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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 22, 2005, Athens, Alabama Road to BirminghamGolden Eagles join Tanner teams today in f\\i ' Northwest Regional at Wallace State jb ^Mandatory kindergarten?State lawmakers consider lowering age at which children must begin school    4AThe News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future IÌT Si)A\, Ffbru\r\ 22, 2005 eiiewscouriencom 50 ( I NIS Mr. Basketball? Athens High’s Richard inalist for ajketball. il i IB Hey, Sound Off: ^’m very upset with a woman in a small station wagon who hit a dog in front of Collins Supply this past Saturday morning. She had to have seen the two dogs as they tried to cross U.S. 72. She could have easily slowed down because there were no cars behind her. Did she slow down or change lanes to avoid the dogs? No. She kept right on going. The first dog made it across, but the second was not so lucky. He was hit in the rear and she kept on going. I had to witness the poor thing dragging his body off the road with his front legs because his back end was crushed. I stopped as did another kind man who went up to the dog, which was really still a puppy, and tried to comfort him by petting his head. The owner arrived a few minutes later. I left not knowing if the dog survived or not, but my day was ruined by my anger for this woman who cared so little for another living creature. Sure the dogs should not have been loose, but it was not their fault and did not deserve to be run down and left to suffer. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Classified 3-5B Comics...........6B Ledger ..........11A Movie Listing  3A Farm page  6A Obituaries.........2A Sarah Day Corder William Howard Evans Edward Prestwood Kayler Sr. Valeria Lodeska Mitchell Sports..........1-2B Daily Bible Moment rwake to righteousness and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. 1 Corinthians 15:34 w •'H». Cmn 322 H«y.3IN-Atbeas 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 fir'.r Ex uses car for revenge Police arrest woman for destroying man’s garage and contents Courtesy Photo Athens policeman Charles Clem was one of the first officers to arrive at this Huntsville-Brownsferry Road home late Saturday night when a Decatur woman used a rental car, above, to crash through the garage door at the home of her exboyfriend. No one was injured, but damages will be in the thousands of dollars, police said. The woman was arrested. Sonny Turner sonny(^ She became upset when he refused to talk to her and she took it out on his garage door, Harley Davidson motorcycle, lawnmower and other equipment such as his log splitter. She was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier that she had rented and before it was over, police said that car was “totalled” and she had damaged more than $9,000 at her ex-boyfriend’s home. Arrested and charged with first-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication is Marian Sawyer Behrens, 40, of 512 Moulton St., Decatur. Behrens was transferred to the Limestone County Jail following the late Saturday night incident at the home of Kevin Gorman, on Huntsville-Brownsferry Road. Athens Police Det.-Lt. Floyd Johnson said the incident started to unfold shortly before 9 p.m. when Behrens showed up at Gorman’s home wanting to talk to him. “He said ‘no,’ telling her to go on about her way and she didn’t do that,” Johnson said. “That is when she took the rental car and rammed it through the garage door.” Police said Gorman s current girlfriend was at his home at the time and both were inside the house when the attack on his house started. Police said Behrens and Gorman dated about a year ago. “She takes the car and rams the door and before she’s through, she has rammed his Harley Davidson, destroyed the log splitter, lawnmower, tools and other goods he had in the garage. In all, she caused approximately $9,000 in damages at the home,” Johnson said. Johnson estimated the rental car is a total loss and said Behrens could be facing additional charges from Enterprise car rental as a result. The woman left running from the scene, Johnson said. But police later found her hiding beneath the Interstate 65 bridge where she was taken into custody and jailed. Behrens remained in jail Monday under $2,500 bail bond county authorities said. Storms produce hail and high winds News-Courier/Tashia Lovell Electric crews working for the City of Athens were out In force late Monday trying to repair damage and to restore power to homes and businesses on the western side of Athens. High winds snapped several utility poles that fell across Lucas Ferry Road between Market and Hobbs streets. B\ Sonny Turner sonnv(u, A mid-afternoon thunderstorm that produced hail, heavy rain and high wind caused widespread but minor, damage to homes, bams and trees throughout Athens and Limestone County Monday. Mike Adams, who owns a farm just off Alabama 251 near the Oakdale Community, was one of those who had damage. Adams said high winds ripped the tin from the roof of his bam and took some of the shingles from his home. Heavy rain caused some flooding in the area, he said. Athens Electric Department sent crews to several locations in the county including Market Street and Lucas Ferry Road areas where several power poles were blown to the ground. That caused widespread power outage to the area. The road w^as blocked off while linemen made repairs. The county had scattered power outages as well, officials said. Weather experts said winds up to 50 mph moved through the area as the storms approached. It dumped several inches of rain in the Athens area. The Mooresville Road and Nick Davis Road areas were also hard hit with scattered tree and residential roof damage. Cramer here to help save McCandless Hall U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer will be at Athens State University today to present a $97,000 check to help the university restore the historic McCandless Hall. This funding was secured in the 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act. McCandless Hall was originally constructed in 1914. It is part of Athens State University’s Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cramer will be at ASU today at 2 p.m. ASU spokesman Rick Mould said ASU is planning a $1.5 million renovation of McCandless Hall that will include a major renovation of the auditorium and bringing the building up to American Disabilities Act standards. Mould said approximately $250,000 of the $1.5 million has already been secured through state and federal grants. Lightning cause of house fire Bv Tashia Lovell tashia(a>athensnews-couneKCom The thunder and lightning were enough to awaken just about anyone from a peaceful sleep early Monday morning. But for one resident in Ardmore it was his difficulty breathing that got him out of bed. His house had been struck by lightning, according to Ardmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Tim Toone. “We got the call at 2:01 a.m.. .we didn’t clear up until 4,” Toone said. According to Toone, an Ardmore police officer was on patrol and spotted the structure fire on Sixth Street. Officer Keith Crook then got out of the vehicle and beat on the door of the residence. Before he resorted to forcibly entering the residence, the resident came around from the back of the house. Toone said lightning hit a tree in the back yard as well and blew the roots out of the ground. Toone said the house was a total loss and that Bailey, who was renting the house, did not have renter’s insurance. The homeowners also did not have insurance on the home. Bailey’s GMC pickup truck also received substantial damage in the fire. According to Toone, a cat was possibly killed in the blaze as well. ;