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Hispanic Heritage Month
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 we celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The Hispanic American community is a collage of distinct groups, including people with roots in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. The theme of this year's observance is "Hispanics: Serving and Leading our Nation with Pride and Honor." The month celebration honors the millions of Hispanic who have positively impacted and influenced every sector in this nation, including our military, culture, government, education, economy, sports, religion, science and the arts.
There are many Hispanic people I can think of, that are well recognized for their contribution to our Nation. There are more than one from every Hispanic country, but I will just mention only a few.
Admiral Horacio Rivero Jr. -- First Puerto Rican and Hispanic four star Admiral, and became a full Admiral in the modern U.S. Navy
Master Sergeant Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez - He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat in Vietnan on May 2 1968. He was of Mexican and American Indian descendant. 
Philip Bazaar - Seaman, U.S. Navy - Medal of Honor recipient - He was born in Chile.
As of today there are 39 Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients.  The first one in at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863.
Oscar Jerome Hijuelos--An American novelist. He is the first Hispanic to win a Pulitzer for Fiction. Born in New York City to Cuban immigrant parents.
Ramona Acosta Banuelos--The thirty-fourth Treasurer of the United States.  Born in a family of Mexican-Americans.  Acosta was also an owner of a multimillion-dollar business, Ramona's Mexican Food Products Inc., headquartered in Gardenia, California.
Sonia Sotomayor-- Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United State. Is the Court's 111th justice, it's first Hispanic justice, and is the third female justice.  Born in Puerto Rico.
Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez - Known for teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991 at Garfield high School, East Los Angeles, California. Escalante was the subject of the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver", in which he is portrayed by Edward James Olmos. He was born in Bolivia.
Joseph Andrew Unanue-- Was president of the Unanue family-owned Goya Foods, which is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. His parents immigrated to Puerto Rico from Spain.
Roberto Crispulo Goizueta--was the Chairman, Director, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coca-Cola Company. Under the direction of Goizueta the Coca-Cola Company became a top U.S. corporation. He is credited with invigorating the company with global vision.
Football: Ignacio (Lou) Molinet First Hispanic-American professional football player to play in the National Football League.  Born in Cuba.
Baseball: Roberto Clemente, 'Hall of fame Inductee'. He was also the first Hispanic player to serve on the 'Players Association Board' and to reach 3000 hits. Born in Puerto Rico.
Alberto R. Cutie--Born in Puerto Rico, is an Episcopal cleric better known as Padre Alberto. Cutie was ordained a Catholic priest of the Roman Rite in 1995 and became an internationally recognizable name by hosting television and radio programs.
Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez- He is the first Hispanic to serve as Archbishop of Los Angeles, as well as the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States. He was born in Mexico.
Severo Ochoa--Doctor in Medicine and Biochemist. In 1959 he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on the synthesis of RNA. He was born in Spain.
Hellen Ochoa - In 1990 she was the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut.
Franklyn Ramon Chang  Diaz, Ph.D.- Former NASA astronaut. Veteran of Seven Space Shuttle missions. He was the third Latin American to go into space. Born in Costa Rica.
Jose Moreno Hernandez- Former astronaut. His story is particularly compelling because he worked as a harvester and travelled as a migrant farm worker when he was a child, yet manage to master math and science to become an astronaut. 
Jose Ferrer, (Jose Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron) Oscar winner for Best Actor. Born in Puerto Rico.     
Anthony Quinn (Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca)- Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor. Born in Mexico.
Martin Sheen (Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez)- Successful actor and director. His father was from Spain, his mother from Ireland.     
Narciso Rodriguez- Awarded Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He is of Cuban descent.
Carolina Herrera (María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño)- Fashion designer. Know for exceptional personal style and dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama. Was born in Venezuela.
By Mr. Luis Vargas
September 25th, 2013
Contact Maria Taylor 256-233-0226
The public is invited to attend the ‘Hispanic Heritage Festival’ on October 19th, 2013 at Swan Creek in Athens, AL. Come out from 1:PM-5:PM to hear authentic music, dance and sample each country’s dish of “Arroz Con Pollo” at 2:00 PM. Enjoy Salsa Dance lessons and face-painting for the kids. To volunteer or donate contact Maria Taylor 256-233-0226 or
Characters of the Athens City Cemetery Stroll
Characters of the Athens City Cemetery Stroll
Resting Cemetery Residents Come Alive!
The historic Athens City Cemetery will “come alive” with more than 35 period attired personalities to represent notables from the past 200 years during the Annual Athens City Cemetery Stroll on Sunday, September 22 from 2 – 5 P.M.
The history of Athens City Cemetery is also the history of the southeast during America’s southern and westward expansion. This event is free to the public and donations are welcomed to assist in the efforts of preserving these historical landmarks.
A few of the residents below may be stirring around for you to encounter.
Miss Jane Hamilton Childs who became the president of Athens College. During the War for Southern Independence, Madame Childs saved the Women’s College from destruction.
The feisty wife of James Donnell, Maria, was alone with a sick child during the union occupation. James had been exiled across the Tennessee River because of a warrant for his arrest by the occupying army.
Sallie Beaty, and her husband, Robert Beaty, became one of the founders of Athens. They built the beautiful home now known as the “Beaty-Mason Home.”
Mr. Leland Bacon Estes served 4 years in the Confederate Army and had been imprisoned in the infamous Fort Douglas. He returned to farming after the war; his son became a businessman in Athens.
W. P. Tanner was the son of the first mayor of Athens, Samuel Tanner. W.P. became a merchant then was elected mayor in 1861 during the “Sack of Athens.”
The passionate Mr. John Wade Keyes, declined payment of land for his service in the Revolutionary war by saying, “I did not fight for payment, I fought for patriotism.”
The stroll is supported by the City of Athens and Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association. Refreshments provided and served by ladies of Order of the Confederate Rose. Contact Mr. R.B. “Buzz” Estes at 256-434-0441 or for more information.
Some restoration efforts are performed by Hobbs Camp #768 – SCV as well as the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board.
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By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
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September 12, 2013
Eat like a Greek goddess with a Dixie fried appetite.
Eat like a Greek goddess with a Dixie fried appetite.
Searching for city’s Athena…good hearts and good cooks wanted
Athena of Greece was known as a wise goddess who loved and protected the City of Athens, could be a warrior, had a creative side and had interest in the arts, crafts and agriculture.
The Spirit of Athens is looking for the Athens, Alabama, version.
For SOA’s second annual Athens Grease Festival, organizers will honor the first Athena – Grease Goddess.
“My idea was a woman who has similar qualities as the Greek Athena, a woman who protects our community because she has a willingness to give back to the City of Athens,” said Athens Grease Festival Publicity Chairwoman Holly Hollman.
Organizers are looking for a Limestone County woman who is involved in the community, such as volunteering within the city through non-profit organizations, serving on city boards, supporting environmental projects, working with youth or supporting the arts.
“And since this festival is about honoring how our Southern mothers and grandmothers made cooking an art form, our Athena – Grease Goddess should be a good cook,” said Festival Chairwoman Betsy Hyman.
The Athens Grease Festival is a celebration of all things fried and the Greek origin of the city’s name. Last year, an estimated 4,500 attended, many wearing togas with cowboy boots and hats. This year the event is Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on The Square. There will be a frozen turkey toss, fried food contest, the Dub’s Burgers Eating Contest, toga contest, music, children’s games and the Toga Run.
Athena – Grease Goddess will lead the opening ceremony. She will oversee the festivities from her royal seat at the top of the Limestone County Courthouse steps. Festival organizers will provide her with a toga, torch and for a Southern touch, a beauty queen sash made from burlap.
To nominate a Limestone County woman for Athena – Grease Goddess, go online at Forms also will be available at City Hall at 1806 Wilkinson Street and at U.G. White Hardware on The Square. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m.
The festival’s major sponsors will choose the winner, whose identity will be revealed prior to the festival. 
10th Annual Duck and Run 5K and Fun Run September 21, 2013
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is very excited to be hosting our 10th Annual Duck and Run 5K Race!  Our first race was held in 2004 with just over 40 runners.  It has evolved over the years to include a new course which has been certified, and has become a favorite of many Tennessee Valley runners.
The Duck and Run is a mildly challenging, certified 5K that will take runners and walkers through the historic neighborhoods of downtown Athens and around the Courthouse Square. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run will begin at 9:00 a.m., both beginning and ending at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.
Pre-registration for this race ends on September 14th, after which the registration fee will increase from $20 to $25.  Registration for the 1-mile fun run is $10.  Runners can register online at or  at  Runners can also print off a registration form from the KALB website and mail it in.
"We've had more runners registered at this point than any previous year," said Lynne Hart, Executive Coordinator of KALB.  "We are looking for another very successful race thanks in large part to our sponsors."  McClary Ford, Fleet Feet, Pepsi, Dubs, Eastside Pharmacy, American Leakless, and Limestone Drug are major sponsors for this year's race.  Additional sponsors include Advocare, EFI Automotive, News Courier, Wilmer & Lee, and Brueggers in Madison.
There will be two opportunities for packet pickup and late registration on Friday, September 20th.  The first will be at Fleet Feet in Huntsville from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  The second will be at the KALB office in Athens from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 
HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab of Athens will be available on race day to provide $1/minute massage.   The money raised by HealthSource will be donated to KALB.
A 5K awards ceremony will be held shortly after the fun run.  Awards will be presented to the first place overall male and female and first place masters (over 40) male and female, and to the first three finishers in both male and female age groups.  A "Best of Limestone County" and "Mid-Pack Cash Award" will be presented, and a cash prize will be given to a randomly selected registered runner (must be present to win).
Proceeds from this event will benefit the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful whose mission is to empower citizens of Athens and Limestone County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment.   This mission is reached through programs such as Adopt-A-Spot, providing Clean and Green opportunities at outdoor community events, taking environmental education into city and county schools, the annual Earth Day Celebration, and much more.
More information, including a course description, can be found at, or contact Eric Patterson at or call 256-233-8728.  
Lynne Hart - Executive Coordinator
Creekside Plantation, a 170 year old estate
Creekside Plantation, a 170 year old estate

