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Fink receives degree

Cadet Joshua M. Fink of Decatur graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at the May 26 commencement exercises. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation and will finish his Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Okla.

He is a 2002 graduate of Austin High School and is the son of Daniel and Aletha Fink.

Smalley honored

Drew Smalley of Decatur has received the following scholarships: The University of Alabama Alumni Leadership Scholarship, The University of Alabama Alumni Heritage and Scholar Scholarship and the Kiwanis, Toray, Trails End and National Eagle Scout Association scholarships. He will attend The University of Alabama.

Smalley is a 2007 graduate of Decatur High School and is the son of Tim and Cathy Smalley.

Scheler receives degree

Patricia Scheler of Decatur has received her degree from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her degree in elementary education.

Boyles honored

Brittany Nicole Boyles of Athens has been named to The University of Alabama’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization. The organization promotes and rewards academic achievement and leadership.

Summer Bridge Program

Darius Crayton of Decatur is among 21 students who have completed the Mississippi State University Summer Bridge Program.

The program helps ease the transition to college life and increase the number of minority students majoring in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

A part of the campus chapter of Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education, it helps participants learn strategies and life skills while earning academic credit.

The IMAGE group has also attended lectures from faculty and staff members on paths for success in higher education.

Crayton is a 2007 of Austin High School graduate and plans to major in industrial engineering.

‘Get A Clue’ program

Athelia Gibbs, head librarian at Eva Public Library, said 125 children registered for the library’s “Get A Clue” summer reading program.

The programs had an average attendance of about 80 children.

More than 50 percent of the children turned in reading logs with a total of 1,570 books and 61,500 pages read. Each received a T-shirt and other prizes. The first-place winner in each division won a $50 savings bond donated by Eva Bank. The second- and third-place winners received special prizes donated by the Friends of Eva Public Library.

The winners:

K-1 — Haley McNutt, first place; John Michael Landers, second place; Audrey Woodruff, third place.

Grades 2-3 — Claudia Landers, first place; R.C. Gulley, second place; Nina Summerford, third place.

Grades 4-5 — Sarah Miller, first place; Hannah McNutt, second place; Allison Campbell, third place.

Grades 6-7 — Morgan Cordes, first place; Sydney Holmes, second place; Tiffani Nelson, third place.

Phi Beta Lambda

Sammi Jo McConnell of Athens placed ninth in the Future Business Teacher competition at the Phi Beta Lambda conference in Chicago. She is a student at The University of North Alabama.

She was among 11 UNA business students competing. She was also a member of the Parliamentary Procedures team and placed tenth.

Cooper gets scholarship

Cayce Cooper of Somerville has been awarded the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship at The University of North Alabama. Cooper is a senior majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in pre-kindergarten. She is the daughter of Del Cooper.

Social Security cards

New laws are on the books concerning how people can obtain and/or replace Social Security cards. Parents registering their children for school will need their child’s valid Social Security card.

People may receive up to three replacement cards per year, but no more than 10 cards in a lifetime.

Social Security offices will need to see original documents proving the child’s identity, such as medical records, a final adoption decree, a school identity card or a school record for a younger child.

These documents must be the original and contain the legal name and biographical information for the child. They will not accept a birth certificate, hospital souvenir birth certificate, souvenir Social Security card or card stub or a Social Security record as evidence of identity.

An older child can present a driver license, a state-issued non-driver identity card or a U.S. passport.

If a parent is applying on behalf of a child, he or she must show a certified birth certificate for the child proving the relationship and proof of the parent’s identity.

If parents are unable to locate cards for their children, they should start the process now to obtain a replacement card. See or call (800) 772-1213 for information and assistance.

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