Limestone Ledger


Free school supplies

Limestone County Churches Involved will distribute free school supplies to Athens and Limestone County students from low income families 9 a.m.–2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church's Revival Building, 303 Washington St., Athens.

Cemetery decoration

Pleasant Point Cemetery decoration will be 9 a.m. today. Anyone with loved ones buried there is asked to attend. Donations may be sent to: Stanley Downs, 12677 Pleasant Point Road, Athens, AL 35611. Make checks payable to Pleasant Point Cemetery. More information: 256-729-6746.

Rain date is the following Saturday.

Prestolite reunion

The annual reunion for former Prestolite employees will be 11 a.m. today at Golden Corral, Decatur. More information: Karen Thacker, 256-232-7508

Swamp John's

Athelstine Lodge No. 71 will host a Swamp John's fundraiser 11 a.m.–2 p.m. today at Village View Methodist Church, on the corner Plato Jones and Hine streets. Plates are $12 each.

Family night

American Legion Post 49 will host a family night for veterans and their families 6:30–8:30 p.m. today at 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an Andy Griffith Show marathon beginning at 6:30. Free admission but popcorn, soft drinks, snacks and hot dogs will be sold to raise funds for American Legion youth programs. More information: Camden Kent, 256-230-6233


Brown bag concert

Ardmore Public Library will hold a brown bag concert, featuring bluegrass music by musicians in the Ardmore community, noon Tuesday, July 30. The library is at 25836 Main St., by the Ardmore, Tennessee, City Hall, across from the Dollar General Store.


Post 49 fundraiser

American Legion Post 49 and Krystal will host a fundraiser 4–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1, at Krystal, 1412 U.S. 72 East, Athens. Customers who redeem a flyer at the time of purchase during those hours will have 50% of the net sales from their purchase donated to support Post 49's youth activities. Flyers available at American Legion Post 49, 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. More information: Camden Kent, 256-230-6233


Swamp John's Fundraiser

The Elkmont Volunteer Fire Department will host a Swamp John's fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at the fire department. The cost is $12 per plate, which includes a choice of chicken, shrimp or catfish, and also includes tea. It can be purchased either for eat-in or carry-out. More information: Susan Pylant, 256-431-0277


Heritage days

The 27th annual Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days will be Aug. 2-3 at 20147 Elkton Road, Athens. Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission is free; parking is $5. Golf cart and UTV registration is $5. Friday events include a tractor ride, fish fry and wheat threshing exhibits. Event presented by the Piney Chapel Antique Engine and Tractor Association. More information: 256-206-5926

Cemetery decoration

Salem Cemetery's decoration day will take place 8 a.m.–noon Saturday, Aug. 3, with a covered-dish lunch at noon. Donations can be mailed to Joyce McGill, 28980 Alabama 99, Lester, AL 35647. More information: Joyce McGill, 256-232-6452

Cemetery decoration

Decoration at Lentzville Cemetery will be Saturday, Aug. 3. Those who have loved ones buried there are urged to attend. Lentzville Cemetery fund donations may be mailed to Belinda Lansford, 1703 Trace End Trail, Athens, AL 35611. More information: Billy McNatt, 256-232-1601

Coffee call

Drs. Joshua Hood and Jeremiah Harris of Dental Associates of North Alabama will sponsor a coffee call 8–9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives.

Free giveaway

Women Empowering Women will host a free food and clothing giveaway for men, women and children 10 a.m.–noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Robert Allen Tinnon Park, 802 Fifth Ave., Athens. Food and refreshments available.

Sandlin reunion

Anyone related to the Sandlin family is invited to the 85th consecutive annual Sandlin reunion, starting 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 Cullman County Road 109, Bremen. A covered dish dinner is set for noon. More information: Patsy Sandlin Medlock, 205-995-7988 or

Fort Unity Celebration

The Fort Unity Celebration will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Lincoln Bridgeforth Park, 815 Westview Avenue, Athens. Activities include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, car and bike show, bouncy house for kids, face painting and school supplies for kids. There will also be a live local talent showcase, featuring gospel, rap and R&B. The event is free to the public. All are welcome.

