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• ........... I I I ii i1 ii i " i i i [11i i III I I [I I I I Fun In The Park The Kiwanis Club of the Tri-Cities will host their "Annual Fun in the Park" event on Thurs- day, October 26 at the Longleaf Yellow Pine Memorial Park in Lock- hart from 5- 8 p.m. and will be held in conjunc- tion with the Lockhart Volunteer Fire Depart- ment's annual fund- raising cookout. This event provides a fun and safe environment for the youth in the 'community to go trick or treating. Admission to this event will be one canned good per person, which will be donated to hurricane victims. The Club provides festive Halloween decorations in the park and will hold a costume and pumpkin carving contest with prizes for the winners. Costume and pumpkin carving contest judg- ing will begin at 6 p.m. Local businesses and churches are asked to help support "Fun in the Park" for chil- dren by sponsoring a booth/table with carni- val type activities and treats and/or making cash donations to buy candy and prizes for the event. Those who would like to contribute should call Lisa Powell at 334-574-9501. Any support for the children and community will be greatly appreciated. W.S. Harlan Marker Unveiling Set W. S. Harlan School is excited to announce the unveiling of an historical marker on campus documenting the 114-year history of the school and its namesake. The un- veiling will be Monday, December 11, 10 a.m. Everyone is invited, and all would be es- pecially honored ifor former teachers and students .to attend and help pay tribute to the beloved school. All of Mrs. Joann Geohagan's former students should be ready to join with cur- rent students in sing- ing "Alabama" as a tribute to the school's longest serving teach- er. Save the date and make plans to attend. Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings The Florala Chap- ter of AlcohlicsAnony- 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. Flu Vaccination THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017 • PAGE 3 I i i I tf Investigator David Brownlee with the Cov- ington County District Attorney's Office arrested April D. D0ster,. 41, on 19 counts of NWNI on Tuesday. September 26. Doster was plgced in the Covington County Jail on a $57,000 bond. Accord- ing to Worthless Check Unit Coordinator, Jeremie Shaffer, "The first bad check was turned into the District Attorney's office and we began collection attempts immediately. Soon thereafter, we re- ceived 18 more bad checks written by Doster. We attempted to work with •her and allow her to pay the checks off without warrants being obtained. Unfortunately, she did not.', Doster wrote bad checks totaling $926.00. By law, anyone who writes a worthless check has 10 days to pay the check before being subject to having a warrant signed against them. After Doster failed to appear and pay off the monies owed, Mrs. Shaffer made the decision to have war- rants issued. In less than 24 hours, Investigator Brownlee arrested Doster at her home. The staff of the Wo hless Check Unit wants the citizens and merchants in Covington County to know that we don't take Worthless check writ- ing lightly. Wedo: everything possible and use all of the resources at our disposal to collect the money that is owed to our victims. We •do our best to do this while the check is still active in our of- fice and do not make hasty decisions to put cases into warrant. If you have a business in Covington County, we have important information for you that will help expedite the collection process. If you have worthless checks, you need to turn in to us, or if you have questions regarding office proce- dures, contact Jeremie Shaffer, Worthless Check Unit Coordinator at (334) 222:2513. Anyone who might have a worthless check in our office that you haven't paid, consider this a warning to come pay today! Worthless Check Unit In inns are last meeting of the 'month. Everyone is wel- come. For informa- tion about becoming a member call Glen participate in special Powell, 858-3800. projects, and work in a greenhouse learning gardening techniques. The extended day program which in- cludes PreK-8th grade is Monday through Friday 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. 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 Fitness, STEM and Art : celebrations. Special classes daily, events include day The students attend trips, guest speakers, field trips through-enrichment activites, out the school year,potluck days, and din- ner events. For more informa- tion, call 334-858-3310 or stop by and visit at 1338 4th Street, FIo- rain. Story Time At Florala Library Story Time at Fto- rain Public Library in- vites children ages 2-4 to join Miss Lori every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for story time. Stories, businesses collect crafts, fun and it's all: on worthless checks, free! This is a free service provided by the Dis, Veteran's 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 FROM FRONT trict Attorney's Office. Chamber Meeting 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. ........ Fourth Street or call 334-858-6252 or e- mail floralatricity@ regarding information on becom- ing a member. Guests are welcomed at the meetings. Outreach ...... 