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I COMMUNITY COLLEGE r National Teller "1 Certification For Financial Institutions & L. Other Related Fields, 4 Organizational Meeting Tuesday, November 13,2007 Kenna Hall Computer Lab - Room 118 @ 5:)0 p.m. at Southwest MS Communit College Classes Begin Tuesday & Thursday Evemng Nov. 27, 2007 thru Jan. 29, 2008 5:30-8:00 p.m. A Comprehensive 40 Hour National Teller Certification Training Progr ,n Requirements: Iligh School Gradu at e Computer Skills Math Skills Pre-Pay by November 20,2007 $200.00 e-learning lab $100.00 cost of Textbook Total Cost: $300.00: Non Refundable For more information, call 601-276- 3847 Southwest Mississippi Community College does not discriiTlinate on tile bas~s of sex, race, color, religion, disability or national origin and is in compliance with Title IX and ADA directives. Title IX and ADA Coordinator: Dean d. Stephen Bishop, SMCC, Summit. PAS 39666 co uRc' o usE BE cLOsED toegD tY, q',{OvEBIBER J.2, :,oo7 O SE V CE D Y. 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If you or a loved one has had a Medtronic Heart Defibrillator implanted since 2004, you may have a legal claim. For a free evaluation of your claim please call Keith Morgan Attorney at Law Madison, MS Stephen L. Shackelford Attorney at Law Flowood, MS No Obligation Confidential The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements, Free background information upon request. HHS AWARDS $57.8 MILLION THROUGH COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced awards totaling $57,840,781 through the Compas- sion Capital Fund (CCF). These awards will help 387 faith-based and community organizations enhance their ability to provide social services to those most in need. "Our goal is to serve the poor among us in the most effective way possible," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. "By supporting grass- roots organizations already serving those in need in their communities, we are increasing our ability to help more people gain control of their lives." The awards are made up of four sets of grants. The first set awards a total of $17.6 million to 37 organi- zations through the CCF Demon- stration Program. Demonstration program grantees serve as interme- diaries providing assistance to and building the capacity of smaller faith-based and community organi- zations in their community. The second set awards a total of $10.3 million to 219 faith-based and community organizations through the CCF Targeted Capacity Build- ing Program. These awards will increase the capacity of these orga- nizations to support at-risk youth and the homeless, strengthen mar- riage and serve rural communities. The third set of grants awards a total of $7.5 million to 31 organiza- tions participating in the Communi- ties Empowering Youth program. Under this program, organizations committed to combating gang activ- ity, youth violence and child abuse and neglect will receive funds to strengthen their own capacity. They will also build the capacity of their faith-based and community partners to operate more effectively in strengthening community coali- tions committed to providing posi- tive alternatives for at-risk youth across the country. The final set of grants disperses $22.5 million to continue CCF pro- grams in their second year of fund- ing. "The Compassion Capital Fund is the signature initiative of Presi- dent Bush's community renewal agenda," said Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith- Based and Community Initiatives. "It equips the quiet heroes serving those in need in America's commu- nities." "This announcement demon- strates the Bush Administratiqn's commitment to help faith-based and community organizations increase their effectiveness, expand their organizations, and create collabora- tions to better serve at the local level," said Josephine B. Robinson, director of the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Community Services at HHS. "Organizational capacity-building is a powerful tool that can ensure these organizations are equipped to effectively and efficiently serve their target population while also sup- porting their long-term sustainability within the community." Since its inception in 2002, CCF has provided approximately $264 million to more than 4,500 organi- zations. MDA RECEIVES $200K FOR POST-KATRINA IMAGE RECOVERY Jackson, Miss. (October 16, 2007) - The Economic Develop- ment Administration (EDA), an arm of the United States Department of Commerce, has awarded the Mis- sissippi Development Authority (MDA) an EDA planning perfor- mance award in the amount of $2O0,000. The planning performance award recognizes MDA's collabora- tive planning achievements in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. By col- laborating with EDA, the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuild- ing and Renewal, the Southern Mis- sissippi Planning and Development District and other federal, regional and local entities, MDA was able to