The City of Athens will hold municipal elections this year. All cities in the state follow this same schedule:
Qualifying: July 5 through July 19
Election Day: Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Run-Off Election (if needed): Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Newly Elected Officials Take Office: Nov. 7
If you need to register to vote, here is a link with more information: Alabama Votes Info Link
Here are key dates for those who have not yet registered to vote and want to vote in this election:
Last day to establish residency: May 25
Last day to register to vote: Aug. 8
Absentee ballot application deadline: Aug. 18
Last day to hand deliver or postmark absentee ballot: Aug. 22
The melody Taps will echo hauntingly through downtown Athens on Thursday as law enforcement and the community pause to remember the names of nine men who sacrificed their lives serving our community.
The Athens Police Department will host its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Thursday, May 19, at 5 p.m. on the Limestone County Courthouse lawn. Chief Floyd Johnson said the ceremony will include the reading of the nine in-the-line-of-duty deaths, presentation of colors by the Honor Guard, Taps and a closing prayer.
These nine officers were answering calls like any other day when any other day became their end of watch. Some of these officers died pursuing suspects. Some died in vehicle accidents, including one officer who was transporting blood to Athens-Limestone Hospital. Some died responding to a call for help.
“This is a way to honor these men and to show their descendants this community’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” Johnson said.
Multiple street improvements are underway in the City of Athens this week as weather is allowing for projects to progress.
Although the work is a hindrance to motorists, it is necessary to keep streets properly maintained for drainage, striping, paving and safety. Motorists should use caution in these work areas or if possible plan alternate routes.
Street Department Director Dolph Bradford provided this list of projects:
• On Wednesday, May 11, Reed Contracting will begin paving on Lucas Ferry Road near the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena. Crews will have to close lanes as needed.
• On Wednesday, May 11, Reed Contracting will begin paving on East Street. Crews will have to close lanes as needed.
• On Wednesday, May 11, Reed Contracting plans to start milling to prepare for paving on Market and Madison streets. Crews will have to close lanes as needed.
The Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Athens, Alabama, will hold a work session at 5:00 p.m., followed by their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers in the Athens Police Department, at 951 East Hobbs Street, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, for the purpose of hearing the following applications and appeals. At this time, the applicant and all interested parties are requested to be present and will be given the opportunity to be heard.
Marlene Isom will don her first toga on June 11 when she graces the Athens Grease Festival as Athena.
“I'm afraid,” said the woman who works tirelessly at the family business, Isom’s Orchard in Athens. “I wish I were taller and had long beautiful hair.”
Isom was one of seven women the public nominated for Athena-Grease Goddess for the festival sponsored by Spirit of Athens, a Main Street program. The Athens Grease Festival touts itself as a quirky event that honors the Greek origin of the city’s name and is a celebration of all things fried. Organizers embellish the blending of Greek and Southern to create a family-friendly event on The Square to support downtown revitalization efforts.
In 2013, Promotions Committee Chair Holly Hollman created the Athena-Grease Goddess contest.
“The mythical Athena was known as a wise Greek goddess who loved and protected the City of Athens, could be a warrior, and had a creative side and interest in the arts, crafts and agriculture,” Hollman said. “Likewise, the Athena–Grease Goddess should demonstrate similar qualities through her willingness to give back to the city.”
Isom’s nomination form notes her “sacrificial giving,” her love of Athens and her creative abilities. In 2011, she created a Dinner in the Orchard event for Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation and raised $11,000. In 2012, she hosted Dinner in the Orchard for the Athens-Limestone Public Library and raised $11,500.
Registration is open for the 5th annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament. Help us Fish For A Cure by signing up for this May 14 event at Ingall's Harbor in Decatur.
Scan QR code to register online or go to Active.com to register online.
Print registration form here: Bass Tournament 2016 Form