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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.
The Black Belt Archives And The Marengo County History And
Archives Museum Presents
Genealogy: Making The Local
Connection Workshop For All Levels
On Thursday and Friday, October 2-3, a workshop dedicated to
discussing best practices in using local resources to conduct
genealogical research will be held on the University of West
Alabama campus.
Whether a person is a novice or connoisseur, speakers will
examine a wide range of available methods of research for the
beginner, intermediate, and advanced genealogist. Topics include
the trials and tribulations of genealogy, death records, how to
make the archivist your friend, courthouse records, cemetery
research, and land records. Speakers will also join for an "Ask the
Experts" panel session for those seeking answers to specific
genealogy questions. The workshop hopes to demonstrate how to
go beyond the internet when searching for family history.
Concurrent sessions will take place in the Bell Conference Center
and Young Hall at UWA.  The full registration fee is $50 and one-
day registration fee is $35. Registration covers the cost of
materials, refreshments, as well as lunches and dinners. For more
information and to register, visit www.centerforblackbelt.org<http:
//www.centerforblackbelt.org> or www.marengomuseum.com<http:
//www.marengomuseum.com>. Contact Amy Christiansen at (205)
652-3655/blackbeltarchives@uwa.edu or Mary Jones-Fitts at
(334) 555-1212/marengomuseum@yahoo.com.
This workshop is sponsored by the Black Belt Archives and the
Marengo County History and Archives Museum. To learn more
about either organization, visit http://centerforblackbelt.
org/units/black-belt-archives-2/ or http://www.marengomuseum.
com/.

Galilee Baptist Church "A Thrush Revival"
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little and  the Galilee Baptist Church Family of
Panola will host for one night  "A Thrush Revival" on Thurs., Aug.
28 at 7 p.m..  Pastor Ted Williams of Life Changing Ministry from
Tulsa, Oklahoma will deliver a powerful message.  Come-bring a
friend and be blessed!

Galilee Baptist Church "A Empowerment Conference"
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little abd  the Galilee Baptist Church Family of
Panola, will host   "A Empowerment Conference"  on Sat., Aug. 3
beginning at 10 a.m.  Conference Workshops are: Book Writing
and Publishing, Music Recording,  Enhancing your Personal and
Ministry Goals and How to Effectively Use Social Media.   This is a
free event.  Come-bring a friend and be empowered!  

MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe Meeting
The MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama will have a
meeting Sat., Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. with church at 1 p.m.  at 2950
County Road 377 in Elba. Discussion:  Federal Recognition,
American Indian Farmers Lawsuit, Scholarship and Pow Wow. For
additional information, please contact Vice Chief Nancy Carnley
MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama, 2950 County Road
377, Elba Al.36323, 334-897-2950, machis@centurytel.net.

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) will host its 2nd Annual
Community Mental Health Summit
The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) will host its 2nd
Annual Community Mental Health Summit on Aug. 27. The
purpose of the Community Mental Health Summit is to enhance
the quality of mental health care for Veterans and their families
through collaborations between the VA and community healthcare
providers and organizations. Given that most Veterans (and
virtually all their dependents) utilize at least some health care
services outside of VA, it is critical we work collaborate to support
the mental health needs of Veterans and their families.
Summit breakout topics
Each presenter will have 15 minutes to highlight such things as
important research findings, family programs, school programs,
community partnerships, civic engagement, and more.
• Veteran Caregiver and Peer Support Programs
• Veterans’ Families
• Veteran Patients & Civil healthcare providers (i.e. identifying,
special needs, etc.)
• Employment resources for Veterans
For more information and to get the forms contact  Maia A. Lee,
MH Administrative Officer, TVAMC at maia.lee@va.gov, Phone:
205-554-4629, Fax: 205-554-2058.