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 Contact the Chum- 334-427-4000. Senior Citizen Center Head Start Enrollment Florala Head Start is now accepting 2017-18 enrollment applications. Get an 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 application in soon.advance. We accept applica- Join in for a nutri- tions throughout thetious hot lunch, activi- year. Transportation not provided. Documents needed for enrollment: proof of birth datel proof of income, immunization ties, and enrichment. Also a valuable re- source for networking with different agen- cies. Daily events in- older andnot enrolled "The promoters typmally" set up phone rooms, in public school, you called boiler rooms, where they run crooked lot- teries and sweepstakes schemes that 'guarantee' 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. Scarecrows in the Park Scarecrows in the Park is a community tradition in Opp, AL, hosted by the Frank Jackson Trail Masters. During the months of October and Novem- ber, for only the price of admission to the park ($2 to $4), visitors may view the scarecrows lining the walking trails. This allows visitors to not only experience the great visuals of fall at the park, but also enjoy the kid friendly scarecrows, suitable for all ages. you're a winner--for a fee. And that's illegal. El- derly people, who may be more gullible and hun- gry for attention, are their victims of choice," said Ellis. He listened as several bank officials, as well as Mrs. Nelson herself, told him about the Enid seam. Mrs. Nelson (who asked that her real name not be used) began receiving sweepstakes offers in the mail shortly after her husband entered the nurs- ing home. "They'd tell me I won and that all I had to do was send in $50 and I'd get free prizes, so I kept playing," she said. "They'd call me, too, and they were very nice on the phone." Pretty soon, Mrs. Nelson was getting two or three calls a day and a grocery sack full of mail each week--news of "prizes" she had "won," but could collect only by sending anywhere from $50 to $2,000 by overnight mail. One day she asked a bank employee how she could send a large amount of cash through the mail. When the clerk heard what it was for, she examined Mrs. Nelson's ac- count transactions and found the elderly woman was writing as many as 90 checks a month to par- ticipate in sweepstakes games offering "free priz- es ." "Mrs. Nelson is a Very trusting person, and I think she's lonely now that her husband is no lon- ger at home. She likes the attention she gets from this," the bank clerk noted. Things came to a head when the clerk noticed Mrs. Nelson sitting in the bank parking lot for several hours one day last May and went out to ask her what was up. It turned out that Mrs. Nel- son had been told by an Atlanta firm that she was the lucky winner of $1 million--if she would pay a fee of $5,000. But Mrs. Nelson had wised up. She told the bank employee she wouldn't give them her money until they gave her the $1 million. Someone named Sarah had assured her they would be fly- ing to Enid that day to make the exchange. Need- less to say, Sarah never showed, although Inspec- tor Ellis had no doubt the Atlanta firm would be contacting Mrs. Nelson again soon. No Winners in the Fraud Game Postal Inspectors arrest more than 1,000 sus- pects each year for fraud conducted via the mail-- and the Postal Inspection Service is just one of many federal agencies that target fraud. Although Grand opening cer- people 60 and older account for 26 percent of all telemarketing fraud victims, 60 percent of people emony will be Friday, in that age group are victims of prize or sweep- September 29 at 12:00 •stakes fraud. p.m. at Frank Jackson That number may; sound high, but the actual record. No fee require-. ments. Call 334-858-3060, or come by the Head Start Center; 22850 8th Ave. WSH After clude nutritious, hot State Park. lunch, crafting/quilt- ing, dominoes, cards, Send etc., socialization, and COMMUNITY resources, Monthly HAPPENINGS events include bingo, to: movies, and Clinic School TALK INTO ACTION figure is probably even higher. Victims of prize or sweepstakes fraud often never report it to authori- ties. It can be embarrassing, even humiliating, to admit you've been had. So how can you fight fraud? Learn about the latest scams in Circulation---like "guaranteed" prize schemes, easy Credit deals, fraudulent work- at-home schemes, mystery shopper scams, and bo- gus money-making jobs. And get the latest scoop on other fraud schemes on the Postal Inspection Service Web site. ASBESTOS LITIGATION • •] • Seeking designed to help stu- Opp and Florala." Members j dents who are strug- A meeting will be held October 19 at the Cov- I You may have a claim against the asbestos manufacturers. ington County Commission Chambers, 270 Hill- gling in academic workcrest DriVe in Andalus a !be nning;at 5:30 p.m, : i Call now for your free evaluation. The Kiwanis Club and need someone. "If you :have comme t that you wish you couM i ::: of the Tri Cities, FIo- rala meets at Alabama on-one time. A nutri- help or that shelters should be open in times of 1-888-432'6020 • tious snack and play need, please attend this meeting. We will talk [ Land and Home Re- . alty office the first and time a[e/.also offered, about the different areas in a disaster that need I third Thursdays at 5:30 Childree attend Span- to be addressed and how it can be accomplished," b tosdaim LLCJubalLl'[amilAttorav/atLaw, KPJ)CT.2.(,) p.m. Business meet- ish, Piano, Computer, concluded Harris. I "Nor~resentationismadethatthequalJtyofthele@lservic~tobe~tfoiTacxl~the qualityofl˘@l services pcrform˘(I by other lawyer." A flu vaccination Program r clinic will be held at the W.S. Harlan Ele- i i Florala Senior Centermentary 21st Century I Ifyoubcganwo, gm, on Wednesday, Octo- Extended Day Pro- ber 11 at 10 a.m. gram will hold an After An effort is underway to create a desperately I TEXTILE MILL needed Voluntary Organization Active in Disas- COTTON MILL Vaccinations in- School Program begin- ter (VOAD) in Covington County. EMA Director 'I elude flu and pneu- ning August 14. After Susan aal s stated, " ll e have great people in TIRE PLANT monia. There is no School orientation will :(oureountythatwantt.ohelp.However, those:ef- I i PAPERMI : charge to patients with have same schedule 'fo S need to be organized and arranged before• :l: STEEL MILL Medicare. as W.S. Harlan sched- an event. This organization will be open for the ule August 10. entire county. I hope everyone will participate i Kiwanis Club This program is from the Covington County area, Andalusia, I or any other industrial setting before l980: "1 J