There are 1,000 children ready to spring into action with the Athens Recreation Department.
Opening Day will be Saturday, April 4, for three sports: baseball, softball and soccer. Opening ceremonies will be held for the baseball and softball teams starting at 9 a.m. at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31.
Athens Recreation Director Ben Wiley said participation in spring sports continues to grow. This year, 440 players are signed up for baseball. There are 260 signed up for softball, and 270 signed up for spring soccer. In addition, Athens Recreation offers archery at Swan Creek Park, and there are 30 participants signed up for that sporting activity.
“I think there are so many benefits in the participation of recreational sports,” Wiley said. “We believe our programs provide interaction for kids with their peers and teach healthy competition along with life lessons. The most important thing I believe that recreation provides is a chance for the community to support our young people.”
Wiley said the community and parents of the players support recreational programs not only by attending games, but serving in positions such as volunteer coaches and dugout moms and dads.
“These parents and volunteers help make our programs successful,” Wiley said.
During Saturday’s opening ceremonies, the teams will parade around the ball field in their uniforms. Mayor Ronnie Marks will throw the opening pitch.
“Seeing the excitement on the faces of the children is my favorite part of opening day,” Marks said. “They are carrying signs with their team names, carrying balloons and waving. One year, one young boy slid across home plate he was so excited.”
The Athens Planning Commission will hold their regular meeting on April 21, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. This eeting will be held in the City Council Chambers AT THE ATHENS POLICE DEPARTMENT at 951 Hobbs Street following a 5:00 p.m. work session.
The City of Athens extends its thanks to several college students working in our city on spring break the week of March 9.
Habitat for Humanity is hosting 20 people from Bridgewater College in Virginia and nine from Juniata College in Pennsylvania as part of Habitat's alternative spring break program (a/k/a Collegiate Challenge).
The students are working on a variety of projects, but the primary focus will be deconstruction of a house that has been red-tagged by the City of Athens. It is located at 603 North Marion Street in Athens (just north of McClellan Street). This is part of Habitat's efforts to assist with blight elimination and promote neighborhood revitalization, according to Deborah K. Kohlhase, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Athens/Limestone County.
Police sergeant offers to install new locks for victim of scam ...truck driver helps police arrest scam suspects...
Here's what happened:
Last Wednesday morning the Athens Police Department received a call of a theft on Winslow Drive, Chief Floyd Johnson said. The elderly victim told officers a white female and white male came to her door and told her they were in a new business that does roof repairs. They told the lady they would work on her roof for $3,000. The victim told officers she stayed outside with the female and the male walked around the house and also went inside her residence.
The annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament will be May 9 at Ingalls Harbor. Help us fish for a cure by registering today! Click link for more information and a registration sheet you can print. Bass Fishing Tournament Flyer and Registration Form
You can also register online at Active.com by going to Online Bass Fishing Tournament Registration
The Athens City Council has approved a transportation plan to help guide city leaders as streets are impacted by increased traffic, safety concerns, commercial and residential growth, etc.
For example, U.S. 72 is a major concern because it is taking on more vehicles then it was designed to handle, and it has the most accidents. Most of those accidents occur at lunch and in the evenings and within the commercial areas.
The Council approved the transportation plan on March 23, 2015, after City Planner Mac Martin presented an overview. The Athens Planning Commission approved the plan prior to the Council.
City leaders now will work with the Limestone County Commission, Alabama Department of Transportation, Athens Utilities and other governmental agencies to set a priority list to improve traffic flow and safety and promote alternative modes of transportation, such as walking and biking.
To review the plan, go to the menu on the right side called "Quick Links" and click on "Transportation Plan."