Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Acting on an anonymous tip that a man was growing marijuana at a Limestone County residence, authorities discovered crystal methamphetamine, as well as ingredients used in the manufacturing of meth at the home.
Rodney Craig Hamilton. 32, of 20862 Sugar Creek Estates. Athens, was arrested and charged with first-degree illegal possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, manufacturing of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Limestone County Sheriffs Department Drug Investigator Lance Royals, he and Athens Police Drug Investigator Johnny Morell acted on an anonymous tip that Hamilton was growing marijuana at his residence.
After discovering marijuana plants, a search warrant was obtained and Royals, Morrell and Limestone C ounty Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Stoddard went to the residence and discovered crystal methamphetamine and most of the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The home wasn't an active lab. Royals said.
Hamilton’s bond was set at $86,000.
Customers want way to reach Charter Cable locally
By Karen Middleton
net The tagline for a film comedy of 20 years ago, “Ghostbusters," asked, “Who ya gonna call?”
Today, Athens customers of Charter Communications are asking the same question. but they’re not laughing.
Anyone wanting to call the local cable franchise office finds listed in the phone book an 800 number for a regional call center. Frustrated callers wanting to talk to someone local call Mayor Dan Williams instead.
Federal regulations mandate that the local government authority holding the contract for cable services be identified. Monthly Charter billings were going out with the mayor’s office number printed on them.
Williams said Monday that he has no way of helping cable customers with their problems.
“On their day-to-day operations we get regular complaints from Charter customers,” said W illiams. “The biggest complaint is not being able to contact Charter people about doing something. Most of the complaints are not so much about what is wrong as they are about not being able to get in touch with anyone
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Children to trick-or-treat on Monday
Alternatives available for safer holiday
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Booi Crafts stands in a portion of her yard dressed with Halloween decorations. She lives at the corner of Madison and Bryan streets in Athens. Inside her home is decorated, as well.
By Tashia Lovell
Trick-or-treaters will knocking on doors Monday.
According to Athens Mayor Dan Williams, the only time he remembered the night trick-or-treat was changed is when Halloween fell on a Sunday.
Williams said to be careflil and watch out for children.
However, there are some additional ways children can trick-or-treat that don’t include going door-to-door.
Lindsay Lane Baptist Chur will be hosting the Harvi Trunk-or-Treat Festival Saturday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Diane Barley, preschool mi istry director at Lindsay Lai said they are trying to provide alternative to trick-or-treating taking the worldly, secular vit out of the holiday and putti Jesus in it and providing soi light on it.
She said that it is also a w to provide a safe place for trie or-treating.
“Our main focus is outrea to the community,” Barley sai< Community members i welcome to the free eve Hotdogs, chips and drinks w be served.
See Halloween, Page 3A
Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders and District 4 Commissioner 4 Bill Daws take a final walk across Sugar Creek Bridge before its closing. Engineers will make a decision on whether the historic bridge will be replaced or refurbished.County’s oldest bridge closed; not to be reopened until 2007
By Sonny Turner
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The oldest bridge in Limestone County has been condemned and closed for possible replacement.
Limestone County District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws closed the old bridge over Sugar Creek near Lester Monday after he was informed by Engineer Richard Sanders that the bridge had become unsafe for traffic. The old wooden bridge w ith steel railings was built 117 years ago.
Sanders said it will take an estimated $500,000 to replace the bridge on Sugar Creek Road in the Peete White Bottom. The construction process could take months and won't be completed until at least 2007.
“We’ve got the dead-end signs up telling people the bridge is now closed," said Daws. “Anytime it becomes a safety issue we have to act immediately.”
Sanders said the bridge was condemned based on findings of the county’s last scheduled bridge inspections.
“It hj?s become apparent that the condition of this bridge has greatly deteriorated over the past few years,” he said.
According to county records, it is believed that the bridge was originally constructed in 1888 on Buck Island (Alabama 99) over Sugar Creek and moved to its present site in about 1947.
“In recent years, we have had to close the bridge
See Bridge, Page 3A