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usda Surveys to Provide Insight on 2013 Agriculture
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the first two weeks of
June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina
to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2013.
NASS will compile information collected across the country into publically accessible
reports to ensure the confidentiality of individual farmer information.
These surveys are among the largest and most important conducted by the USDA NASS
and serves as a primary source of agricultural information. These surveys will provide
accurate and reliable data about 2013 planted acreages of major crops, grain stocks,
and livestock in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and the United States.
Producers rely on the survey results to make production, marketing, and investment
Congress utilizes the information to design better regulations and farm programs.
Industry analysts, extension agents, farm organizations, and agricultural lenders use the
data in a variety of ways to directly benefit the grower.
Growers across the South will be contacted during the coming weeks to obtain data
regarding their operations. These data will be collected by mail, phone, and personal
interviews. Growers will also be given the opportunity to report on the Internet for
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.
"NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state-and national-
level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated
Doug Kleweno, Director of the Southern Region.
All reports are available on the NASS web site: www.nass.usda.gov. For more
information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Southern Regional Field Office
UWA Baseball to Hold Open Tryouts on June 8
The University of West Alabama baseball team has announced that it will hold open
tryouts for graduated high school seniors and junior college transfers on Saturday, June
8 at 3 p.m. at Tartt Field.
Each participant in the tryout must provide proof of a medical physical, which should be
signed by a physician and dated within the past six months.
Each athlete will also need a signed sickle cell release form. If the participant is under
18, they must have the waiver and sickle cell release co-signed by a parent or guardian.
To participate in the tryout, prospective players must be a high school senior or older
and cannot be currently participating in their high school baseball season.
Interested student-athletes are encouraged to contact UWA Assistant Baseball Coach
David Steed at (205) 609-7389.
Coatopa Trail Riders
Please join us in Coatopa for our 4th Annual Horse Ride to be held Sat., June 1 on
Parker Circle at Carter Center. The trail ride begins at 2 p.m. and food will be provided.
Please come out and enjoy this day of fun with us.
“Managing Wild Pig Damage”
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct a “Managing Wild Pig Damage”
Workshop Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 pm. This program will be held at the
Demopolis Sportsplex 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Demopolis, Alabama.
Wild pigs are both numerous and widespread throughout much of the Blackbelt. They
consume and trample crops and their rooting and wallowing behaviors further damage
crop fields. There is a lot of forest damage as their rubbing and scent marking behavior
damage trees and leave them vulnerable to disease and parasites. Hardwood mast is a
major food source for wild pigs. Consequently, regenerating hardwoods from seed can
be difficult in areas with high wild pig populations. The pigs are also attracted to longleaf
pine seedlings because the root system is high in carbohydrates. Pigs chew the roots to
extract the sap and spit out the masticated remains.
Topics that will be covered in this workshop are: Wild Pig History, Biology and Ecology,
Wild Pig Trapping Techniques, Trap Designs and Removal Methods, and Laws
Governing Removal of Animals.
This program is approved for Continuing Education Credits, CFE’s, 2 Category 1 and 2
PLM’s. Online registration is preferred at http://www.aces.edu/go/339.
Mark your calendar now for Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m. and plan to attend this
very informative workshop. For more information contact John Ollison at the Choctaw
County Extension Office at 205-459-2133.
Renew our Rivers
May 28-June 1– Bankhead Lake
(Black Warrior River)
Large items will be targeted during the week by the Army Corps of Engineers and
Alabama Power. The community cleanup is Sat., June 1 from 8 a.m. until noon at Quinn’s
landing in Adger. A picnic lunch will follow the cleanup. Contact: Kellie Johnston at 205-
623-0458. Volunteers for Renew Our Rivers, one of the Southeast’s largest river
cleanups, have collected more than 10 million pounds of trash and debris since the
program’s inception in 2000. This year, 30 cleanups are planned through November on
the Alabama, Black Warrior, Cahaba, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Mobile and Tallapoosa
rivers and various lakes throughout the state. To learn more about Renew Our Rivers
volunteer efforts, please visit www.renewourrivers.com.
