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The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association initially decided to cancel its 2020 Red, White & Boom fireworks show on the Fourth of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after members of the public expressed concerns at the loss of the traditional event, ALCTA decided to re-eval…

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The May unemployment rates for Limestone County and Athens were slightly up from the previous month at 2.1%, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. Both the city and county posted figures of 2.0% in April.

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Fourteen U.S. congressmen opposed making Juneteenth a national holiday in Wednesday’s vote. Many of them represent states that continue to observe Confederate holidays.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A disorganized storm system carrying tropical storm-force winds churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Southern U.S. on Friday, lashing coastal communities with bands of rain, threatening Father's Day tourism business and forcing the postponement of Juneteenth celeb…

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U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a "teaching document" that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday, a move that sent many states scrambling to clarify their policies on the observance with less than a business day's notice.

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MIAMI (AP) — Officials ordered a floodgate and locks system closed in southeast Louisiana and readied sandbags in Mississippi and Alabama as a broad, disorganized tropical weather system began spinning bands of rain and brisk wind across the northern Gulf of Mexico coast Friday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 3.4% in May, down sharply from a year earlier as the economy added jobs while it recovered from the pandemic, the state said Friday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is devoting $3.2 billion to speed development of antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses that could turn into pandemics.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited i…

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Gov. Kay Ivey has authorized Friday, June 18, 2021, as a holiday for state employees. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation.

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The practice of beekeeping goes back thousands of years, with many depictions recorded from ancient Egypt. When archaeologists discovered King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt in 1922, among its many contents was a jar of honey that remained preserved and edible.

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A new botanical artisan market and tea bar has opened its doors in Athens, one more way the area is continuing to see economic growth despite the pandemic.

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While many property owners enjoy having more freedom to do as they please when living in the county compared to a city, there are still limitations, and one property in particular has become the subject of a civil action by the Limestone County Commission for failure to follow the rules.

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Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and 19, is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. It is celebrated on June 19 each year in commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day a proclamation ended slavery in Texas.

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Athens State University recently celebrated the achievements of its top students during the 2021 Honors Convocation. Through hard work and determination, these students excelled in their coursework and achieved remarkable academic success.

Detectives are interviewing and re-interviewing people who might hold the keys to knowing why a gunman opened fire on his co-workers at an Alabama fire hydrant factory, but the answer might prove elusive, a police official said Wednesday.

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U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Wednesday that his wife has sworn out an arrest warrant for the man who entered their garage to serve papers in a lawsuit a colleague brought against him over the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell on Wall Street and bond yields rose Wednesday after Federal Reserve officials signaled they may start easing off the accelerator on their massive support for markets and the economy earlier than previously thought. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% after a highly anticipa…

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GENEVA (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a "constructive" summit Wednesday to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts and begin negotiations to replace the last remaining treaty between the two countries limiting nuclear weapons.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.

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Summer vacation has barely begun, but 10 area high schoolers are skipping three days of potential pool and video game time to focus instead on learning trade skills that could help kickstart their path to a lucrative career.

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Limestone County Schools' CHOW bus is officially out of commission, but thanks to a grant from No Kid Hungry, the system's child nutrition program will soon have a new van and new equipment to help ensure children throughout its district have access to meals even when school isn't in session.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices, driven by rising food costs, increased 0.8% in May and by a unprecedented amount over the past year as the U.S. economy emerges from pandemic lockdowns and pushes inflation higher.

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A day after her interview for a part-time job at Target last year, Dana Anthony got an email informing her she didn't make the cut.

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Limestone County NAACP President Wilbert Woodruff awards two $500 scholarships to “Outstanding Students of Limestone County.” Recipients are Kallagha Brown and Sara Valenzuela. Brown, a graduate of Athens High School, plans to graduate from Lawson State Community College and pursue a bachelo…

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

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MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist known for her impromptu multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity issues, announced Tuesday that she has given $2.7 billion to 286 organizations.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials.

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Schools in Limestone County are about to undergo nearly half a million dollars in security upgrades, including additional cameras at school entrances and key cards for students who wish to access certain buildings during the school day.

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Renovations to West Limestone High School are officially in the design phases, with construction currently expected to begin next summer, according to officials.

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