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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Record-Journal Online
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Church/Community Announcements: are free as long as there are no personal
messages and the event is
not being charged for (love offerings do not count, but
charging for vendor spaces does). Please keep the announcement to one paragraph
with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held
and contact information. If the event is a benefit for charity please provide the 501C
number.
First Presbyterian in Eutaw holding Birmingham Theological Seminary Class
Birmingham Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a graduate level class in
Eutaw beginning on Ja. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300
Main St. in Eutaw taught by Rev. Jim Richwine. The class will cover: what is
systematic Theology, how we got our Bible and how do we know we can trust
it, the inspiration of the Bible, the nature, characteristic and names of God. All
are welcomed to enroll. We do extend a special invitation to pastors and
church leaders to avail yourselves of the opportunity to study God’s Word and
grow in your own faith and ministry. You my register online at http:
//birminghamseminary.org. The class title is systematic Theology 1.

Morning Star M. B.  Church Pastor Appreciation
We, the officers and members of the Morning Star Baptist Church cordially
invite you to worship with us in our Pastor’s Appreciation for Rev. Tyrone
Thomas, Sr., on Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Rev. Kentay Sims, pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Livingston will be our
guest minister along with his choir and congregation.   Rev. Tyrone Thomas,
Sr., pastor and Sis. Audrey Childs, secretary.
New Bethel Baptist Church Pastor Appreciation
The New Bethel Baptist Church family cordially invite you and your church
family to come celebrate our pastor, Frank D. Rogers and First Lady Anglia
Rogers Sixth Appreciation Day on Sun., Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Granger,
Scooba, Miss. along with his church choir, will be our guest.

Pennington V. F. D. Second
Annual Fireman Ball
The Pennington Volunteer Fire Department  cordially invite you to attend our
Second Annual Fireman Ball on Sat., Dec. 13 from 7 p.m. until at Bobby’s
Community Center.  
For more information call Pennington Public Safety Director, Robert Cottrell at
205.377.3008.

17th Judicial  Circuit District Canned Good Drive
Join us this holiday season on Dec. 1-19 to drop off non-perishable items for
the 17th Judicial  Circuit District Canned Good Drive at the District Attorney’s
Offices following locations: in Demopolis at 100 E. Washintong St., in
Livingston at 105 West Main St., in Eutaw at the Greene Co. Courthouse,
Morrow Ave. in Eutaw. All donations will be given to local food banks.

Alabama Conference of Black Mayors  Fourth Quarter Business Meeting
The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors fourth quarter business meeting
will be held in Gainesville at Gainesville Municipal Complexx on Dec. 19.  The
Honorable Mayor Carrie Fulghum will host ACBM’s final meeting for 2014.  
In additon there will be Mayors Newtworking Sessions, Mayor’s Dinner and
other scheduled activities at the Christmas Almost on the River Celebration.
For additional information, please contact Mayor Carrie Fulghum at
205.652.3393 or cmgff@aol.com.

Sixth Annual Christmas Almost on the River
The town of Gainesville will host its’ Sixth Annual Christmas Almost on the
River on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The festival will be a celebration of
Christmas and fellowship of citizens in Gainesville and adjoining
neighborhoods. In the afternoon on Dec. 20 guided tours will take visitors to
numerous historic buildings, opening ceremony and picture with Santa at 9 a.
m., Parade at 11 a.m., horse show at 12:30 p.m., praise dancer and gospel
entertainer at 2 p.m., and awards and drawing at 4 p.m. For more information
about the festival please contact Mayor Carrie Fulghum at (205) 652-3393 or
Angela Brown town clerk at (205) 652-7551.

Hope American Christmas Give A Way
Hope America will have a Give A Way Drive 9 a.m. – noon at Sumter Central
High School, 13878 US Highway 11, York, Alabama 36925. Who should
attend: low-income families. There will be an application process, bring (2)
pieces of valid ID, and proof of income. Bring your Kids for them to receive
toys, shoes and clothing. Hope America, Inc. is a non profit organization, we
will be giving away (at no cost) food, new clothing, shoes, coats, toys, back-
packs household items and books for Christmas and much, much more. For
More information call 734-483-5362. First come first serve, limited supplies.

