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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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.
Voices of Triumph, LBT and  Panola Outreach, Inc.
Christian Family Weekend Conference
Voices of Triumph, LBT and Panola Outreach, Inc. are sponsoring the 4th
Annual Chistian Family Weekend Conference on Fri. evening, Oct.31 and
Sat., Nov. 1 at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Panola.  
Workshops are open to the public on Fri. evening and workshops for youth
(ages 12-20) on Sat., Nov. 1.
For more information contact: Rev. Daisybelle Thomas-Quinney at
205.455.2004 or Mrs. Marion Sparks at 205.455.2040.


Mighty Joyful Aires  6th  Annual Anniversary
The Mighty Joyful Aires would like to invite everyone to celebrate our sixth
anniversary Sun., Oct. 26 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 4 p.m. in Cuba where
the Rev. Dr. C. L. Walk is pastor. If you can’t attend pray that it will be a
blessing in Jesus name. For more information call Bro. Marshawn Jones at
205-392-7959.


Northbound Bethlehem District
Community Ushering Service
We would like for you to take part in a “We Are Our Brothers Keeper” benefit
gospel concert for three families in this area.  The families are Sis. Kasandra
Garner of Panola, Sis. Tammy Harrison of Panola and Bro. R. L. Moore of
Aliceville.
This service will be held Oct. 26 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Panola
beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Featured groups will be Gospelation Singers of Columbus, Miss., Faithful
Jubilee of Brooksville, Miss. and Charlie and the Guys of Macon, Miss.
For more information contact Rev. D. Jones or Ora Jones at 205.455.2814.
Rev. N. Jones, moderator, Dr. Bob Little, vice moderator, and Rev. John
Meeks, pastor.


Pilgrim’s Rest 90th Founder’s Day
On Sun., Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church, 2002 5th Street
East, Tuscaloosa, will observe its 90th Founder’s Day.  The guest speaker for
the occasion will be Rev. Dennis Moore of New Prospect Baptist Church.  
Breakfast will be served immediately following the 8 a.m. program.  Please join
us for this joyous occasion.
Spring Valley Baptist Church 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Survivor’s Luncheon
The Spring Valley Baptist Church 2nd annual Breast Cancer Survivor’s
Luncheon to be held Sun., Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.  Inviting Breast Cancer Survivor’
s to come out and be blessed with a spiritual word along with a special
celebration and gifts.  This day is set aside just for you, looking forward to
seeing you there.  Minister Johnny McDonald, Pastor.


Old Mount Olive P.B.
Annual Choir Celebration
We, the pastor, officers, and members of the Old Mt. Olive P.B. Church, Boyd
cordially invite you to come and share with us in our Annual CHoir Day
Celebration, Sun., Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m.  Each choir, group or soloist is asked to
render two selections. Please register at the door.  Rev. Dewayne Charleston,
pastor, Deacon Willie Love, choir preseident.

Union Chapel CME
Fall Harvest Program
On Sun., Oct. 26. we will be having our Annual Fall Harvest Program during
the 11 a.m. worship service.  Our very own Dr. Jacquelyn C. Phillips will bring
the Fall Harvest message.

Union Chapel CME
Wednesday Night Live Revival
All churches, choirs, and praise worshippers are invited to join us at 7 p.m.
each Wed. for our Wednesday Night Live Revival.  Oct. 29 is Youth Night and
Pastor Jerry Johnson will be the special guest. The theme for the night is
“Never too young, to be used by God”.  Youth, wear your school or favorite
football team color and be eligible for prizes.
Come boost it up and get your spiritual fill up of God’s Word and be revived.  
Pastor Jakki Phillips, pastor.  For more information, call 334.216.2244.

