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THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 PAGE 5 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATI{ )N Tri-City Football And Cheerleader Registration The Tri-City Wildcats will be holding registra- tion on the following dates: July 15 and July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Florala Fire Department meeting room. Registration is $40 for the first child and $35 for any additional children. Play- ers and cheerleaders must be 6 and no older than 12 by August 1, 2010.Please bring a birth certificate if the child did not participate last season. There will be a cheer coaches meeting July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Kiwanis Park. Football coaches meet of July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Park. A few cheer coaches are still needed. Anyone interested please attend. These meetings are very important. The next football meet- ing is scheduled for July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Park. Stokes Family Reunion Set The William Peter Stokes family reunion will be hosted by the fam- ily of James and Syretha Stokes of Laurel Hill, FL on Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Au- burn Pentecostal Church Rec. Room at 6144 Hwy 85 north in Crestview, FL. Bring a couple of cov- ered dishes to share. For more information call Tammy Stokes-Harrison at 850-902-0144. Adoptive/FOster Parents Needed DHR is embarking on a campaign to recruit more foster/adoptive families. DHR finalized more than 600 adoptions for children in their foster care system. According to national es- timates, if nothing changes by the year 2020, nearly 14 million confirmed cas- es of child abuse and ne- glect will be reported, and 22,500 children will die of abuse or neglect, most be- fore their fifth birthdays. "No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a lifetime for a young person in fos- ter care. We need fami- lies to open their hearts and open their homes for these children in need," said a spokesperson. Visit www.dhr.alabama. gov or call 1-866-4ALKids (1-866-425-5437) or Cov- ington County Department of Human Resources (334-427-7900) to find out about the many different ways to get involved. United Funds Applications Available The Covington County United Fund officers and directors would like to re- mind everyone that the 2011 United Fund appli- cations are available at the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce, Opp Cham- ber of Commerce, Florala Chamber of Commerce and Greg White's office. Applications can also be obtained by calling 334-222-2714. Application deadline is July 8, 2010. Gladys Milton Library Reading Program Make a splash, read and learn Thursdays, 9 a.m. at the Gladys Milton Library, 261 Flowersview Blvd. in Paxton. The Walton County Public Library Sys- tem's Summer Reading Program, "Make a Splash, Read" will feature a differ- ent theme each week. For more information call the Gladys Milton Library at 834-5383, Cancer Support Group Meeting Comfort Care Hospice is facilitating a Cancer Sup- port Group in Florala. It is open to all cancer patients, caregivers, family mem- bers and friends to help deal with the emotions of cancer. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. at the Florala Memorial Hospital dining room. Tri-Cities Chamber Meeting The Tri-Cites Cham- ber of Commerce meets the first Monday of every month at the Ladies Club- house on Wildflower ,&v- enue. For additional informa- tion contact the chamber at 858-6252, email trici- ties@gtcom.net. AA Meetings Held At APC Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings are held at Alabama','Power Company Community Building, locat- ed at 1293 5th Street, Flora- la Dwight Ward of Andalusia is he spokesperson at the meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Senior Citizen Center Activities Area senior citizens are invited to the Senior Citizens Center for meals, dominoes, bingo, medicine management, programs of interest and much more. Doors are open from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m. Vans are available for seniors' con- venience, whether to go to the doctor, shopping downtown, drugstore, or transportation to center and back home. There is an age requirement, par- ticipants must be sixty years of age to attend, and fill out an application. The center is located at 1338 4th Street. Call 858-3310 for infor- mation. Toll-Free Number To County Announced Covington County resi- dents who wish to submit a work order to the county now have a toll-free num- ber in order to do so, The new in-bound toll free phone number for the County Engineer's office is (877) 895-2620. 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 web- site at paxtonalumniasso- ciation.com or call Phil An- derson at 850-419-1951. Paxton Ruritan Collecting Old Flags The Paxton Ruritan Club is collecting old, worn or tat- tered U.S. flags. The flags will be ceremonially burned in accordance with full flag disposal etiquette practices. Individuals or businesses may drop off the flags at the Paxton City Hall or by contacting a member of the paxton Ruritan Club. For more information contact Missy Bolen at 850-834-5606. Kiwanis Club Seeking Members The Kiwanis Club of the Tri Cities, Florala meets at Florala City Middle School cafeteria every Thursday at 6 p.m. Business meet- ings are last meeting of the month. Everyone is welcome. For information about be- coming a member call Blair Henson at (334) 858-3217. Area Angel Food Ministries Program 6th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church is the An- gel Food Ministries host site for residents of Florala and