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BLACK HISTORY MONTH A legacy of government and politics

BY CAROLYN GRIFFIN The Greenville Standard   As with education, there are so many influential Blacks who have played a role in government/politics of Butler County, it is impossible to cite them all in one publication. A few of the legacies not covered, but their names should be mentioned, include former Greenville City Councilmen Jeddo…

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Fort brings home the stars

BY JEANNE K. CALLEN The Greenville Standard   On Friday, Feb. 5, Margo Fort loaded two large tubs of camellia blooms carefully nestled in cotton batting into her car, and headed to Brookhaven Miss. for the 68th Annual Camellia Show presented by the Brookhaven Camellia Society, held Saturday, Feb. 6. This was the first camellia…

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State Senate passes COVID-19 protection

By William Heartsill The first bill passed by the Alabama Senate was SB 30 by Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), legislation to shield organizations and groups from lawsuits related to the pandemic. Entities covered under this legislation include businesses, nonprofits, LLCs, health care providers, educational entities, churches, governmental entities, and cultural institutions operating in this state,…

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GPD offers warrant amnesty

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   The Greenville Police Department is partnering with the District Attorney’s office to provide an opportunity for individuals to pay off outstanding warrants at a reduced rate, according to a press release by Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn. Lovvorn stated, “If you qualify, you may receive as much as…

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McKenzie School closed due to COVID-19

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   McKenzie School will be closed temporarily from Feb. 8 until Feb. 12 due to an increased level of COVID-19 exposures. A press release from the Butler County School System (BCSS) on Friday, Feb. 5 stated, “During this time students will continue the learning process from their homes. “Staff…

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH A legacy of education

BY CAROLYN GRIFFIN The Greenville Standard   For this week’s review of Black history in Butler County, the focus is upon education and a bit of the historical legacy of some of the educators and the learning institutions in our beloved county. To follow are their remembrances.   WILLIE MAE ROBINSON I began my teaching…

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Warrant amnesty period begins

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Do you have outstanding warrants in Butler County? Now is the time to take care of them. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the District Attorney’s Office and hosting a warrant amnesty program through April 30. Sheriff Danny Bond said, “We are reaching out to the…

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Blooms along The Camellia Trail

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   The picture of the week from The Camellia Trail was taken from the west side of historic Pioneer Cemetery looking north along the wrought iron fence lining South Park Street. Established in 1819, it is Greenville’s oldest cemetery and the site location for the Confederate Hospital from 1861-1865.…

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH A legacy of music

BY CAROLYN GRIFFIN The Greenville Standard   I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to share Black History Moments during the month of February. As usual, I had a plan for the first article, but God had a different plan. Music has always been and will always be an important part of Black…

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COVID-19 closes GMS until Feb. 15

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   A press release by the Butler County School System (BCSS) on Saturday, Jan. 30, stated that Greenville Middle School’s buildings will be closed to students beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 12 due to an increased level of COVID-19 exposures within the school. It explained, that during the closure,…

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