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Alabama Scenic Highway 17 Yard Sale Set for First Weekend in October

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The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Hamilton is excited to announce the Bicentennial Scenic 17 Yard Sale on October 4th and 5th from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm

Our community is teaming up with several communities across the state along the Scenic Highway 17 to present to you the Front Porch to Curbside Yard Sale. We will be having a community event located at the Hamilton Walking Track for anyone to come set up on these days. You may set-up and sell any clothing, furniture, etc. All we ask is that you do not sell any type of animals. 

This event is FREE to anyone that would like to participate. We are asking all restaurants, businesses, churches, schools and any individual who would like to set up a booth to come out for this community wide yard sale. You do not have to set up just at the walking track, but anywhere along Highway 17 if you have a place or live close by. 

We ask that you will please fill out a registration form so everyone who is wanting to attend this event will know we have people setting up in our community and they can travel to Hamilton. You may get a registration form at the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce or the Hamilton City Hall. You may also fill one out on the website by visiting www.AlabamaScenic17.com. When people visit the website they can see how many people we have setting up for the event and the address they can visit. If you do not live on Highway 17 but would like to have the yard sale at your house just go online and fill out the form so people will know the address they can come to. 


Please contact the Chamber at 205-921-7786 or the City Hall at205-921-2121 for more information.


Thank you,

Lacy Williams

Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce

You can also find them on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/AlabamaScenic17/.

Here is a link to the participation form that needs to be filled out to have your yard sale listed. CLICK HERE


Written by 49 County News.Net

September 4, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Hamilton City Council Meeting 09/03/2019

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September 3, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Three Days of Fiddling Fun

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Athens, Ala. – Each year, hundreds of fiddlers and thousands of visitors make their way to the North Alabama town of Athens, Ala. in October for the “Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions.” The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is set for October 3-5, 2019, on the campus of Athens State University in Athens, Ala., and during the three day event a new Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle champion will be crowned. Along with the competition, the event offers concerts, food vendors and arts and crafts on a theme of authentic workmanship while celebrating traditional old time music.

Now in its 53rd year, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention attracts approximately 15,000 folk music fans and more than 200 musicians who will be vying for over $18,000 in prize money in 19 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo and buck dancing. The Convention culminates in a “fiddle-off,” between the top two fiddlers on Saturday evening. The winning fiddler is declared the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion. Competition gets underway Friday at 7 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Finals are held on Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage at Founders Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will perform Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. during a free preview night to kick off the convention. The complimentary concert will take place on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage and will be open to the public. Bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, will take over the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage for a second straight year and will perform shows at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. With a career that spans over 50 years, Skaggs has racked up 15 Grammys and 12 #1 hits, making him one of the greatest bluegrass artists of all time. Athens, Alabama native, Bradley Walker and the Lonesome River Band, will wrap up the entertainment portion of the convention with a performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage.

The convention also includes a variety of food vendors and approximately 150 old-fashioned juried arts and crafts booths offering an assortment of items from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works with an emphasis on handmade creations.

Cost of admission is $15 per adult for Friday, $15 per adult for Saturday, or $20 per adult for a weekend pass. Children under 12 will be admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased online or are available from the Athens State Business Office located in Founders Hall at 300 North Beaty Street. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 8 a.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. In event of rain, the competition will be held in Carter Gymnasium with limited capacity. Pets and coolers are not allowed. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tvotfc.org or call Tonyia Bowling at 256.233.8183.

Written by 49 County News.Net

September 2, 2019 at 5:20 PM

Nation’s Top Storytellers to Entertain in Downtown Athens

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Athens, Ala. – Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens in October for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings. Now in its thirteenth year, the Athens Storytelling Festival returns to the Limestone County Courthouse Square in downtown Athens October 22-26, 2019, and along with four award-winning performers, the event features an amateur night for locals to take the stage to unleash their own tall tales and stories.

The Athens Storytelling Festival kicks off on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with the Dan Williams Local Tellers Competition (amateur night). Admission at the gate is $5/adult and $3/child. The winner of this juried competition will get the stage again Thursday night, Oct. 24, to perform.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24 are designated school days. During school hours, performances by professional storytellers are open to all Tennessee Valley area schools and homeschoolers for students in third to twelfth grades. Seating is limited and reservations are required by contacting the festival at info@athensstorytellingfestival.com by Oct. 7.

For a sampling of what’s to come, make plans to attend the Storytelling Olio on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 to 9:55 p.m. The Storytelling Olio brings all the tellers together for a wonderful medley of stories and the winner of the Local Tellers Competition will be presented. (Admission charged.)

Slated to appear on Friday and Saturday are many of the favorite performers from previous years including author Donald Davis, National Storytelling Festival favorite Bil Lepp, highly accomplished old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician Josh Goforth, and joining the stage this year is Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Each teller will take the stage four times over the course of the weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Saturday.

Stories will be told under the big tent on Marion Street, between Market and Washington. In addition, food vendors, local restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware will be open during the festivities.

Advance tickets (by Oct. 1) for all events (excluding school days) are $65/adult and $35/child (16 years and younger). Tickets for any combination of events or daily admission are also available. For complete ticket pricing, a biography on each storyteller and a schedule of events, visit www.athensstorytellingfestival.com.

