Council OKs benefit walk-a-thon, 5K WSD event

Published 8:06 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Atmore City Council unanimously approved two health-minded activities at Monday’s council meeting at City Hall.

A Walk-a-Thon to be hosted by the First Pentecostal Church was given a vote of approval after Jacquelyn Etheridge came to the council with the request.

“This Walk-a-Thon is to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital,” she said. “It’s scheduled for Sept. 17 and we would like to hold it at Tom Byrne Park from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.”

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After the approval, Atmore Mayor Howard Shell reminded Etheridge to call City Hall to confirm the event as well as any changes associated with it.

“If there is any change if you will call the office and let them know if the event is still going on or has changed,” he said.

The council also approved the request for a 5K run to be held at 8 a.m. on the morning of Williams Station Day on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Sheryl Vickery was on hand to represent the Chamber in its request.

“We’d like to start back the 5K run on Williams Station Day morning,” she said. “We’d like it to start at the fire station next door. It will run the same route that it did for several years prior to it stopping.”

Upon the approval of the Williams Station Day 5K run, the Mayor request that the Chamber provide the Atmore Police Deparment with a map of the run.

“We’ll need you to get the police a map of the route for the run that morning,” he said.

Following the conclusion of business, the mayor also noted the sad passing of Lance Cpl. Travis Nelson. Nelson’s funeral has been set for Friday at the First Baptist Church in Atmore.

“I know all of you have seen the newspaper and have heard about this tragedy,” he said. “They are having his funeral Friday at the First Baptist Church. If you will keep his family members in your prayers.”