Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Commemoration

Historians will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle with presentations every half-hour from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on the Richard Martin Trail. Hike or bike 1.2 miles south of downtown Elkmont or 2.2 miles north of the Hays Mill parking lot to reach the site. Brig. Gen. John Scales, author of “The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest” and “Sherman Invades Georgia”; Lt. Col. Edwin Kennedy, former tactics and history instructor at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and others will speak on the battle and the men who fought in it.


Shred, Drug Take Back Day

Athens-Limestone Shred and Drug Take Back Day will take place 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Athens Middle School parking lot. Free drive-up services include document shredding (up to three large boxes or bags) and drug take back (no needles). Used clothing, household items and monetary donations will be accepted to benefit Make-A-Wish Alabama. Attendees are asked not to exit their vehicles. This will be a no-contact service.

Financial workshop

A free financial literacy workshop titled “Introduction to basic budgeting” will be offered from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Attendees will learn about creating a budget, tips for reaching financial goals and ideas to adjust spending plans. Call 256-851-9800, ext. 650, to register. Provide name and number to receive confirmation. A virtual link to the workshop will be sent through email. The workshop is sponsored by Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc.

Clothes giveaway

Women Empowering Women is sponsoring a free clothes giveaway 10 a.m.–noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park, 815 Westview Ave., Athens. There will be children’s, women's and men's clothing in all sizes. There will also be free refreshments and snacks.

Virtual exercise class

Limestone County Council on Aging presents virtual exercise class via Zoom. The classes are called S.A.I.L., which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life. Classes are one hour each and will take place Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. beginning Oct. 5. More information: 256-233-6412

Ghost tours

Tickets are on sale now for the never-before-investigated Gray and Holt Building with Southern Ghost Tours & Paranormal Investigation and Athens-Limestone Tourism. Ticket seekers can visit and search Athens, AL Gray and Holt, or Facebook users can search for “Ghost Hunt and Paranormal Investigation, Gray and Holt on Market Street.” The event will take place Oct. 24 with tours at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person for 12 years and older (plus fees). A portion of the proceeds benefits Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.

Haunt Walks

Haunt Walks tickets are on sale and available for pickup at the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association office, 100 N. Beaty St., Athens. Tours are held 6:30 and 7 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in October. Limit of 15 ticketholders per tour. Tickets are $10 each (cash or check) for 12 years and older. Masks and social distancing required during tour. More information: 256-232-5411


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 2-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 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

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 at 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


• NARFE. NARFE Chapter 1480 will meet 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives on Pryor Street in Athens. Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks will be the guest speaker. Donuts, coffee and juice will be available. Please wear your mask. More information: Dean Morgan, 256-233-0248

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