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Birthday Celebration

First Baptist Church of Luverne will hold its 115th birthday celebration on Sept. 26.

Worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and a concert at 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Annual Homecoming

Mount Ida Methodist Church will hold its annual Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 26. Mrs. Ashley Walker Davis will be the speaker at 11 a.m. with a covered dish lunch immediately following the service.

Everyone is invited to attend.

September Spectacular

The Woman’s Missionary Union of the Alabama Crenshaw Baptist Association invite you to join them for their September Spectacular Christ Followers Conferences from 6 p.m. until 8:3 p.m. on September 20 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

There will be conferences for WMU Directors, Mission Growth, Mission Friends, Girls In Action & Children In Action, Acteens & Youth On Mission, Women On Mission & Adults On Mission and She Walked with Jesus emphasis book.

Come out and join us for an evening of fun, learning, and fellowship! A nursery will be provided.

Ongoing Announcements

Poinsettias Sale

The Luverne Rotary Club is beginning to take orders for it's annual poinsettia sell.

The poinsettias are available in red, white and pink and cost $9 each. Plants will be available for pick up Saturday, Dec. 4.

Proceeds from the sell of the plants will benefit the Crenshaw County Department of Human Resources' Operation Santa Clause as well as other charitable causes throughout the county.

For more information, see a local Rotary member.

New Website

Crenshaw Christian Academy launched its new website last week.

Log on to www.crenshawcougars.org to learn more about what's happening at the school such as up-to-date news, homework assignments, what's for lunch, calendar of events, sports happenings, view pictures and much more.

Jr. Miss Tickets on sale

Support Crenshaw County's 2005 Junior Miss at Alabama's Junior Miss to be held in Montgomery on Dec. 10-11.

Tickets for Friday night cost $15, Saturday afternoon $15 and Saturday night $25. A weekend pass cost $45.

To more information contact Jean Sims at 335-5993, Nancy Williams at 335-6392, Traci Sanders at 335-6151 or Neva Petrey at 335-5749 or

335-6395.

Food Program Offered

The Aging and Disabled Services, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Crenshaw County.

Meals will be made available at no separate charge to enrolled participants at the Crenshaw County Adult Dare Care, located at 4122 Quail Tower Road in Luverne.

For more information on the program contact Tommy Tomlin at

335-5522.

AARP Driver Safety Course

The First Baptist Church of Luverne will sponsor a AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 29.

The 18-hour course provides motorists, age 50 and over, with information to refine existing skills and develop defensive driving techniques. There are no written tests or road tests associated with the course.

The course fee is $10 and successful completion may qualify participants for an automobile insurance discount. Participants should consult their insurance company.

To register call (334) 335-3892.

Gun Safety Class

The Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office will be conduction a handgun safety class of women. Anyone interested in participating is asked to come by the Sheriff's Office in the courthouse and sign up. The class will be limited to 15 participants and two classes are planned. The time and date of each class will be announced later. Those wishing to participate must furnish their own handgun, ammunition, ear and eye protection.

Hospice Training

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Then Wiregrass Hospice of Troy needs you.

A free volunteer training will be conducted on Sept. 18.

For more information contact Faith Aldridge at 334-566-2122.

ACT deadline approaching

College-bound high school students can take the ACT Assessment on October 23, 2004, the next national test date. The deadline for postmark registration is September 17. The late registration deadline is October 1 (an additional $15 fee is required for late registration). Students can get registration materials from their guidance counselor or they can register online at www.actstudent.org.

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all I League schools. The exam is administered in all 50 states. Students can find the closest testing location closest by searching on ACT’s website.

Some students perform better on the ACT because it is based on achievement, not aptitude. The ACT exam includes four parts: English, reading, mathematics and science. It takes three hours to complete. The test fee is $28. Free sample tests are available from high school counselors and sample questions can be found on ACT’s website, which also offers inexpensive practice tests.

Monthly Prayer Breakfast

The Mayors' Prayer Breakfast is held from 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the John D. Harrison Cultural Center in Luverne.

Everyone is welcome to attend and pray for the government officials, churches, pastors, teachers and citizens of Crenshaw County.

Discarded boats save lives

Instead of letting your boat become a barnacle bucket, let it help save lives.

Don't pay to store your unwanted boat, donate it! The National Kidney Foundation of Alabama's Kidney Cars Program not only takes unwanted vehicles, but also boats, motorcycles and motor homes. Kidney Cars is a nationwide, year-round, fully licensed and insured program. Simply call 1-800-488-CARS and the Foundation will arrange a free pick-up for your used boat and then acknowledge your gift for possible tax deduction purposes. It may also be a convenient way to make a donation without having to come up with out-of-pocket funds. Donors must consult their tax adviser for details regarding their specific situation.

All proceeds raised by the Kidney Cars Program remain in the state where the donation was generated.

For more information or to donate your car, van, truck, RV or boat, call 1-800-488-CARS or donate online at www.kidney.org.

Community Education classes

The Crenshaw County Board of Education

will offer community education classes again this fall.

If you are interested in enrolling your child for dance, piano, clogging, gymnastics, art or any adults are interested in Korean culture/customs classes,

call Laura Elliot at 335-3319, ext. 154 for more information.

Calendar items are published free of charge as a service to our community. Fax to 335-4299 or email to editor@luvernejournal .com or mail to P.O. Box 152, Luverne AL 36049.