Greene, Sumter, and Tallapoosa counties added to disaster declaration, now eligible for FEMA Assistance

Greene, Sumter, and Tallapoosa counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance after the Jan. 12 severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes in Alabama.
Individuals and households in Greene, Sumter and Tallapoosa counties can apply for FEMA Individual Assistance, which may include temporary housing assistance, basic home repairs and certain other uninsured disaster-related needs.
These counties join Autauga, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, and Hale counties, which were previously approved for Individual Assistance.
Mayor Latasha Johnson said, “We want to thank Congresswomen Sewell and Governor Ivey for working to include Greene County in the disaster declaration for these storms, which damaged our city and county. This means the City of Eutaw, as well as individual homeowners and renters, will be able to get Federal and state help for clean-up in areas affected by the storms.”
Survivors can apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov, by using the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time in most languages. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
After applying for assistance from FEMA, you will receive an eligibility determination letter from FEMA in the mail or via email. Applicants may need to submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue to process an application for financial assistance. Examples of missing documentation may include:
Proof of insurance coverage
Settlement of insurance claims or denial letter from insurance provider
Proof of identity
Proof of occupancy
Proof of ownership
Proof that the damaged property was the applicant’s primary residence at the time of the disaster
Renters may also qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for uninsured essential personal property losses and other disaster-related expenses, including:
Replacement or repair of necessary personal property such as school supplies, including textbooks, and also furniture, appliances, and clothing
Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by those who are self- employed
Repair of primary and registered vehicles
Uninsured or out-of-pocket medical, dental, childcare, moving and storage expenses
Renters and homeowners are required to submit copies of insurance settlements because, by law, FEMA is prohibited from duplicating or paying for expenses already available or covered by insurance or other sources.
After applying for FEMA disaster assistance, those affected by the tornadoes may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration for disaster caused or related personal property losses and vehicles related damages. SBA is the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds for individuals, families, and businesses.
All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, you can call the Civil Rights Resource line at 833-285-7448.
For information on Alabama’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4684. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

Greenetrack forced to close by State Revenue Department

“On January 31, 2023 Greenetrack will close it doors due to the illegal and unfair tax that was assessed upon the company by the Alabama Department of Revenue. Greenetrack’s closure will mean the loss of jobs and benefits for almost 100 employees, as well as loss of funding to a community that was saved from bankruptcy in 2003 with the implementation of electronic bingo.  Once again, Greene County is faced with extreme poverty.” This statement was issued at press time January 31, by Mr. Luther Winn, President/CEO of Greenetrack, Inc.

Several months ago, Greenetrack stopped electronic bingo and substituted electronic wagering on historical horse racing, which was operated under its pari-mutuel license. As of February 1, Greenetrack will cease all wagering and gaming both on machines and with simulcasting of dog and horse racing at other tracks.

Subsequent to the release of this statement, the Greene County Racing Commission submitted for publication a request for proposal including application for license to conduct pari-mutual wagering with authorization to conduct live Greyhound racing, horse and Greyhound simulcasting and HHR gaming. The Racing Commission will accept proposals from February 2, until 12 noon on February 13, 2023.

COVID-19

As of January 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM
(According to Alabama Political Reporter)

Alabama had 1,610,535 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(7,654) more than last report, with 20,870 deaths (24) more
than last report.

Greene County had 2,253 confirmed cases, 13 more cases than last report, with 53 deaths

Sumter Co. had 3,104 cases with 55 deaths

Hale Co. had 5,6131 cases with 110 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has testing and vaccination for COVID-19; including the new bivalent booster for Omicron variants.
Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142;
ages 5 and up.

Local bingo facilities contribute $616,999 for December

The  Greene County Sheriff Department issued a listing of the bingo distributions for December, totaling $616,999.32 from four licensed bingo gaming facilities.  The bingo facilities regularly distributing through the sheriff include Frontier, River’s Edge, Palace and Bama Bingo.  The recipients of the December distributions from bingo gaming include Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, and Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System). 
     Sub charities include Children’s Policy Council, Guadalupan Multicultural Services, Greene County Golf Course, Housing Authority of Greene County (Branch Heights), Department of Human Resources, the Greene County Library, Eutaw Housing Authority, Historical Society, REACH, Inc., Headstart  Community Service and This Belong To US. 
     Bama Bingo gave a total of $117,157.87 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500, and the Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities, each received $1,034.22 including REACH, Inc.  Community Service received $470.10 and This Belong to Us received $94.02. 
  Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $114,995.01 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each received $870.53, including the Historical Society and REACH, Inc.  Community Service received $470.10 and This Belong to Us received $94.02.
     River’s Edge (Next Level Leaders and Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of  $118,288 to the following:  Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $12,543; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee  each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each, $1,027,, including the Historical Society and REACH, Inc.  Community Service received $467 and This Belong to Us received $92.
     Palace (TS Police Support League) gave a total of $266,558.44 to the following:  Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $111,426.26; City of Eutaw, $21,441.50; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $8,982.25; Greene County Board of Education, $24,339, and the Greene County Health System, $28,975. Sub Charities received $2,397.33, including the Historical Society and REACH, Inc. Community Service received $1,089.70 and This Belong to Us received $217.94. The sheriff’s supplement for November from four bingo facilities totaled $79,204.58

