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The new Petrey Town Council will be inaugurated at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Petrey Community Center.

New officers include, Mayor, Curtis Petrey and councilpersons, Bobby Beasley, Laura Elliot, Elwood Farris, Don Hermeling, and Maynard Rolling. Sue Beasley has been selected as the new Town Clerk and will be approved at the meeting.

The regular meeting time for the council is every first Tuesday of the month. The public is invited to attend.

A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. prior to the council meeting to honor the new officers.

Light refreshments will be served. All Petrey residents and other friends and family are invited to attend the reception.

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Mrs. Jeanette Gregory Beasley, mother of Bobby Beasley, passed away on Sept. 24.

The funeral was held at Turner Funeral Home and interment followed at Chapel Hill Cemetery (see obituary page 2A).

Bobby was called home last week from his National Guard assignment in assisting victims of Hurricane Ivan when his mother's condition worsened. Her death came right before Bobby would have been leaving again for another assignment.

Our hearts go out to Bobby and all the family in the loss of his mother.

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Curtis and Nancy Petrey attended a Lay Witness Mission last weekend at the First United Methodist Church in Sylvan Springs, near Birmingham.

After the Petrey's committed their lives to the Lord at a Lay Witness Mission in Tupelo, Miss., in 1968, they served on Lay Witness Mission teams in various churches. In the years prior to Curtis' call to full time ministry as a pastor in 1976, he was the Coordinator of Lay Witness Missions for the North Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Adult and youth lay witnesses came from Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to the Sylvan Springs Church to give their testimonies about the Lord's work in their lives. The result was salvation and spiritual renewal in many lives.

The Petrey's enjoyed seeing friends from Mississippi and participating in message and song.

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Ashley Meadows had a visitor from Alex City last week, Tony Queen. Her son Blake spent the weekend with his grandparents in Valley, AL.

Scott Kelley's grandmother, Cleo Kelley, babysat for Scott and Kristin's daughter, Lara Leigh, last week at Laura and Scott Elliott's house due to Mrs. Kelley's power outage in Black Rock.

Scott and Kristin Kelley ate out and attended a movie in Montgomery last Friday night with friends, Danny Hermeling, Adam and Ashley Swanner and Paige Petrey McCutchen.

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Laura Elliott, Judy Carpenter and Evelyn Schofield attended a meeting in Montgomery this week about the After School Day Care Program, "Learn to Grow."

The trio received information and materials to help with their Extended Day program for kindergarten through eighth grade, which Carpenter and Schofield staff at the Luverne High School Agricultural Department building.

Day care is one facet of the Crenshaw County Community and Adult Education program that Elliott supervises.

"We have a good program," she said. " A lot of people depend on it."

Parents who work can leave their children at the extended day program after school until 5:30 p.m. The children get help with their homework and snacks are provided for them, as well as games, videos and outside play.

Those who are interested in signing their children up can call Laura Elliott at 335-3319, Ext. 154.

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Maynard and Valera Rolling had Valera's sisters and brother and their spouses as dinner guests Saturday night – Edmon and Fannie Johnson (sister) of Phenix City and Bertie LeBaron (sister) of Columbus, Ga. and Henry (brother) and Roma Edwards of Luverne.

Danny and Lisa Rolling treated Maynard and Valera to lunch at the Chicken Shack on Sunday to celebrate Maynard's birthday the day before.

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The Church of Christ had their fourth Sunday evening service, a Singing followed by refreshments.

Faye Trotter and daughter Elizabeth from Dothan visited Fayeâs nephew, Matthew Bundy, and his wife Karla in China Grove, NC, to welcome their new baby boy into the family.

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The Northeast Crenshaw Volunteer Fire Department has received a brush truck. The truck is on loan to the fire department by Sheriff Charles West and the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Department.

We are grateful to the Sheriff for making this truck available to our fire department.

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The monthly Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, which began meeting in May, will be held from 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. on Monday, October 4 (every first Monday of the month) at the John D. Harrison Cultural Center in Luverne.

All mayors, elected officials and citizens of the county are encouraged to attend to pray for county and city leaders in government, schools and churches and for other concerns in the county. A light breakfast will be served.

What a good time it would be for civic involvement in the lives of Petrey residents, as a new Town Council will be inaugurated the following night. And what a good time for us to offer thanks to God for sparing us during Hurricane Ivan!

God bless you all!