Avoid Mortage and Forecloseure Scams
If you are delinquent on your mortgage or struggling to pay your mortgage,
please call us. Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. is a
HUD approved housing counseling agency with certified counselors on staff to
assist you with solutions to avoid foreclosure. Participants will have the
opportunity to speak with certified counselors about their mortgage concerns.
Assistance with requesting help with your mortgage is free! Call us to receive
invaluable information that may save your home! For more information,
please contact Stacey Taggart-Cotton, (205) 469-0388.

Public Feedback Sought For Alabama College- and Career-Ready Standards
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is asking for public
input specifically related to the Alabama College- and Career-Ready
Standards (CCRS) in an effort to maintain the highest level of rigor and
challenge for Alabama K-12 public school students.
From now through the week of Dec. 15 the public can go to the Standards
Review Homepage and offer feedback on each standard for
English/Language Arts and Mathematics by grade.  Each week, standards for
each grade are available for review and comment, beginning with
Kindergarten.
The standards in the application are arranged by subject and grade level. To
respond to standards, participants must enter all required demographic
information.
Review participants can select Agree if they are satisfied with the standard as
written or Disagree if they would like to see a standard modified. If Disagree is
selected, participants will be able to provide suggestions for rewriting or
changing the standard. Visit http://www.alsde.edu/dept/standards/Pages/home.
aspx.

Organic Certification Training Set for Alabama
NCAT’s Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services
(QCS) of Gainesville, Fla., is offering a series of workshops about organic
certification for producers in the Gulf States region. These workshops are
intended to enlist new farmers and ranchers interested in the National
Organic Program (NOP) and help them learn how to become NOP-certified.
The second one will be January 13, 2015, in Mobil the trainings will provide
information and expertise to farmers interested in NOP and answer questions
regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification. To register for either
of these sites, visit the NCAT website at www.ncat.org and click on “News and
Events.” For more information about the workshops or NCAT's programs in
the Gulf States, visit the Gulf States regional webpage under “Regional
Offices” on the NCAT website or contact Rockiell Woods at rockw@ncat.org,
479-575-1385.

PLM Continuation
A PLM continuing education program is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 16,  from 8
a.m. until 3 p.m. This program will be held at the ALFA Environmental Hall on
the campus of the University of West Alabama, Livingston.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the program will start at 8:30 a.m.. 3 CEU
sign out at lunch, 6 CEU sign out at 3 p.m. No SAF/RF certificates provided.
Dress for the woods, hard hats will be provided if needed. Agenda items will
include: logging costs/production analysis, BMP’s/harvest planning, and field
exercises.
This program is limited to 25 participants and you have to register in advance.
To register call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 205-459-2133 or
email John Ollison at ollisjp@acesag.auburn.edu before the deadline of 4:30
p.m. on December 14 for more details and registration information. Please
provide the names of those attending and contact information, email, and or
phone number.
This program is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,
Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama Loggers Council, and Alabama SFI
participants.

Farm Bill Education Meetings Scheduled
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State
Executive Director Daniel Robinson announces dates and locations for public
meetings on new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss
Coverage (PLC) programs which provide revenue and price loss payments to
eligible producers for the 2014 through 2018 crop years. These meetings are
being conducted in collaboration with the Alabama Cooperative Extension
System and the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Producers are invited to attend one or more of the following public meeting
sessions: Dec. 9 – Headland, 1 p.m., Wiregrass Research and Extension
Center, 167 State Highway 134 East, Headland, AL 36345; Dec. 10 – Bay
Minette, 1 p.m., Bay Minette Civic Center, D’Olive Street, Bay Minette, AL
36507; Dec. 11 – Jemison,  p.m., Jemison Municipal Building, 247747 U.S. 31,
Jemison, AL 35805; Dec. 12 – Tanner, 1 p.m., Calhoun Community College,
Aerospace Building, 6250 U. S. 31, Tanner, AL 35671.
The opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established
programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC),
began Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015.
During the workshops, Extension representatives will demonstrate the online
decision-making tools that are available to producers to help make important
enrollment decisions regarding the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and
Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Learning more about ARC and PLC is
extremely important for producers who must make a one-time decision about
base and yield updates as well as ARC or PLC election and enrollment
decisions. An FSA representative will be in attendance to answer any
questions on ARC and PLC policy and procedure.
Producers unable to attend a meeting convenient to them are encouraged to
contact their local FSA county office for more information about the
ARC/PLC.  You may also contact Max Runge, of Alabama Cooperative
Extension System, at 334-844-5603, or rungemw@aces.edu.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate
in this meeting should contact their local FSA Office or the Federal Relay
Service at 1-800-877-8339 by at least one day prior to the respective meeting
dates listed above.  

