February Disbursement Totaling $374,905



Shown above: Bingo Clerks, Minnie Byrd and Emma Jackson; Dr.  Marcia  Pugh, Greene County CEO; Kenya Turner representing Forkland, Sheriff Jonathan Benison, Geraldine Thompson representing Town of Union, Greene County School Superintendent, Dr. James Carter; Boligee City Councilwoman, Earnestine Wade, Police Chief, Derick Coleman, Paul Byrd representing the County Commission.

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Greene County Sheriff Department distributed $ 374,905 in monthly bingo allocations from the five licensed gaming operations in the county. The recipients of the monthly distributions from bingo gaming designated by Sheriff Benison in his Bingo Rules and Regulations include the Greene County Commission, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System).
The following assessments are for the month of February 2018.

Greenetrack, Inc. gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500 and the Greene County Health System, $7,500.

Green Charity (Center for Rural Family Development) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, the Greene County Health System, $7,500.
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, Greene County Health System, $7,500.
River’s Edge (NNL – Next Level Leaders and TCCTP – Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of $73,075 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, and the Greene County Health System, $13,075.
Palace (Tommy Summerville Police Support League) gave a total of $99,330 to the following: Greene County Commission, $4,620; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $36,960; City of Eutaw, $27,720; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $4,620; Greene County Board of Education, $4,620 and the Greene County Health System, $11,550.

Female killed after allegedly jumping from vehicle; Cox arrested for River’s Edge theft

The Greene County Sheriff Department is investigating the death of a woman after she supposedly jumped from a vehicle on U.S. Highway 11. The incident happened Wednesday night, March 14, between River’s Edge Bingo facility and the Interstate 20/59 ramp. Witnesses from the scene said it appeared that the woman, since identified as Gypsy Ingram, 40, of Cottondale, jumped from the vehicle and was then run over by that same vehicle, a F250 Ford 2003 pulling a trailer. Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison said the driver has given investigators a statement, and no charges have been filed at this time.
The Greene County Sheriff Department has identified Eric Cox, 34, of Boligee, as the employee arrested for theft of property at River’s Edge Bingo facility one week ago. Cox, who was arrested just across the Alabama state line in Mississippi on March 15, is accused of taking approximately $250,000 from River’s Edge. He is being held in the Greene County jail on a cash bond of $75,000

Vester seeks Commission seat District 4

John Vester

I, John Vester, am announcing my candidacy for Greene County Commission District 4.
I am running because I want to help improve the infrastructure for Greene County District 4.
I was born one of fifteen children and raised on a farm in the Miconnico Creek/Tishabee area of Forkland, AL. I met and married my wife Yvonne in Hartford, Connecticut. We have four children, John Jr., Akeba, Rashad and Jamilah.
I am a U.S Airforce Veteran.
Education: Air University, Areospace Engineering Technology; University of Hartford Health Sciences: University of Alabama,Administrative Sciences, Internship, Capstone Medical Center.
Experience: United Airlines, Pratt and Whitney,  Airport and Willgoss Laboratories, Assistant Test Engineer, major projects, Testing rotor vanes for jumbo jets and testing of moon rocket exhaust baffle to increase thrust to lift payload out of earth atmosphere.

Connecticut State Health Department, Microbiologist, Viral and Communicable Disease.
I left Connecticut to become part of the movement in Greene County; to help a county that was said to be one of the poorest in the nation.
After moving to Greene County, I worked for the Probate Judge, County Commission and was CEO to Greene County Community Services where I created and developed several major projects to improve the infrastructure, para-mutual wagering and Racetrack to provide funds to county agencies, towns, and communities. This project with initial dog racing and now Bingo has kept all Greene County agencies solvent until this day. (Citizen Federal Bank, Eutaw First Industrial Development Board in Greene County, 300 acre Industrial Park, Park and Recreation System, First Personnel Policy and procedures, employee association, and standardized pay scales for all departments.)
If elected, I will work hard to represent my district and Greene County to help improve the infrastructure, which includes roads, bridges, housing, sewer, recreation, protection of Ancestral graveyards, safety and security of our communities and improved tax based.
As you can see, I have already contributed significantly to the infrastructure, stability and growth of our county. I hope I am allowed to continue this progress. I want to thank you, and I need your vote and support in the upcoming June 5 election.

