Evidently, you've got some serious problems. You better bet 1 will keep ail out out for you. I'll have a patrol car patrol those roads regularly if 1 have t('! — w hatex er it takes. That i> what the law' is there fm..,to serve and protect. 1 have a sin posted that says: No trespassing. So stay otT More Sound Off Valley, 5A (iel the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The \eivs-Omrier 'x 2.^2 2?20 Index Classified 5-8B Comics..........4B Headlines 4A Horse & Farm .. .1-2B Ledger .........12A Lifestyles  6A Obituaries 2A Marcia Lynne Atchley Milton Hargrove Francis Marquette Martha S. Pettus David Smith James R. Smith Orna Mazelle Taylor Religion 9-11A Sports.........1-2B Valley...........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment ^^ou, beloved, building yourselves up 0)1 your most holy faith. prayi)ig i)i the Holy Spint, keep yoiuselves i)i the love of God. Jude 1:20 %fiabel 322 Hhv. 31 N« Athens .    256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-00.34 69847‘00001 King Street a dead end? City takes no action to rename Mine Street for civil rights leader BA k\RKN MiDDI.KTON uncne^^.s(a pci net. net .After hearing comments both for and against a Limestone County N.AACP request to rename Hine Street m honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the .Athens City Council declined to motion for the change. Councilman Jimmy Ciill. in whose district a large portion of Hine Street lies, said after Monday night's meeting that he is an NAACP member but. “There wasn't any use in making a motion because it wouldn't ha\e gotten a second." When asked his preference for nam ing a street in honor of King. (Jill said he had no preference between the N.A.ACP's first choice of lime Street aiui its second choice of Brownsfcrry Street. "Hmc Street is good. hut Brownsfcrry is also good" said Cull. “W hen I was grow ing up most of the black businesses were located on Brownsfcrry Street. There are pros and cons for both streets." Those who spoke against the proposed renaming of Hine Street were mostly descendants of W illiam Ernest Hine, m whose honor the street was named. Hine was a former mayor of Athens who donated the property, on which the old fairgrounds v\as built, and which IS now the site of two medical complexes and sexeral public buildings. W ilbert Wbodrutf. who chaired the NA.ACP committee that chose Hine Street for renaming, was the first to address a public hearing before the reg- See Street, Page 3A Working Wheel Water flow/\s over restorec wheel in West Limestone By I Ash I a Ixb ei.l iashiu(<rathensne\ A water wheel that has been out of order for many years is now operating again in western Limestoue County. Grady Paul Gaston, III has financed the restoration of the old wheel located on Mechanic Branch on family owned property off Ala. 99. More than S30,()()0 has gone into tlie project. .According to information written by Gaston, Simeon Corder built the miil ¡approximately 100 yeais ag«. “Wlien this mill operated a hundred years ago, it was a symbol of industri- See Wheel, Page 2A ( oiirtesy Photo The restored water wheel is pictured at top. It is a two-ton wheel that will turn by a little stream of water. Directly above, people attend a celebration on Oct. 9 held in western Limestone County. Man charged with abusing child after ‘whipping’ her with belt SOWA Tl R.NER sonny(ii^a A 30-year-old Limestone County man was arrested Thursday for child abuse after he whipped his 9-year-old daughter "excessively" With a belt for wetting on herself. “He says he just lost it and realized that he had whipped her too hard." said l imestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “She accidentally wet on herself and her daddy whipped her for it.” David Eugene Sims, of 16630 1 ort Hampton Road. Athens, was in the Limestone C'ounty Jail Thursday on S5.000 bond. He is charged with child abuse. Iinestigator Mike Boyles arrested Sims 1 hursday after receiving a complaint about the abuse. "The child was whipped or beat with a belt excessixely, so much that it left excessixe bruising to her buttocks and back of her legs. Her h;mds which she used to help ward off the blows also had bruising and abrasions." said McNatt. McNatt said investigators believe the girl was only whipped the one time and that occurred on Tuesday. He said the beating was reported to authorities Wednesday afternoon. “After it was reported to us Inxestigator Boyles got to looking into it and interviewed the daddy and decided he had enough to charge him with child abuse," McNatt said. Sims remained in jail late Thursday. McNatt said the abuse was reported to the Limestone County Department of Human Resources and investigators from DHR are assisting the county in the investigation. Child abuse is a felony offense. Drainage problems make mess at AMS Bx Kfllx Kazek Athens City school board members approved a plan Thursday night to remove as much as 200 dump truck loads of dirt from .Athens Middle School property to stop a drainage problem there. Water running down a slope from the football field toward Christine Street did not pose a problem until homes were built on that street, said board member Sabrina Holt at a Thursday night meeting. Now*, about twice a year during especially heavy rains, water runs down into those yards. City Public W'orks Director James Rich, who is helping the board address the problem, told board members he thinks about 3,000 cubic feet of dirt would need to be remoxed to form a detention area at the bottom of the slope before it reaches the residential area. Board members also plan to remove the school’s tennis courts and hope to use some of the dirt to fill that area to form new practice fields. Work on the project would not begin at least until spring, Rich said. "W'e wouldn't want to try to take this project on during the winter months," he said. “We’d start in late spring or the summer months." Also at the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges read a report on air quality at Brookhill Elementary School, which See Drainage, Page 2A Balancing act Clements High School student Mary Kathryn Carroll tries to keep her balance on a wooden beam Thursday at a Ropes Outdoor Challenge Course at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena. The course was held by the Limestone County Sheriffs Department and was built thanks to a grant from the Alabama campaign to prevent teen pregnancy and the DEKKO foundation. The students participating in the course were part of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. Nexvs-Courier/Kim Rynders ;