Alabama Youth Forestry Camp recruiting participants for June 11-15, 2018 program at Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center in Epes

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The Alabama Forestry Youth Camp is a five-day experience for high school students interested in conservation and natural resources. It is designed to teach basic forestry concepts through classroom instruction and outdoor activities.
The 2018 camp will be held the week of June 11-15, 2018 at the Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center, near Epes, Alabama. The program is open to any student, boy or girl, who is at least 15 years old and has completed 9th grade but not yet finished 12th grade.

Students attending will participate in classes covering tree identification, forest management, forest products, wildlife, water quality, urban forestry and forestry history. Many classes will be held outdoors unless weather conditions interfere. Proper outdoor attire is required including good closed toe shoes.
Students will be taught by a staff of professionals in the natural resource fields, who are employed both in the public and private sector. They are provided release time from their jobs to be camp instructors. Students will be housed in dormitories with adult supervision, and adult teaching staff will be available to the campers for study and supervised recreational activities.
The camp will be held at the Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center, near Epes in Sumter County. Students must be able to handle their own transportation to and from the camp. Directions to the camp and other detailed information will be provided to campers who complete an application form and are accepted or the camp.
Camp Director Justin Jacobs said, “I attended this camp about ten years ago when I was a high school student. It raised my interest in forestry and wildlife. I attended Alabama A & M majoring in forestry. Now I am back as the Federation’s Forestry Specialist working with forestry landowners and running this camp to interest young people in this critical field.”
The camp is co-sponsored with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension, Alabama A & M University Center for Excellence, Auburn University School of Forestry, Alabama Forestry Commission, U. S. Forestry Service and other partners.
The only cost for the camp is a $30.00 application fee. The camp sponsors cover all other costs for instruction, field trips, meals, snacks, lodging and recreation.
Students who are interested should immediately contact the Federation at www.federation.coop where there is an application form on line. Applications are also available from Justin Jacobs, Camp Director at jjacobs55@hotmail.com, 205/652-9676 (office) or 256/777-4356 (cell).

Eutaw Primary Kindergarten students create canvas art as end of year activity

Ms. Tammy Anderson’s Kindergarten Class at Eutaw Primary was treated to an end of year arts activity which engaged the students in painting canvas art displays. Anderson selected a butterfly theme to demonstrate to the students that the butterfly transforms before it becomes an adult. “The butterfly evolves as does each child,” explained Anderson. She told the class that each one of them is different with his and her own gifts and beauty, just as the butterfly. “No two butterflies are the same as no two children are the same.” She said. Anderson wanted the students to understand that each butterfly painted would also be different.

Ms. Kelly Magadan, an artist with Uptown Art of Tuscaloosa, volunteered as instructor for the special occasion. She explained the painting process to the students, describing how color combinations are formed. Each student was provided a canvas, paint and brushes, and before beginning their masterpieces, each student was adorned with a painting apron and beret. Parents were also invited to the special event. Refreshments were provided.

Newswire : NAACP Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

By Malik Russell, Director of Communications, mrussell@naacpnet.org

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BALTIMORE, Md., May 18, 2018 /NNPANewswirePR/ The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas:
The NAACP mourns the tragic and senseless loss of 10 lives on Friday, May 18 at Santa Fe High School in Texas. In addition to those killed, 10 individuals were also wounded. Nine of the 10 fatalities were students, studying subjects they loved and planning for their future. This is the 22nd school shooting of 2018, according to CNN.
We cannot sit back and allow gun violence to continue to take the lives of our students. The NAACP sends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and everyone whose lives they touched. Talk alone is not enough to address the issue of gun violence in our communities and schools; sensible gun reform must become a priority among our politicians and policymakers.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the word are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.

Eutaw Chief Coleman explains curfew law

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With classes in the county schools ending Tuesday, May 24, 2018, Eutaw Police Chief Derick Coleman expressed a concern that parents need to get more involved with their children. “Now that schools are closing for the summer, all parents should be mindful of their child /children’s whereabouts,” he said.
Chief Coleman explained that curfew laws will be strictly enforced. Juvenile curfew laws are local ordinances that prohibit people of a certain age (usually under 18) from being in public or in a business establishment during certain hours (such as between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).

