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\ i THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017" PAGE 5 TRI-CITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held a ribbon cutting at Florala's newest business, Tiers of Joy, located on 5th Avenue in downtown Florala last week. Owner Angela Chatman and family served delicious refreshments to all those who attended. by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens Ask Rusty - Child Benefits Stopped at 18 Dear Rusty: I received my Social Security payment for February but not for the month of March. I've seen rumors about how they might cut Social Security checks from people in general, and I really hope that's not why I didn't get my check. I als0 turned 18 in mid-February and I'm not sure if that made my checks stop coming even though I am still a full time stu- dent in school which should allow me to keep getting benefits until I graduate. I've also seen that they might have changed the dates I get my check. I've always gotten my check on the third Wednesday of ev- ery n onth but I don't know why they would change it now. I'm not sure about all of this and any information you can give before I go to my Social Security of- fice would be very much appreciated, I'm just a bit worried and con- fused. Signed: Worried Student Dear Worried: First, to dispel the rumors you've heard, there are no cuts in So- cial Security so that is not why you haven't re- ceived your March pay- ment. Also, the dates for receiving Social Se- curity payments have not changed; if you are receiving your check by U.S. Marl, any delay is probably due to the Post Office. Since you're 18 and in school, you have been most likely been receiv- ing dependent minor benefits based upon a parent's Social Security work record. We note that as a minor your dependent benefit pay- ments would usually go to a Representative Payee (usually a parent or guardian). A minor's dependent benefits stop at age 18 unless they are a full time student at an elementary or sec- ondary school, in which case they stop when you graduate or 2 months after you turn 19, whichever occurs first. However, before you turn 18 you must notify Social Security that you are still in school. Three months be- fore your 18th birthday, Social Security should have sent you or your Representative Payee a notice that your ben- efits would end when you turned 18 unless you are still in school, along with a form to complete and return if you are still a student. If you did not Complete this form, have it certi- fied by a school official, and submitit to Social Security before your 18th birthday, that is the reason your benefit stopped. If that is the case, you should imme- diately notify Social Se- curity that you are still a student, get the re- quired form at https:/! www. ssa. gov/fo r m s/ ssa-1372.pdf, complete it and have it certified by a school official, and take it immediately to your local Social Secu- rity office to have your benefit reinstated. You can find the location and hours of your local Social Security office by going to! locator. The information presented in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The opinions and in- terpretations expressed in this article are the viewpoints of the AMAC Foundation's Social Se- curity Advisory staff, trained and accredited under the National So- cial Security Advisors program of the Nation- al Social Security As- sociation, LLC (NSSA). NSSA, the AMAC Foun- dation,: and the Foun- dation's Social Security Advisors are not affili- ated with or endorsed by the United States Government, the Social Security Administra- tion, or" any other state government. Further- more, the AMAC Foun- dation and its staff do not provide legal or ac- counting services. The Foundation welcomes questions from readers regarding Social Secu- rity issues. To submit a request, contact the Foundation at info@ Mary Louise (Gor- don) Perry is proud to announce that her granddaughter, Kait- lyn Yantz of Traverse City, MI, is graduating with her Associates De- gree from Northwest- ern Michigan College. Kaitlyn has worked very hard the past two years in all her classes, The Florala Study Club met Wednesday, April 12, in the commu- nity room of the Florala Public Library. Mem- bers enjoyed a time of fellowship and wonder- ful Easter'themed re- freshments provided by Jo Jones. President Kim Wil- liamson called the meeting to order. Min- utes were read from the last meeting in March and the treasurer re- port was given. Bal- Average retail gaso" line prices in Alabama have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daffy sur- vey of 3,348 gas outlets in Alabama. This com- pares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.38!g, according to gasoline price website GasBud- Including the change in gas prices in Alabama during the past week, prices yesterday were 12.4 cents per gallon Paxton Garden Club has started their 2017 fundraising with the introduction of a new hand-quilted