Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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In response to the handicap parking issue in Tuesday's paper: I would be one of those “obese” people that park in the handicap parking spaces. Some of us are “obese” because of our handicap. We can't exercise like other people.
1 hate having to use the handicap parking. Somehow 1 keep thinking it'll get better. But it won’t. I have MS. and it will likely get worse. I used to think there were too many handicap spots, until I had to use one. I do OK in stores where there are carts.
1 have also been questioned and told I didn't need the handicap parking space. I do.
It makes me very angryjp see people that do use/abuse the handicap parking - there are some of us out here that really do need them! Please, if you don't have a handicap, leave the parking places for those of us that do, even if you’re only going to run right in and right back. Thanks.
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7 69847'OOODIBuilder arrest halts project
State investigating why Madison firm still working without a license
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The Alabama House Builders Licensing Board has halted the construction of an east Limestone County subdivision after the superintendent on the project was arrested for operating without a license.
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Enhancement Office Director Rodney Jackson said Tuesday that Curtis Boldin, 60, of 103 Copper Run Court, Harvest, was arrested from a complaint filed by a county resident who charged Boldin built his home in 2004 without being licensed.
Boldin, who has posted $500 bail bond and released from the county
jail on a charge of "residential home building without a license/' is the acting superintendent for Valley View Builders LLC of Madison C'ounty which was constructing the Alden Lakes Subdi\ ision on Mountain View Drive off Old Railroad Bed Road.
“Boldin's arrest stems from a house build last year on Pepper Creek Road near Capshaw,” Jackson said. “As the result of that arrest, the state moved m and shut down the project he is now working on off Old Railroad Bed Road.''
The state is conducting an investigation of whether to allow Valley View Builders to become licensed so they can finish the job. which consists of 10 home sites/' Jackson said.
“But is is my understanding the state is going to start checking every month with the Health Department and City Utilities to make sure people doing this type work in the county are licensed as required by law/' he said.
Jackson said Valley View Builders
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Victims of wreck identified
Nashville priest, wife and friend are killed
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Limestone C’ounty authorities identified the three people killed Monday in a two-vehicle wreck at Pepper and .Mooresville roads as a Nashville priest, his wife and a friend of the family who lived in Limestone County.
Suryanarayana Sharma, 41. his vife, Anasuyamma Hunasenahalli. 42, both of 521 Old Hickory Blvd.. Nashville, Tenn.. and Devaraja Bhattar, 46. of 14854 Smith Dr., liarvesi. were killed m the wreck.
Sharma was identified as the driver of the car. His wife was in the passenger side in the front seat and Bhattar was in the rear back seat passenger side of the vehicle. A fourth person, Ragavendra Prasad, 36, of 14854 Smith Dr., Harvest, was in the back seat and was injured. He remained in stable condition Tuesday in Huntsville Hospital after being tlown from the scene by Medllight emergency helicopter.
Limestone C'ounty Coroner Mike West said Sharma was a priest at a temple in Nasln ille. He said he and his wife were in Limestone County visiting with the Harvest friends who worked at a temple in Limestone County.
Their car, a Honda Civic, was struck broadside by a truck at the intersection of Pepper and Mooresville roads just east of Athens at approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday.
West said it appeared the driver of the car stopped at the intersection and then pulled into the path of the oncoming truck which “T-boned” the vehicle on the driver’s side. The impact of the crash carried the car into a ditch and pinned it between the truck and a pine tree, authorities said.
The driver of the Turf Doctor truck w ho was travelling south on Mooresville Road was not injured, authorities said.
West said the three victims are originally from India. State Troopers Tim Clark and Andy Pike are investigating.
Funeral arrangements for Bhattar will be announced by Spry Funeral Home. The bodies of the husband and w ife were transported to a Nashville funeral home. West said.
Tanner student injured during school fight
A Tanner High School student was injured Tuesday during a fight with another student in the school’s agricultural building.
The student was taken from the scene to Athens-Limestone Hospital by ambulance where he was being treated late Tuesday. The student apparently had a seizure during the fight with the other boy who is a sophomore, witnesses said.
Limestone C'ounty authorities are investigating the incident. The injured boy is a 17-year-old senior.
No other information about the incident was available late Tuesday.
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Pictured above are Stephanie Mitchell, Shannon Bowling, Caleb Anderson, Laura Tittsworth, Kaitlin Haley, Jonathan Hill, Betsy Lamon, Jake Lindley, and Brittany Jaramillo. Some members of East Limestone High School’s senior made goody bags to be given to new students at East Limestone High and Creekside Elementary schools who have been displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. Not pictured are Mallory Scott, Erin Swann, Brittney Peppers and Courtney Egnor.
East Limestone students provide gift bags for victims of Katrina
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A group of seniors from Hast Limestone High School have put together goody bags to be distributed to new students at East Limestone High School and Creekside Elementary School due to being displaced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina.
The students put together 20 bags with toiletries, school supplies, gift cards and more. Ten were for elementary students and ten were for older students.
Senior cla>s \ ice-prcMdent Mallory Scott headed up the project.
Ahsliia Scott. Mallorv 's mcuii said that her daughter has a heart for people.
fhe bags were delivered to the schools last week, rhe bags consisted of different items for bovs and girls. Items for the girls included lip-gloss and nail polish. Items for the bovs included ( armex and .\\e Bod> Spra>
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Little Grace Baugher eats an ear of corn at Once Upon A Child Daycare on Alabama 99. Grace is the daughter of Bart and Michelle Baugher.
‘Back to square one’ in Madison hospital fight
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ancncws it [u tnci.nct .AthcMs-Limestone Hospital C LO Philip Dotson said fucsdav that it's "back to square one'' in the fight to stop the state from ' approv ing a new hospital for Madison.
C'restwood Hospital has refiled a certificate of need application w ith the State Health C'oordmating Council (SHCC'i after a Moiiigomcrv (/ounlv circuit judge ovemirned the council's .April 7 approval I'oi a 60-bcd hospital m Madison.
.Aihcns-l.imcstonc Hospital officials had filed a lawsuit after the vote, saving the board did not have the required quorum to lake a vote that dav. and the Montgomery judge agreed w ith them, Dotson said SIR (’ has set a new hearing on Crcstwood's application for September 27.
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"We're starting all over/' saul Dotson, "It's a new application, a new hearing,'' Dotson said that hospital officials are working on a new presentation to oppose
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