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 Community Section - Page 3 Thursday, June 7, 2012 Mclntosh Power Plant employees celebrate safety milestone Mclntosh Power Plant Manager Lee Davis (left) accepts a commemorative plaque from PowerSouth President and CEO Gary Smith. In keeping with PowerSouth's number-one cor- porate value - safety - McIntosh Power Plant employ- ees have celebrated another year of working safely. The achievement represents 41,108 safe working hours over the past year and 418,009 hours worked safely over the past 14 years. During a celebratory lunch- eon with employees, PowerSouth President and CEO Gary Smith reiterated the importance of practicing safety. "PowerSouth gives you the tools and training to do your job safely," Smith said. "But it's up to you to put it into practice and make our safety program suc- cessful. It is my goal for you each to return to your families every day the same way you came to work- healthy and whole." "I encourage you to re-stack your priorities, so that safety trumps efficiency and produc- tion in your daffy tasks," said Damon Morgan, PowerSouth Vice President of Power Supply. "Practice situational awareness and always put safety ahead of everything else." Employees were also chal- lenged to mentor fellow co- workers in on-the-job safety. "PowerSouth has done an exceptional job of building a culture of safety," said David Powell, PowerSouth Director of Power Supply. "It's up to you to pass those skills along to your co-workers with less experience - mentor them to continue building upon our safety suc- cesses." About PowerSouth: PowerSouth serves the wholesale energy needs of 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida, with more than a million coia- sumers in 39 Alabama and 10 Florida counties. PowerSouth is dedicated to providing reliable energy at the lowest possible cost to its members. FAX Service Linden Armory says heartfelt Good-Bye Mayor Mitzi Gates and city council members held a tearful good-bye to the local National Guard unit on Tuesday, June 5. The ard has been recognized since May 25, 1953 and spent the last 59 years serving Linden. Lt. Colonel Randall Brown was given the honor to lead the meeting in the pledge. All six- teen members of the guard were in attendance to say their good- byes. This included eight full time and eight part time mem- bers. Mayor Gates tried to hold back her tears as she read and presented a plague of recogni- lion to honor the guard. 'qltis is just something small that we can do to thank you for all your years of service. We are sad that the armory is closing." Since last year, Mayor Gates and other members have tried to save the armory by making a plea to the Governor, but it was un-successful. Linden Armory is only one of many armories that will close across the state in order to save money. The guard will official- ly close on Sunday, June 10. As Brown accepted the plague, he told the city, "As we move forward in Selma, the honors we have of this unit, the Linden Leaf represents our her- Rage and will follow us where ever we go." He spoke of the call to duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Southwest Asia, and recently Iraq. As the tears and sadness filled the room each member stood up and gave a brief description of themselves and how long they had been part of Linden's guard.As the 15 stood years were piling up from ugew that spent over 20 years to those who called Linden their home. Several members spent 5 years or less, but appreciated every- thing that Linden had done hon- oring them. As the honoring ceremony was about to end, the guard members thanked Linden for its patronage when they were deployed and when they got back. Linden will hold a special place in their hearts as they travel on to Selma. Clarke County Dentist convicted of attempting to defraud Medicaid You can get Business cards, stationery, Rubber Stamps and I.D. Cards at Attorney General Luther Strange announced on June 5, 2012, that a Clarke County den-' tist pleaded guilty to attempting to file a claim for payment with the Alabama Medicaid Agency for a dental procedure that was not performed. Victor Clarence Hawkins, 61, of Grove Hill, pleaded guilty this afternoon before Montgomery County District Judge Jimmy Pool to one count of attempting to file a false claim with the Medicaid Agency, a Class A misde- meanor. The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit had accused Hawkins of billing the Medicaid Agency for a den- tal procedure refen'ed to as a pulpectomy, or partial root