By: Lynne Hart
As I write this article, the temperatures outside are dropping. I’m ready to go home and snuggle up under a warm blanket with my dog, Annie, and a cup of hot chocolate. How about you?

Before we get too comfortable in our warm homes, let’s take a few minutes to think about what we can do to make the winter months more comfortable for local wildlife.

Land development is pushing wildlife out of areas they once called home, leaving them to search for food, water, and shelter outside of their normal habitat. I have always felt a strong tie to the natural world, and agree with Peter Coyote’s statement, “Habitat for wildlife is continually shrinking – I can at least provide a way station.”

You will find some ideas below on how to provide a “way station” for local wildlife right in your own back yard.

FOOD
• Fill your feeders with seeds that will provide high energy, such as black oil sunflower seeds. See the recipe included in this article for birdseed ornaments you can hang outdoors. Then enjoy watching the birds dine on your creations!
• Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, and other birds love suet. It provides the fats needed to help keep the birds warm. Be careful not to leave them out too long when the weather is above freezing as they can spoil.
• If you prefer to go natural, consider hanging dried sunflower heads for the birds to pick out the seeds. Hang strings of popcorn and cranberries where the animals and birds can reach them.
• Prepare for next winter by planting shrubs that produce berries, nuts, and seeds. The animals and birds will thank you for the healthy winter meals.

WATER

• Provide a birdbath or two. Place one on the ground for animals that can’t climb.
• Heat your birdbath if you are able. A warm bath is always nice!
• If you have the inclination, build a pond! Even a small one in your flower garden will be a welcomed addition.
• Keep your birdbaths and ponds clean.

SHELTER
Providing shelter doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive!
• Create a brush pile. Find a corner of your yard and pile leaves as the base. Add sticks and twigs and other brush. Small animals will find safety and warmth.
• Covering your flower garden with leaves provides shelter to small animals and insects.
• Add birdhouses, hollow logs, old drain tiles, rock piles and other creative shelters to your yard.
• Create a warm hideaway by cutting a hole in the side of a Styrofoam cooler. Add some straw (not hay or blankets) to add some warmth and tape the lid closed to prevent air leaks. Tuck the cooler in a protected area.
• Consider waiting until spring to trim your flowers and prune your hedges. The extra coverage will offer protection to small animals.

I find my greatest peace when I connect with nature, and I have a huge love for animals. How true are the words of Cecil Frances Alexander: “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful

By: Holly Hollman
The community worked together to ensure children in Athens enjoyed the Christmas season.

About 85 children received presents and more than 20 won bicycles at the annual Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Committee Tree Lighting and Gift Giveaway.

Each year, the committee works with the Boys and Girls Club and families in the area to help Santa provide a gift to each child who attends. In addition, there are random drawings for bicycles. The community ensured this year’s event was one of the largest to date, said Councilman Frank Travis.

East Limestone Band with assistance from Chick-fil-A, Edward Jones, Village Pizza at East Limestone, and Village Vet filled its trailer, the one recently stolen in Birmingham and recovered. East Limestone Band Director Jennifer “Miss Sam” Janzen said the students wanted to give back to the community this season as a thank you for those who helped share news about the stolen trailer, which led to the recovery of the trailer which was filled with band instruments.

The donations meant that no child left the event without a gift.

“This event is one of my favorites because you see what can happen in a community when people work together to bring smiles to children’s faces,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said.

The mayor’s office assisted in event planning, and Athens Fire and Rescue assisted with collecting and wrapping presents. The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission and Lowe’s employees joined firefighters and committee members to help wrap the donated gifts.

Among the donors were Athens State University’s Young Alumni Advisory Council, which donated $500, and employees at Limestone County DHR who shopped for gifts to donate.

Santa arrived via firetruck and danced on picnic tables, and Kingdom United sang carols. The Youth Commission, Athens Fire and Rescue, and Mayor’s Office helped the park committee give out snacks and distribute gifts. A wonderful time was had by all.
By: Holly Hollman

By: Holly Hollman
Students with the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission recently went on a hunting trip armed with baskets and merchandise scanners.

The students received a retail scavenger hunt challenge from the Lowe’s staff to learn how to locate items in the store based on its location code, scan it, and add it to their cart. Lowe’s hosted the students for their November program. Some of the students have expressed interest in retail and the decision making that goes into a business locating in Athens.

