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Benefits Set For Helen McDonnell A benefit car wash will be held for Helen Thames McDonnell, a Florala resi- dent who is battling cancer on Saturday, Sept. 4. The event will be held at Used Furniture Store, next to Sue's Beauty Shop, Fifth Avenue from 8 a.m. until for donations. Pre-orders are being tak- en for boston butts ($20), slab of ribs ($20), whole chickens ($7.00) and BBQ plates ($5.00)items can be picked up Friday, Sept. 10. BBQ plates can be de- livered between 11 a.m. 12 for dinner. To place an order or for donations, etc. call 334-767-9070, 334-504-0807, 334-858-2200 or 334-470-0666. A BBQ dinner, baked goods sale and country music entertainment will be held Saturday, Septem- ber 11 at the L&N Depot from 10 a.m. until. Agospel sing will be held at 5 p.m. at the Florala Farmer's Market, Sixth Street. 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. AA Meetings Held At APC Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings are held at Alabama Power Com- pany Community Building, located at 1293 5th Street, Florala Dwight Ward of An- dalusia is he spokesper- son at the meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on Tues- days. 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 tattered 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 Ru- ritan Club. For more information contact Missy Bolen at 850-834-5606. Story Time At Florala Library Story Time at Florala Public Library invites chil- dren ages 2-4 to join Miss Laura every Tuesday at.10 a.m. for story time. Stories, crafts, fun and it's all free! 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) 858-3287. Area Angel Food Ministries Program 6th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church is the Angel Food Ministries host site for residents of Florala and sur- rounding counties. A new menu is released monthly, regular unit of food is $30 with an estimated val- ue of $50-$70. Orders can be dropped off at Dixie Signs or 6th Avenue Cleaners. The limitation has been removed on food boxes purchased. Purchasing the top line Box- es (Signature, Allergen Free and Senior Convenience) is no longer required to qual- ify for any special boxes. All boxes are available to any- one regardless of income. Cash, money orders, checks and food stamps (EBT) are accepted. Food must be pre- ordered and can be viewed/ ordered at angelfoodminis- tries.cam or orders may be left at Sixth Avenue Cleaners, Dixie Signs and Graphics or taken to Ms. Williams. For more information call Miss Pinkie Williams at 334-858-7738. 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 Depart- ment of Human Resources (334-427-7900) to find out about the many different ways to get involved. 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. Lighthouse Learning Center Open House Lighthouse Learning Center in Lockhart will hold a community open house, Tuesday, September 71 6-8 p.m. Everyone is wel- come. For more informa- tion call Amanda Varnum at 850-951-3693. 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 Av- enue. For additional informa- tion contact the chamber at 858-6252, email trici- ties@gtcom.net. 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 Reunions The Paxton High School THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 PAGE 5 Classes of 1951 and 1952 are inviting classes of 1950 through 1954 to join them for a reunion at Ryan's Restaurant, Crestview, FL, on Saturday, October 2 at 11 a.m. Call Jean Geogh- agan at 850-834-2836 to make reservations or for more information before September 15. Kids Club Sale Kids Club will hold a yard/bake sale on Friday, September 3 from 8 a.m. until and Saturday, Sep- tember 4 beginning at 7 a.m. It will be located at the Head Start building located at 22853 8th Av- enue, behind the former Florala City Middle School. Proceeds will benefit the playground. Any donations for that purpose would be greatly appreciated. Send COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS to e-mail: floralanews@fairpoint, net CIBA00 Submitted by Community Bankers Association of Alabama "You and Your Money Medical Debts As the economy attempts to gain traction amid dou- ble-digit unemployment and sagging confidence, many families are struggling to make ends meet. In addition, some of them face the financial stress of large medical bills. If you find yourself in this situation, what should you do? Let's look at some things you may want to con- sider.' First, get an itemized statement of your bill and care- fully check it for errors. Contact your healthcare pro- vider if you find errors or need clarification on certain items. And don't hesitate to appeal any payments you think were incorrectly denied. If you don't have the financial resources to pay the bill, contact your physician or hospital immediately, Explain your situation and attempt to negotiate the bill or offer a reasonable payment plan before it is referred to a collection agency. If a collection agency becomes in- volved, this could damage your credit record. Be careful about taking money out of your retirement accounts--IRA, 401(k), or other plan--to pay medical expenses. But if you withdraw funds prior to reaching age 59, ybu should realize this will create a tax pen- alty. And, sadly, taking money out of these accounts will reduce the amount you will have for retirement. You should use the equity in your home to pay medi- cal bills only as a last resort. While many families have done this, you should be aware that you can lose your home if you can't make the loan payments. Finally, you could consider asking for assistance in meeting your obligations. Depending upon your age and income level, you may qualify for the federal Medicaid program or state initiatives. Even if you don't qualify for government assistance, many hospitals offer free or discounted rates. Hopefully, you won't face catastrophic medical bills. But if you do, keep the above in mind. O 2010 Atabama Power Company Never let your guard down when dealing with electricity. !! That's the advice given to every lineman who works at i : :  :"':" ' i::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::: Alabama Power. It's als0 the advice we give our customers. Here are a few "must-know" tips to hetp keep you and your famity safe. You may have heard a few of these before, but it can't hurt to hear them again. 1. Stay away from downed power lines. Don't drive over one. And remember, it's not just the power line that may be electrifiedl but the ground surrounding the line: as well. 2. If a power line is touching y0ur car, stay inside the vehicle and call 911. 3. Call 811 before you dig. 4. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets in your kitchen and bathrooms 5. If something that's plugged in falls into a sink full of water, DON'T reach in to get it. Don't even unplug i.t until after you've cut the power off at the circuit breaker, 6. Watch where you're placing that ladder. Do not let it touch any electrical wires. 7. Don't overload outlets. We've got more gadgets to plug in these days than ever before. That doesn't mean an outlet can handle them all. Overloaded circuits cause an estimated 5300 fires a year. 8. Don't touch a damaged electrical cord or one showing bare wire. 9. Don't run an electrical cord under a rug. Don't staple or nail electrical cords. 10. If you've got kids, cover your unused electrical outlets with plastic safety covers. How do you knw if your Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Is protecUng y and your family? tI easy. Press the "test" titt en the uPlet, Whafever  [Hugged into that atittet f immediately,,   . ?:! :: It  does. you "re m geod dlape and cain ress the "feseff huttoe ta restoe ttmat .oeratfon, ff r'hin hap.oens, you'va o a  ter advic o whM to da i such a sitatla For more electrical safety tips, visit A labamaPower, cam/safety. ..oo.o....,.. ..........  ........ .,.,...... ....... . ......... 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