canal, for a pediatric dental pro- cedure in June of 2011. A review of a post procedure x- ray revealed that the procedure had not been performed. Judge Pool sentenced Hawkins to 12 months in the Montgomery County Jail, which was suspended, and placed Hawkins on 12 months of probation. As a part of the plea, Hawkins was permanently barred from participation as an Alabama Medicaid provider. No restitution was due the Medicaid Agency. The investigation was initiat- ed bythe Program Integrity Division of the Medicaid Agency and referred to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where it was prosecuted by the Unit's Director, Assistant Attorney General Brace Lieberman. Head Start/Early Head Start of West Alabama now recruiting Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP); Inc. is now recruiting low-income and spe- cial needs children ages six (6) weeks to two (2) years of age for Early Head Start and three (3) and four (4) years old for Head Start. Applications are being accepted for the 2012 - 2013 school term in Bibb, Fayette, Lamer, Hale, Greene, and Tuscaloosa counties. Applications for enrollment are being accepted regardless of the child's race, creed, sex, color, national origin or disability. You may visit the CSP web- site at to print an application or request that an application for Head Start serv- ices is mailed to you, by calling 205-4694)374. When returning the application, please provide verification of the family's income, your child's birth cer- tificate and his/her Medicaid/Insurance card. For additional information, please contact the Head Start Administrative Office at 205- 469-0374. Marengo County Detention Center Thomas arrested for Rape, second degree Arrests: Demarus Dontay Thomas, 21 of Linden, was arrested on June 5 for Rape (second degree); arresting officers were Howell and Alston of the LPD. Kelly Griffin, 40 of Demopolis was arrested on May 26 for domestic violence (third degree); arresting officers were Don Johnson, Daryl Bowden and Sha'Kita N. Hall of the Demopolis Police Department. Boyd Ray Jackson, 50 of Linden, was arrested on May 26 for domestic violence (second degree); arresting officer was Kendrick Howell of the Linden Police Department. Nancedda Rowser, 34 of Demopolis was arrested on May 28 for giving false ID to law Gary of the MCSD. June 3 for failure to obey a enforcement; arresting officers Samuel Patrick Gracey, 22 of police officerl arresting officers were William Gulley, Jr., Darryl Demopolis, was arrested on were Gulledge, Daniel Sumlin, Reeves, Richard Bryant and May22forpossessionofforged Daryl Bowden and Monica Monica Oliver of the DPD. instrument (three counts) and Oliver of the DPD. Danni Uribe, 21 of theft by deception; arresting Alfred Rodgers, 52 of Alexander City, was arrested on officers were Tim Soronen, Linden, was arrested on June 2 May 28 for domestic violence Joshua Gulledge and Chief for public intoxication and dis- (assault); arresting officer was Tommie Reese of the DPD. orderly conduct; arresting offi- Harry Huckabee or the Jessie L. Yarborough, 62 of cer wereAiston and D. Paulk of Marengo County Sheriff's Demopolis, was arrested on the LPD. Depamnent. May 30 for contempt of court; Willie Charles Banks, 60 of David Gracie, 21 of arresting officer was Robert Greensboro, was arrested on Demopolis, was arrested on Alston of the Linden Police June 2 for contempt of court May 29 for criminal trespassing Department (FrA- three counts); arresting (third degree); arresting officer Kim Lauderdale, 47 of officers wereBryant and Chief was Joshua Gulledge of the Demopolis, was arrested on Reeseofthe DPD. DPD. June 4 for public intoxication; Michael Perry, 39 of MichelleCrowder, 34of Pine arresting officer was Walter Demopolis was a weekend Hill, was arrested on May 24 for Morgan of the DPD. walk-in, June 1. domestic violence (third Trenelle Walker, 32 of Robert Harris, Jr., 36 of degree); arresting officer was T. Demopolis, was arrested on Demopolis, was arrested on June 4 for criminal trespassing (third degree); arresting officers were James Jones, Walter Wilson and Dary ! Bowden of the DPD. Sammy Lee Brown, 61 of Dixons Mills, was arrested on June 3 for domestic vidence (third degree); arresting officers were Gary and D. Lewis of the -MCSD. Donell Sims, 55 of Linden, was arrested onhme 2 for disor- derly conduct and'public intoxi- cation; arresting officer was Alston of the LPD. Bessie Adams, 44 of Linden, was arrested on June 2 for disor- derly conduct and public into"- cation; arresting officer was Alston of the