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Fifth grade students at Elkmont Elementary School have been busy preparing for their graduation next week.

A single-vehicle crash at approximately 6:13 p.m. Monday, May 16, has claimed the life of a juvenile. The 14-year-old passenger was fatally injured when the 2000 Toyota Camry in which she was traveling left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. The teen was transported to a nearby hospi…

On Friday, the Athens Middle School and Athens High School choirs visited the Athens City Schools Central Office and performed for school officials and employees. 

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With warmer weather finally here, more crews are out preparing roads for paving, mowing, picking up trash and doing other maintenance in and around city and county roadways.

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LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church, killing one person and wounding five older people before a pastor hit the gunman on the head with a chair and parishioners hog-tied him with electrical cords.

The Alabama Center for the Arts announced the opening of a new exhibit this month: “Celebrating the Life, Art, and Spirit of Guy McClure, Jr.,” featuring works by Guy McClure, Jr. from private collectors.

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McDonald’s says it's started the process of selling its Russian business, which includes 850 restaurants that employ 62,000 people. The fast food giant pointed to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, saying holding on to its business in Russia “is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.” The Chicago-based company had temporarily closed its stores in Russia but was still paying employees. On Monday, it said it would seek to have a Russian buyer hire its employees and pay them until the sale closes. It didn't identify a prospective buyer. McDonald’s said it plans to start removing golden arches and other symbols and signs with its name. 

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On Tuesday, May 17, the Athens Farmers Market will be treating market patrons to complementary strawberry shortcakes. Thanks to Hometown Market’s sponsorship, patrons and shop for produce, eggs, meats and baked goods, and afterward enjoy locally grown strawberries in one of the South’s favor…

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Old Black Bear Taproom has organized a fundraiser to help their longtime kitchen manager, Jaedon, and his family after they experienced a devastating house fire. On Wednesday, May 4, an early morning fire destroyed a home on Kirby Road in Athens. All of the occupants were able to get out saf…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”

The Athens Rotary Club held a special recognition program Friday honoring the service of two longtime Athens Rotarians for their decades of service and commitment to the organization. Freddie Martin and Jim McClary were joined by their families as their contributions to the community were ce…

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. Saturday, May 14, has claimed the life of an Athens man. Pedro C. Ceja Sr., 72, was fatally injured when he was attempting to make a turn in the 2000 Toyota Corolla he was driving wh…

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The Ardmore High School Band received some surprise news Thursday morning that put them “In the Mood” for celebrating. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has extended an invitation to the students to perform with them in an upcoming show at the Princess Theater in September.

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A federal trial for reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion is set to get underway Monday in Atlanta. The Chrisleys were initially indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in February of this year. Prosecutors say the stars of “Chrisley Knows Best” submitted false documents to banks to get loans and failed to pay federal income taxes for multiple years. An accountant who worked for them also faces charges. All three have pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is set for Monday with opening statements expected Tuesday.

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Jonathan James Rice, 29, of Athens is being held at the Limestone County Detention Center on drug charges as a result of search warrant being executed by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Special Response Team (SRT).

Thumbs-up: To academic excellence. Taylor Whisenant, a K-6 collaborative teacher at Athens Renaissance School, was recently named a 2022 Inspire the Future: Educators Recognition Program honoree. In April, the robotics team she led won the All Start Rookie Award at the 2022 Rocket City Regio…

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Three suspects were arrested in Limestone County and now face charges for the armed robbery and murder of David Sims, 23. Sims was found dead on the side of Nancy Green Ridge Road in Giles County, Tenn., on the night of May 10.

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After rebuffing U.S. requests for months, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday. Officials say the call didn’t appear to signal any change in Moscow’s war in Ukraine. A senior Defense Department official says Austin believes the hour-long conversation was important in keeping communication open but didn’t resolve any “acute issues” or lead to any change as the war enters week 12. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the call, which was initiated by Austin and marked the highest level American contact since the war began in late February

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel issued subpoenas Thursday to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers in its probe into the violent Jan. 6 insurrection, an extraordinary step that has little precedent and is certain to further inflame partisan tensions over the 202…

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The Limestone County NAACP hosted a candidate forum Saturday afternoon at Jimmy Gill Park in Athens. Limestone County residents had an opportunity to hear from both Democrat and Republican candidates and register to vote. Each candidate had three minutes to introduce themselves before taking…

Athens will soon welcome a brewing company to its community. Old Black Bear Brewing, currently in Madison, is set to expand to Athens.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent a shiver of fear through Moscow’s ne…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it is canceling three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling as U.S. gas prices reach record highs.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 8:01 a.m., Athens Police Department officers responded to a traffic crash on Durham Drive, south of Sanderfer Road. This collision involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle.

Athens City Council president Chris Seibert announced at the May 9 City Council meeting that the council has opted to appoint someone to the empty district 3 seat.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for more than a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 400 such schools that were supported by the U.S. government and more than 50 associa…

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East Limestone saw eight of its band members sign to the UNA band program on Wednesday, May 11, a feat that band directors for both East Limestone and UNA said is rare and special.

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At a press conference Tuesday morning, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding provided details about the hours leading up to the capture of Casey White and Vicki White. The pair of fugitives had been on the run for 11 days before being found in Evansville, Ind., Monday afternoon, May 9.

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against a New Orleans tattoo artist accused in a bizarre theft in which a chair-shaped Confederate monument was taken from a cemetery and held for ransom.

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