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2022 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: We will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 5. Make sure to get your news and ads in by regular deadline, Friday before 4 p.m. We will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Early deadline is Thursday, Nov. 10 by 4 p.m. We will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 23-28. Everything must be in by Fri., Nov. 18th. We have to go to press early for the Thanksgiving holiday. Santa Letters deadline is Friday, Dec. 2. Christmas & New Years deadlines are Friday, Dec. 16. We will be closed Dec. 22–Jan. 1 for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Hale County Animal Shelter Pet of the week: Leo and Aries. Two new little kittens. Cute as can be! Shelter needs 1. Laundry detergent and 2. Canned kitten food. Thank you!

Church & Community Events

Stewart United Methodist Church To Hold Homecoming
Stewart United Methodist Church will have their annual homecoming on Sun., Aug. 28, at 10:45 AM. Dr. Corey Neill will be the guest speaker. Dr. Neill is a native of Moundville, Alabama. After graduating from Hale County High School, he attended Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama. He ultimately obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Upon graduating from Chiropractic College, Dr. Neill and his wife, Jessica, moved back to Alabama and opened their own practice. In addition to running their practice, they also volunteer as youth pastors for Soma Church in Holt. Dr. Neill and his wife have three girls A nursery will be available during the morning worship service. Following the service, a delicious home-cooked meal will be served. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this special day of fellowship. Reverend Michael Cobb is the pastor at Stewart U. M. C.


China Grove Methodist Homecoming
China Grove Methodist Church, Moundville, will observe Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 11. Christian Harmony singing will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. For more information, please call (205) 242-7788. Hope to see you there!


Ramey’s Chapel Methodist Homecoming
Ramey’s Chapel Methodist Church will be celebrating Homecoming on Sept. 18. Services will begin with morning preaching service at 11 a.m. with James I. Davis. Lunch will be served at 12:15. A special time of afternoon singing will follow lunch. Everyone is invited to attend.


OLLI Day
The success of an adult academic cooperative with an emphasis on community and living life to the fullest is being celebrated this month on campus. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama is hosting Alabama OLLI Day 2022. OLLI Day is a luncheon that will take place from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon., Aug. 22, at Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa. The event will feature special guest author and keynote speaker Sean Deitrich, known as Sean of the South. The event is free for 2022-2023 OLLI members and there is a fee for the public. Registration includes a one-year OLLI at UA membership, OLLI Day catered lunch and a meet-and-greet with Deitrich. OLLI is a national organization that offers a variety of non-credit courses, socials and field trips to adults over 50. The member-led program has no tests or homework and is focused on giving members social, educational, travel, volunteer and leadership opportunities. OLLI at UA has local chapters in Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Hoover. She said annually they organize more than 300 in-person and online classes, day and overnight trips, social gatherings, hands-on creative activities and intellectual discussions. Through the OLLI Shares initiative, the OLLI programs at UA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Auburn University collaborate with each other by offering several online courses to members of all three programs. Other OLLI at UA events taking place this month: Greater Birmingham Open House 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon., Aug. 15, at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Join OLLI and register for OLLI Day 2022 at olli.ua.edu/register


Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
This year’s contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Tourism Department. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31. The 2023 photo contest will focus on traditional photography techniques and the use of handheld cameras. No cellphone, smartphone, game camera, or drone photography will be chosen as winning photos for nine of the 10 categories. Smartphone and tablet photos will be accepted in the Young Photographers category. The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama in the past two years. Any amateur photographer not employed by ADCNR is encouraged to enter. A total of eight photos per person may be entered in the following categories. You may enter all eight in one category or among several categories. 2023 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Categories: Alabama State Parks, Birds, Bugs and Butterflies, Cold-blooded Critters, Nature-Based Recreation, Scenic, Shoots and Roots, Sweet Home Alabama, Wildlife, Young Photographers (ages 17 and under). First, second, third and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in a traveling exhibit at various venues across the state during 2023. Art teachers are encouraged to incorporate participation in the Young Photographers category into their art instruction this fall. An exhibit of the 2022 winning photos is currently on display at the Downtown Huntsville Public Library until July 31, 2022. It then moves to the South Huntsville Public Library until August 31. To view the complete exhibit schedule, visit www.outdooralabama.com/photo-exhibit. For complete 2023 category descriptions and contest rules, visit www.outdooralabama.com/photocontest. ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.


Red Cross
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa: 8/17: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., University Mall, 1701 McFarland Boulevard East, Suite 100; 8/19: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 733 James I Harrison Jr. Pkwy.; 8/19: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Townsend Nissan, 2620 Skyland Blvd. E.; 8/23: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., UA College of Education – 311 Carmichael Hall, 520 Colonial Dr.; 8/23: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tutwiler Hall, 901 Paul W. Bryant; 8/24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tutwiler Hall, 901 Paul W. Bryant; 8/25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tutwiler Hall, 901 Paul W. Bryant; 8/29: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Tuscaloosa, 2015 Academy Dr.

