Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28.2009

Todays speakers at Kiwanis were Elaine Henderson and Nikki Formwalt from the Child Advocacy Center. They handle over 3,00 cases of child abuse every year in Mobile. The horrific statistics are that 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. And what makes it worse is that 90% of the children never report their abuser. It is vital that parents take that, perhaps awkward, but important step to inform their children of this crime and the warning signs so they may be aware. I'm sure our group will vote to donate money to the Child Advocacy Center at a subsequent meeting.
This afternoon I attended the funeral for Mrs. Mildred Smallwood, one of the key stakeholders and influential citizens of Chickasaw. Some rather heart rendering rememberances were given by her sons and an appropriate eulogy was done by Dr. Ervin Dailey. Our state
representative, Randy Davis sang two beautiful songs and played a trumpet fanfare to her life at the end of the service.
Later this afternoon, the Utilities Board voted on an emergency repair for Highway 43 sewer line which was then additionaly voted and approved by the council. The top of the concrete pipe has collapsed due to Hydrogen Sulphide corrosion and the cost to repair will be $44,000.

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