Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 31, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Where will education be cut?
Local legislators talk about session that opens Tuesday and how the education budget will fare.
Battered by layoffs, debts and dread of worse to come, shoppers clutched ever tighter to their wallets in the final three months of 2008 and thrust the U.S. economy into its worst downhill slide in a guarter-century.
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Juiy picked in Woods tri^
Opening arguments expected to begin Monday
By Karen Middleton
At the end of five days of jury selection in the Jamal Woods murder trial, the prosecution and de-cnse wound up with 17 jurors.
The intention was to seat 16 jurors - 12 regular and four alternates. But a challenge by the de-ense attorneys qt two of the prosecution’s struck jurors resulted in
one extra. The 17 jurors include 10 women and seven men of w’hich five are black including one man and four women.
Monday, Madison County Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton will decide which juror has to go.
Woods was indicted for two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and Thurston
Turner, 27, both of Athens, at T.G.l. Friday’s in Huntsville on Dec. 17, 2006. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of Autora Frias “Tory” Rogers, 23, also of Athens, and bystander William Re-liford of Hazel Green. Rogers survived severe wounds and lay in a
See Trial, page 2A
Hero needs a home
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A chocolate Labrador retriever that was severely burned in a house fire that killed a piem woman in December
ready for adoption for $79 from The Dog Pound in Athens if the family is not able to take him. Despite his scars - of which wHI
be permanent - the dog is a thing of beauty. Through four surgeries and frequent baths to remove dead skin, he wagged his tail and
never bit those trying to help him.
Dog hurt trying to save woman from fire back on his feet, ready for family
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Tears well in the eyes of Debbie Moses when she teUs about the morning a severely burned chocolate Labrador retriever was brought to the Athens dog pound in the back of a truck.
“He was in real bad shape,” said Moses, a veterinary technician at the pound off U.S. 72. “I was the first one to go to the truck. He was burned all over -the pads of his feet were even burned. Wherever he walked, there was blood.”
The dog was burned during a Dec. 23 house fire in Salem that killed 41-yeai^ld Patty McCuny and severely burned her husband, Richard McCuny, 60, and her son, Teddy Olson, 18.
In the panic of the fire, the dog had climbed onto the porch and tried to enter the femil/s burning mobile home off West School House Road.
See Hero, page ЗА
How to adopt
Visit: The Dog Pound at 1701 U.S. 72 East in Athens, behind Limestone Veterinary Clinic on U.S. 72, just east of Interstate 65, next door to the Russell Stover's outlet store Fd«: $79, which covers neutering when the dog is fully healed and a rabies vaccination
Call: (256) 771-7889
Calhoun, ASU getting more students at best possible time
More and more students are enrolling at Calhoun Community College and Athens State University, and the increasing numbers are coming at a perfect time — when they need them most.
Calhoun has a record number of students enrolled for the spring semester, and both Calhoun and ASU have seen nearly 6 percent increases in enrollment since last spring.
Calhoun enrolled 9,260 students for the spring semester — an increase of almost 6
percent over last spring, said Clalhoun President Dr. Marilyn Beck.
“We are extremely excited about reaching a new spring semester enrollment record for Calhoun,” Beck said. “As the largest of Alabama’s two-year colleges, Calhoun continues to offer quality instruction and training opportunities at an affordable cost and in various schedules and formats, which is indicated through our continued enrolhnent in-
ASU enrolled 3,241 students for the spring semester — a nearly 6 percent increase from last spring, said Rick Mould, vice president for university relations. The university also saw a 9 percent increase in enrollment in the fall.
“We were very pleased with it,” Mould said. “It’s been very important for us as an institution with proration and cuts to the
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