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Steve Stewart

Pregnancy doesn’t fly as handicap

A Decatur traffic control officer found a car parked in a handicap zone without a proper placard.

While he wrote the pricey citation, a woman approached and told him she was handicapped because she had just found out she was pregnant.

The officer cited her anyway, Chris Paschenko says.

A patriotic family

The Navy discharged Bill Sanders of Hartselle, now 80, following World War II, but he had not had enough of the military life. He later joined the Marines, serving from 1957 to 1960.

He told Ronnie Thomas that his three sons followed in their dad's footsteps.

James, a Marine, died in a private plane crash in Phoenix in 1982. K.J., after leaving the Air Force, did government work in Kuwait. He died there when he drove into a street sweeper March 28, 2003, during a sandstorm.

Joseph served eight years in the Navy aboard an atomic submarine. He owns a video business in Memphis and recently did work at Graceland, where he met the King's wife and daughter, Priscilla and Lisa Marie.

Make it quick

State Sen. Tommy Ed Roberts predicts that most members of the Legislature will avoid introducing controversial bills during the 2006 session that begins in January.

He says most hope their colleagues will do likewise, M.J. Ellington reports.

"Most folks running for re-election know their opponents are back home campaigning," said the Hartselle Democrat, who will retire after his term ends in 2006.

"They want to get in here, pass the budgets and get back home. That's probably a good thing."

Looking like Christmas

Employees at the Morgan County Courthouse have the Christmas spirit, Sheryl Marsh says.

Every floor has decorations. Almost every door bears a wreath or bow.

The County Commission office is highly decorated, with elves sitting on desktops and snowmen singing and dancing on countertops. It's a sight to see.

Lifetime learning

Virginia McNeill is finally getting her college degree at age 71 — after three tries.

She'll graduate from the University of North Texas on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

"People ask me what am I going to do with my degree, and I say, 'I'm going to frame it,' " said Virginia, who owns a furniture and appliance store in Denton, Texas.

"Thank goodness there's not a statute of limitations on dreams."

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