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Athens-Limestone Tourism Seeks Sponsors with “Christmas Memories” To Deck Trees for Bicentennial North Pole Stroll

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The thoughts of many may be on football and Fall leaves mid-September but planning for the Athens North Pole Stroll has begun in hopes that local churches, businesses, organizations, non-profits, families and individuals will help make this annual Christmas tradition even grander as Athens, Limestone, Mooresville and the State of Alabama mark 200 years of history, people, places and tales.

A new twist for this year’s Athens North Pole Stroll is the choice of a theme, “Christmas Memories” to fall in line with the Bicentennial-themed events occurring around Limestone County including the Athens Trustmark Christmas Parade. Organizers, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, hope this encourages decorators to put on their thinking cap of bygone Christmases and let nostalgia loose with their creativity.

Held annually during the month of December in Big Spring Memorial Park in the historic Beaty District of Athens – the Athens North Pole Stroll features an array of creatively decorated trees by sponsors and decorators, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful’s “Tired” Family in a bemusing situation, and a visit from Santa and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”.

Anyone interested in participating as a sponsor, decorator, or would like to volunteer at the Athens North Pole Stroll can visit  or contact the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 256-232-5411.

Source: Cayce Lee/Athens-Limestone Tourism
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Governor Ivey Issues Statement Following Meeting with Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday met with members of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, along with Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. At the conclusion of the meeting, Governor Ivey announced that she has designated Lyn Head as the Chairperson of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Ms. Head will take over those responsibilities from Clifford Walker, who remains a member of the Board.

Governor Ivey also signed Executive Order 716 which, effective immediately, imposes a temporary moratorium on early parole hearings and requires the submission and implementation of a corrective action plan by the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Governor Ivey issued the following statement regarding today’s events:

“Today, I have taken decisive action to address the alarming concerns surrounding the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. First, through Executive Order, I am directing a halt on all early parole hearings, so that the Board’s focus remains entirely on addressing the problems at hand. To shift the direction of Pardons and Paroles, I have also designated new leadership. The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles’ decisions are crucial to the safety of our state, and the issues here are not to be taken lightly. I directed the Board to produce a detailed, corrective action plan, which they will report back to the Attorney General and myself. It’s clear that things need to change, and I assure the families of victims and all Alabamians that I am working diligently to solve this problem.”

Athens City Council sets public hearing on proposed animal ordinance changes

ATHENS, Ala. – There will be a public hearing on Oct. 22, 2018, to hear comments regarding proposed changes to the City of Athens animal ordinance. The hearing will occur during the regular Athens City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The proposed changes address clarifying some areas such as ADA requirements, updating sections and eliminating portions no longer viable.

The major change focuses on tethering and non-tethering.

The council is considering two options:
● Allowing dogs to be kept on a tether or in a pen with various requirements related to that option.
● Banning all tethering.

A committee of city staff and citizens drafted the ordinances with input from the city attorney and presented them to the City Council at the Oct. 8 Council meeting.

Click here to view an overview of the proposed changes and the two drafts the Council is considering.

Source: Holly Hollman/City of Athens