Juvenile Curfew Laws and Exempted Activities

Almost all juvenile curfew laws identify exempted activities or exceptions under which juveniles may lawfully be out after curfew. These exceptions will vary by jurisdiction, but typically include the following:
* Minors accompanied by a parent or guardian
*Minors traveling to or from work.
*Minors attending official school or religious events
* Minors running errands under an adult’s instruction
*Emergencies

Punishment for Juvenile Curfew Violations

Punishment for juvenile curfew law violations also varies among jurisdictions, but can often include one or more of the following options:
* Fines (usually increasing for subsequent violations)
* Imposition of community service or required enrollment in after-school programs
* Restriction of driver’s license privileges
* Possible detention in jail or juvenile hall.
* Parents who knowingly allow their children to violate curfew laws may also be subject to fines and other punishment.

SOS calls on State of Alabama to remove memorial to Dr. J. Marion Sims on Capitol grounds

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Jon Broadway addresses SOS press conference calling for removal of statue

Montgomery, AL – SOS, the Save Our Selves Movement for Justice and Democracy, is asking the State of Alabama to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from the Capitol grounds.  SOS is also asking that the charges be dropped against Jon Broadway, who has been charged with Criminal Tampering in Montgomery County.

The press conference was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol. SOS is a grassroots movement of more than 40 Alabama statewide organizations working for social change and to promote justice and democracy in the state.
Standing on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol, state Senator Hank Sanders said: “The reason this memorial must be removed is because Dr. J. Marion Sims operated on a number of enslaved Black women without their consent and without anesthesia of any sort.
“Dr. Sims lived in Montgomery before moving to New York City.  Between 1845 and 1849, Sims performed numerous operations on multiple Black women in Montgomery, all without anesthesia or consent and sometimes with other doctors looking on.  Some of these women endured torturous surgeries repeated times. Alabama cannot have a statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, a man who committed repeated atrocities against Black women in Alabama, on public grounds.”
Johnny Ford said: “Dr. Sims is widely known as the father of gynecology because, in large part, of these horrible medical experiments he conducted on enslaved Black women in Alabama.  Like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments on Black men that took place in Alabama in the 20th Century, these atrocious actions that took place in Alabama in the 19th Century against Black women should, at the very least, result in an apology and the removal of this statue.  Memorials to Dr. Sims have been removed in New York and other states once Sims’ atrocities were brought to public and officials’ attentions. That has sadly not been the case in Alabama. This must change.”
Attorney Faya Rose Toure said: “The charges against Jon Broadway must be dismissed because he has done nothing wrong. In fact, he has done something right by calling attention to the memorial of a man who openly abused and tortured enslaved Black women.  From the facts I know, Mr. Broadway simply helped perform a skit about Dr. Sims’ actions and a little ketchup may have gotten on the statue during a performance given to draw attention to the torture and abuse that powerless Black women suffered at the hands of Sims.”
Ketchup was used in the skit on Confederate Memorial Day to symbolize the bloodshed that Dr. Sims caused to Black women. A small amount of ketchup was smeared on the pedestal of the statue as part of the protest.
Attorney Toure said, “It was also terrible that Mr. Jon Broadway was forced to leave jail in his underwear.  They took the clothes off his back because enforcement claimed they needed his clothes for evidence. Some observers pointed out that there were traces of ketchup on his clothes, which prompted the arresting officers to retain his clothes. The police did not offer any replacement clothing when they released Broadway.  All of this is connected to the recently passed state law to protect Confederate memorials.”
Law Professor Emerita Martha Morgan said: “This happened the same day that other people were hanging wreaths on the Capitol grounds for Confederate Memorial Day, and none of those people were arrested for Criminal Tampering or for anything else.  Yet the actions of a man who was trying to present a full picture behind the history of another monument were seen as tampering, and Mr. Broadway was arrested based on the content of his message.  This press conference today is the initial step in a series of efforts to bring peace and justice to this spot where this memorial now sits and to provide the full picture of the history of these memorials and monuments.”

