* Middleburg's first Bike-a-thon, designed to raise money for the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, will be held Saturday in the town's residential district. The chairman is the Rev. Martin Spilman, pastor of the United Methodist Church. "St. Jude's called and said they were looking for help," Spilman said.

Adults or children interested in getting one or more sponsors and riding in the event can call Spilman at 687-5457 for application. Spilman said he has been challenged to ride by a resident who said he would pay the 51-year-old pastor $20 a mile. "I intend to do it," Spilman said. "And if I chair this thing next year I intend to ask for help."

Rumors about a large residential development coming to town several months ago brought Middleburgers to the Town Council meetings by the dozen. Although the tales were false, interest in the town's future has been sparked and residents continue to attend Planning Commission and Town Council meetings in unusually large numbers, according to town manager Gerard Rogers.

This has prompted both bodies to adopt rules that will promote order and give everyone a chance to be heard. They include using a sign-up sheet, which will enable speakers to be called in turn. Each speaker will have five minutes to address the council. No arguments between speakers, which have happened in the past, will be allowed, said Rogers. A copy of the rules is available at the town office on Marshall Street.