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June 9, 2014

Athens graduate reaches Eagle Scout rank

— Matthew Sandlin of Athens recently completed a large-scale service project, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 240.

With the help of fellow Scouts, family and friends, Sandlin photographed grave markers and created a file for the American military personnel buried at Athens City Cemetery. He presented his finished project to American Legion Post 49 and the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens.

The 18-year-old Athens High School graduate is the 92nd Eagle Scout from First United Methodist Church, which has sponsored Troop 240 for the past 65 years.

Troop 240 belongs to the Arrowhead District in North Alabama and includes packs, troops and crews from Limestone, Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman counties. The district contributed 1,800 hours of community service and had 39 members reach Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank for a Boy Scout.

Sandlin is the son of Allen and Cindy Sandlin and grandson of Ed and Gail Sandlin. His brother, Andrew, is also a Boy Scout.

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