Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - August 15, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Man nabbed for pom
Computer allegedly contained indecent images of minors
An Athens man has been arrested and charged with possession of obscene material for allegedly having images of children engaging in sexual acts, an official said.
The Limestone County SherifiPs Department arrested Douglas Oneal But
ler, 45, of 5806 Carla Drive Friday evidence and obtained a warrant.
morning, said Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“We received a report that he had images on a business computer of children engaged in sexual acts,” McNatt said.
Investigator Jay Looney examined the
McNatt declined to name the business for whom the accused works.
Butler remained in the Limestone County Jail Friday in lieu of posting a $5,(XK) bail bond.
— Jean Cole
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Work is well under way on a landscaping project in front of the old Kroger building. The work is not connected with plans to turn the old Kroger building into a library, but is an effort by the city of Athens Water/Wastewater Department. According to Manpger John Stockton, there are water and sewer lines under the strip of land that until recently was the location of a used car lot. Stockton said workers in his departments wanted landscaping and flower plantings similar to the triangle at Browns-ferry and Green streets. CSX Railroad supplied the ties for the project.
Back-to-school supplies party tradition of Limestone County family since 1963
By Jean Cole Jean(S>athensnews-courier.com When Jeanne Patterson Keenum was a kid, back-to-school supplies consisted of pencils, paper and some kind of binder.
Today, Idds need standard pencils, colored pencils, paper, a glue stick, a Dinder, fecial tissues, paper towels, land sanitizer, disposable washcloths and other items.
The Keenum femify of Athens has a decades-old way of ensuring that their young ones are properly supplied for school each year — and they lave a great time doing it.
This year, it’s called the 46th annual back-to-school party.
“When I started kindergarten,” said Keenum, 51, a fifth-grade teacher at Athens Intermediate School, “My grandmother — Ada Patterson — had a back-to-school paper-and-pen-dl party for me. My femily has been doing it ever since because there has always been someone in school.”
"When I started kindergarten my grandmother had a
back'to-school pa and-pencil party me. My family h been doing it i since."
- JEANNE PAHERSON KEENUM
In 1963, the party at her grandmother’s house included aunts, uncles and their children. Now it includes cousins and their children.
“My grandmother would do up her backyard and have ice cream and give us $5 to go get what we needed,” said Keenum, who is married to Athens school board member Larry Keenum.
In the years that followed, the annual party would include about 20 people — cousins, nieces and nephews — and feature ice cream or
dinner at the Keenum home in Athens.
This year, the afiair was an Aug. 8 swim party for one relative in second grade, one in fifth grade, two in high school and three in college, Keenum said.
It seems like only yesterday the Keenums’ own children, Laura Leigh Keenum and Lacey Keenum Harrison, were enjoying the parties as children. Today, Laura Leigh teaches fourth grade and Lacey, a mathematician, works at Redstone Arsenal.
Shelter owner at fault in dogs’ deaths
By Jean Golf Jcim^ndit'nstH'ws-i'oiirirr.i'om
A Helena animal-rescue volunteer who accused the owner of Lassie’s Friends Animal Rescue in Athens of deceptively taking $500 to socialize three feral dogs only to have them euthanized has won her lawsuit against the local rescue, records show.
Umestone District Judge Jeny Batts ruled Wednesday in fevor of Debbie Ohm, volunteer for Two By Two Rescue in Birmingham. He ordered Karen Morrow Johnson, the owner of Lassie’s Friends who had claimed the dogs were vicious, to pay Ohm $500 plus court costs.
Ohm presented her small claim in Limestone County District Court Aug. 6. Both Ohm and Johnson presented evidence and questioned witnesses in the daylong case.
Batts issued his ruling' Tuesday and it was filed late afternoon Wednesday.
Johnson was given 14 days to appeal the ruling.
In his three-page written ruling, Batts made the following findings of feet:
Ohm transported the three dogs to Lassie’s Friends on Feb. 11 “with the understanding the dogs would be provided a home where they could live out their natural lives,” and that Ohm would have the dogs placed in another home if Johnson could no longer care for them,” Batts wrote. Johnson testified she had problems with the dogs almost immediately, and that “the evidence is in dispute as to the care and the state of the dogs during the four weeks they were afive at Lassie’s Friends Animal Sanctuaiy,” Batts wrote.
On Tuesday, April 7, Johnson notified Ohm that the dogs would be euthanized on Friday, i^ril 10, if she did not make other arrangements, the judge
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