Community running club begins

Personal trainer Ashley Vandam (of Training BY Ashley) is starting a free running club that will meet once a week at the Cain Center for a 3-mile walk/run.

Ashley said she started the club “to bring the community together with the goal of better health. People will be more motivated to get healthier if they have friends or family doing it with them!”

The walk/run will be at each person’s individual pace.

“The goal is to get the community in shape and get each individual to the 100-mile mark,” Ashley said.

The first run will be held this Monday at 7:30 a.m. at the Cain Center.

For questions or more information, check out Ashley’s Facebook page.

It’s Fiddlers time

Fiddlers Reunion PosterThe words to a popular country song declares, “If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band.”

Beginning on Friday night, May 31, Athens will not be in short supply of fiddlers when the 82nd Annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion comes to town.

Festivities for the annual event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday night with an open jam session on the courthouse lawn. On Saturday morning, June 1st, the Fiddlers Contest will kick off at 9 a.m. and will run throughout the day with the Grand Champion Playoff beginning at around 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a Street Dance that will be held in front of the Bandstand on the Downtown Courthouse Square. With concession and novelty stands set up along the sidewalks and a carnival just off the Courthouse Square, there is something for everyone of all ages.

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AHS choir students on the way to Austin

choir

Athens High School Choir students will be heading to Austin this weekend for the State Solo and Ensemble contest. All of these student received a first division rating back in February which qualified them to attend the State contest.

Good luck, Hornets!

(Photo courtesy Shannon Traxson)

City of Athens promotes tourism with new video

The City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips Productions of Dallas, Texas to produce the City’s first tourism video to attract visitors to the home of the original hamburger.

City of Athens press release

In today’s competitive tourism market, video is not an option but a must. With this in mind, the City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips Productions of Dallas, Texas to produce the City’s first tourism video to attract visitors to the City of Athens.

The City of Athens Department of Tourism has been working closely with the staff at Phillips Productions to produce a high quality video that brings to life the experience and ideas of what visitors can see and do here. “Athens has so much to offer visitors and our goal was to produce a video that speaks directly to the visitor and that captures the natural beauty that is Athens,” said Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator Continue reading “City of Athens promotes tourism with new video”

Jody Jackson: 2013 Agriculturist of the Year

Congratulations to the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Award Henderson County Agriculturist of the Year, Jody Jackson (left), shown here with AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)
Congratulations to the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Award Henderson County Agriculturist of the Year, Jody Jackson (left), shown here with AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)

 

Congratulations to Jody Jackson, the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year. The following is the text of the speech given when he was introduced:

Agriculturist of the Year Presentation

The 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year is a graduate of Athens High School. His lifelong ambition has been to farm, raise cattle, and enjoy that way of life. He started with a few cattle and a poultry laying operation selling eggs. He now runs a commercial cow/calf operation raising quality Brangus replacement heifers for sale to other ranchers, a feed steer operation growing out approximately 150 steers a year, custom tractor work, baling hay and planting sprigs. That is what you call a full-time farmer.

Our award winner has been active in Henderson County by serving as a trustee for the Murchison School District, Continue reading “Jody Jackson: 2013 Agriculturist of the Year”