Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Cly D. Wellden of Athens
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Hey, Sound Off:
This is in response to the comment made about the Athens’ Christmas lights.
Everyone is entitled to his opinion, and since this person spoke up.
I’ve decided to do the same. I think the Christmas lights are perfect!
Every year, on a cool, clear night, my family bundles up and we take a stroll around the square and the courthouse. Seeing that grand, old courthouse surrounded by those lights is a beautiful sight to see! We try to imagine a time of the horse and buggy and dry goods stores and kids in overalls with no shoes.
To me, it is the perfect picture of nostalgia. Sure, some lights need to be replaced, but I say change nothing. If you want the Arab look, go to Arab.
Thank you (and happy holidays!)
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Man accused in miirder-for-hire sentenced to life
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The man who shot and killed Athens wrecker service owner Shane Jarrett in early 2002 pleaded guilty in court Friday to “intentional huirder" and was sentenced to life in prison.
Chad Chnstopher Reece. 30. did not comment when he was scmtenced by l.imestone County Circuit .ludge Bob F3aker. He was then led from the courtroom in chains back to the Limestone County Jail.
Limestone County District .Attorney Kristi V'alls said the two other defendants in the Jarrett murder case. Jarrett s widow Melissa Jarrett and her boyfriend. Andy Dugger, will ha\e their day in court in the coming months.
“I expect Dugger to enter a guilty plea.” Vails said. “Melissa Jarrett will be in Judge (Jimmy)
See Guilty, Page 2A
Chad Reece exits Limestone County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea Friday afternoon. He was sentenced to life in prison after admitting his part in the murder-for-hire scheme in the death of Shane Jarrett.
Painting a grim reality
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Clements High School student Casey Smith paints the face of Jessika Posey while Jordan Beggs paints the face of Drew Simpson in the background. Their faces were being painted during Grim Reaper Day to symboiize how many students die in accidents caused by drivers impaired by drugs and aicohol. During the day, which is sponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions, two students dressed as grim reapers went to classrooms and tapped students on the shoulder who then left the room and their faces were painted and they were not aiiowed to speak for the rest of the day to represent a student who had died.
Athens man caught in FBI child porn sting
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kclly(li cithensncw's-courier.com a\ii .Athens man was taken into custody late Wednesday by Federal Bureau of Investigation officers and charged with receiving child pornography after Athens police received a tip about the suspect, authorities said.
David Edward Miles, 54. of 14092 Grover Drive, was placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals where he will stay until a hearing Tuesday, said Special Agent Aaron Cravens in Huntsville.
Cravens said the investigation is ongoing and he cannot release details of the case.
Athens Police Capt. Marty EJruce said an ofr'icer from the local department was present when the arrest was made.
“We'd received some information and forwarded it to the FBI,” Bruce said.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, Miles met with a confidential informant Sept. 7 to order 11 videotapes of child pornography. Miles and
See Porn, Page 3AMan forced to choose: jail or dip in icy water
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Faced with jail time or a dip in icy water, a Limestone County man chose the water, but he soon changed his mind, said Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Jason Houston, 27, of Tanner led Deputy Gary Stoddard on a chase after Stoddard attempted to pull over Houston’s vehicle.
“Houston tried to ram the patrol car and attempted to elude, then he jumped out of the vehicle on Hatchett Ridge Road,” Blakely said.
The suspect then jumped into Round Island Creek and attempted to swim away.
Deputies, rather than get into the cold water, figured Houston would return on his own and searched his car, the sheriff said. They found five pounds of marijuana inside.
Houston, meanwhile, was about to turn himself in — whether he wanted to or not.
“He swam toward Round Island and got cold and came back.” Blakely said.
Houston was charged with trafficking in marijuana, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
He will likely have bond revoked, Blakely said, because he was arrested earlier this year on a receiving stolen property charge.
Pam Wallace presents Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, with a plague from the Democratic Executive Committee thanking him for his 42 years of service to Limestone County at a tribute dinner in honor of Carter Thursday night. Wallace is the chairman of the Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee.
Limestone Democrats honor dean of Legislature
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More than 35 years ago, now Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont,was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, and now he is on his way to retiring.
He will not seek re-election in 2006.
Carter said Friday that it’s time for him to pull back, get off of that interstate and come home.
But for now', he still has approximately a year left in his term.
“I’ll be in touch,” he said.
“I’ll be active.”
As for his retirement plans, he’s not sure. But volunteer work and spending time with family can be anticipated.
The Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee honored Carter Thursday night with a dinner at the Limestone County Senior Center.
“1 was just overwhelmed,” Carter said.
“I appreciated it.”
Before the program began. Limestone County Judge of Probate Mike Davis said he
See Carter, Page 3A