Hale County Animal Shelter Adoptable Pet of the Week

This beauty is Dakota, a husky mix and she is 6-9 months old. Dakota loves to be with people and is a very playful girl who would make a great addition an active family. Shelter hours are Mon. 10-12 and Sat. 10-2. Please help us fight pet overpopulation by always spaying and neutering your pets! Submitted by Laurie Nevin, Hale County Animal Shelter, 334-624-8120

Church & Community Events

Moundville Christmas 2019
A Moundville Christmas will be Sun., Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. We will have a Merry Market from 3-6 p.m. The Christmas Parade will start at 6 p.m. We would love to have any organization, individuals and businesses to participate in the parade. Contact Shanda Johnson on the Moundville Christmas event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/453027925418325/

Porches and Parlors 2019: Alabama Bicentennial Celebration
Porches and Parlors 2019: Becentennial Celebration will be Dec.8, 1-5 p.m. Come tour several of the finest private homes and two museum homes. Tour begins at the Hale County Library and features: Hale County Library, Magnolia Grove House Museum, Noel-Ramsey House Museum (Refreshements offered for all ticket holders), The Greensboro Depot, First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Manse (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), Oakhampton (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), Sunset Hill (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), VIP Tickets get to tour all houses as well as a bonus house that will have refreshments and a hot chocolate/coffee bar. This year the VIP House is The Oaks, an 1845 Greek Revival House Featured in the March issue of Southern Living Magazine. For ticket information visit facebook.com/events

School Events

Governor Ivey Announces Alabama’s Participation in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge
Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama will participate in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is a skills-based competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities. The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is an online game that consists of a series of challenges that places students in the role of a cyber protection agent charged with solving realistic problems and puzzles. The program is open to girls in grades nine through 12. Registration opens Dec. 2, with online gaming commencing on Jan. 13, 2020. Additional details and preregistration can be found at www.girlsgocyberstart.org. Teacher information and student practice programs are available now and can be found at https://medium.com/girls-go-cyberstart/mrsgcyberstarttips/home. To see the types of challenges the students will face, please visit https://go.joincyberstart.com.

Alabama parents and guardians: Showcase your child’s smile in the ‘Share Your Smile With Alabama’ Photo Contest
To celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Oral Health Office announces the third annual “Share Your Smile with Alabama” statewide photo contest. Two third grade students, one girl and one boy, will be selected from photo submissions as the overall winners of the campaign.
The pair of third graders will be spotlighted in ADPH marketing campaigns to promote children’s oral health throughout the state and will be featured in a news conference in February, Children’s Dental Health Month. This month promotes the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. This contest is open to children living in Alabama who are either enrolled and attending third grade, or 8 to 10 years of age being homeschooled. The official rules of the photo contest and an application form can be viewed at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/oralhealth/index.html. Submissions must be made by a parent or legal guardian, and entries must be submitted by Nov. 30. There is no entry fee. The ADPH Oral Health Office is dedicated to preventing dental disease for Alabama’s citizens by promoting and developing quality, cost-effective community and school-based preventive, educational and early treatment programs which emphasize elimination of oral health disparities.

Online Applications Now Available for Students in all Mediacom Areas
Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 19th consecutive year and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Scholarship recipients are given the flexibility to use the financial award to support post-secondary college costs or vocational training from any accredited institution starting in the fall of 2020. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online at: www.mediacomworldclass.com. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before the Feb. 15, 2020 deadline. Applicants do not have to be Mediacom customers but must live in areas where Mediacom provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services. Recipients will be selected from the 21 states where Mediacom provides service. A complete list of communities in Mediacom service areas is included with the online application. Inquiries may be sent to: scholarship@mediacomcc.com.

SSCC Accelerated/ Dual Enrollment Spring Scholarship
The Shelton State Community College Foundation is offering a spring scholarship for high school students enrolled or enrolling in the College’s accelerated high school program or dual enrollment program. This new scholarship opportunity was made possible by the success of the Foundation’s spring fundraiser, Wine Women & Shoes. Applying students must have a minimum high school unweighted GPA of 3.0 and must be enrolled at Shelton State during the time that the award will be used. The award may be applied toward tuition and fees only. A student may receive no more than 6 (six) credit hours per semester. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 22 at 11:59 p.m. The application for the Shelton State Community College Foundation Accelerated/Dual Enrollment Scholarship is available on the College’s website at sheltonstate.edu/dual by clicking on “Tuition & Scholarships.” For more information, contact the Shelton State Foundation at foundation@sheltonstate.edu.

Applications Open for “The 7th Project” Congressional Internship Program
The 7th Project announced today the opening of the application process for the 2020 Congressional Summer Internship Program. The program gives college students who are residents of Alabama’s 7th District with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need the opportunity to participate in a four-week Congressional internship in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell. The 7th Project provides housing on a college campus in Washington, D.C. and a stipend for living and travel expenses. Internships in District offices are available as well. Program alumni have gone on to start careers on Capitol Hill and work with organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, and Teach for America. These students are making powerful investments in their communities and across the 7th District. Interested students should visit www.The7thProject.com for more information and to apply for the 2020 Congressional Internship Program. Any undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher who is from Alabama’s 7th Congressional District is eligible to apply for the Congressional Internship Program. Applications may be completed online and must be received by March 13, 2020.

