Swamp John's

A Swamp John's fundraiser benefitting Lighthouse Apostolic Building Fund will be held 4–7 p.m. Friday, March 19, in the Big Lots parking lot in Athens. Plates are $12 each and include a choice of fish, chicken or shrimp with fries, slaw, hushpuppies and tea. More information: Marie McGuire, 256-998-0195


Childcare class

Limestone County Kids and Kin will host a free class for relatives raising a relative’s child 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday, March 24, at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. The class’ theme will be “Through Your Child's Eyes.” More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554

Elkmont Beauty Walk

The 15th annual Elkmont Beauty Walk will take place April 9 and 10 at Elkmont High School. Contestants in the kindergarten through fifth-grade divisions will compete starting 7 p.m. Friday, with infant and preschool divisions 2 p.m. Saturday and 6th–12th grade girls and 12th grade guys divisions Saturday evening. Tickets are $5 each. Live entertainment between categories. Proceeds benefit Elkmont Band. More information: Keila Berzett,


Beauty Walk registration

Registration is open now through March 24 for the 15th annual Elkmont Beauty Walk. Fee is $35 to enter plus $5 per photo for the photogenic category. Divisions available for infants through 12th grade, including 12th grade guys division. Proceeds benefit Elkmont Band. More information: Keila Berzett,

Vidalia onion sales

Athens Ladies Civitan Club is now taking orders for their annual Vidalia onion sale. Ten-pound bags from a Georgia farm are $10 each and will arrive in May. Make check payable to ALCC. Include name, address, telephone number and number of bags ordering. Deadline for orders and payment April 10. To order: Phyllis Mammana, 256-232-6086; Marilyn Ford, 256-771-7672; Athens Ladies Civitan Club, P.O. Box 1814, Athens, AL 35612.

Bama Zack golf tournament

Registration is open now until June 30 (or spots are filled) for the Bama Zack Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. Cost is $600 per four-person scramble team. Max of 25 teams. Tournament to be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Canebrake Club, Athens, with registration for event at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. All proceeds benefit Bama Zack Memorial Scholarship for Limestone County student-athletes. Tournament sponsorships available until May 30. More information: Allison, 256-777-2381; Garth, 256-777-6530

Pre-K registration

Registration is open now through March 23 for prekindergarten programs in Athens and Limestone County. Classes begin in the fall. More information:;

Tax assistance

RSVP is offering free income tax assistance at local libraries. Participants must call 256-232-7207 to schedule an appointment for Athens-Limestone Public Library or Decatur Public Library. Call 931-427-4883 to schedule an appointment at the Ardmore Public Library. Hours vary by location. More information: 256-232-7207

Food giveaway

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church’s food pantry will be open 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at 1911 Hine St., Athens. Patrons must provide proof of at least one of the following: eligibility to receive supplemental food assistance (SNAP/food stamps); eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income; income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level; or special circumstances (fire, flood, illness, injury, etc.). Eligibility forms provided at distribution site. Must have valid ID card or driver’s license. Only one distribution per household while supplies last. Monetary and food donations accepted. More information: 256-444-2628

After-school feeding program

Women Empowering Women of Alabama, in partnership with FreshWind Christian Fellowship, is offering free meals for students after school. Meals are available 3–5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Clothes and food boxes also available. More information: Janice Williams, 256-233-5995

Used book sale

Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library host a used book sale from 10:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. each Tuesday and first Saturday of each month at the library, 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. More information: 256-232-1233

Virtual exercise class

Limestone County Council on Aging presents virtual exercise class 2–3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays via Zoom. The classes are called S.A.I.L., which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life. More information: 256-233-6412

Recruiting school tutors

RSVP is recruiting elementary tutors for Athens City Schools and math tutors for all grades. Anyone interested in tutoring at least one hour per week is encouraged to call the RSVP office. More information: 256-232-7207

Corruption hotline

The Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking residents with knowledge of public corruption in Limestone County to email details to or call the tip line at 844-404-TIPS


Easter egg hunt

Make A Way Foundation will host a come-and-go egg hunt, bunny spotting and other activities 1–2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the courtyard at Athens High. Open to children and young adults with special needs. Families are asked to bring their own Easter baskets and to park in the north parking lot near Entrance D, from which they will be directed to the enclosed courtyard. 

Son-Rise Service

Athens-Limestone Ministerial Alliance will host a community-wide Son-Rise Service starting 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at the Swan Creek Pavilion beside Athens Middle School. Please bring your own chair.


City cemeteries

The City of Athens reminds residents and families of the following regarding its cemeteries: No flowers or decorations allowed on the ground between April 1 and Oct. 31, unless following a funeral; flower placement acceptable year-round on monuments, at their base or at foot markers; fresh flowers will be removed one week after a funeral; silk flowers will be removed 21 days after a funeral; approval by cemetery superintendent required before planting flowers, shrubs, trees or sod; city personnel will remove all trees or shrubs deemed detrimental to adjacent lots or grave openings; and worn, tattered or damaged U.S. flags will be removed and disposed of properly.

Limestone Ledger is a community calendar in which nonprofit organizations can notify the public of events. Publication of donation requests or services offered should not be considered an endorsement by this newspaper. The News Courier encourages residents to research organizations before donating or accepting services. All items will run as space allows until the day of the event and should be submitted at least one week prior to the event for best results. Ongoing items run for up to one month but can be resubmitted regularly. Email submissions to, fax to 256-233-7753 or bring to The News Courier, 410 W. Green St., Athens.

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