School Events

SSCC to Welcome Legendary “Blues Brothers” Musician to 4th Annual West Alabama High School Jazz Festival
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Shelton State Community College will host the Fourth Annual West Alabama High School Jazz Festival on Sat., March 25, 2023. Per tradition, the festival will be a full day event starting at 9 a.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the College’s Martin Campus. Free and open to the public, the day’s festivities will conclude with a finale concert featuring the Shelton State Jazz Ensemble and platinum recording artist Lou Marini, Jr. Popular since the early 1970s, Lou Marini, Jr. continues to be one of the most sought-after sidemen and session musicians on the New York scene. Due in part to his incredible skill and talent of the highest caliber, Marini masters many styles and instruments. He is accomplished on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and clarinet. Dubbed “Blue Lou” by Dan Akroyd, it is Mariniʼs seven-year association as an original SNL band member that led to his role as “Blue Lou” in John Belushi and Akroydʼs cult classic movie, “The Blues Brothers.” To this day, the remarkable popularity of the Blues Brothers Band is kept alive. Lou and the other band members tour worldwide, giving live concerts to packed houses and hundreds of thousands screaming fans. No stranger to film, Lou Marini enjoys a formidable roster of success in this arena, too. His character as a band member and the saxophone soloist, who performs with his sax on the counter of a diner as Aretha Franklin sings “Think” in “The Blues Brothers” movie remains throughout the sequel “Blue Brothers 2000.” Marini is also well-recognized for his saxophone solos at the open and close of SNL episodes and as the golden pharaoh who plays a solo instrumental hit for comedian Steve Martinʼs “King Tut” sketch on a 1978 episode. Blue Lou is best known as a member of several distinguished bands – Woody Herman Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Band, Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Saturday Night Live (SNL) Band, The Blues Brothers, Maureen McGovern, Lew Soloff Quintet, BlueBeck with Joe Beck, Eric Clapton, Red House, and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. He has toured four times each with James Taylorʼs Band of Legends and the John Tropea Band. A high profile cultural icon, Marini has recorded on numerous albums with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, Maureen McGovern, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Luther Vandross, Lou Reed, Brecker Brothers, Dr. John, Donald Fagan, Eddie Palmieri, Jimmy Buffet, Frank Zappa, John Tropea, and Steely Dan. Contrasting, yet notable icons he has also performed with include Eric Clapton Smokey Robinson, Jose Carreras, Lou Rawls, The Supremes, Dr. John, Four Tops, Sting, and Tina Turner. Participating high school bands will perform selections for audience members and participate in master class sessions with Marini. All performances are free and open to the public, including the Finale Concert. For more information about the Fourth Annual West Alabama High School Jazz Festival, contact Lillian Roberts at 205.391.2399 or lroberts@sheltonstate.edu.


Hydrating Before Practice Key for Young Athletes
“Being intentional about hydration status in the days prior to the onset of activity, especially rigorous activity that occurs in high temperature and humidity, is a good way to minimize the effects dehydration will play on health and performance,” said Dr. Jeri Zemke, assistant professor with the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. “Two to three days prior to the planned activity, young athletes should eliminate caffeinated beverages and drink an increased amount of water and/or sport drinks. Additionally, eating foods high in water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, apples, peaches and celery, is another way to improve hydration prior to the onset of intense exercise. Monitoring the color of your urine is an easy way to assess hydration status. Urine the color of lemonade, or lighter, indicates you are in a hydrated state, while urine darker than lemonade suggests you are either dehydrated, or moving toward a dehydrated state. Weighing the athlete before and after activity is another way to assess loss of fluids. For every one pound lost during activity, the athlete should drink approximately half of a liter of fluids. Finally, thirst is a very poor indicator of hydration status. If you wait to drink fluids until you are thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated.” To schedule an interview, contact Zemke at jzemke@ches.ua.edu.

Lauren Parker Hodges Memorial Tournament is August 5 and 6 at the Moundville Ball Park. All proceeds go to the Lauren Parker Hodges Scholarship Fund. For more information or to donate money or door prizes, contact Marie Davis at 205-394-4739 or Kendall Pierce at 205-301-1349.
$500 SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO QUALIFIED APPLICANT BY QUEST CLUB OF MOUNDVILLE Applicants must be a graduate of Hale County High School and have completed at least one year in an institution of higher learning.
Applications available: Bank of Moundville lobby and drive-through; Moundville Public Library; Moundville Telephone Company; and Moundville City Hall – Clerk’s Office. Deadline for returning application is Friday, August 26, 2022.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Success By 6 of United Way of West Alabama is proud to provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books FREE to children ages birth to 5 years old in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Once a month, your child will receive a new book by mail. You only need to do two things: register your child and pledge to read the books to him/her. Please, climb on board Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Since UWWA launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: 13,467 children have participated in the program in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 10,427 children have “graduated” from the program. 443,856 books have been delivered to children in West Alabama. Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/

Southern Academy School Calendar

Back to school Lists

Hale County Middle School

Greensboro Elementary School

Moundville Elementary School

Greensboro High School

Note from Principal Garner: The HCHS school supplies list I below. Please get what you can afford. You can drop off the items you purchase (you keep backpack) at schedule pickup. Go Cats!

