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roots to make history. Williams said "If President Obama can raise $700 million, surely we can raise $5 million to get Tia on the track. We have a good team and

I think with the public's help we can get Tia on the track and testing in two weeks. "To ensure the success of this effort to fundraise," says Hayes, CEO of Tiapower.com, "we have inked a lucrative deal with Alvin Kline, the social media guru and

wed success agency team to head this unique grassroots online crown funding campaign." Hayes continues, "I am confident that Alvin Kline along with Team Tia and the additional benefits and memorabilia we are offering the donors at Tiapower.

com should allow us the chance to find out." As Tia prepares to take the wheel, the world holds on and wonders if the community that she supports will support her. The answer awaits at the finish line.

Remembering Donna Summer: The Queen of Disco (1948 - 2012) Disco queen Donna Summer, ing and that they "are at peace whose pulsing anthems such as celebrating her extraordinary "Last Dance," ''Love life and her continued to Love You Baby" legacy." and "Bad Girl" be"Words truly can't came the soundtrack express how much we for a glittery age of appreciate your prayers sex, drugs, dance and and love for our family flashy clothes, has at this sensitive time," died. She was 63. the statement read. Her family released She had been living in Donna Summer a statement, saying Englewood, Fla., with her Summer died Thursday mornhusband Bruce Sudano.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her beauty queen looks. Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals - her bedroom moans and sighs - as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself. "Love to Love You Baby," with its erotic moans, was her first hit and one of the most

scandalous songs of the polyester-and-platform-heel era. Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound. She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with "She Works Hard For The Money," which became another anthem, this time for women's rights.

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Come Celebrate Juneteenth On Sat. June 16 And Share What Freedom Means To You Springfield, MO—Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The City of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Springfield Regional Arts Council invite you to celebrate and share in what freedom means to you! The event is Saturday, June 16, 2012, Noon - 6 p.m. at Silver Springs Park, 1300 N. National Ave., Springfield, MO If you are interested in contributing via spoken word, singing, musical performances or by hosting a booth, please contact Cheryl Clay at (417)873-6386.

Discovery Center is hosting traveling exhibit this summer RACE: Are We So Different? Springfield, MO—Exhibit opened on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Discovery Center of Springfield. Discovery Center of Springfield will be among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States when the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opens. A project of AmeriContinued on page 10

Neal Chosen To Be Inducted Into Sports Hall Of Fame by Mia Jackson Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer Evangel University’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach , Leon Neal has been chosen as a 2012 Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Neal becomes the third ever from Evangel to be inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. “Being a black man is not easy, so I don’t take this achievement lightly,” Neal said. Neal said the door has been opened for others who might think they can’t follow in his footsteps. “Black young men should look at me and see that with their God-given talents they can do it too, Neal said. Anyone has the capacity to be great.” Neal has spent 18 years as Evangel’s head women's basketball coach. He said his coaching success has been the result of a lot of hard work, discipline and wisdom from God. Hard work has resulted in Neal’s unprecedented success which includes a career record of 380-208, eight conference championships, nine NAIA national tournament championships, two NAIA Final Fours , and being named Heart of America coach of the year six

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times. “Basketball is a metaphor of life, Neal said. There are failures and successes. You can’t be afraid to fail.” Neal’s success began long before he became Evangel’s head coach. He played for Evangel. In fact, Neal still holds the record for the second highest total points scored in a single season. Neal also played professionally in Europe for seven years. “I’ve learned that preparation will take you a lot farther than talent,” Neal said. His success in part, can be credited to three principles he lives by: be strong in your faith, be true to yourself, and be passionate about your work. Neal explained that for him,

coaching goes beyond basketball fundamentals because he strives to give his players tools for life. Neal explained that service is an important part of his life. Recently, Neal and Evangel women’s basketball team returned from a service trip to Guatemala. He is also actively involved in Springfield Police Department’s gang task force and regularly speaks to youth about drug and alcohol abuse. “I hope what I have done over time, will place me in God’s Hall of Fame,” Neal said. The induction ceremony is scheduled for September 25th at University Plaza. For more information please contact Evangel Athletics at 865-2815.