Taizé
Join us for Taize’ Wed., Nov. 5 at 7:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of
Livingston, 105 North Washington Street in Livingston. 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.
York Presbyterian Church

Harvest Musical Program of Thanksgiving
Sun., Nov. 2 at 3 p.m., the York Presbyterian Church, in the spirit of
Thanksgiving, welcomes all who enjoy beautiful and sacred music to a concert
made possible by The Black Belt Community Foundation. This program has
been created and will be led by The University of West Alabama’s gifted
musician and conductor,  Willie Williams. Songs of praise and gratefulness,
hymns and literary passages that celebrate God’s grace and bounty will be
performed in the sanctuary of the York Presbyterian Church. The Harvest
Musical Program of Thanksgiving, headlining the UWA Choir and UWA
Singers, will be supported by talented singers and performers from our area.
Featured performers include Karon Ezell and Debra Truelove, Jonathon
Williams, Jannice Poole, Xuesong (Steven) Zhao and the True Vine
Fellowship Praise Team from York, Alabama, among others. This multicultural
celebration of song will be accompanied by UWA’s virtuoso pianist, Dr. Manley
Blackwell and UWA Choir accompanist,  Jerome Mays.
Sumterville-Hamner

Annual Meeting
To all Sumterville-Hamner community members, we will have our annual
meeting at the home of Austin and Hasty Robinson on Tues., Oct. 28 at 5:30
p.m.
We are inviting you to come out and support our community.  For more
information contact Austin B. Robinson at home 205.652.6406 or
205.499.6326.

Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation Meeting
The Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their
monthly board meeting on Tues., Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., in Bibb Graves, Room 121,
on the University of West Alabama campus.  The public is invited to attend.   

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.; Friday, Nov. 17 - 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.; and Monday, 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.
Story Hours at Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library
The Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library has started their school year story
times.  Story Time for 4-8 year olds will be held on Mondays from 4:30—5:30.  
Story Time for 2 and 3 year olds will be on Wednesdays from 10:30—11:15.  
Call the Library at 652-2349 to register your child for these fun filled programs.

ASFA is Shaking Music Up in Demopolis
Join the Two Rivers Arts Council on Thurs., Nov. 6 as they present a concert
by the Alabama School of Fine Arts at 6:30 p.m. at the Demopolis High School
Auditorium. Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts are musically
shaking things up with a pops concert which will feature music by The Beatles,
The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, music from the Motown era, as well as classical
music. The performance will showcase the versatility of the orchestra and jazz
ensemble. This concert is guaranteed to be a unique and inspiring experience
for all ages A public school with the entire state as its district, Alabama School
of Fine Arts (ASFA) admits students through application and audition,
providing tuition-free instruction in six specialty areas: creative writing, dance,
math & science, music, theatre, visual arts, plus a full college preparatory
curriculum. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown Cultural District,
ASFA provides a dormitory for students living beyond commuting distance to
cam-pus. Tickets can be purchased at the doo with proceeds going back into
the program. There is no charge for students and members of the Two Rivers
Arts Council. For more information contact Morgan at 334.289.1595.
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.

Red Ribbon Week ® Photo Contest
Calling all schools and families across America…there’s still time to be part of
the annual Red Ribbon Photo Contest, which comes with the chance to win an
iPad and $1,000 for your K-12 school of choice. But hurry, the deadline to
enter is Nov. 4.
As the nation celebrates the 29th Annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, the
National Family Partnership (NFP) is urging students, families and schools to
take part in its Red Ribbon Photo Contest, which promotes drug awareness
and prevention among youth.
"This contest is a great way for families and schools to deliver the ‘Love
Yourself. Be Drug Free.’ message,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “By
uniting and involving families, schools and communities, we can be more
effective in helping our children make smart decisions and grow up safe,
healthy and drug free."
Ten families across America will be selected to win the grand prize: an iPad
and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choosing. There will also be
one prize awarded for a school decoration. Here’s how simple it is to enter:
Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with
a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to www.RedRibbon.org/enter
now through Nov. 4. You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and
can do so from any desktop or mobile device.
Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning Nov. 5.  
Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.
To learn more about contest rules, visit www.RedRibbon.org.Drought-Stricken


Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock
Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to
drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an
extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any
gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
Farmers and ranchers who due to drought sell more livestock than they
normally would may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify,
the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is
authorized to extend this period if the drought continues.
The one-year extension of the replacement period announced today
generally applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on
sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought.
Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for
sporting purposes, and poultry are not eligible.
The IRS is providing this relief to any farm located in a county, parish, city,
borough, census area or district, listed as suffering exceptional, extreme or
severe drought conditions by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC),
during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. All or
part of 30 states are listed. Any county contiguous to a county listed by the
NDMC also qualifies for this relief.
As a result, farmers and ranchers in these areas whose drought sale
replacement period was scheduled to expire at the end of this tax year, Dec.
31, 2014, in most cases, will now have until the end of their next tax year.
Because the normal drought sale replacement period is four years, this
extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2010. But
because of previous drought-related extensions affecting some of these
localities, the replacement periods for some drought sales before 2010 are
also affected. Additional extensions will be granted if severe drought
conditions persist.
Details on this relief, including a list of NDMC-designated counties, are
available in Notice 2014-60, posted today on IRS.gov. Details on reporting
drought sales and other farm-related tax issues can be found in Publication
225, Farmer’s Tax Guide, also available on the IRS web site.
Holly Faris: A Bell Conference Center Event
An evening of great music, great comedy and great food-who could ask for
more on Nov. 6 at Bell Confrence Center at 7:30 p.m.  Holly Faris is a unique
one-woman show that has thrilled audiences from coast-to-coast with her
assortment of celebrity impersonations and comedy.   For more information
visit  www.scfac.uwa.edu.

West Alabama Transit Committee Meeting
The West Alabama Transit Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday,
November 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the West Alabama
Regional Commission located at 4200 Highway 69 North in Northport.  The
purpose of the meeting is to discuss the update of the coordinated transit
plan for the west Alabama area.  Federal regulations require a coordinated
transit plan be in place prior to the use of certain federal transit funds.  
Agenda
1.  Review plan update schedule
2.  Review/correct transit resource section of plan
3.  Discuss transit surveys
4.  Verify next meeting date
Any agency that intends to pursue a Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Section 5310 - Elderly and Disabled Program, Section 5311 - Nonurbanized
Program, Section 5316 - Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, or
Section 5317 - New Freedom Program grant must participate in the plan
development/update.  Otherwise their grant will not be eligible for funding
under these programs.  
The plan is a cooperative effort between the Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) and the West Alabama Rural Planning
Organization (RPO).  The MPO and RPO staff will develop the plan with the
assistance of the West Alabama Transit Committee.  Anyone with an interest
in transit service is encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the
plan development.  
The meeting is open to the public.  Anyone requiring special assistance
should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting.  
For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990.


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.

Signup Batching Periods Announced for Alabama NRCS Conservation
Programs
USDA’s Acting Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State
Conservationist Ben Malone announced that Oct. 17 is the signup batching
date for producers for 2015 funding for the following conservation programs:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which includes energy
retrofits, wildlife, forestry, cropland erosion, cropland irrigation, grazing land,
and water quality concerns; Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP);         
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) which has two options.  
1. Agricultural Land Easement (ALE): includes the Farm and Ranchland
Protection Program and Grassland Reserve Program
2 Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE): open land that has wet soils and
was      drained.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, selecting
applications for funding is completed periodically through batching periods
with specific cutoff dates.
In the EQIP programs, eligible producers may receive a payment based on
the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.
Special emphasis participants like socially disadvantaged, limited resource,
and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment rate. In
addition, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and
ranchers can receive up to 50 percent advanced payment for purchasing
materials or contracting.
Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to
determine eligibility. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory
under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.
gov. General program information is available on the Alabama NRCS website
at www.al.nrcs.usda.gov. Individuals are not eligible until they have completed
the Farm Bill eligibility requirements.


Veterans’ Day Appreciation
The Boyd Community will be celebrating its annual COUNTY-WIDE  Veterans’
Day Appreciation on Sat., Nov. 8, starting at 11 a.m. with a parade followed by
a recognition program and luncheon. The parade will line up at the Boyd
Volunteer Fire Department and will proceed to the recreation park. The
program will begin immediately after the parade. This is a county-wide event
and EVERYONE is invited to attend and participate. For more information, call
205-652-7885.
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.


