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Upcoming 2020 holiday deadlines: Santa Letter deadline is Friday, Dec. 4. Christmas and New Year’s editions deadline are Friday, Dec. 18 by 8 a.m. We will be closed for the Christmas and New Years holidays and will re-open Monday, Jan. 3. We have to go to press early since the printing company will be closed for the holidays.

Hale County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting
The Hale County Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold a meeting on Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. at 8388 Ala. Hwy. 69, Greensboro. Due to Covid-19, we will be socially distancing and please wear a mask.
The ATRC Area Agency on Aging invites you to join Tai Chi Classes Online
Exercise is essential for good health, and is even more important for people with arthritis. Pain and stiffness of the joints tend to discourage and even limit people from exercising but without exercise, joints become stiffer and muscles weaker which will lead to further pain and stiffness. In other words, without exercise arthritis gets worse in the long term. Exercise keeps bones, muscles, and joints healthy, thus improving flexibility and muscular strength. The Alabama Tombigbee Area Agency on Aging realizes that COVID19 has made it more difficult to participate in healthy habits such as exercise classes or attending fitness centers. To support area seniors, we are offering Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention to you in the privacy of your home.  There is no cost for the program, however you must be 60 years of age or older to participate and you must register for the class in advance. To register, go to the AAA website www.atrcaging.com to complete the form online. You will need WiFi, and a computer with camera and sound to participate in this ZOOM formatted program.  The certified instructor will assist you, if needed, prior to the first lesson in setting up your computer to be able to participate.   This is a 16-session course.  We ask that you commit to 2 sessions a week for 8 weeks to benefit in full from the course. Class Schedule:  Ongoing – you may join at any time.   Classes will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. When registering select the Tuesday/Thursday Class and choose the time of either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Please make sure when registering that you include your email address along with your class time selection. For more information, call Evette Woods or Jennifer Dailey at 334-682-5206.
USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Energy for America Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems; and to make energy efficiency improvements, conduct energy audits and provide development assistance. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2018 Farm Bill. This notice seeks applications for Fiscal Year 2021 funding. The deadlines to apply for grants are Feb. 1, 2021, and March 31, 2021. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year-round. REAP helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Eligible systems may derive energy from wind, solar, hydroelectric, ocean, hydrogen, geothermal or renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters). USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB) to help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments. Key strategies include: Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America; Developing the Rural Economy; Harnessing Technological Innovation; Supporting a Rural Workforce; Improving Quality of Life. For additional information, see the notice in the Federal Register. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
SSCC Pinning & Graduation
Shelton State Community College will honor its health information technology and respiratory therapy graduates at a drive-through nursing pinning on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4 p.m. Though the event is closed to the public, it will be livestreamed on the College’s Facebook page. Virtual fall graduation will be posted on the College’s Facebook page on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. The College will be closed for the holidays Wed., Dece. 23 through Fri., Jan. 1, 2021. Regular hours of operation will resume on Mon., Jan. 4, 2021. For more information, contact SSCC Media and Communication at mediacom@sheltonstate.edu.
Scholarship Funds High School,
College Students’ Paths To Automotive Manufacturing Careers

Current high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in Alabama’s multi-billion dollar automotive industry have two weeks to apply for a scholarship to use at one of Alabama’s community colleges. The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and Alabama Community College System have partnered to provide a total $189,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 52 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30. Students awarded after the November deadline will begin classes in the spring, summer or fall semesters of 2021. Interested students with at least a 2.5 GPA can learn more information and apply directly through the website, https://dreamitdoitalabama.com/aama/. Applicants must use the scholarship toward an automotive-related program, including the following: Automotive Manufacturing Technology; Automotive Manufacturing; Automotive Service Technician; Computer Numerical Control; Engineering Technology; Industrial Electronics Technology; Industrial Maintenance Technology; Injection Molding; Logistics; Machine Shop/Tool Technology; Manufacturing Technology; Mechanical Design Technology; Mechatronics; or Welding Technology. The total award is $3,600 for each student. The award covers tuition, fees and/or books needed. A full submission for the scholarship requires the following: a completed application; a resume; a maximum 500-word essay on why the student wants to work in Alabama’s automotive industry; one signed reference letter; an unofficial college or high school transcript; and a headshot photo.
Ring in the New Year with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The power of music has a way to bring all of us together, whether that’s in the concert hall, through headphones, or on a computer screen. This year the Alabama Symphony Orchestra is inviting you to ring in the new year virtually at the 2020 Maestro’s Ball! This free online event will take place on the evening of Thurs., Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. The Maestro’s Ball is the Orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser that provides critical support for the Orchestra’s many artistic performances, its arts education initiatives, and outreach programs throughout the year to patrons, students, and families across the state. On average ASO educational programs serve over 15,000 students, and 250 Alabama Schools each year. For more information on this free online event, visit alsymphony.org/MaestrosBall.
USDA Scholars Programs fo
Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities
Twenty-first century agriculture involves cutting-edge science, technology, business management – and you. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces scholarships to help you build a career path in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and many more agriculture-related subjects. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 in partnership between USDA and 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program was established in 2008 in partnership between USDA and 1994 institutions, tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement collaborates with 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities, 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions to promote equitable participation in USDA programs, services, and resources for rural, tribal, and historically underserved students and the communities they serve. These partnerships also support education and career opportunities for students and faculty and help develop a strong pipeline of talent for USDA. For more information on these scholars programs, visit www.usda.gov/partnerships/higher-education-initiatives.

School Events

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/