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Giant cookie cake to benefit charity

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Morgan County will benefit from donations Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as slices of a giant cookie cake are distributed near the fountain at Colonial Mall Decatur.

As part of a national 30th birthday celebration, the Great American Cookie Co. in Decatur's mall chose the program benefiting youth as its charity.

The chocolate-chip cookie cake should feed 800, said manager Sheila Patterson, and party favors will be available. The Cookie Man, the company mascot, will be on hand, too.

Church cancels golf tournamnent

Hartselle First United Meth-odist Church has cancelled a youth golf tournament planned for Saturday, citing the extreme heat. It won't be resche-duled this year because of other activities, according to the church.

- Melanie Smith

Officials set up geocaching trail

Geocachers in Decatur have a new series to follow that encompasses some of the city's key tourism stops.

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau set up a new trail that takes geocachers to the Civil War Walking Trail, Cook's Natural Science Museum, Princess Theatre Center for Performing Arts, Ingalls Harbor, Point Mallard, Hospitality Park and Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

Players can print out a passport from the bureau's Web site, At each found cache, they will find a rubber stamp to mark the passport. When all seven are complete, they can redeem the passport for a prize, such as a foam drink holder.

Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game for people with global positioning system units. They receive map coordinates that take them to the treasure.

- Paul Huggins

NAIA softball up for best event

Decatur is in contention for a national travel award for being host of the NAIA College Softball National Championship.

Sports Travel Magazine gives the annual award recognizing the best event of the year. Overall, 58 cities will compete for travel awards in 10 categories.

Decatur's competition for best event is Columbus, Ohio, for the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan football game; Oklahoma City for the Oklahoma Regatta; Fairbanks, Alaska, for the 2007 NCAA Rifle Championship; Glendale Ariz., for the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; and Stanford, Calif., for the USA Rugby National Championship.

The city that receives the most votes online will win the award. You can vote at

- Paul Huggins

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