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Metro Albany Briefs - April 16, 2014

Government leaders to kick off Stash the Trash weekend

ALBANY — Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard and Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will join other elected officials, city and county department heads and government employees at 9 a.m. Friday on front of the Government Center to kick off Stash the Trash activities.

This group will meet at 222 Pine Ave. to be the lead team in removing unsightly litter during Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup event.

The community wide event will be Saturday. Anyone not part of a team can join Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard’s team at 9 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Lexington Drive.

Last year, 2,247 volunteers removed 31.74 tons of litter from more than 158 miles of roadside. More than 2,400 volunteers have already signed up for this year’s event. For more information, call (229) 430-5257.

Bark in the Park set Saturday in Sylvester

SYLVESTER — Billed as “the most fun your dog can have in a day,” Bark in the Park is scheduled Saturday at the Agricultural Pavilion in Worth County.

The facility is located at Georgia Highway 313 and Rebecca Road. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. More than 30 vendors have signed up to participate, including seven food vendors.

Included in the list of activities is a 5k Run, a one-mile fun run, pet adoptions, the Mutt Maze, demonstrations and more.

For additional information, call (229) 777-7774.

Baptist ministers plan communion, Good Friday services

ALBANY — Members of the Albany Baptist Ministers’ Conference have announced plans for their pre-Easter services this week.

Communion services are planned at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 901 Westover Blvd. The message will be delivered by the Rev. Henry Flowers, pastor of First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge.

Good Friday services will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the same location. The message will be delivered by Pastor B.R. Fulton of Tampa, Fla. The midday worship service is held in recognition of the crucifixion.

The local Baptist Ministers group meets each Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Cutliff Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 512 Corn Ave.

New online courses offer ASU students more flexibility

ALBANY _ Albany State University now offers new online courses that allow students additional flexibility in completing their core classes outside of the traditional classroom. Through a portal called eCore, classes such as English Composition I & II, College Algebra, History, Psychology and Chemistry are now available. That means students can fast track the freshman and sophomore years by completing their collegiate careers in an online environment.

The same material presented during the regular college terms is available in several different formats throughout the year under eCore. Courses are also offered in 10 week modules during the summer semester.

ASU students who are starting college or resuming college after a break have the flexibility to study in any location desired through eCore and are able to seamlessly transfer accredited online courses to the University. To do so students must first be admitted to regular status at ASU. All current ASU students enrolling in eCore courses must have a 2.0 or higher GPA; also additional advisement and enrollment restrictions apply. For example, students cannot enroll for an eCore course to repeat a class after previously earning a “D” or “F”. Students interested in eCore should seek academic advisement.

For more information, visit www.asurams.edu or email ecore@asurams.edu.