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UnknownPublic Review and Survey of “The Alabama Model” Draft Open Through April 17

Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is seeking public input on the draft of the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools.

The Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Program, also known as “The Alabama Model,” is an integral part of the preparation of all students…

Girls Inc. Summer Program Registration Now Open Six Weeks of Summer Enrichment Fun for Girls Age 6-18!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Girls Inc. of Central Alabama has opened registration for its Walker County summer program. The annual program, for girls age 6-18, lasts six weeks, beginning Monday, June 1, 2015 and ending Friday, July 17.

Participants will meet daily at Memorial Park Elementary School, in Jasper, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Seeking to provide a fun and safe learning environment, Girls Inc. offers an activity-filled summer that is full of educational opportunities.

Summer activities will include: hands-on math and science lessons, Spanish lessons, arts and crafts, creative writing, economic literacy, gymnastics…

AHF visits Humanities on the Hill

AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser and Board Chair Nancy Sanford traveled to the nation’s capital this week for Humanities on the Hill, an opportunity to meet with Alabama’s congressional delegation and advocate for the humanities.

They met with Congressman Bradley Byrne and others…

Bring a Friend to an Alabama State Park and Earn $25 Toward Next Visit

This spring, you are invited to “Bring a Friend” to one of Alabama’s 22 state parks. Doing so will save you money on lodging the next time each of you visit. From April 1 through July 31, 2015, when you bring a new customer to a state park and each of you rent a campsite or stay in another overnight facility within the park, you will each receive a $25 voucher to use during a future visit. The voucher is good through February 28, 2016.

According to Parks Director Greg Lein, helping to create a new lover of state parks is one of the best ways to support the parks system.

“When loyal customers bring their friends

Fellowship House and CEO, Beth Bachelor were featured on NPR!

Heroin in Alabama: Fighting Heroin Abuse and Overdose Deaths

~ Rachel Osier Lindley, March 23, 2015

Heroin use has exploded in Alabama, with heroin-related deaths more than doubling in Jefferson County last year. All this week, WBHM explores the problem in our series “Heroin in Alabama.” We’ll hear what schools, law enforcement, the courts, and others are doing to fight heroin abuse and curb overdose deaths. To start, WBHM’s Rachel Osier Lindley explains the scope of the problem and how we got to here:

Beth Bachelor says she’ll never forget the time in her life when she was…

American Bar Association announces 2015 Silver Gavel Award finalists for media and the arts


WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 —The American Bar Association has announced the 14 finalists for the 2015 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.

“Every year, the ABA’s Gavel Awards Screening Committee is impressed by the submitted works,” said Cory M. Amron, chair of the Gavel Awards committee. “We applaud our finalists and look forward to choosing the winners for this prestigious award.”

The winners — no more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category — will be announced on May 13. 

The ABA Gavel Awards Screening Committee, composed of 45 lawyer-members of the ABA, selected the 14 finalists from 168 entries received in all eligible categories, which include: books, magazines, newspapers,…

Youth State Fish Art Contest Enters 17th Year


The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has partnered for 17 years with Wildlife Forever to conduct the State Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to the artwork.

Artists can choose to depict either of Alabama’s state fish – ­the largemouth bass or the fighting tarpon. Participants can also choose to draw state fish from other states, which are listed on the Wildlife Forever website. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015, and mailed to…

National Park Service offers event merchandise

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SELMA – The National Park Service will sell merchandise related to the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.

The Park Service’s 50th anniversary logo is rendered in red, white and light blue with gold trim. The pin measures one and a quarter-inch and sells for…

Area Elected officials Are Looking Forward to President Obama’s Visit

MONTGOMERY – President Barack Obama is coming to Selma, Ala., on March 7, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the Voter Rights March, known as Bloody Sunday. This was the first in a series of marches from Selma to Montgomery, which lead to the passage of the 1965 Voter Rights Act. However, this year the actual anniversary date falls on a Saturday.

“The President is coming to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historic event and we are excited that he is coming to this area,” said Senate Minority Leader Quinton T. Ross Jr. (D-Montgomery).

Ross recalls walking with the President across the Edmund Pettus Bridge when President Obama was running for office and Ross served as the co-chair of his Alabama campaign.

“I worked on his election campaign in 2007 before he was elected to his first term in office, and I’m excited that he has decided…

Want to look back on 2015 and say, “I was a part of something special?”


This is your chance.

Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

The Stockyard at Railroad Park
1616 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

 REVIVE: The Street Life…