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Injured firefighter benefit Saturday

SALEM — The benefit for West Limestone volunteer firefighter Richard Stanley is Saturday.

There will be goat and chicken stew, Boston butt, barbecue chicken plates and baked goods. There also will be a silent auction.

The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Fire Department on Alabama 99.

Stanley is recovering from a motorcycle wreck and does not have insurance.

He is unable to return to work as he undergoes physical therapy.

Holly Hollman

Repairs in Athens delay Ducky Derby

ATHENS — Saturday’s wackiness has been waylaid.

The Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby scheduled for Saturday at Big Spring Memorial Park is being delayed.

Because of the city beginning park repairs this week, which required lowering the water level in the pond, there will not be enough water to run a good duck race.

Participants adopt rubber ducks to compete for prizes. The grand prize is $1,000.

The race has been postponed until Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. during the Storytelling Festival. It is not necessary to be present at the race to win.

Lynne Hart, executive coordinator of KALB, said this will give the public three more weeks to adopt ducks for a $5 donation or a $50 donation covering a quacker’s dozen.

Ducks are available in Athens at Railroad Bazaar, First Amer-ican Bank branches, Com-
pass Bank branches, Pablo’s
on Market, the city clerk’s of-fice, Athens-Limestone Recycling Center, McKinney’s Corner Restaurant and USA Grocery.

You can also print an adoption form from the KALB Web site and mail it with a check. The site is www.KeepAthens

Holly Hollman

NAACP banquet tickets on sale

ATHENS — Tickets are on sale for the Limestone County NAACP annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold the banquet Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Round Island Creek Mission Center.

The theme is “Community Involvement: Empowering Our Youth Beyond Measure.”

U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, will be the guest speaker.

Davis is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Tickets are $25. To purchase or for more information, call 216-5668.

Holly Hollman

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