P.E.O. Chapter Z Alabama Sponsored Event
Huntsville, Alabama, Wednesday, July 10, 2013:  P.E.O. Chapter Z Alabama will sponsor a Ladies Tea and Fashion Show on Sunday, August 25, at historic Creekside Plantation. Proceeds from ticket sales, cookbook sales, and silent auction items, will be used to support P.E.O. Philanthropies. Chapter Z sponsors fundraisers to provide educational opportunities for women by offering scholarships, grants, awards and loans to help women enhance their lives through learning.
The 2nd Edition of the Chapter Z Cookbook will be on sale at the event, and a variety of silent auction items will be available donated by the fashion vendors participating in the fashion show. Four onsite photo shoots for family portraits, engagement, wedding, or individual photos have been donated for the silent auction by Creekside at Colliers End. The fashion show will feature fashions for all ages, including children’s clothing from SheaLeigh’s Boutique in Athens, Alabama; 202 Couture and Silhouette’s, of Huntsville, will present fashions for teen, college age, and young professional women; and ladies fashions from Cricket by the Creek in Decatur, Alabama. 
The tea features a variety of tea sandwiches, and several southern dessert favorites, as well as homemade mint tea and lemonade. The event is from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and includes the tea and fashion show. Tickets are $20 a person. Chairman of the event, Holly Carpenter, said the event will be held at Creekside Plantation, a 170 year old estate, in the lovely pavilion bordered by gardens and vineyards with grapes heavy on the vine ready for the September crush. The pavilion has overhead cooling fans, and cooling fans are placed to effectively bring a cool breeze throughout the facility. The event will be held rain, or shine.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members.
Chapter Z was organized in Huntsville in 1992. There are eight P.E.O. Chapters in Northern Alabama, and a total of thirty seven chapters throughout Alabama. P.E.O. chapters support the educational and charitable funds of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  The P.E.O. Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1961 to encourage tax-deductible giving to the educational and charitable projects of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It qualifies as a charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore gifts and bequests to the Foundation are deductible for U.S. and state income, estate and gift tax purposes. Gifts to local or state chapter funds are not tax-deductible because these entities are not qualified charities.
The Ladies Tea and Fashion Show is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now; call Holly Carpenter at
(256) 479-1429 website info
Contact: Holly Carpenter
Phone: (256) 444-0578, Email:
July 23, 2013
Kudzu Chronicles: A Southern Writers Event on the Square
Kudzu Chronicles: A Southern Writers Event on the Square
Kudzu Chronicles: A Southern Writers Event on the Square