Elzora Fluker announces candidacy for Commission District 3



I am announcing my candidacy for District 3 Commissioner. I have been a community servant all my adult life and it is with this sense of love for my community that I announce my candidacy for County Commissioner. It has always been my desire to help bring unity to Greene County as Commissioner. I realize that the county will not grow and attract industry until all Commissioners work together. I know that it is going to take all county government, municipality and state government to move this county forward.
I am running for County Commissioner because of my willingness to fight for the citizens of District 3. I’m running because citizens should hold the county government accountable to those that elect them.
I’m running because I care about the people that call Greene County home. I’m running because we need leadership that has fresh ideas.

I’m running because we need safe and clean neighborhoods with better education. I’m running to seek funding to help better the education of our children. I will work to obtain funds and support for more programs in the county for our children and seniors.
I will work to bring more job opportunities to Greene County. I also want to make it possible to have better health care opportunities. I will work with the Commissioners to restore the integrity of the county finances.
I will work to give the citizens a better understanding of the county government budget. Lastly, I’m running to endorse the future of this county. Currently, I’m an active member of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, a volunteer with the S.P.O.T. after school tutorial program, as well as G.I.R.L., a mentoring program for our young females.
I am married to Willie Fluker, Jr. We have two children, Tashema Batch and Louis M. Toa Fluker. I am an active member of the Christian Valley Baptist Church of Tishabee.
I have the knowledge and know the role and responsibility to do the job of a county commissioner.
I am thanking you in advance for your support and your vote. On June 5, 2018, I am asking that you go to the polls and vote for Elzora Fluker as your County Commissioner, District 3.

Eutaw City Council pays bills, approves policies and agrees to July 20-22 Sales Tax Holiday

In its regular meeting on March 13, 2018, the Eutaw City Council agreed to pay bills and enact some important policy decisions.
The Council agreed to transfer $50,000 from its Capital Improvement Fund to the General Fund to pay routine bills and obligations for the month of February and those received during the first part of March.
Councilwoman Sheila Smith voted against the transfer of the funds, which she feels should be retained and used only for capital improvements as originally planned. The funds in the city’s Capital Improvement Fund were derived from electronic bingo funds provided to the City under the administration of Constitutional Amendment 743, permitting bingo in Greene County.
The Council approved a policy for the provision of public records to individuals, businesses and organizations and a form to request public records such as meeting minutes, ordinances, licenses, permits, front side of arrest records; original bids and documents on the awarding of contracts; and names, titles, resumes and compensation of city employees. There will be a $25 per hour research fee and 25 cents a page for any copies to be made as a result of request for information.
Agreements between the City and the Greene County Emergency Management Agencies to provide the City Hall and National Guard Amory facilities when needed, in an emergency, as health care and community shelter facilities, in the event of a biological, chemical or other attack on Greene County, were approved by the Eutaw City Council.
The City Council also agreed to approve the July 20-22, 2018 weekend, as a Sales Tax Holiday for the purchase of school related clothing and supplies before the start of school in August.
Mayor Steele reported that he was closing out the water improvement project and that the County Extension Service had helped plant crepe myrtle trees around the lagoon and other places in the city

In the public comments section of the meeting, Sheila Smith asked that the city utility workers check Gilbert Norwood’s water meter at 509 Johnson Street since it seems to be too deep in the ground. Latasha Johnson asked for water for gardens. LaJeffrey Carpenter said there were continuing drainage problems on O’Neal Street and there was a need for a refuse site within Raintree Apartments so trash was not placed at the roadside.
A request was made by the Cub Scouts to get use of the National Guard Armory on Saturday, March 31 for an Easter Carnival, at the non-profit organization facility use rate. This was approved.
Molly Rowe, Director of the Eutaw Housing Authority reported that some of the buildings were re-roofed in Carver Circle and that the City Inspector was to be commended for working with the contractors on this project. The City Housing Authority held a poster art contest around the theme “What Home Means To Me”. Ms. Rowe requested to display some of the artwork in City Hall. The Mayor agreed to the art exhibit provided that non-paint removing tape was used to hang the artwork.
Evelyn Isaac Esson complained that the management at the Eutaw Elderly Village was threatening residents and had placed bed-bug infested furniture on the street without proper notice that may have endangered the public. Jerome Esson asked the city to check his new water meter to determine if it was correctly installed.
David Spencer tried to be recognized for a public comment but the Mayor did not recognize him.

Newswire : Eric Holder former Attorney General calls for end to ‘racial gerrymandering’.

Holder calls for Black voters to show up strong during the 2018 midterms.