Greensboro Middle School

BACK-TO-SCHOOL: TIPS TO HELP KIDS SUCCEED — As K-12 students across Alabama get ready to head back to the classroom, faculty members from The University of Alabama College of Education are offering some tips to help ensure a successful start to the new school year. Among other things, experts recommend prioritizing sleep, establishing routines and for parents to take time each day to connect with their children. To schedule an interview, contact Dr. Cailin Kerch, clinical assistant professor of education, at cjkerch@ua.edu.
UA STUDIES HOW BODY COMPOSITION, SLEEP AFFECT CHRONIC DISEASES — Dr. Adam Knowlden, associate professor of health science, was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to develop a comprehensive body composition-sleep model that will lay the foundation for further research into the prevention and treatment of body composition and sleep-related cardiometabolic disease risk factors. Knowlden’s study will investigate the relationship between body composition and sleep duration while considering the participant’s gender, body composition and socioecological factors. The one-week study will include an in-lab component to collect cardiovascular and metabolic data, and an in-home sleep study and assessment. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.  
STATE BUSINESS LEADERS NOT CONFIDENT IN ECONOMY — For the first time in eight years Alabama business leaders have a negative outlook for the economy, according to the latest quarterly survey by The University of Alabama. The UA Center for Business and Economic Research’s latest Alabama Business Confidence Index, taken in early June, shows that despite moderate optimism for sales and hiring, business leaders have a gloomy forecast for the state and United States economies. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu
NEW DIRECTOR TO FORM PARTNERSHIPS THAT SUPPORT INDUSTRY, BOOST UA — A new role at The University of Alabama is charged with creating transformational partnerships that combine outcomes from impactful research with the critical technology and workforce needs of industry. Dr. Patrick Mendez has been tapped as the director of strategic research partnerships and consortiums. He began Aug. 1. Mendez brings more than a decade of experience in project management and empowering organizations through long-term, innovative and scalable solutions while influencing research strategy. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu
AUTOMOTIVE VETERAN TAPPED TO LEAD MOBILITY AND POWER CENTER — An experienced leader in the automotive industry and entrepreneur will direct the Alabama Mobility and Power Center at The University of Alabama. Michael Oatridge will serve as AMP executive director. AMP was recently established in partnership with Alabama Power Company and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. as a research and workforce development center to meet the needs of the emerging electric vehicle market. Oatridge worked for Honda Motor Company for more than 30 years, retiring in 2021 as senior vice president of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Most recently, he has been president and owner of Strategic Workforce Solutions, a startup company in Birmingham that helps recruit businesses to the state. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu
ALABAMA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT EIGHT FOR 2022 — The Alabama Business Hall of Fame, located in Hewson Hall on the UA campus, will induct eight new members in a ceremony Nov. 10 in Birmingham. The inductees are Walter Batson Jr. of Huntsville, F. Dixon Brooke Jr. of Birmingham, Ronald G. Bruno of Vestavia Hills, Grayson Hall of Birmingham, Alexis M. Herman of Washington, D.C., Michael Mouron of Birmingham, the late William S. Propst Sr. of Huntsville and C. Kemmon Wilson Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications for the Alabama Business Hall of Fame, at zthomas@culverhouse.ua.edu
CURRENT COMMENT 
HYDRATING BEFORE PRACTICE KEY FOR YOUNG ATHLETES — “Being intentional about hydration status in the days prior to the onset of activity, especially rigorous activity that occurs in high temperature and humidity, is a good way to minimize the effects dehydration will play on health and performance,” said Dr. Jeri Zemke, assistant professor with the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. “Two to three days prior to the planned activity, young athletes should eliminate caffeinated beverages and drink an increased amount of water and/or sport drinks. Additionally, eating foods high in water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, apples, peaches and celery, is another way to improve hydration prior to the onset of intense exercise. Monitoring the color of your urine is an easy way to assess hydration status. Urine the color of lemonade, or lighter, indicates you are in a hydrated state, while urine darker than lemonade suggests you are either dehydrated, or moving toward a dehydrated state. Weighing the athlete before and after activity is another way to assess loss of fluids. For every one pound lost during activity, the athlete should drink approximately half of a liter of fluids. Finally, thirst is a very poor indicator of hydration status. If you wait to drink fluids until you are thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated.” To schedule an interview, contact Zemke at jzemke@ches.ua.edu
EVENTS 
OLLI TO HOST OPEN HOUSES — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, will host open house events in August for adults over the age of 50 to learn about the program. The Tuscaloosa open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. The Birmingham open house will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, at Riverchase United Methodist Church, and the Gadsden open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the UA Gadsden Center. For more information, contact Ashley Chambers, director of OLLI, at ashley.chambers@ua.edu
SEAN OF THE SOUTH TO SPEAK AT OLLI DAY — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama will host OLLI Day, featuring author Sean Dietrich, better known as Sean of the South, Monday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus. The event, which includes lunch, a one-year membership to OLLI and a chance to meet Dietrich, is $50 for the public and free for 2022-2023 OLLI members. To register for OLLI Day, visit the OLLI websiteFor more information, contact Ashley Chambers, director of OLLI, at ashley.chambers@ua.edu