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High Country wins Toyota President's Award

High Country Toyota of Scottsboro was recently awarded the Toyota President’s Award.


Ava Duke wins national Tar Wars competition

The 115,900 members of the America Academy of Family Physicians are proud to provide tobacco prevention education to fourth and fifth grade students throughout the country at no cost to schools.


Jackson County Rabies Clinic set for second week of August

The Jackson County Rabies Clinics for 2014 will be held during the second week of August.


Calvary collects Shoes for Orphans

A simple pair of children’s shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a big difference in the lives of vulnerable children and orphans around the world.
Calvary Baptist Church is teaming up with Buckner International to ask Scottsboro and surrounding communities to collect shoes for children in need.  The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls® shoe drive is seeking to collect more than 200,000 pairs of new shoes and socks in 2014.  Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2.5 million pairs of new shoes to vulnerable children in 74 countries around the globe, including the United States.
Susan Hicks said, “We hope that with the support of area churches, retailers, and civic groups, we can help Buckner reach their goal and make life better for children.”
“We have seen the smiles that a new pair of shoes brings to children in the orphanages we visit, and we want to extend that same joy to others like them,” said Ashley Williamson, Project Coordinator for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.  “Because of Calvary Baptist Church’s commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of children who will benefit from a pair of new shoes and socks.”
“Millions of children reside in orphanages throughout our world,” Williamson said, “and those orphanages are not receiving enough money to care for the children’s most basic needs, like shoes and socks.”
An unexpected benefit of donating new shoes is the sense of satisfaction on the part of the person who gives.  “A person who gives cannot help but feel as though they also have received a great gift,” said Williamson.
Donated items should be for children and teens, and due to customs regulations, shoes and socks need to be brand new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 1-Adult 8. Cash donations are also accepted and will help provide new shoes as well as cover distribution costs.
Williamson emphasized that no donation is too small.  “Most of the donations to the shoe drive have come from families giving one or two pairs of shoes.  Every pair of shoes makes a big difference to the boy or girl who receives them.”  You can drop shoes off at Calvary Baptist church from now until August 31st.   
Locally, volunteers are being sought to coordinate a shoe drive at their church, business, school, or within a civic organization.  Volunteers are also needed to travel to the Colonias along the U.S/Mexico border and to countries including the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Russia to help distribute the shoes and socks.
For more information about the drive and volunteer opportunities, call toll-free  1-866-774-SHOE or visit


Park Service report shows 20,455 visited Russell Cave in 2013

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 20,455 visitors to Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, Alabama in 2013 spent $1,127 million in communities near the park.


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