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President Obama Announces Historic Support of Gay Marriage WASHINGTON—"I would have News that his hand was forced preferred to have done this in by Biden, though he said his my own way, in my own vice president spoke terms, without I think, out in support of samethere being a lot of sex marriage out of a notice to everybody." "generosity of spirit." Obama said. "But all's The president made well that ends well." his historical endorseObama, who was ment on the eve of a ready to dive into and sold-out fundraiser at embrace Hollywood's the Los Angeles home Barack Obama wealthy elite at a gala of movie star George fund-raising event, said he had Clooney. The timing of the planned to announce his supevent is creating a blockbuster port for gay marriage before confluence of high celebrity, big his party's convention in early money and committed activism. September. But he told ABC Hollywood is home to some of

Welcome Wagon Reception Is June 15 Springfield, MO— “The Gathering” will host a “Welcome Wagon Reception” to welcome new arrivals to the Springfield, Missouri area. The event is co-sponsored by Q’ Enoteca and Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar. The welcoming will take place on June 15, 2012 at the new “C-Street Event Center” located at 306 Commercial Street, Springfield, MO 65803. The Welcome Wagon

Reception starts at 6:00 P.M. The Gathering encourages new residents of diverse backgrounds that moved to the Springfield area within the past 18 months to contact Wes Pratt at 417.873.6386 or wesesq@hotmail.com if you plan to attend. The Gathering also encourages elected and appointed officials, local businesses, community and faith-based organizations to join us in welcoming our new Springfieldians.

Step, Shuffle & Zumba!!! Come join us at the Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 16 in Silver Springs Park in a community-wide demonstration of physical fitness and fun. We will be incorporating the popular Cupid Shuffle, R Kelly, Step In The Name Of Love, and the Zumba Workout. This activity is part of Project HELP which stands for: Healthy Eating, Lifestyles, and Physical Activity. It is also an effort targeting the African American community using the Project H.E.L.P principles of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention. This project is presented by the Springfield NAACP and other local collaborating organizations. This activity will start at 12:55 p.m. For more information contact Cheryl Clay, Springfield NAACP Chapter President, clay_naacp4081 or (417) 873-6386.

the most high-profile backers of gay marriage and the 150 donors who are paying $40,000 to attend Clooney's dinner will no doubt feel newly invigorated by Obama's watershed announcement the day before. Even though Obama doesn't have the power to make samesex marriage legal, his announcement was the first by a sitting president.

Gay rights advocates, who had long urged Obama to state his support, immediately cheered his declaration. Obama's re-election campaign also quickly sought to take advantage of Obama's embrace of gay marriage and draw a sharp contrast with the president's Republican rival Mitt Romney.

First Black Female NASCAR Driver Seeks Support Nationwide -- Professional NASCAR driver Bill Lester makracecar driver Tia Norfleet has ing that race historical. It was visions of giving to a community the only time in NASCAR histhat supports her. As the first, tory that two African-Americans youngest and only African-Amer- drivers have competed at the ican female driver on the NASsame time. CAR circuit, Tia Norfleet has set With many accolades of her the stage to opening own including being the doors of diversity spokesperson for the in a highly controverSafe America Diving sial and predominately program, and appearmale oriented sport. ing in commercials With lawsuits that such as the Verizon have been filed as well wireless, numerous by other minorities, magazine ads and which have accused radio and television Tia Norfleet NASCAR of racial disinterviews. Tia Norfleet crimination, many people wonhas given Black women everyder why and how can Norfleet where new hope in following compete in this division of ractheir dreams. ing. "It is sheer passion and inThe million dollar question stinct that drives this youngster that many people ask is, will to want to compete in this sport, the NASCAR community acshe was born to compete," says cept Tia for who she is, and that Isaac Hayes, spokesperson/ is according to Hayes, a true CEO of the online fund raising competitor. "Our goal is to raise organization, Tiapower.com. funds needed for everyone to Norfleet comes from a family find out," says Edward Williams, with a history in racing. Her founder of the medium sized father Bobby Norfleet made his marketing company Team Tia. NASCAR debut at the Portland Taking a page out of the International Raceway road country's 44th President Barack course on March 26, 2000, Obama's playbook, going grasswhere he competed against continued from page 12

