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Founder’s court member left off list

ATHENS — Athens State University inadvertently left out a member of its Founder’s Queen court in a press release.

That member was Aquarius Wiggins of Decatur.

Wiggins is the daughter of Emma Dawson. She transferred to Athens from Calhoun Community College and is majoring in special education.

Holly Hollman

Salvation Army needs bell ringers

The Salvation Army seeks volunteers to operate its annual Red Kettle campaign.

It has 11 locations in Decatur and five more in the area to raise money for its Christmas charities and other programs that help the needy.

“It’s great if a business or youth group or club or church adopts a site for a whole day and gets people to take turns ringing bells,” said Valerie Coan, Red Kettle organizer.

Volunteers can pick any day but Sunday to ring and choose any times between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The campaign begins Nov. 16 and will run 31 days.

Last year’s event raised $62,000. Coan said the Army needs to raise $100,000 this year to offset a discontinued grant for assisting its family shelter.

The kettle locations in Decatur are Wal-Mart Supercenter (two entrances), Kmart, Kroger, Colonial Mall (two entrances), Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, both Walgreens and Southern Family Market (Sixth Avenue Southeast).

The kettles also will be at Wal-Mart Supercenters in Hartselle, Moulton and Athens, the Kroger in Hartselle and the Kmart in Athens.

For more information or to sign up, call 353-2822.

Paul Huggins

AU-UA fan contest calls for mentors

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Morgan County wants to see which college’s fans have the biggest hearts.

The United Way agency has begun a contest leading up to this year’s Auburn-Alabama game to enlist volunteers for its mentoring program.

Each BBBS organization in the state will participate in the contest. The team with the most new mentors by Nov. 21 will be announced during the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

Also, each volunteer will be eligible for team-related prizes, such as autographed footballs.

To learn more about being a BBBS mentor, call 353-0157.

Paul Huggins

MHA accepting award nominations

Nomination forms are available for the Peggy Roberts Murphree Children’s Fund Award.

The award, given by the Mental Health Association in Morgan County, recognizes a person or group promoting or enhancing mental health in children.

The winner will receive $50. The winner’s name also will appear on a plaque displayed permanently at the mental health office.

Nominations are due by Nov. 20. For a nomination form, call 353-1160.

Paul Huggins

Blood drive to help 12-year-old patient

The American Red Cross will have a special blood drive Monday to help Amira Bridges.

The 12-year-old cancer patient, who attends Faith Christian Academy, has recently been back at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

A compassion drive for her held in February brought in 67 donors and collected 60 units of blood.

The blood drive will be at Faith Christian Academy from 1:30 to 7 p.m.

The school also is doing a “Walk of Pride” fundraiser before the blood drive, soliciting sponsors for each lap a student walks. The money will help the Bridges family pay medical bills.

Paul Huggins

MHA scholarship deadline Nov. 20

The Mental Health Association in Morgan County has begun accepting applications for its $400 W.P. Maxwell Scholarship.

The award goes to a Morgan County student of junior or higher standing in college. The person must be majoring in a human services field, preferably in mental health.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 20. The scholarship will be given Dec. 18. For an application, call 353-1160.

Paul Huggins

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