Community & Church Events

Guidelines for Submitting your Church/Community Announcements
These are free as long as there are no personal messages and the event is not being charged for (love offerings do not count). Please keep the announcement to one paragraph with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held and contact information. Email them to [email protected]. The front office is closed due to COVID-19. We can not take anything over the phone due to company policy.

2023 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: SCRJ will be closed for Veterans Day on Fri., Nov. 10. Thanksgiving Deadline is Fri., Nov. 17 for the 30th Edition. Santa Letters Deadline is Fri., Dec. 1. Christmas and New Year’s Deadline is Fri., Dec. 15 and SCRJ will be closed Dec. 23 – Jan. 2, 2024.

John the Baptist Missionary Baptist Church 137th Anniversary
John the Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, Halsell, 137th Church Anniversary will be Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. Bishop Johnny B. Payton of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Lisman, will be the guest speaker. Rev. Joe Johnson, pastor.

Run/Walk for the Cure
Join us for the annual cancer walk Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Geiger City Hall, Geiger. There will be horse and buggy rides, cancer booths, games, prizes and giveaways. Honoring Ruth D. Bell, Annette Jones, and Tracy Williams.

Harvest Ministries and others, Hosting Breast Cancer Awareness and Community Health Fair
Sat., Oct. 14 a Walk for Cure begins at 8 a.m. Health Fair and other activities 9 a.m.-noon at Cromwell-Halsell VFD. Gifs and food will be given to attendees.

Central Chapel P. B. Installation Service for Elder Hale
We, the Deacon Board and Members of Central Chapel P B Church, 7053 Carl Turk 12, Livingston, are pleased to invite you to the Installation Service for our new pastor, Elder George Hale. This celebration will be held Sun., Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. We rejoice that the Lord has led our new pastor to lead our congregation, and we are looking forward to celebrating this occasion as the family of God excited about the future ministry of our church under the leadership of our pastor. It is our desire that you join with us as we welcome him and his wife to our church and to the community.

11th Annual Walk for A Cure
You are invited to share in our 11th annual Breast Cancer Walk in Honoring Debbie Robinson Brown. Please come out and get information to help spread awareness. This will be held on October 7, 2023, at 9 a.m. at the Ward Community Center, Townsend Mission Loop, Ward. There will be health vendors, food, drinks, and fun. For more information contact Brenda Evans, 205-233-6754 and Emma Lawson, 205-499-5091.

Discrimination Financial Assistance Application
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives is here to help you with your discrimination financial assistance application. Anyone who needs help can call the federation at 205-652-9676 and get an appointment with our specialists for free help with your application. We are here to help you. There is no charge for our services.

Memory Quilt for the City of York’s Founders Day
A Memory Quilt is being created for the City of York’s Founders Day to honor citizens who have passed since the town was established in 1881. Please submit the names of people from York who have meant a lot to you, either personally or through family history, to Lillie Mack, call or text 757-289-6699, by October 30, to be included. The quilt will be exhibited by the Coleman Center for the Arts on April 6, 2024, for York’s Founders Day.

Central Alabama Cogongrass
Control Workshop

Fri., Sept. 22, from 8:30-3:30 p.m. at the Blackbelt Research and Extension Center 60 CR. 944, Marion Junction, AL 36759. Cogongrass is one of the most invasive species in Central Alabama, and control can be difficult and costly for landowners and cattle producers across our region. This workshop will include sessions covering identification, herbicide demonstrations, control options/management plans and current landowner assistance programs. The workshop is free! But please pre-register! To register visit:…/central-alabama-cogongrass…/ Questions contact: Josh Elmore, [email protected],(334) 850-7859.

School Events

UA to Hold Fall 2023 Commencement Dec. 16
The University of Alabama will hold fall commencement with two ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. Saturday, Dec. 16: 8:30 a.m. College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, Culverhouse College of Business, School of Law. Noon: Capstone College of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, College of Community Health Sciences, School of Social Work. About 1,800 are expected to graduate. Each year, UA awards around 9,000 degrees and of the graduates that may be tracked since 2015, 52% remain in Alabama. More information, including live and recorded webcast details, an interactive campus map, parking information and fast facts about the 2023 fall class can be found on UA’s commencement website. Commencement information can be heard on UA’s radio station, 92.5 FM.

SSCC Staff Art Exhibition
Shelton State Community College’s Visual Arts Department will present a faculty/ staff art exhibition Sept. 11 -Oct. 5 in the Cadence Bank Art Gallery on the College’s Martin Campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. All are welcome. The showcase will highlight work by Carson Grubaugh and Krislyn Koehn. For more information about visual arts, contact Carson Grubaugh at [email protected].

