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I . .- f .- - . THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 PAGE 3 The Alabama As- sociation of Conserva- tion Districts held their Area V (Barbour, Cof- fee, Crenshaw, Coving- ton, Dale, Geneva, Hen- ry, Houston, Pike, and Russell counties) annu- al meeting Thursday at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. Keynote speaker was John Beasley who serves as a Department Head and Professor of Crop, Soil and Environ- mental Science at Au- burn University. Jeff Goolsby was named the 2017 Con- servation Farmer of the Year. Goolsby is a native of Florala and grew up farming with his father. He started learning the ropes at a young age and by 9 years old was driving a tractor cul- tivating soy beans. All throughout school he also worked at his par- ent's feed and seed store in Florala. Since that time he has dedicated his life to improving his farming skills and in- creasing production on his farm. A total of 1,100 acres is farmed by Goolsby which include 600 acres of cotton, 400 acres of peanuts, and 100 acres of corn. In addition to row crops, Goolsby maintains 200 acres of pasture land with 120 cows and 100 acres of pecan trees. Over the years, Goolsby has imple- mented numerous con- servation practices on his farm including wa- terways, field borders, sediment control ba- sins, and high residue conservation tillage. Goolsby was one of the original conserva- tion tillage pioneers implementing high residue cover crops and strip tillage in the 1980's. He continues to be a pioneer by us- ing multi species cover crops including rye, till- age radishes, and vetch on every acre of land he cultivates. Goolsby and his wife, Janie, are the parents of two children, Jenna and Judd. The Covington County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) was recog- nized as the Conserva- tion Education District of the Year. CCSWCD places high priority in conser- vation education. They feel if they can create an awareness and ap- preciation for our soil and water resources to youth at an early age, they will remember this stewardship into adult- hood. Conservation edu- cation is funded in the district by grants from RC&D, local and coun- ty government funding and SWCC. Their edu- cation outreach includes funding of a part-time Education Specialist. She visits all local el- ementary schools (7) in the county, and works by request with teach- ers and staff to provide specific conservation programs that align with individual lesson plans and Alabama curriculum, as well as promote responsible stewardship of soil, wa- ter, and related natural resources. Special efforts are made to highlight na- tive species and local habitat types, increas- ing knowledge and ap- preciation of the soils, water resources, and flora and fauna that abound in Covington County. They also work to build a basic under- standing of what can re- sult from poor resource management practices, and ways to remedy problems like soil ero- sion, well contamina- tion, and point-source pollution. The connect- edness of all systems is stressed, with consider- ation for shared stew- ardship responsibil- ity. CCSWCD works to educate and empower future decision-makers to become careful con- servationists "wise us- ers" of our natural re- sources. FARMER OF THE YEAR - Janie and Jeff Goolsby were presented the 2017 Conservation Farmer of the Year award by Covington County Soil and Water Conservation District Chairman Mike Birge. Other 2017 area award winners from Covington County were recognized including: Conservation Post- er Contest (2nd-3rd grade) Greyson Seay Outstanding Con- ' servation Communica- tion Award - The Flo- rala News Conservation Edu- cation District of the Year -Covington Coun- ty Outstanding Dis- trict Employee Award - Patricia Gunter Distinguished Service Award - Bobby Jackson 40 year service pin Willie "Bill" Godwi OUTSTANDING CONSERVATION COMMU- NICATION AWARD - Lisa Windham accepts the Communication Award on behalf of The Florala News from Chairman Mike Birge for publication of various district functions and activities. #%# Benefit Yard ings are last meeting Sale/Breakfast of the month. A benefit yard sale Everyone is wel- and pancake breakfast come. For informa- will be held at Bethel . tion about becoming Baptist Church, Hwy. 331 S. in Paxton. The event will be held Sep- tember 9 beginning at 7 a.m. to help offset medical expenses for Randal Harrison. LBW Offers Free GED Classes 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 FREE classes. In- structional methods are based on individu- al student's needs and may include one-on- one tutoring, group in- struction, and comput- er-based instructional programs. Build a brighter fu- ture with LBWCC's Adult Education Pro- gram. For more infor- mation, contact 334' 493-5344. Kiwanis Club Seeking Members The Kiwanis Club of the Tri Cities, FIo- rala meets at Alabama a member call Glen Powell, 858-3800. 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 foreach 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- ity to have the debris removed. All leaves must be bagged be- fore pickup. Tires or paint cans cannot be picked up as these items must be dis- posed of as set by Ala- bama and EPA laws. If further information is required, contact City Hall at 858-3612. Alcoholics Land and Home Re- Anonymous alty office the first a:rld Meeti S third Thursdays at 5:30 The Florala Chap- terofAIcohlicsAnony-in order to help Io- mous will hold weekly cal businesses collect meetings at the old on worthless checks. Florala City Middle This is a free service School Cafeteria on provided by the District Tuesdays from 7-8 Attorney's Office. p.m. Call 858-1188 for additional information. Chamber 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. 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 p.m. Business meet- eeting Notice The Tri-Cities Chamber of Com- merce meets the first Monday of February, October, November, and December at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Florala Public Library, 1214 Fourth Street. Contact the Cham- ber Office at 1135 Fourth Street or call 334-858-6252 or e- mail floralatricity@ regarding information on becom- ing a member. Guests are welcomed at the meetings. Head Start Enrollment Florala Head Start is now accepting 2017-18 enrollment applications. Get an application in soon. We accept applica- tions throughout the year. Transportation not provided. Documents needed for enrollment: proof of birth date, proof of income, immunization record. No fee require- ments. Call 334-858-3060, or come by the Head Start Center; 22850 8th Ave. have same schedule as W.S. Harlan sched- ule August 10. This program is designed to help stu- dents who are strug- gling in academic work and need some one- on-one time. A nutri- tious snack and play time are also offered. Children attend Span- ish, Piano, Computer, Fitness, STEM and Art classes daily. The students attend field trips throughout the school year, par- ticipate in special proj- ects, and work in a greenhouse learning gardening techniques. The extended day program which in- cludes PreK-8th grade is Monday through Fri- day from 2:45 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Cost is $10 per week full time (3 days or more) and $3.00 per day for part- time (2 days or less). There are no scholar- ships available at this time. Call 334-858- 3294 for additional in- formation. Support Group Offered Addicted to Drugs/ Alcohol? Need/Want Help? Come to the new Support Group on Thursdays, 6 p.m. at Paxton Baptist Ch u rch, 21757 US 331 North, facilitated by Mike and Heather Senn. Call (850) 834-2718 or (850) 419-0879 for additional information. WSH After School Program W.S. Harlan Ele- mentary 21st Century Extended Day Pro- gram will hold an After School Program begin- ning August 14. After School orientation will Story Time At Florala Library Story Time at FIo- rala 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! Veteran's Outreach A Veteran's Out- reach Support Group will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 10a.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. Senior Citizen Center Activities Residents age 60 or older, the Florala Se- 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 activites, potluck days, and din- ner events. For more informa- tion, call 334-858-3310 or stop by and visit at 1338 4th Street, FIo- rala. Send COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS to: i i ! :::~i:~ i : : : " !