ROAD WORK NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Paper bids not exceeding a monetary value of $250,000 and electronic bids submitted through the BidExpress website for constructing or improving Route OO & 125, Job J8S2470, Greene County, will be received by the Commission until 11:00 o'clock a.m. (prevailing local time) on 6/29/2012. Paper bids not exceeding a monetary value of $250,000 addressed to: STATE OF MISSOURI, acting by and through THE MISSOURI HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Jefferson City, Missouri will be received at the office of the Secretary to the Commission in the Missouri Department of Transportation Central Office Building, 105 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, Missouri. The proposed work includes: Grading, drainage, Optional paving, Add Alt. on the above state road at Rte OO & 125 intersection in Strafford, the total length of the improvement being 0.930 miles. Special Needs: If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify Pamela Harlan, Secretary to the Commission, at (573) 751-2824 or through Missouri Relay System, TDD 1800-735-2966, at least five (5) working days prior to the bid opening you plan to attend. The wage rates applicable to this project have been predetermined as required by law and are set forth in the appendices. When federal wage rates are applicable and included, this contract is subject to the "Work Hours Act of 1962," (P.L. 87-581, 76 State. 357) and implementing regulations. By virtue of statutory authority, preference shall be given on other than Federal Aid Projects, to materials, products, supplies, provisions, and other articles, produced, manufactured, made or grown within the state of Missouri, where same are of a suitable character and can be obtained at reasonable market prices in the state and are of a quality suited to the purpose intended and can be secured without additional cost over foreign products or products of other states. The commission hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, ancestry, or national origin in consideration for an award. Plans and specifications may be inspected in the offices of the Commission at Jefferson City, or the district engineer at Springfield, Missouri. Plans may also be viewed on the Internet at http://modot. indoxservices.com/. Complete instructions to bidders and bidding documents may be obtained at the Jefferson City office. All questions concerning the bid document preparation shall be directed to the Central Office – Design Division at (573) 751-2876. Bids must be on forms provided. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. THE MISSOURI HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Chief Engineer

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continued from page 1 American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday impact of race. "At the Discovery Center of Springfield we're proud to present innovative, cuttingedge exhibits," says Emily Fox, Executive Director. "RACE gives us an opportunity to step up

and be a leader in the museum community when it comes to helping visitors explore race and racism and tackle an issue that's important to our community and our country. Our visitors know we are - and always will be - a place for hands-on science learning that appeals to all ages. We also want them to think and talk about important social issues in which science plays a role, and we want to give them the space and the tools to do that." The RACE exhibit is part of a larger public education project

POSITION TITLE: PRESIDENT Missouri State University seeks an experienced, dynamic leader to implement its long-range plan and help the University achieve its goal of becoming one of the premier metropolitan universities in the country. The 11th President of Missouri State should have experience in developing relationships in a variety of key areas; leading and managing a large, complex organization; successfully managing a complex and challenging financial environment; and also possess the capability to lead a strong academic community, while ensuring that students receive an outstanding education at a fair cost. The 11th President should have a demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment, and also facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. A DISTINCTIVE MISSION Missouri State University is distinguished by its legislatively approved statewide mission in public affairs; its selective admissions criteria; its four campuses (main campus in Springfield, agricultural research campus in Mountain Grove, two-year campus in West Plains; and China Campus in Dalian); its broad array of academic programs from undergraduate through selected clinical doctoral programs; and nationally recognized initiatives such as the IDEA Commons, an urban innovation park that combines the creative areas of Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Art (IDEA), and includes the Jordan Valley Innovation Center. Demographically, financially, and strategically, Missouri State University is well-positioned to face future challenges. STRONG FOUNDATION Enrollment continues to be strong at Missouri State, with increases 13 of the past 15 years. The current total system enrollment is nearly 23,000, including more than 3,300 graduate students and 1,300 international students. While growing, the average ACT of entering freshmen has improved and now stands at 24.1. Missouri State has approximately 800 full-time faculty members and a total operating budget of more than $260 million. Even in difficult economic times, the University has continued to set records for private fund-raising. Sponsored research now tops $20 million annually. With good and conservative management, the University has purposefully increased its fund balance to help address future budget issues. And, Missouri State is located in an economically diverse and growing region of the state and country. MORE INFORMATION For more information about Missouri State, details about the position, the 25-year assumptions, the desired competencies, and other aspects about the Presidential Search process, visit www. missouristate.edu/presidentialsearch/. While nominations and applications will be accepted until the 11th President is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their application materials electronically to the address below by July 13, 2012, to receive optimal consideration. Nominations also are welcomed and encouraged. Mr. John McAlear Secretary to the Board Madison Hall, Room 002 Missouri State University 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, Missouri 65897

