VBS Slated At Elkmont Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School will be held at the Elkmont United Methodist Church June 25-28. Classes will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for children pre-k through eighth grade.

This year's theme is "Babylon: Daniels Courage in Captivity". Make plans now to attend.

Elkmont United Methodist Church is located at 25444 Children Street in Elkmont, AL. For more information, call 256.732.4301.

17th Annual July 4th BBQ Planned By Blanche VFD

Members of the Blanche Volunteer Fire Department are making plans for the 17th Annual July 4th Barbecue. The barbecue will once again be available at Taft Fire Hall and Community Center. Pre-order your barbecue by Wednesday, June 27, to be sure to have BBQ for your 4th of July meals.

Fire department members will be cooking all night on Friday, June 29, to have orders ready for pick up on Saturday, June 30. Orders should be picked up by 10:00 a.m.

Make plans now for your 4th of July activities. This year's Fire Department members encourage you to pre-order your barbecue. Place your order by Wednesday, June 27, for whole or half chickens, Boston butts, whole shoulders, ribs and BBQ by the pound. Everything will be hickory smoked the old fashioned way. Proceeds go to the Blanche/Taft Fire Department.

To order place your order, call 931.425.0880 or cell 256.665.1896.

SonSpark Labs VBS June 25-28 At Mays Memorial Baptist Church

Children will have awesome fun exploring the amazing SonSpark Labs VBS June 25-28. God's life-changing plan as it's revealed from Creation to the present and on into the future.

SonRise National Park VBS kicks off Sunday, June 24, at 5:00 p.m. at Mays Memorial Baptist Church. The entire family is invited to attend. There will be an Egg Drop Contest Sunday night with a grand prize of 5 tickets to the Space & Rocket Center along with a prize pack valued at $215 (one entry per family).

VBS will be continue Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Classes will be available for children ages three years through sixth grade. Adult classes are also available this year.

Those attending will find answers to life's most important questions. They will discover that God loves them and that through Jesus they can be members of God's family and personally experience God's formula for life.

Mays Memorial Baptist is located at 23636 AL Highway 251 halfway between Athens and Ardmore.

Blanche Community

Freedom Festival July 4th

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 4th of July at the Blanche Community Freedom Festival Wednesday, July 4. The fun begins at 2:00 p.m. and continues until dark at Blanche School located at 1649 Ardmore Highway in Taft, TN.

The Patriotic Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dave Pittman, who was on American Idol Season 9, will present a concert. Guest speaker for the Festival will be Clay Dyer, a professional fisherman.

The Ardmore Veterans Museum space is ready for additional donations of military memorabilia from area donors.

Ardmore Veterans' Museum Seeks Memorabilia

Having planned and created a museum to honor United States Veterans of all branches of the military Ardmore Alderman Ken Crosson is ready to display your memorabilia.

Set inside the City's municipal building the veterans museum is filled with display cases and shelves. Items donated by the Dean Rolin family have already been placed for display as well as a few items donated by other veterans' families.

"We are seeking memorabilia of all types, said Ken Crosson, who is spearheading the effort. We are expecting some things from Jimmy Butler and others have said that they will contribute to the museum," Crosson added.

There is plenty of room for your packed away items relating to veterans to be displayed and enjoyed by the entire community.

Anyone with items for the museum should contact Ken at Ardmore City Hall or through the Ardmore Veterans Group.

Miss Ardmore Rodeo Encourages Others To Participate In Local Pageant

Miss Ardmore Rodeo 2017 Kaitlynn Norman encourages young ladies in the area to consider entering the 2018 Miss Ardmore Rodeo Pageant on Saturday, July 28. (See related story for details.)

"I loved my year as Miss Ardmore Rodeo Queen and was recently crowned Miss Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Queen for the 2018 year. I will also be representing Limestone County at the Miss Rodeo USA pageant held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in January of next year," said Kaitlynn.

"Ardmore is one of the best pageants for anyone curious about rodeo queening," Kaitlynn added. "We don't want anyone to spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothes."

Attire for this pageant is just classy cowgirl. Nice western shirts, pressed jeans, hats, belts, buckles, and boots are the required dress and absolutely no leather dresses at this pageant. This helps to make it an even playing ground for everyone.

"Queening has opened so many doors for me personally. It has built up my confidence, given me the ability to improve my interview skills, as well as rock my public speaking," Kaitlynn continued. "Rodeo queening is more than just a title. It's the relationships you make along the way and the person you become. This job forms you to be the best version of yourself," she added.

 "With that being said, the opportunities you have with the job of a rodeo queen are endless. It is what you make of it. God truly blessed me this year with my queen adventures and I pray He blesses the next young lady to take on the Miss Ardmore Rodeo Queen title. May your year be filled with smiles, laughter, and horses!" she concluded.

Kaitlynn Norman is the 19-year-old daughter of Darrel and Nancy Norman. She is a 2017 graduate of Elkmont High School as well as the Limestone County Career Technical Center where she obtained her cosmetology license as an 18-year-old.  Kaitlynn is currently working at Southern Roots Salon in Ardmore.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as Miss Ardmore Rodeo Queen 2017," said Kaitlynn "and I am excited to hand down the crown to the next Miss Ardmore Rodeo Queen 2018 on August 4."

Miss Ardmore Rodeo Kaitlynn Norman

Applications Available For 26th Annual Miss Ardmore Rodeo Pageant

Applications are now available for the 26th Annual Ardmore Police & Fire Department Rodeo Queen Pageant. This year's pageant will be held Saturday, July 28. Interviews and Horsemanship will be held at 2S Arena, 26155 Thatch Road, Athens, AL 35613. Contestants will be divided into seven divisions according to age (ages 3-25).

Winners of all divisions will be awarded a crown, sash, and buckle. First and second runners-up will be awarded trophies.

Judges will not be looking for dressy tops, leather dresses or expensive outfits. This year the judges want to see true cowgirl contestants. Wear your hats, boots, and button down shirts, jean, belts and buckles. You are NOT expected to spend a lot of money on clothing. The goal is to have fun, learn and promote rodeo and its sponsors. You will be judged on personality, appearance and poise, horsemanship (if applicable) and impromptu questions (if applicable). The winner in each division may not compete in the same division the following year.

As an added bonus this year, there will be a Queen Clothing Sale/Swap the day of interviews. Contestants may bring any queen clothing items they would like to sell. Each items should have a name, phone number and price attached.

Deadline to enter the pageant is Friday, July 20, absolutely no exceptions. Entry fee is $25.00 for Divisions 1-6 (ages 3-18) and $50.00 for Division 7 (ages 18-25). Horsemanship is required for Divisions 6 and 7. Horses will not be provided. Checks should be made payable to Ardmore Police/Fire Rodeo.

"If you have often thought you might want to compete in a queen competition but were not sure where to start this is the place," said Pageant Director Terrie Wright.

"Come join us for some local fun and just have a great time. We hope to see lots of familiar and new faces," Terrie added.

A Street Dance will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the John Barnes Park. The public is invited to enjoy this free event featuring live music. All 2018 contestants as well as the 2017 queens will be introduced at the Street Dance. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, at John Barnes Park in Ardmore. Gates will open at 6:00 and rodeo action begins at 8:00. The crowning ceremonies each night will be held during intermission.

Sponsors are needed for this year's pageant. For more information about becoming a sponsor and complete pageant rules, contact Pageant Director Terrie Wright at 256-679-7545 or visit the Facebook page: Ardmore Police Reserves Rodeo Queen.


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