Tuscaloosa Hosts First Statewide Veterans Reunion
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) is proud
to announce the first annual Alabama All Veterans and Family
Reunion. This event is being put on in an effort to provide a
memorable weekend showcasing the appreciation and gratitude
for Alabama Veterans and to provide educational and work force
development resources for both veterans and their families. The
Reunion will consist of a series of events that will take place the
weekend of Sept. 26 -28 across Tuscaloosa.
The All Veterans and Family Reunion is being held as a
collaborative event between TTSC and the following partners:
Blue Star Salute, University of Alabama Office of Veterans and
Military Affairs, VA Tuscaloosa, Alabama Department of Veterans
Affairs, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, City of
Tuscaloosa, Red Cross – Jefferson-Shelby Chapter and West
Alabama, Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), Veterans
Memorial Park Committee, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and
Alabama National Cemetery.
The events begin at 5 p.m. Fri., Sept. 26 with the Alabama
Veteran’s Welcome Reception at the Tuscaloosa River Market
and Motorcycle Honor Ride. On Saturday, TTSC will host the
American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, Veterans Marketplace,
Military Aircraft and Vehicle Display, and Military Ball. In addition,
daycare will be provided on Saturday evening but space is limited.
To conclude the celebration, on Sunday, a Memorial Service and
Breakfast will be held Sun., Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the
Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, followed by an opportunity
to “Visit a Vet” at the Tuscaloosa VA.
This commemorative weekend will be offered free to all attendees
with the exception of the Military Ball. It is asked that all attendees
register for the event to ensure that the proper accommodations
can be made for the weekend. If organizations are interested in
having a booth for display at our marketplace during the event,
please contact the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission
office at (205)391-9200. For more information and to register, go
to visittuscaloosa.com and click on the veterans tab.  
For more information, contact Brandt Garrison, Manager for
Communications and Public Relations for the TTSC, at (205)391-
9200 or bgarrison@visittuscaloosa.com.
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission’s (TTSC) mission is
to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by
positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination for our targeted markets
including sporting events, meetings, reunions and leisure
tourism.  This generates lodging, dining, shopping and
entertainment revenue for the City. To learn more, go to www.
visittuscaloosa.com.

Dugg Hill Primitive Baptist  Usher’s Day Program
We the pastor and members of Dugg Hill Primitive Baptist Church
cordially invite you to our Usher’s Day Program, Sun., Sept. 7 at 2:
30 p.m. Rev. Dewayne Charleston, pastor of the Old Mt. Olive
Primitive Baptist Church, Boyd will be the guest speaker. Your
attendance and support will be greatly appreciated.

“Revvin’ 4 Research”
The Dixie Divas Riding Club will host their 6th Annual “Revvin’ 4
Research” Charity Motorcycle ride on Sat., Sept. 6.  Proceeds
from the event will benefit The Breast Cancer Research
Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA).   Riders of this year’s event will
enjoy breakfast while registering at Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson
at 9 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. The charity event is a police-
escorted ride ending back where they started at Heart of Dixie
Harley-Davidson.  The After-Party will include live entertainment
by the Sinners, a complimentary lunch and valuable prizes will be
given away all afternoon to registered riders. Register online at  
www.revvin4research.com today!  For sponsorship questions or
inquiries contact: Sherri Simmers, Dixie Diva President: (205) 503-
2145; Ashley Zarzour, BCRFA Administrative Ass.: (205) 996-
5463. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breast Cancer
Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA), which has donated.

Old Mt. Olive P.B.  Church Revival Service
The pastor and members of the Old Mt. Olive P.B. Church, Boyd
cordially invite you to come and share with us in our Annual
Revival services  beginning Mon., Sept. 1 through Wed. Sept. 3 at
7 p.m.
Rev. Willie Smith, pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Gallion
will be the evangelist.  Rev. Dewayne Charleston, pastor and
Sister Juliet Parker, secretary.

Taizé
Wed., Sept. 3, 7:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of
Livingston, 105 North Washington Street will have Taize’, a
service of simple music, scripture reading and silence. Taizé
offers an opportunity for quiet repose in the midst of ourbusy
lives. The service is ecumenical, an open door for all toenter and
experience the presence of the Spirit.

Drug Addiction
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting
drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug
use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drugaddiction get
them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of
addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and
referrals 800-431-1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon can
help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family.  Call
today for freescreenings or referrals.   800-431-1754.

