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5 5,::~' ~ ~ ~ ~,~-~ '.:r = -: - ESTABLISHED 1900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Eight Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEENTH YEAR NUMBER 21 " 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 50 PER ISSUE (SAtESTAX INCLUDED) P MAGNOLIA BAPTIST CHURCH m - The Southern Outlaw Dragboat Association held a boat drag racing Lake Jackson in FlOrala last Saturday. on a race course of 800 feet with the fastest boats was sanctioned:by the American Outboard As- to the shores of Lake Lisa - Magnolia Baptist Church will have its annual School Supply Give-A-Way on Satur- day, August 11, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. The church is located on Highway 602 in Laurel Hill, FL. The church was given a doublewide modular a few years ago which houses a clothing min- istry. The clothes are laundered, inspected and sized. Families are able to pick out 3 outfits per child. Volunteers are also on hand to give free haircuts and if time allows, adults may get cuts also. The clothing min- istry runs year round. Advertised openings are about 3 times a year and anytime someone has a need, the church is available to help. The church is very small, but God has so blessed them with their ministries. Don't think that because the church is lcoated in Florida, that Florala's support is not going, to benefit the Florala, Lockhart students. Emphasis is on ministries to benefit both small towns which have few job opportu- nities. Numerous stu: dents received school supplies last year. For questions or di- rections call the church office at 850-652-2300 and leave a message, all calls will be returned. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 776, Laurel Hill, FL 32567. "Late" donations are valuable because supplies are re- plenished for an event in September. / i II In I With August llth almost here, Alabama 811 hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural re- minder for residents to call 811 prior to any dig- ging project to have un- derground utility lines marked. Every hour, more than six damages to buried utilities occur because someone decid- ed to dig without first calling 811. When calling 811, or placing online requests at www.al811.com through the Web Portal or Mobile Application, homeowners and con- tractors are connected to Alabama 811, a free service to the excavat- ing community, which notifies member utility companies of their in- tent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to J see 811 page 2 Last Friday, Governor Kay Ivey announced the 200 schools selected as official Alabama Bi- centennial Schools. Governor Ivey was joined at the announcement by superintendents, princi- pals, teachers, students, and administrators from the selected schools along with legislators and other dignitaries from across the state. Launched by Governor Ivey in December 2017, the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative en- courages all public, private, and homeschool stu- dents and teachers to participate in the celebra- tion of Alabama's 200th anniversary of statehood in 2019. In early 2018, all K-12 schools in Alabama were invited to submit a proposal that engages in outreach and improvement projects to connect their classrooms with their local communities. From a competitive pool of nearly 400 propos- als, 200 schools were selected to be official Ala- bama Bicentennial Schools and receive $2,000 grants to support the implementation of their projects. Additionally, 56 schools received honor- able mentions and $500 grants. Schools were cho- sen through a review process involving commit- tees of local educators, community leaders, and private citizens. "It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program. It is an honor to recognize these outstanding schools and their projects as we head into Ala- ' bama's bicentennial year," Governor Ivey said. The Florala News " 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 8 Illi!!i!!lll!l!l!!Ullll ' rhe Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bringing communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal." Representing all corners of the state, the se- lected schools have developed a wide variety of projects that will make meaningful contributions to their local communities. Ranging from oral history projects to community gardens to men- torship programs, these projects will foster new relationships between schools, students, and local citizens, extending well beyond Alabama's bicen- tennial celebration. "One of the core objectives of the bicentennial is to get Alabamians thinking about what makes our state special, and what they want it to be," said Steve Murray, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission's Education Committee. ' he terrific projects developed by the Alabama Bicentennial Schools will create opportunities for students to learn about the importance of community, and to discover the ability they have to shape the future of their corner of the state." The, . ba Bicentennial Schools Initiative is prese artnership by Alabama 200, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). Other surrounding county schools also selected Bicentennial Schools include: Coffee County - Elba Elementary School and Elba High School Conecuh County- Lyeffion Jr. High School The City of Florala announced with great sadness last week the sudden passing of Mi- chael Schofield. He passed away at his hpme on August 1. He was a valued member of the Street Department team and will be greatly. missed. He loved fishing the lakes and rivers around Florala and Covington County and hunting, and especially enjoyed working on his farm and with his cows. He was an avidAlabama football fan. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 4 at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel of Lock- hart. . "