1.3 Million Va Claims Processed In Fiscal Year 2014
More than 1.3 million Veterans received decisions on their VA disability
compensation and pension claims in fiscal year 2014 – the highest number in
VA’s history.  This second year of record-breaking production comes as VA
continues to transform the way it provides benefits and services, to deliver
faster and higher quality decisions, to Veterans, their families and survivors.
At the end of the year, the disability claims backlog (defined as any disability
claim pending longer than 125 days) was reduced by 60-percent from the
peak backlog in March 2013 and is at its lowest number in nearly 4 years.
Veterans waited, on average, 119 fewer days for a decision on their claim
than Veterans did in FY 2013 and VA is on target to hit its 2015 goal.  VA’s
move to a web-based electronic claims processing system has enabled a
quicker, more accurate and integrated benefits delivery.   VA’s progress
would not have been possible without the support of its strong partners.  
Veterans Service Organizations and State and County Veterans Service
Officers embraced the Fully Developed Claim program, which enables VA to
make faster claim decisions when Veterans submit their claims with all
available evidence and certify they have no more evidence to submit.  37
percent of the claims received from Veterans Service Organizations and State
and County Service Offices are Fully Developed Claims.   In FY 2014, more
than 4.5 million Veterans and survivors received more than $72.7 billion in VA
compensation and pension benefits.  


Evidence Requirements For VA Benefits
Many veterans and their survivors do not apply for VA benefits because they
have lost or misplaced certain documents that would establish their
entitlement.  However, in many cases, the VA will accept a certified statement
of an original birth or marriage certificate, in lieu of the document, if there is
no conflicting information in the veteran’s file.  If you have any questions
about veterans benefit programs, please call your County Veterans Service
office for assistance.


Veterans Must Relinquish VA Disability Benefits Upon Re-Entry To Active Duty
Veterans receiving VA disability pension or compensation financial benefits
must relinquish such benefits at the time of re-entrance into active military
service.  Resumption of VA financial payments will resume once the VA
receives a DD214, Release from Active Duty, and the veteran submits a re-
opened application, at which time payments will resume for any VA rated
service-connected disability that is considered permanent and does not have
a future exam pending.  Benefits will be resumed effective the day following
release from active duty if the application is received within one year from the
date of release, otherwise, the effective date will be the date the application
was received by the VA.  
You Have A Right To Representation In Proceedings Before The VA
In connection with a proceeding before the VA with respect to claims for
benefits under those laws administered by the VA, you may represent
yourself.  Additionally, you may appoint an accredited representative of a VA
recognized service organization, an attorney, agent or other authorized
person recognized by the VA.  However, there are strict guidelines about what
a lawyer may charge for services, as well as, restrictions on lawyer’s fees.  
If you have any questions, or need assistance with any VA matters, please
call Dwight McBride at (205-459-2111), or come by the county VA office at
(117 South Mulberry Avenue Butler, AL 36904).
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Attorney General Luther Strange is partnering with community groups,
law enforcement, and safety organizations to promote October 19-25 as
National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org),
along with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA),
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), International Association of
Chiefs of Police Foundation, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS),
and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), are sharing a dynamic teen driver
safety program called IKnowEverything for National Teen Driver Safety Week,
with information available at  http://iknoweverything.com.
Developed to prepare teens to be safe when they get behind the wheel,
IKnowEverything is an integrated effort that highlights the issues of drunk
driving and distracted driving, and it reiterates to parents that they have the
most influence on their teen’s driving behaviors. This spring, the
IKnowEverything Challenge events tested teen driving safety knowledge among
more than 2,000 high school students in urban, suburban, and rural
communities across the nation. Less than half of teens received a passing
grade.
“It is important that we call attention to the dangerous and tragic results that
careless and unsafe driving can have for teenagers,” said Attorney General
Strange.  “They need to be aware of the real and terrible risk of death or
serious injury to themselves, their loved ones, or innocent bystanders. Working
together, we can raise awareness and educate teenagers about safer driving
practices.”