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THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009 PAGE 5 CoMMuNIty HAP00NINGS i MSgt. D. iggs retires MSS  P Th,% progra ,77 p=rt from A,r Force Pageant Scheduled nership between SARCOA Florala City Middle School will be sponsoring the Miss Florala Beauty Pageant on February 21, 6 p.m. at the FCMS auditorium. The pageant is for students enrolled at W.S. Harlan, FIo- rala City Middle School and Florala High School. Deadline for entry forms and a $35 entry fee is Feb- ruary 13. Entry forms may be picked up and turned in at one of the following schools: W.S. Harlan, Florala City Middle School or Florala High School. Call FCMS for additional information at 334-858-3642. Tri-Cities Chamber Meeting The Tri-Cites Chamber of. Commerce meets the first Monday of every month at the "Old National Guard Armory" on 5th Street. For additional informa- tion contact the chamber at 858-6252, email tricities@ Dementia Support Group Offered Are you dealing with the forgetfulness of a loved one? Do you need some support to emet the challenges of deal- ing with dementia? Florala Health and Rehabilitation would like to develop a sup port group for family members and caregivers who are living with or caring for a loved one who is coping with memory problems, Alzheimer's Dis- ease, and/or dementia. Anyone interested in joining a dementia support group should contact Jeana Spears or Sandy Williford at 858-8585. Senior Citizen Centers Activities Area senior citizens are invited to the Senior Citizens Center for meals, dominoes, bingo, medicine manage- ment, programs of interest and much more. Doors are open from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m. Vans are available for se- niors' conven=ence, whether to go to the doctor, shop- ping downtown, drugstore, or transportation to center and back home. There is an age requirement, partici- pants must be sixty years of age to attend, and fill out an application. The center is lo- cated at 1338 4th Street. Call 858-3310 for information. Area Angel Food Ministries 6th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church is the Angel Food Ministries host site for residents of Florala and sur- rounding counties. A new menu is released monthly, regular unit of food is $30 with an estimated value of $50-$70. Meat only specials are also available with restrictions. This is avail- able to anyone regardless of income, cash, money orders or EBT food stamps are ac- cepted. Food must be pre-ordered and can be viewed at angel- Orders can be dropped off at Dixie Signs or 6th Avenue Clean- ers. For more information call Miss Pinkie Williams at 334-858-7738. CC SenioRx Assistance Inf0 Have you recently been "Determined Disabled" through the Social Security Administration? Are you in the 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage to begin? Disabled individuals of any age in the 24-month waiting period as well as those indi- viduals 55 years old or older can recewe free prescrip- tion medications through the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA) SeniorRx program. Some re- strictions apply. Please call Ms. Diane Lawrence at the SenioRx office in Opp, AL 1-334-493-1699 to see if you qualify. Office hours are Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 and the Alabama Department of Senior Services. AA Meetings Held At APC Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings are held at Alabama Power Company Community Building, located at 1293 5th Street, Florala Dwight Ward of Andalusia is he spokesperson at the meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. PHS Alumni Meets The Paxton High School Alumni Association meets the second Monday of the month in Mrs. Anderson's fourth grade classroom, room 802; at 6 p.m. For information on the alumni association, visit the website at paxtonalum- niassociation.con or call Phil Anderson at 850-419-1951. Florala City Hall Announcements The City of Florala now has an Animal Controller. Con- tact 858-3612 with any issues with nuisance animals. Reminder: The City of Florala's regular council meetings are the 2nd and 4th ... MSgr. Diggs Master Sergeant Geoffrey Diggs was honored at a re- tirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base in California on February 6. He was born on Septem- ber 21, 1963 in Florala, graduated from Florala High School in 1981 and enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in July 1986. Upon completion of basic military training at Lack- land AFB, TX, Diggs report- ed to the "Able Chief' Course at Sheppard AFB, TX. Af- ter completing the train- Hunters) and 3380th Or- ganizational Maintenance Squadrons. As a flight me- chanic, he flew over 10 hur- ricane and numerous drug interdiction missions. When the active duty hurricane missions were passed on to the Air Force Reserves, Airman Diggs moved to the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron in which he provided support on nu- merous joint forces exercis- es. In February 1993, then Sergeant Diggs, was as- signed to RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom as a mem- ber of the 7th Special Opera- tions Squadron (SOS). When the 7th SOS was reassigned to RAF Mildenhall, he fol- lowed suit. While there he flew various missions to Bosnia, Sarajevo, and was a member of the first unit to deploy in support of the Rwandan 'Relief Effort. In February 1999, Diggs moved to Little Rock AFB, AR where he was assigned to the 314th Maintenance Squadron in the elite Aero I Hilary, Christin and Bryson along with Katherine Dukes and Rose Crockett take pleasure