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Common Sense Tea Party The Common Sense Tea Party will not meet in December. The next meeting will be Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Alabama Power. Everyone is invited. Adoptive and Foster Parents Needed DHR is embarking on a campaign to recruit more foster/adoptive families. DHR finalized more than 600 adop- tions for. children in their foster care system. According to national estimates, if nothing changes by the year 2020, nearly 14 million confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect will be reported, and 22,500 children will die of abuse or neglect, most before their fifth birthdays. "No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a life- time for a young per- son in foster care. We need families to open their hearts and open their homes for these children in need," said a spokesperson. Visit or call 1-866-4ALKids day at 10 a,m. for story time. Stories, crafts, fun and it's all free! Senior Citizen Center Activities Area senior citizens are invited to the Se- nior 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' convenience, whether to go to the doc- tor, shopping downtown, drugstore, or transporta- tion to center and back home. There is an age requirement, participants must be sixty years of age to attend, and fill out an application. The cen- ter is located at 1338 4th Street. Call 858-3310 for in- formation. Narcotics Anonymous Meeting A Narcotics Anony- mous meeting will be held every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Lockhart, AL at Faith Deliverance Ap- ostolic Church. Every- one is welcome. For more information call 334-208-0034 or 334-208-0502. (1-866-425-5437) or Chamber Meeting Covington. County De- Notice partment of Human Re- sources (334-427-7900) to find out about the many different ways to get involved. Worthless Check Unit In Florala The Tri-Cities Cham- ber of Commerce meets Thursday, January 5 at 6 p.m The meeting will be held in the Ladies' Clubhouse, 25594 Wild- flower Avenue. Plans are being made for the becoming a member call Gerry Kimbril at 858-2741. Free Tutoring At Carver Center Free tutoring for grades K-12 will be available every Thurs- day from 5-6 p.m. at the Carver Community Cen- ter, Martin Luther King Street, Florala. Students who need help in any subject may attend and volunteers are also welcome. Florala City Hall 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 at 6:30 p.m. Residents of the City of Florala will be allowed to have access to the City's dumpsters at the City Yard, 1815 9th Street, from the hours of 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Thurs- days, to discard small amounts of household items and yard debris. No hazardous materials or tires will be allowed to be discarded. If further information is required, contact City Hall. THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 PAGE 5 Toll-Free County Number Covington County residents who wish to submit a work order to the county now have a toll-free number in order to do so. The new in-bound toll free phone number for the, County FROM PAGE 2 The Covington Coun- :,:Ghristmas parade. ty District Attorney's additional 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 District Attorney's Of- fice. Ruritan Collecting Old Flags/Books The Paxton Ruritan Club is collecting old, worn or tattered U.S. flags and used books in good condition. The flags will be (;eremonial- ly burned in accordance with full flag disposal eti- quette practices. Used books in good condition are being col- lieve it. Larry and I almost always drive by the Wool- dridge gardens enroute to our garden at the old place, and he is usually on the job. Not only does he garden, but, he grows fruits of all kinds. Seeing is believing, so, I took a picture of one of his grapefruit trees so you would believe. I CAN'T BELIEVE Larry saw a pair of eagles fly over this week. They circled over Lake Jackson a number of times in search of food, I suppose. I did get to see them circling but they never swooped down. Their food supply might be short this time of year. Jail is overcrowded and understaffed. Crack in foundation. Work release "dome" leaking and moldy. Floors need repainting. Five (5) ceiling light Engineer's covers missing. F o r office is (877) 895-2620. information ** The audit report for contact the chamber at 858-6252, email florala- LBW Offers Free GED Classes LBW Community Col- lege offers free GED Classes in Andalusia, Opp, Florala, Luverne, and Greenville. Day and evening classes are available to prepare stu- dents 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. Instructional F methods are based on individual student's needs and may include one-on-one tutoring, group instruction, and computer-based instruc- tional programs. Build a brighter fu- ture with LBWCC's Adult Education Program. the Office of the Revenue Commissioner, Covington County, Alabama, Ad Valor- em Tax Assessments: Octo- ber 1, 2008 through Septem- ber 30, 2009; Ad Valorem tax Collections: June 23, 2009 through June 18, 2010; and Manufactured Home Registrations: June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010 were reviewed and approved. ** The audit report for Cancer Support Group Meeting Comfort Care Hos- pice is facilitating a Can- cer Support Group in Florala. It is open to all cancer patients, caregiv- ers, family members 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 Me- morial Hospital dining room. Kiwanis Club Seeking Members The Kiwanis Club of the Tri Cities, Florala lected for distribution to meets at Florala City For more information, senior citizens or inva- Middle School cafeteria contact a class near lids in the Tri-City area. every Thursday at 5:30 you Andalusia (334) Individuals or business- p.m. Business meetings 881-2267, Opp (334) are last meeting of the month. Everyone is welcome. For information about 493-5310, Florala (334) 858-4100, Luverne (334) 335-2187 or Greenville (334) 382-6009. HUGE SELECTION OF xNEW & USED ITEMS We have 32,000 sq. ft. with 70+ vendors EVERYTHING FROM TOOLS TO TOYS ( Warehouse Market Mall & Flea Market Downtown Florala. 858-8102 l We w'We w'ish that this Christmas Season wil the spirit of His loving grace to your heart. May His light guide you every day. es may drop off the flags and books at the Paxton City Hall or by contacting a member of the Paxton Ruritan Club. For more informa- tion call Bill McRae at ' 850-834-3031 or Mary Perkins at 850-834-2205. AA Meetings Held At APC Alcoholics Anony- mous (A.A.) meetings are held at Alabama Power Company Com- munity Building, located at 1293 5th Street, rio- rule, 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Contact 334-858-2209. /'3 Merry Christmas! rro Story Time At Florala (J Library CUT5 "N" CURL5 (-7/ Story Time at Florala BEAUTY & TANNING SALON " Public Library invites ~ ,FI0rala,~5~-~ children ages 2-4 to join Miss Sherry every Tues- FRUIT BOWL from Alton Wooldridge's gar- den. REMEMBER LAST YEAR the little snap- dragon that bloomed in our brick wall? Well, on the opposite side of the brick wall#this little snapedragon is blooming. We have not grown snapdragons in five or six years. I just think it is strange these little seeds opo up and bloom after such a long tiem. I told Lary it made me want to buy mor snapdragons. MAY GOD BLESS and have a wonderful Christmas! the Office of Judge of Pro- bate, Covington County, Alabama, June 19, 2008 through September 30, 2010 was reviewed and ap- proved. ** The audit report for the Covington County Com-' mission, Covington County, Merrell, was quoted as saying, "We are extremely pleased with the number of disposed cases prior to Grand Jury. Pleading those cases out early on frees up the system for more complex matters. We are, however, concerned about the hum- Alabama, October 1, 2009' ber through September ' 30, 2010, was reviewed and ap- proved. ** The audit report for the 16 th Sec ionflndem- nity School Lands, State of Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama, October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009, was continued for further review and monitoring. District Attorney, Walt of continuances from this Grand Jury. 90% of them were drug cases where we are still waiting on the chemical analysis to be per- formed by the Department of Forensic Science. They are underfunded, understaffed, and overwhelmed, thus cre- ating a back-log at the lab. I hope the legislature and the Governor will find a way to remedy this situation soon."