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AUSTIN EDITION - Four tons of food collected in Austin

U.S. Postal carriers collected more than 4 tons of food Saturday from Austin residents and businesses.

As part of the post office's annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, 29 postal carriers gathered 8,280 pounds of nonperishable food items placed near mailboxes, said Paul Brown, acting carrier supervisor. That's about 300 pounds more than last year.

The donated items will be distributed to families in need through the Salvation Army food shelf in Austin.

Relay for Life plans kickoff meeting

The Mower County Relay for Life kickoff meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at Austin Public Library.

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The informational meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the library's large conference room.

Team captains need to attend the meeting. If they are unable to attend, another team member needs to be there.

Information will be given about the local Relay for Life event set for Aug. 5-6 at Austin's Mill Pond. Proceeds from the event go toward the American Cancer Society.

In 2004, the Mower County Relay for Life event raised nearly $55,504 for cancer research.

For more information, call co-chairwomen Kristin Langan at 437-7226 or Linda Baier at 433-6812.

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