School board approves personnel transfers, non-renewals and resignations

At its regular meeting held Monday, May 14, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education approved a variety of changes regarding the school system’s personnel as recommended by Superintendent, Dr. James Carter. Transfers among the central office personnel effective for the 2018-2019 school year include the following: Robert Stewart from Technology Coordinator to Truancy Officer; Cindy Taylor from Truancy Officer to Attendance Supervisor; Makane Morrow from Child Nutrition Program Director to Technology Coordinator.
Other transfers from the various school facilities effective for the next school year, include the following.
* Garry Rice from Principal at Greene County High School to Principal at Robert Brown Middle School;
* Fredrick Square, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Assistant Principal at RBM;
* Toice Goodson, from Principal of 9th Grade Academy at GCHS to Principal at Greene County Learning Academy;
* Barbara Martin, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Principal at Eutaw Primary School;
* Teresa Atkins from teacher to CNP Director;
* Patricia Rhone from Business Education Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School to Teacher at Greene County Career Center;
* Nathaniel Webb from Transportation Department to Maintenance Department;
*David Peterson from Maintenance Department to Transportation Department.
The board approved the following non-renewals recommended by the Superintendent Carter. It should be noted that individuals approved for non-renewal at the close of a school term may be called back to the school system, for the next term, on an as-needed basis.
* Eutaw Primary School Non-Renewals: Johnnie Lee, 1st Grade Teacher; Kendra Payne; 1st Grade Teacher; Fentress Means, Physical Education Teacher; Tweila Morris, Secretary; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Allen, Reading Intervention Teacher.

* Robert Brown Middle School Non-Renewals: Teresa Atkins, Consumer Science Teacher; Justin Booth, Agro-Science Teacher; Danielle Edison, Special Education Teacher; Fredrick Holmes, Music / Band Teacher; Shunetta Kirkman, 6th Grade Teacher; Ashley Moore, 5th Grade Teacher; Cardelia Page, 5th Grade Teacher; Deborah Summerville, 7th Grade Teacher; Miakka Taylor, 8th Grade Teacher; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Edwards, Part-Time Janitor.
*Greene County High School Non-Renewals: Justin Booth, Part-Time Physical Education/Agro-Science Teacher; Wanda Gaitor, Part-Time Secretary; Fredrick Holmes Music / Band Teacher; Fentress Means, Driver Education Teacher; Demilia Snyder, Science Teacher.
* Greene County Career Center Non-Renewals: Sondra Green, Health Science Teacher; Mary Henderson, Part-Time Secretary.
* Greene County Learning Academy, Non-Renewal: Dr. Bennie Pennington, Lead Teacher.
* Maintenance Department Non-Renewal: Carl Oliver.
* Transportation Department Non-Renewal: Gerald Holloway, Bus Driver.
The board approved the following resignations: Shennell Spears, Business Management Administration, Greene County Career Center, effective May 312, 2018; Diana Bowden, Lab Aide, RBM, effective May 26, 2018; Dr. Sharon Jennings, Principal Eutaw Primary School, effective May 31, 2018; Marsha Powell, Bus Aide, Department of Transportation, effective March 16, 2018; and Dora Hardy, Cook at Greene County High School.
The Superintendent recommended and the board approved sending letters of termination to the following personnel for Additional Service Contracts (Separate Contracts).
* Robert Brown Middle School: Corey Cockrell as Head Football Coach, B-Team Basketball Coach and Athletic Director; Henry Miles as Assistant Football Coach; Dorris Robinson as Cheerleader Sponsor; Jeffery Wesley as Head Basketball Coach.
*Greene County High School: Rodney Wesley as Head Basketball Coach & Assistant Football Coach; Kendra Payne as Head Basketball Coach (Girls); Karon Colman as Head Football Coach & Track Team Coach; Jacob Sullivan as Assistant Football Coach; Janice Jeames as Girls’ Volleyball Coach and Girls’ Basketball Coach; Frederick Holmes as Band Director; Fentress Means as Head Baseball Coach; Justin Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach; Su’Kovia Hicks as Head Softball Coach (Girls); Drenda Morton as Cheerleader Sponsor.
The board approved the following recommendations for employment as bus drivers for the Summer Enrichment Program: Felecia Davis; Marcus Steele; Teresa Hill; Eddie Coats; Ayanna Crawford; Michael Bolden; Verna Nickson.
The board also approved hiring Walter Taylor of Montgomery, AL as Interim CSFO.
In Administrative Services, the board approved Robert Brown Middle School request to travel to Six Flags Over Georgia for Math and Science Day; and payment of all bills, claims and payroll.
In other business, the board approved the 4-day work week, each day from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm, beginning the week of June 4-8, 2018 and ending the week of July 23-27, 2018. Any and all schedules that differ from the one stated above must be submitted and approved by the superintendent prior to the start date of June 4, 2018.

