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  • Campfire Talk - Civilian Conservation Corps: The Men Who Shaped a Nation

    Guest Writer, Alabama State Parks

    Campfire Talks are a series of educational & entertaining programs located outside in DeSoto State Park. Campfire programs are held many Friday & Saturday evening (June –October) in our large campfire ring inside the improved campground. Talks are for all ages, & open to everyone! On May 24, 1939, DeSoto State Park was dedicated and opened to the public. In honor of DeSoto State Park's 84th Anniversary, gather with DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney M. Hughes as she delves into the legacy o...

  • Eastern Indigo Release Adds 40 to Conecuh National Forest

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    A project to restore the Eastern indigo snake to Alabama is one step closer to its goal with the release of 40 indigos in the Conecuh National Forest on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The reintroduction project aims to establish a viable population of this threatened species within its historic range along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Auburn University, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Zoo Atlanta...

  • RecruitMilitary National Virtual Career Fair is happening on May 21st

    Guest Writer, Disable American Veterans

    Members of the military community have a world of career opportunities at their fingertips next week. Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated DAV RecruitMilitary National Virtual Career Fair, happening on May 21st from 11 am to 3 pm Central Time. This virtual event is the gateway to a world of exciting career opportunities, specifically curated for members of the military community to include veterans, transitioning military members, and military spouses. Why Attend? Transitioning from mi...

  • ADPH announces new maternal autopsy program

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Public Health|May 1, 2024

    The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announces the implementation of the Maternal Autopsy Program. Alabama's maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the nation, and it is hoped that this new program will help gain greater insight into the cause of maternal deaths. Since 2019, the ADPH Maternal Mortality Review Committee has been reviewing deaths that occur during or within a year of pregnancy. The committee determines the cause of death, contributing factors, and...

  • Alabama's Free Fishing Day Takes Place June 8

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    On Saturday, June 8, 2024, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license. The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9. "Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has never experienced casting a line to giv...

  • Honoring our Fallen Heroes - Celebrating Memorial Day with Lee Greenwood

    Guest Writer

    In a celebration of patriotism and the enduring spirit of America, we all need to spend part of our Memorial Day weekend with the iconic Lee Greenwood, as NEWSMAX premieres a one-hour music special "Lee Greenwood: God Bless The U.S.A." on Saturday, May 25 at 8 PM (ET). The special will re-air on Sunday, May 26 at 9 PM (ET) and Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 4 PM (ET). This special event will feature performances by Big & Rich, Gavin DeGraw, Home Free, Scott Stapp (of Creed), Tracy Lawrence,...

  • DAV, RecruitMilitary® host National Government Agency Virtual Career Fair

    Guest Writer

    ERLANGER, KY. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and RecruitMilitary® will co-host the National Government Agency Virtual Career Fair, June 4 from 11:00am – 3:00pm CST. The event is free to veterans, their spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve. More than 12 employers actively seeking the unique talents of America's veterans will be on-site representing a range of industries, from construction to medical to administrative and logistics, wit...

  • May is National Mobility Month

    Guest Writer, Queen Pettway RN|May 1, 2024

    National Mobility Month was established by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). National Mobility Awareness Month was created to recognize the power of mobility accessibility to enhance lives and improve health and care. Those with mobility-impacting disabilities or diagnoses still play large roles in our society as workers, caregivers, neighbors, family members, and as consumers within the community. Take the time to see the world from their perspective. What to us is...

  • Alabama's Student Archers Excel at National Tournament

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    For the first time in the Eastern National Tournament of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), a student archer shot a perfect score of 300 to take top honors in their division. That feat was accomplished by Gunnar Couch, a seventh grader from Grand Bay Middle School in Mobile County, during the event held in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 9-11, 2024. For his first place finish in the overall high school division, Gunnar received a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete...

  • Prevention is key to safeguard against tick-borne diseases

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Public Health|May 1, 2024

    The warmer weather means Alabamians are spending more time outdoors, which can lead to more exposure to ticks which then can transmit diseases. tick-borne diseases and illnesses have been on the rise nationally and in Alabama, and several tick species found in Alabama carry illness-causing bacteria. Alabama Senate Joint Resolution 85 proclaims June 2024 as Tick-borne Disease and Illness Awareness Month in Alabama. The resolution states that these illnesses are often misdiagnosed because the...

  • Sojourn Counseling Introduces PTSD Awareness Distinctive License Plate to Raise Awareness and Support

    Guest Writer, Sojourn Counseling|May 1, 2024

    Vestavia Hills, AL – [June 3, 2024] – Sojourn Counseling is proud to announce the launch of its latest initiative, the PTSD Awareness Distinctive License Plate, aimed at raising awareness and support for individuals affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a significant mental health concern affecting millions of individuals worldwide, often stemming from traumatic experiences such as combat, accidents, or abuse. Despite its prevalence, many still face stigma and barriers to...

  • Biden Administration opposes passage of H.R. 8580 as written

    Guest Writer, White House|May 1, 2024

    STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 8580 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2025 (Rep. Cole, R-OK) The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 8580, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2025 and for other purposes. Earlier this year, the Administration and members of both parties in the Congress came together to...

  • EcoWild Outdoor Expo is May 10-12 in Mobile

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is sponsoring the inaugural EcoWild Outdoor Expo in Mobile! The show will be May 10-12, 2024, at the Mobile Convention Center. Enjoy the Outdoor Alabama Conservation Room, which showcases the work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Here, you can experience a live saltwater touch tank and see wildlife and critters from across the state. Interact with staff from the Department's four divisions and...

  • Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Law Enforcement Section to Seek National Accreditation

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    Furthering its commitment to the preservation and protection of Alabama's natural resources, the Law Enforcement Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division announces it will pursue accreditation through the North American Wildlife Law Enforcement Accreditation (NAWLEA) program. Alabama joins Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Virginia as one of the first five Conservation Department's in the country to...

  • River Region high school students win AUM poetry contest

    Guest Writer, Auburn University Montgomery|Apr 1, 2024

    Five River Region students have earned top prizes in Auburn University at Montgomery's (AUM) inaugural high school poetry competition. The competition, hosted by AUM's Department of English and Philosophy, the AUM English Club and AUM Writing Club, is open to students in grades 9-12 who live in the River Region. Student participants were invited to submit poems on the subject "Haunting and Folklore," which serves as the 2024 theme of AUM's student-run literary magazine "Common Thread." "We recei...

  • DAV, RecruitMilitary® host Central Region Virtual Career Fair

    Guest Writer

    ERLANGER, KY. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and RecruitMilitary® will co-host the Central Region Virtual Career Fair, April 23 from 11:00am – 3:00pm CST. The event is free to veterans, their spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve. More than 40 employers actively seeking the unique talents of America's veterans will be on-site representing a range of industries, from construction to medical to administrative and logistics, with career opp...

  • DAV, RecruitMilitary® host Military Spouse Virtual Career Fair

    Guest Writer

    ERLANGER, KY. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and RecruitMilitary® will co-host the Military Spouse Virtual Career Fair, May 7 from 11:00am – 3:00pm EST. The event is free to veterans, their spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve. More than 35 employers actively seeking the unique talents of America's veterans will be on-site representing a range of industries, from construction to medical to administrative and logistics, with career opp...

  • Sen. Tuberville honors Chesca Barnett as Veteran of the Month

    Guest Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    Monday, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) released a video honoring U.S. Air Force Airman Chesca Barnett of Brierfield as the May "Veteran of the Month." In addition to her service in the U.S. Air Force, Airman Barnett now serves as a pharmacist at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, and as an adjunct professor at Jefferson State Community College and Samford University. "Chesca Barnett of Brierfield went to the U.S. Air Force Academy at age 17 thinking that she would one day become an...

  • ADPH Marks Anniversary of Lowndes County Agreement

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Public Health|Apr 1, 2024

    The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is marking the 1-year anniversary of its Interim Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by announcing actions taken to address onsite sewage issues in Lowndes County. Since ADPH signed the Interim Agreement on May 3, 2023, ADPH has created an Environmental Health Assessment to analyze health risks related to exposure to sewage from failing onsite septic systems. ADPH has also...

  • TS Police Support League, Inc. Donates $10000.00 to keep Greene County Public Golf Course Open

    Guest Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    EUTAW: TS Police Support League, Inc. presented a $10,000.00 donation to the Greene Count Public Golf Course which will allow them to remain operational for three (3) months as options for long-term sustainability are explored. TSPSLI President Sheila Hann Smith stated, "The Greene Couty Public Golf Course is a vital outdoor amenity in Greene County, and we cannot stand by and allow it to permanently close. Hundreds travel to play the 9-hole course each year, providing an important tourist...

  • EcoWild is this weekend in Mobile!

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is sponsoring the inaugural EcoWild Outdoor Expo in Mobile this weekend from May 10-12, 2024, at the Mobile Convention Center. Enjoy the Outdoor Alabama Conservation Room, which showcases the work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Here, you can experience a live saltwater touch tank and see wildlife and critters from across the state. Interact with staff from the Department's four divisions and...

  • Groundbreaking on new Brighton storm shelter

    Guest Writer, Jefferson County Commission|Apr 1, 2024

    On Friday, Commissioner Sheila Tyson and the Community Services Department joined Brighton Mayor Eddie Cooper and Brighton City Councilors for the groundbreaking of a new storm shelter that is funded by the Jefferson County Commission. The Commission allocates roughly $1-million dollars a year to storm shelter construction. Other locations in development this year are Tarrant (under construction), Birmingport (awaiting contract) and Irondale (looking for location). There are currently 38 storm...

  • Palmer Congratulates 2024 Sixth District Congressional Art Competition Winner

    Guest Writer, Office of Congressman Gary Palmer|Apr 1, 2024

    Birmingham, AL – Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06) announced Chloe Lowery, a student at Briarwood Christian High School, as the winner of the Sixth District's 2024 Congressional Art Competition. "Alabama's Sixth District is full of talented students who love to create art that displays their passions and interests," said Rep. Palmer. "Congratulations to Chloe on winning the art competition this year. I hope she continues to use her talent to create more great works of art in the future." Each s...

  • Tuberville Supports "National Police Week" Resolution, Honors Fallen Officers

    Guest Writer, Form the Office of Senator Tommy Tuberville|Apr 1, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Tuberville (R-AL) joined all of his Republican colleagues in introducing a resolution recognizing May 12–18, 2024 as National Police Week. Senator Tuberville also honored the 222 officers killed in the line of duty over the past year, and specifically, the 3 officers who were killed in 2023 from Alabama: Huntsville police officer Garrett Crumby, Montgomery police officer Carlos Taylor, and Alabama Port Authority police officer Kimberly Sickafoose. We also mourn the...

  • 2024 Think-Off Essays DUE APRIL 1ST!

    Guest Writer

    Writers, armchair philosophers, and everyday people should hurry and share their thoughts about the 2024 Great American Think-Off question: "Is freedom of speech worth the cost?" People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit an essay expressing their thoughts by the deadline of April 1, 2024. The top two entrants on each side of the debate will each receive $500 plus travel expenses, along with the chance to win the title of America's Greatest Thinker at this year's annual debate...

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