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Oneonta to participate in Program


Earlier this month, the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) announced the six cities chosen to participate in their program. Oneonta was among those picked along with Abbeville, Geneva, Jasper, Red Bay, and Spanish Fort. You must be an online ...

Veteran Ward leaving Lakeside for Abbeville Christian


After 30 years building Lakeside girls basketball coach into a consistent powerhouse, Ricky Ward is leaving the program for Abbeville Christian Academy. Ward, a Wiregrass Hall of Fame inductee who will be inducted into the Alabama School Independent ...

Unknown Confederate soldier honored on anniversary of death


What is known about the soldier is he was from Alabama and contracted smallpox before stopping in Abbeville in 1865. His body was taken across the street from the train depot and buried at the bottom of the hill. Hayes said the unknown soldier is ...

Unknown Confederate soldier grave honored


What is known about the soldier is he was from Alabama and contracted smallpox before stopping in Abbeville in 1865. His body was taken across the street from the train depot and buried at the bottom of the hill. Hayes said the unknown soldier is ...

Notice of Completion of a Contract - Cardinal Contracting, Inc.


All claims in connection with this project should be filed during this period with the Engineer, David Hicks and Associates, 406 Dothan Road, Abbeville, AL 36310.

Fairhope earns Alabama Communities of Excellence designation; Spanish Fort joins class of 2015


Since 2002, 31 Alabama communities have completed the nonprofit's comprehensive ...
Spanish Fort was selected for ACE program's class of 2015 along with Abbeville, Geneva, Jasper, Oneonta, and Red Bay. "We are proud to have been selected and look forward ...

60-year-old man dies after two-vehicle crash in Henry County


An Abbeville man died early Tuesday from injuries suffered in a crash the day before in Henry County. Two others were injured in the two-vehicle accident, according to Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The crash happened shortly ...

City joins prestigious ACE program


During Tuesday’s Jasper City Council meeting, council members learned Jasper was one of six cities across the state to be named the newest members of the Alabama Communities of Excellence program. Jasper — along with Abbeville, Geneva, Oneonta ...

Abbeville man passes away from injuries sustained in two-car crash


An Abbeville man has died from injuries he sustained yesterday ...
He was air-lifted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center after yesterday morning's accident. There were two other injuries in the crash. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Mount Creek Adventure Park - Abbeville Alabama


Address : 3124 County road 57N, Abbeville, AL 36310 (google directions will send you south on 57-s use 2634 CR57N, Abbeville, AL 36310 in your GPS then go ½ mile more north on CR 57.) Please cash only. Everyone must have ID and sign waiver. Parents or ...

Kandas Bertrand, Charles Boles, and Bryant Benoit arrested for Methamphetamine and drugs in Vermilion Parish


According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit made the following arrests for narcotics related offenses within the parish. On 05/23/15 agents with the Verm…

5 arrested in narcotics investigation in Vermilion Parish


The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit has made 5 arrests in a narcotics investigation. Agents say they were contacted by the Abbeville Police Department on Saturday about possible meth…

After recent issues, Abbeville fire station temporarily closes


The Hebert Fire Substation No. 2 is the oldest out of four fire stations in Abbeville . After some recent issues Mayor Mark Piazza has decided to temporarily close the station. The fire substation lo…

24 women and men arrested, 13 Methamphetamine labs seized in Anderson County narcotics investigation


ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said 24 people were arrested in the investigation into “clandestine meth labs” in the county. Lt. Sheila Cole said narcotics officer…

The Abbeville Districts: Who’s Going to be Let Go?


After 21 years in the courts, our school finance lawsuit has finally ended. Late last year, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a 3–2 decision that the state is inadequately funding the poorest …

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Today In Charleston History: May 10


1682 Governor Joseph West signed an act for “suppressing idleness, drunkenness, and profanity.” 1740 – Slavery In reaction to the Stono Rebellion, a new Slave Code was enacted by the Assembly. It pro…

Enthusiastic crowd in Abbeville for Koryn Hawthorne


ABBEVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Magdalen Square is Abbeville was standing room only Wednesday afternoon as the crowd waited for the arrival of Koryn Hawthorne, 17, who has made it to the top five on the TV sh…

Homecoming celebration in Abbeville for The Voice finalist


“The Voice” top 6 finalist, Koryn Hawthorne, will be returning to Abbeville today  for a homecoming celebration. The event will kick off this Wednesday with a parade at 5 pm. The 16-year-old will tak…

Homecoming celebration in Abbeville for The Voice finalist


“The Voice” top 6 finalist, Koryn Hawthorne, will be returning to Abbeville this week for a homecoming celebration. The event will kick off this Wednesday with a parade at 5 pm. The 16-year-old will …




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The importance of local education funding in ABBEVILLE ALABAMA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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Fighting against human trafficking in ABBEVILLE ALABAMA

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights » Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons » Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim » 20 Ways You Can Help

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking


After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for inpiduals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented inpiduals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant [example].

5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition.

6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.

7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security.

8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.

9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area.

10. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.

11. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival.

12. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

13. Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news.

14. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.

15. Start or sign a human trafficking petition.

16. Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors. Consumers: Purchase items made by trafficking survivors such as from Jewel Girls or Made by Survivors.

17. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum. Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.

18. Law Enforcement Officials: Join or start a local human trafficking task force.

19. Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims.

20. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.

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The Guardian and a warning to ABBEVILLE ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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