Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Police: Woman endangered child
Mom allegedly begged mor.ey in frigid temps with toddler in tow
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By Kelly Kazek
kelly<SHthensnews-courier.com A woman who was wandering the streets of Athens with a toddler at about 12:35 p.m. in Friday’s frigid weather was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.
The 3-year-old child was taken into the care of the Limestone
County Department of Human Resources, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
The mother, Angie Lynn Davis, 32, gave her address as 1202 Seventh Avenue in Athens but said she had been “put out of her house,” Bruce said.
“She said she did not have anywhere to go,” he said.
Davis also had no car.
Charges stem from the fact that she kept the child outdoors when temperatures were below 20 degrees rather than taking her inside a store or calling someone tor help, he said.
Davis allegedly had been walking to businesses in the area of U.S. 72 and Interstate 65 asking
Angie Lynn Davis
“Davis claimed she needed money to get food for her child, Bruce said, but she had some money on her.
She also was charged with loitering and giving a false name to law enforcement.
She has two alias warrants from when she did not come to court for driving while suspended, and alias warrants for driving with no child restraint, and driving with no insurance, Bruce said.
Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor.
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Students at First Baptist Wee Program are fascinated by a frozen fountain in the courtyard during preschool Friday. From left, Ty Roberts, Grey Gaston, Tamia Moradi, Leah Yi, Addie Baker, Holland Brooks, and Karmen McBay try not to freeze their fingertips off as they touch the ice and giggle in delight.
Bone-chilling cold blamed for scattered power outages
By Kelly Kazek
About 100 homes were without power briefly Friday morning when temperatures dipped into the single digits, but outages were scattered and temporary, a utilities manager said.
Most people were without power only for 30 to 40 minutes, said Gary Scroggins, Athens Electric Department Manager.
“We’ve had some isolated problems scattered throughout the county,” Scroggins said. “A few transformers have gone out and a couple ol fuses have blown. Sometimes when it gets this cold, we have a few transformers go out when they get overloaded. Some are at an age where they’re getting ready to go out.”
Scroggins said residents should turn off their heat when the power goes out.
“The main thing is, if the power does go out, they should shut their heat off until after it comes
Cold weather tip
If power goes out, people should turn off heating systems and leave them off for 30 to 40 minutes after power is restored, said Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins. If everyone's systems come on at once, the power could go out again, he said.
back on and leave it off for 30 to 40 minutes,” Scroggins said. “Then they should allow it to build back up slowly. If it does go out and everybody’s heat comes on at the same time, it could cause it to go out again.”
Because of the extreme cold, some area schools delayed opening Friday, although Athens and Limestone County schools opened as usual. Schools in Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman
See Cold, page 2A
County names Teachers of Year
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A Clements kindergarten teacher and the Ardmore High School band director have been named the 2009 elementary and secondary schoolteachers ol the year in Limestone County.
The school board recognized them during a banquet Thursday.
Clements High School kindergarten teacher Tina Downs has been teaching for 27 years.
“I am very overwhelmed at being chosen as elementary teacher of the year,” she said. “Limestone County is blessed with many wonder-tul teachers, and I am proud to be included in that group.” She earned a b a c h e -lor’s degree in elementary and childhood ed-ucation from Athens State University, a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of North Alabama and an A.A. certificate in early childhood education from Alabama A£rM University.
She and her husband, Robin, have one son, Jessie, who is a sixth-grader at Clements.
Aside from teaching, she enjoys reading, scrapbooking and traveling with her iamily.
Ardmore High School Instrumental Music and Band Director Stanley Nelson is
See Teachers, page 2A
A DOGGY TALE
Pregnant beagle dumped by road gets second chance
By Kelly Kazek
kelly £§athensnew9-courii r. com A pregnant beagle dumped by the side of the road was guided either by doggy sense or a guardian angel to just the right home — that of the manager of the local animal shelter.
The beagle, now called Sweet Girl, wandered into the yard of Timberly Sands, who manages The Dog Pound on U.S. 72 next to Russell Stover.
Sands nursed the beagle through the pregnancy, said animal advocate Mary Ann Faulkner.
“Timberly became her guardian angel,” Faulkner said. “After the mother delivered her four puppies, Timberly cared
for them for another six weeks until they were old enough to be adopted.”
All puppies but one have been adopted. Sweet Girl and the unnamed puppy now live at The Dog Pound, awaiting adoption.
“She is wonderful,” Sands said of the beagle. “She’s really, really sweet. She’s just happy. She loves everybody. She’d probably make a great lap dog.
The Dog Pound is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., and is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. each day. Saturday hours are 9-11 a.m. Call (256) 771-7889 for information.
Sweet Girl, above, and her puppy need homes.