Cultural Arts Center Exhibit Will Feature The Work Of Artist Joni
Gruber
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host a presentation of work
by artist Joni Gruber at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts
Center. The exhibit, titled "Aqua," will open with a reception on
Sept. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. during First Friday and will conclude on
Sept. 26. The exhibition will present Gruber’s recent encaustic
paintings portraying the ocean including works from her Black
Water series representing the devastating 2010 BP oil spill.
Admission is free. The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is
located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For
more information about the CAC, The Arts Council or Bama
Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts
Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow
tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit cac.tuscarts.org for
further information.

Free Prescription Drugs Available Through SenioRX Program
Are you struggling with finding the money needed to pay for your
prescription medications? Do you need help in obtaining FREE
prescriptions? Then your local Area Agency on Aging is ready to
assist you through the Alabama SenioRx Prescription Assistance
program. Since its inception in July 2002 as an Alabama
Legislative initiative, the program has saved thousands of
Alabamians millions of dollars in medication expenses by
providing free prescription drugs from pharmaceutical
manufacturers.  SenioRx is a program for seniors who are age 55
and older and for persons with disabilities, who are diagnosed
with chronic medical conditions requiring daily medication. The
program aims to help people manage their chronic illnesses
earlier and prevent more serious health problems later in life.
Often providing medication assistance allows individuals to utilize
their limited income for food and other important expenses.  
Persons who qualify for SenioRx receive a 3-month supply of
prescriptions from various pharmaceutical companies at no cost
and can be renewed as long as the person is eligible. To qualify
for free prescription drugs, you must be at least 55 years of age
with chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug
insurance coverage and must meet certain income guidelines.
Social Security disabled individuals of any age in the 24-month
Medicare waiting period are also eligible for medication
assistance.   To receive assistance, contact your local Area
Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging Disability Resource Center
(ADRC) at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463). Free prescription
drugs may be just a phone call away.   For more information,
contact Melanie Allen at (205) 333-2990 or Melanie.allen@westal.
org

2014 West Alabama Juried Show
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will be sponsoring its 30th Annual
Juried Show for West Alabama artists Nov. 10 through Dec. 15 at
the Bama Theatre Galleries. A closing reception honoring the
winners will be held on Dec. 15 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the
theatre. The public is invited to attend.
One purchase award of $750, one cash award of $300 and three
Awards of Excellence of $100 each will be presented. The
purchase award entry will be added to the permanent collection.
Visual artists 18 and older residing in Bibb, Fayette, Greene,
Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and
Walker counties will be eligible. A $35 entry fee entitles
participants to submit up to three works for judging. Only original
two- and three-dimensional works will be accepted. Entries must
have been executed within the past two years and not shown in
any previous West Alabama Juried Show, Double Exposure or
other exhibits at a Bama Theatre gallery. All two-dimensional
pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and
matted, framed and under glass if appropriate. No work should be
submitted that has been executed in a class or workshop.
Maximum size is 5 1/2 feet x 5 1/2 feet, and maximum weight is 50
pounds for all entries.
Works must be brought to The Arts Council office on the 2nd floor
of the PARA Building adjacent to the Bama Theatre, downtown
Tuscaloosa, from Oct. 27 – 31 during the hours of 9 a.m. – noon
and 1 - 4 p.m. The entry deadline is Fri., Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Works
accepted for the exhibit must remain through Dec. 15.
Application forms and a complete schedule are available at The
Arts Council office or on the website at tuscarts.org/competition-
westaljuried.
The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in
Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts
Council, Bama Theatre or Cultural Arts Center, patrons should
like the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre –
Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-
5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

YFU International Exchange Students Coming to Your Community
Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) is one of the oldest and
largest high school intercultural exchange programs in the world.
We are a nonprofit educational program dedicated to advancing
understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through
educational exchanges for youth, families, and communities.
By hosting, families can welcome a global family member to add to
the mix. Students come from 60+ countries with varied interests
and hobbies. Families may choose to host an international
student for a semester, school year or as a “welcome” family. A
welcome family agrees to take a student (or two) for about six
weeks. Choose the next member of your family today (http:
//yfuusa.org/host-a-student/meet-the-students.php)!
The YFU deadline is Aug.31 to secure a host family and school
enrollment for each international student. Visit yfuusa.org or call
800.TEENAGE to learn more and get started on your greatest
journey yet.

