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The Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival is one of dozens of family friendly activities in Limestone County that cos^ little or no money. Above, a child plays in a bounce house at a past festival. For more events, see list below.
Official: Local events benefit consumers as well as economy
By Kelly Kazek
k< 'Ih '(¿>a thensnews -courier, com Economic times may have people clipping coupons but one thing is still free in Limestone County — entertainment.
Jeannette Dunnavant, director of tourism for the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, said 2009 promises plenty of activities to do free or for very little money,
See Benefit, page 7A
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Number of exits to Athens from D the interstate when the Tanner exit is completed IT Percentage increase in lodging tax revenues from 2006 to 2007 t Number of tax dollars in millions 685 tourism brought to Limestone County in 2007
Plenty of free, low-cost family activities planned here for 2009
A list of activities in Limestone County this year (for more information, visit www.tourathens.com):
February: Hospice Chili Challenge March: Cruise-ln on the Square car show, March 7; Poke Sallet Follies, a dinner show performed by locals, March 12-14; Doggie Fun Fest, March 28
April: Cruise-ln on the Square car show, April 4; Singing on the Square begins April 17 and continues each third Friday during summer months; Kids Days in the Park is
April 19 in Big Spring Park; Athens on the Square Car Show, April 25; Best Buckin' BBQ cook-off, April 25 May: Cruise-ln on the Square car show, May 2; Homespun Arts &nd Crafts Show at Athens Bible School, May 1-2; SoulStock Christian rock concert, May 2; Relay for Life, May 8-9; Singing on the Square, May 15; Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo, May 15-16;
See Activities, page 7A
Duff, Zegers set to star in Valley directors film ‘Bonnie and Clyde
By Kelly Kazek
Locals may have the opportunity to see popular actors and former Disney stars Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers this summer.
Director Tonya S. Holly, who operates Cypress Moon Productions in Sheffield, is expected to begin shooting the feature film “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde” in April with Duff (a recording artist and former star of “Lizzie McGuire”) and Zegers (star of “Air Bud”) as the title
“It’s very exciting to have Hilary Duff signed on as Bonnie,” Holly said in a recent telephone interview. “And Kevin Zegers is going to be great.”
Duff also has starred in “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “Raise Your Voice;” Zegers’s credits include “Transamerica” and “The Jane Austen Book Club.”
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An assistant manager at the local skating rink has been charged with taking four underage girls from the rink to his car, where he exposed himself and tried to get them to touch him inappropriately, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.
The man also was charged with having cocaine in his air. Bruce said.
Joshua Marc Hendon, 24, of 18550 Camellia Way in Elkmont was arrested Friday night and charged with four counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Hendon was a manager and the disc jockey at Interskate on U.S. 72.
Bruce said the charges stem from separate incidents. The first allegedly occurred Jan. 13 when Hendon reportedly told two sisters, ages 13 and 15, the skate center closed at 9 p.m. rather than 8 p.m.
When the center closed at 8, the girls were without a ride. “Hendon told the girls to wait in his vehicle while they waited on their mother to pick them up, Bruce said. “While waiting in the vehicle, Hendon exposed himself to the two girls and tried to get them to touch him. When the girls’ mother arriv ed Hendon told the girls not to tell anyone or they would be banned from the skate center.
In the second incident, Hendon allegedly gave the same 13-year-old and her 12-year-old female friend a ride home after their ride did not show' up, Bruce said.
“On the way Hendon parked on a dirt road in the county and exposed himsell to the girls,” Bruce said. “He also tried to get them to touch him.”
See Enticing, page 2A
Athens housing market on upturn
By Karen Middle i on
karen a athensnews-courier.com The news in the national housing market is dire, but two local Realtors say they are noticing an improvement in home sales and anticipate a steady increase this year.
Marie Eubanks, broker with Legacy Homes, said Friday, “We’ve actually picked up.”
“Legacy has seven-day-a-week open houses,” she said. “We’ve had some BRAC people coming in and they are very impressed with the area. I’ve got a real positive attitude.”
Eubanks said houses in the $150,000 range are the fastest to sell.
“But we sold two in the quarter-million-dollar range just today — that’s not too bad,” she said.
Realizing in today’s economy, it’s
See Housing, page 3A
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