2022 Census of Agriculture deadline is February 6;
Respond now and here’s why

By Hubert Hamer, Administrator – USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

The USDA’s 2022 Census of Agriculture is officially underway across the United States and Puerto Rico. It is important for every farmer, rancher, and producer to make sure they respond by the deadline on Feb. 6.
Every five years, America’s producers have the opportunity to take part in the nation’s only, most comprehensive, and impartial data collection for agriculture. Since 1840, the ag census has played a significant role in showing the value of agriculture and informs decision-makers on how and where to allocate resources. The data collected impact everything from farm programs and funding, crop insurance rates, rural development, disaster assistance, the Farm Bill, and more.
Producers, your voice needs to be represented in these important data. Who better to tell the story of American agriculture than the producers themselves? These statistics will directly impact our farming and ranching communities for years to come and without your input, your hard work to provide safe and abundant agricultural products to the world risks being underserved.
For instance, understanding farm economics like value of production and income can help guide loan and grant assistance. Another example is that this year’s ag census includes updates to internet access questions. Decision-makers can use NASS data to determine service gaps such as the case for investment in broadband access and infrastructure. Also, because the ag census has been conducted for over 160 years, the data can help identify trends. The ability to see how U.S. agriculture has changed over time aids our nation as we plan for the future.
If you are a crop, livestock or forestry grower with sales of $1,000 or more, you are eligible and welcomed to participate in the Census of Agriculture. If you did not receive a census form, contact: nass.usda.gov/AgCensus or call 800-727-9540.
The questionnaire may look long, but the good news is that producers only fill out the information that pertains to their operation. We have also looked for opportunities to make responding more convenient than ever before, including launching our new online Respondent Portal. Answering the questionnaire online is fast and secure. Just go to agcounts.usda.gov and enter your unique survey code. But whether producers respond online, or by mail, it is important to be counted. Better data can lead to better decisions and better policies.
We also want our producers to know that, by law, USDA keeps all personally identifiable information confidential and uses the data collected for statistical purposes only, publishing it in aggregate form to prevent farmers or farm operations from being disclosed. So, though producers are sharing information about their agricultural operation, they remain anonymous in the data.
We recognize how incredibly busy our producers are, so I want to thank them in advance for taking the time to respond by Feb. 6, and for all they do in support of U.S. agriculture.
USDA NASS will release the results from the ag census in 2024. For questions or to learn more about the Census of Agriculture, visit nass.usda.gov/AgCensus or call 800-727-9540.
Hubert Hamer is the Administrator of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

Newswire : Ugandan activist challenges world leaders for dangerous climate inaction

Vanessa Nakate, second from right, next to Greta Thunberg on climate panel


 

Jan. 23, 2023 (GIN) – Climate activist Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, together with several young climate leaders, took no prisoners as they called out political and business elites who failed to move the needle on climate change which has been devastating rich and poor countries alike at the present time.
 
People in parts of the world most affected by climate change are “clinging to their lives and just trying to make it for another day, to make it for another week, to make it for another hour, another minute,”Nakate said bitterly.
 
“Leaders are playing games” with people’s futures,” she said.
Others in the group included Greta Thunberg from Sweden, Helena Gualinga of Ecuador and Luisa Neubauer of Germany. They sat at a roundtable with International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Switzerland.
 
The world is “taking a really dangerous path, warned Gualinga.
 
Thunberg scorned the corporate bigwigs who came to the Swiss ski resort town of Davos, but are “fueling the destruction of the planet” by investing in fossil fuels and prioritizing short-term profits over people affected by the climate crisis, she said pointedly.
 
The activists carried a “cease and desist” letter calling on the heads of fossil fuel companies to stop all new oil and natural gas projects, signed by nearly 900,000 people. Scientists say no new fossil fuel projects can be built if the world is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in line with climate goals set in Paris in 2015.
 
Current levels of warming, which have reached up to 2.2 Fahrenheit, means it is “already a living hell for many communities across the African continent, across the Global South” who are facing extreme drought, heat and flooding, continued Nakate.
 
