2024 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: MvT will be closed Good Friday, March 29. Early deadline is Thursday, March 18. MvT will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. MvT will be closed for the 4th of July Thursday, July 4 & Friday, July 5th. Late deadline for the July 11th edition will be Monday, July 8th before 9 a.m. MvT will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. MvT will be closed for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, Nov. 22. MvT will be closed for Thanksgiving week and will reopen Monday, Dec. 2. Santa Letters deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Deadline for the Christmas Edition (12-25) & New Year’s Edition (1-1) is Thursday, Dec. 19. We have to submit both papers early due to the printing company being closed for the holidays.

Hale County Animal Shelter Pets of the week

Meet Smokey and Coal! They have thumbs. Smokey has dots on his belly. Coal has beautiful gold eyes. Laurie Nevin, Hale County Animal Shelter, 334-624-8120.

Church & Community Events

Alabama Residents Invited to Free Alzheimer’s Educational Conference on March 13 Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free Alzheimer’s & Caregiving Educational Conference for Alabama residents on Wed., March 13 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB, 808 20th St. S., Birmingham, as part of its 2024 national Educating America Tour. The free conference is open to everyone and will allow participants to learn from experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and caregiving. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour. Advance registration is highly recommended. Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted throughout the day. For more information or to register for the March 13 conference in Birmingham, visit www.alzfdn.org/tour. Those who cannot participate in the conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline by calling 866-232-8484, texting 646-586-5283, or web chatting at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right-hand corner of the page. The web chat and text message features are available in more than 90 languages.

School Events

Shelton Singers Spring Concert “Still Standin’
Shelton State Community College’s Shelton Singers will present their spring concert, “Still Standin’,” on Thurs., March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Campus Atrium. A tribute to contemporary pop music, the event is free, and the public is invited to attend this fun evening of popular music. Under the direction of Dr. J.F. Mark Brown, the Singers’ concert will showcase pieces by the group as well as feature solo performances. “Bringing our versions of today’s hits to life has allowed everyone’s creativity to flourish,’ stated Dr. Brown. “I am proud of the talent and the work involved in preparation for this concert, and I am exceedingly proud of this group of talented students.” To learn more about Shelton State Fine Arts, visit sheltonstate.edu/finearts.

Shelton State Community College, 100 Black Men of West Alabama, Inc., Collegiate 100® Awards Gala
Shelton State Community College (SSCC), in partnership with 100 Black Men of West Alabama, Inc. (100 BMOWA), will host its inaugural Collegiate 100® Awards Gala on Friday, April 5, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. on the College’s Martin Campus. Tickets and sponsorships for the black-tie event are available for purchase by visiting 100 BMOWA. Jabaree Prewitt, WVUA 23 Evening News Anchor, will be the emcee for the night. Proceeds will support the Collegiate 100 chapters sponsored by the 100 BMOWA and the efforts of the 100 BMOWA to bring awareness to the Four for the Future pillars focusing on mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment to local K-12 students while celebrating the accomplishments of chapter members. “We’re excited about the partnership between Shelton State Community College and the 100 Black Men of West Alabama, Inc., to expose the work of our collegiate chapters to the community and expand our efforts,” said Eric Prewitt, SSCC’s Collegiate 100® sponsor. “This event is just the beginning of what is to come as our chapters are making a difference in the lives of future leaders within our city and county schools.” For more information about the Awards Gala and Collegiate 100®, contact Eric Prewitt at [email protected].

UA to Hold Spring 2024 Commencement May 3-5
The University of Alabama will hold spring commencement with eight ceremonies May 3-5 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More information, including live and recorded webcast details, an interactive campus map, parking information, graduate profile stories and fast facts about the 2024 spring class can be found on UA’s commencement website. Commencement information can be heard on UA’s radio station, 92.5 FM.

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/

Spring Commencement
The University of Alabama will hold spring commencement with eight ceremonies May 3-5 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. 
Why This Matters: About 6,000 are expected to graduate, with about 5,400 of those participating in these ceremonies. 
The University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park will host its annual Knap-In March 1-2. 
Why This Matters: The Knap-in will host flint knappers from all over the country to demonstrate the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian, or other conchoidal fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture stone tools. 
Student Philanthropy 
UA student-led organization UA Miracle raised $233,200 over the past year for Children’s of Alabama. 
Why This Matters: UA students have raised more than $2.5 million for Children’s of Alabama since the group’s inception in 2011. 
SEC Faculty Achievement 
Dr. Claire Major, professor of higher education and the faculty director of the UA Teaching Academy, is UA’s recipient of the 2024 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. 
Why This Matters: The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards highlight the vital role educators play in advancing the mission of the SEC and its institutions, as well as their dedication to fostering academic excellence through teaching, innovation and service. 
Fulbright Top Producer
UA has been recognized as a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Students for the seventh time in nine years as well as a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the first time.  
Why This Matters: UA is one of 12 universities in the nation to receive both designations.  
Nursing Leadership 
UA Capstone College of Nursing Dean Julie Sanford has been elected to serve as chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 
Why This Matters: AACN is the national voice for academic nursing, working to establish quality standards for nursing education; assisting schools in implementing those standards; influencing the nursing profession to improve health care; and promoting public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.  
UA Early College Student Information Event 
Feb. 27; Virtual 
Preventing and Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
Feb. 28; Capstone College of Nursing Auditorium 
L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) 
Feb. 28, March 1 and 3; Bryant-Jordan Hall 
BFSAA Hallowed Grounds Tour 
Feb. 29; Gorgas House 
Artistic Sojourns: Our Quest for Knowledge and Understanding of Black Art in America and Beyond 
Feb. 29; Gorgas Library 
Adapted Athletics Hollister Invitational 
March 1-2; Stran-Hardin Arena 
The Pink Gala 
March 2; Hotel Capstone