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charging for vendor spaces does). Please keep the announcement to one paragraph
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Old Mt. Olive P. B. Church Homecoming and Anniversary
The pastor and members of the Old Mt. Olive P. B. Church of Boyd
cordially invite you to come and share with us in our Homecoming
and Church Anniversary Service, Sun., Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Elder
Robert Burton, pastor of the Greater Mt. Olive P. B. Church of Boyd,
along with his church family will be our guest for this special
occasion. Rev. Dewayne Charleston is pastor and Sis. Juliet F.
Parker is secretary.
Fourth Creek Missionary Baptist Church Annual Homecoming and
We the Pastor and Members of the Fourth Creek Missionary Baptist
Church in York are cordially inviting you to come and share with us
as we celebrate our annual Homecoming and Church Anniversary
Program Sun., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Tyrone Thomas, pastor
of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Livingston will be the guest
minister along with his choir and church family. Revival Services will
begin on Mon. night, Aug. 11 through Wed. night, Aug. 13 beginning
at 7 p.m. The speaker for the three nights will be our very own
pastor, Rev. Mitchell Carter. Please come and share with us on this
joyous occasion. Sis. Edna Williams, is chairperson and Rev.
Mitchell Carter is pastor.
Being Alert to Fraud Helps Both Recovery and the Taxpayer
The great majority of people registering with Federal Emergency
Management Agency for help have genuine needs. Unfortunately,
the rush to get assistance by those affected by the Alabama
tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of April 28 through May 5
also may present opportunities to defraud taxpayers.
Fraud increases the cost of recovery after a disaster and gives
money to those without disaster-related losses, say emergency
The Inspector General for FEMA investigates complaints of fraud,
waste or abuse involving FEMA contracts, programs or personnel.
The office of the Inspector General maintains a toll-free Fraud
Hotline at 866-720-5721.
Potential cases of fraud or misuse can be referred to the U.S.
Justice Department for prosecution. Penalties for felony offenses
can be severe.
Here are some examples of complaints that are typically filed with
the FEMA Office of the Inspector General:
Applicants used false names and multiple and/or fictitious
addresses; Applicants claimed losses they didn’t sustain or to which
they were not entitled; Applicants did not use FEMA grant money for
the intended purposes; Municipal officials used FEMA grant money
for their own benefit; FEMA checks were stolen; and Applicants
received duplicate payments from FEMA and their insurance
Complaints also may be filed by writing to National Center for
Disaster Fraud, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909.
Those who visit the Office of the Inspector General website at www.
fema.gov/ig/hotline.shtm will find an option to submit a complaint
using internet electronic mail. Those who submit complaints via
email must waive confidentiality because of the non-secure nature of
Internet electronic mail systems.
Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County
U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other
agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local
FSA county committee nominations.
County committees are an important link between the farm
community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and
ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas
on federal farm programs.
While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm
ownership or operating loans, they work closely with county
executive directors and make decisions on disaster and
conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price
support loan programs and other agricultural issues.
Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800
farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.
Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must
participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be
eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local
administrative area where the person is nominated.
To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the
nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about
FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.
gov/elections. Forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or
received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on
Aug. 1, 2014. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 3 and
are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 1. The
newly elected county committee members will take office on Jan. 1,
Free Prescription Drugs Available Through SenioRX Program
Are you struggling with finding the money needed to pay for your
prescription medications? Do you need help in obtaining FREE
prescriptions? Then your local Area Agency on Aging is ready to
assist you through the Alabama SenioRx Prescription Assistance
program. Since its inception in July 2002 as an Alabama Legislative
initiative, the program has saved thousands of Alabamians millions
of dollars in medication expenses by providing free prescription
drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers. SenioRx is a program for
seniors who are age 55 and older and for persons with disabilities,
who are diagnosed with chronic medical conditions requiring daily
medication. The program aims to help people manage their chronic
illnesses earlier and prevent more serious health problems later in
life. Often providing medication assistance allows individuals to
utilize their limited income for food and other important expenses.
Persons who qualify for SenioRx receive a 3-month supply of
prescriptions from various pharmaceutical companies at NO COST
and can be renewed as long as the person is eligible. To qualify for
free prescription drugs, you must be at least 55 years of age with
chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug insurance
coverage and must meet certain income guidelines. Social Security
disabled individuals of any age in the 24-month Medicare waiting
period are also eligible for medication assistance. To receive
assistance, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and
Aging Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-
800-243-5463). Free prescription drugs may be just a phone call
away. For more information, contact Melanie Allen at (205) 333-
2990 or Melanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shady Grove Baptist Church Annual Prayer and Revival Services
Annual Prayer Meeting and Revival Services to be held at the Shady
Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Livingston on Aug. 4-8. Prayer
Meeting will be Mon. and Tues.(August 4 and 5) at 6:30 p.m. Revival
will be Wed. - Fri. (Aug. 6 - 8) at 7 p.m. Rev. James McDonald,
Pastor of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church of Coatopa,
Alabama will be the evangelist. Everyone is invited. Rev. John
Powell, Pastor and Sis. Eleanor Randolph, Church Secretary.
