Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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As 1 turned to the Religion section in last Friday’s edition of your paper. I was so encouraged by one article that stood out f rom the others.
In the article, the writer compares life to a sport and how we all must try to make rebounds in our lives. Thank you for lifting up so many of us who have been knocked down y the three Ds — death, divorce or demons.
The observant writer said, “ It is not what happens to us, but what we do with what happens to us. that counts." Let us all remember just how important it is to encourage rather than discourage. Who needs us more than those who have fallen?
Who needs church more than those who have sinned?
W ho needs us more than those who are experiencing defeat? Let us welcome those who have missed the goal, them show them how to rebound by being there in a non-judgmental way and with our arms open.
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"I m always out front every afternoon and they are some of the last to leave. A lot of the times, a principal nets to know kitls the best who are in trouble, but that wasn't the case with them. They were good kids.”
2 children die in house fire
Youngsters left alone while parents at work
By K \ren Mmm kton
Thanksgiving holidays and a drop in temperatures proved a lethal combination for a pair of Athens youngsters.
The tyvo, 6 and 8 years old who were home alone while their parents were at work in Huntsville, died in an early morning house fire caused by a space heater
Tuesday, accord- _____
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County Coroner Mike West.
Tuesday morning’s temperatures hovered in the mid-30s.
David Lagunas, 6. and Carolina Lagunas, 8, who were out ot school tor the holiday week, died of smoke inhalation, according to West. They are the children of Pedro Lagunas and Dolengria Rosiales, who work at I nited Plating in Huntsville, according to Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson.
Firefighters rushed to 305 Oak Street at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor reported seeing smoke, said Athens Fire Chief Cliff Christopher.
“A neighbor saw smoke coming from the knee vent and dialed 911, said C hristopher. “The communication
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Two children out of school for the Thanksgiving Holiday died in a Tuesday morning fire at this Oak Street house. Coroner Mike West said the blaze was caused by a faulty space heater. The youngster's parents had left them home alone to go to work, authorities said.
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DeAnna McNeill adjusts the decoration on her creation “Grandma’s Holly Joily Jewelry Tree” currently on display at The Donnell House in The Festival of Trees.
Grandmothers recalled with pearl-draped tree
By Jennifer Hill
I Ins year’s Festival of Trees at the Donnell House is particularly special to one Limestone County family. Upstairs in the historic home's loom room, there is a small tree on display, special to DeAnna Hargrove McNeill and her son, Warren.
DeAnna said she usually decorates a Christmas tree in remembrance of their grandmothers and great-gra ndmothers.
This year is the first time she has displayed the tree in the Festival of Trees.
Inspired by the event’s theme Holly
Jolly Holiday, the McNeills tree is called Grandma’s Holly Jolly Jewelry Tree. The tree is adorned with pearl necklaces, broaches, dollies and crochet work. Every decoration exhibited on the tree is belonged to their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
“I just love all my grandmothers so much,” said
How to go
The event will be open Nov. 24-26 from 4-8 p.m. and Nov. 27 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children.
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Forecaster: Severe hurricane season not sign of harsh winter
By Tashia Lovell
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It has been a record-breaking hurricane season. but what’s in store for winter in North Alabama?
According to Senior Forecaster Majtt Zika with the National Weather Service in Huntsville, there are no obvious signs that this w inter is going to be any worse than recent winter seasons and there is no correlation w ith the hurricane season and the winter weather.
He said at least the past three winters have been mild and winter precipitation free for the most part.
Zika said that it has been at least three years since there has been w idespread one-inch snow.
He said that there were definitely above normal temperatures in the early part of November.
“Usually the transition is about now,” Zika said.
He said that this is really the transition time
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Visit Huntsville’s National Weather Service online at www.srh.noaa. gov/hun/
as we head toward the winter months.
Zika said for people to make sure to stay aware of what is going on with the weather and be prepared to act if needed.
Zika said that the higher elevations would typically average with just a little more snow than the lower elevations and the temperatures will be a little bit lower.
Areas of higher elevation include parts of Jackson and Dekalb counties.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville forecasts for 11 counties in North Alabama including Limestone as well as Lincoln, Tranklin and Moore counties in Tennessee.Local man warns Houston Street elderly of scam artist
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Local carpenter Tom Dunnavant said Tuesday he is getting “proactive” about protecting his parents.
He spent the e?iy morning hours Tuesday stapling posters to every available post up and down North Houston Street warning of a scam artist out to rip off elderly residents.
Dunnavant said late last week that a suspicious man had been to his parents’ North Houston Street home on three occasions. He said the man told a hard-luck tale and his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, admitted him to the home and gave him money.
On Monday night, the mysterious visitor appeared at the elder Dunnavants’ door for the fourth time, asking for money.
“He saw my mother go to the phone to call the police and he took oft,” said Dunnavant.
Dunnavant spent Monday night with his parents, who were lrightened that the man would come back. He said police have sent patrol cars out but the man leaves the neighborhood quickly and has never been spotted.
He said another neighbor reported that they saw the suspi-See Scam, Page 3A