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Events abound for fun and leisure

Fall is just around the corner, which means the turning of leaves, cooler weather, and preparation for the holiday season. Before you know it, it will be Halloween. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. And last, a New Year.

We won’t lie, 2009 has been – and continues to be – rough on people…lots of people.

Economists believe the nation’s economy has bottomed out and will soon begin to grow again, although at a smaller rate then in years past.

For now, the bleeding has stopped and the road to recovery lies just ahead.

This is a good time to pause and take advantage of the events going on in and around Butler County.

Football games abound: Auburn, Alabama and Troy kick off their seasons this weekend, but high school football continues to dominate in Butler County.

Check out GHS at Carver on Thursday night, and then cruise by Fort Dale on Friday for the Eagles meeting with Glenwood.

Butler County Magnet School is also at home against J.U. Blacksher, while McKenzie is at Florala.

All games start at 7 p.m. But junior football is also in full swing.

Games to catch this week and next include Greenville Middle School at Wilcox on Thursday, and Fort Dale’s JV plays at Pike Liberal Arts School on Thursday.

Antioch’s Ladies Night: Greenville Elementary School Principal Dr. Tera Simmons will be a special guest of Antioch East Baptist Church for Ladies Night and Garden Party.

If you’re interested in attending contact the church office at 382-6828. Admission is free.

Sell your gold: Need some extra cash to get you through the weekend?

McFerrin’s Jewelry is hosting a gold party on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4. Times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. McFerrin’s is located at 114 E. Commerce St.

Labor Day: Going out of town? Be safe this weekend in your travels and if you drink, don’t drive. Alabama State Troopers will be out in force.

Be cautious on the highways and interstates and remember: many times it’s not yourself you have to worry about; it’s the person in the other lane.