VA Death Pension Benefits
VA provides pensions to low-income surviving spouses and unmarried
children of deceased veterans with wartime service.  To be eligible, spouses
must not have remarried and children must be under age 18, or under age 23
if attending a VA-approved school, or have become permanently incapable of
self-support because of disability before age 18.  The veteran must have
been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and must have
had 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was
during a period of war, or a service-connected disability justifying discharge. If
the veteran died in service but not in the line of duty, the death pension may
be payable if the veteran completed at least two years of honorable service.   
Children who become incapable of self-support because of a disability before
age 18 may be eligible for the death pension as long as the condition exists,
unless the child marries or the child’s income exceeds the applicable limit.  A
surviving spouse may be entitled to a higher income limit if living in a nursing
home, in need of the aid and attendance of another person, or permanently
housebound.

Provides Headstones And Markers For Eligible Veterans
The VA provides free of charge headstones and markers for the marked
graves of veterans who died on or after December 27, 2001.  They are
inscribed, free, with the name of the deceased, the branch of service, and the
years of birth and death.  Optional items that may be also inscribed are the
veteran’s military grade, rank or rate, war service, an emblem reflecting one’s
religion and military awards for valor.  To apply for this benefit, please visit my
office.

VA Home Loan Guaranty Program
Veterans can obtain VA guaranteed loans through the usual lending
institutions, including banks, savings and loan associations, building and loan
associations, and mortgage loan companies.   Veterans may obtain a VA
guaranteed loan with a fixed interest rate, which may be negotiated with the
lender, and the loan may be for as long as 30 years.  A VA loan guaranty may
be available to an unmarried spouse of a veteran or servicemember who died
as a result of service-connected disabilities, a surviving spouse who remarries
after age 57, or to a spouse of a servicemember officially listed as MIA or who
is currently a POW for more than 90 days. Spouses of those listed MIA/POW
are limited to one loan.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Eligible veterans participating in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program are
also afforded the opportunity to participate in the VA work-study program if
they are training at the three-quarter or full-time rate.  To take advantage of
this program, please contact the VA Regional Office, or call the VA toll-free
number at 1-800-827-1000. For further information on your VA Benefits,
please contact VSO Dwight McBride at (205) 459-2111), or come by the
county VA office at 117 South Mulberry Avenue, Butler, AL 36904.

 USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to
Dec. 19
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that
the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be
extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm
Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference
between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection
selected by the applicant.
Vilsack encourages producers to use the online Web resource at www.fsa.
usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy
operation. They can type in specific operation data and explore price
projections and market scenarios to determine what level of coverage is best
for them. They can also compare the data to see how the program would
have helped in previous years, such as 2008, when margins dropped from $8
to $3 in just three months. The online resource is on a secure website that
can be accessed from computers, mobile phones or tablets, 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
Farmers also have a chance to share comments and help shape the Margin
Protection Program for the future. Last month, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of the opportunity for public
comments on both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product
Donation Program until Dec. 15, 2014. Comments can be submitted to USDA
via the regulations.gov website at http://go.usa.gov/GJSA or send them by
mail to: Danielle Cooke, Special Programs Manager, Price Support Division,
FSA, USDA, STOP 0512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.,
20250-0512. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill. To learn more
about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm
Service Agency county office at offices.usda.gov or visit us on the Web at
www.fsa.usda.gov.

Nominations for Pillars of West Alabama Sought
The Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of West Alabama
(CFWA) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 class of Pillars of West
Alabama. The Pillars program seeks to honor those whose impact and
influence have made a significant and lasting difference in the development
and quality of life in West Alabama.  The program began in 2004 and
continues to recognize deserving individuals.   If you would like to nominate
someone for the award you may visit the CFWA website at www.thecfwa.org
and download the application.  Deadline for nominations for 2015 is January
9, 2015.  The final selections for the 2015 recipients will be made by the
Board members.  Those interested in additional information about the
Community Foundation of West Alabama may contact Glenn Taylor at 205-
366-0698 or visit the website.