|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). 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.
|Shady Grove Baptist Church Choir Day
The Shady Grove Baptist Church Annual Choir Day to be held at the Shady Grove Baptist
Church of Livingston on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited. Minister John Powell,
pastor and Sis. Rosie Gibson, choir president.
St. Paul A.M.E. Zion
St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, Cooksville, Miss will host their 7th Annual Women’s Conference
on Sat., March 29 at Galilee Baptist Church, Panola from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Continental
breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Rev. Sylvester Turner, pastor.
Shady Grove Baptist Church Choir Day
Annual Choir Day to be held at the Shady Grove Baptist Church of Livingston on the third
Sunday in March (March 16) at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. Rev. John Powell, Pastor and
Sis. Rosie Gibson, Choir President.
Living Word Church
Living Living Word Church located on on 1408 AL HWY E. Livingston, will be having a
Women's Fellowship on March 28 at 6 p.m. The topic will be on Healthy Eating Habits. Door
prizes will be given. Presentations will be given by a healthcare professional.
Morning Star Baptist Annual Usher Day
Morning Star Baptist Church of Livingston cordially invites you to come and share with us as
we observe our annual Usher Day Sun., March 9 at 2 p.m. Rev. DeWayne Crockett, one of
our associate pastors will deliver the message. Deacon Johnny Byrton of the Old Green Oak
Baptist Church or Forkland will serve as the master of ceremony and the Old Green Oak
Baptist Church Choir will be the guest choir. Shady Grove Baptist Church will serve as guest
We look forward to sharing in this great occasion with you as we give God praise for his many
blessings towards us. Rev. Tyrone Thomas, Sr. is pastor, Sis. Sis. Audry Childs is church clerk
and Sis. Brenda Crockett is usher president.
UWA to host Penn State Researcher for Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium March
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of West Alabama will host
its annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 11 at UWA’s Student
Union Building from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on UWA’s Undergraduate
Research Symposium, contact Dr. Mustafa Morsy at 205-652-5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Health Care Enrollment Help at UWA
Sumter and Greene County residents can receive assistance enrolling in healthcare programs
before the March 31, 2014 deadline. Personnel from the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority,
The Health and Wellness Ed. Center and UWA Division of Outreach Services will help
residents sign-up for health-care/insurance programs on Sat., March 8, 2014. Individuals can
receive help by coming to the Guy Hunt Complex on the UWA Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To enroll, please bring with you the following:
1. Names, date of birth and SSN’s of all household members.
2. Employer addresses and income information (pay studs or tax returns) for all household
3. Current health insurance policy number.
4. Email address preferred.
For more information, please call 205-652-HELP or 652-3665.
Community Foundation Grant Applications Now Available
The Community Foundation of West Alabama announces its Spring Grant Cycle. Grant
applications for the community grants are available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations only.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Those interested are encouraged to
download the grant applications from our website at www.thecfwa.org or you may call the
CFWA office at 205-366-0698.
Coleman Center and Sumter Fine Arts Council Juried Show
The Coleman Center for the Arts and the Sumter County Fine Arts Council will be hosting their
Annual Juried Art Show at the Coleman Center gallery from March 7 to April 16. The opening
reception will take place Fri., March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This juried show will feature the artwork of Sumter County artists, and $400 in cash prizes will
be awarded in various categories. Matthew Fluharty, Director of Art of the Rural and Research
Fellow in American Culture Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis and the Sa.m. Fox
School of Design and Visual Art, will be the guest juror.
Entry forms are available from the Coleman Center for the Arts, from the Julia S. Tutwiler
Library at the University of West Alaba.m.a, and online at www.colemanarts.org. For more
information please contact the Coleman Center at 205-392-2005, or email info@colemanarts.
Deliver entries to Coleman Center Gallery:
Opening Reception: Fri., March 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Last day of exhibition: April 16.
Pick up entries from Coleman Center: Mon., April 21 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m., Tues.,
April 22 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1-6 p.m., and Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.
Women's Soccer To Host Kickin For A Cure
West Alabama women's soccer will host a charity soccer game against Martin Methodist to
benefit Brest Cancer Research Foundation in Alabama on April 5th as a part its "Kickin' for a
The price of admission into the game is a simple donation to the BCRFA. All money raised will
go towards breast cancer research in Alabama. The game will feature special events and
games for fans to participate.