LPD. Click it or Ticket Program Linden Police Chief, Scott McClure concurred this year's click it or ticket week went well. The program ran from the end of May to June 2. Chief McClure gave his report to city council members on Tuesday, June 5 at the city council meeting. The citations were down quite a bit from last year's and people are "buckling up". The click it or ticket program gives local authorities grant money to pay for overtime to officers to set up blocks and check for seatbelts and car seats. He also told city council members that the plans and signs for the city parks regard- ing the dog rules would soon be finished. This is a cbange from a few months ago, when it was agreed that no dogs would be allowed on any Linden Park. Although there will be some places for dogs to go, away from children and playing fields, some parks will allow specific sims for dog walkers. These will be clearly stated in signs that will be put up in the areas where dogs will be allowed. Rotary Club Blood Drive Blood on the shelves of area hospitals comes from United blood services collections like the community drives set for June 22 in Linden. The tirne will be from 11:30 a. m. until 5:30 p. m. Cheryl Reed, UBS area representative told Linden Rotary Club. which has sponsored the blood drives for decades that the needs in summer increase. She related a story about a Washington County High School football player who was stabbed and his main artery near his heart was sev- ered. The hospital in Chatom administered first aid medical procedures and blood and the youth was air lifted to a Mobile hospital where he spent a day in the intensive care unit and was walking the second day and returned home to attend graduation. Blood on the shelf at the hospital saved his rife. Rotarians are posting signs around Linden to announce the blood mobile unit will be parked in front of the county courthouse. MOTORCYCLE SAFETY A SH, ARED RESPONSIBILITY MOTORC/'OIJI ORgOIhlST Get laroperly treaned & license d Wear proteclive gea Rid m'm't aired Appro*aeh kat r etion with caution Ride 'hin your kill limits Stay out ofbhnd pots Obey all traffic lr Dtixe defensively vw.d r ivesa feaa bama. a n A Safely Message from the Alabama 0olutrln'mnt of Transportation kg $1,500 awarded to Fountain of Youth Program Mayor Mitzi Gates and city council members voted unani- mously to approve a $1,500 donation to the Fountain of youth summer program. The decision came on Tuesday, June 5 at the city council meeting. This is the second year for the summer camp, which is held in Linden. The camp includes meals, games, and fun activities and is held five days a week. Cedric Williams of the Boys and Girls club in Thomasville helps with the program. He came to the city a few months ago requesting funds be given so that there would be enough funding for workers, utilities, food, transportation, games, crafts, and other expenses that are incurred. Before the city would release any funds, there was a request that the community get involved as well. The city promised to match the funds up to $1,500: if there were fund raisers to hdp raise money as well. Councilman Richard Lankster told city COunCil mem- bers that he spoke with Marcy Lewis, camp coordinator and she showed him that over $2,000 had been raised. This included fund raisers and dona- tions from churches and indi- viduals. Fountain of youth camp is up and running now and will con- tinue through August. Cheryl Hall, city clerk announced that the re-district- o % mg maps were approved b/ie" : >' Justice Department in Montgomery. There is a new voters list being cornpiled:r each district, so that this dec- lion will have a different polling place for some. Chilly Fest Park walking trail is now open and is located next to the Linden Fire Dept. ag.d Linden Elementary. Citizen am.' urged to go out and enjoy hhe trail. ,::. Rangeline Baptist Summer Revival Rangeline Baptist Church will be hosting a summer revival, to be held June 10th - 13th, 2012. Sunday service .will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday services will begin at 7:00 p.m. nightly. There in BauerFinancial, Inc, has: awarded Robertson Bankin00 Company a five Robertson Banking Company h as served West Alabama for the past I41 years. Bro. Shannon Knight, from. First Baptist Church in Gui will be the special guest. There will be a potluck up::: per at Sunday night's servioe o; fellowship with Bro. Shan0o All are invited. BANKING COMPANY "A Tradition of Service since 1870." www.robertsonbanking.corn Member FDIC LE%00 ..- IY,' i. I' t