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THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018- PAGE 3 Milton Memorial Anniversary Milton Memorial Birthing Center will celebrate its 42nd an- niversary on Sunday, August 12. The cel- ebration will be held at the Flowersview Community Center in Flowersview, FL. Cel- ebration starts at 2 p.m. with dinner with the program beginning at4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Questions or additional information, call Maria Milton 850- 834-2946. Cogongrass Control Program The Covington County Soil & Water District is announc- ing their Cogongrass control program for interested Coving- ton County landown- ers. Landowners with Cogongrass can complete an applica- tion at the Covington County Soil & Water District Office located in the Service Cen- ter at 23952 Hwy 55, Suite 1, Andalusia, AL 36420. Worthless Check Unit In Florala The Covington County District Attor- ney's Worthless Check Unit is in Florala every second Thursday of the month on Florala's Municipal Court date in order to help local businesses collect on worthless checks. This is a free service provided by the Dis- trict Attorney's Office. Story Time At Florala Library Story Time at FIo- raid Public Library in- vites children ages 2-4 to join Miss Lori every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for story time Stories, crafts, fun and it's all free! nior Center is waiting for you! Hours: Mon- day-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Transporta- tion is available lo- cally for shopping, ap- pointments and to and from the center during operating hours. Must call at least 24 hours in advance. Join in for a nutri- tious hot lunch, activi- ties, and enrichment. Also a valuable re- source for networking with different agen- cies. Daily events in- clude nutritious, hot lunch, crafting/quilt- ing, dominoes, cards, etc socialization, and resources. Monthly events include bingo, movies, and birthday celebrations. Special events include day trips, guest speakers, enrichment activities, potluck days, and din- ner events. For more informa- tion, call 334-858-3310 or stop by and visit at 1338 4th Street, FIo- raid. Toll-Free County # Covington County residents who wish to submit a work order to the county can call toll-free to the County Engineer's office at (877) 895-2620 or 334-428-2620. Alcoholics Anonymous The Florala Chapter of Alcoholics Anony- mous will hold weekly meetings at the old Florala City Middle School Cafeteria on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. Call 858-1188 for additional information. The group supports Cancer Freeze, the Gator Trot, Paxton Little League team sponsor, Paricake Breakfast, and "Cook- ies with Santa" prior to the Christmas parade in downtown Florala. Pewter Christmas Ornaments are sold lo- cally and through any member to promote the historical buildings of Florala. For more informa- tion call Rhea Golden, membership chairman at 615-456-3775 or Melisa Powell at 757- 812-5261. Veteran's Outreach Kiwanis Club Seeking Members Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club of Florala meets the first and third Thursday of each month at Alabama Land & Home Realty office in Florala at 5:30 p.m. Kiwanis is a Global organization of mem- bers dedicated to serv- ing the children of the A Veteran's Out- reach Support Group will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at Comfort Care Hos- pice, 820 South Three Notch Street in Andalu- sia, AL. Any veteran, active military, family member or concerned citizen is invited. For more information call 334-427-4000. regarding information on becom- ing a member. Guests are welcomed at the meetings. Adoptive/ Foster Parents Needed DHR is embarking on a campaign to re- cruit more foster/adop- tive families. DHR fi- nalized more than 600 adoptions for children in their foster care sys- tem. According to nation- al estimates, if nothing changes by the year 2020, nearly 14 mil- lion confirmed cases of child abuse and ne- glect will be reported, and 22,500 children will die of abuse or ne- glect, most before their fifth birthdays. "No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do some- thing positive that will change a lifetime for a young person in fostercare. We need families to open their hearts and open their homes for these chil- dren in need," said a spokesperson. Visit or call 1-866-4ALKids (1-866-425-5437) or Covington County De- partment of Human Resources (334-427- 7900) to find out about the many different ways to get involved. Debris Pickup Policy The City of Florala's regular Council Meet- ings are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Residents of the City of Florala are al- lowed access to the city's dumpsters lo- cated at the City Yard, 1815 9th Street, from the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thurs- days, to discard small amounts of household items and yard debris. The city truck will pickup debris on Mon- day, Wednesday and Friday of each week. One truck load per month for each resident is free, each additional truck load is $100.00 per truck. Vegetation and limb debris must be stacked