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Steve Stewart

Some phone calls just canít wait

Interest in star quarterback Tim Tebow reached into the Decatur Board of Education's meeting room.

On Tuesday, when the St. Augustine, Fla., quarterback announced his college choice, a friend called DAILY Education Writer Bayne Hughes while he was at a board meeting.

With the cell phone on vibrate, Bayne let the call go to voice message. That set off a beep, which drew the interest of board members.

Told that it was a message about Tim Tebow, they insisted that Bayne check it and share the news.

Tim's decision to pick Florida over Alabama disappointed some, but they were able to continue the meeting.

Partridges but no pears

Seen a partridge in a pear tree this season?

That traditional combination from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" doesn't work in the South, where pears ripen quickly.

Designers Scott Willis and Kathy Gray Clay told Patrice Stewart that instead of pears they chose apples, lemons and tangerines for the 15 or so entrances they decorated in Old Decatur and Albany historic districts.

They did, however, use a few partridges and nests — the artificial, imported kind to avoid any contact with avian flu, of course.

False alarm

Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said a man reported his 1988 Chevrolet pickup stolen. He had parked it on Hickory Ridge Road off Alabama 99 while he hunted deer in western Limestone County.

Lauderdale County authorities found the pickup at a home near Rogersville the next morning. The homeowner, however, hadn't stolen it.

Stanley told Holly Hollman that the homeowner's truck broke down on Alabama 99 near Hickory Ridge. "When a wrecker went to tow the homeowner's truck, the wrecker picked up the wrong truck."

Was it worth it?

An Athens man is facing a theft charge because he had teeth in his pants.

Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said the shoplifter slipped a product called Jokes and Gags Funny Teeth into his pants at L&S Foodland. Employees saw him and called police, Holly reports.

The teeth cost $1.69.

Compare that to the man's jail bond: $1,000.

Future farmers of Norway Monica Aasli's impulse made her a farmer. Gunnar Bergsrud of Hedalen, Norway, had no heirs. He died at age 89, leaving instructions to hold a lottery among local young people for his farm. Monica, 35, signed up and won. Now Monica has to discuss the idea of becoming a farmer with her husband, The Associated Press reports. The farmhouse lacks electricity and water, and the entire farm needs refurbishing. But it's considered a cultural treasure because of its old buildings and idyllic location. Monica also now owns hundreds of acres of forest around the farm. Send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609.

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