SSCC Fall Art Show
Shelton State Community College’s Visual Arts Department will open its Fall 2019 Student Art Exhibition on Nov. 22 in the Martin Campus Cadence Bank Art Gallery. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Thurs., Dec. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. with a special award presentation at 4:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

NASA, UA Strengthen Relationship For Potential Work On In-Space Manufacturing
An agreement between UA and NASA will enhance inventive research assisting space exploration and strengthening education of tomorrow’s aerospace workforce. UA President Stuart R. Bell and Jody Singer, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, recently signed a memorandum of understanding that builds on significant and ongoing collaborative projects in the broad area of additive manufacturing and its potential application with in-space manufacturing. In-space manufacturing includes making the materials needed for the mission using components brought from Earth or gathered from the moon or Mars. For more information, contact Adam Jones in UA communications at 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

Thanksgiving, Christmas Present Different Causes For Crashes
Causes of traffic crashes differ between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, but both periods are deadly, according to a UA study of state traffic records. Crashes caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more prevalent around Christmas and New Year’s, while crashes around Thanksgiving are concentrated around rush hours. Watch for a news release with more details. Dr. David Brown, a researcher with UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, is available by phone only at 334-514-7230. Rhonda Stricklin, associate director of CAPS, is available for in-person interviews beginning Thursday. She can be reached at 205-348-0991 or rhonda.stricklin@ua.edu. For assistance, contact Adam Jones in UA communications at 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

River Pitch Highlights Local Entrepreneurs
A Nov. 19 competition at the Tuscaloosa River Market allows UA students and members of the Tuscaloosa-area community to pitch their business ideas to judges for a chance to win one of eight $1,000 prizes. Participants will also receive idea feedback. River Pitch, from 5-9 p.m., is a joint effort of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, the EDGE Entrepreneurship Center, UA’s Culverhouse College of Business, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the City of Tuscaloosa. For more information, contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications, UA Culverhouse College of Business, zthomas@culverhouse.ua.edu or UA communications, 205-348-5320.

Student Veterans March To Bring Awareness To Veteran Suicides
While many UA students will drive or fly to their destinations for the Thanksgiving break, one group of student veterans will march to theirs — all the way from Tuscaloosa to Auburn. Almost 80 students and support personnel from UA’s Campus Veterans Association and Auburn’s Student Veterans Association will take part in Operation Iron Ruck, Nov. 27 – Nov. 30. In addition to supporting a national veteran suicide awareness campaign, each student veteran will carry 22 pounds of donations in their rucksacks for the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City and Three Hots and a Cot, an organization that assists homeless veterans. For more details, contact Shane Dorrill in UA communications at 205-348-8319 or shane.dorrill@ua.edu.

CDC recommends persons stop using vaping products containing THC

As the investigation continues into a national outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that persons stop using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Based on data collected as of October 15, 86 percent of patients experiencing symptoms of the lung disease used THC-containing products in the three months preceding illness. While not legal in Alabama, THC-containing vaping products can be obtained from informal or illicit sources and are being frequently used in Alabama, especially by teens and young adults.
As of October 29, 1,888 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thirty-seven deaths have been confirmed in 24 states, including one death in Alabama. The median age of patients who have died is 44 years, ranging from 17 to 75 years old.

Alabama healthcare providers have reported 9 cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping as of October 30. The 9 cases, 5 confirmed and 4 probable, are included in the national counts for the CDC.
Patients have experienced symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, with symptoms growing worse over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms may include fever, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Most of the cases are among adolescents and young adults.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends all consumers of non-regulated vape products voluntarily stop using them until the national and state investigations into vaping-related deaths and illnesses are complete. ADPH has requested that healthcare providers report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices through the Report Card located on the ADPH website.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris especially urged women who are pregnant, youth and young people to refrain from using e-cigarettes or vaping products. In addition, he cautioned the public, “Never buy any type of e-cigarette or vaping products off the street, especially those containing THC, and do not modify or add any substances to these products bought at retail establishments.”
Alabama law prohibits the sale or transfer of vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors. Other states have reported that counterfeit e-cigarettes are of special concern and some states have moved to temporarily ban the sale of vaping products.
Free help is available for Alabama residents who are ready to stop using e-cigarettes or vaping products as well as traditional tobacco. The Alabama Tobacco Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or residents may visit quitnowalabama.comfor help.
The Quitline provides individualized coaching to help any type of smoker or tobacco user, including e-cigarettes and vape, to quit. In addition, the Quitline offers up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches to those medically eligible and enrolled in the program. Quitline coaching services are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight.

For additional information on electronic cigarettes and their health effects, visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm. For more information on quitting tobacco, please visit ADPH Tobacco Prevention and Control at alabamapublichealth.gov/tobacco.