Join us for panel discussions and a great silent auction!

Event will be held on Sept 7th, 2013, 9:00 at the Center for Lifelong Learning, downtown Athens.

Looking for local authors who would like to be a part of this years Kudzu Chronicles Book Bazaar...for only $20.00 you can promote and sell as many of you books as you would like!!! Sign ups are limited so get your spot at one of our tables...Contact Sandy Thompson @ 256-771-7578 for more information!!!!
Sandra Thompson, Director
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
 Athens State Athletic Homecoming to
Honor Women’s Sport Programs
ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will host the 2nd Athletic Homecoming Reception honoring former sports programs at Athens College, Athens State College, and Athens State University. Coaches Larry Keenum (softball), Dr. Betty Jo Fuller (tennis, volleyball, golf), Dr. Al Long (tennis, gymnastics) and Tena Bullington (cheerleading) will be on hand as we highlight the women’s sports programs. All former athletes, boosters, volunteers and family members are invited to attend. The reception will be July 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Carter Gymnasium. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185 or for additional information.
“The 2012 Athletic Homecoming exceeded our expectations with over 150 attendees,” states Director of Alumni Affairs Trish Di Lullo. “Coaches Oba Belcher and Harold Murrell were posthumously honored for their years of service to the University last year and the focus was on the men’s sports programs. This year we will focus on the women’s sports programs and the impact they made on the college.”
The Sports Museum will be open during the reception and houses items from every era and sports program. Volunteers work every Tuesday morning to collect, inventory and identify memorabilia items for display. Some of the items are on loan while others were donated. Anyone with items from the former sports programs at Athens College, Athens State College, or Athens State University are encouraged to contact Sara Love at 256-216-6671 or to discuss displaying them in the museum. 
Guy McClure
June 21, 2013
Director Thompson – 256-771-7578
further information contact
May 28th, 2013
2nd Annual Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show
June 21st 2013 to benefit the Alabama Veterans Museum

On June 21st the Alabama Veterans Museum, with the assistance of Ken Wilson of the Southeastern Saddle Club, will have their 2nd Annual Col. Sam Gibbons Memorial Horse Show at the Sheriff's Arena on Highway 99 to benefit the Museum.