2013 Summer Library Program
The 2013 Summer Library Program will be held during the month of June for kids
between the ages of 5 and 12. The weekly programs will be held on Tuesdays. The
programs at the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library will be from 10-11 and the programs
at the Hightower Memorial Library will be from 1-3. Space is limited so registration is
required. Registration will be held from May 20-31. Contact your local public library for
The Coleman Center for the Arts Summer Camp 2013
Calling all Sumter County youth ages 8-18: you are invited to “Be a Part of Camp” as
you experiment in visual, performing and culinary arts at the Coleman Center for the
Arts’ one-week summer camp! Camp will run June 3-7, Monday through Friday from 10 a.
m. to 4 p.m., with a closing celebration on June 7 from 6-8 p.m. This year the activities of
camp will investigate how a part relates to the whole. Campers will consider hierarchy,
structure and systems like biology, society and culture. Participants will gain experience
in drawing, painting, photography, music, performance, creative writing and critical
thinking. Camp offers one track for campers age 8-12 and one for campers 13-18, each
tailored to the needs and interests of participants. Varied, tasty and balanced lunches
will be provided every day. An all-star group of artists and educators will lead sessions at
the Coleman Center for the Arts’ Summer Camp. Instructors include Shana Berger,
Vassie Welbeck-Browne, Jocelyn Edens, Darius Hill, Nathan Purath, Catherine Shelton,
Kanita Sturdivant and Erik Witherspoon!
Space is limited to 20 campers, so don’t wait too long to sign up and “be a part of camp!”
Reserve your space in camp by filling out a registration form and turning it into the
Coleman Center by May 30. Slots will be filled on a first come, first serve bases.
Registration forms are available at the Coleman Center office (on Avenue A in York), the
Hightower Library, the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library, Sumter Central High School, Sumter
Academy, York West End Jr. High, Livingston Jr. High, Kinterbish Jr. High and North
Sumter Jr. High. For more information please contact the Coleman Center for the Arts at
205.392.2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.colemanarts.org.
Green Chapel Baptist
Green Chapel Baptist in Scooba, Miss. invites you to the first sermon of Erek Yarbrough
on Sun., May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Erek is the son of Lieutenant and Sandra Yarbrough of Co.
Road 24 in Epes.
Guide to Grants Workshop
A free resource for grant opportunities in Alabama’s 7th District will be held Tues., June
4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the University of West Alabama Demopolis Higher Education
Center, 186 Field of Dreams Dr., Gallion, AL 36742. Please Pre-Register By May 31. To
pre-register, contact Carolyn Powell in the Selma District Office at (334) 877-4414.
Hosted by Congresswoman Terry Sewell.
Siloam Baptist Church 175th Anniversary
Siloam Baptist Church, south of York, will celebrate its 175th anniversary with a
Homecoming on Sun., May 19. Sunday School will begin at 9:30, and the Service will
begin at 10:30. Lunch will follow. Join us!
Pentecost Sunday First Apostolic Church
Pentecost Sunday at First Apostolic Church 2010 Mosby Road in Meridian is May 19 at
11 a.m. Bishop Dennis E. Huggins Jr.,presiding Prelate Evangelist Pearl R. Huggins is
senior pastor. Guest Speaker: Elder Vince Davidson of Faith Apostolic Church.
Old Mt. Olive P. B. Church Pastor's Appreciation Day
The Pastor and members of the Old Mt. Olive P.B. Church, Boyd cordially invite you to
come and share with us as we celebrate Pastor Dewayne Charleston and First Lady
Lablinka Charleston, Pastor's Appreciation Day in honor of his first year as Pastor. This
celebration will begin on Sat., May 18 at 5 p.m. with a night of Praise and Worship
featuring several gospel groups and climaxing on Sun., May 19 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev.
Edmond Charleston, pastor of First Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Jefferson, along with
his choir and congregation.
The Phillips, Townsends, Campbell’s, and Pettigrew’s will host a family reunion on July
13 and 14 at Elizabeth Hall in York and all family and friends are invited. For more
information call Lonnie or Earlie Crumpton at 205-392-3981 or 334-517-5735.