Spring Valley Baptist Church No Man Left Behind Ministry
The Spring Valley Baptist Church No Man Left Behind Ministry is
hosting a health fair seminar for all men, young and older, on Aug. 2
starting at 12. We are asking all who are interested to please come
out and get your numbers check and needed information about men’
s health. Spring Valley Church is located at 4901 Hwy 116,
Gainesville. Minister Johnny McDonald is our Pastor. See you
First Presbyterian Church Taizé
Join us Wed., Aug. 6 at 7:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of
Livingston, 105 North Washington Street for Taizé. This is a service
of simple music, scripture reading and silence. Taizé offers an
opportunity for quiet repose in the midst of our busy lives. The
service is ecumenical - an open door for all to enter and experience
the presence of the Spirit.
Tuscaloosa Hosts First Statewide Veterans Reunion
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) is proud
to announce the first annual Alabama All Veterans and Family
Reunion. This event is being put on in an effort to provide a
memorable weekend showcasing the appreciation and gratitude for
Alabama Veterans and to provide educational and work force
development resources for both veterans and their families. The
Reunion will consist of a series of events that will take place the
weekend of Sept. 26-28 across Tuscaloosa.
The events begin at 5 p.m. Fri., Sept. 26 with the Alabama Veteran’s
Welcome Reception at the Tuscaloosa River Market and Motorcycle
Honor Ride. On Sat., TTSC will host the American Veterans
Traveling Tribute Wall, Veterans Marketplace, Military Aircraft and
Vehicle Display, and Military Ball. In addition, daycare will be
provided on Saturday evening but space is limited. To conclude the
celebration, on Sunday, a Memorial Service and Breakfast will be
held Sun., Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa
Veterans Memorial Park, followed by an opportunity to “Visit a Vet”
at the Tuscaloosa VA.
This commemorative weekend will be offered free to all attendees
with the exception of the Military Ball. It is asked that all attendees
register for the event to ensure that the proper accommodations can
be made for the weekend. For more information and to register, go
For more information, contact Brandt Garrison, Manager for
Communications and Public Relations for the TTSC, at
205.391.9200 or email@example.com.
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission’s (TTSC) mission is to
increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by positioning
Tuscaloosa as a destination for our targeted markets including
sporting events, meetings, reunions and leisure tourism. This
generates lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment revenue for
the City. To learn more, go to www.visittuscaloosa.com.
Mt. Herman Church Homecoming/Revival
Mt. Herman Baptist Church, York where Rev. James Granger is
pastor, Homecoming services will be Sun., Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. Rev.
Walk of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba will be the guest evangelist.
Annual Revival will start Mon., Aug. 4 through Fri., Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.
m. nightly. Rev. P.S. Jenkins of Oak Grove Baptist Church, York will
be the guest evangelist for the week.
Black Bluff Baptist Church Homecoming/Revival
You are cordially invited to attend Black Bluff Baptist Church,
Whitfield Annual Homecoming program on Sun., July 27 at 2 p.m.
Rev. Robert Pearce, Jr. and the Linden Baptist Church family will be
our guests. Come and worship with us for a blessed time in the
name of the Lord.
We will also be celebrating our annual Fall Revival services July 28
through July 30 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Marvin Dixon and the Mt.
Nebo Baptist Church family will be the Evangelist and guests for our
three night revival. Come and be blessed. Dr. O. L. Sealey, church
pastor and Sis. Winnie Presswood, church clerk.
“Finding Your True Self in Jesus” Summer Camp
Mon., July 28 through Fri., Aug. 1 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at First
Presbyterian Church of Livingston, 105 North Washington Street.
Open to all children ages 6 through 12. Waivers must be completed
for each child.
Those returned by July 1 will receive a free t-shirt. Waivers are
available at the church office on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.
m. Walk-ins welcome the week of the event.
Vacation Bible School at Livingston First Baptist Church
Vacation Bible School is scheduled at Livingston First Baptist
Church for July 20-24 for all children who have completed K-5
through sixth grades. Theme this is year is " Agent D-3"; children
will discover ways to know about Christ and to honor Him in their
daily lives. Time is 5:30 -8 p.m. Snacks will be served; Bible study,
missions sessions, crafts and play times are planned. Parents of
younger children are asked to come with them on July 20 to help
register the kids.
