Hello to all my friends. Just about one month until school begins. It will be interesting to see what is planned. Also, hope you were able to take advantage of the tax-free weekend for those school needs.

Thought for today: You’ve been blessed. Now, go be a blessing. You’ve overcome that addiction; help someone else overcome. You’ve been promoted; help someone else be promoted. Give away what you’ve been given. (Joel Osteen)

The Central Alabama Pacers 8th grade team traveled to Guntersville on Saturday and Sunday for a basketball tournament. While they didn’t win the championship, they did play in the Final Four. Players include my grandson, Michael Snow, Caleb Groce, Jaden Young, Caden Donahoo, Shepard Sargent, Caden Brunson, and Peyton. Stan Sargent is the team’s coach.

Happy birthday to Vickie Wood, Jason Gilbreath, Ann Mathis Boggs, Dana Blackman, Melody Leggett, Mary Kelley, and to my sweet sister-in-law, Jackie Thomas.

Cropwell Baptist Church reports a great Vacation Bible School. They had an average of 172 children/workers on campus each night. It was an amazing week!

CEPA presents “Three On a String” on Aug. 15. Other events have been rescheduled for now. I will let you know as soon as I can.

Old Baker Farm will have its Summer Shindig on Aug. 15 from 5 p.m. to 9. There will be music, food trucks, sunflower picking, arts & crafts, vendors, watermelon cutting, living history, fireworks, and more. And you are invited.

Congratulations to Emile Milam, Science teacher at Pell City High School, for achieving Google Certification Level 1.

Pell City Lakeside Park Splash Pad hours: Sat. - 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. - 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues-Fri - 1 p.m.-6:00 and Closed on Mondays. At this time, masks are not required; however, masks are encouraged under the pavilion and in common areas such as restrooms, parking lot and entrance areas. A 6 ft. social distancing restriction is also highly encouraged.

Football and basketball practices have started and are continuing in hopes of seasons beginning soon.

Please keep the family of Ms. Atha Pilgreen, Mary Jerolyn Weaver, Mrs. Dorothy Kabler Thomas, and Ervin Moss, in your thoughts and prayers.

Scams and fake news are rampant. About 1 in 10 people fall for a scam. How can you protect yourself? Proverbs 1:7 says, "Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." The best way to protect yourself is to seek the wisdom of the Lord! Learn His word and follow His principles. Protect yourself with the wisdom God freely gives to all who ask. (Impact 60-jcimpact.org)

On July 24, 1833, the Cropwell Post Office, first named Coosa, was established. Its name was later changed to Diana. In 1837, the name was changed to Cropwell.

Eating avocados, peanut butter, and olive oil can up your odds of living a long, healthy live by 25%. These are plant-based foods that are high in healthy mono-unsaturated fats and can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood pressure and improve blood vessel function to help avoid heart trouble and strokes.

Remember: When people are in deep pain, they don't need explanations, advice, encouragement, or even Scripture. They just need you to show up and shut up. Just be WITH them. It’s the healing ministry of presence. (Rick Warren)

See you next week. Pray daily for our country, its leaders and for Israel. Contact me at 205-338-7746 with information about family’s news and gatherings. Have a wonderfully blessed and safe week. You can also email information to annette_snow@yahoo.com.

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