By Clarissa Hamlin, Newsone

Eric Holdder

                                                                       Eric Holder

Eric Holder is trying to get folks in formation — as the title of Beyoncé’s song said — to stop racist gerrymandering ahead of the 2018 midterms. But what’s gerrymandering?
The practice of partisan and racial gerrymandering focuses on the re-drawing of voting district lines that basically pack Democrats or people of color into certain areas and push them out of others. Racial gerrymandering was fought by the Supreme Court years ago with the creation of majority-minority districts, or areas where the majority of voters are members of a single non-White racial group, The Washington Post reported.
This majority-minority move allowed voters of color to elect their candidates of choice in some districts. However, the concentration of voters of color in those districts led to the loss of representation in several other White-dominated districts. Without representation in those districts, it’s hard for voters of color to pass state-wide legislation to represent their interests.
Republican-led legislatures took advantage by using race to draw majority-minority district lines, experts said to the Post. But Holder, knowing that limiting the representation of Black voters means limiting that of Democrats, has a clap back plan against gerrymandering.
Holder, chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC),wants to show folks of color that gerrymandered districts “have an impact on their day-to-day lives,” according to the Hill. Then, folks can go out and vote in a way that gets candidates elected that who will advocate for their interests, including the fair redistricting of voting areas without regard to race or political party.
“The thought is to elect people in 2018 who will serve generally four-year terms,” the former Obama administration attorney general said. “These are the people who will be at the table, come ’20, ’21, and who will be responsible for the redistricting that’s [coming] after the 2020 census.”

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Experts have said that packing people of color into districts has the same effect as packing Democrats, causing district maps to favor Republicans in the same way that it favors Whites. But if people of color vote in record numbers, things can change.
“At the end of the day, this is all about the American people getting to have their voices heard, their votes count, and their representatives reflect what their desires are,” Holder said.

Newswire : Trump’s budget would hurt Black and Brown people


By Rep. Cedric L. Richmond

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D. LA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget because it reflects their values — both what they value and what they don’t.If you look at President Trump’s proposed FY 2019 budget, it’s clear he doesn’t value low-income and Black and brown communities because he cuts programs that these communities disproportionately rely on, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (the food stamp program), Medicaid, the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program and Community Development Block Grants, which provide funding for projects and programs including affordable housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development that inner-city and rural communities need to survive.
One of the most disgusting examples of this is President Trump’s proposal for the food stamp program, a program that serves close to 44 million Americans, 26 percent of whom are black. In addition to proposing to cut the program by $213 billion, which would leave 4 million low income people without these benefits, President Trump proposes to prevent families from choosing what type of food they buy for themselves.
He wants to send these families Blue Apron-style boxes of perishable and non-perishable food items, including items produced by American farmers. Although the administration has characterized this proposal as a cost-savings measure that would help low income communities eat more nutritious foods and American farmers make a profit, it is demeaning and disrespectful because it’s based on a notion that low income people can’t and shouldn’t think for themselves. Under this proposal, SNAP beneficiaries wouldn’t be able to decide what they want to eat, including culturally appropriate foods for their family.
And they wouldn’t know what foods they were getting, preventing them from planning meals for their family.Additionally, there are logistical problems with the proposal. Families may not have a car and be unable to pick up the box of food at the designated location in their community .On top of that, providing an over-abundance of fresh perishable foods to families where parents work two and three jobs and may not have time to cook them may make a bad situation worse.
These concerns and others make it unlikely that this plan will save the federal government $130 billion over 10 years as predicted by the Trump administration. The food stamp proposal isn’t the only issue with President Trump’s FY 2019 budget.

His budget cuts two critically important education programs for low-income students — GEAR UP, a grant program focused on increasing the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and Promise Neighborhoods, an Obama era grant program that provides cradle-to-college-to-career services for children living in low-income neighborhoods.
In addition, his budget would cut a number of programs that help workers, especially workers who belong to unions. For example, his budget would cut Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants that the agency uses to help employers better enforce workforce health and safety requirements. His budget also targets labor unions, whose membership is 14 percent African-American, by investing in more union focused investigations.
President Trump’s budget also would insufficiently invest in our nation’s infrastructure, while also cutting grants that fund infrastructure development at the state and local level. President Trump proposes to invest $200 billion in repairing America’s roads and bridges even though there’s trillions of dollars of infrastructure work to be done across the country, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
This insufficient investment will force states to rely too much on the private sector for funding they need to start and finish projects, projects that will likely come with a cost for the very commuters they’re supposed to help: Toll roads.President Trump calls his budget “An American Budget.” But the Americans he has in mind aren’t those who are living paycheck to paycheck and aren’t those who are members of Black and brown communities.