Lowe’s Manager Darwan Kerr talked to the students about a city’s population, growth rate, transportation access, and other attributes. Kerr and his staff also explained to students what an employer looks for in an employee, women in leadership, being a service-minded leader, and why businesses support community engagement.

“This is important for them to hear because they may already have a job, or they soon will, and they need to know what they can do to advance in their careers and be a valued employee and leader,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said.

Lowe’s treated the visiting students as new employees, issued them employee badges, and challenged them to learn how to locate and scan items through the scavenger hunt activity designed by Lowe’s SOS Credit Coordinator Melissa Calvert. Only one team found all 14 items on the list.

“The students had to divide into small teams, and they had to work together and follow directions in order to complete the task,” said Youth Commission mentor Holly Hollman. “The students were very competitive, and it was fun to watch them debate on which aisle was the right way to go and which item was the correct one.”

The goal of the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission is to teach high school students in Athens about local government’s role and their role as citizens so that they will be informed and engaged citizens. The program includes community service projects, tours of various businesses, non-profit agencies and historic sites, and visits to city departments.
By: Holly Hollman

By: Wanda Campbell
Every fall, the Center for Lifelong Learning engages in a flurry of activity. From the end of September to near the end of November we are busy with community events, class activities, and planning future classes, events, and activities.

Community Activities

Starting the last weekend in September this year, we hosted the Grease Festival. The next weekend was the Ol’ Time Fiddlers Convention. Starting on October 26, the Athens Storytelling Festival comes to town. And just three weeks after Storytelling, we are geared up for Christmas Open House. If you have not had the opportunity to participate in the community activities, I invite you to come on down. Although the Grease Festival and Fiddlers Convention have already passed, you still have time to attend the Athens Storytelling Festival and Christmas Open House.


The Athens Storytelling Festiva
l is jam-packed with great stories, nationally recognized storytellers, and lots of opportunity to mingle and buy author recordings and books. Donald Davis, Bill Lepp, Bill Harley, Geraldine Buckley, and The Dill Pickers are the featured artists. Get “the Whole Schebang” to come and go as you please throughout the entire festival, including Tuesday’s 5th Annual Dan Williams Local Tellers Competition. Or you can pick and choose what days you’d like to come. Tickets are available online.

The Christmas Open House event is sponsored by the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Athens. With activities scattered around the Courthouse, everyone enjoys the sounds and smells of Christmas. Carolers will be singing many of your favorite Christmas carols as they stroll through downtown. Santa will arrive in style at the Center for Lifelong Learning Center and will take toy requests. During the Christmas Open House, we will host Merry Market in the Mezzanine of our building. Merry Market gives home-based businesses an opportunity to sell on the Courthouse Square. Call Jennifer Williamson at 256-232-2600 for more information about fees and spaces.

Upcoming Classes
It is not too early to mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, April 11. The 2018 theme is Women Who Serve and the line-up of speakers is just fabulous. We are trying something new and offering three Dessert and Discussion Series. The first is a series on Caring For Older Adults. The four-week series will focus on Dementia, Social Security, and more. The second series will focus on Foreign Affairs. The topics for that discussion include Trade, Jobs, and Treaties, Crisis in the South China Sea and more. Our third series will focus on Our Town. Topics include Streets and People and so much more. We hope you will come out and discussion our topics while enjoying a dessert.

Like the iceberg that floats in the sea, what I have mentioned is just the beginning. There is so much more in the planning stages. We have trips, professional development courses, leisure fun, and so much more coming up.

Wait for more here, on our website – www.athens.edu/cll or stop by to see us at 121 South Marion Street. We would love to talk with you.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Teresa Todd, TMP
NORTH POLE STROLL – Christmas trees are being presold for the North Pole Stroll. DEADLINE IS Oct 31, 2017. Lowes of Athens sponsors our 7ft tall Christmas trees. Only SOLAR-LED lights are used along with unbreakable ornaments. There will be signs at each tree by Athens Sign Co. highlighting its sponsor and decorator.

