Limestone Ledger


Cemetery decoration

Myers Cemetery Decoration Day is today. More information: Lynn Nelson, 256-777-4431 or 18347 Cross Key Road, Athens, AL 35614

Cemetery decoration

Hester Cemetery Decoration Day is today in Lester. Mail donations for upkeep to Betty Christopher, 1410 Redbud St., Athens, AL 35611. More information: 256-232-6491

Cemetery decoration

Sandlin Cemetery's annual Decoration Day is today. Donations may be mailed to: Harold Adams, 22664 Cairo Hollow Road, Athens, AL 35614; or Mark Blakely, 20931 Brackeen Road, Athens, AL 35614; or to any Sandlin Cemetery Committee member. Make checks payable to Sandlin Cemetery. More information: 256-729-1485; 256-729-8340

Beans, rice giveaway

Tanner United Methodist Church will give away bags of beans and rice from 9-11 a.m. today at the church at 19607 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Tanner. Free 1-pound bag to each adult.

Free book club for kids

Limestone County NAACP is offering a free motivational book club for children ages 3 to 13 from 9:30 a.m.-noon today at Round Island Creek Mission Center, 13829 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens. The club — Students Taking Excellence Personally = Success, or STEPS — motivates students who may not enjoy reading. It also gives students who already like reading an opportunity to showcase their enjoyment. Free transportation and lunch provided. More information: Diane Steele, 256-216-5668, 256-797-1333 or

Cemetery decoration

Decoration for Higgins Cemetery will begin 10 a.m. today. Those unable to attend may send donations to Faye Chandler, 20065 Temperance Oak Road, Rogersville, AL 35652.

Family reunion

The Meadows Family Reunion will be 10 a.m.–2 p.m. today at the Kiddie Carnival on Forrest Street in Athens. Please bring a covered dish, your drink and an item for the silent auction. Rides will be open after lunch. There will not be individual invitations this year, so attendees are encouraged to spread event info on social media and by word of mouth. More information: Christa Ball Bolton, 256-497-3952; Dianne Spence-Hall, 256-874-0702

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. today at the library at 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. Hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 25 cents.

STEM banquet

David's Temple Missionary Baptist Church will host the "Empowering Minorities for STEM" banquet 6 p.m. today at the church's family life center, 11273 Stewart Road, Tanner. Tickets are $30 each. More information: 256-771-7716


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.


Kids & Kin

Limestone County Kids & Kin will hold a childrearing class 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. Theme will be "Plan Ahead, Be Prepared." More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554.


Swamp John's fundraiser

Owens Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Swamp John's dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Arena off Alabama 99 in Athens. Cost is $12 per plate. More information: 256-278-9975.

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-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

Freedom Fund Banquet

Limestone NAACP will host the 2019 Freedom Fund Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 W. Pryor St., Athens. Guest speaker will be Alethea Bonello. Tickets are $40 each. More information: Janice Porter, 256-227-8489

Crape Myrtle Festival

The 27th annual Crape Myrtle Festival is set for Aug. 23-24, at the 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

Kids & Kin

Limestone County Kids & Kin will hold a childrearing class 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 28, at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. Theme will be "School Readiness & Backpack Safety." More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554.

Class reunion

Trinity High School Class of 1963 will host a class reunion Saturday, Aug. 31. Reunion breakfast will be 9 a.m. at Tanner Nutrition Center, 13589 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens. Attire should be casual and in pink or green (the school colors). A banquet will begin 5 p.m. at Pincham-Lincoln Center, 606 Trinity Circle, Athens. Attire should be casual and all white. Tickets are $50 per person. More information: Dorothye Malone-Lloyd, 205-994-6557 or 256-431-6425


Burial Detail donations

The Limestone County Burial Detail is seeking donations to help with uniforms, gloves, shoes, patches, brass and general supplies. The Burial Detail honors the living by serving the deceased. There is no charge for a full military service at veteran funerals, but donations are appreciated. Donations to the Limestone County Burial Detail can by made at any Regions Bank or sent to: Limestone County Burial Detail, 18188 Mooresville Road, Athens, 35613. More information: Burial Detail Commander Roger Keyes, 256-374-2072.

Houston library fall hours

Here are the fall hours for the Houston Memorial Library at 101 N. Houston St., Athens: Tuesdays-Thursdays — 10 a.m.-4p.m.; Fridays — 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; First Saturday of each month — 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Tutoring help

David's Temple Missionary Baptist 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. Cost is $10 per week. More information: Geraldine McDonald, 256-355-1343

New Veterans Affairs hours

The Limestone County Veterans Affairs office will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the month of August. The office is closed each day from noon to 1 p.m. More information: 256-233-6459

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.

Free computer classes

Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold free basic and intermediate computer classes Friday, Sept. 6, at the library at 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. Basic classes will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. and include a lot of one-on-one instruction. Intermediate classes will be noon-1 p.m. and include more specific help. No registration required, but seating is limited to 25. More information: 256-232-1233.

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. Donors can also call to arrange an appointment for pickup from their location.

DV vigil training

Crisis Services of North Alabama will hold weekly meetings for those who wish to participate in the Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil on Oct. 9. The meetings are at 6 p.m. starting Wednesday, Sept. 11, and each Wednesday until Oct. 9. at the Family Resource Center, 406 S. Jefferson St., Athens. More information: Stacy Owens, 256-230-1240.

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


• Quilt guild. North Alabama Modern Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives at 100 W. Pryor St., Athens. All quilters welcome.

• LCMGA. The Limestone County Master Gardeners Association will meet Monday, Aug. 12, at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center on Beaty Street in Athens. Light refreshments and social time begin at 5:30 p.m., with speakers Wes Brown and Teresa Brown to discuss LCMGA's charity garden at 6. A business meeting will follow.

• Toastmasters. Athens Toastmasters Club will meet 5:45-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. More information: 708-691-2447.

• 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

• SCV. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Capt. Thomas H. Hobbs Camp 768 will meet 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. Alabama Division 2nd Lt. Commander Tim Steadman will discuss "The Amazing Journey of Capt. Cummins Lay."

• NAACP. Limestone County NAACP will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Hobbs Plaza, 809 U.S. 72, Suite D, Athens. More information: Wilbert Woodruff, 256-233-8489

Limestone Ledger is a community calendar in which nonprofit organizations can notify the public of events. Publication of donation requests should not be considered an endorsement by this newspaper. The News Courier encourages residents to research organizations before donating.

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