take a leadership role in recovery planning for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. "This kind of recognition from EDA is an excellent testament to the state of Mississippi's aggressive recovery efforts and achievements in the aftermath of Hurricane Katri- na," said Gray Swoope, MDA's executive director. "These funds will be a vital part of our continuing efforts in image restoration and to market the state's assets." This is the first year that EDA has named planning performance award recipients, but not the first time that MDA has received EDA funding. Previous EDA funds have been used to implement the "Thanks, Y'all" advertising cam- paign, promote the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act and other initiatives to attract positive attention to the state of Mississippi. About Mississippi Development Authority The Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississip- pi's ~ead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in provid- ing services to businesses, commu- nities, and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority pro- vides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet oppor- tunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills - all with the goal of improving the quali- ty of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more informa- tion, visit MDA's website at www.m~ss~ss~ppLorg. LAST CALL: $50,000 IN BOATING SAFETY GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM BOATUS FOUNDATION November 1st Deadline to Apply Quickly Approaches The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a great way for your local non- profit boating organization to help keep our waterways safe - but time is running out. The Foundation's Boating Safety Grant program offers individual grants of up to $4,000 for boating safety projects; but, to have a chance at funding, organizations need to apply by the November 1,2007 deadline. A total of $50,000 is available for this cam- paign. Over the past 17 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $750,000 to organizations that have developed creative projects to pro- mote safe boating on local water- ways. Some of them include pro- ducing movie theatre public service announcements, flying a blimp with safety messaging above popular boating spots, and the creation of an interactive, downloadable chart highlighting iocal safety concerns. While all applications will be considered, the Foundation will give preferential consideration to grant proposals that incorporate new and innovative ideas that educate boaters about the need to wear life jackets. To download an application and learn more about these Boating Safety Grants, please visit www.BoatUS.com/foundation or call 1-800-245-2628, ext. 8354. Grant applications must be emailed or postmarked on or before Novem- ber 1, 2007 and will be announced in January 2008. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit edu- cation and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of the 650,000 mem- bers of BoatUS The Foundation operates more than a dozen pro- grams including the only accredit- ed, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the "Help Stop the Drops" national clean fueling cam- paign, a free kid's Life Jacket Loan- er' Program, and has awarded hun- dreds of thousands of dollars in grants for nonprofit groups for boat- ing safety and environmental pro- jects. For more information on making a tax-deductible donation to help keep programs like these afloat, go t o www.BoatUS.com/foundation/donat e.htm. BUSINESS LEADERS WARNS OF NEW POWER GRAB FROM CONGRESS OVER THE STATE AND LOCAL CONTROL OF WATER Legislation quietly moving for- ward in the U.S. Congress would expand the federal government's .control over U.S. waters to such an extent that even periodically wet ground would come under federal hegemony, a group of business leaders is warning. "This bill represents one of the most expansive power grabs by the federal government over state and local control in memory," said Jim Sims, President and CEO of the Western Business Roundtable. "The extent to which this bill puts states and their water resources under the thumb of the federal gov- ernment is simply astounding." "This bill would give federal agencies domain over virtually every wet area in the nation. It will fundamentally erode the ability of citizens, and state governments in particular, to manage our own water resources. It would cause an avalanche of new un-funded mandates to envelop state and local governments." Sims added: "It will make it more costly to grow crops, provide water to cities, operate and main- tain water storage and delivery facilities, produce energy (including renewable power), build and main- tain public transportation systems, deliver affordable goods and ser- vices to consumers and carry out virtually any activity that occurs on the land without federal agencies constantly threatening to interfere." The legislation, known as the "Clean Water