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.

USDA Seeks Public Input to Increase Transparency of SNAP
Retailer Data
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public
input concerning a proposal to provide more information to the
public about the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) benefits used by participants at individual
grocery stores and retailers. USDA's goal is to provide as much
transparency as possible on retailer data within the limits of the
law. In doing so, USDA will consider input from a wide variety of
stakeholders through a Request for Information (RFI) published
today in the Federal Register. The RFI seeks public comment on
several questions related to the transparency of SNAP retailer
redemption information.
"Our goal is to provide more transparency so that people can
have access to basic information about the amount of SNAP
benefits that individual grocery stores and retailers are
redeeming," Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon said.
"We hope that this public comment period will be informative as to
how we can do that in the most thoughtful and appropriate way
possible."
The RFI is part of the Obama Administration's ongoing effort to
make government more open and accountable and increase
transparency. Since 1978, USDA has interpreted federal law as
protecting SNAP retailer redemption information. A South Dakota
newspaper successfully challenged that view and the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ultimately agreed, ruling in favor
of the newspaper. The ruling was limited to the interpretation of
Section 9(c) of the Food and Nutrition Act and did not address
whether redemption data constitutes "trade secrets, [or]
commercial or financial information obtained from a person [that
is] privileged or confidential" which would still be protected from
disclosure through Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA).
USDA is now considering whether this redemption data constitutes
confidential business information under FOIA. To make a
determination, USDA is required to seek feedback from affected
stakeholders, specifically SNAP retailers, on whether annual
aggregate redemption data from individual stores is confidential
under FOIA. Additionally, the USDA is considering what, if any,
adjustments should be made to SNAP regulations regarding the
release of SNAP retailer transaction data in the future based on
input from the public. Comments may be submitted through the
Federal Register until September 8, 2014.
SNAP - the nation's first line of defense against hunger - helps put
food on the table for millions of low income families and individuals
every month. As the largest of USDA's 15 nutrition assistance
programs, SNAP has never been more critical to the fight against
hunger. SNAP is a vital supplement to the monthly food budget of
more than 46 million low-income individuals. Nearly half of SNAP
participants are children, nine percent are over 60 and more than
40 percent of recipients live in households with earnings.

ADAI Clean Sweep Program Pesticide Collection Days coming in
September
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in
cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are
conducting two agricultural pesticide collection days, one to be
held Wed., Sept 3 in Baldwin County and another on Thurs., Sept.
4 in Henry County.
The ADAI Clean Sweep Program allows farmers, pesticide
applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators, and
nurseryman, at no cost, to bring up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted
pesticides for safe and environmentally sound disposal.  Products
that will be disposed of include pesticides, insecticides, fungicides,
herbicides, and rodenticides.  Products that have lost registration,
have illegible labels, are out of date, or any of the mentioned
products that you cannot use, are eligible to be disposed of
through this program.  This proper disposal allows individuals to
protect their health and the health of their employees as well as
protect personal property and the environment.
Remember, there is no charge for disposal up to 1,000 pounds of
material, and there will be no questions asked as to why you have
any product.
Farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control
operators, and nurseryman interested in participating in either of
the Clean Sweep Program collection days, need to complete the
form available online at www.agi.alabama.gov/forms/pesticide-
management-forms. Forms are to be returned by mail to: Kristen
Lashley, ADAI Pesticide Management Section, 1445 Federal
Drive, Montgomery, AL 36107 or by fax to the attention of Kristen
(334) 240-7168 FAX.
For details about which agricultural pesticide waste materials that
will be accepted contact Kristen Lashley, ADAI Pesticide
Management Section, by phone at (334) 240-7224 or by email at
Kristen.Lashley@agi.alabama.gov.
The DEADLINE for registration is:  Aug. 21. Registrants will be
contacted for location specifics following the Aug. 21st registration
deadline.
Sumter County Record Journal will be closed for Labor Day.
Deadlines for the Sept. 4th edition are
Friday, Aug. 29, before 4 p.m.