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Steve Stewart

Teen Scouts distracted by 'fumes'

Boy Scouts just aren’t as interested in tying knots and going camping after they “get the fumes” in their teens.

That’s what Arrowhead District Scout executive Paul Tatum told the Kiwanis Club of Decatur, according to Patrice Stewart.

Paul was explaining why only 2 percent of all Scouts make Eagle Scout after girls and cars enter the scene.

“At that age, perfumes and gasoline fumes are a deadly combination that cause boys to drop out of Scouts,” Paul said.

Dog treats for people

Lana Boyer, owner of Diesel & Lola in downtown Athens, makes specialty all-natural dog treats in her store.

All of the ingredients are what restaurants would order for human consumption, she told Danielle Komis Palmer.

So whenever Lana is hungry and needs something to munch on, she digs into her doggie treats.

“They’re really good out of the oven,” she said.

Dog treats for dogs

It was bound to happen sooner or later. In a marketplace where more and more folks treat their dogs like people, someone developed a “beer” for dogs.

It’s nonalcoholic and flavored like beef, according to an item in Family Dog magazine, published by the American Kennel Club.

At $24.99 for a 12-pack, tails should be wagging at the sight of the product resembling beef broth and sold as Happy Tail Ale, Patrice says.

But a product reviewer warns of doggie beer breath: “Do not let your dog kiss you after imbibing this stuff.”

You can also find doggie nachos made with chicken and doggie pasta filled with venison in pet stores and online.

Road money for roads

Morgan County commissioners were glad to hear recently that they won’t have to use any of their Road and Bridge Fund for general purposes, Sheryl Marsh reports.

Deputy Administrator Carol Long kept a running total during budget hearings, and after the last one she said the county still didn’t have to take from the Road and Bridge for the General Fund.

That left everyone happy.

Unpopular music

Gang members who want to haunt the bus stop at Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, Wash., will have to endure classical music.

City officials installed speakers to pump in the tunes as a way to disperse young criminals who make drug deals or use public transportation to prowl.

“You mix different types of activities in locations that are crime-ridden to change the composition of the environment,” said psychologist Jacqueline Helfgott of Seattle University’s Criminal Justice Department.

Eighteen-year bus driver Tony Wilson is a skeptic, according to The Associated Press.

“I think the reason we don’t have music on the buses is that you can’t please everyone,” he said. “It would just cause drama.”

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