The deadline to order your Christmas tree is October 31! Pick up your forms at the Tourism Office or online at VisitAthensAL.com (go to “Things to do” tab – click on the ‘North Pole Stroll’ link, look for a ‘click here’ link at the top of text for forms.)
Now – December 10 — Deck our Halls with Jingle Paws picture collection with the Friends of Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter. Bring your 4×6 or small picture and commemorate your pet for $10.00. Pictures will be non-returnable. Your pet’s picture will be laminated and featured at the Athens North Pole Stroll and Ardmore Tinsel Trail. Drop off — Athens Tree: Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter; Ardmore Tree: Ardmore Companion Hospital VisitAthensAL.com

Oct 19 — Judge James E. Horton Jr. Monument Dedication on the lawn of the Limestone County Courthouse (520 South Jefferson Street in Athens) at noon honoring the judge’s contribution to the Scottsboro Boys Trial. Light refreshments to follow. VisitAthensAL.com

Oct 19 — Through the Eyes of a Soldier with the Captain Thomas H. Hobbs Sons of Confederate Veterans at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives (100 West Pryor Street in Athens) starting at 6:00 P.M. Speaker Bruce Stewart will talk about the common man in the ranks, perspectives/lives before, during and after the Civil War based on his manuscript. FB Event Page


Oct 20 & 21, 27 & 28
— Doomsday at Dog Days (Dog Day Flea Market Grounds 30444 Gowan Road in Ardmore, TN) with ticket sales 7:00 -11:00 P.M and attraction opens 7:30 P.M. VisitAthensAL.com

Oct 20 — ARToberfest with High Cotton Arts (103 West Washington Street in Athens) from 6:00 -9:00 P.M. Enjoy beverages, brats and brushes to the sounds of The Little German Band of Huntsville. Tickets at EVENTBRITE FB Event Page

Oct 21 — Fall Festival at the Shops of Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore, Alabama with Trunk or Treat with merchants, games, coloring contest, fall food and music.

Oct 23-28 — 11th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival in downtown Athens, AL will make you laugh, cry, and sigh as the storytellers fill the tent with entertainment. www.AthensStoryTellingFestival.com
Special Monday night FREE music night with members of ‘Iron Horse’ and ‘Just Down the Road’ starting at 6:30 P.M.
School Days Oct 24 – 26 with Donald Davis, Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy and Bobby Norfolk.

Oct 24 – Dan Williams Local Teller Competition

Oct 26 is the Tellers Olio, with a sampling of all tellers and winner of competition

Oct 27 – 28 All day tellers Friday and Saturday with Donald Davis, The Dill Pickers, Bil Lepp, Geraldine Buckley and Bill Harley. VisitAthensAL.com

Oct 28 — Pride of Athens Marching Invitational at Athens Stadium (100 U.S. Highway 31N in Athens) from 3:00 -10:00 P.M. This annual Marching Band Contest will feature regional High School Marching Bands and an exhibition of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and the UNA “Pride of Dixie” Marching Band. Open to the public.

ABOUT US:
For more information on any of these events, go to VISITATHENSAL.COM – (FACEBOOK) ATHENS-LIMESTONE TOURISM or call 256-232-5411. (The Tourism Office is located at 100 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL, in Big Springs Memorial Park @ the Duck Pond) you can also email your events to CAYCE@VISITATHENSAL.COM to be published on our website and/or Facebook pages. Please give at least a 2-week or more notice of your event to publicize on our website.
By: Teresa Todd, TMP
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association


By: Holly Hollman
An Athens art organization is giving the German festival known as Oktoberfest an artistic twist for its inaugural event called ARToberest.

The celebration of beverages, brats and brushes will be Oct. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at High Cotton Arts in Downtown Athens. Proceeds will benefit Athens Arts League’s mission to support artists, provide art education, and bring cultural events to Athens and Limestone County.

The beverages will include German beer and wine. The food will include a German-based menu, and the art auction will include art pieces that artists from High Cotton Arts and the Athens Arts League Board have created using paintbrushes.
The cost for ARToberfest is $50 per person and includes music by The Little German Band of Huntsville and an exhibit of beer steins provided from the collection of Maria Taylor of Athens. Athens Arts League Board Vice President Diane Lehr said the beer stein collection demonstrates their artistic beauty with scenes such as Bavaria, Excalibur, Russian fairy tales and knights of the realm.

“ARToberfest incorporates the visual and musical arts in an Oktoberfest setting,” Lehr said.

Artists at High Cotton Arts will attend to highlight their studios and art creations ranging from paintings to stained glass to pottery. Artist Karen Middleton has created a portrait station by painting a German couple with open space for event goers to insert their faces and make a photo.

