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Phenix City woman sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud


Hoskins and Pyatt each cashed the refund checks at several businesses' locations in Alabama and Georgia ...
a month ago Thursday.Several deputies and state patrolmen found Donald Castleberry around 6:30 p.m. under an abandoned house near a poultry plant ...

Walker leaving Naches Valley for Kamiakin


and Jim Castleberry (Richland). The westside ceremony at the Allenmore Events Center in Tacoma on July 23 will induct Dave Jamison, Scott Novak, John Peterson and Al Kawashima. Sonnichsen now at Mead Benji Sonnichsen, who stepped down as Prosser’s ...

Life Stories: Lamar Stapleton's background in pharmacy guided him in both business and service


"A huge role model" The youngest of five children, Stapleton was born and raised in Castleberry, Ala ...
Indeed, Stapleton was asked to serve on the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, including a two-year term as President, and was later honored with ...

Obscene calls disturb Buena Vista Chamber


I used to live in Alabama. Where in Alabama are you from?'" Perry said describing one call. "There was silence, and then he stuttered 'Castleberry, Alabama.'" Over the next few days, the ladies in the office gathered information. They found out the man was ...

Albert Taylor Salter


Born December 5, 1938 in Castleberry, Alabama, he is the son of the late Eli H. and Frances E. (Lynch) Salter. Al lived in Lockport for the past 53 years, he was previously of Wilson. He had worked at Harrison Radiator in Lockport as a welder for 33 years.

Gandy new pastor at London Baptist Church, Castleberry


Nicholas Gandy has been called to pastor London Baptist Church in Castleberry, Alabama. He was raised in Pace, Florida and his parents are current residents. Brother Nick will start on Easter Sunday.

Two vehicle crash claims woman's life


Trooper Maloy said the truck driver, Archie Taber of Georgia, was not hurt. Brown was from Castleberry, Alabama. A law named after an 8-year-old Prichard girl, aimed at protecting children, takes effect on Wednesday. A law named after an 8-year-old ...

Mr. and Ms. UAB finalists announced


She is the daughter of Wesley and Kim Shannon. Asia Sullivan, 20, is a junior from Castleberry, Alabama, majoring in public health with a concentration in global health studies. She was named Outstanding Student Leader in 2014 and is a recipient of the ...

Castleberry police chief: 'Our little town has been hung out to dry' without police dispatch (updated)


CASTLEBERRY, Alabama-- In a small Conecuh County town, residents are trying to figure out why the city's police department has not been sent to respond to emergency calls for nearly two weeks. "A lot of the citizens think there's no 911 coverage ...

Bellingrath son, Walter Duncan, excelled as entrepreneur


and Catherine Jean Bellingrath. Born in 1869 in Atlanta, he was only a few years old when his family moved the remote area of Castleberry, Alabama, during the early 1870s. Although the entire family was somewhat anxious about leaving their orderly lives in ...

Today in History for July 4, 2015


Walt WhitmanJuly 4, 1054 – The brightest known supernova was seen by Chinese, Arab and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months (some sources say 23 days), it remaine…

Today in History for June 30, 2015


Charles J. GuiteauJune 30, 1520 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fought their way out of Tenochtitlan. June 30, 1685 – Poet and dramatist John Gay was born in Barnstaple, England. June 30,…
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The importance of local education funding in CASTLEBERRY 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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In CASTLEBERRY ALABAMA: Why Good Trade Deals Matter to a Business

Nick Martin is the co-founder of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling business. He sent the following email to the White House list to highlight why a better trade deal means a brighter future for online businesses like his.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn´t just President Obama´s proposed trade deal -- it´s mine, too. It´s a trade deal that millions of other online small business owners in this country would be proud to add their name to. I want to tell you why:

Every time I step through the doors of one of our 4,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder and Denver, Colorado -- every time I see the bikes and cycling parts that line those walls and take in the energetic buzz of our 30-member team -- I take a step back and reflect on a simple fact: I own a business. It’s a "pinch-me" moment -- every time.

I am a cyclist and the proud co-owner of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling store. And thanks to the Internet and the availability of e-commerce platforms like eBay, we´ve gone global. After all, when it’s not cycling season in the U.S., it’s peak season somewhere else in the world.

International customers aren´t just good for business abroad; they’re great for my Colorado communities. Why? Because selling in more markets means I can hire more people here at home. In fact, more small businesses are using the Internet to grow their business by reaching new customers they couldn´t reach before.

This is why trade is so important to me. If the success of American businesses in the global economy is important to you, say you’re an ambassador for a better trade deal that delivers a brighter future for all of us.

It may seem like a really remote and technical issue, but it actually has a real impact on how small businesses like mine do business. Currently more than 40% of our transactions cross U.S. borders. Unfortunately, most of our trade rules were written in a "pre-Internet" era, which means they are a nightmare to navigate for small online businesses.

Here’s an example: Right now, customs rules are so inconsistent and hard to follow that if we put a cycling part in the wrong packaging or mail it with the wrong label, it won’t make it to our customer in one country. The rules are different for each country, and are sometimes set up in a way that completely blocks out American business.

That is why it is so important that we secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new kind of trade agreement that will ensure America writes the rules and levels the playing field for online businesses and American workers by:

Reducing and eliminating tariffs across the Asia-Pacific region

Streamlining customs procedures

Making the rules more transparent, consistent, and less costly

Helping keep the Internet open and free, enabling online businesses to operate without unnecessary infrastructure costs

Of course, as the President has said, not all of our past trade deals have lived up to their promise. Thankfully, this trade deal is on track to be different. In fact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be the most progressive trade deal the world has ever seen. [13]




Giving Every Young Person in CASTLEBERRY ALABAMA a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.

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