The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives is expecting a great turnout of horses and horse supporters. In addition, the Museum will be seeking sponsors for their 30 classes and for advertising in the program. 
Museum Director, Sandy Thompson, has been extremely diligent in having fundraisers since coming to her position in 2009 to offset daily operation expenses. The annual Fish Fry, Gospel Singings, Book signings, the stage plays and the Museum Gift Shop hasn't brought in the funds the Walking Horse Show did last year. The Museum’s Membership Foundation program was established to help keep the Museum opened perpetually but it needs additional members, and for the current members to renew each year. Until the program develops the need to have additional fundraisers is imperative.
Then last year, Ken Wilson a Tennessee Walking Horse owner and the manager of Southeastern Saddle Club, approached Teresa Todd, owner of, about helping him to find a suitable non-profit to donate the proceeds from a TWH Show he was planning to have. Wilson and Todd met in 2011 at a benefit pleasure horse show he put on for Colby Alred, a child with leukemia in Athens, where he raised $3000 for Alred's medical care from the show.
As Wilson mentioned it was to be a Walking Horse Show, Todd didn't hesitate to say she knew the perfect organization, the Alabama Veterans Museum. Not because of the funding cuts, but because of a founding Museum member, Mr. Sam Gibbons.
Mr. Sam dedicated most of his life to the Walking Horse industry and was the Manager of the outfit where they select the "World Champion Tennessee Walking Horse of the World." The Celebration (short for Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration) is located in Shelbyville Tennessee, where Mr. Sam was honored for his 37 years of dedication to the industry with his own street. Todd too, raised and showed Tennessee Walkers all her life and knew Mr. Sam from his work with TWH colts back in the late sixties and early seventies. "He was a breeder of World Champion colts and showed them in halter classes in the week-end horse shows and at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration" said Todd.  "Mr. Sam, also cherished the Veterans Museum, volunteering many, many hours, helping with fundraising and serving on the Board of Directors and as the Museum's Treasurer from 2005 until he passed away at age 95, March 22, 2010.”
As a result of all these components, the Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show began June 22nd of 2012 .
Mr. Sam was a World War II veteran. He served with the 79th Division, landing at Utah Beach on June 14, 1944 — “D-Day, plus 8” –– and fought across France, crossing into Belgium and Holland, and by January 1945 was firing across the Rhine River during one of the coldest winters in 50 years.

He was promoted to lieutenant colonel a week before the Germans surrendered on May 8, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor along with several other distinguished citations and awards.

Todd added, "Mr. Sam was a man of few words, but I think he would be honored to have this Horse Show in his name, even though he didn't like a fuss over his accolades, he wouldn't want anything to stand in the way of this Museum continuing to grow."

Director Thompson said, "We are hopeful the Horse Show will be our 'niche’ to help secure financial support for the Museum for many years to come. TWH Shows are a family event, open to children and adults, and our show will have classes for everyone."
The Horse Show committee is calling on businesses and individuals to assist by sponsoring a class, each class will have ribbons and prize money given to the 1st five place winners – with 31 classes being held, a sponsor for each class is needed. The only exceptions is the first class; that class is the ‘Lead Line’ Class for children 6 and under; they will all be winners and receive a ribbon.
The committee is also selling ads in the program that will be given out for free at the show

Director Thompson, Teresa Todd, Bill Schuler or Ken Wilson is available to answer any questions and their contact information is below.
Please support your local Veterans Museum with any assistance you are able to give.
Ken Wilson—email phone: 256-777-4578
Sandra Thompson—email phone 256-771-7578
Teresa Todd – email phone 256-233-4568
Bill Schueler - email phone 256-233-5549
Teresa Todd
May 28th, 2013

The museum was established to preserve the memories of our veterans by creating a permanent resting place for artifacts and memorabilia with the assistance of all Volunteers and local personal belongings. The Museum contains Artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the present "Operation Enduring Freedom". You will find Uniforms, Medals, Weapons, Photographs, Books, Tapes and other interesting memorabilia.
Opened Mon-Sat 9-3
Pictured Left to Right:  Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority Office Manager Connie Torbert, Athens State Career Dev
Pictured Left to Right: Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority Office Manager Connie Torbert, Athens State Career Development Center
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June 14, 2013
Athens State Cooperative Education Students of the Year Named
                ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Career Development Center recently announced its Cooperative Education Student of the year, and named an Honorable Mention for the academic year 2012-2013.
                Marka Duke, a Business Management major from Hanceville, was named Cooperative Education Student of the Year.  She was assigned an internship at the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority beginning in May 2012. 
                “Marka aggressively comes up with ideas and concepts for new strategies and is not afraid of implementing them,” states Connie Torbert, Office Manager for the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority.  “She willingly accepts any task that we assign and does it well.  Marka understands what we are doing, what is important and why it is important. We depend on her tremendously.”
                Jody Willoughby, a Human Resources Management major from Madison, received Honorable Mention for the Cooperative Education Student of the Year.  He has worked as an intern at the Tennessee Valley Authority for over a year and a half, supporting both the Employee Relations and Recruiting Staff.
                Students entering the Cooperative Education Program at Athens State must be recommended by a member of the faculty and be degree-seeking with at least at 2.5 GPA.  They must have completed at least one semester at Athens State and should not be in their final semester before graduating.
The town merchants of Mooresville are organizing a family friendly event this Saturday.  Below is a breakdown of all that will be going on. 
Family Bike Ride will be organized by Southern Carnage, Mooresville"s Mobile Bicycle Service. They will start organizing at 4 p.m., with a 4:30 start. You must bring your own bike; parental supervision and helmets are required. The route and distance will be determined by the participants’ ability.
1818 Farms will be open for tours from 4-6.  Come and meet the animals and see our gardens. 
Local businesses will be open for visitors. 
Dinner and Dancing at The Dance Hall.  Dinners will be for sale until Wednesday at noon.  Dinners include Chicken, pimiento cheese sandwiches, corn salad, strawberry pretzel salad, brownies and ice cream, drinks, condiments - $19.99 per meal; child's version available at $9.99.  To order dinner 256-309-9085. 
Lastly, Mooresville's two youngest residents will be collecting items for Oklahoma tornado victims. They will be on the porch of the Stagecoach Tavern from 4-5 p.m. to accept donations. Items needed are

non perishable food
garbage bags
bottled water
new clothing (infant to adult)
cleaning supplies
baby supplies
basic first aid supplies
... work gloves.

