Tonight's Athens Fireworks Show is delayed until 9 pm so the pyro company can wrap the fireworks in plastic to protect them from possible rain. Park in designated parking around Athens High. Anticipate large traffic and road closure of U.S. 31 in that area.
Click here for funeral arrangments from Limestone Chapel: Funeral arrangements for Rep. Dan Williams
The City of Athens is mourning the loss of Rep. Dan Williams, who served as the city’s mayor from 1992 until his election to the State House in 2010. City officials have learned that Williams, who has been battling cancer, died today.
“Dan spent his lifetime serving this community,” said Mayor Ronnie Marks, who served with Williams in city government and in the National Guard. “Dan was popular throughout this community. We will all miss not only his service to the community but his friendship. We will miss his humor, his laugh, his stories, his gift of singing, and so many other traits that made him a friend.”
Williams served on the Athens City Board of Education from 1979 to 1984. He was elected to the Athens City Council in 1984 and served on the council until voters elected him mayor in1992. He was the first Republican elected to the District 5 seat in Limestone County for the State House of Representatives.
Williams served 26 years in the Alabama National Guard and worked for 25 years as a supervisor for the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources.
During his tenure as mayor he worked with the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, Limestone Industrial Development Association, Council on Aging and with many other entities.
As state representative, he continued to support the City of Athens. Most recently, he joined other members of the Legislative Delegation to provide a TVA-in-lieu of tax grant to fund supplies for High Cotton Arts, a non-profit art incubator for downtown Athens. He also provided TVA-in-lieu of tax grants for equipment for the Athens Police Department and Athens Fire and Rescue. One of those grants allowed Athens Police to become one of the first in this area to provide body cameras for officers.
“Dan has a strong family whose members will be there for each other during this time, but they also need our thoughts and prayers,” Marks said. “I want his family to know how much he was loved by and will be missed by this City of Athens family. We appreciate Dan’s service to Athens and its citizens.”
Here is some information from the City of Athens regarding sanitation, office and street closures and events related to the Fourth of July holiday:
City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, for the Fourth of July holiday.
The City of Athens sanitation pick-up will operate as scheduled on Friday, July 3. Please have bins to the curb by 6 a.m.
Use of fireworks – except for permitted shows – is prohibited in the city limits.
Athens Fireworks Show and Traffic Control
The annual Athens Fireworks Show sponsored by Athens-Limestone Tourism Association, the City of Athens and Limestone County will be Saturday, July 4, around 8:30 or 8:45 p.m. at Athens High School. The stadium will not be open for seating. Please park in designated parking spots at and around Athens High.
Athens Police will block U.S. 31 from Forrest Street to Elm Street prior to the show.
“We will not let people cross the highway unless traffic has subsided,” Chief Floyd Johnson said.
Those who park east of U.S. 31 will have to exit north or east after the show. Those who park west of U.S. 31 will have to exit south or west.
Fourth of July Event in Athens
● Ron Pettus Flag Exhibit
Monday, June 22, through Friday, July 3, Alabama Veterans Museum
Ron Pettus offers for exhibit his carefully curated collection of American Flags collected over 50 years. His amassed collection of "Stars and Stripes" allows spectators to view the evolution of our Nation's flag and the story behind them. For more information call 256-771-7578.
● Patriotic Day at the Athens Saturday Market
Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. to noon, Farmers Market pavilion on West Green Street
Wearing your red, white, and blue just might win you a prize at the Market. Decorating contest for wagons, strollers and bicycles, and fun family activities to celebrate the independence of our nation. State certified market that offers fresh produce, meat products, baked goods, handmade items, etc.
● Fireworks Viewing Event
Saturday, July 4, Central Church of Christ on U.S. 31, 7 p.m. through fireworks show
The community is invited to watch the fireworks from the church’s property. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks beginning at 7 and served until food runs out. There will be games for the kids and a sidewalk chalk art contest, also beginning at 7 p.m. Free event.
● Athens Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Saturday, July 4, around 8:30 or 8:45 p.m., behind Athens High stadium
Free fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day and funded by Athens-Limestone Tourism, City of Athens and Limestone County. Park in designated parking areas in and around Athens High School and along U.S. 31. The stadium will not be open for seating.
The vote regarding additional ad valorem tax to fund capital improvements for the Athens City School System will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To read the wording that will be on the ballot, click here: Sample Ballot
To see the capital plan for Athens City Schools, click here: ACS Capital Plan
Only voters living in the city limits of Athens will vote on this issue.
The last day to register to vote is Aug. 10. To register to vote, go to the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex and see the Limestone County Board of Registrars.
The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Aug. 20. To obtain an absentee ballot, call John Hamilton at City Hall at 256-233-8729 or come to temporary City Hall at 1806 Wilkinson Street, second floor. Ballots are being printed, and the City will announce when absentee ballots become available. In the meantime, voters can call Mr. Hamilton and leave a request for one.
Voters who move within the city limits of Athens and do not update voter registration information should vote a provisional ballot at the polling location for the new address.
Work to replace the bridge over French Mill Creek on Cambridge Lane is expected to start the week of June 29. Cambridge Lane from U.S. 72 to Newby Road will be closed to through traffic for approximately six months.
This is an ATRIP grant project.
City leaders expect improving and reopening a road closed in the 1980s will open up an area of Athens for commercial and residential development.
On Friday, June 19, the City of Athens, along with its Public Works Department and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting celebration for the reopening of Old Decatur Road. The road connects to French Farms Boulevard near Zaxby’s, opening up about 200 acres between a heavily-traveled commercial district on U.S. 72 near Wal-Mart and Brookhill Elementary to the south.