Activists have been increasingly critical of the lack of action taken by governments and large corporations in recent years.
 
Birol, meanwhile, countered the young people’s warnings, saying he had “legitimate optimism” that the world would move away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. He noted that the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act’s nearly $375 billion in climate incentives would be transformative for renewables in the country.
 
But he added that “the problem is not being fast enough to reach our climate targets.”
 
As the event kicked off, dozens of climate activists braved snowfall to wave banners and chant slogans at the end of the Davos Promenade.
 
“The changes that we need are not very likely to come from the inside (of the Davos meeting), rather I believe they will come from the bottom up,” Thunberg said. “As long as they can get away with it, they will continue to invest in fossil fuels, they will continue to throw people under bus for their own gain.”
 
Questions have been raised over the installation for installing the chief of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. as its president for this year’s event. But U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told The Associated Press that he backs the decision, citing Sultan al-Jaber’s work on renewable energy projects.
 
“Dr. Sultan al-Jaber is a terrific choice because he is the head of the company. That company knows it needs to transition,” Kerry said Sunday after attending an energy conference in Dubai. “He knows — and the leadership of the UAE is committed to transitioning.”
 
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, leading an initiative to trace greenhouse gas emissions, said Thursday at Davos that fossil fuel companies were pumping three times the amount of planet-warming gases in the air than they were reporting.
 
“Most (other industries) are not this far off,” he said.
 
German climate envoy Jennifer Morgan said that Davos attendees “are major decision-makers that if they were to really understand the 1.5 degree goal and take the action that’s required, it would make a massive difference.” But she acknowledged that while they have a role, “they’re not the answer

Newswire : Black Governor of Maryland

Wes Moore takes oath of office, supported by family

Currently the only Black governor in the U. S. 

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from

BlackManStreet. Today

(TriceEdneyWire.com/BlackManStreet.Today) – Governor Moore took the oath of office twice on Thursday–first in Maryland’s state senate and later in a public ceremony outside the state house in front of a large crowd.  

Governor Moore raised a clenched fist in the air as his wife, Dawn Flythe Moore, his daughter, Mia, and James, his son, beamed with pride. He took the oath of office on a Bible once owned by Frederick Douglass.

 Oprah Winfrey, a long-time friend, introduced the new governor. She knew him because she was previously a television talk show host and a news anchor in Baltimore.

 Matthew J. Fader, Chief Justice of the Maryland Supreme Court, administered the oath of office, followed by a 19-gun salute and a flyover by jets. 

Moore soundly defeated Republican Dan Cox in November’s election.  He declared that he would tackle the wealth gap, protect the Chesapeake Bay, fight pollution and have the state generate 100% clean energy by 2035. With respect to education, he pledged to raise standards in all schools and increase inclusivity.

In one inaugural ceremony, Governor Moore took the oath on a copy of the Bhagavad Ghita, one of the holy scriptures of the Hindu faith.

He also laid a wreath at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial at the City Dock in Annapolis, commemorating enslaved people’s arrival in Maryland. 

Moore is a bestselling author, a nonprofit CEO, and a combat veteran.

He joins other Black governors, including Oscar Dunn, who served as acting Louisiana governor from November 22, 1871, who served until his death while still in office.

Dunn was succeeded by P.B.S. Pinchback, who served as Louisiana governor from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 1873.  

The other and more recent Black governors were L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, and David Paterson of New York.

Newswire: Following more mass shootings Democrats introduce ‘Assault Weapons Ban’

 Display of guns for sale at gun show

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

 


Two proposals aimed at curbing the spread of assault rifles were submitted today by Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein of California, and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

The Assault Weapons Ban seeks to prohibit the commercialization, distribution, production, and importation of assault rifles and other firearms designed for use in military operations, as well as high-capacity magazines and similar devices.

On January 22, a gunman opened fire on a crowd celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California, killing 11 and wounding 9. There was also a shooting of 7 farm workers in Half Moon Bay, California, near San Francisco.

The Democrats’ proposed Age 21 Act would make it illegal to sell or buy an assault weapon to anybody under 21, bringing it in line with the legal age for purchasing handguns.

Some Congress members, including Judy Chu, who represents the California district that includes Monterey Park, have called for universal background checks and closing loophole for gun shows and guns ordered on the Internet.

President Joe Biden has publicly stated his support for the legislation.
Biden said that the number of mass shootings declined during the decade that the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect. “In the 10 years that the Assault Weapons Ban was on the books, mass shootings went down,” Biden remarked. “After Republicans let the law expire in 2004 and those weapons were allowed to be sold again, mass shootings tripled,” he declared.