Restoration Act," is sponsored by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) in the House (H.R. 2421) and Sen. Russell Feingold (D- Wisc.) in the Senate (S. 1870). The bill's sponsors contend U.S. waters are threatened due to Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 that clarified which waters fall under federal jurisdiction. But by changing the Clean Water Act's jurisdictional sweep from regulation of "navigable waters" to "waters of the United States," the bill would have "a devastating impact on Western state sovereignty and vir- tually every citizen in our region," Sims said. "There is virtually no business or job-creating activity in the nation that would not be adversely affect- ed by this bill," he added. The Roundtable sent a letter to Congress earlier this week outlining its concerns about bill. It pointed out that the bill: Would expand the regulatory reach of the Environmental Protec- tion Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to include essentially all arguably wet areas (or areas wet at some time) in the U.S giving the federal government jurisdiction over groundwater, ditches, pipes, streets, gutters and desert features. Would expand the legal basis for the Clean Water Act, moving it beyond the current jurisdiction under the "commerce clause" in the U.S. Constitution, which limits con- gressional authority over water to the ability to regulate commerce. The new legislation would make congressional authority over any U.S. water virtually unlimited. Would essentially grant EPA and the Corps a veto over local land-use policies. Any activity involving water could be affected, including commercial and residen- tial real estate development, agri- culture, electric transmission, trans- portation, mining and energy devel- opment - even recreational activi- ties. Would eliminate existing regu- latory limitations that allow common sense uses such as prior converted cropland and waste treatment sys- tems. Currently, the CWA's rules acknowledge limitations covering those elements. Would implement an expanded definition of waters that would bur- den state and local governments both administratively and financial- Ily. A broad expansion of the CWA's jurisdiction would put un- funded mandates on those entities, including requirements to adopt water quality standards (including monitoring and reporting). Would also impact land-use plans, floodplain regulations, build- ing and other codes, watershed and storm water plans, and likely delay development of new projects and maintenance of existing infrastruc- ture. Would cause water providers, landowners and water-use entities' liability risk to grow. Sims added that, under an expanded CWA, citizen suit liability and exposure for attorneys fees awards would increase for all landowners with water features on or near their properties. Similar concerns and risks would be faced by all water delivery and water-use entities. The Roundtable said it has launched a region wide effort to build opposition to the bill. About The Roundtable The Western Business Round- table is a non-profit organization that unites a wide variety of busi- ness and industry leaders-to work on a bipartisan basis for public poli- cies that promote a common sense THE SOUTHERN HERALD Liberty, Mississippi November 8, 2007 Page6 BLACK HAWK REAL ESTATE 601-276-9551 GERALD HONEA 601-551-5148 AMITE COUNTY Liberty/Gloster Luxury country Home on 2 acres 3BR/3.5BA, 2216 sq. ft. $199,900 Liberty 3BR/1BA - 1550 sq. ft. Qn 1 acre- Near town - $75,000 West of Magnolia 3BR/2BA on 12 Acres - 2451 sq. ft. 2 outbuildings $280,000. Smithdale 3BR/1.5 BA 1260 sq. ft. Brick home on 2.5 acres Nice-well kept. Near Hwy 98. Additional acreage available. $95,0O0 Land- 13.5 Acres-timber value/$27KNear HNF & Lake OkhiSsa. $63,000.00 Wanted To Buy Small Acreage for Homesite Selling??? Buying??? Let me help. Call now. Run:Nov 1 8 22and29 2007 balance between economic growth and environmental conservation. Learn more about our group here: www.westernroundtable.com DELTA STATE TO LAUNCH NEW ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAM The Delta State University Col- lege of Education is set to launch an online master's of Education degree in Elementary Education, beginning Jan. 8, 2008. The program consists of 10 required courses, each of which earns 3 credit hours. A 9-hour core addresses educational research, psychology of learning and histori- cal foundations of education. The 21-hour major-specific courses focus on effective instruction in early childhood and the intermedi- ate grades, classroom manage- ment, curriculum development and literacy instruction. The purpose cf the program is to prepare quality teachers who have the ability to implement research- based practices at all levels of the elementary school. The program emphasizes online interactions between the student, fellow stu- dents and the instructor that are extended through quality field expe- riences. 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