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Wednesday
Apr302014

President declares disaster for Arkansas  

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 27, 2014. 

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Faulkner County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency work for damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Faulkner County.  

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Timothy J. Scranton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Scranton said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

– This is a news release from the FEMA News Desk

 

Monday
Mar312014

Patterson trains, shares burdens of women in Ukraine

Patterson (left wearing red hat) speaking to a group of Ukrainian women.

Keith Collier
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

FORT WORTH, Texas – During a recent visit to Ukraine, March 10-12, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary First Lady Dorothy Patterson provided biblical training for women from across the country and empathized with the struggles of these women at such a critical time in their nation’s history.

Ukranian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine, invited Patterson to speak to women about themes of biblical womanhood. Seminary president and Southwestern Seminary graduate Yarslov Pyzh has led the seminary to start a women’s studies track.

“We’re working on helping them develop a certificate of study that will give them courses helpful in their woman-to-woman ministries,” Patterson said.

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Thursday
Mar202014

Leaked docs, lawsuit fuel fire at La. College

PINEVILLE, La.  – A spate of leaked documents continues to fuel controversy at Louisiana College (LC), the Baptist Message reported March 13. Information from confidential meetings, letters from an attorney, a never-filed lawsuit and other documents have been made public over the past several weeks, the newspaper said.

Aguillard

The primary outlet of the leaked information has been from Baptist pastor and Williams Baptist College graduate, J.D. Hall of Montana. Hall is an outspoken critic of the LC Board of Trustees, its president Joe Aguillard and Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) Executive Director David Hankins, the Baptist Message said. In a related matter, Timothy Johnson, former executive vice president at the college, filed a lawsuit against the LBC-affiliated school March 11 claiming wrongful termination after he filed a whistleblower report alleging misconduct by the school’s president, the Associated Baptist Press reported.

Thursday
Mar202014

BP alumnus attorney resigns national board

ATLANTA – A member of the Brewton-Parker College National Alumi Board has resigned, citing disagreement with the school’s current administration. Atlanta-area attorney Jeff Dickerson made the announcement on Facebook March 10, “I am very thankful for the valuable life lessons I learned while attending Brewton-Parker College. However, I am saddened and embarrassed by the new administration and by the direction in which the school is moving. Accordingly, I today tendered my resignation from the National Alumni Board.” Dickerson’s resignation comes about three months after Ergun Caner was elected president of the Georgia Baptist college by a unanimous vote of the college’s trustees. Critics accuse Caner of embellishing his background as a former Muslim who converted to Christianity. 

Thursday
Mar202014

Study: Millennials less likely to believe in God 

MILLENNIALS, those born after 1980, are more likely to not believe in God and be unsure about the beliefs they have; 11 percent say they don’t believe in God, while 28 percent say they believe, but they’re not certain, a new Pew Research study says.

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