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from American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The project is intended to inform and shape the national dialogue about race. In addition to the exhibit, the initiative includes a website, educational materials, and conferences designed to share research and information with the public. Three perspectives on a wide-reaching topic The RACE exhibit addresses the topics of race and racism from three different perspectives. The three sections are interwoven and tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact. • Science: In this section of the exhibit, visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any other living species, and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race. • Histor y: Ideas about race have been around for hundreds of years, and they have changed over time. This section of RACE demonstrates that, throughout American history, economic interests, popular culture, science, politics, and the struggle for power have played a role in shaping our understanding of race. • Ever yday experience: Though race may not be a real biological concept, it certainly is real both socially and culturally. In this section of the exhibit, visitors will explore the personal experiences of race in our schools, neighborhoods, health care systems, sports and entertainment industries, and more. Science Museum exhibit developers, designers, and fabricators have worked hard to make RACE an approachable exhibit that promotes discovery, discussion and reflection. In addition, RACE features the photography of Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie who specializ-

es in documenting the changing cultural landscape of the Twin Cities. His Lake Street USA project transformed six miles of Minneapolis' Lake Street into a public art project that earned national attention in 2000. Additional events during this exhibit Discovery Center After Dark Thursday, June 7th 6:30 - 9:30pm -- Must be 21 and older $10.00 per person. Join us for an evening of fun as science comes alive - just for adults 21 + you can explore all of the exhibits and enjoy RACE: Are We So Different? • Science Cafe - planned for a Thursday in July - Sponsored by Jordan Valley Innovation Center and will be a discussion on the science of race. • Business/ Corporate Events -There are many ways your company can become engaged with this important exhibition. Discovery Center of Springfield is able to customize a corporate experience that can meet your company's goals and budget requirements. Purchase pre-paid admission tickets or reserve a group visit to compliment corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives or training. Visitor Information RACE will be open daily in the Discovery Center and will be in 3 separate galleries on the west side in the LEED ' Gold Certified building. It will run through September 9, 2012 then continue on a tour of museums and science centers across the country. RACE could be closed during special events. Admission to RACE is included in Discovery Center general admission $9.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors, and $7.00 for children ages 3 to 15. For information on corporate events call Charlotte McCoy at 417-862-9910 Ext 713 or check our website at www.discoverycenter.org

IN THIS ISSUE Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley Guest Speaker July 11 by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District If you’re planning your summer schedule of activities now, be sure to pencil this Library event in: Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Library Center. She is the national bestselling author of 21 titles, and her novel, “Let the Church Say Amen,” is being made into a movie of which she is executive producer and actress Regina King is the director. Her teen books, “Nothing But Drama” and “Caught up in the Drama” are also being made into movies. ReShonda’s debut novel, “My Brother’s Keeper,” launched her career with Simon & Schuster/ Pocket Books. ReShonda is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Her books have appeared on the Essence Bestseller’s list more than 20 times, and on The Washington Post and Dallas Morning News Bestsellers lists. • Has your family signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program yet? It runs through Aug. 4, so there’s lots of time to read and be eligible for the great prizes and reading rewards. June is also when the lineup of kids’, teen and adult free programs. Kids have Babaloo, Toucan Jam, Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show and more. Parents can find booklists for their children and online activities at continued on page 5

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Springfield, MO—Dr. Richard more passion * Learn how to Todd Payne presents use your voice from reaching “A Healthy Approach to it’s full potential * Learn Healthy Singing” how to conquer stage The workshop confright * Learn breath sists of: Weekly Hour control Learn proper Lesson, accompanist audition techniques * included. Bi-weekly Learn appropriate repgroup performance ertoire selections and sessions and flexibility so much more. with Summer vacation For more informaDr. Richard T. Payne schedules. tion contact: 217-766Dr. Payne will cover:Learn 9097 or email: to sing with a relaxed throat * ToddPayne@missouristate.edu Learn how to sing with your The cost is $60 per lesson own natural voice * Learn how and is all Inclusive. There are to increase the volume of your also flexible payment options sound. * Learn how to sing with available.

Springfield, MO— The Faith Tabernacle Church invites the community out to share with them in celebrating the 37th Annversary for Bishop Jones and First Lady Dianne Foote and showing them just how much they are loved and appreciated! The Faith Tabernacle Apotalic Church family has been very blessed to be the recipients of their sacrifice and efforts. This is going to be a great event as we show our love and appreciation to these two people, who have given of themselves to this church and the Springfield Community for thirty-seven

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years. Our theme for this occasion is: Relentless Pursuit “Pursuing the Incorruptible Prize with Excellence” I Corinthians 9:25 The dates and our guest speakers are scheduled on: Fri. Evening, June 8, 7 p.m. Bishop Mark C. Tolbert; Sat. Evening June 9, 6 p.m. Bishop Larry Baylor; Sun. Afternoon June 10, 4 p.m. District Elder Morris Brown. Organizers want to thank everyone in advance for your prayers and participation in making this a memorable celebration.