Greene County DST Chapter awards $3,000 in scholarships

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Shown L to R: Shaleah McCain, Hale County High School; Jamia Jackson, Greene County High School; Tony White, Jr., Greene County High School; Eldria Jones, Green County High School and Alexis Jordon, Greene County High School. Not shown: MaKayle Lewis, Greensboro High School.

The Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held a reception recently honoring the six students awarded $500 scholarships upon their enrollment in postsecondary schools. The scholarship recipients from the sorority’s service are: Shaleah McCain, Hale County High School; Jamia Jackson, Tony White, Jr., Eldria Jones, and Alexis Jordan, all of Greene County High School. Not pictured is Makayla Lewis, of Greensboro High School. The reception, held Monday, May 14, 2018, included Mediation by Jacqueline Allen; Greetings by Chapter President Andrea Perry; Words of Encouragement by Evelyn James. The scholarship recipients and their parents enjoyed refreshments and fellowship with sorority chapter members present.

Newswire : Meghan Markle’s marriage opens the door to a discussion of England’s first Black Queen

By Frederick H. Lowe

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Meghan Markle’s wedding Saturday in London to Prince Harry, sixth in line for the British Throne, will make her the first black person to marry into the House of Windsor, which was founded in 1910, but the not the first black Royal.
That distinction is held by Queen Charlotte of England, who ruled England and Ireland with her husband King George III during the American Revolution. They were members of the House of Hanover, which ruled England and Ireland from 1714 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, 2017, 199 years and 10 days after Queen Charlotte died. She died November 17, 1818. Queen Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744.
Princess Sophie Charlotte descended directly from the African branch of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa, according to the African American Registry.
Sophie Charlotte and King George III married the day they met, which was September 8, 1761. The wedding took place in the Chapel Royal, in St. James’s Palace in London. Sophie Charlotte was crowned England’s first black queen when she was only 17. She gave birth to 15 children. Thirteen of the 15 children lived and became adults. Her son Prince Edward, the Fourth Duke of Kent, was Queen Victoria’s father.
Her African bloodline was downplayed. “Portraits of the Queen had been reduced to fiction of the Black Magi, until two art historians suggested definite African features of the paintings derived from actual subjects, not just the minds of painters,” according to African-American Registry.
As part of her marriage agreement, Sophie Charlotte stayed out of politics, although she was interested in the Revolutionary War in America which was waged by King George III who was portrayed in the 1994 feature film “The Madness of King George.” King George went mad and blind. He was placed in the guardianship of his wife.
In keeping with Filmdom’s tradition of not accurately portraying blacks, Helen Mirren, a white actress, played Queen Charlotte in the film.
Queen Charlotte was educated and well- read and is said to have written an estimated 400 letters. Only a few still exist.
Unlike the black queen who is always portrayed as evil in Disney cartoons, Queen Charlotte was known for her good works.
She established the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, also known as Kew Gardens, near London. And in 1800, she was the first person in England to introduce a Christmas tree. It was decorated with sweetmeats, almonds, toys and raisins in paper packets.
Queen Charlotte also established in London the Queen Charlotte Maternity Hospital in London. The city of Charlotte, N.C. is named in her honor. And Queen Charlotte supported and taught music by Johann Christian Bach. Wolfang Amadeus Mozart dedicated Opus 3 to the Queen.
She is the great, great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, England’s current monarch.
This story first was published in November 2018.

