Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 21, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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ounerServing Athens and Limestone County: A Commlnity of Tradition and Fi ti reWednesday, September 21, 2005
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The local chapter of the NAACP is looking for corporate sponsorships.
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The new bike trail in Limestone County sounds exciting! However, why do motorcycles and bikes have to share the same trail? Tthought motorcycles already had roads!
The thought of one of my children being smooshed by a motorcycle on a four foot wide path is less than appealing.
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D001Spending spree costly to woman
Police say mother and daughter spent $2,000 that was not theirs
By Sonny Turner [email protected]
's-courier.com Athens police investigators say a 44-year-old Athens woman and her daughter found a wallet that contained $2,000 in the yard at the home of the woman’s common-law husband last month and went on a “spending spree” until all the cash was gone.
Now, the woman, Helen Grace
Patterson, of 301 Henry Drive, Athens, has been arrested and charged with second-degree theft of lost property, a felony.
Police have warrants for the arrest of the woman’s daughter on the same charge although they have not yet identified her since she has not yet been apprehended.
‘They got the money and went on a
spending spree that included fees for a motel room, food, drugs and alcohol. They spent it all,” said Sgt. Trevor Harris. Investigators said Pattersons common-law husband is Larry Shoulders and that the Patterson two were separated at the time.
Harris said Shoulders’ brother, Robert Shoulders, came to visit his brother in late August and lost his wallet from his pocket as he was walked
across the parking lot at the home.
“Patterson has confessed that she and her daughter found the wallet and the two of them took the S2,000 and got rid of the wallet,” said Harris. “She said they went on a two-day spending spree and before it was over they had no money left.”
Harris said Shoulders told police he lost his wallet in late .August.
Police said Patterson admitted that she had been “hanging out” in Huntsville after the money was spent.
Harris said police believe the woman's daughter may still be in Huntsville.
Rescuing the Lost
Gulf coast oet shelter
B^ KEI.I.Y K.AZEK
WAVELAND, Miss. — Just a mile Irom the beach, Eric Sakach set up one of hundreds of evacuee camps in this iirea. It looks like many others, with stacks of food and water donated by people from across the country and volunteers scurrying in every direction. Tmcks bearing magnetized signs that say “Disaster Relief” drive in and out of the complex.
See photos. Page 16A
But this camp isn’t for people — it’s for pets abandoned or lost when Humcane Katrina stmck here Aug. 29.
“There are lots of animals out there,” he said. “There’s a huge need.”
Sakach, of California, is the director of the West Coast Regional Office of the Humane Society of the United States. He came to Waveland to direct Humane Society efforts to retneve animals, give them medical care, then place their photos on
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At top, a Humane Society worker helps move a cat at a temporary shelter in Waveland, Miss. Directly above, two kittens found wandering near the coast were brought home by the writer and her daughter, Shannon, who named the cats Biloxi and Sammie. the kittens are awaiting adoption at Pet Pawlor in Madison.
Madison woman rescues pets from New Orleans
B\ Keij.y Kazek
Mly(fVtithensne\\'s-courier.com Rhonda Steele hears the sound of piteous animals — whining, barking, meowing — in her darkest dreams.
The sounds are memories of traumatic days she spent rescuing animals from inside homes in New Orleans. Weiu ing protective gear, she saved some pets from rooftops and broke into homes to rescue others.
See Rescues, Page 2A
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Church he goods for c at Toe Wheeler Park
By T\shia Lovell
Clorox, shaving cream, and lotion - those are just a few of the items collected to be given to hurricane evacuees will be staying in camper trailers at Joe Wheeler State Park.
This volunteer operation is underway at the old Watson’s Steak House building on U.S. 72 west in Rogersville.
“It’s a whole north Alabama community' effort,” Stephanie Hendrix said Tuesday Hendrix is a contact in the operation.
People in several counties have donated items for the efli'ort.
“Right now we have two families in the piirk,” Hendrix said.
However, more are expected to be living at the
See Wheeler, Page 3A
Nfws-C’ouricr Klin Ryndeis Cecil Hudson and his wife Lilly, of Rogersville United Methodist Church, stock items on shelves at the beach house m Joe Wheeler State Park Tuesday. The building will be manned by volunteers and houses items for evacuees.
Man shows i nterest i n purchasing Delphi Corp.
New York investment mogul W'ilbum L. Ross Jr. says he is interested in buying the financially troubled Delphi Corp., the largest employer in Limestone County, if the company files for bankruptcy or goes up for sale. Collins & Aikman and Delphi together ha\e more than 2()0,()()() employees worldwide. In Limestone County, the Delphi plant employs 2,500 workers.
Delphi has not put itself up for sale, and it has mentioned the possibility' of bankruptcy only if it doesn’t win cost-cutting concessions from (ioneral Motors and the UAW. (ieneral Motors is the t'ornier owner of the Limestone County' complex.
If Ross buys Delphi, some experts say the industr\ could soon be dealing with one of the worlds best specialists at combining distressed companies into a single stable organization.
Ross is a 67-year-old billionaire financier He said this past week he'd like to build an autoparts maker with a geographic fcxnprint that spans the globe.
His in\estment fimi, WL Ross & Co., owns stakes in two Japanese auto suppliers, one I rench firm and a large part of the debt of bankrupt Troy-based auto supplier C'ollins &. Aikman Corp.
Ross says he has S4.5 billion available to spend on auto suppliers and could get e\en more \\ ith friendly coins estors.
Delphi's market capitalization, the \alue of all Its outstanding stock, is about S2 billion, putting the company within Ross' reach.
Ross also has plenty of focus and a knack for taking bankrupt firms in mature industries and making them prof itable. He's done it with steel and ctnil and is working on a plan for textiles, officials said.
Delphi has set an Oct. 17 deadline to decide v^hether it w ill file for bankruptcy.
NAACP asks city to rename Street for MLK
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am new si a pclnet.net The Limestone County Chapter of the National Association for the Ad\ancement of C olored People has t;iken the first step toward getting Hine Street renamed in honor of Dr. .Martin Luther King Jr.
N.-X.AC'P representati\es came to the Athens Planning C ommission Tuesday night asking their recommendation to the C ity C ouncil to rename the hea\ il\ tra\eled street tiom Elm Street on the nonh to Moyers Road on the south for the slam ci\ il rights leader.
Ihe MLK Street Naming Committee of the N.X.AC P offered Brownsferry Sn-eet as an alter-nati\ e, but members w ho addressed the commission, said they much preferred their first choice, which IS Hine Street.
Ltval NAACP President Benard Simelton said King would be better honored by renaming lime Street because so many mam thoroughfares of the city intersect wit h lime.
“We ha\e talked alxnit this for about the last nine months.'' said Simelton. “We feel it is fitting to honor Dr King in this way .Any city ofiuiy size m this eountiy has named a street in honor of Dr King. Most segments of the city cross Hine Street vind ran sec the name of Dr. King.”
City Council représentâti\e on the commission, Ronnie Marks, said that members of the council and city administration recommended
See Rename, Page 3A