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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
Community Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 25
5:30 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
Canned goods will be collected for the DHR Food Bank and an offereing will
be taken for the Community Services Fund.

Black Bluff Baptist Family and Friends Day
Everyone is invited to The Black Bluff Baptist Church in Whitfield, Alabama on
Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. We will be Celebrating “Family and Friends Day.”  
Rev. Obadiah Clemmons and The Greater Outreach Missionary Baptist
Church will be our guest. Come worship with us. Dr. O. L. Sealey is pastor.

UWA Christmas Concert set for Dec. 5
The University of West Alabama and the Sumter County Fine Arts Council
present the UWA Fine Arts: Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in
Bibb Graves Auditorium. The UWA Choir will perform traditional holiday
favorites and international Christmas tributes.
The band is under the direction of Adam Anderson, and the UWA Choir is
under the direction of Willie Williams. General admission is $10 for adults and
$2 for students. Sumter County Fine Arts Council members and UWA
students are admitted free. UWA students must provide a valid student
identification card for free admission.
For over thirty years, the Sumter County Fine Arts Council has provided
quality entertainment and arts education programs to the West Alabama
community. The SCFAC, based in Livingston, Ala., is governed by a board of
directors whose members represent the west central Alabama area.
The SCFAC receives support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Arts, The University of West Alabama and from
other agencies, businesses and individuals. For more information about
joining the SCFAC, contact Dr. Judy Massey at SCFAC P.O. Box 1038
Livingston, Alabama 35470.

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 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,

Shiloh Zion Baptist Pre-Thanksgiving Fellowship
The Shiloh Zion Baptist Church of Boyd will be hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving
fellowship program on Sun., Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Elder Robert Burton of Greater
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church will be the featured speaker. Everyone is
invited. For more information, call (205) 652-1310. Minister Edmond Bell is,

Black Bluff Baptist Family and Friends Day
Everyone is invited to the Black Bluff Baptist Church in Whitfield on Sun., Nov.
23,  at 2  p.m.
We will be celebrating Family and Friend’s Day.  Reverend Obadiah
Clemmons and The Greater Outreach Missionary Baptist Church will be our
Come worship with us. Dr. O. L. Sealey, pastor.

Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
Livingston First Baptist Church -103 Lafayette Street, Livingston is the drop
off center for Sumter County ‘OCC Shoeboxes.'  Every shoebox gift you pack
helps Samaritan's Purse to reach children worldwide with the good news of
God's love and the true meaning of Christmas.
Collection Week is Nov. 17 - 24. Our times to receive the shoeboxes is as
follows: Mon., Nov. 12 - Thurs., Nov. 20 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.
m.; Fri., Nov. 17 - 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.; and Mon., Nov. 24 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
If these times are not convenient, please call the church at 652-2261 and I will
arrange to meet you at your convenience.
GIFT SUGGESTIONS: TOYS! Beautiful doll, a deflated soccer ball with pump,
stuffed animal, cars, musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes; SCHOOL
SUPPLIES; NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS, such as toothbrushes, bar soap,
washcloths, combs, etc; ACCESSORIES such as socks, hats, t-shirts, flipflops,
hair bands, sunglasses, sewing kits, jewelry, small bowl, etc.; PERSONAL
NOTE and photo of you and your family or group. If you include your name
and address, the child may be able to write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE used or damaged items; war-related items, seeds,
chocolate or food; out of date items, vitamins, breakable items or glass
containers or aerosol cans.
If you buy plastic containers, please make sure they are the size of a regular
shoebox. Plastic containers can be used by the children to store their items or
haul water.
Please give me a call for any information that I can help you with. We have a
few Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes and labels available to be picked up at any
of the hours listed above.

Auburn Baseball to Host Alumni Weekend Nov. 21-22
Auburn baseball and head coach Sunny Golloway will host an alumni
weekend November 21-22 which will include golf, the annual celebrity home
run derby in conjunction with the Hudson Family Foundation and the football
game against Samford. All Auburn baseball alumni are invited to attend. To
RSVP for the alumni weekend, complete the attached form and return to
Auburn Baseball Alumni Reunion Weekend Attn: Scott Duval PO Box 351
Auburn, AL 36831.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and
Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is seeking
applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical
financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen
their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and
economic development projects.
"Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance to carry out
their missions," Vilsack said. "These grants will provide both of these
components through local and regional organizations that are experts at
delivering such services."
USDA is making nearly $6 million available to qualified organizations under
the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).
Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or
federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations are required to provide
matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. The grants do not go directly
to business recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries.
The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is Nov. 12. Applications must
be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office where the
applicant's headquarters are located. More information about the program
and how to apply is available on page 47427 of the Aug. 13  Federal Register.

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
The standards in the application are arranged by subject and grade level. To
respond to standards, participants must enter all required demographic
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

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.