hand -pieced quilt by the Florala Senior Citizens Center Quilters, includ- ing Nell Davis, Jeledia Pitman, and Estelle Norman. Funds raised are used for community service work including Thanksgiving food bas- kets, fruit baskets for the needy, and Paxton Christmas lights judg- ing. Quilt chances are obtaining an award for being in the top10% of all two year colleges and making the Dean's List all four semesters. Kaitlyn will be trans- ferring to Lake Supe- rior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI this fall to finish her degree in Wildlife Man" lots were passed out to the members present and a written vote was taken on recommended prospects for possible membership. A letter will be sent to the can- didates receiving a ma- jority vote of approval. Each member received a postcard to fill-out in support of library ser- vices to their congress- man. President Trump has proposed a cut in library funding to rural higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national aver- age has increased 5.1 cents per gallon dur- ing the last month and stands 15.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. According to Gas- Buddy historical data, gasoline prices on May 1 in Alabama have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.02/g in 2016, $2.38/g in 2015, $3.57/g in 2014, $3.26/g in 2013 and $3.65/g in 2012. $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Tickets may be purchased from any club member: Jerleen H. Skirven, president; Dorothy Skirven Dea- son, vice-president; Armelda Orme, secre- tary; Estelle Norman, treasurer; Mary Smith, chaplin; Mary Wilker- son and Sandy Hossack, membership and social director. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at Paxton City agement. Her other, Elizabeth Yantz is just as proud and excited for the next chapter of her daugh- ter's life. Kaitlyn loves the outdoors and has been taking photos of nature and wildlife of all sorts since she was 9 years old. She has had some of her prints in muse- ums and has won sev- eral awards. . Mary Louise has so much to be proud of. Louise is a former Flor- ida resident and now lives in Lake Michigan. She enjoys her Florala News paper. and small communities libraries. Diane Stevenson presented a program "Southern Porches". Front porches are a southern tradition. They provide shade for a cool place to sit in the hot summers. A porch or patio is the soul of a house. I tis a place to so- cialize with neighbors, relatives, and friends. Many southern porches have wicker furniture to sit on. Some porches are screened to keep pesky mosquitoes away. Some may have electric fans on the ceiling or floor. A porch is a wonderful place to talk, drink tea or lemonade, eat snacks or meals, or just take a nap! It is a shame so many porches are no used anymore. The next meeting will be May 10 with pro- gram leader Gayle Rob" bins. Areas near Alabama and their current gas price climate: Birmingham- $2.13/g, down 2.3 cents per gallon from last week's $2.15/g. Montgomery- $2.14/g, down 3.5 cents per gal- lon from last week's $2.17/g. Huntsville- $2.17/g, down 1.3 cents per gal- lon from last week's $2.18!g. "An oversupply of gasoline as refiners ramp up production will continue to exert down- ward Pressure on prices at the pumps. The ha- tional average gasoline price of $2.35 per gallon is a mere 14 cents high- er than a year ago, down from a gap of nearly 40 cents just months ago," said Dan McTeague, GasBuddy senior pe- troleum analyst. "The expected bump in fuel demand doesn't seem to be coming, leaving re- fineries with a lot of in: ventory that has yet to find a market. Gas pric- es appear poised to drop yet again this week." For live fuel price av- erages, visit http:!/Fu- elInsights.GasBuddy. com. QUILTERS - Nell Davis, Jeledia Pitman, and Estelle Norman. Hall from September through May. The Club held their annual Senior Citizens Spring Fling dinner re- cently at the Paxton Ag- riculture Center. Alarge amount of food, des- sertS and drinks were enjoyed. Rex Quails en- tertained playing music and singing. FROM FRONT funding measures thanks to local bills passed in recent years. Several other counties are pushing measures to do the same. It makes sense for this funding to be available for all district attorneys. The best and surest way to make that happen is for the ABC Board to sup- port additional funding that goes to our law en- forcement community. All Of the funds raised will go to DAs and the courts. On behalf of MADD Alabama and our support- ers, and for the cause of justice, I urge the board to take this small step to ensure our prosecutors have the resources they need. - Pamela Morton of Montgomery is state victims services coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Alabama. If you have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer or have lost a loved one to Ovarian Cancer, call us. You may be entitled to compensation. The Law Offices of G. 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