Written by 49 County News.Net

September 2, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Import Ban Vital to Prevent the Spread of CWD

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Press Release

August 22, 2019


Tennessee – Public Affairs, (629) 204-0030

Alabama – Law Enforcement Section, (334) 242-3467

Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officer On Illegal Deer Importation Detail.

As deer season approaches, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) remind hunters that it is illegal to import whole carcasses and certain body parts of any species of deer into either state.

The import ban on deer in Alabama and Tennessee is part of a larger effort throughout the country to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – a fatal neurological disease of white-tailed deer and other deer species, including mule deer, elk and moose.

“Working closely with our counterparts in neighboring states is one of the best ways we can prevent the spread of CWD,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. “It is vital to the health of our deer herd that out-of-state hunters know and follow the hunting regulations in both the state in which they live and the state in which they plan to hunt.”

Under the import bans, no person may import, transport, or possess a carcass or body part from any species of deer harvested anywhere outside of either state without properly processing it before bringing it

Conservation Enforcement Officers from Tennessee and Alabama confiscate an illegally imported out-of-state deer during the 2018-19 hunting season.

Importation of the following is allowed in both Alabama and Tennessee: deer meat that has been completely deboned; cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; raw capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy products or tanned hides. Velvet antlers are illegal to import into Alabama unless they are part of a finished taxidermy product.

Similar laws addressing the import of deer carcasses and body parts are on the books in other southern states as well.

Conservation Enforcement Officers from Tennessee and Alabama working together to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease – a fatal neurological disease of white-tailed deer and other deer species.

“Our greatest allies in the fight against CWD are hunters,” said Chuck Yoest, CWD coordinator for TWRA. “With hunters’ assistance we can help keep CWD from spreading, keep the number of diseased deer to a minimum, and reduce disease rates where possible.”

CWD is caused by a mutated protein called a prion. The disease is infectious, communicable, and always fatal for white-tailed deer. To date, no deer has tested positive for CWD in Alabama. CWD was discovered in parts of Mississippi and Tennessee in 2018. Since then, both states have implemented response plans in order to determine the prevalence of the disease and minimize its spread.

Once CWD arrives, infected deer serve as a reservoir for prions which will shed into the environment through saliva, urine, blood, soft-antler material and feces. There are no known management strategies to lessen the risk of indirect transmission of CWD once an environment has been contaminated. This makes eradication of CWD very difficult, if not impossible.

“Alabama has had a CWD surveillance program in place for white-tailed deer since 2001,” Blankenship said. “We have been fortunate so far, but we need the help of hunters to maintain our CWD-free status. To do so, it is very important for those who hunt out-of-state to know the laws before traveling.”

The public can assist the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division with its CWD monitoring program by reporting any illegal transport of deer or elk on Alabama’s roads and highways. Call the Operation Game Watch line immediately at (800) 272-4263 if you see deer or elk being transported in Alabama. In Tennessee, contact the TWRA Law Enforcement Division at (615) 781-6580.

For more information about how Alabama and Tennessee are working to prevent the spread of CWD, visit www.outdooralabama.com and www.CWDinTennessee.com.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

Photos by ADCNR

Written by 49 County News.Net

August 22, 2019 at 4:03 PM

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Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

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August 21, 2019 at 10:54 AM

It’s Pumpkin Patch Time!

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Florence, Ala. – Each year, McGee Farm welcomes thousands of visitors to its pumpkin patch and to celebrate the arrival of fall. From September 28 to October 31, 2019, McGee Farm will be open daily to the public, inviting everyone to a fun-filled pumpkin picking experience along with additional on-the-farm fun activities.

Located in Florence, Ala., McGee Farm is now in its 23rd year of opening the family farm for visitors to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin. Visitors have a choice of picking their orange treasure straight off the vine from the pumpkin patch or from a pile that have been pre-picked. Over 25 varieties of pumpkins are available to choose from, with some growing up to 200 pounds and some as small as a child’s hand.

Along with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, visitors are treated to farm-life activities such as playing in hay, taking a scenic tractor-drawn wagon ride, a barnyard bounce and feeding chickens.

For those who want a piece of the autumn season to enjoy at home, fall decorations, such as straw bales, corn stalks and miniature gourds, will be available to purchase. In addition to pumpkins, McGee Farm grows all of the colorful mums that are for sale each year. Visitors can pick from thousands of pots and many color variations.

After shopping for pumpkins, guests are invited to stay and enjoy a bite to eat at The Kitchen at McGee Farm. Home-cooked country favorites such as white beans and cornbread, soups, muffins, homemade treats, pies and more will be available to purchase. McGee Farm has a picnic area under a huge oak tree where guests can have picnics or can sit and enjoy the scenic countryside. Homemade jams, jellies, and relishes will also be for sale for visitors to enjoy at home or to give as gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

McGee Farm is open to the general public and group tours Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. beginning September 28 until October 31, 2019. Admission to the farm is free. Cost for the tractor-drawn wagon ride is $3 per person. School tour and group tour rates and reservations are available upon request. Pumpkin prices begin at $1, with larger pumpkins sold at 45 cents per pound. Birthday parties are also available upon request.

McGee Farm is a working family farm located at 8221 County Road 7 in Florence. For more information, visit www.mcgeefarm.com or follow them on Facebook. To make a reservation for a group tour, contact Amy McGee at 256.766.2725.

Written by 49 County News.Net

August 21, 2019 at 10:43 AM

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