Albany Area Briefs - April 20, 2014

ACRI hosting political forum Tuesday evening

ALBANY — The Albany Civil Rights Institute will host a political forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 326 Whitney Ave.

All candidates for Dougherty County Commission chairman, County Commission, School Board, Georgia House Districts 152, 153 and 149 and Senate seat 12 have been invited to participate.

“This will not be a debate,” said W. Frank Wilson of ACRI. “This forum will allow candidates to present themselves, their platform and their vision for our community.”

The event will include a question-and-answer period with all questions being submitted to the moderator.

Darton scholarship gala scheduled May 15

ALBANY — The Darton College Foundation will host its 7th Annual Scholarship Gala on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena. Tickets for the Gala are on sale now for $125 per person.

The gala offers dinner and entertainment by “Memories of Motown.” The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and a silent auction where guests will have the opportunity to bid on an Argentina dove hunt, weekend stays at the beach or Lake Blackshear, rounds of golf at Nonami Plantation, and much more.

The Darton State College Foundation’s annual gala produces revenue which provides scholarships for students.

Various levels of sponsorships are available. Tickets can be purchased at www.dartonfoundation.org/gala. The event is black tie optional. For information on sponsorships and tickets, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 229-317-6595.

Albany Tech to plant tree Monday in Arbor Day celebration

ALBANY _ Albany Technical College, a Tree Campus USA, will celebrate Arbor Day on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. on the grounds north of the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology Building, by planting a tree.

George Paul, Environmental Horticulture instructor at Albany Tech, has selected a live oak, which is the Georgia state tree. The tree will be planted in the large span of grounds between the Center for Excellence in Technology and the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology building.

Albany Technical College also celebrates another year of being named a Tree Campus USA. The College has been named Tree Campus USA since 2008 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

CASA to host orientation for volunteers to work with abused children

ALBANY — Dougherty Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a division of Lily Pad Inc., will host an orientation on May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lily Pad Inc, 320 W. Second Ave., for anyone interested in becoming a CASA advocate.

CASA is a non profit organization that trains volunteers to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children that find themselves in foster care here. Volunteers are appointed by a juvenile court judge and serve each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

Holli Reksten, CASA program manager, said the volunteer, for many of the abused children, is the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Anyone who needs additional information can contact Reksten at (229) 435-0074.

Albany NAACP chapter appoints interim president

ALBANY — Derrick Linkhorn has been named interim president of the Albany-Dougherty chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Linkhorn, a 1979 graduater of Westover High School, previously was chairma of U.A.W. Local 472 in Atlanta for 20 years and recently moved back to Albany. Linkhorn is a member of River Road Church of Christ and serves as a mentor in youth sports.