surrounding counties. A new menu is released monthly, regular unit of food is $30 with an esti- mated value of $50-$70. Meat. only specials are also available with restric- tions. This is available to anyone regardless of in- come, cash, money orders or EBT food stamps are accepted. Food must be pre-or- dered and can be viewed at angelfoodministries.com. Orders can be dropped off at Dixie Signs or 6th Ave- nue Cleaners. For more in- formation call Miss Pinkie Williams at 334-858-7738. MASTAR Boiled Peanut Sale MASTAR will begin their boiled peanut sale on Fri- day, July 9 and Saturday, July 10. Sales will be held each weekend through July 30 and 31 by members of Lodge #685 and Chapter #441. Jackson Family Reunion set The Jackson Family Re- union will be held Satur- day, July 24 at Tyner Sta- tion (the old L&N Depot) in Florala from 10 a.m. until. All friends and family are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish and lots of memories to share. All pa- per products, meats and tea will be provided. Tick- ets will be sold for a quilt give-away. For more informa- tion call Vickie Gilley at 334-858-2225 or Jackie Jackson at 334-858-6994. Tea Party Meeting The Tea Party Patriots of Covington County, AL will be having their next meet- ing on July 8 at the Ameri- can Legion on Hwy 29 in Andalusia, AL at 6 p.m. Speaker will be the head of the local 911 office for some brief information. After will be a discussion about where the group goes from that point. Common Sense Campaign Q&A Session The Common Sense Campaign will have a Q&A for the candidates for Ala- bama's 2nd Congressional District featuring Dr. John Killian, noted MD, pastor and political commentator on July 10 at the American Legion Hall in Andalusia, AL. Doors open at 10 a:m. A lunch of sausage dogs, chips, cakes and tea will be available for $4.00. PHS Class of 1970 Reunion Set Paxton High School Class of 1970's reunion will be held Saturday, July 31 at Country Folks Restau- rant at 6 p.m. A school tour will be held at 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Barbara (Ballard) Smith at 850-834-2543. Florala City Hall News The City of Florala's reg- ular council meetings are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. The City of Florala's schedule for picking up residential debris will be as follows: Monday and Tuesday - yard trash and debris Wednesday House- hold items, such as dis- carded furniture and card- board boxes. Metal items must be in a separate pile. Send COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS to 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 or e-mail: floralanews@ fairpoint.net Ned Turner of Laurel Hill, FL celebrated his 83rd birth- day with family at David's Catfish House in Andalusia, AL on July 1. Pictured with Ned are his grandchildren, Bran- don and Sarah Patton. Jox Fam ily holds 135th reunion Descendants of Elijah and Florence Parker Cox celebrated their 135th re- union on Saturday, July 3 at Florala High School. Elijah and Florence had thirteen children. Seven families of those children were represented. The fam- ily of James Franklin Cox won the trophy for having the largest number of their family present. Joyce Blalock, a descen- dant of John Cox, Elijah's brother, met with the group. She gave information about the book she is having pub- lished on Cox genealogy. The book will include the Elijah Cox family. A time of remembrance was held for Annie Steese Cox Harrison who passed away during the previous year. A covered dish lunch and a time of fellowship was enjoyed by all present. The next annual reunion will be held July 2, 2011. You and Your Money submitted by Community Bankers Association of Alabama A perplexing problem with the recently-enacted health care legislation has arisen even before it becomes fully in place in 2014. And this has profound implica- tions for the future of health care. Recent news stories have noted that physicians across the country are limiting Medicare patients. They are either refusing to accept new Medicare patients or limiting the number of current patients they retain af- ter they enroll in Medicare. Surveys among physicians indicate that from 15 per- cent to 30 percent have been forced to limit patients. This varies by medical specialty. The top two reasons physicians give for limiting Medicare patients is the ongoing threat of future pay- ment cuts and the fact that payment rates are already too low. This does not bode well for the future of health care reform since the first of the baby boomers--those born between 1946 and 1964--will start enrolling in Medicare in less than six months. The problem will be further exacerbated with their entry onto the Medicare rolls. The scenario that is unfolding illustrates several principles that lawmakers overlooked when framing the massive overhaul of the health care system earlier this year. Perhaps the most important is the basic eco- nomic principle of supply and demand. In passing the health care reform legislation, Con- gress increased the demand for physicians by adding 30 million people--many of whom will be on Medicare or its cousin, Medicaid--over the next several years. They did this without taking action to increase the supply of physicians or to adequately fund the cost of Medicare. At the time health care reform was enacted, there was already a shortage of primary care physicians. What does this mean for the future? Despite the rhetoric when the legislation was passed, the cost of health care will increase. We as taxpayers will foot the bill. i:i iii  Paxton Baptist Church Date: July 11-16th Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM Meal served at 5:30, come early. phone 834-2718