Limestone County Modern Woodmen of America Representative presents $2,500 check to the American Cancer Society

ATHENS, Ala. – The Limestone County Relay for Life team, County for a Cure, is starting the 2019 season with a $2,500 check from Modern Woodmen of America Representative Andrew Kirk.

The check was a matching grant for County for a Cure’s 2nd annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. This check allowed the fundraiser to gross over $12,000 which went directly to the American Cancer Society.

Kirk presented the check on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to American Cancer Society Community Manager Cherry Hammonds and County for a Cure team captain Michelle Williamson.

Hammonds said, “Andrew Kirk with Modern Woodmen is a great friend of the Limestone Relay. With this donation, it will continue to fund the American Cancer Society mission which is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”

Williamson said, “County for A Cure is very thankful for our partnership with such an amazing organization and look forward to our partnership to continue in the future.”

Kirk said, “It was an honor to partner with the American Cancer Society at the 2018 Mud Volleyball Tournament. Modern Woodmen of America loves giving back and serving its community in which we live.”

About Modern Woodmen of America: Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen supports members, families and communities throughout the United States. As a fraternal benefit society, the organization is defined by its unique blend of financial services, member benefits and community impact opportunities. In 2017, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $20.6 million and 534,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. For more information go to

About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to

RELEASE | Shop, Ice Skate, and Tell Santa your Christmas wishes in Downtown Athens at Christmas Open House

The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and Athens Main Street is proud to announce the 31st Annual Christmas Open House event, presented by Martin & Cobey Construction Co., which will take place on November 17,18,19 in downtown Athens Alabama. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”


This year’s activities include the Tri-Green Equipment Ice Skating on the Square Rink. The skating hours are as follows: Friday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The rink will be located on Marion Street on The Square. The cost to skate is $5.00. In addition to the rink, the ServPro of Lawrence and Limestone Co. Blizzard Bash will include snow at the top of every hour and Christmas tunes coming from the downtown speaker system.


Happening all weekend is complimentary gift-wrapping for purchases at Christmas Open House participants at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Center.


Friday’s entertainment includes Tom McClung from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the courthouse steps while you skate on the rink.


On Saturday, you can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and take photos at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Following Santa’s visit, there will be a Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest on the Courthouse Steps at 3:00 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. you can here the Jimmy Henderson Trio. To conclude the day, the Limestone County Courthouse will show a special Christmas Light Show at 8 p.m. sharp.


On Sunday, Santa makes another trip to downtown Athens and will greet shoppers from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning. After Santa’s departure, the Athens High School Chorus will perform from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


This year’s participating merchants are: Bennett’s Clothing, CEI Bookstore, Crawford’s, Epiphany, Garnet’s, Gray & Holt, Haley Marie’s Boutique & Monogram, Hendricks-Patton, High Cotton Arts, Hobbs’ Jewelers, Hyatt & Sims, Innovative Health Solutions, Limestone Drugs, MEWS Interiors, Pimentos, Salon Blu, SheaLeigh’s, Snapdragon Kids, Southerland Boutique, Square Clock Coffee, The Right Dress Boutique, The SK Salon, The Willow Cottage, Toodlebugs, Trinity’s, UG White, and the Women’s Resource Center.


The Merry Market will have the following vendors Athens Roasting Company, Athens Scents, Graphic Jacks, and the Same Cloth Project. The Merry Market will be located at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning.


The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Williamson stated, “We are excited to once again partner with Athens Main Street and our many sponsors and community organizations to host this community event.”


She continues by saying “This is one of my favorite weekends in our community.  We love bringing people into Athens and Limestone County to shop with our merchants and experience our holiday hospitality.”


Williamson is also thrilled to be bringing back the Tri-Green Equipment Ice Skating on the Square Rink. She states that this is the “largest rink that has ever been in Limestone County.”


She encourages everyone to “Shop, Skate, and Rock with us!”


Athens Main Street Executive Director Melanie Newton states “Athens Main Street is excited to partner with the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and our merchants for this great quality of life event in Limestone County.” She continues by saying that “Christmas Open House is a wonderful tradition in downtown Athens for over 30 years.”


Newton encourages everyone to “come out to shop, dine, enjoy the festivities, and rock throughout the weekend with us.


A special thanks to our community supporters and sponsors: First Federal Mortgage, Anderson All-State Agency, Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning, Allen Brown Heating & Cooling, American Leakless Company, ArrowHead Heating and Cooling, Champion Chevrolet, Clearview Cancer Institute, Hamlin Homes, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Decatur, Redstone Federal Credit Union, and The News Courier.