Yellow Dot Program at Boyd VFD
The Yellow Dot Program will be at Boyd VFD on May 25, in the center of Boyd between
Carl Turk 12 and Payneville 12 facing Highway 17 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lake and Jackson Family Gathering
The Lake and Jackson Family Gathering will be June 29 at Eskio and Pastor Katie Lake’
s place at 12 p.m. For more information call Veronica Lake at 601.880.6995 or Evie Lard
Children of the Village Scholarships Available
Sumter County Public Schools graduating seniors may apply for one of the four COTV
scholarships. The deadline to submit your application is May 24 by 4 p.m. For more
information email to COTV7@aol.com.
1. Charles & Alice hines Jackson Memorial Scholarship: Student must maintain a B
average. 2. Gwendolyn J. Pratcher Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is designed
for a student or parent who has a debilitating illness or disease. 3. Charles J. Williams
Scholarship: A student who struggles to maintain a C average. 4. Wheels & Spokes
Motorcycle Club Scholarship: A first generation scholarship.
Friends and Family Night of Praise
Eld. Maurice Evins and members of The Pentecostal Church of God, York, cordially
invite you to join us as we present our “Friends and Family Night of Praise.”
This event will be a time for us to come together and make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
It will be held on Sat., June 8 at 6 p.m., at the Pentecostal Church of God, 535 4th Ave.
West, York. We welcome all choirs, groups, soloists and praise dancers.
For more information, you may contact Sis. Jacqueline Jemison at (205) 499-0859 or
Sis. Rickitta Lynn Martin at (205) 609-8779 for further details. We look forward to you
joining us as we praise the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Geiger Day Parade
The Geiger Day Committee extend their warmest invitation to you to participate in our
annual Geiger Day Parade. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on May 25. The line-up will
be at the car wash on the south end of town.
The parade will proceed north on HWY 17 to the Geiger Town Hall. If you have any
question please contact any of the following committee members: Barbara Williams,
Hazel Scott 205-455-2488, Georgia Cambell 205-844-6857, Theresa Cunningham 205-
455-2840, Sherina WiIIlams 206-499-2553, Julia Walker 205-455-2502, Linda Payne
205-799-6815, Florence Turner 205-4S5-2266, Lisa Scott 205-499-6411.
Transportation Student Scholarship Competitions
Applications are now being accepted for the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation
Conference Buster Bynum Scholarship and the 2013 Alabama School Transportation
Association Conference Joseph F. Beams Sr./Jr. Education Scholarship.
The scholarship recipients will be able to apply the awards toward college costs for the
2013-2014 school year.
The finalists for both scholarships will be notified no later than May 31. For more
scholarship information and deadlines for local application submission, contact a local
transportation supervisor or school counselor.
Spring Valley Baptist Vacation Bible School
The Spring Valley Baptist Church of Gainesville will host their annual Vacation Bible
School on June 5-7 starting at 5:30 p.m. We would like for all area churches to please
participate. There will be a class for every age. Theme this year is breaking free.
Minister is Pastor Johnny McDonald.
Three Hots for Cots
Birmingham Freedom Festival
A benefit for Three Hots and a Cot - serving our veterans on Sat., May 25 at 9 a.m. until
sundown at Crestwood Festival center. Three Hots and a Cot is 501c3 organization.
Veterans get in free. All others a set donation at the gate. Contact J. D. Simpson 205-
202-5124 or Mary Springston 205-745-5864, www.cotsforvets.org for more information.
Panola Outreach 5th Annual Community Fun Day
We are reaching out to surrounding towns. The Panola Outreach 5th Annual Community
Fun Day will be at St. John Community Fresh Market/ Flea-market on Highway 85/
County Rd 34 at 9 a.m. - 6: p.m on May 18. For information concerning the fun day,
please contact Lovie Burrell Parks @ (205) 499-6510. Please bring your own lawn chair
and enjoy a fun filled day.
Bellamy Clean-up Day
Clean-Up Day will be Sat., May 18 in Bellamy. Please meet at the end of Bellamy 21 at 7
a.m. For more information call Commissioner Marcus Campbell at 205-499-6015.
USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve
Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. Vilsack also
announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation
Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the
Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat
Initiative and other related initiatives. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and
will continue through Sept. 30, 2013.
For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA service center
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866)
632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866)
377-8642 (Relay voice users).
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