Class reunion

Athens High School Class of 1956 and friends will meet at Mozza Pizza (formerly Little Texas Buffet) 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. More information: 256-777-0516

Free HIV, STI testing

The Thrive Mobile will set up in the parking lot of the Athens-Limestone Public Library from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Thrive staff will provide testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and can quickly link patients to the care they need.

Master gardener class

Fall master gardener classes begin 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, and continue every Thursday evening through Nov. 7. Participants will learn how to grow a healthy landscape or their own vegetable garden, while also serving the community. Class size is limited, so send application as soon as possible. More information: Call Limestone County Cooperative Extension Office or Janet Hunt at 256-614-3530, or visit the Master Gardener website at

Special used book sale

Friends of Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold its huge quarterly book sale from 10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the library at 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. Hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 25 cents.

Tutoring help

David's Temple M.B. Church in Tanner is offering after-school tutoring and homework help in all subjects from 3-5 p.m. beginning Aug. 12 and running through the school year. The cost is $10 per week. More information: Geraldine McDonald, 256-355-1343

Garden pollinators, beneficials

Taylor Reed will discuss how to attract pollinators and other animals helpful to your garden from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Athens-Limestone Public Library, 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. The event is sponsored by the Limestone County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama Master Gardeners.

Laxson reunion

The fifth annual Laxson reunion will begin 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the fellowship hall of Isom's Chapel United Methodist Church, 16230 Mooresville Road, Athens. There will be a covered-dish potluck lunch.

Board game day

The Athens-Limestone Public Library will host a board game day from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the library, 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. Games will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own, too. More information: 256-232-1233

Crape Myrtle Festival

The 27th annual Crape Myrtle Festival is set for Aug. 23-24, at the Town of Ardmore Pavilion. A variety of vendors and food trucks will be on hand, as well as crape myrtles for sale. From 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Astro Diggins and Jed Eye will perform. From 5-9 p.m. Saturday, John Douglas & The Pickin' & Grinnin' Pickers, Straight Shift and TriplePlay will perform. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. More information: 256-423-6177


Athens Saturday Market

Athens Main Street will host Athens Saturday Market 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 24. Local food, crafts and prepared food available each week. Athens Saturday Market is at 409 W. Green St., Athens, across from The News Courier office.

Yard sale donations

The Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad is accepting donations for an indoor yard sale to be held Sept 6–7. Donors must call Mickey at 256-345-2212 to arrange an appointment for drop off at 1401 Freeman Ave., Athens. After Aug. 1, donors can call to arrange an appointment for pickup from their location.

Pop tab collection

The Limestone County Farmers Federation is collecting aluminum pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Tabs can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the ALFA office, 524 U.S. 72 West, Athens. More information: 256-233-0938

Used book sale

Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold a used book sale from 10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. each Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month at the library at 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. Hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 25 cents. More information: 256-232-1233

Karaoke night

American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 21 will hold karaoke night from 8 p.m.-midnight every Friday at the Post home at 22769 Black Road, Athens. Cover charge is $5. More information: Lyle Sadler, 256-444-2793

A Few Good Yards

Limestone County Master Gardeners Association is looking for a few good yards. Gardeners with an award-worthy yard that is not professionally maintained can be nominated at or by emailing information about the gardener and yard with a photo to


• NARFE. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 1480 will hold its monthly meeting 9 a.m. today at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, Athens. Guest speaker Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones. Breakfast served. More information: Dean Morgan, 256-233-0248

• American Legion. American Legion Post 49 will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the post home, 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. More information: 256-233-3023

• Farmers Co-op. The annual membership meeting of the Limestone Farmers Co-op will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Tennessee Valley Substation in Belle Mina. The past year's business will be presented, and two board members will be elected. The meeting will conclude with a meal.

• Book club. The Third Thursday Book Club will meet 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Athens-Limestone Public Library to discuss "A Painted House" by John Grisham. Coffee and baked treats included. More information: 256-232-1233

• Toastmasters. Athens Speaking Up Toastmasters Club will meet 5:45-7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. More information: 708-691-2447

• Quilt guild. North Alabama Modern Quilt Guild meets 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 101 W. Pryor St., Athens. All quilters interested in modern quilting are welcome.

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