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Steve Stewart

Austin music draws cheers at halftime

Eric Fleischauer says he attended high school back in “the Dark Ages,” when halftime of football games was when you grabbed a hot dog and talked to your friends.

Not so today at Austin High School, Eric observes.

As the Austin Black Bears Marching Band takes the field, fans stand up in the bleachers and jockey for seats. Cheers and dancing erupt throughout the performance.

Fans don’t get much time for a hot dog, Eric says, but they sure get their money’s worth on the price of admission.

A higher cause

Maj. Perry Jarmon, visiting his parents in Decatur recently after a second tour of Iraq, left a parting thought with Ronnie Thomas.

“This is for fellow Morgan countians, for the families of soldiers who paid the ultimate price,” said Perry, a 1983 graduate of Austin High School and public affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

“They died on the mission for a higher cause. They were heroes and will always be remembered as heroes.”

Recruiters got ‘lucky’

Danitra Lucky of Hartselle told Ronnie she couldn’t help but live and breathe the military.

Her father served, and so did her husband, Jerry. Their sons, Brandon, a Marine who turns 23 in December, and Harrison, 21, a Navy man as was their dad, recently completed a deployment together on the USS John C. Stennis.

The Luckys have a third son, Julian, 11, a sixth-grader at Hartselle Junior High School. Will he maintain the tradition?

“You never can tell,” said Danitra. “Brandon and Harrison both vowed they’d never join the military. But that was before they spoke to recruiters.”

Rescued and recycled

When deputies return to the Sheriff’s Department with a cowboy and decapitated dog rescued from a Limestone County roadway, what happens to them?

Well, they become yard ornaments.

Apparently a jokester got a life-size wooden cowboy cutout, ran a chain from the cowboy’s hand to a ceramic dog, and put them in a road so it would look as if someone were walking his dog.

The cowboy is in the dispatch office. The dog, whose head somehow got knocked off, now resides outside the booking office’s doorway at the jail. Holly Hollman reports that someone has reattached the dog’s head.

Truckers’ rolling roadblock

Truckers lent police a hand, blocking the highway for a vehicle they were chasing.

It happened Sept. 1 on Interstate 84 in Oregon. Trucker Edwin Beach heard police radio traffic about a hit-and-run driver who exceeded 100 mph in the chase, which went more than 50 miles.

Edwin talked with two other drivers on CB radio, and they pulled alongside one another and slowed to about 5 mph, forming a rolling roadblock.

The fleeing driver stopped and ran. He was quickly caught, according to The Associated Press.

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. Daily staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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