COVID-19

As of November 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)

Alabama had 845,761 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(4,278) more than last week with 16,119 deaths (76) more
than last week)

Greene County had 1,302 confirmed cases, (5 more cases than last week), with 45 deaths

Sumter Co. had 1,392 cases with 41 deaths

Hale Co. had 3,184 cases with 89 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has testing and vaccination for COVID-19; Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142; ages 18 and up.

Newswire: Major changes announced to U.S. Department of Education’s Loan Forgiveness Plan

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, October 6, announced an overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Education Department officials said they would implement the overhaul over the next year and make the program live up to its promise.
According to a news release, the policy will result in 22,000 borrowers who have consolidated loans – including previously ineligible loans – being immediately eligible for $1.74 billion in forgiveness without the need for further action on their part.
Another 27,000 borrowers could potentially qualify for an additional $2.82 billion in forgiveness if they certify additional periods of employment.
In total, the Department estimates that over 550,000 borrowers who have previously consolidated will see an increase in qualifying payments with the average borrower receiving another two years of progress toward forgiveness.
Many more will also see progress as borrowers consolidate into the Direct Loan program and apply for PSLF, and as the Department rolls out other changes in the weeks and months ahead, officials stated.
“Borrowers who devote a decade of their lives to public service should be able to rely on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated in the news release.
“The system has not delivered on that promise to date, but that is about to change for many borrowers who have served their communities and their country,” Cardona continued.
“Teachers, nurses, first responders, service members, and so many public service workers have had our back especially amid the challenges of the pandemic. Today, the Biden Administration is showing that we have their backs, too.
A Fact Sheet about the Student Loan Forgiveness Plan, is available at the DOE website.

Greene County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. supports end to HIV stigma

In observance of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, the Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated placed red bows on the poles around the courthouse square in Eutaw. The members also displayed a “Rock The Ribbon” banner and yard signs in the communities to promote greater awareness about HIV prevention and treatment. This pandemic friendly option serves as a reminder to end HIV-related stigma.
The first World AIDS Day, designated by the World Health Organization and supported by the United Nations, was observed in 1998. “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.” is the theme for 2020. The goal is to focus on HIV prevention, treatment, and to end HIV stigma.
Isaac N. Atkins is the Chapter President, Nancy Cole is the Chapter Vice-President, and Phillis Belcher is the Chairperson for the International Awareness and Involvement Committee.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are about 1.2 million people with HIV in the United States. While there is no cure for HIV, there is effective treatment to have the virus under control (viral suppression; amount of HIV in the body that is undetectable).
People with HIV who are aware of their status, are on medicine (antiretroviral therapy) and have their virus under control, can live healthy lives. Additionally, people who are at risk for HIV infection can benefit from the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as by giving medicine used to treat HIV to HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of transmission.
Fewer Black Americans who could benefit from the use of PrEP are receiving it. Therefore, efforts are needed to increase knowledge of status and to improve the use of prevention efforts.

Black Belt Folk Roots Festival

Virtual Festival on Special Website
Scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020
The Website Link for the Virtual Festival
beginning Saturday, August 22nd


blackbeltfolkrootsfestival.weebly.com

The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival is produced by
The Society of Folk Arts & Culture
for more information contact:
Carol Zippert at 205-372-0525
Email: zippert.carol79@gmail.com

COVID-19

As of August 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Alabama had 106,784 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(6,000 more than last week) with 1,876 deaths (62 more
than last week)
Greene County had 265 confirmed cases, (13 more cases
than last week), with 13 deaths
Sumter Co. had 379 cases with 19 deaths Hale Co. had 504 cases with 26 deaths

Greene County High School holds outdoor graduation for Class of 2020

The GCHS Class of 2020 held its graduation ceremony out-of-doors, Friday, July 24, 2020, to insure the safety of all participants. The graduates were seated a safe distance apart in the stadium at Robert Brown Middle School. Parents and guests were also seated socially distanced on the football field. All wore masks.
Parents and guest at graduation ceremony were seated
observing social distancing. Everyone wore masks.
Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones welcomes parents and community to GCHS graduation ceremony. Also shown are GCHS Principal Willie Simmons and Assistant Principal Andrea Perry.
Elouise Edwards, GCHS Valedictorian Class of 2020
Ashanti Harper, GCHS Salutatorian Class of 2020

25 cars join ‘Slow Ride for Justice’ through Eutaw to protest police brutality and call for criminal justice reform

Cars lining up at the National Guard Armory for the “Slow-ride”

On Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2020, twenty-five cars joined the ‘Slow Ride for Justice’ through the City of Eutaw, to protest the police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. The ride called for criminal justice reform and passage of the Justice in Policing Act, proposed by the Black Congressional Caucus.
The caravan was sponsored by the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Movement under the director of Spiver W. Gordon, its President. “We decided on a slow ride so that our elderly and others reluctant to expose themselves to coronavirus would feel free to participate,” said Gordon.
Cars, covered with signs saying: No Justice – No Peace, Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice for All, Stop Killing Black People and others, left from the National Guard Armory, driving west on Highway 14, down Prairie Avenue passing King Village and Branch Heights, turning back north on Highway 43 and east on Highway 14 to the Courthouse Square, named for Sheriff Thomas Gilmore.
A rally with people in masks and at social distancing was held at the Courthouse Square. Many speakers spoke and prayed for greater justice in the work of police departments across the nation.
Many of the speakers were concerned that police killings were the third greatest cause of death for Black men between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
“In addition to the coronavirus pandemic raging in this country, we have a long-standing pandemic of racism that also plagues Black people,” said Gordon.