Cash donations will be used to buy baby supplies. All items will be taken to the Red Cross Center in Huntsville.
There is no charge to attend any of the scheduled events.  You are not required to purchase a dinner in order to attend the dance. 
Please email me with any questions.  We hope to see many of you this weekend! 

Natasha McCrary
1818 Farms
Life the way it used to be.....
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Guy McClure
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June 17, 2013
Sean Busick to Speak to Local Sons of Confederate Veterans Chapter
                ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State’s Dr. Sean Busick will be speaking to the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their meeting on Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 pm at the Alabama Veterans Museum. He will speak on Alexander Stephens.
                “Stephens is one of the most highly regarded constitutional and legal minds of his era,” states Busick.  “He is an interesting character because he was a pre-war friend of Abraham Lincoln who argued against the secession of his home state of Georgia in a famous series of public debates.  Yet, like most southern unionists, was loyal to his state when it did secede. Indeed, Stephens served his state and nation as Vice President of the Confederacy.”
                Busick is an associate professor of History at Athens State University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He serves President of the William Gilmore Simms Society and is the author of A Sober Desire for History: William Gilmore Simms as Historian (USC Press, 2005).
                Busick states, “I think reaching out and speaking to members of our community is an important part of what we do. It is always a pleasure to speak to people who are interested in history.”
Left to Right:  McClary Ford General Manager Mickey Smith, Athens State students and scholarship recipients Brianna Wise
Left to Right: McClary Ford General Manager Mickey Smith, Athens State students and scholarship recipients Brianna Wise, David Williams and Erica Smith and McClary Ford Owner Jim McClary.
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Guy McClure
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April 25, 2013
New $1,000,000 Shoot-Out and Putting Contest at Annual
Athens State Alumni Golf Classic Scholarship Fundraiser
ATHENS, Ala –Athens State University’s Alumni Golf Classic supported nine  students with scholarship funding for 2012-2013. This year’s Classic is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Canebrake Golf Club with a shotgun start beginning at 1:00 p.m. 
The paid registration deadline is May 10th and can be made by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at 256-233-8185, dropping by the office on the corners of Pryor and Hargrove Streets or visiting  Hole sponsorships are also available at $100 for shared, $250 for quarter, $500 for half, and $1,000 for the entire hole. The 4-man scramble is $400 per team which includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, course refreshments and hospitality gifts and prizes.
McClary Ford is sponsoring the hole-in-one prize with a 2013 Ford Fusion, a new $1,000,000 Shoot-Out at $15 per chance and 50 ft. putting contest at $5 per chance. All proceeds from the sponsorships, team fees, mulligans, shoot-out and putting contest support scholarships for 2013-2014.        The Golf Classic is open to any interested golfers - not just those who are alumni of Athens State.
Athens Living History Festival This Weekend – Rain or Shine
Athens, AL – Lots of fun and exciting, as well as educational, activities are planned at the Athens Living History Festival this weekend at the Donnell House located on the Athens Middle School grounds at the corner of Forrest and Clinton Streets in Athens, AL.  The event will be held rain or shine.
This event is part of commemoration efforts of the 150th anniversary of the War for Southern Independence.  The event will allow students attending to see what a camp site was like during the war as well as see and hear the rifles and canons firing.  They can even (pretend) enlist and have their physical examination prior to being accepted for “rifle training” and more.  It is a wonderful opportunity for 4th grade students to have a fun history lesson.  We encourage 4th grade teachers to give extra points to their students who attend and bring back a signed program.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly, educational event.  The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is sponsored by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Hobbs Camp #768 and the Donnell House Foundation.
For more information call 256-232-5411 or 256-867-1438 or email  Information is also posted on
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Guy McClure
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April 26, 2013
 Alabama Center for the Art Announces Call to Artists
                DECATUR, Ala. - The Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur announces a call to artists for a show of works following the theme, CIVILITY.
            In light of a seemingly increasing violent culture, as evidenced by recent public bombings, campus shootings, and virulent school bullying from the elementary grades through higher education, many public figures call for Americans to pledge to a new civility. The collaborative Calhoun and Athens State art center plans to follow that lead with an innovative showing of works of local artists.
            “We ask that artists explore the meaning of civility and express their findings through art,” explains Center Director Dr. Mary Beth Johns.  “They need to ask themselves what civility means to them, what role can art play in it, what the relationship is between civility and civilization, how can civility be measured, and so on.”
            The CIVILITY show will feature a collection of images that reflect on, perpetuate, and inspire a new cultural dialogue in the spirit of cooperation and sense of community.  Submissions can represent diverse mediums and styles. The show is an exhibition only and none of the art pieces will be available for purchase during its exhibition. 
            Johns adds, “The purpose of the exhibit is to create an intelligent and compassionate dialogue about the issues outlined in the original call.”
            The show is limited to works in 5” x 7” dimensions.  They must be ready to hang and no work that might be deemed in offence of Athens State University Policy will be included.  In the case of mixed media or relief work; No art should protrude from the 5" x 7" surface more than 2 inches and any work may not weigh more than 2 pounds.   Artwork must have the name of the artist, title of the work, medium, contact phone and email secured to the back of the art.   
            Artwork should be received no later than June 30th at the Alabama Center for the Arts, either by mail or hand delivery.   The show will remain on exhibit until September 30. The dates and times of the show will be announced after the artwork is received. 
            There will be no pick-up of art from the Alabama Center for the Arts when the show is over, but art may be mailed back to the artist should they wish by including a self-addressed stamped mailer.
            Mailed artwork should be mailed to Dr. Mary Beth Johns, Athens State University, 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611.  For more information  call 256-260-4291.
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Guy McClure
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May 13, 2013
Athens State Art Students to participate in National “Athens” Exhibition
ATHENS, Alabama - Athens Voices USA ’13, an Athens, Ohio biennial event by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, is an all media, juried art exhibition that aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of artists residing within 30 miles of a city named Athens in the United States.  Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition celebrating “Athens” from all over the Nation. 
Athens Voices USA ’13 Exhibition opens locally on June 6 at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.   The show will close on August 20.
359 submitted works from artists living in or near a city named “Athens” were considered in December by Jurors who met at the Dairy Barn in Ohio. 76 pieces were chosen to compose the Athens Voices USA ’13 Exhibition.  Seven of these 76 pieces are from five Athens State University students who attend classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur;  Katelin Harris, Robyn Locke, Eric Murphy, Heather Snow and Adriana Stephens.
                To kick off the show’s opening on June 6, a lecture by one of the show’s jurors, Gary Kirksey, will be offered at the Center. Kirksey serves as an associate professor, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University.  A few of his works will be included in the display at the Center alongside the Voices show.  His exhibition record includes: Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY, African-American Art Museum, Dallas, TX, Appalachian Corridors, Charleston, WV, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, and his art work is included in over 40 public, private and corporate collections.
Athens State Community Band to host Halloween Concert
Athens, ALA. - The Athens State University Community Band, under the director of Dan Havely, will present a Halloween Concert on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00pm in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus.   The event is free and open to the public.
Once again the band will be costumed and will offer a concert with a focus on music that thrills and chills.   Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes as well, and the concert is suitable for any age. 
“We had a great response last year for our first Halloween concert,” states Director Dan Havely.  “This year’s music will have something for everyone with a few surprises thrown in.”
The Athens State Community Band is open to anyone with an instrument, the ability to play it, and the desire to have fun while playing good music.   The Community Band plays both Spring and Christmas concerts each year, performs at Singing on the Square, and provides musical accompaniment for Athens State University events.
For more information about the concert or to inquire as to how to become a band member, call 256-233-8296.
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May 13, 2013
Drake State and Athens State Collaborate on Transfer Agreement
                ATHENS, Ala. – J. F. Drake State Technical College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a Reverse Transfer Agreement that benefits students who attend both  institutions.
                Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State University and Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, president of Drake State Technical College finalized the preparations for the agreement on May 13, 2013.  It became effective upon its signing and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.
The Reverse Transfer Agreement will give students who attended Drake State but transferred to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree. While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Drake State allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit.  Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 12 semester credits at Drake State, have earned at least 3 semester credits at Athens State, and are in good standing at both institutions.
“We have always had a good working relationship with Drake State,”  stated Glenn.  “This agreement strengthens that collaboration.  By moving partnerships like this forward, it helps the two institutions meet the overall goal of President Obama’s College Affordability and Completion goals.  This encourages all higher education institutions to assist in increasing the number of college graduates.”
Attached picture:  Seated left to right:  Drake State President Dr. Helen McApline and Athens State President Dr. Bob Glenn. Standing left to right:  Dr. Alice Raymond, Dr. Jackie Smith,                    Mr. Jim Hutto, Dr. Patricia Sims, Mr. Rick Mould, Dr. John Reutter,  Dr. Ronald Cromwell,                     Dr. Kemba Chambers, Ms. Sarah McAbee.
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Athens State Names Members of Leading Edge Institute

            ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University Assistant Professor of Justice Studies Dr. Quanda Watson-Stevenson was chosen as a faculty advisor for the 2013-2014 Leading Edge Institute (LEI), XII class for Women. She will represent Athens State University along with three students.
                The three students chosen are Ms. Krystina Lovell, Ms. Stephanie White, and Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Smith.  Lovell is a junior majoring in Criminal Justice.  Her future career plans are to work with juveniles in the juvenile justice system as a Juvenile Probation Officer.   White is a junior majoring in Education and would like to work with children with disabilities.  Smith is a senior majoring in Business. She plans to own and operate her own car dealership business.  She also plans to enroll and complete the MBA program offered at Athens State University in collaboration with UNA. 
                The Leading Edge Institute is a dynamic leadership program dedicated to working with college women across the state of Alabama. Leading Edge Institute brings women together to develop their leadership skills, expose them to critical issues facing Alabama and, most importantly, inspire them to make a difference in our state.
                Membership in the organization requires a week long training session, completion of a service program for the Athens community, and attendance to a Winter Conference in early 2014.  The Athens State representatives will attend the conference along with several female students and professional women across the State of Alabama from various colleges, universities, businesses, and political arenas.
Pictured:  Front:  Dr. Quanda Watson-Stevenson. On stairs left to right:  Stephanie White, Whitney Elizabeth Smith, Krystina Lovell.
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Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning Offering Summer Courses in Decatur
                ATHENS, Ala. -  Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be offering classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur starting this summer.  The classes offered will be some of the most popular courses that have been previously taught at the Center’s downtown Athens facility.
                For youth the classes include Adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods, a drama course that introduces students to character creation from classic literature; Discovering Violin, a course for beginners with less than three months experience; Private Violin and Cello Lessons for students 8 and up; and Painting Fun, a camp where students will create a painting in acrylic.
                For adults the classes include Painting with Acrylics, a fun and interesting way to learn how to paint with acrylics; Swing Dancing Lessons that will get you up and moving; Introduction to Photoshop Elements 9 for novices and a separate class for beginners; and Computers for Seniors, one-on-one sessions to help set up email, learn to search the web, and research ideas and interests.
                Classes start as early as June 3.  The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue NE in Decatur.  Visit or call 256-233-8260 for registration or information.  
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Fiddlers Convention named a Top 20 Southeastern Event