Gainesville Methodist Church Homecoming
It is time for the Gainesville Methodist Church Homecoming Sun.,
Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. It is a fun day of worship, fellowship and reuniting
with friends and family. The schedule for the day will be worship at
11 at Gainesville Methodist Church followed by a fellowship meal in
the Gainesville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The meat and tea will
be provided and everyone is encouraged to bring vegetables,
casseroles, salads and desserts.
Trip to Selma
The Bethlehem District Congress is sponsoring a trip to Selma
University on Thursday, July 31. A bus will leave Livingston at 8 a.
m. The 71st Session of the Congress of Christian Education of the
Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention will meet during this
time. Dr. Foster Woodrick, Jr. is President. If you are interested in
attending this meeting and visiting Selma University please call
Odessa Mack at 652-7723 or Larry Yates at 652-9427.
USDA Public Outreach Meeting
The USDA Public Outreach Meeting will be July 23 at 5 P.M. at
Spring Valley Baptist Church, 4901 Alabama Hwy 116, Gainesville.
Please come and talk to USDA Representatives about your
individual needs; as well as the needs for your town, city, county and
community: www.rurdev.usda.gov/HSF_SFH for Single Family
Housing Loans and Grants, www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF for
Community Facilities Loans and Grants, www.rurdev.usda.
gov/HMF_MFH for Multi Family Housing Loans and Grants and
more. For more information contact the USDA Service Center
Robert Macon and Sandy Jones at 205-553-1733.
USDA prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs,
and marital or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio
tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-
2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten
Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D. C.
20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an
equal opportunity provider and employer.
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting
drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use.
If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them
the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction
for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.
Contact us at 800-431-1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon
can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call
today for free screenings or referrals. 800-431-1754.
Free Mixed Media Baby Sea Turtle Youth Art Camp
Join us for the Free Mixed Media Baby Sea Turtle Youth Art Camp
July 21-23, (Mon.-Wed.) 9 a.m.-12 each day at The Studio, 114
Marshall St, Livingston, funded by the Black Belt Community
Foundations. Contact Sheila Hull at 205-499-1112 to sign up.
Limited spaces available.
ADAI Now Accepting Applications for USDA Organic Cost Share
Growers and handlers of organic agricultural products now can
recover part of the cost of their USDA certification. The Alabama
Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be allocated
$17,000 to reimburse producers and handlers who either obtain or
renew their organic certification in the federal fiscal year that ends
September 30, 2014. The reimbursement covers 75% of certification
costs, up to a maximum of $750.
The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP) reimburse
eligible organic crop and livestock producers and handlers for a
portion of their organic certification costs. The OCCSP consist of the
following two programs authorized by separate pieces of legislation:
the National (NOCCSP) Organic Certification Cost Share Program
authorized by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002,
commonly known as the Farm Bill, and the Agricultural Management
Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program
authorized by the Federal Crop Insurance Act of 2001.
The ADAI will administer this noncompetitive grant program by
processing applications for cost share funds, and USDA will
reimburse them. USDA distributes funds on a first-come, first-
served basis until funds are exhausted. Organic operators typically
submit a one-page application form, a W-9 Tax Form, proof of
certification, an itemized invoice of certification expenses, and proof
of E-Verify to ADAI. The ADAI reviews the application and then may
reimburse the operator for 75 percent of the cost of certification, up
to a maximum of 750 dollars per category of certification per year.
All farmers, ranchers, and handlers who have received organic
certification or a renewal of certification from an accredited certifying
agent between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 are
eligible to participate. Farms transitioning to organic production are
not eligible. Most certification-related costs are eligible for
reimbursement. Organic producers and handlers may be
reimbursed for expenses paid for first-time organic certifications, as
well as renewals of certification.
Eligible costs include the following: application fees, inspection
costs, travel /per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments,
and postage. Ineligible costs include the following: equipment,
materials, supplies, late fees, and inspections for transitional
certifications or due to violations of NOP regulations. The OCCSP
reduce the cost of organic certification in accordance with the
Agricultural Marketing Service aim to strengthen market support for
Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. Application forms
and additional details can be obtained by calling Hassey Brooks with
the ADAI at 334/240-3877 or by emailing at Hassey.Brooks@agi.
alabama.gov. If you are seeking organic certification, you can find
information on the process for certification at www.ams.usda.gov/.
UWA Exhibit Features 17 Sumter County Artists
The University of West Alabama will display 17 local artists’ pieces
during its summer art exhibit, Accent on Art: Sumter County, in
Webb Hall Gallery.
Art on display includes a variety of formats including wood carving,
china painting, dress making, painting, doll making, furniture making,
and knife making.
