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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 16, 2009, Athens, Alabama t Need a car? Und new and used ailtOS Inside Saturday’s edition The News Courier Friday,    '»£,    ;£O09 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future 0    50    cents Visit us online www.enewscourler.com Inside Today Get fit Health advice and local fitness businesses featured on PAGE 6A Beer sales going flat Beer shipments fell unexpectedly in the third quarter as consumers pulled back on their demand. PAGE 11A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........9A Lottery..........3A Mini Page  5A Obituaries.......2 A Clifton Haggermaker Religion.........7A Sports   .........IB Weather.........2A 69847 00001 .ocal man charged in string of recent burglaries Athens Police have arrested an hens man in connection with o recent burglaries. Timothy Dewayne Horton, 35, 9 Southwind Drive, was arrest-Wednesday and charged with o counts of third-degree bur- glary, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce. He is accused of breaking into a house at 106 S. Debeth Plaza and stealing a PlayStation 2 with four games and a PSP with throe games, Bruce said. He is also accused of breaking into a house at 1407 U.S. 72 West over the weekend and stealing two kerosene heaters, three checkbooks and jewelry worth $660. Police recovered the heaters at the homes of the people to whom he sold them. Horton was transferred to the limestone County Jail, where he remained jailed Thursday in lieu of posting a $5,000 bond. — Jean Cole Teachers of Year honored By Jennifer R. Hill jennnifbr@athensnews-courieT.com Teachers and board members were both recognized by the Athens City Board of Education Thursday. Teachers of the Year are: Jada McHalffery of Athens Elementary, Al Wassum of Brookhill Elementary, Vickie Barnett of Cowart Elementary, Jennifer Williams of Julian Newman Elementary, Randi Harbin of Athens Intermediate, Janet Latham of Athens High School and Tammi Malone of Athens Middle School. Williams was also chosen as the system’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Latham as the Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Athens City School Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges Jr. expressed gratitude to them and for the jobs they do. The Teachers of the Year are chosen based on the criteria of the National Teacher of the Year Program. Local honorées advance to consideration for the State Teachers of the Year, then a winner is chosen in April from the state teachers, and introduced to the American people by the President of the United States. All candidates submit and are selected based on written applications outlining their biographical and professional information, community involvement, and teaching philosophies. City board members were also collectively recognized in the celebration of January as School Board Member Recognition Month. A rep- resentative from each grade level at Brookhill Elementary, led by principal Felicia Phillips, “adopted” a member of the board and gave their member a bookmark, booklet and certificate to honor their good work. Six members of the board were present at the meeting, with one, Board President Larry Keenum, absent. Though the hot topic for many school systems throughout the state. See Teachers, page 2A Rising to the top Limestone County well represented in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association basketball poll, with four local teams placing in the Top 10 of their respective classes. SPORTS, PAGE IB Grown-ups get green Closings for MLK Day Athens City and Limestone County offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. State offices also will be closed. Garbage collection will run on schedule next week in the city and county. The News Courier office will be open its regular hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Athens High School teacher Jerry Davis, shown here looking over bedding plants at the high school greenhouse, is offering a free adult horticulture class beginning Feb. 2 for those who want to learn to seed, grow and care for flowers, vegetables and houseplants. AHS greenhouse guru to offer free horticulture class for adults and saw a Timothy Battles man getting into her unlocked car, said Capt. Marty Bruce. “The victim went out to confront Battles, and he told her, ‘This is my girl’s car,’” Bruce said. He then fled with the victim’s wallet and $70 in cash. Police searched the area and found the suspect at the Comf ort Inn and had the victim identify him. They arrested and charged Timothy Wayne Battles, 45, of 1218 Kelly Drive with unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, second-degree theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. Battles was transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where he remained jailed Thursday in lieu of posting a $6,000 bond. — Jean Cole Woman robbed as she refuels her car A motorist who was low on gasoline pulled into the Raceway off U.S. 72 in Athens to refuel about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and ended up losing her wallet and $70 cash, according to Athens Police. While the woman was paying the cashier for    the gasoline, she looked out    the window By Jean Cole jean@athensnews-courier.eoin Jerry Davis likes to dig up dirt. He digs in it almost year ’round at the Athens High School greenhouse, where he teaches students how to grow flowers, vegetables and other plants, which they sell to fund the greenhouse project. After six years of teaching high schoolers, Davis is offering a free horticulture class for adults so he can teach older novices how to succeed. The class will begin Feb. 2 at the greenhouse behind the school and will last six to eight weeks. “I’ve always liked to work with plants,” said Davis, who worked for Trent’s greenhouse for 10 years before leading the greenhouse project at AHS. He plans to teach the class about seeding, growing, propagating, transplanting, watering, fertilizing and eliminating pests and disease from flowers, vegetables and other plants. “I will teach them how to take care of, feed and water them, and whether they need sun or don’t need sun - things like that,” Davis said. Most plants will be grown from seed. “People can learn to grow bedding plants and have them ready for spring or they can bring in native seeds that they would like to grow but aren’t sure how,” he said. See horticulture, page 3A