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Talladega Daily Home (Newspaper) - November 15, 2012, Talladega, AlabamaSports lady bulldogs open season tonight Page 1bst. Clair county commission sworn in Talladega tha approves residents of year Talladega co arts extravaganza saturday 3a 3a 4a your Hometown newspaper for Talladega and St. Clair counties the daily Home 75 cents thursday november 15, 2012alabama governor advocates Prek expansion by Phillip Rawls associated press Montgomery a the governor has added his voice to business and education leaders calling for an expansion of Alabama a Small pre kindergarten program for 4-year-Olds. A if we Are going to improve the lives of people of this state i believe we need to do everything that we can in Prek education a gov. Robert Bentley said. He said Prek education is especially helpful to chamber gearing up for a storybook Christmas Parade by Emily Adams Home staff writer Sylacauga applications for Sylacauga a 34th annual Christmas Parade Are due monday and the event is already shaping up to be a Holiday treat. Chamber of Commerce director Carol Bates said three bands and several Large floats from local businesses and industries have already committed to participate in the dec. 4 Parade. This years theme is a a storybook participants can choose any song or Story idea to design their float around. A a it a up to them to interpret the theme however they want a Bates said. See Parade Page 8a children who Haven to been read to regularly by their parents and it gets them ready to learn in id Dergar ten. A i think Prek education to be honest with you is More important than the Reading initiative a the Republican governor told the Birmingham business Alliance on tuesday. The Alabama Reading initiative operates in elementary schools statewide and is credited with helping improve children a Reading scores. Alabama began a voluntary Prek program in the 2000-2001 school year. It is operated through the governors office of school Readi Ness rather than the state department of fax location and it has received $19.1 million in state funding for each of the last two years. The voluntary program serves 3,900 children or about 6 percent of Alabama a 4-year-Olds. They attend classes in 217 Public private and Faith based Prek classrooms. The National Institute for Early education research has ranked Alabama a program among the Best in Quality and worst in accessibility because of its Small size. A coalition of business leaders children a advocates educators and others Are working through the Alabama school readiness Alliance to try to persuade the legislature to add $12.5 million a year for 10 years to make the program available to All 4-year-Olds. The state Board of education has recommended a $5 million increase for the 2013-2014 school year. State superintendent of education Tommy Bice called it a a stake in the Bentley said he would like to put More Money into the program next year but he int saying How much he will recommend to the legislature when it convenes in february to write the budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The chairman or the state Senate a education budget committee. Republican trip Pittman of Montrose said wednesday a the voluntary Prek program has shown a lot of value and deserves additional funding in the Long he said state officials Are looking to see if there is new coat Bob Crisp the daily Home Chris Hazelwood and Johnny Wiggins put a fresh coat of paint on the Hackney foundation House on Cherry Street. The building houses the aids Talladega regional Center. Money that can be shifted from other programs to Prek finding next year and also making sure the Money will be available in future years. He called both a $5 million and a $12.5 million increase reasonable. But he said a from a budget chairman a standpoint $5 million is More Likely than $12 both Pittman and Bentley said they want the program to remain voluntary. A we done to want to Force any Parent to Send their children to Prek if they done to want to a Bentley said. Curtis unhappy with local agencies response to reef Issue by Aziza Jackson Home staff writer Talladega county Clara Curtis of Sylacauga had a few Choice words for the Talladega county commissions handling of the reef disaster that has affected thousands of Sylacauga residents at wednesday evenings commission meeting. Curtis expressed her disappointment in the commission and local government agencies for the neglect of the residents left in the aftermath of toxic fumes from a Ftp. A gentlemen this is a very serious problem we have a Curtis said. �?o7 his is our environment this is what we breathe this is what we see response Page 8a Civitano sending care packages to us soldiers by David Atchison Home staff writer Pell City one local organization is making sure area children and soldiers overseas have a merry Christmas. The Pell City civitan club is participating in a statewide program to help support and boost the morale of troops overseas with care boxes made up especially for the men and women in the armed forces serving in Afghanistan. A a it san ongoing program a said David Mumblo the state commander for the am vets. A a it a not just for the Carolyn Carroll Secretary for the club said the 21 members of the club volunteered to fill a certain number of boxes for the troops. Various local businesses donated Money and gifts for the boxes. In All Carroll said the club was Able to fill about 85 care boxes for soldiers. The boxes contained personal items like snacks cookies books and other Home items. A we try to Send them to the Chaplin of the units a Mumblo said. A they know who the boxes should go at the civitan club meeting wednesday rep. Rod Scott a Fairfield presented a $500 Check from the House democratic caucus to help pay for the postage for the care boxes. The civitan club is David Atchison the daily Home members of the Pell City civitan club helped fill 85 care boxes to Send to. Troops in Afghanistan. Pictured from left is Lance Latham chief of staff for the Alabama House of representatives office of the minority Leader David Mumblo commander of the state am vets organization and Melissa Thomas the c commander for the am vets Post 25, with Pell City civitan club members. On the far see Civitano Page 8a right with the Civitano is rep. Rod Scott a Fairfield. Inside editorial.9a lifestyles.4 a sports.1b-4b Community Calendar .3a dear abby.6b comic television 6b classified.7b-8b see obituaries rage 2 weather opinion sunny with a High near 58. Cloudy with a Low around 38. Calm wind. Sunny with a High near 60. Secession petitions should we laugh or cry please Recycle Page 9a online at 66000 02225 More than 5,000 copies of the daily Home bring the news free to students each week you can help while you Ore on vacation Send your newspaper off to school in Educ Talladega 362-1000 Pell City 884-3400 Sylacauga 249-4311

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