Hale County Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Katie! 

A beautiful young, lab mix, who loves people and other dogs, 45 pounds and smart. 

Shelter hours are Monday 10-12 and Saturday 10-2. 

Help fight pet overpopulation and always spay/neuter your pets.

Hale County Extension Office Summer Budgeting Workshops Scheduled
Mr. Tyrone Smith, the Hale County Extension Office Coordinator, announced the Summer 2018 Budgeting Session schedule to be held at Hale County Extension Office, 701 Hall Street, Greensboro, AL 36744. “Hale County Extension Office is excited to offer multiple Budgeting workshops this summer, so the citizens of Hale County can choose a date that works best for their schedule,” said Renee’ Vines, Financial Management and Workforce Development Regional Agent for the Hale County Extension Office. Be sure to call the Mrs. Wilkins at the Hale Co. Extension Office to save your seat, 334-624-8710. Many Hale County citizens have benefited from the budget techniques provided at the workshops. The workshop will provide resource information, budgeting, tips to reduce leaks in spending, and personal spending plan worksheets. Just one hour to better budgeting techniques, the workshops are free and open to the public. Each workshop is one hour: Tues., May 29 at 10 – 11 a.m.; Tues., June 5 at 10 – 11 a.m.; Wed., June 13 at 10 – 11 a.m.; Wed., June 20 at 10 – 11 a.m.; Tuesd., June 26 at 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 

Donate to Red Cross
This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Tuscaloosa: 5/24: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., UA College of Education, 520 Colonial Dr.; 5/25: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., UPS Customer Center, 3514 Greensboro Ave.

School Announcements

America’s Homecoming Queen Selection
July 16 and 17 the 38th America’s Homecoming Queen Selection will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We will also be hosting a homecoming for Alumni from the past 37 years. High School Homecoming Queens from 1981 – 2017 are invited to be a part of this celebration. If any 2017-2018 High School Homecoming Queens have not received their application from their high school please email or call America’s Homecoming: ahq1181@yahoo.com or phone 901-755-9144.

STATE CRASH DATA SHOWS SEAT BELT USE CRITICAL IN SAVING LIVES
Those involved in auto crashes while not wearing seat belts are 40 times more likely to die than those who buckle up, according to an analysis of state crash records from the past five years by the UA Center for Advanced Public Safety. The analysis has more statistics for seat belt use during auto crashes – making for a timely story in connection with the ongoing national Click It or Ticket campaign. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

METASTATIC BREAST CANCER CAN BE DORMANT OR ACTIVE, BUT WHY?
Metastatic breast cancer cells lodging in the brain may rest in a sleep mode before awakened to wreak havoc, but the reasons why the cells stay dormant and later become active is not fully understood. With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a pioneering bioengineering project led by UA’s Dr. Shreyas S. Rao will engineer environments that mimic conditions in the brain to gain insight into this process. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

WRITER HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT EIGHT
Eight distinguished authors will be inducted into the 2018 Alabama Writers Hall of Fame at UA’s Bryant Conference Center May 24. This year’s inductees are Winston Groom, Gay Talese, Charles Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau, William Bradford Huie, Wayne Greenhaw, James Haskins and Joseph Glover Baldwin. A reception will be held in their honor at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner. A media opportunity with available inductees is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center’s Rast Room A. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA communications, 205-348-4956 or jamon.smith@ua.edu.

BOYS STATE
The annual American Legion’s Alabama Boys State, which brings together students from high schools across Alabama, returns to UA starting Sunday, May 27. Activities include mock elections, panels, guest speakers and community service. For a schedule, contact Richard LeComte, communications, richard.lecomte@ua.edu or 205-348-3782.

FULBRIGHTS AND OTHERS
UA continues to be a leading campus for involvement in the Fulbright program. Fifteen UA grads have received funds to teach and study abroad, and three UA faculty members will head oversees – two to Namibia and one to Greece. In addition, a UA student has received a NOAA Hollings Scholarship and another undergraduate received a Boren Scholarship for language study. For more information, contact Richard LeComte in communications, at 205-348-3782 or richard.lecomte@ua.edu.

