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Fundraiser pits band director vs. mayor, officer vs. firefighter and attorney vs. councilman

April 22, 2017

ATHENS-A band director from East Limestone has vowed to beat the mayor of the City of Athens.   The city’s mayor has referred to his opponent as a “one and done.”   This banter is not part of a heated political race but is part of a friendly wager.   East Limestone Band Director Jennifer […]


Front porch sitting, Empty Bowls, Autism Awareness and competitive Celebrity Waiters

April 20, 2017

ATHENS-Athens has a lot happening in the upcoming weeks.  Here are just a few of the awesome events Athens has planned for this spring. Sit a Spell Project Sit a Spell On Our Front Porch in Downtown Athens is a new project that is being funded in part by a grant obtained by Athens Main […]


Fishing for a cure: City Relay for Life Team raises $9,200 at annual event

April 11, 2017

ATHENS-“I’m a cancer survivor. I’m a breast cancer survivor. Men get that, too,” one fisherman remarked at the sixth annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament held Saturday, April 8 at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur.   According to the American Cancer Society, male breast cancer is rare, accounting for approximately 1 percent […]


Spring time comes to High Cotton Arts

April 8, 2017

ATHENS-Those who enjoy a spring day in Alabama can visit High Cotton Arts to see how artists interpret the season.   Athens Arts League held its annual Alabama Spring Art Competition and displayed the entries in the picture windows at High Cotton Arts in Downtown Athens. The entries will be on display through April. “Each […]


Athens students debate merits of funding local projects

April 8, 2017

ATHENS-Local high school students fiercely debated funding projects that would improve their city during the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission’s March meeting.   Dekko Foundation provided a $2,000 grant to Mayor Ronnie Marks for a project that would empower youth. Marks gave the Youth Commission authority to allocate the funds to teach them responsibility, decision making […]


Athens Fire and Rescue dedicates its new Engine No. 1

March 31, 2017

ATHENS-Athens firefighters and other officials pushed a new Engine No. 1 into the bay at Station No. 1 0n Thursday morning, March 30 as part of Athens Fire and Rescue’s dedication ceremony for the new truck. The City of Athens purchased the truck and equipment for $517,000 from Sunbelt Fire in Fairhope. The new truck […]


Play ball, hunt eggs and support healthy babies on Saturdays at the park

March 29, 2017

ATHENS-More than 1,000 children will embrace outdoor recreation in Athens on Saturday, April 1, as baseball, softball and spring soccer seasons kick off at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31.   Baseball and softball will host opening day ceremonies with baseball starting at 9 a.m. and softball at 10 a.m. Mayor Ronnie Marks will throw the […]


Rocks becoming art canvases in Athens

March 25, 2017

ATHENS-People in Athens are finding rocks painted with everything from geometric designs to Transformers to words of wisdom. Roberta Ress, an artist with High Cotton Arts, started the painted rock project on March 18 with the Athens ROCKS kickoff event. Children and adults painted rocks and hid them in public places around Athens. Now, couples […]


Listening Lounge to feature Matthew Hoyle and the Tall Order

March 18, 2017

ATHENS-High Cotton Arts will host a free concert for the community during the monthly Listening Lounge. Birmingham-based Matthew Hoyle and The Tall Order will perform on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. The band touts itself as Appalachian roots music and outlaw country. The band’s influences include Willie Nelson, Doc Watson, John Prine and Johnny […]


Pigs are actually quite intelligent

March 16, 2017

Pigs aren’t actually as stupid as nursery rhymes make them out to be. Sure, they spend most of their free time wallowing in their own droppings, but something’s definitely going on inside their tickled pink heads. Researchers have found that they can respond to a given name within a week of birth. Could you do that when […]


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