Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 4, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Kidnapped infant found in Ardmore
Fwm staff', wire refiorts ARDMORE — A newborn boy abducted by a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent was found safe Friday night in a residence just outside Ardmore in Limestone County.
An Ardmore woman, Tammy Renee Silas, 39, was charged Saturday morning on federal kidnapping
warrants out of the Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama districts, according to FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic.
The infant, 7-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo-Gurrolla, was in the care of a foster family Saturday as authorities made arrangements for his mother, Maria Gurrolla, 30, to be reunited with her son.
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A spokeswoman for the Ardmore Police Department said the department had no record on Silas on file. Neither Ardmore Police nor the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department was involved in the apprehension.
“This baby is a week old, and
See Kidnapping, page 8A
By Karen Middleton
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From time to time the Athens City Council takes action against the owners of abandoned property for junk, weeds or a generally rundown condition by declaring the structure a public nuisance.
Once declared a public nuisance, local ordinances allow the city to go in and clean up a property and affix the clean-up cost as an addition to the tax lien.
But Councilwoman Milly Caudle said the city is not keeping up with all the properties that are in violation of ordinances.
“We need stricter enforcement of ordinances concerning dilapidated buildings,” fraud!«? said at lasts week’s council meeting.
A group of residents living off Hine and Brownsfer-ry streets regularly attend council meetings to complain about such structures in their neighborhood and have been successful in getting several of them cleaned up through police intervention.
But Caudle said the city should turn more attention to the north end of town, which is the site of numerous dilapidated structures.
See Dilapidated, page 8A
This photo provided by the Nashville Police Department shows Yair Anthony Carillo, the kidnapped infant rescued Friday night in Ardmore.
Coronation on campus
Food, shelter bank starts 2 new projects
By Karen Middleton
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The Food and Shelter Bank is beginning two new projects to help feed the growing number of people seeking assistance.
Laura Aldridge, who works at the Food Bank in its new Tanner location, said the organization is putting out “Food for Change” canisters near the registers of local businesses in which
See Projects, page 8A
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A crowd of musicians, above, enjoys an informal jam Saturday afternoon at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention on the campus of Athens State University. Below, Sarah Twillye of Nashville, Tenn., competes in the junior fiddlers category.
Crowd at ASU awaits crowning of fiddle king
An estimated 200 contestants competed for trophies and more than $11,000 in cash prizes this weekend in the 43rd annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
A trophy and $1,000 awaited the top fiddler as determined by a panel of judges.
At press time the fiddle king or queen had not been determined. Here are the results of completed contests:
First place, Jim Kerims, Hart-selle; second, Isaac Vick, Lyles, Tenn.; third, Ray Rogers, Lynchburg, Tenn.; fourth, Tommy Bounds, Sylacauga; fifth, Thomas Close, Decatur.
First place, Bobby Nobley, La-Grange, Ga.; second, Rob Pearcy,
See Fiddlers, page 3A
Wii Bowl for Kids' Sake
to raise funds for BBBS
By Karen Middleton [email protected]
The popular Wii video game system provides the action for the latest Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Alabama in Limestone County fundraiser.
“Wii Bowl for Kids’ Sake” officially kicked off Sept. 23 at Mac’s Sports Bar & Steak-house.
“The weather was bad that night and a lot of people didn’t show up,” said Shelley Underbill, BBBS coordinator. “However, the people
who attended had a great time. Mac’s wants to hold another one.”
The next Wji Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Oct. 18 at First United Methodist Church from 3-6
“Eight other organizations have signed up to host a Wii Bowl,” said Underhill. “We’ve lost our major funding and this is what it takes to keep our programs running.”
See Wii Bowl, page 8A
Michelle Hill, left, the winner of the official kick-off of "Wii Bowl for Kids’ Sake” at Mac's on Sept. 23, hugs Yolanda Townsend, VISTA worker for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Alabama in Limestone County.
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