“For a non-profit art organization, we provide numerous art opportunities in our community from affordable downtown studio space for artists to supplementing art programs in our local school systems to transforming a vacant historic building into the Scout Music House,” said Athens Arts League Board President Amy Golden. “We are able to provide these opportunities because of the community’s support of the arts.”

Some of the art programs Athens Arts League provides include:

  • High Cotton Arts, a downtown art incubator with affordable studio space, art classes for all ages, a space for cultural events, and space for songwriting and guitar classes.
  • Scout Music House, a renovation project at the circa 1938 Scout House to transform the vacant structure into a music venue.
  • Boys and Girls Club Summer Art Camps, funded by grants and donations.
  • Limestone County Department of Human Resources, foster children art classes, funded by grants and donations.
  • East Limestone High School art survey class, providing guest artists and projects, funded by a grant.
  • Art supplies for schools provided through donations from artists and the community.
  • Participation in Fridays After Five, Chocolate Walk, Sippin’ Cider, Christmas Open House, and other downtown events by providing free music, snacks, and art stations for children.
  • The Alabama Spring and the Comic Book Art competitions and exhibits.

By: Holly Hollman

By: Ali Elizabeth Turner
When I would drive by the Craftsman-style-house-turned-business located on the corner of Clinton and Market just off the Square, I was intrigued by the name on the sign: 17th + Pear. I knew it was a photography studio, and now I have the chance to introduce the delightful proprietors to you, as well as tell you the secret behind the name.

Back in the day when the studio was a home in downtown Athens, Clinton was the 17th street running north and south starting from the west side of Athens moving toward East Limestone. That’s where the studio’s owners, Lindsay Looney and Alison Bivens, get the “17th” portion of the title of their thriving photographic partnership. “Pear” is a play on the word “Pair.” Alison and Lindsay collaborated on the name, and the result is a business name that reflects the friendship, community roots, and playful style that makes 17th + Pear unique.

Alison’s Bachelor’s degree in English is from Athens State, and Lindsay started off in nursing school at UNA, with a desire to be a part of a trauma team. Lindsay’s unexpected diagnosis of a chronic medical condition made that dream no longer possible, and as is often the case with women of faith, when God closes a door, He opens a window. He most certainly has done that for these two, and making a living at what they love, as well as becoming best friends are only the beginning of their blessings.

They both have been fascinated with photography since they were children. Alison’s grandmother took literally thousands of pictures, and she says, “Almost every moment of my life is recorded,” something that became even more precious with the unexpected passing of Alison’s sister, Taylor, in a tragic accident. Taylor was 21, and Alison is grateful for every picture she has. Taylor and the fragile nature of life is some of what inspires Alison today. Jeff, Alison’s husband, purchased a DSLR photo system as a gift for Alison, which is how she got her more serious start in 2011. She has filled up hard drives and the cloud with close to 10,000 photos, with no chance of slowing down anytime soon!
Lindsay started taking pictures when she was 5 or 6, and once she had to change career paths, worked for a local photographer. Lindsay did Alison’s maternity and newborn portraits, and Ali was thrilled with Lindsay’s work. Later, Alison helped Lindsay “second-shoot” a wedding, and the partnership and friendship we see today was born in August of 2014.

Both women are completely self-taught, yet with the help of today’s technology, they have been able to expand their knowledge and skills, learning all they can about the entire about the entire photographic process from manipulating camera settings to posing families. They have done so through all manner of online tutorials and workshops. They told me, “Photography is always evolving, and we are always learning. You never feel like you are done.” They have also done online courses with Twig & Olive, whose work they greatly admire, and whose live workshops costs thousands. These gals have dreams; one is to learn under Twig & Olive at live events, and the other is to shoot a destination wedding in Ireland.
They have clients all over North Alabama, including Hazel Green, Huntsville, and Jones Valley. Because they both have children, including three year olds, they are especially experienced in capturing the best shots of kids by helping everyone in the family relax. They are fun and creative, and it shows up in their work. They also have the ability to exhibit a high degree of professionalism when dealing with weddings, and their work is stunning. Brides are beautiful, grooms are grand, and the beauty of the Big Day is captured forever.

Amongst the best photographers, there is an unwritten law of reciprocity and support of each other’s endeavors, something I found most attractive about 17th+ Pear’s working philosophy. They help out other photographers, and vice versa. Lindsay said, “We emphasize community over competition.” Indeed, there is enough to go around in the busy world of photography, and “the Pear” is booked months in advance.