                Athens, Ala.- For the third time, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been honored as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events.  The event also received this tribute in 2003 and 2007.
The Southeastern Tourism Society feels that each festival or event in the South represents a special piece of our culture and heritage and has been naming Top 20 Events since 1983.
The Southeastern Tourism Society is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to develop, market, and promote travel to and within the Southeastern states. The organization has more than 450 members in ten Southeastern states. 
                This year's Fiddlers Convention will be October 4 and 5 on the campus of Athens State University. The event has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians expected to participate.
Competition for the convention’s top award “Fiddle Champion” is always strong and this year will be no different. Prize money totaling $11,870 will be awarded in 18 different categories.
                Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works.
                Contests begin on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7p.m., and will resume on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are free with a parent.
This year's special guest will be musical comedian Mike Snider performing Friday, October 4th at 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m.  Snider, a native of Gleason, Tennessee, made his way on the country music scene in the 1980's with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Mike first worked his way into people's hearts through his hundreds of spots on TNN's Nashville Now, and his seven-year stay in the cornfield on "Hee Haw". In addition to his television work, Mike and his band entertained crowds for seven years at Nashville's Opryland USA.
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Retired Athens State Professor Inducted into Honorary Society
                ATHENS, Alabama – Athens State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Brasher has been
elected into the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.  The Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter was established to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions of service to the Society and exemplified its ideals and excellence in education.
                “Election into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime award and limited to 100 living members,” states Executive Director Faye Snodgress in her letter congratulating Brasher.  “Like the Laureate nomination and selection process, current Chapter members will assist in the selection of new members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter every biennium.”
                Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising 600 chapters and more than 40,000 members.
                Brasher is invited to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation in October in Dallas, Texas. During that Convocation he will be formally inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter.
                Brasher retired from Athens State in 2011 after serving Athens State University for 26 years in the capacity of Professor of Education in the College of Education.
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Athens State Offering Technical Instructional Design Option
ATHENS, Ala. – At the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year, Athens State University added an option to the Career and Technical Education major in the College of Education that prepares students to work as instructional designers and trainers. The Option in Technical Education: Instructional Design addresses a need for bachelor-degreed instructional designers in schools, community colleges, business and industry. 
“The individuals looking for these types of jobs will not require a Class B teaching certification,” states Christopher Inman, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology.  “They will, however, require knowledge of how students learn as well as how technology can be utilized to facilitate learning.  The advent of widely available technological possibilities in the teaching cycle has caused a void in the number of skilled instructional designers who understand curriculum, instructional technique and how to design online and technology-based coursework at all levels.  This option is in an answer to this need.”
Instructional Designers engage students or employees in the learning process, encourage their participation, and address specific learning needs.  The program at Athens State will advance the student’s knowledge of instructional design and learning theories and provide practical application experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating training. Further career options in instructional design include: training consultant, technologist trainer, corporate trainer, and program designer. For more information, visit  
Carlisle B. Grisham, Post 49, The American Legion
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May 21, 2013
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Limestone County Youth to Attend Boys and Girls State
            During June thirty-five Limestone County high school juniors will attend Boys and Girls State, which will both be conducted at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This is the first time that both programs are being conducted simultaneously on the same campus. The Limestone County boys and girls will join the other delegates from across the state and will learn how city, county, and state government functions in Alabama.  Some of the participants at Tuscaloosa will come home with scholarship awards or opportunities to apply for scholarships, and some will be offered the opportunity to participate at Boys and Girls Nation, which is also a program of the American Legion. 
            This year is the Seventy-sixth Anniversary of Boys State in Alabama. It is a program of The American Legion.  Girls State is sixty-seven years old in Alabama this year, and it is organized and supervised by the Alabama American Legion Auxiliary. This year twenty-four Limestone County boys will attend the program. This is the largest group of boys from Limestone County ever to attend in a single year. High level state leaders will address both the boys and the girls throughout their time at the University.  There will also be learning and social activities for both groups in addition to the instructional periods. All of these events and classes are designed to improve their knowledge and their leadership skills. Both programs begin on Sunday, June 9th.
The Boys State Program is directed by Judge O.L. Johnson of Birmingham. He has directed the program for fifty-one years on be-half of and with the assistance of Legionnaire volunteers and the staff of the American Legion's Department of Alabama, which is headquartered in Montgomery.
            On Monday evening, May 20th, The American Legion Post 49, and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit 49, hosted the 2013 Limestone County delegates to Boys and Girls State, and their parents, at an Orientation and Pizza Party at the Post Home on Cloverleaf Drive. Post Commander Camden Kent welcomed the participants and Dr. Tom Sisk, Limestone County School Superintendent, was the featured speaker. Dr. Sisk encouraged all of the delegates to "make the most of this opportunity as it is truly the experience of a lifetime."
Previous year delegates Joseph Topliss, Boys State Lt. Governor in 2011, and Jordan Corneil, 2012 Girls State delegate from Athens Bible School, briefed this year's delegates on what to expect and how to get the most from their experience.  Ruby McCartney, coordinator for Auxiliary Unit 49 also provided guidance to the girls. Yancey Mitchell, who has been a Boys State Counselor for 21 years, spoke to the Boys State delegates about maximizing their opportunity. And, Bob Borden, Post 49 Boys State Coordinator was over-all responsible for the evening's events.  Both Mc Cartney and Borden expressed satisfaction in the quality and the number of boys and girls who will serve as Limestone County delegates this year.
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UNA to offer a second graduate program taught at Athens State

