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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007


USDA extends signup period

HARTSELLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline for farmers with base acres yields to sign up for the direct or countercyclical payment program.

Producers who do not sign up by Aug. 3 will be assessed a late fee of $100 per farm.

For information, contact Susan Terry at 773-6541.

- Deangelo McDaniel

Mental Health Walk-A-Thon set

The Mental Health Association’s Walk-A-Thon will be Thursday at 5 p.m. at Rhodes Ferry Park. Division chairmen, captains and VIPs are invited to walk, as are law enforcement, firefighters and those in military service.

If it rains, walkers will go to the Holidome in the Holiday Inn.

A spaghetti supper will be served at 6 p.m., and Natchez Trace will provide live music. Division chairmen and captains get free admission, and VIP tickets are $10.

General admission tickets are $20. Tickets for children 10 and under are $5.

Deadline for reservations is today. Call 353-1160.

- Amy Pollick

Explore Bankhead National Forest

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST — Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors without getting lost in it?

Wild South, a grass-roots forest protection group in Moulton, is here to help you explore the vast wilderness at Bankhead National Forest with scheduled hikes for children and adults. Tour guides have extensive knowledge of the forest, so map-reading skills and Global Positioning System units are not required.

The monthly Hike for Kids is set for Thursday and has been rated “easy and wet,” said outreach coordinator Janice Barrett. Outdoors enthusiasts over the age of 12 can join an older crowd for a guided hike Saturday.

Hikers usually meet at the Warrior Mountain Trading Post on Alabama 33 south of Moulton at about 9 a.m.

To sign up for one of the hikes or to find out more information, call the Wild South office at 974-6166.

- Kristen Bishop

Hartselle fashion show Aug. 11

HARTSELLE — Food and fashion are on the agenda for the Hartselle Fine Arts Center on Aug. 11.

Beginning at noon, the committee working to restore the old F.E. Burleson Elementary School will have local models displaying the latest back-to-school fashion.

Tickets to the event, which includes a meal with dessert, are $15.

For additional information, call 773-9347.

- Deangelo McDaniel

Hines appointed to computer group

Gov. Bob Riley has appointed Hartselle Chamber President Susan Hines to the Alabama Supercomputer Authority. She is replacing Larry Childers and will serve until Aug. 31, 2010.

“I appreciate your serving in this capacity, and I am confident you will render a valuable service to the citizens of Alabama,” Riley said, in a press release.

The authority was founded in 1989 to operate the Alabama Supercomputer Center and Alabama Research and Education Network.

- Deangelo McDaniel

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