Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 12, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Inside TodayEconomic reports raise hopes
Just in time for Christmas, the fragile economic recovery is showing signs of strengthening: Consumers are spending, companies are rebuilding stockpiles and Chinese exports are mounting a comeback.PAGE 3ASnow strands motorists
About 100 people who spent most of the night in snowbound cars on the New York State Thruway had to be freed Friday by troopers in ATVs and snowmobiles.PAGE 3A
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AHS among America’s Best Schools
Athens awarded silver medal by U.S. News & World Report
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After what Principal Chris Bolen described as Athens High School’s “strongest academic year,” U.S. News & World Report has bestowed its second highest honor on the school: a silver medal in its annual evaluation of America’s Best High Schools.
AHS, the city’s only high school, received a bronze medal in last year’s evaluation by the news magazine.
Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges said Friday he was “extremely elated” with the honor and he and Bolen credited the faculty and students with helping the school’s performance.
“This right here shows we are raising the bar even farther,” Bridges said. “It says so much about our students and our teachers and what they do out there to receive this type of award. I think it can be attributed to teachers and how they look at individual stu-See Best, page 3A
Tonsorial style with a woman’s touch
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Tammy Shireman, owner of Shireman's Barber Shop in the L&S Shopping Center in Athens, cuts Colton Messer's hair as he holds his daughter, Jayleigh Messer. Jayleigh is the daughter of Jeri-Lyn Horn and Tammy's granddaughter.
Shireman’s Barber Shop celebrates 45 years as a female-run clip joint
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Jayleigh Messer seems to watch every move her grandmother Tammy Shireman makes at her barbershop. Shireman’s Barber Shop has been open since July 1964. Tammy followed in the footsteps of her father and mother, and maybe, it seems, that baby Jayleigh already has an interest in the family husiness.
If Jayleigh takes up barbering one day, she will be the third generation of w'omen to barber at Shireman’s, located in the L&S Shopping Center in Athens.
Tammy’s father, Alvis Shireman started the barbershop July 1, 1964. Tammy was born tw'(3 months later. Her mother,
Vernell Shireman wais a waitress but her husband needed help at the shop so she went to barber school, Tammy said.
Vernell attended the Tennessee Valley State Vocational Technical School and was one of the first women to barber in Athens.
Tammy wanted to do anything else except barber but her Daddy decided her occupation for her, she said.
She couldn’t make up her mind on a
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A family photo shows Tammy as a baby, held by father, Alvis Shireman, Not long after, Tammy’s mother, Vernell Shireman became one of the first female barbers in Athens.
career path so her father suggested she take a cosmetology course at Calhoun Community College and help out at the family business until she decided.
“Twenty-six years later I guess I decided w'hat 1 w'ant to do,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot more in the barber shop than I ever could have in college.”
See Barber, page 5A
Event Center on track, despite a few glitches
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The Limestone Coimty Event Center is on track for an early-to-mid-May completion, although workmen hit a snag in the past week in renovating the old Pilgrim’s IMde warehouse.
Construction site Mimager Tommy Day of Cooper Construction of Birmingham said woih was progressing well until woricmen discovered what Day described as underground “piers” thiit at one time supported structures along the side.See Event, page 2A
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Renovation work is progressing on the old Pilgrim's Pride warehouse off Pryor Street, which is being converted into a 2,000-seat event center.
$5K reward offered for information on burglaries
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Thieves struck five Limestone County homes Thursday, stealing more than $5,000 worth of televisions, computers and other items and prompting the Sheriff’s Department to offer a reward for their arrests.
“All of the burglaries occurred in the northern part of the county during the day, and w^e are offering a reward for information leading to the arrests of the persons involved,” Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said.
In the 24000 block of Hardiman bme, thieves stole a Remington brand 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun and a Hewlett- Packard brand laptop computer, valued at a total of $1,650, and a Toshiba brand 42-inch, flat-screen television of undetermined value.
In the 28000 block of Wooley Springs Road a door sustained $1,700 in damage
In the 29000 block of Old Scrouge Road, thieves made off with miscellaneous jewelry of undetermined value.
In the 27000 block of Michael Lane, thieves stole a Samsung brand flat-pan-el television, a Dell brand laptop computer, assorted costume jewelry, five Case brand pocket knives and a Sony brand PSP game console, total value $3,000.
In the 26000 block of Thatch Road, thieves took a silver necklace with circle pendant, a silver necklace with a black pendant and a women’s watch, total value $90, but also did $1,200 damage to the home’s door and frame.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the Sheriff'’s Department at (256) 232-0111.
Limestone deputies nab 4 in meth bust
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Limestone County Sherifi^s officials arrested four people Thursday night who were allegedly trying to clean up after cooking a batch of methamphetamine.
SherilTs investigators had received numerous complaints about someone allegedly cooking methamphetamine at a home at 19049 Airfield St., north of Athens, said Lt. Lance Royals.
Four sherifi'’s officials — including Royals, Investigator Josh McLaughlin, Lt. Guy Simmons and Deputy Josh Garlen — went to the home about 6 p.m. Thursday, where McLaughlin smelled what he believed was recently cooked methamphetamine outside the home. Royals said. The investigators also found evidence of recent meth baking outsideSee Meth. page 5A
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