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Roy Moore to speak in Athens today

ATHENS — Roy Moore, a candidate for governor, will speak today at a noon luncheon in Athens for ministers and anyone interested. The appearance will be at Choo Choo's restaurant on U.S. 72, west of Jefferson Street. Call the Rev. Mike Allison, Limestone County campaign coordinator for Moore, for more information, at 503-3603. Moore also will speak at a mayors' gathering at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Madison, said the Rev. James Henderson of Priceville.

Melanie Smith

Senior group wants state appropriation

A group created to represent the interests of seniors is seeking appropriation from the state.

The Legislature created the Silver-Haired Legislature in 1991. It is comprised of citizens ages 60 and older who present senior issues to the governor and Legislature. The group used to receive $10,000 for expenses, but lost that funding to budget cuts.

Restoring that funding is one issue the group is addressing this session. Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley has said she supports the appropriation. "If the governor and Budget Committee cannot find a way to appropriate $10,000 to defray the costs these seniors incur in carrying out their responsibilities, I offer to have this amount deleted from the budget for my office and appropriated for their funding," Baxley said.

Holly Hollman

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