separately from household items. Residents who hire a contractor to clean up brush and trees need to make sure that contractor knows that it is their responsibil- Free GED THE INVAS1-VE Cogongrass. by Chris Mead, Soil Conservationist Natural Resource and Conservation Service Cogongrass is one of the 10 worst weeds in the world because it is expensive to control, and it even- tually destroys entire ecosystems. Worse yet, is this invasive is steadily marching across Alabama. Today, Covington County has significantly more Cogongrass than the 1,150 documented infesta- tions covering 173 football fields from a dated 2012 survey. Anyone who understands this invasive ponders what the Covington County landscape will look like in the future. Open your eyes because it is blooming this time of year. If you know what to look for Cogongrass can be seen every day infesting more and more right of ways, forests, agriculture, commercial, and indus- trial areas. Why are landowners allowing this ag- gressive invasive to take root on our property? The answer is simple, this problem just doesn't rank high enough on the list, yet! Notice the Cogongrass infestation in the picture above is typical of what we see when driving down our Covington County roads. The Covington County Soil & Water District is announcing their Cogongrass control program for interested Covington County landowners. Land- owners with Cogongrass can complete an applica- tion at the Covington County Soil & Water District Office located in the Service Center at 23952 Hwy 55, Suite 1, Andalusia, AL 36420. For more information call 334-222-3519, Ext #3. The free GED class- es in Florala will meet at the former Florala Middle School, adja- cent to the Head Start classroom on Tues- days and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. LBW Community College offers free GED Classes in An- dalusia, Opp, Florala, Luverne, and Green- ville. Day and evening classes are available to prepare students for the GED test. If you are 17 years old or older and not enrolled in public school, you are eligible for these Z FREE classes. In- Florala Head Start world. Members of all ity to have the debris structional methods Enrollment ages attend meetings, removed. All leaves are based on individu- Florala Head Start experience fellowship, must be bagged be- al student's needs and Covington County is accepting 2018- raise funds for various fore pickup. Tires or may include one-on- 2019 enrollment ap- causes and participate paint cans cannot beone tutoring, group in-Co ngton CoUnty's want the who]e county plications. Apply today in service projects that picked up as these struction, and comput- VoluntaryOrgamzaL covered~' state(] Har- as space is limited, help their community, items must be dis- er-based instructional tions Active Lri Disas This is an oppor- All interested areposed of as set by Ala- programs, ter ) h s:: about tumty for those who asked to join the club bama and EPA laws. Build a brighter fu- 50 volmzteer members have expressed a de- ture with LBWCC's Adult Education Pro- gram. For more infor- mation, contact 334- 493-5344. but is seeking more ac- sire to help those in cording to Emergency need during a disaster Management ency tolend a hand. (EVA)Director Susan Making resources Harris. available following Harris spoke to the: a diaster takes time, Send week:, regarding the also takes hands and COMMUNITY orga tion: : :feet, saidnar s. HAPPENINGS is composed ofvolun- Harris urges resi- teers, age 18 years or dents to ,plan ahead of to: older. The groups put, any impending disas- 1155 5th Street pose is to help during ter and get prepared. Florala, AL 36442 a time of need follow- It is too late to take or ing a disaster in theaction when the emer- areas of shelter, supply gency sirens start go- e-mail: floralanews@ assistance as directed mation visit the Face- by the EVA. book page Covington fax: or caU mg EMA at "222 428 334-858-3786 the Florala area. "We 2670, This program does not discriminate on the If further information is basis of race, color, and help make the sex, age, disability, community a better required, contact City religion, or national place for children to Hall at858-3612. origin, the program is grow up and live. free. Activities include Chamber Call for information: sponsoring the annual Meeting Lynda Christian, Cen- "Fun in the Park" in the The Tri-Cities ter Director or Chelsea LongleafPinetreeParkChamber of Com- Martin, Family Ser- located in Lockhart, AL merce meets the first vice Specialist, 334- during October. ThisMonday of February, 858-3060, or come by gives the children a 22850 8thAve Florala. safe environment to October, November, and December at 5:30 Must have an Alabama join other children in address, a fun filled adventure p.m. in the Community Room of the Florala of Halloween provided by local businesses,Public Library, 1214 Senior Citizen churches, and clubs.Fourth Street. Contact the Cham- Center Canned goodscollect-bet Office at 1135 ed are donated to the Activities local Christian Service Fourth Street or call Residents age 60 or Center Bank. 334-858-6252 or e- older, the Florala Se- mail floralatricity@