ATHENS, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has partnered with Athens State University to offer a Masters of Arts in Education (MAED) degree on the Athens campus beginning in August 2013.  Athens State will provide classroom space for graduate students in UNA’s MAED program with UNA teaching staff controlling the curriculum.
“We are pleased to once again partner with UNA on a graduate program initiative,” states Athens State Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Jackie Smith.  “The requests by our students to continue their studies without relocating are issues we have been monitoring for years.”
The seven 3-hour core courses and one orientation course in UNA’s MAED Program will be taught on the Athens State campus in a hybrid format to offer flexible scheduling.  An additional 12 hours of elective coursework is required.  Students must qualify for admission through the University of North Alabama Graduate School.
A public meeting will be held in the Ballroom of Sandridge Student Center on the Athens State University campus on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 pm.   Representatives from UNA will discuss the details of the graduate program that will be offered by UNA on the Athens State campus.  If you are interested, please plan to attend – no reservations are necessary.
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Athens State extending deadline for Art Scholarship Applications
                Athens, ALA – Faculty members in the Department of Art at Athens State University have extended the deadline for applying for Art Scholarships until August 1.  Scholarships are awarded to new entering students with outstanding potential as art majors. The scholarship is a tuition waiver and award amounts vary. 
Requirements for scholarship consideration include a  2.75 grade point average minimum; completed application for admissions by deadline date; all official transcripts on file in the Athens State Admissions Office by the deadline date; all admissions requirements met; all program prerequisites met; must enroll at least half-time (6 hours); portfolio review is required.
The Art Program at Athens State is housed at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur and offers a wide range of courses that enable students to become emerging artists with skills in diverse materials and capable of individual views.  Art majors will gain a broad intellectual background to prepare a graduate for entry into professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community.
“As our art department is seeing a constant growth here at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur,” states Pamela Keller, Professor of Art, “we want to make sure all students interested in art as a career have the opportunity to benefit from these scholarships.”
Athens State offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts and hopes to soon be offering a Bachelors of Art degree in Art Education leading to K - 12 teacher certification.  Students can expect to learn technical, design and conceptual skills necessary to succeed in the arts outside a school setting. Expert critiques by teachers and other students insure that the exit portfolio is of the highest caliber.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Athens State certifies completion of major study in the visual arts.  The degree implies depth of study in a number of studio, graphic, and art history areas.  Athens State art department offers flexible scheduling of day, night, weekend or distance learning courses along with excellent advising and superior, in-depth instruction.
For information on the scholarship procedures, or the art program at Athens State, visit or call 256-260-4293.
Athens State Graduate to Lead Science, Engineering and
Math Initiative at Foley High School
            ATHENS, Ala. - Recent Athens State University graduate Mike Burkett has accepted a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teaching position at Foley High School in Foley, Alabama.  PLTW is a federal non-profit organization that develops and disseminates sequenced pre-engineering curricula.  The project is a part of the Science, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition.  
            In a correspondence to Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Career and Technical Education Bridgette Chandler, Burkett remarks, “It is a new program that teaches preliminary engineering to middle and high school students to encourage them to study engineering in college.  The students use their STEM classes in a hands-on, project based elective class that is part of their AP curriculum.  I look forward to applying the teaching strategies that I learned at Athens State.” 
            Burkett graduated in May of 2013 with a BSED in Technical Education, Secondary Instructor Option and held an internship at the Cullman Area Career Center.
            More than 4,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offered PLTW courses to their students in the last academic year. In addition, PLTW has trained more than 10,500 teachers to instruct its engaging, rigorous STEM education
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