UA OFFERS NUMEROUS SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
UA will offer a wide variety of activities for all ages throughout the summer. From outdoor explorations to computer camps, UA’s summer programs cover the spectrum of common and atypical interests. Activities and camps will be hosted by UA’s Museum of Natural History, the School of Music and the athletics department, among others. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-8325 or bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

UA PARTNERSHIP OFFERS ONLINE SOLUTION TO HELP PREVENT SCHOOL VIOLENCE
Last week, multiple people were killed in a shooting that took place at Santa Fe High School near Houston. Brenda Truelove, program manager for corporate engagement in UA’s College of Continuing Studies, says she believes many school shootings can be prevented if clues are heeded and early intervention provided. That’s why UA’s College of Continuing Studies has partnered with Firestorm to offer a comprehensive, threat prevention, e-learning program to all Alabama K-12 schools free of charge for the first year. The program, BERTHA – Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment – is an online tool for Alabama schools that functions as part of a school’s overall school violence prevention program. Truelove is available for interviews beginning Tuesday. For assistance, contact Jamon Smith, UA communications, 205-348-4956 or jamon.smith@ua.edu.

Alabama Summer Learning Challenge
For Alabama’s students, the months away from school can result in a large loss of knowledge in reading, math, science, and other core subject matter. “For the sixth year, The Alabama State Department of Education is committed to minimizing the summer slide by providing resources that encourage continuous learning opportunities,” says Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy Superintendent.
The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge offered by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Lexile, and LTS Education Systems, raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares research on the importance of personalized activities, and provides access to a variety of free resources to target summer learning.
The Lexile-based “Find a Book, Alabama” tool offers students over 260,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range and/or personal interests and checks the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books – www.Lexile.com/fab/Alabama.
Children, parents, and educators can also pledge to read using the “Find a Book, Alabama” tool starting May 1. We encourage all students to pledge to read.
The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have completed 1st through 8th grades.
Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Starting Monday, June 18, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, July 27, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer accomplishment!

Summer Math Challenge


This summer, Stride by LTS Education Systems is FREE to all students in the state from May 1 to July 30. Prevent “Summer Slide” with a cool blend of online math, reading, language arts, and science skills practice, spectacular video games for every student interest, and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride learning platform online anytime on tablets, PCs, or Macs.
Register and login at www.AlabamaSummerStride.com.
LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-844-274-7474 for help with Stride (http://www.ltseducation.com/).
ALSDE encourages students to take advantage of reading opportunities and technology at Alabama’s public libraries. Locations and information can be found at http://www.publiclibraries.com/alabama.htm.
See the other Available Resources for Alabama Summer Learning Challenge 2018 here:
https://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/News%20Releases/5-8-18%20The%20Alabama%202018%20Summer%20Learning%20Challenge.pdf

Metastatic Breast Cancer Can Be Dormant Or Active, But Why?
Metastatic breast cancer cells lodging in the brain may rest in a sleep mode before awakened to wreak havoc, but the reasons why the cells stay dormant and later become active is not fully understood. With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a pioneering bioengineering project led by UA’s Dr. Shreyas S. Rao will engineer environments that mimic conditions in the brain to gain insight into this process. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

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Demopolis and Marengo County History & Archives Museum named host for Bicentennial Traveling Exhibition.
The story of Alabama, over two hundred years in the making, has been captured in “Making Alabama, A Traveling Exhibit” a new exhibition that will debut at the Marengo County History & Archives Museum.
Alabama Humanities Foundation has selected Marengo County as one of 67 communities in the state to be a host community for the Traveling Exhibit in celebration of Alabama becoming a state 200 years ago, December 4, 2019.
The museum, located at 101 N. Walnut in the Rosenbush Building, is set to host Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit will be running through May 26.
The exhibit focuses on the state’s history, culture and geography over the past 200 years, and showcases the major moments and decisions that shaped Alabama into the state it is today. Making Alabama looks back at the state’s origins in the 1700s and tracks its evolution to the present day. It tells that story through an exhibit that incorporates interactive displays for information, as well as teaching resources.
The museum is honored to be among the first counties in the state to be chosen to present the bicentennial exhibit. Along with the bicentennial exhibit, the museum is also showcasing some history of Marengo County with artifacts from those who created and developed Marengo County and other keynote speakers. Making Alabama Exhibition can be seen on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 10am – 2pm.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Executive Director Armand DeKeyser said sending Making Alabama out on the road was an effort to maximize the accessibility to the entire community.
“Just like the Smithsonian, where not everyone will have the opportunity to view a Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, not everyone can make it to Montgomery to see Alabama Department of Archives and History’s unparalleled ‘Voices’ exhibit,” DeKeyser said in a statement. “What we are putting together gives them that opportunity.”
Making Alabama is scheduled to visit all 67 counties in the state by the time the tour ends in November 2019. The exhibit is presented by the Alabama Humanities Foundation in partnership with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, Alabama Department of Archives and History, and the Marengo County History & Archives Museum.

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