Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 27, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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This IS in response to the letter about how unfriendly Athens is. Over the course of a few months this spring niy parents, my sister and her husband, and my husband, myself and our children all mo\ed here. V.’e moved at different times and into three different neighborhoods and we all have been very pleased with the pleasant people in our new town. My husband and 1 hav e been blessed w ith great neighbors, our children had no trouble fitting into their schools, from people at the courthouse to the garden i'cntcr at I.owc's we have had people go ■ait of their way to be hclprul. especially when they found out we were new. Of course there are grumpy people anywhere but it ha- been my experience ii> life that you “reap what you sow." Thanf ^ Athens, you guv: I'lie ' been great.
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UAW will likely reject latest proposa strike in the future at Limestone olant
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The S9 per hour proposal that the tXTphi Corp. Tuesday asked its hourly eniplovees to aceept hit hard in I imestone County.
“That is outright ridiculous," said one I imestone Countv emplovee who asked not to be identified after hearing the proposal that also called for an elimination of benefits. "We will not stand for it.
"There w ill be a strike and we realize that could shut us dow n. But they are asking for way, way too much. We can't live otTS^ an hour."
Delphi's first offer to unionized autoworkers since tiling for bankruptcy protection calls for an unprecedented elimination of benefits and even
steeper wage cuts than an earlier proposal made bv’ Chaimian Robert S. “Steve" Miller.
Instead of the $10 to $12 an hour that Miller sitid Delphi should pav its production workers, tlie company started talks w ith the I nited .Auto W'orkers last Fndav by seeking wages as low as $0 an hour, according to a copv of the proposal posted on union Web sites.
In addition. Delphi wants workers to accept:
• Increases in out-of-pcKket health care costs iuid the reduction or elimination of pension benefits.
• Loss of vision and dental benefits, tuition assistance and child care subsidies.
See Delphi, Page 2A
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2,000 people now work at the Limestone County Delphi plants in south Limestone County. The life of the complex is now in jeopardy.
She’s on the eootball team
News-Courier Kim Ryndcrs
Eight-year-old Tesslynn Howard is a quarterback and sometimes a lineman for the Athens 2 Golden Eagles Mini-Midget football team this fall. Here, she picks up a fumble and runs down the field for the Golden Eagles during action at the Athens Middle School field this past weekend. Tesslynn is also a cheerleader for the Athens Pee-Wee football team.
case is coming to trial Monday
Prosecutors seeking death penalty for Chad Reece
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.vgm/7UT(t< cnhi.conx The man .Athens [H)licc sa\ shoi and killc(.i Athens businessman Shane .larrctt in .lanuary. 2002. in a mur-der-for-hire scheme that mvtdv cd .larrett's wile. Melissa, and her lover, is coming to trial Mondav.
Chad Reece. .M). will be tried for capital murder and Melissa .larrett aiul .Andy Dugger, the two police say who hired Dugger to kill .larrett, eould be called as w itnesses.
Limestone C ountv District Attorney Krisii \alls said the process to pick a jury to hear the case will begin at 0 a.m. .Montlav and that could tak Stans.
Chad Reece Andy Dugger
at least a dav before testimony
Ever since the .Ian. 27. 2002 shooting v'lt Wheeler Street in northern .Athens, all three suspects have been in the Limestone County .lail held vvitlniut bond.
.A lamestone County grand jury handed down eight indictments involv ing capital murdec against Reece. Dugger and .larrett.
.larrett was indicted on two counts one for capital murder for hire and another charging her with capital murder for pecuniary gain. Dugger and Reece were indicted on three counts each of'capital murder, capital murder for hire and burglary. If com acted all three could be sentenced to die by lethal injec-
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Siegelman, Scrushy indicted on federal racketeering charges
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted former Gov. Don Siegelman. ex-HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy and two others on charges in a "widespread racketeering conspiracy" that included bribery and extortion, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
The prosecutors said Siegelman and former chief of staff Paul Hamrick violated racketeering laws during his term from 1999 to 2003. The indictment, in part, alleges Scrushy made disguised payments totaling $500,000 to Siegelman to get appointed to a key state hospital regulatory board.
Former state Transportation Siegelman Director Gary Mack Roberts also was
charged with mail and wire fraud for his alleged role influencing agency actions on behalf of Siegelman.
The announcement was made simultaneously in Montgomery and Washington. Siegelman called the long-running grand jury probe a political witch hunt by Republican prosecutors trying to derail his current Democratic campaign for a second term.
The prosecutors noted that three others with ties to the Siegelman administration have pleaded guilty to
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New mote to open here in January
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Construction is progressing on the new Holiday Inn Express motel at U.S. 72 and Interstate 65 with a target date of Jan. 16, 2006 set for its opening.
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Holiday Inn Express will become the latest addition to the city’s hospitality sector in January when it opens on Janiuirv' 16, according to Best Western Motel Manager Bob Kumar.
Best Western and Holiday Inn Express are owned by the same parent company, Kumar Lodging Inc.
Kumar said the "prelimintiry opening" is tentatively set for Jan. 16, followed by a grand opening on Feb. 8, 2006.
"We usually have a soft opening and then follow it up with a grand opening two weeks later," said Kumar. "From the time of the soft opening we have employees about 80 percent trained. Wc finish training in the next two weeks as well as getting all the kinks out, such as making
See Motel, Page 2A