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February is American Heart Month and in February, 2015 Athens-Limestone Hospital welcomed Cardiologist Crystal Walker, M.D. to Limestone Heart Center.

Dr. Walker grew up in West Limestone County and graduated from West Limestone High School. In 2004 she graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been working with clinics and hospitals in for the past few years in Maryland, but is glad to be back home.

Here, Dr. Walker shares with us some of the most common heart-related pains that warrant a call to your doctor’s office or to 911.

“Patients frequently describe their heart pain as a ‘burning or pressure’ in the center of their chest,” says Dr. Walker. “It is also not uncommon for the pain from the center of the chest to radiate down an arm or up the neck.”

Dr. Walker suggests that a feeling of heaviness associated with activity, be it athletic or just a stroll up the stairs, is doubly alarming. Dr. Walker emphasizes that if it feels like an ‘elephant is sitting on your chest,’ whether constant or intermittent, do not hesitate to immediately call 911, as this may be a sign of a heart attack.

Anyone diagnosed with diabetes should be especially attuned to any kind of shortness of breath or chest pain they are experiencing. However, it is important to understand that not everyone experiencing heart problems will have the same symptoms. For instance, women should recognize that their heart problems may manifest in atypical symptoms such as neck, back, jaw or arm pain. Although these seem unrelated to heart troubles, women experiencing consistent neck, back jaw or arm pain should consult with their practitioner. Dr. Walker states that these atypical symptoms are the most neglected of serious heart pains, as well as the most frequently misdiagnosed.

The bottom line for maintaining a healthy heart is that any new or consistent pain warrants a call to your care provider. Don’t ignore them, and don’t be afraid to talk to a loved one if they express some of these recurring symptoms.

Dr. Walker and her team are not only careful to listen to your every need, they are dedicated to bringing patients a continuity of care through quick follow up appointments and communication with other hospitals.

For an appointment with Crystal Walker M.D., call Limestone Heart Center at 256-233-9273.

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Athens, Limestone support 2,000-job project for Limestone County

Today’s announcement by Gov. Robert Bentley that Polaris is locating a $142-million facility in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County was the culmination of a regional effort to bring 2,000 jobs to the area.

The City of Athens, Limestone Economic Development Partners and Limestone County Commission have agreed to provide local incentives.

In addition, Athens Utilities worked with officials to provide information the company required related to electrical needs. Athens Utilities will be the electricity provider since the facility is located in Limestone County.

The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority will be the facility’s water provider and also worked with the project team.

“This investment in Limestone County will benefit our citizens in Athens by providing job opportunities within close proximity to our city,” said Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks. “In addition, Athens has appeal for those who want to live in a smaller city and work in the Huntsville area. With Polaris announcing less than a year after Remington Arms in Huntsville and Asahi Kasei Plastics in Athens, we are a prime market for industrial, residential and retail growth."

Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough said Polaris builds upon the foundation for future economic growth of Limestone County.

“I am pleased with the way area entities worked together to lure this project to our county,” Yarbrough said.

Limestone County Economic Development Association President Tom Hill said the regional effort on projects makes this area competitive when industries are comparing multiple sites.

"I expect interest in our area to continue," Hill said. "We can meet transportation needs, quality of life expectations, and work together as a region."



Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call - First Saturday each month from 8:AM-9:30AM - 100 Pryor Street (at RR tracks) Contact Director Sandy Thompson 256.771.7578

Athens Cruise In on the Square - Every first Saturday April through October only! 3-8PM.

The Athens Dulcimers meet at 6:30 p.m. at Athens Recreation Center 1st & 3rd Thursday night of each month. Contact Jerry Todd for more information 256.233.1262.

Pickin' & Grinnin' at Ardmore every Thursday night at 6:30 PM at the Ardmore TN Annex Building, 256-423-7588

Pickin' & Grinnin' at Elkmont every Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Elkmont Depot, 931-427-6296

Every Wednesday at 10:-11:00 AM – Storytime at Elkmont Library (Depot). Different themes each week. Contact 256-732-3703.

Zumba Fitness with Hannah is held every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center unless otherwise noted. Classes are $5 per person with every 5th class free. For more information please contact Hannah Each at (256) 749-5485.

