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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 30, 2009, Athens, Alabama Tuition [jrograiii no ioniior will pay full cost PAGE 4AThe News CourierSening Athens iind Liincstoiic County: A Cominunitv of Tnidition ¿ind Future Г)() ( ¡'111 Visit us online Inside Today Elder statesman Crimson Tide's Mike Johnson thrives in his new role as anchor of offensive line. SPORTS, PAGE IB Consumer confidence on the rise Americans are ending 2009 feeling better about the economy than when the year began, bouyed by optimism job prospects will improve in the first half of 2010. PAGE 9A Index Classiilecis.......4B Comics..........3B Health..........8A Ledger.........lOA Lifestyles........1C Lottery..........3A Obituaries.......2A liarhnrn Key Donald Tucker Opinion.........5A Sports...........IB Valley...........4A Weather.........2A /' 69847'00001 Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Suspect in burglaries charged By J KAN 0)LK /(‘nsiu '\\s-c(Hirii r. com Athens Police have charged a Hartselle man with felony theft in connection with a stolen truck and with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft in connection with crimes at an Athens goli driving range, an oificial siiid. Rexie Allen Hester, 40, of 1210 Sparkmim St., was charged Monday on one count of fiiNt-degree theft; three counts of third-degree burgliuy and three counts of third-degree theft, records show. lie is accused of stealing a truck on Sept. 28 ftxYm 21930 Hunt s\llle-Browns Ferry Road and with hreiiking into a golf ball dispenser at Eagle-Up Driving Rimge on U.S. 72 and taking tools and equipment trom the business on difterent nights in late September, said Athens Police ll. Floyd Johnson. Sgt. Jason White arrested Hester on the Athens wammts just as he was about to be released from the Morgim County Jail, where he had ser\ ed time on iuiother charge, Jolinson said. 'Hie first-degree theft chiuge, which is a felom. relates to the theft of the truck, which wtis later rc covered. Johnson said. 'Hie other theft and burgliuy charges rebite l< ■ crimes that occurred at the driving range, he said. Third-degree burgliuy is a felony and third-dc gree theft is a misdemeanor. Most of the property from the driving ningi was recovered. Hester was transferred to the I.iniestiip« County jail, where bond is set at $i5,5(Ki. Spud of My Heart, I Love You NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON Department of Human Resources worker Clara Andrews displays a heart-shaped potato recently purchased by co-worker Peggy Mayhal. Romantically suggestive tuber found in Limestone By Ivmu n .Mii)i)u:it)N hircoip n(h<'iisiu‘\\s-conri< 'The News Courier is hesitant to publish photos of unusually shaped vegetables, fearing that it will unleash a torrent of wacky vegetable photo submissions. We certainly never publish unusual vegetable photos on our front page. I lowever, there has been a presidentiiil precedent for such an event. Ifresident Biuack Obamii, who appeiired on “'rhe Late Show with David Lettenriiui” in September, was presented a heiirt-shaped potato by audience member Maty Apple of Independence, Mo., an event witnessed by millions. So, when we learned of a heart-shaped potato in our community, we naturally thought that what was gtxxl enough for the president is gtxxl enough for our readers. We learned of the hem-t-shaped spud during a etili to the Department of Human Resources concerning an unrelated matter. The DHR receptionist, Peggy Mayhal, mentioned that she was in possession of a heart-shtiped potiito. “You probably aren’t interested, but someone said we should aill you, that this would make a good Valentine’s Day photo,’’ said Mayhal. “Wouldn’t the potato be rotten by Valentine’s Day?’’ asked this reporter. “Well. I meimt you could take the photo now imd save it for Valentine’s Day,’’ said See Potato, page 6A Holiday closings, garbage schedule announced The management and staff of 'The News Courier wish their readers a happy and safe New Year’s. Our office will be closed New Year’s Day, but someone will be answering phones from 6-8 a.m. those days to take any calls about delivery. 'lb further help you plan your holiday weekend, this is a list of other local closings: • Athens city offices will he closed Friday for New Year’s Day. • Limestone County offices will be closed 'Thursday and Friday. • State offices will be closed Friday. Garbage collection: • Athens city garbage collection for the rest of the week is as follows: If your regularly scheduled collection day would have been today, Wednesday, your garbage should have been collected 'Tuesday. For those whose collection day is Thursday, your collection day this week will be today, Wednesday. For those whose collection day is Friday, your collection day this week will be 'Thursday. • Limestone County garbage collection is as follows: 'Today, Wednesday, no change; Thursday’s route will run, today, Wednesday; Friday’s route will run Thursday; Closed Friday. James Shaw Von Webb 2 arrested for selling soap bars as cocaine By Ji a.\ ( '( )i 1 /( ïi/iT? ill Ik 7is/i( s-( •(Him r.a >iu 'Two Athens residents accused o* In iiv to sell soiip dope are tacing niisdr meanor charges of distributing an imitaln tn controlled substance, records show. James Lenny Shaw, 48, of 800 Iriais St., imd Von Marvaye Webb. 28, of 713 Westmorekind St ., w'ere arrested Monday on the charges, said Limestone County Sher-ifi's Lt. Lmce Royals. Royals said he and Josh McDiughlin received a report that two people were tiyràg to sell -chunks of bad-smelling soap as crack cocaine. 'The two investigators stopped the suspects’ Ciu* on U.S. 72 at IJnd.say Dme and confiscated more thiui an ounce ot soap, w'hich the susptx-ts were tiying to sell tor $1,(X)0 to $1,5(K), he said. “It w^as soap, but it didn’t smell liki a kind of soap Td ever smelled betöre smelled bad,’’ Royals said. This is not the first time the two investi gators have arrested {leople for tiying t<' See Soap, page 6A Grandfather finds marijuana plants, turns in grandson By Juan C on /(wi/^cidiciisiicws-coiirkr.coin A grandiiither’s curiosity led to the lu-rest of his 19-year-old gnmdson on a ih;uge of first-degree possession ot rnai’ijuana. Robert Earl Albright 111, 19. ot 1498fi Section line Road in Idkmont, was ;u rest ed on the felony chiuge Monday, i-ecorJs show. 'The grandlather recently told Lim.’-stone County Sherifi's Inveslij$itor Josh. McLaughlin he had not seen Albrigiit lor a couple of days and that he had discox ered something at the residencx? where Albrigiit was Irving — about fivx marijuima phuits ranging from 1- to 2-feet tall, said limt' stone County Sherift's 1 J. Lmce Royal.s. “You could tell he had put a lot of studx into it, and he appeiu-ed to Ix' planning f- = expand,’’ Royals said. Albright turned liimself in on the felony charge Monday and w^as Ixiing held Tue> day in the limestone County Jail in li( u ul posting $5,0(X) bail. Investigator Cody Lewter rec“oyeri-d the plants Tuesday. it hews WILUam G. Ma- Attorney At Law Do you know someone who died without a will? Wills • Living Wills • Power of Attorney • Personal Injury 117 S. Marion St. Athens • 232-2310 “No rcpf«»eiiuiliim is made that tlw qualtty of the legal ser\iccs to be performed i.s greater lhan ihe i)uahly of legal .services pcrlorinesl bv other lawyers.’' iff XL**. ’ laufe (jou jjo/i you/i business u^mkl 'У'пУ 7ruyy;j;y раГП;|’-/ i .pg ‘ i ''dny' Athens Pharmacy /•')■?, 'A!    Sf    »    A- f.Ai ■ ;