Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 20, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Makeover on TV
A segment on The Early Show featuring makeover recipient Donna Quarto was postponed when breaking news occurred Thursday.
The segment is scheduled again for this morning after the makeover team was tlown to New York by CBS.
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On a recent evening:. while walking the track at 4^ Cowart Elementary School, 1 stopped to watch a ballgame in progress.As 1 came close to the field, 1 heard a lady spit out more venom than a rattlesnake to a little girl on first base. As the little girl stood there cijdng more of the parents joined in harsh words spoken to a little girl by adults who were in their 40s or older. 1 not only felt sorry for the little girl's broken spirit, but for the children of these parents. The umpire should have asked these rude people to keep silent or leave the field. We as adults make a difference in the lives of children, when they see their parent's acting rude you can bet they will also grow up to be rude adults.
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Wescott ousted from A-L Humane Society
President removec ollowing theft arrest
Bv Sonny Turner
Mary Beth Wescott was ousted as president of the Athens-Limestone Humane Society by a 5-0 vote Wednesday night during a meeting in the office of their attorney Chad Wise.
"We voted her out because we didn’t want this (her arrest) to hurt the Humane Society,” said Tracy Waldrep, a member Wescott of the Humane Society who attended the meeting. "We haven’t found any wrongdoing she’s done (as member of the Humane Society), but we are digging.”
Athens police have searched Wescott’s home and are not ruling out the possibility that additional charges will be filed against her.
Wescott, 39, of 25028 Capshaw Road, Athens, was jailed on two counts of theft accused of stealing money from the homes of clients she contracted with to take care of their pets while they were out of town. Wescott owns and operates the local business called “Pet Sitter.”
Wescott was first arrested Friday on a charge of second-degree theft, a felony and was arrested a second time Tuesday on a separate chaige of third-degree theft.
She is accused of stealing $600 from one Athens home and $ 150 in cash from another customer.
“We are truly shocked by all of this,” said Waldrep. “It was unexpected and when we heard about it, we could hardly believe it.”
Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson said investigators
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Lauderdale man faces sex abuse charges here
A man indicted in
Lauderdale County for producing a pornographic video also faces charges in
Clayton Boggs Jr., 40, of Lauderdale County Road 91, was arrested by Lauderdale investigators earlier this week after the grand jury indictment.
According to District
Attorney Kristi Vails, Boggs
will go to trial Aug. 22 in Limestone County after being charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and production of obscene matter involving a person under the age of 17.
Boggs was charged in July of 2003 after Limestone County investigators found photos of nude underage girls at Kindred Grocery, a conve-
nience store owned by his father.
Boggs was indicted that November, Vails said.
His arrest in Lauderdale County came after investigators there found a video at his home showing him in sex acts with a 15-year-old girl.
Billy Jo Brasher, 25, also of Lauderdale County Road 91, was charged with distributing marijuana to a minor, said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly.
Boggs and Brasher were indicted May 2 by a Lauderdale County grand jury, but details were not released until the couple was arrested this week.
The distribution of marijuana was also recorded on the videotape found in the couple’s home, Connolly said.
Golf dome would be argest in the world
By Karen Middleton
net If a group of unnamed Canadian developers can raise the funds, the largest structure in the world—200 acres under a domed roof - would be located just north of Tunica, Miss., in three years.
Noted international golf course designer Ron Garl, who designed the 18-hole Canebrake course here, said that he has been hired to design a covered golf course north of the regional gambling mecca. He said the project is in the feasibility study stage and plans “change daily.”
A spokeswoman for the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau said the Myriad Corporation of Canada has obtained a gaming license, but has not broken ground on the mega project.
Based in Lakeland, Fla., with a branch office in Toronto, Garl was in Athens on May 11 to deliver to the Canebrake Men’s Golf Association a list of suggested maintenance and operational programs for the local course. He discussed some of his latest projects
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Athens firefighters at the scene of Thursday’s trailer fire on New Cut Road.
Semi trailer catches fire in Clements
By Sonny Turner
Athens firefighters were fearing the worst when they responded to call Thursday morning of a possible propane tanker fire.
“The call came in that it was a propane tanker and we were treating it that way,” said Athens Assistant Fire Chief Danny Southard. “But when we arrived on the scene that wasn’t the case at all. It was really not much to it.”
And luckily so, said Southard, who added firefighters put out the blaze in an old tractor trailer that was being used for storage at Ramsey Septic Tank Service on New Cut Road in just a matter of minutes.
“A man using a cutting torch adjacent to the trailer accidentally set it on fire,” Southard said. There was nothing inside the trailer itself although there were some old propane tanks on the outside of the building. But there was no propane involved, firefighters said.
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Photojournalist who witnessec Saddam Hussein’s capture speaks to group in Athens
B^ Tashia Lovell
For decades Darrell Barton has been a photojoumalist but he probably would have never imagined that he would someday do a story on Saddam Hussein’s capture.
He got the call about two weeks before Christmas, 2(X)3 at his home in Oklahoma, not long after his wife told him Saddam Hussein had been captured.
CBS news wanted him to travel overseas to do the story on Hussein’s capture for a segment on 60 minutes.
“It was for what we call a crash story,” Barton said.
He said that he had been oversees during the summer prior to Hussein’s capture but added that - it’s the story of his life- to either be too early or too late for everything.
“When I’m back home they catch (him),” Barton said.
Barton finally made it to Hussein’s bunker, which was located near his birth-
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News-Courier/ Alissa Clark
Darrell Barton, right, is a freelance photojoumalist who worked on a segment on Saddam Hussein's capture for the CBS News program 60 Minutes. He visited the home of Athens resident John Smith Thursday.
Board may pass new policy on phones
Students likely won’t see change at school
Bv Kelly Kazek [email protected]
com Students at city schools may see a new policy on cell phones this fall, but principals say their procedure for handling possession of mobile phones at school most likely will not change.
The policy, which is in its first reading and has not been approved, is part of a proposed updated code of conduct for city schools students. It was discussed at the board’s regular meeting Thursday night.
The paragraph on cellular phones is listed as a Class II offense and prohibits “the possession, except for health or other extraordinary needs (and with prior permission of the principal) of a pocket pager, cellular phone or other electronic communication devices.” The section references a Code of Alabama law (section
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