“We are the all-time team,” they said, and added, “We know each other so well that we can tag-team a shoot without really even having to think about it.” They describe their prices has being those that reflect quality as well as artistic ability. They finished our time together describing something else about their brand that I think is highly valuable. “We form long lasting relationships. We shoot baby after baby in the same family,” they said, and it is the same with weddings. Relatives book them for their special day after they see the albums produced from family weddings, and it’s the same with friends. “There is no higher recommendation than a referral from a satisfied customer, and we even get invited to birthday parties of clients who have become friends where we get to be the guests, and don’t have to shoot!”

If creative comfort blended with high artistic photographic ability is what you are looking for at a fair price, then book your appointment for a studio or location photo shoot with 17th + Pear today.
By: Ali ElizabethTurner

By: Wanda Campbell
At the Center for Lifelong Learning, fall classes will begin on Tuesday, September 5. Whether you are looking for something for career growth or you want something fun, at the Center we have something for everyone. Check out our website – www.athens.edu/cll – for a complete listing of classes or call us at 256-233-8260.

YOGA – Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, September 5 – December 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $5/per session or buy a 5 session or 10 session punch card.
Have you always wanted to try Yoga? This is your chance to get started. This Level One Class connecting postures (asanas) with breath, flowing from one posture to the next. The class includes standing and floor postures while elevating the heart rate to a moderate level. This means you will be breathing moderately but still able to speak. Depending on how you feel about your progress, the instructor will show ways to both increase and extend the pose or keep the pose at a beginner level. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothing.

CompTIA Security+ (Beginner to Intermediate Course) – Tuesdays, September 5 – October 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $1495/person (includes $375 voucher to take exam, ebook study guide and workbook). No class September 19.
CompTIA(c) Security+ Certification covers the essentials in understanding best practices in Network Security and Risk Management. This comprehensive course will prepare the participant to take the Security+ exam. Topics includes: Network security, compliance, threats, vulnerabilities, malware, penetration testing, application, data and host security, access control and identity management and cryptography.

Ballroom Dance: Waltz – Thursday, September 7 – September 28, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $50/person
Ballroom dance refers to many different types of partner dances. It is a good way to meet people, a fun way to exercise, and can be very competitive. The purpose of our dance classes is to build confidence. Most importantly, it is to have fun.

The first of our ballroom dances is the waltz. The waltz began as a country folk dance in Austria and Bavaria in the 1600s. It was the first dance where a man held a woman close to his body. This class will introduce patterns, steps, and sways for the dance. Bring your favorite person and join us for waltz.

EC-Council CEH Certified Ethical Hacker, Mondays – September 11 – November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., $2895 (includes $599 voucher to take the exam, ebook study guide, and workbook). No class September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30.
Advanced course requires two years’ work experience in information security. This advanced training course for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam will provide professionals the knowledge and skills that hackers use to target systems so that professionals can work legally and ethically to improve security systems. Participants will be prepared to take the EC-Council CEH exam. Topics includes: Malware operations, mobile technologies, risk assessment, firewalls, cryptography, threat modeling, vulnerabilities, testing, and professional standards.

These are just a few of the courses listed for this fall. Watch for Music Mat for babies and toddlers, 3-5 year olds and ACT Strategies and Prep for teens. And don’t forget the trip to Gaylord’s Opryland Resort December 1. Check out the website – www.athens.edu/cll – or give us a call at 256-233-8260.

By: Holly Hollman
Athens, AL — The Travis Manion Foundation will host the Athens 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race at 7:00 a.m. on September 9 at Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. The annual race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities. Proceeds from the 9/11 Heroes Run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

Our special guest at this year’s Athens 9/11 Heroes Run is Amber Loggins Godwin, sister of Adam Loggins, KIA Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its tenth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world. As part of the marketing campaign for the race series, TMF has released a video to inspire runners and walkers of all ages to participate, which can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpRzYOaNefE&feature=youtu.be

“As I reflect on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 Heroes Run, I’m in awe at the number of communities across the country and around the world that have united to honor all those touched by the events of September 11, 2001.” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “We challenge all Americans to join us this September to ensure our next generation never forgets the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”

Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in race locations around the world or as virtual runners, to support military, veterans, first responders and their families through TMF. National sponsors of the events include Comcast NBC Universal and CBS Radio. To learn more and to register, visit www.911heroesrun.org.



About Travis Manion Foundation:

The Travis Manion Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to empowering our nation’s veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes live on in the next generation.