Local artists featured in the exhibit include Christy Abbey, Louise
Boyd, Mary Neville Boyd, Bonnie Campbell, Karen Castleman,
James Cockrell, Peggy Colvin, Burton Fuller, Margaret Hagood, Alan
Hall, Sheila Hull, Jane Hurtt, Frances Leverett, Lilly Mack, Nathan
Purath, Tut Riddick, and Claire Smith.
The Accent on Art: Sumter County display will be featured
throughout the month of August on Monday through Friday from 8 a.
m. until 5 p.m.
For more information on exhibits in Webb Hall Art Gallery, please
contact Vivian Hauser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-652-3611.
Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp
Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension and The University of
West Alabama are pleased to announce its Youth Entrepreneur
Summer Camp for 9th -12th graders. This four-day camp will be
held Mon., July 28 through Thurs., July 31 on the campus of the
University of West Alabama at the Guy Hunt Technical Building in
Room 141. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
During the camp, students will learn business concepts through fun,
interactive activities including:
• Writing a Business Plan • Preparing a PowerPoint
• Analyzing Financial Data
• Marketing and Public Relations
• Personal Finance
• Management and Leadership Skills
• Public Speaking
• Business Field Trip
Students will create and present a business-related project that
could be operated in the Black-Belt Region. Students will be judged
on the creativity of their projects and presentations. Prizes will be
awarded to program winners.
If your child is interested, please contact Sanquenetta Thompson of
The University of West Alabama at (205) 652-3408/652-
email@example.com or Gary Walton, Jr. of Tuskegee
University Cooperative Extension (205) 652-9817/Gary Walton
firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats are limited.
Sumter County Fire Association Meetings
The bi-monthly Fire Association meetings will be Aug. 12 at
Kinterbish VFD, Oct. 14 at Morning Star VFD and Dec. 9 at York
VFD (this one is also the Christmas Banquet.)
VA Continues To Accelerate Access To Health Care
Under the direction of Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan D.
Gibson, the Department of Veterans Affairs has taken significant
steps to improve Veterans’ access to quality health care. Sloan
said the VA is fully committed to fixing the problems it faces in order
to better serve Veterans. He added that the VA must restore the
public’s trust, but more importantly restore the trust of Veterans who
depend on the VA for their health care. The Veterans Health
Administration has reached out to over 160,000 Veterans to get
them off wait lists and into clinics. VA has also made over 543,000
referrals for Veterans to receive care in the private sector – 91,000
more than a year ago. As of July 1, 2014, there has been a
reduction in over 17,000 Veterans on the Electronic Waiting List
since May 15, 2014. VA has added approximately 7,000
appointments provided to newly enrolled Veterans who had
requested an initial appointment at the time of enrollment. VA is
continuing to address systemic challenges in accessing care, as
quickly as possible and will provide the most immediate information
on its progress to Veterans and the public via the VA website, www.
VA Medical Centers And Clinics Telephone Referral Service
The Veterans Health Administration has an after hour telephone
care program called Tele-Nurse Program. This service offers
telephonic advice services to veterans 24 hours a day seven days a
week. Veterans can use this service by dialing the same telephone
numbers used for obtaining information from the VA medical center
during the day. The VA Tele-Nurse staff will have full electronic
access to your appointment schedule and your health records. The
services provided include providing medical advice, making
appointments, providing pharmacy services and providing the
locations of VA medical services. For more information on this
program, contact your nearest VA medical center or clinic. (Toll-
free Number VAMC-Tuscaloosa - 1.888.651.2685; CAVHCS
-1.866.601.1079; VAMC-Birmingham - 1.866.487.4243.
Reporting The Death Of A Military Retiree
Reporting a military retiree’s death, as well as a retiree’s
dependents or survivors death, should be accomplished as soon as
possible by calling the Defense Finance and Accounting Service
(DFAS) Retired and Annuity Pay Contact Center at
1.800.269.5170. When calling the Center be prepared to provide
the deceased’s name, Social Security Number and date of death,
along with contact information for the retiree’s designated
beneficiary or next-of-kin. Upon receipt of the casualty report, the
Center will initiate casualty processing.
County Veterans Affairs Officer Assistance
Since 1945 the Alabama State Department of Veterans Affairs has
been the designated state agency to represent veterans and their
survivors before the U S Department of Veterans Affairs or any
other agency dealing with the interests of the veteran. Your County
State Veterans Service Officer and their Veterans Affairs Assistants
are competent and highly trained public servants that offer free
counseling and claims assistance to all veterans, their families and
their survivors. Veterans and their families are urged to inquire
about their eligibility for benefits by contacting their local County
State Department of Veterans Affairs Office. For assistance with
you VA Matters Call (205) 459-2111 or come by the County VA
Office at 117 South Mulberry Avenue Butler, AL 36904.