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Athens will not issue a local mask mandate; some city facilities may still require them

April 8, 2021

ATHENS-Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said Wednesday, April 7, he will not issue a local mask mandate now that Gov. Kay Ivey has rescinded the statewide mask mandate.   According to the state order called “Safer Apart,” the state is now saying “masks strongly encouraged.”   “Our local businesses and organizations can follow state guidelines and […]


Alabama 251 at Lindsay Lane round-a-bout work to start week of April 5

April 3, 2021

ATHENS-Rogers Group plans to start construction work on the Alabama 251/Lindsay Lane round-about the week of April 5, weather permitting.   The Alabama Department of Transportation expects the project to take through the end of 2021.   ALDOT is installing detour signs for the area. The detour includes Compton Road, Yarbrough Road, Oakdale Road and […]


Athens secures $750,000 grant for sewer expansion to area near Mazda-Toyota

March 28, 2021

ATHENS-The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the approval of a $750,000 grant to the City of Athens for sewer expansion.   The sewer project will serve the area around the Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road and Interstate 65 interchange, including the construction of a Buc-ee’s and other retail projects.   “Growth along Interstate 65 continues as the state […]


Brittany Howard’s family and hometown celebrate her Grammy win and performance

March 26, 2021

ATHENS-COVID-19 did not stop Brittany Howard’s family from celebrating her recent Grammy win and performance. The family just moved it to Grandma’s house.   Carla Hood, Howard’s aunt who typically hosts a large Grammys-watching party at a venue in Athens, said this year the celebration was a small family meal at Grandma Helen Howard West’s […]


Wife says Athens has more than one hero after offices save two lives in two days

March 7, 2021

ATHENS-Athens officers recently saved two lives in two days in roadside emergencies.   On Feb. 26, Athens Police Department and Athens Fire and Rescue responded with Athens-Limestone Ambulance Service to U.S. 31 and Interstate 65 to a call about an unresponsive person. When Officer Mac McWhorter and Officer William Newton arrived, Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said […]


Winter Weather Community Updates From Athens February 17

February 17, 2021

ATHENS-As of 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17 Weather information and other updates from the City of Athens: Athens Weather Update   Please slow down and do not drive around sand trucks Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson asks that motorists do not drive around sand trucks when they are working in an area. Trucks with […]


Athens issues weather related updates on February 16 at 4:00 PM

February 16, 2021

ATHENS-As the weather remains severe with cold and icy streets the City of Athens has an update electrical outages and the condition of roadways in the city: “Athens Weather Updates   Utilities Two crews from Scottsboro Electric Power Board arrived in Athens Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 16) and are working with Athens Utilities on the pockets […]


Central Church of Christ opening a warming station

February 16, 2021

  ATHENS-Central Church of Christ will open at noon today (Feb. 16) as a warming station for those without power. The church will monitor conditions to determine how long to remain open. Snacks will be available. Central is located at 320 U.S. 31 North near the Athens High stadium. If you know of family, friends […]


Scattered power outages reported in parts of Athens & Limestone County

February 15, 2021

ATHENS-Scattered power outages reported in parts of Athens & Limestone Co. Crews with Athens Utilities are working as quickly as possible while maintaining safety. Ice is forming on lines and tree limbs, so outages could be an issue during this weather event. Athens weather info as of 4:00 PM:   Utilities Ice is accumulating on power […]


A ‘shot of love’ for hospital workers fighting COVID

February 14, 2021

ATHENS-In Athens, Valentine’s Day is for more than sweethearts this year.   To say thank you to Athens-Limestone Hospital employees for facing the unexpected in 2020 and continuing the fight against COVID-19, local groups are sharing Valentines with the staff.   “They have worked long hours, extra shifts and beyond exhaustion to treat patients with […]


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