The Athens-Limestone Beautification Board has partnered with the Athens Parks and Recreation Department to spruce up the Old Town Cemetery on East and Washington streets.
The cleanup project started in late October when Parks and Recreation workers cleared out vegetation, dead trees and underbrush.
Ardmore Monument provided assistance two days in early November, and the Beautification Board decorated the cemetery with Christmas wreaths Nov. 26.
“We’ve been working with Athens Parks and Recreation and Ardmore Monument, and slowly restoring one stone at a time,” said Diane Rasdon, a member of the Beautification Board. “We’ve fixed three of the box graves and pressure-cleaned a lot of the stones. We straightened around 20 gravestones and repaired a couple of the tall monuments, including one that had broken in half.”
Old Town has 112 graves dating back nearly 200 years, according to Rasdon. She said at least one Revolutionary War soldier is buried there, along with several Confederate soldiers.
“It’s the oldest cemetery in Athens, and the oldest family buried there is the Vasser family,” she said. “The last burial was 1934, and the first one that can be read was in the 1820s. Burials continued through the mid-1800s, with an occasional burial in the 1900s.”
The Beautification Board also visited Old Town Nov. 26 to adorn 75 gravestones with large Christmas wreaths.
“We just wanted to decorate because most of the families are no longer in Athens,” Rasdon said.
To make a donation to the cemetery renewal project, contact Rasdon at 256-216-8339.
- Local News
- County Commission: Temporary courthouse renovations nearly complete
Two arrested for drugs in car; child also inside
Police responding to a passerby’s report of people in a car in the Wal-Mart parking lot using drugs led to the arrest Tuesday of two Limestone County residents and the discovery of a 4-year-old child in the vehicle
Congressman to host veterans' forum in Huntsville
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks will host a veterans' forum on Thursday in Huntsville.
Democrats to hold event in Huntsville
Most of the Democrats seeking the top offices in Alabama are scheduled to be in Huntsville for a political event Thursday.
Senior Fun Fest! — A new celebration for area seniors
Seniors will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of events, entertainment and games.
Arrest reports for Wednesday, 4/15/14
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrest Tuesday:
• James Neal Hargrove, 38, of 26400 Miller Lane, Elkmont, violated probation on previous conviction for first-degree criminal trespass
Building boom: Athens shakes off long winter's nap of recession
Building Inspector Bert Bradford says the city has already issued 23 commercial building permits for $13.1 million in new commercial projects, and there are still six months remaining in the fiscal year.
Arrest made in air-conditioning unit theft
Sgt. Johnny Campbell arrested Jimmy Lee Free, 37, of 22361 Monterey Drive, on a charge of first-degree theft of property.
- Morgan deputy shoots suspect in buttock
Section of Hobbs Street closed for week
Hobbs Street between the railroad tracks and Clinton Street will be closed for a week for the sewer replacement project.
- More Local News Headlines