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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 High on tech  Poll finds many Americans dependent on gadgets 3^  Sweet treats  Cherylynn Clemmons shares holiday favorites from Ma-Maw 9A  Tbe News-Courier  Ser\ ING Athens AM) Limes I ONE Coi nd: A Co.mmim ia oe Tradition am) Fi ti  RE  I ULRSDAY, Dixeiviber 22, 2005  enewscourier.com  50 Cents  ,0  уо-0-ct  Coy C. McGivnev oF Athens Subscrilìer of tlie da\-  Accusing the U.S.  Saddam Hussein, back in courtroom, says beat, tortured by Americans.  Hey, Sound Off:  This is to the attendant who works at a local gas station. You told me Sunday to read the fine print on your gas pump so I could ignore the LED directions and make my gift card work. 1 just want to say that I go to the library to read. I go to your place to buy gas. Most people aren't going to ignore directions written in tvw-inch letters and lit up in neon lights to follow contradicting directions taped onto the pump in small print in the dark. You guys need to program your gas pumps so they give proper directions.  And a friendlier attendant wouldn't hurt.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Gel llie news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seu's-Courier  232-2-’20     Index          Business.....    11A      Classified....    4-6B      Comics......    3B      Headlines____    6A      Mini Page    12A      Obituaries____    2A      Lola Davis Boggus      Theresa Moore      Opinion ......    4A      Sports.......    1-2B      Valley........    5A      Weather......    2A           Dally Bible Moment  C/w/ lu is deceitful Cl}id beauty is passiug, hut a wouiciu who /ecu's tbe loi'cl, she shall he pi'ciised.  Proverbs 31:30  Limestone Chape  Ш Нил. .11 N » Alheiu 256-2.12-1051 Obi! line 256-77I.W.14  •♦«s iW  7    69847    00001  Clerk: Stole to pay bills, feed family  S()N\\ Ti  sonnyUi athcnsftew s-\ clerk at the Athens J-Mart off U.S. 72 East has been arrested by .Athens police accused of stealing more than S4.40() from the store.  Pamela Dabbs, 33. of 508 Third Ave.. Athens. IS charued  KNFR  courier.com  Dabbs  w’ith first-degree theft of propertx. a felony. She has been transferred to the Limestone County Jail where bail bond was set at S5.000.  Detective Brett Constable said Dabbs was arrested after she confessed to stealing the money oxer a period of time.  “She would go to the bank and make deposits, but sexeral times that deposit would come up short.” said Constable. He said police beliexe Dabbs stuck the money in her pock  et.  Constable said an audit of the business rex ealed that the nionex xxas missing and during the inxestigation Dabbs confessed she stole the monex while making sexeral bank deposits.  "She xvoiild make out a deposit and leaxe it short, then place the rest of the money in her pockets.” the detective said. “That went on for a XX hile.”  Constable said the xxoman xxould write personal checks to coxer the  amount that she took, but left her cheeks m the safe and nex er ran them through the hank.  Deteetixe Dustin 1 ansford is inxesligating and made the arrest Tuesday.  Police said Dahhs told imestiga-tors she xxas taking small amounts of monex and wasn't using it for anx-ihing extraxagant.  She said she was using the money to pay her hills and to buy food for her familx.  Ine snelters special clog  Kim Rynders'Ncw s Courier  Athens Animal Control Director Ron Ultz has formed a special attachment for a mixed-breed dog he calls “Mama Dog.” However, he says Mama Dog has been at the animal shelter since July and needs a good home with a gentle, loving person to match her non-aggressive nature.  Shelter workers hope ‘Mama Dog’ finds a home for Christmas  “I just feel she would be the perfect dog for an older person, someone who could give her a lot of love.”  — Ron Ultz Call 232-7230 if you would like to adopt.  Ba Karen .Middi eton  Karen(^aihensne\\'s-courier.com  In Ron Ultz’s line of w'ork he's learned never to get too attached to his clients. But that was before “Mama Dog” came into his life.  On July 5 at 5 a.m., a mi.xed-breed female dog and her nine puppies showed up in the shrubbery of a Strain Road home.  Her next stop was the Athens Animal Shelter. Ultz, animal control director, and his staff found homes for all nine of Mama Dog's babies, but the mixed breed remains a permanent guest of the city of Athens Animal Shelter.  “She was just skin and bones when she showed up here,” said Ultz. “And when you'd try to touch her, she would just cringe away from your hand. We feel sure someone must have mistreated her.” Dubbed “Mama Dog” by the shelter staff, she has little by little begun to trust people.  “But still when you touch her, you can feel her skin crawl under your hand” said Ultz.  He said it is unheard of to keep a dog at the shelter tor as long as five months, but they have become attached to her.  “I'd take her home, but I got two dogs and five cats already,” said Ultz.  So it's become Ultz’s special mission to find a home for Mama Dog.  “She’s three times better than when she got here. There’s three of us and we give her attention xvhen-ever we can. W'hat she really needs is some one-on-one instead of a little attention here and there.”  Ultz said that Wal-Mart donates burst animal food bags and dented cans to the shelter. He said with two cans of commercial food a day. Mama Dog, “has got her weight and coat back and she’s real pretty.”  But Ultz said he’s worried that Mama Dog is  See Mama Dog, Page ЗА  Athens may expand disc golf course  Bx KaRI N .MlDDl I ION  Karcuui iithcnsncws-couricrcom  Disc golf entluisiasl Bill Bullmgion asked the ■Athens C ity founeil this week when it xxill come through on promises to install a full 18-hole disc golf course at the Sportsplex.  “Last year xxe hosted a chanty golf louriuimcnt at the Sportsplex using portable etjuipment xxe borrowed from 1 lunlsx ille." said Bullington “Councilman Ronnie Marks said why not build a permanent course. Ben Wiley (Parks and Recreation director) said n would be in this year s budget, hut It's noi happenimi. W hen is it uoine to be'.»”  Disc golf IS played imieh like tradilional golf Instead of a hall and clubs, hoxxexcr. plaxeis use a Hying disc, flic sport was foinuili/ed 111 the 1970's. and shares with “ball golf” the oh|eet ol completing each hole in the fewest number of  See Disc golf, Page 3A  Man wants Reic ballfield renamed  Bx Son NX It rm r  sonnyui alhcusncws-couricr.com A Tanner man says he will propose next month that the Reid youili baseball field he renamed to honor die late (iary Nexx ton  .Anthony Bates said he will ask the fanner Quarterback Club on Jan. 4 to rename the field which is now the Homer Bates 1 leld. Bales xxants the field renamed “ILites-Newton Lield."  “Homer Bates is my father and the field was named after him years ago.” Bates said Wednesday, “ifrit 1 know Ciary New ton did a lot of work on this field and for the eommunity and I don't think daddy xxould mind at all sharing his name with him on this field.”  Homer Bates died in 1974 and later the field was named in his honor,  Newton, a former fanner athlete and youth xolun-teer eoaeh. was killed in an automohile accident m Mississippi in 2000.  fhe Tanner Quarterback Club will meet on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the old school cafeteria. Bates said he plans to present his proposal during that meeting.  The field has been closed in recent years and is rapidly deteriorating. Bates said.  "It’s my goal to get it hack so the kids can start playing hall on that field again,” he said. “1 xxould like to see Reid haxe a team on that field m 2006.”  Christmas lam  News-Courier Kim Ky luiers Jean Gentile, of Green Thumb Gardens and Produce, stocks the shelves with Amish jams and jellies just in time for Christmas. Green Thumb is located at two locations in Athens - Jefferson Street and U.S. 72.   

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