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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 National Day of Prayer events The 2010 Annual National Day of Prayer events will be ob- served this year on May 6. The public is invited. This year&apos;s theme is "PRAYER For Such a Time As This," inspired by Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trou- ble. He cares for those who trust in Him." The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our national heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Con- gress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in form- ing a nation, this corporate prayer has continued throughout American history. President Lincoln, for instance, proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer" in 1863, and a joint resolution by Con- gress in 1952, signed by President Truman, declared an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, that law was amended and signed by President Reagan, per- manently establishing the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday of every May. Each year our nation's president, governors, mayors and other elected officials sign proclamations encouraging all Americans to pray for their country on the National Day of Prayer. There will be a 9 a.m. service at Florala Health and Rehabitation, a noon gathering with prayer and music downtown Florala on the square and an eve- ning event, including community choir, will begin at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Florala. Guest speaker will be "Trippy" McGuire. Letters to God may be dropped off at The Florala News for publication and will be displayed at the evening event. "Trippy " McGuire will be the speaker at First Baptist Church in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer events on Thursday, May 6. At the Aquaculture De- partment at Florala High School, students and super- visors use an anesthesia to put koi fish to sleep, thereby making it easier to perform tasks such as fertilizing eggs in the female koi fish. Shown is Mr. Reeves, or the "Fish Doctor" as the stu- dents refer to him, helping a student inject the anesthe- sia. PACERS holds annual conference in Florala PACERS is a non-profit, The PACERS annual rural association commit- conference was held on ted to sustaining and cel- April 20 on the campuses ebrating rural communi- of Florala High School, Flo- ties and small, rural, public rala City Middle School and schools and linking them W.S.Harlan School. together to build the good Student and teacher futures they seek. It offers participants in projects dis- programs in rural science cussed their work and con- (the solar and aquaculture sultants led workshops to projects), community docu- improve project skill-base. mentation through the arts Areas covered included corn- and sciences (the histories munity newspaper, aquacul- of Florala and Lockhart ture, solar/greenhouse and projects) and entrepreneur- community documentation ship. and entrepreneurship. PACERS also recognizes In the solar and aqua- that schools and school dis- culture projects students tricts have been consistent- use the tolls and concepts of ly closed in the last century various science disciplines and is committed to assist- to raise fish, study solar en- ing communities to main- ergy and application, and tain their schools and build on their strengths. PACERS develops and implements these programs and educa- tional approaches that are relevant to all rural schools. It does so in part to bring statewide attention to the good work of schools. grow plants. These projects assist young adults to be- come competent in science and to be prepared to follow careers in science. The newspaper project at Florala City Middle School, Cat Chronicles, provides students the opportunity to move beyond traditional stu- dent roles and begin to fulfill the tasks ahead of them as professionals. They become actual newspaper editors, reporters, visual document- ers, and historians. The stu- dents' goal is to put out nine papers per school year. The "Reading Writing and Place" project at W.S. Harlan is designed to im- prove students' reading and writing skills and engage them in community docu- mentation activities. As you can see, PAC- ERS is a valuable part of not only Florala's schools, but the future of its young people as well. But PAC- ERS can only do so much. It takes committed citizens, a Community Chapter, to as- sist teachers and students in these projects. PACERS community groups work col- laboratively with the PAC- ERS state organization and help to ensure the continu- ance of these projects. For more information about PACERS visit www. pacersinc.org. Elect GIIEG 00JVHITE State Representative District #92 www-a reawhitecamDaicjn-qom PILl Facebook: Greg White-for State Representative Paid political ad by the Greg White Campaign, P.O. 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O 20t 0 FarPnt Communicatio n(./dl rh reserved. THIS BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING DISPLAY from Auburn University's College of Agriculture, uses waste vegetable oil or animal fat and mixes it with heat, methanol and sodium hydroxide to produce ethanol. Ethanol is nontoxic, biodegradable and high in oxy- gen content making it an effective tool in reducing ozone pollution and a safe alternative to gasoline. At the newspaper session at Florala City Middle School, Fredrick Fluker, Freelance Web Consultant/Web AdministratorGraphic Designer for PACERS, INC., teaches students about how to better utilize graphics to illus- trate articles in a newspaper. FCMS's own Cat Chronicles staff was present to learn more about improving their newspaper. BINGO cerned and there are no plans to abandon the en- deavor. Earlier this year, the city called a press conference and announced the Florala His- torical Society had entered into an agreement with the Gulf Shores developer want- FROM FRONT $600 in stores, but dough tiffs special program call now and claim Phone tines open today at 9am, When they're gon, they'r gone! One Time Public Offer ing to open an electronic bingo facility in the city. During that press confer- ence, Williamson presented a detailed accounting of how revenue from the electionic bingo facility would benefit not only the city and city or- ganizations but the county & data rates as well. In March, Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks finally issued a bingo permit to the Florala Histor- ical Society. However, the permit was not open ended, limited bingo to paper bingo and limited the days and times of the weeks bingo could be played to Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. The permit also requires bingo to be held at the old depot in Florala at 1099 Fifth Street. Members of the Florala Historical Society agreed to Meek's stipulations and re- ceived their permit. The developer wanting to open the electronic bingo fa- cility has gaming interests in 27 states and has a prov- en record. Should Attorney General King find that the electronic bingo machines are in compliance with the law, that could mean the ad- dition of 1,500 jobs and mil- lions in revenue for the city. However, when and if King's opinion would be sought has not been decided.