PARTNERS IN PINK - All breast cancer survivors living in the Athens area are invited to attend the monthly meeting of Partners in Pink, an Athens Breast Cancer Support Group. Partners in Pink meet in the Education Room of the Athens-Limestone Hospital on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm. For additional information please contact: Tammy Woodward or call 256-206-6052

CASA (Care Assurance Systems for the Aging and Homebound) is seeking donations of small space heaters (110 voltage). Requests have already begun coming in according to Sandra Zirbel, Director of the Limestone County CASA. “All donations made to CASA will be used here for our elderly in this county.” Another program coordinated by CASA which helps elderly homeowners and tenants is the “Weatherization Program” which readies homes for winter.  “This is a good project for a church group, a supervised school group, or just a group of friends who enjoy working together,” states Zirbel. She urges concerned citizens of Limestone County to call CASA at 256-777-1038  for more details.  

Creamery Tours Now Available at Belle Chevre - Visitors to Belle Chevre’s new creamery in the heart of Elkmont will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour with no call-ahead notice and learn the ins and outs of how America’s best goat cheese is made. Guided tours are also optional during set hours or by calling ahead. The tours will include the following: SELF-GUIDED: (Monday-Friday 8am-2:30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm)GUIDED: (Monday through Saturday by calling ahead) - Book your Guided Tour using the form below or by calling the creamery at 1-888-549-1665 (toll free) or 256-732-4801.REGISTER ONLINE AT:

Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 511) On Going Fund Raiser
1st Saturday of every month!! (11am - 2pm)
Turkey, Ham and Prize Shoot
(Chicken Stew for sale - $5.00 all you can eat or $5.00 per quart/$17.50 per gallon) located at 17915 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama
Call (256) 232-0029 for additional information


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In an on-going effort to raise monies for our Museum Expansion Project, we are selling a Museum “Challenge Coin” for $15.00. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization





Calhoun's Public Relations Department Receives Awards
for Exceptional Marketing Initiatives

The Department of Public Affairs, Community Relations and Special Events at Calhoun Community College was recently recognized for its outstanding efforts by the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

During NCMPR’s District 2 conference held October 26-29 in Nashville, TN, Calhoun received seven awards in the annual Medallion Awards competition.~ According to Calhoun Public Affairs Director Janet Kincherlow-Martin, a past state representative for NCMPR, Calhoun picked up seven awards in the following categories: Annual Report - Bronze Medallion; Class Schedule – Gold Medallion; Radio Advertisement/PSA, Single – Silver Medallion; Video Advertisement/PSA, Single – Gold Medallion (2); Visual Arts, Original Photography (unaltered) – Gold Medallion; and Website – Silver Medallion. According to officials with NCMPR, the competition attracted more than 450 entries.

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges. As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR today has more than 1,500 members from nearly 600 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. District 2 is comprised of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda.



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Civil War Historical Site - The Battle of Sulphur Creek (Branch) Trestle

KALB - Got Electronics?  We'll take them YEAR AROUND! - It seems many still are unaware that our recycling center will take electronics any time during business hours.  It is no longer necessary to wait for a special collection day to properly dispose of your old electronics. More good news!  The center no longer charges a fee for CRT monitors.  The $8 per television disposal fee remains in place.  All other electronics are taken free of charge.  Hours of operation:  Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (lunch 11:30-12:30) Click HERE to learn more about what is accepted at the recycling center

Ways to access information on the City of Athens and Athens Utilities in emergency situations more...

Peace, Love & Animals Athens New NO-KILL Shelter in Tanner
Adopt one of these deserving pets at Peace, Love & Animals is a non-profit 501(c)3, No-kill animal rescue. email 256-233-4343 more
To learn more about us click here


The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.

The Alabama Veterans Museum needs volunteers! If you have a few hours per week and would like to help out, please call the museum at 256.771.7578. Pick the days and hours you would like to volunteer.

The Shirts-n-Skirts square dance club would like to invites anyone who would like to stop by. The 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month we meet at The Dance Factory on Freeman Ave then on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays we meet at the Athens Recreation Center on Hwy 31. all Kay 256-423-4141  more.

Information from Birdie Thornton Center's project director - Statewide waiting list for Adult Services through the Alabama department of Mental Health MR waiver.

Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival -

Ardmore Renaissance Faire -

Athens Bible School Home Spun -

Athens on the Square Car Show -

Limestone Sheriff Rodeo -

Spirit of Athens -

Storytelling Festival -

TN Valley Old Tme Fiddlers Convention -


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