The events will begin at 1 p.m. with kickoff for the game is set for 2 p.m. inside Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers will also hold silent auctions on the event's Facebook page, Kickin' for a Cure,
leading up to the game with all money raised benefiting the research foundation.
For more information about Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Alabama, please visit: www.
bcrfa.org. Anyone interested in donating are encouraged to contact Tori Brook (brookv@uwa.
S. C. Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship
The Sumter County Soil & Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for a
$500.00 scholarship sponsored by the Alabama Conservation District Employees Association.
Applicant must be a U. S. citizen, high school senior, and living in the State of Alabama.
Applications may be picked up at the District office located in the Federal Building, Room 202,
Deadline to receive completed applications in the District office is March 7, 2014. For more
information, please contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or 652-6781.
A Black Belt Institute Rediscovery Workshop on Your Garden
FREE CLASS list for Black Belt Garden series.
March 12 An introduction to backyard fruit production and fruit tree pruning at 10 a.m. - 12 p.
m. and 1 - 3 p.m. Presenter: Gary Gray.
April 2 Landscape maintenance: pruning techniques, using fertilizers, and common pest
problems at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Presenters: Sam Ledbetter and Gail Barton.
April 9th Designing for curb appeal and easy maintenance at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Gail Barton.
April 16 Edible landscapes—vegetables, fruits and herbs. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Presenters: Jim
Ewing, National Center for Appropriate Technology.
April 23 Using native plants—incorporating native plants into traditional landscapes and using
prairie plantings as a low maintenance alternative at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Presenters: Robby
Limerick (10-11) and Gail Barton.
Credit Building Is Asset Building
Without a solid credit score and credit history, individuals cannot qualify for loans to buy a
home or a car, start a business or even rent an apartment. Furthermore, the prevalence of
predatory and payday lenders creates easy opportunities for Americans to fall into debt and
damage their credit, thus hindering their ability to build other assets and financial security.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. is providing credit building
workshops near you. As a part of the 2014 Credit Building Is Asset Building Campaign,
Certified Financial Counselors facilitate workshops designed to provide participants with a
hands-on approach to understanding the process of credit building and/or credit
reestablishment. The course consists of two sessions: 1) Understanding the Credit Reporting
Process and 2) Establishing and/or Reestablishing Credit.
There is no cost for the workshop and registration is open for the following dates and
locations: Tuscaloosa County Location Tues., March 11 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hale County
Location Tues., March 18 5 - 7 p.m., Greene County Location Sat., March 22, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sumter County Location Sat., March 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Choctaw County Location Sat.,
April 5 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
If you would prefer individual counseling or for more information on CSP’s Credit Building Is
Asset Building Campaign and other credit education opportunities, please contact Antwon
Prince-Sealy at 205-469-0358.
Darkness in Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art
The University of West Alabama and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center present
Darkness in Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art. The collection
will be on display beginning Feb. 10 through March 7 in Webb Hall Gallery and the exhibit can
be viewed Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the
exhibit on Thurs., Feb. 13 from 1 until 3 in Webb Hall Parlor and the public is cordially invited.
In this sensitive assembly of photography by Becky Seitel and art by Mitzi J. Levin, viewers are
provided intimate glimpses into the private memories of twenty Alabama Holocaust survivors.
The exhibit was created for educational purposes and school and special group tours are
encouraged. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Department of History
and Social Sciences, UWA at 205-652-3632.
Whooo Wants to Enter the Youth Wildlife Art Contest
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest design is a term paper in which students use visual
rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned.
Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research this species and its
habitat, and then depict the waterfowl in an artistic medium. The deadline for the Junior Duck
Stamp Contest is March 15.
For additional details and an entry form to enter the William R. Ireland, Sr. Youth Wildlife Art
Contest, please visit the conservation education section of the AWF’s website at www.
alabamawildlife.org or contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 for a contest brochure. If you have
questions regarding the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please visit www.fws.
gov/duckstamps/ on-line or contact Kevin Hamrick at Wheeler Refuge at (256) 350-6639.
