NEELY ARTS CENTER STUDENTS ready to perform in the annual hymn festival sponsored by the Alabama Baptist Association at First Baptist Church of Oneonta. The students prepared hymns and scales for the festival and were also asked to sight-read specific hymns. Pictured are (back row from left) Autumn King, Anna Casey, Alana Phillips, and Abby Latta; (front row) Tyler Cardwell and Annie Perrin Grisham. Students of Sara Towns, Ann Casey, Cherie Towns, and Kim Oden, all performed well and received outstanding markings on their evaluations.

GINO D. BAKER, son of Ellen B. Avant of Springville, was promoted to Navy seaman apprentice upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety, and physical fitness. Baker is a 2007 graduate of Springville High School.



WILLIAM A. BURKETT has joined the United States Army under the delayed entry program, which gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel, and become eligible to receive up to $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialties prior to being assigned to permanent duty stations. Son of Debra Missildine of Trafford, Burkett will report to Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., for basic training in January 2009. TALENTED VOCAL STUDENTS from the Neely Arts Center gather to present their annual program for the Women’s Federation meeting. The five voice students of Lynda Rhymes showcased were (from left) Lea Ivy Rhymes, Heather Scott, Amber Vise, instructor Rhymes, Anna Rhymes, and Leah Wiginton.