March to the Polls Saturday event scheduled in Eutaw, Oct. 17 and 24

The events on the square will observe the coronavirus safety measures of masks wearing; social distancing; and hand sanitizing. “The rallies on the courthouse square are designed to call attention to the significance of the November 3, 2020 election and further inform the community that they can avoid the Nov. 3 crowds by voting early.
In an effort to encourage voters to vote early by taking advantage of the Circuit Clerk’s Saturday schedule of opening her office from 8:00 am to 12: noon, a ‘March to the Polls Project’ is sponsoring community rallies on Saturday October 17 and Saturday October 24 beginning at 9:00 AM on the old courthouse square in Eutaw.
These events in Greene County are sponsored by the Greene County Chapter of Alabama New South Coalition and the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since the Alabama Secretary of State has announced that due to the COVID-19 epidemic all voters can vote early through the absentee ballot process of walk-in to vote or mail out ballot, the Saturday rallies are scheduled just prior to the last day, Oct. 29, to vote absentee.
We will have complimentary food, beverages and music provided by DJ Birdman (Johnny Rice) on the square as we encourage voters to simply cross the street to the William M. Branch Courthouse and cast their votes with the Circuit Clerk,” stated Dr. Carol Zippert, ANSC Chapter President.
While these events are set on Saturdays, the Clerk of Court’s office in the William M. Branch County Courthouse is open every day, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for early walk-in absentee voting, until October 29th. Persons who are homebound and cannot come out to vote, college students away from home and persons who will be out of town, can also apply for an absentee ballot until October 29th.
Ms. Beverly Gordon, Greater Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce President, stated “Our right to vote must be exercised at every election.
The Chamber is supportive of this effort to encourage early voting in Greene County. The events scheduled on the town square are intended to put voting on your minds and raise commitments to vote early.”
The last day to register to vote is October 19, 2020 for people who are just turning 18, haven’t registered before or were previously incarcerated and may qualify to get their right to vote restored. Contact Alabama New South Alliance at 205-372-3373, if you need help in registering to vote or to vote early using an absentee ballot.
The Saturday ‘March to the Polls Project’ is funded through efforts of Representative Artis McCampbell and State Senator Bobby Singleton.

National Action Network holds vigil in Eutaw for George Floyd

The National Action Network (NAN) of West Alabama held a vigil and memorial program to honor George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in front of the old Courthouse in Eutaw, Alabama. Floyd was the Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis earlier in the week.
Beverly Gordon, Coordinator of NAN, convened the program, on short notice, attended by twenty Greene Countians to honor Floyd. Rev. Chris Spencer, Rev. Joe Webb, Spiver Gordon and others addressed the group about the need to end police brutality, awareness of the continuing impacts of the coronavirus and the need to participate in and complete the 2020 Census.
A central message of the program was that God will deliver us from these problems but we must do our part by learning about the issues and actively participating in their solution.

Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce presents awards at Sue Vance Memorial Dinner

The Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce presented awards at its annual membership meeting and Sue Vance Memorial Dinner on Thursday, March 21, 2019, held at the LAW Center. Among the award recipients were: (L to R) Rev. Christopher Spencer, Pastor of St. Matthew Watson Baptist Church for Religion, Mayor Raymond Steele of Eutaw for Government, Dr. Marcia Pugh, CEO of Greene County Health System for Health Care, Dr. Carol and John Zippert, Co-Publishers of the Greene County Democrat for Communications, Beverly Gordon, Chamber President, Dan Williams, WestRock Paper Co. for Business, Nancy Cole for Education, District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne for Community Service, Delphine McKenzie for the Sue Vance Service Award. Not shown Luther ‘Nat’ Winn, Greenetrack for the Leadership Award. Before a delicious dinner of Italian food specialties, the group heard an inspirational address by Attorney John Stamps III of the Black Belt Law Center in Bessemer, Alabama, who also co-sponsored the event.