SSCC’s Terrific Tuesday Concert Series
Shelton State Community College’s 2023-2024 Terrific Tuesday Concert Series kicks off its fall schedule in the Alabama Power Recital Hall on the Martin Campus. Admission is free. Upcoming performances and artists include: Oct. 3 – Dr. Luvada Harrison, soprano, University of Alabama Faculty; Oct. 10 – The LeBaron Trio, University of Montevallo Faculty; Oct. 17 – Max Hughes & Dr. Elijah Pugh, trumpet, Shelton State Faculty; Oct. 24 – Sophie Wang, piano, Mississippi State University Faculty; Oct. 31 – Student Musicale; Nov. 7 – Bach to Rock Ensemble; Nov. 14 – SSCC Jazz Combo performing in the Martin Atrium; Nov. 21 – Slade Trammell, piano, Roane State Community College Faculty; Nov. 28 – Annual Holiday Tree-Lighting happening in the Martin Atrium; December 5 – Faculty Recital – Holiday Themed. Shelton State’s Terrific Tuesday Concert Series is designed to showcase a variety of repertory styles. Weekly performances are offered by guest artists as well as Shelton State faculty and students. For more information, contact Lillian Roberts at 205.391.2399 or [email protected].

IN-STATE INCREASE, ‘ALABAMA EXPERIENCE’ DRIVE UA’S RECORD ENROLLMENT — An increase in the number of in-state students highlights The University of Alabama’s record-breaking fall 2023 total student headcount, which approaches the 40,000 mark. The record-breaking enrollment of 39,623 includes 3,184 freshmen from Alabama, representing every county in the state. This marks UA’s fifth consecutive year with an in-state increase and the largest number of in-state freshmen since 2010. For more information, contact Alex House, UA Strategic Communications, at [email protected].  
UA WELCOMES INAUGURAL CLASS OF RURAL DENTAL SCHOLARS — The UA College of Community Health Sciences welcomed four rural Alabama students aspiring to practice dentistry in the state’s rural communities to the inaugural class of the Rural Dental Scholars Program. The class of Rural Dental Scholars includes Catherine Hill, of Grant; Landon McCardle, of Dothan; Joshua Perry, of Guntersville; and Aubrey Stewart, of Dothan. The new program is a separate admissions pathway to The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry specifically for students from rural Alabama. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at [email protected].  
NEW DIRECTOR TO OVERSEE WATER RESEARCH — An innovator and proven leader at the forefront of weather- and water-related data science with extensive experience in federal programs has been named the new executive director of the Alabama Water Institute. Matthew Womble joined The University of Alabama earlier this month to lead AWI in fulfilling UA’s commitment to be a premier research and education institution around water-related issues. He is charged with steering AWI to become a world-class interdisciplinary water research institute that develops pathbreaking, holistic and environmentally friendly solutions to ensure people and ecological systems have access to clean water and are resilient to extreme weather events. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at [email protected]
UAW STRIKE STRATEGIES KEEP AUTO INDUSTRY ON EDGE — “UAW members — whether on strike, laid off because of strike related interruptions, or still working — see the union tiered escalation policy as one that keeps the strike in the news while keeping carmakers and their suppliers on edge wondering if they are next. The strategy of expanding to parts manufacturers means that dealers are going to be affected much sooner than expected, meaning that the vast network of car dealers are going to turn up the heat on the big three to negotiate a settlement as soon as possible,” said Dr. Michael Innis-Jimenez, a professor in the department of American studies. “By not adding any Ford locations to the strike, the union gains an upper hand in creating an appearance that one company is seriously negotiating while the others are not. It doesn’t really matter if that is the case or not. Creating the appearance is all you need to start a rift between the companies.” To schedule an interview, contact Innis-Jimenez at [email protected]
WOMEN TAKE ON INVISIBLE FAMILY LOAD — While there are noticeable tasks of running a household like cleaning, doing laundry and cooking, researchers at UA have investigated another area identified as the invisible family load. The invisible family load includes the managerial, cognitive and emotional tasks involved in keeping a family running such as scheduling play dates and staying on top of school updates. According to the research, women shoulder the lion’s share of the invisible family load in addition to most of the housework and childcare. The data found that the emotional labor of presiding over a home can be psychologically draining, with significant negative effects on things like family-to-work conflict, sleep problems, family and job exhaustion, and lower life and family satisfaction. To schedule an interview, contact Dr. Maura Mills at [email protected]
AN EVENING WITH MORGAN PARKER — The UA English department’s Creative Writing Program will host celebrated writer Morgan Parker, who will read a selection of her work and answer audience questions Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. She is a poet, essayist and novelist. Parker is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “a dynamic craftsperson” of “considerable consequence to American poetry.” The public is invited to arrive early for refreshments and mingling.