Both houses of Congress were urged to take quick action by the president.
According to Biden, “the majority of American people agree with this rational measure.”

“There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to ensure the safety of our children, our communities and our nation,” he insisted.

In the House of Representatives, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline said he plans to introduce a companion bill to the Senate’s Assault Weapons Ban. Feinstein said assault rifles “seem to be the unifying denominator in the seemingly endless number of horrific shootings.” “Because these firearms were created for maximum efficiency in mass murder,” the senator noted.

“They have no place in our society or educational institutions. It’s time to take a stand against the gun lobby and do something about getting these lethal weapons off the streets, or at the absolute least, out of the hands of our youth.”

Blumenthal added, as the gunman at the Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park demonstrated just days ago, assault weapons are designed for one and one purpose only: to murder or hurt human beings.

“These military-style combat weapons – built for the battlefield and designed to maximize death and destruction – have brought bloodshed and carnage to our streets and continue to be the weapon of choice in countless mass shootings,” Blumenthal said.

“Guns don’t respect state boundaries, which is why we need a national solution to restricting the ownership and use of assault weapons. Now is the time to honor gun violence victims and survivors with this commonsense action.”

Rep. Ciciline argued that it is long past due to reinstate an assault weapon ban and remove these “weapons of war” from civilian areas. The assault weapons prohibition “passed the House last year with bipartisan backing, but was blocked by Senate Republicans,” Ciciline noted.
“We need to come together to enact this commonsense, effective, and proven policy to reduce gun violence and save lives. I thank Senator Feinstein for her partnership in this fight and look forward to introducing the House companion bill in the coming weeks.”
 

Newswire: Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023: Now more than ever!


 
Selma, AL – So many people are calling and asking, ‘Will we still have The Bridge Crossing Jubilee in March?’” said Hank Sanders. My response is: “Yes. Now more than ever!” 
 
Faya Rose Toure, Founder and National Coordinator of The Bridge Crossing Jubilee said: “The Bridge Crossing Jubilee is needed every year. But in light of the massive devastation in Selma, it is needed now more than ever. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023 is an opportunity to not just build back Selma but to build the Beloved Community in Selma.” 
 
Sanders said: “Every year tens of thousands of people come from across the country and across the world to participate in the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. They come on a spiritual journey. They get revived spiritually. They share with others from across the country and world. But they do not leave anything behind in Selma. This year, we are asking folks to come and be spiritually revived and to share with one another but to continue to do something to help build the Beloved Community in Selma.”  
 
“It is not enough to build Selma back as it was. This is an opportunity to build Selma into the Beloved Community that those Foot Soldiers on the Bridge risked their lives to build,” said Toure. We are asking all organizations in and out of Selma to develop their own initiatives consistent with the Selma of justice, fairness and prosperity. The 2023 Bridge Crossing Jubilee – Now More Than Ever!” said Toure.
 
Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn said: “We need all the help we can get to overcome the devastation wrought by this tornado. We need as many people as possible to come to Selma during The Bridge Cross Jubilee to see the devastation so that they can help.”
 
Dr James Mitchell, Chairman of the Selma to Montgomery March Commemoration Foundation, said: “Many national leaders and other national personalities have been invited to the 2023 Jubilee, and we expect so many of them to come because they come every year but also because of the devastation in Selma. In fact, we expect more people to come this year than usual, and that has been many tens of thousands each year. Also, the Annual Martin & Coretta King Unity Breakfast will be back in the WCCS gym this year.”
 
Dr. Margaret Hardy, Jubilee Board Member, said: “I and others are making donations in the name of The Bridge Crossing Jubilee to help those in crisis in Selma as a result of the tornado devastation.” Members of the Selma-to-Montgomery March Foundation and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee and other leaders held a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. on the Selma side of the Foot of the Bridge concerning a very special Bridge Crossing Jubilee in light of the devastating tornado that hit Selma. The new theme in the aftermath of the tornado devastation in Selma is “The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023 – Now More Than Ever.” 

For more information, contact: Hank Sanders (334) 782-1651 and Hank23Sanders@gmail.com

COVID-19

As of January 17, 2023 at 10:00 AM
(According to Alabama Political Reporter)

Alabama had 1,602,891 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(15,667) more than last report, with 20,846 deaths (70) more
than last report.

Greene County had 2,240 confirmed cases, 21 more cases than last report), with 53 deaths

Sumter Co. had 3,083 cases with 55 deaths

Hale Co. had 5,615 cases with 110 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has testing and vaccination for COVID-19; including the new bivalent booster for Omicron variants. Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142;
ages 5 and up.