Local Point of Contact:

Whitney Hollingsworth – Local Race Director – (256) 651-7507 – Athens@911heroesrun.org

National Point of Contact:

Derrick Morgan – Travis Manion Foundation – (215) 622-2225 – Derrick@travismanion.org

WHAT: 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. The annual race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities.

WHERE: Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 100 Pryor St. W, Athens, AL 35611

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. start
By: Holly Hollman

By: Tim Lambert
Since our last report, a couple of local teams produced favorable results, the last local head football coaching job was also filled just in time for fall practice, plus another local high school athlete committed to continuing his career at the next level.

The 13-year-old Limestone Hammers completed an unbeaten streak that went through the Dizzy Dean State Tournament and World Series. The Hammers began play in the World Series in Southaven, Mississippi and smothered the Germantown Allstars 17-1. They went on to blister Hazel Green 15-1 and shut out Grenada 11-0. The team advanced to the finals and a rematch with Grenada claiming the title with a 14-2 victory. The 10-year-old Limestone Wild Devils also made the World Series, but lost to Albany 14-5, followed by a close 4-3 decision to Hayesville before being eliminated by Calhoun County 6-0.

The North Alabama Flames Elite basketball team won the Super 100 national tournament last month in Atlanta. The team includes Tony Shoulders, Takorian Porter and Myles Fewell from Athens High; J.T. Farrar and Austin Harvell from Clements; Juvonne Shanes and Connor Smith from Lauderdale County; Tommy Murr from Lindsey Lane; and J.J. Jones from Tanner.

The Athens Gators finished their season at the state meet in Opelika last month. While the Gators didn’t win, several swimmers received medals for their efforts.

Ardmore head football coach Clint Legg resigned his position at last month’s Limestone County Board of Education meeting and was hired as assistant principal at East Limestone. Andrew Smith, an assistant who is also the Tigers’ baseball coach, was named interim football coach. Lindsay Lane also announced that Charles Morrison would become their new baseball coach. Although Morrison played at Wallace State, this is his first time to coach the sport at the high school level.

Athens High pitcher and second baseman Jacob McNairy committed to play at Alabama. McNairy went 8-3 last season with a 1.93 ERA, 68 strikeouts and eight walks in 61 2/3 innings. His fastball has been clocked at 90 miles per hour. He also hit .407 with 18 doubles and 39 RBIs.

Team Alabama took the Southern Junior Cup, going undefeated in singles matches on Day 2 to win the golf competition with 19.5 points. Mississippi and Arkansas tied for second place at 10.5. Athens High junior Ally Williams was part of the team, paired with Spanish Fort’s Padric Sim.

In preseason football rankings, James Clemens is opening their year at the fifth spot in Class 7A. Tanner is sixth on the Class 2A poll.

High school football season is coming up and PlayAction Sports will be bringing Limestone County and James Clemens action to you via internet stream at www.pasnetwork.net. Replays of select games can be heard on Sundays at noon on 1080 AM WKAC. You can also download or listen to games on demand anytime by going to the website. Here is our schedule of games you’ll be able to hear (subject to change):

August 25–Tanner vs. West Limestone
August 31–James Clemens vs. Gardendale
September 1–Elkmont vs. Ardmore
September 7–East Limestone at Mae Jemison
September 8–James Clemens at Bob Jones
September 15–Clements at Lexington
September 22–James Clemens vs. Sparkman
September 29–West Limestone vs. Elkmont
October 6–James Clemens at Grissom
October 13–James Clemens at Huntsville
October 20–James Clemens at Buckhorn
October 27–James Clemens vs. Hewitt-Trussville
November 2–East Limestone vs. Tanner
November 3–Clements at St. John Paul II

Coverage for each game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring your radios to the game and hear our coverage on 105.3 FM while you watch.

Upcoming events and registrations:
There will be a free Learn to Play Lacrosse clinic hosted by Huntsville Lacrosse at Bob Jones High School Turf Field on August 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. No experience or equipment necessary or pre registration required.
Ardmore will have a softball camp August 22 from 5-7 p.m. for grades 1 through 5. Cost is $20. For more information, contact stephen.baugh@lcsk12.org. There will also be a volleyball camp August 26 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call Kristin Bates at 423-5950.

Athens adult softball registration is going on until August 31. You must be 18 years of age. For more information, call 233-8740.
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