Citizens Trust Bank welcomes Tracey Boney as a new Mortgage Loan Officer for the Eutaw and surrounding communities

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Birmingham, ALABAMA (May 1, 2018) – Citizens Trust Bank and its Mortgage Division are happy to announce the addition of Mortgage Loan Officer I, Tracey Boney to the Birmingham, Alabama location.
Tracey brings a fresh perspective to the loan world, and uses her background in relationship management to bridge the path between renting and buying a home. Tracey is passionate about helping first time homebuyers realize their dream of homeownership by listening to their needs and future desires, and pairing them with the best loan program to fit their lifestyle.
Tracey’s knowledge of available loan programs for each purchase goal will ensure clients from first time homebuyers to veteran home owners will be matched with the best loan to satisfy their needs. She can also help with the decision to refinance a current home loan or cash out on home equity for home improvements or debt consolidation.
Since each goal requires a unique program, Citizens Trust Bank offers a wide variety of first-time home buyer loan programs that Tracey can assist with including fixed rate Conventional, FHA, and VA loans, adjustable rate loans, adjustable rate loans.
When Tracey is outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Her hobbies of interest are bowling, attending sports events and traveling. She is also a member of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church.

Her love for gospel and classical music is woven into her family’s makeup. She also plays the piano and violin. Her love for the two instruments led her to study classical music for many years.
About Citizens Trust Bank
Citizens Trust Bank has built financial relationships since 1921 – Through it 96 year legacy built on principle, we go beyond meeting the needs of offering banking products and service solutions; our mission is to financially empower our customers and their generations to succeed. In turn, their success is our success. The bank takes pride in offering its financial solutions throughout metropolitan-Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia and Birmingham and Eutaw, Alabama. Through its parent company, Citizens Bancshares Corporation, the Bank offers its common stock over-the-counter to the general public under the trading symbol CZBS and can be found at www.ctbconnect.com.
For more information contact Diedra. L. St.Julien at 404.575.8371 or by email
Diedra.stjulien@ctbatl.com

Newswire : Black jobless rate was 6.60% in April, the lowest since 1972, But…

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com

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(TriceEdneyWire.com) – April’s jobless rate for Black men and Black women improved to 6.60 percent, down from 6.90 percent in March as the nonfarm business payroll increased by 164,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

The jobless rate for blacks was the lowest since 1972 but that was because some African Americans stopped looking for work. There was a lower labor-participation rate in April for African Americans compared to March, according to BLS.
The labor-participation rate was 61.9 percent in April, down from 62.7 percent in March. The labor-participation rate measures the number of people who are employed or are looking for work.
The government counts a person as unemployed if he or she is out of work but looking for work. BLS reported that 18.9 million blacks were employed in April down from 19.0 million in March. The number of blacks not in the labor force in April was 12.4 million, up from 12.2 million in March.
Although the unemployment rate for African Americans improved, it was still higher compared to whites, which was 3.60 percent. The jobless rate for Hispanics was 4.80 percent. Asians had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.80 percent.
The overall unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent from 4.1 percent.
The unemployment rate in April for black men 20 years old and older was 6.4 percent, up from 6.10 percent in March, BLS reported. The jobless rate for black women 20 years old and older in April was 5.30 percent down from 6.00 percent in March.
BLS reported that employment increased in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care and mining.