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Claudia Wilkerson

Claudia Wilkerson, 84, of Altoona, Alabama, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday. Funeral services: 2 p.m., Sunday in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with burial in the Hamburg Cemetery. Visitation: ...

Solunar Information for Altoona, AL

You may be able to spot Orion’s Belt and the Big Dipper from London and New York, but the glow of the Milky Way? You’ll need to be somewhere a bit more remote for that—like lunar-desert-on-Africa&rs quo;s-western-coast remote. Our Sun missed the stellar ...


Charles Smith officiated the 7 p.m. service held Dec. 9 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. The family suggests memorial donations to Pine Grove United Methodist Church, County Road 39, Altoona, AL 35952.

Four charged with kidnapping and attempted murder

ALTOONA - AL - Lindsey Warren, Ann Dyer-Hahn, Eric George, and Brian Maloy are in the Etowah County Jail in connection to an attempted murder and kidnapping. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the four are suspected of violently abusing an Altoona man on December 7th.

Masks and Music This Weekend!

Altoona (“Al-o-ween” party) Three Highloween Party featuring Kinz Karma, Into the Storm and Guides at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (Halloween party, all ages, starts 8:30 p.m., proceeds benefit Wafa family) Inside Out (former Kyx members) at Teriz Place ...

'Dukes of Hazzard's' Catherine Bach to appear at Altoona Day 2014's salute to 1984 Saturday

ALTOONA, Alabama -- Nostalgic for the eighties? This Saturday Altoona Day will feature a salute to the year 1984, with two television stars of the era. "The Dukes of Hazard's" Catherine Bach, known as Daisy Duke, and John Voldstad, the "other brother ...

Altoona's Cumarindine ointment making a comeback next month

ALTOONA, Alabama --- In parts of the South and beyond, there are still people who swear by Cumarindine, the burn treatment born and made in Altoona. Sold in white jars, the product advertised itself as good for burns, ulcers, skin abrasions, shingles ...

Mrs. Joan Blanks Waites

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, William David “Bill” Waites of Alexander City; daughter, Dee Dee Waites Loyd (Jimmy), of Altoona, AL; son, Ray Waites (Shelley), of Rockford; sister-in-law, Ruth White of Alexander City; grandchildren ...

Man killed in crash identified as local pastor

Hollis, 54, of Cullman was recently named the pastor at Crossroads of Faith Church in Altoona, Al. a little more than a month ago. James Butler, a deacon at Crossroads of Faith, said Hollis was a great man and will be deeply miss. “He was fantastic ...


He was born March 14, 1931, in Altoona, Alabama, to Mayburn Alfred and Grace Elizabeth Bolton Guess. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed on Koji Island. On April 19, 1954, he married Johanne June Rome Guess.

Penn State Altoona Tackles Race Issues in the U.S. During #DoBlackLivesMatter Panel

BY RYAN C. SHOWERS A panel of Penn State Altoona students and faculty led a roundtable discussion with topics of racism, white privilege, and systemic oppression at Misciagna Titleman Lounge on March…



Viable Lambo replacement waiting in the wings in Indy

Pirates’ higher-ups believed Andrew Lambo could take Travis Snider’s role on the team and run away with it, but that hasn’t been the case so far as we are almost one month into the 2015 season. Lambo,…

Road to the Show: Curve Alumni in the Majors

Gregory Polanco (Mark Olson / MiLB) by TREY WILSON The 17th season of baseball in Curve, Pa. is under way. The first 16 seasons have seen a league championship, two Eastern League All-Star Games and…

Lessons from Altoona: What Facebook’s newest data center can teach us

How can Facebook’s data center design apply to your data center plans? Over the past year, Facebook has thrown some interesting wrenches into the gears of the traditional networking industry. While m…

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Due to life, I haven’t written in quite some time. And I’m not sure when I’ll write again, but I noticed something tonight I wanted to let you know about. I’m on the mailing list for the anti-gay hat…

Took a tour of a new local shop in Altoona! Have to say, it was a lot of fun!

Today LaVonne Falbo opened her new studio and shop to the public. Well attended and full of surprises, this is a truly one of a kind shop with unique and quality locally made crafts, art and foods.   …

Hillary Spotted In Altoona!

It appears that Altoona is a popular spot for presidential candidates. I took this picture of a photo of Senator Obama in Texas Hot Dogs in Downtown Altoona last year. And guess what, I even have a t…

“All it takes is one good guy with a gun….What Would Jesus Do……” – ‘Gun goes off in Altoona church during Easter Vigil mass’

Originally posted on The Last Of The Millenniums: Just another ‘accident’ where the gun shot someone. No people are to blame. What is someone doing with a gun in church? I mean really……. If you shoot …

“All it takes is one good guy with a gun….What Would Jesus Do……” – ‘Gun goes off in Altoona church during Easter Vigil mass’

Just another ‘accident’ where the gun shot someone. No people are to blame. What is someone doing with a gun in church? I mean really……. If you shoot yourself…..IN CHURCH….because you didn’t put th…


The Guardian and a warning to ALTOONA 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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A generic drug is an identical copy of another factory named

1. What are generic drugs?

A generic drug is an identical copy of another factory named. The same dosage, safety, strength, desired effect, how to use and final results, unless the trademark.

2. Are the equally safe generic drugs to leading factory name? 

Yes. The FDA requires that all drugs are safe and effective. Being that the generic use the same active ingredients and work in the body in the same way as the original, also have the same risks and benefits.

 3. Are the equally powerful to the original generic drugs?

Yes. The FDA requires that generic drugs are of the same quality, strength, purity and stability as their counterparts with factory name.

4. generic drugs need more time to work in the body?

No. Generic drugs work in the same way and for the same period of time the drugs trade name.

5. Why are generic drugs less expensive?

One of the main reasons is because the manufacturers of generic drugs did not have to invest money to the developers of the original drug spent on the new product. New drugs are developed and protected by a patent. The patent protects the investment-including research, development, distribution and advertising-giving the company the sole right to sell the drug while it remains in effect. When approaching the expiration of the patent, manufacturers pueded submit an application to the FDA to sell generic versions of the drug. Since these manufacturers do not incur these costs desarrolllo the product as the first, can sell the generic version at substantial discounts. There is also more competition and less advertising, which helps keep the price down. Today, almost half of all drug prescriptions are replaced with generic versions.

6. Are drugs with name brand, produced in more modern facilities than generic?

No. Both facilities must meet manufacturing requirements required by the FDA. The agency does not allow drug manufacturing facilities of inferior quality. The FDA annually conducts about 3,500 inspections to ensure that regulations are met. The signatures of generic drugs work comparable to those of drugs called factory facilities. Indeed, the producers of original drugs produce approximately about 50 percent of generic drugs; frequently make copies of their own brand and other firms that are sold without the original name.

7. If the name drugs and generic factory have the same active ingredients, why they look different?

In the United States the law does not allow a generic drug look exactly the same to another name or trademark. However, a generic drug must duplicate the active ingredient of the original. The colors, flavors and some inactive ingredients may be different.

8. Is it necessary that every drug has a generic equivalent?

No. When drugs called factory were introduced, most of which were protected by a patent for 17 years.This provided protection to the originator that covered the initial costs (including research and marketing expenses) to develop the new drug. However, when the patent expires, other companies can introduce genetic competing versions, but only after being put to thorough testing by the manufacturer and FDA approved.

 9. What is the best source of information about generic drugs?

Contact your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company for more information about its generic drugs. You can also visit the FDA on the Internet: Understanding Generic Drugs. [5]

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