in announcing the marriage of Angela Nicole Dukes to Charles Edward Crockett, Jr. at Chapel Hill Baptist Church on February 14, 2009 at 3 o'clock in the aftemoon. Close friends and family are invited to attend. Sharing also in the joy of this day are Gilbert Dukes, Glynis Crawford and Charles Edward Crockett, Sr. "'Gone But Never Forgotten" Bass Tournament Seeking Entries The Florala Masonic Cel- ebration Committee will sponsor its annual bass tour- nament on June 20 at Lake Jackson City Park (airplane landing). Check in time starts at 4:15 a.m. and stops at 12 noon. All boats must meet the standards for safe boating. Due to the size of the lake, there will be a 20 boat limit. There areonly a few spots left open. Entry fee is $30.00 per boat (no more than 2 people per boat), which in- cludes Big Bass Pot.Guaran- teed spots must be in by April 1. Entry forms can be picked up at The Florala News. For more information call Betty Hargrove at 858-6430. Movie Night Saturday at FCMS' The Florala Recreation Board will sponsor a movie night Saturday, February 14 at Florala City Middle School. Movie times for students K-6 will be from 3-5 p.m. and grade 7-12 from 7-9 p.m. Admittance will be a non- perishable food item. Once students enter, they can't leave until the movie is over. returned to his assigned Reserve Unit, the 919th Consolidated Aircraft Main- tenance Squadron, Duke Field, FL. There he per- formed crew chief duties on the AC-130A Gunships. As a crew chief, he participat- ed in joint forces exercises in British Columbia, sup- ported shuttle launch mis- sions at Cape Kennedy, FL, and trained Foreign Service C-130 maintenance person- nel. s Airman Diggs decided to enter active duty service on May 15, 1988. His first duty station was Keesler AFB, MS where he performed main- tenance on the WC-130 in support of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance (Hurricane God's Valentine Winter wears her snow white dress, under clouds of silver gray. Chickadees with yellow breast, now hop around and play! The frozen beauty of God's world shows glimpses of bright red. A cardinal wings his way to earth where gloominess lay in- stead! He searches every blade of grass, that's glistening in the snow. Trees are standing stark and bare with feathered friends be- low! Our Lord looks down from up above and plans His great de- sign! Along with winter's spar- kling dress, He leaves His valentine! Mary Ann Whiddon This Week's Recipe PICKLED EGGS IN A JAR 1 dozen eggs, boiled and peeled 1 onion, sliced 1 big bell pepper, sliced 7-9 garlic cloves vinegar Tony Chachere's seasoning (or salt & pepper) red pepper While the eggs are boiling pre- pare the veggies. Put everything in a huge jar and add vinegar & seasonings. Shake the jar with lid on to mix things. Refrigerate & enjoy. dent, and Additional Duty First Sergeant. In July 2005, Sergeant Diggs followed his i0assion and completed the Air Force First Sergeants Academy and was assigned to the 60th Surgical Operations and Inpatient Operations Squadron, Travis AFB, CA. Sergeant Diggs is mar- ried to the former Juliet Pitts and they have one son, Geordi. He is the son of Mary Gates and grandson of Vur- nies Adams, both of Florala. Daffodil Garden Club holds meeting The Daffodil Garden Club met on January 20, 2009, at the Florala Public Library. The following members were present: Mamie Clary, Peggy Woodham, Monetha Baldwin, Rita Moseley, Mary Robbins and Debbie Robbins. Refreshments were en- joyed by all, after wlich the meeting was called to order by President Rita Moseley, followed by Mamie Clary reading "The Garden Club Prayer." The business meet- ing was held and Debbie Robbins gave an informative program on "Daffodils" - the care of threm prior to bloom- ing as well as after. 52 opportunities, He will remain a member of the Board of Directors for $B&T Bank and 3U of 2007,:The erican ......... ::::::::::::: $B&T Bank, : : said. "It's been the big part my life for a long time. The Lord has blessed me in manv, many ways." past travel wEh his wife, Ga!l Hayes, who is Currently the principal in pa Hayes will be held at the location On February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to I:00 p.m. approximate y Head Start Is Seeking Students Head Start is recruiting for the 2009-2010 school year. Head Start requires that their program has full enrollment by the first day of class. Re- cruitment is on-going. A cer- tified birth certificate (they serve 3-5 year olds), proof of in(ome (taxes), Medicaid card and proof of disability (if applicable), and an up-to- date immunization card(blue card) is needed to register. Parent or legal guardian must make application. Space is limited. Contact the Florala Head Start at 858-3060 for more information or to get an ap- plication. The Head Start pro- gram is free. The 24th of June Commit- tee will meet the first and thirrd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the MASTAR Building. The first meeting will be on Monday, February 16. The 139th Annual June 24th Masonic Celebration will be held the week of June 20-27, 2009. 24th of June Committee Meeting Dates Florala Library Storytime at Florala Public Library invites children ages 2-4 to join Miss Laura every Tuesday at 10 a.m. fop sto- ries, crafts, fun and it's all free! Monday of each month in the ing at Sheppard, he went Repair Section. Broadening Council Chambers at 6:30 to Pope AFB, NC where he his horizons, he usedhis ex- ! p.m., mastered the "C-130 Crew perience to perform duties f Chief Course. in Quality Assurance, as the Storytime At Airman Diggs finally flight NCOIC, Superinten-