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NEW ASSOCIATE — Barry Binion, 34, a native of Newnan, Ga., is the new associate minister of Grant Street Church of Christ. A 1995 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., he earned a bachelor's degree in Bible. Binion previously served in Decatur at Austinville Church of Christ and at Hartselle Church of Christ, both as associate minister. He also has served churches in Tennessee and Georgia.

Binion and his wife, Gretta, have 3 sons, Brady, 9; Nolan, 6; and Jordan, 3. He will preach Sunday at 10 a.m. for Friends and Family Day. Minister Alan Watkins will speak at 5 p.m.

ELECTED — The North Alabama United Methodist Conference elected several local people to serve as delegates to their denomination's conferences next year. The Rev. Robert Sparkman, pastor of Hartselle First United Methodist Church, will be a General Conference delegate. The Rev. Kenny Baskins, pastor of Ninth Street UMC, will be an alternate. Lay people elected are Heather Griffin of Priceville UMC as a Jurisdictional Conference delegate and Scott Stone of Hartselle First as an alternate.

HONORED — Lighthouse Baptist Church in Toney will honor the Rev. Wheeler Kidd as pastor emeritus. The service will be Sunday at 10:40 a.m. Kidd was director of missions for Limestone Baptist Association from 1981 to 1989. He also was pastor of several churches in the area, including First Baptist Church in Ardmore, Harvest Baptist and Carter's Grove Baptist in Hazel Green.

He and his wife, Marie, served as missionaries in Malaysia and Singapore. They have a daughter, Micki Woodfin, and a son, Ronnie, and six grandchildren. Kidd continues to serve as an interim pastor. They live in Ardmore.

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