Applications Sought For Ag In the Classroom Summer Institute
Teachers seeking modern ways to introduce traditional subjects to their students are
encouraged to apply for one of 95 coveted seats at this year’s Alabama Ag in the Classroom
(AITC) Summer Institute. The program is June 11-13 in Birmingham, and educators have until
April 15 to apply.
AITC participants learn innovative techniques for integrating agricultural activities into their
classrooms from guest speakers and fellow educators. They will tour local farms, speak one-
on-one with farmers and gain first-hand insight into producing food and fiber.
Educators who complete the three-day program will return to their classrooms armed with
lesson plans, examples of hands-on activities and books to help teach students about
Activities incorporate language arts, science, social studies and mathematics skills plus those
found in the Alabama courses of study and on the Stanford 9 Test.
Kindergarten through sixth-grade classroom and home-school teachers, media specialists,
administrators, Extension agents and district conservationists are eligible to attend. Former
institute participants may apply, but preference is given to first-time attendees.
The AITC program fulfills continuing education requirements. There is no fee to apply or
attend, and lodging and meals are provided. Applicants must be present for all activities from
10 a.m. Wed., June 11, until noon Fri., June 13, to receive workshop materials.
To apply online or learn more about the program, visit AlabamaAITC.org. For questions,
contact Ramsey at (334) 612-5370 or email@example.com. To view photos from last
year’s institute, ‘like’ the group’s page at Facebook.com/AlabamaAITC.
Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and Receive 10 Free Trees
The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by
Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2014 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood
"White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year," said John
Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Dogwoods are known for
their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds during
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for
planting between March 1 and May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they
will be replaced free of charge.
Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation's
bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to
TEN FREE DOGWOOD TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE
68410, by March 30, 2014. Or join online at arborday.org/march.
USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program For Alabama
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is accepting grant applications
for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic
markets. The application deadline for these specialty crop block grants through the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is May 16, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Central Standard Time
Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts,
horticulture (including maple syrup and honey) and nursery crops (including floriculture).
Commodity groups, agricultural organizations, colleges and universities, producers,
municipalities, state agencies and agricultural nonprofits are all eligible for this grant program,
provided their proposals meet all the specifications. The USDA-AMS has final approval for
projects submitted. The ADAI and a review committee of industry representatives will make the
application evaluation review and award recommendations.
The specialty crops block grant is a competitive grant process. The maximum award to any
applicant is $25,000 and the minimum is $5,000.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan stated, “The department looks
forward to implementing the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program under supervision by
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). We are privileged to be a part of this
continued program, which was authorized in the Agriculture Reform, Food & Jobs Act of 2013,
also known as the Farm Bill”
Projects cannot begin until the USDA-AMS has made its official award announcement,
expected by October 2014.
For more detailed information please visit http://agi.alabama.gov/blockgrant or contact Hassey
Brooks (334-240-3877). All applicants must complete and submit documentation as related to
the newly enacted Alabama Immigration Law. Please visit http://agi.alabama.gov/blockgrant for
Fishing Photo Contest
Fishing season is here and the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF)
invites anglers to share their fishing experience through a freshwater fishing photo contest on
the WFF Facebook page. The contest has three categories: Youth, under age 16; Ladies, age
16 and up; and Big Fish, open to any age or gender and any species of freshwater fish found
in the state. The winners with the most “likes” in each category will have their photos published
in the 2014-15 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. Photos must be received by May 14,
To enter, anglers must email their freshwater fishing photos to Traci Wood at Traci.
Wood@dcnr.alabama.gov with the subject “Facebook Photo Contest.” Please include your
name, address, phone number and where the photo was taken. If you have a story associated
with the photo, please include it in the email -- it may better your chances of getting more
Your photo may/may not be used in the contest. Here are a few tips to help ensure the photo
•Keep it clean and try to limit/hide graphic images
•Submit photos from this year only, 2014
•Photos must be of freshwater fish harvested in Alabama
The photo submissions will be posted on the WFF Facebook page. By entering a
photo in the contest, you grant WFF permission to post the photo, name, location and
For more information about the WFF Facebook Freshwater Fishing Photo contest and to
view other wildlife photos, visit the WFF Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Alabama-
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship,
management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine
Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.
To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.