going on big time and the grocery scene has drastically changed in our little town over the past few years. And they all have stepped up the prepared food game big time. The entrance of Hy-Vee into our city as well as the Price Cutter Bistro Market and now the WalMart Fresh Market stores is almost creating a dizzying array of options for the local food scene. And to be candid each one has their strong points and perhaps that is the biggest advice I can give; it is great to know what the food specialty you like from where it is. The Wal-Mart Fresh Stores have some pretty good food offerings as I have visited them in other cities and they can put out some good food though not an extensive selection. I am assuming that everyone has been to the Bistro Market downtown and that a fair number of you have gone to the new Hy-Vee on Battlefield. They cater to a different market which is understandable but each has some great options and affordable meals. The breakfast bar downtown that caters to the bar crowd late at night and everyone else in the morning is pretty good and since you can eat as much as you want pretty sweet on the price. (Just try not to raise your blood pressure on all of the pork) And the lunch and dinner bar is no joke at all with a fantastic array of options designed to satisfy the most discriminating of tastes. What I also like is the food that is cooked to order which is not typical for grocery fare and the chef inspired options that are available. Pretty nice!!! I am not big on olives but there is an olive bar and a great selection of cheeses and the sweets....ugh I better not say too much about the sweets because that will make me want some and they have a great selection and some of them are my favorites...and did I say they have a gelato bar. Well you get the picture and I like the people watching opportunities from the wide expanse of glass storefront at the heart of downtown. Staff are pleasant and work hard to make sure everyone

is satisfied and having a great time. Oh and by the way....just because it is a grocery store if you see a tip jar or some opportunity to show some love to the staff please do ...it is always hip to tip. I kind of look at it like this; when there is a food option that I like I don't want to take advantage of it or take it for granted because I want them to stay open for a long time so I try to always show my appreciation. I don't just assume that since it is a buffet line I don't need to show generosity. Now let me go back to the point I lightly made earlier. In the array of grocery stores it is helpful to know what you like from where. I already gave a shout out to Wal-Mart for the chicken tenders...they are good. I like Dillon's for the fried chicken... it is almost finger licking good...aw schucks...it is finger licking good I like mine every time!! But if you want to get blown away with the food offerings from sushi to Asian to homestyle to seafood to everything in between the Hy-Vee is a pretty spectacular place. Yes you have to deal with Battlefield and the big parking lot, but we are in a city and that goes along with it. You can satisfy every taste requirement in your family with all of the options that are available from the little ones to the big ones. Some of the dishes here are really restaurant meals in any other place but here they are ready and prepared and you can grab it and go. And yes at all of these places as they have improved the seating areas they have become more inviting if you want to sit down and actually eat your hot food at the grocery store. Rumor has it that the Springfield reception to Hy-Vee has been incredible and they want to get going on their second location in Stown. I get a little nervous because I don't want to see any of our traditional favorites in town negatively affected but clearly the grocery store gods are looking intently at Springfield and throwing up stores wherever they can. In the short term we all benefit with wonderful selection and great pricing and look for the food rotations at each store. Yes I know they have pizza and so many other foods that I haven't

mentioned but I am not trying to critique the options but mention that this is a great affordable way to get a lot of options that are already prepared and everyone can get their favorite. (and by he way I like the pizza at the Wal-Mart Fresh Store) But I will mention that the stores that throw the big cookers out front and smoke the ribs and the brats and burgers my car automatically turns into the parking lot and I jump in line. Seriously that is one of my favorite things that the grocery stores do and it says to me that it is time to get my summer on! Plus the prices are usually pretty great. I wasn't always a fan of the grocery store hot meals or cold ones for that matter to take home but the game has been stepped up so much that this has become a serious force to be reckoned with in a town that

loves its food. I am not forgetting or trying to omit Harter House or Moma Jean's but this is a column on the larger grocery stores but I think it goes without saying that Moma Jeans is hitting it hard on the health and organic side but the grocery stores are trying to bark back strong as well. If you haven't why not these summer months check out the many wonderful food opportunities at the many grocery store options in town. Why not just do a small grocery store tour and find the favorites for yourself? And by the way with all of these grocery dollars being spent in Stown can Whole Foods be too many years away? I'm just saying!!! Would you like to go out to dinner with me tonight? And oh did I mention we are going to our grocery store? 4 Forks!

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “Bully” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

stay home a month from school because they are afraid due to the bullying they experience. The Summer shout out to all the film is produced by Sundance and readers of this column and we have Emmy award winning filmmaker some major blockbusters comLee Hirsch. This is an issue that ing out this summer so we have we need to discuss and share with non-stop opportunities our community and talk to see the latest action to our children about. paced Hollywood money The stories in this film are maker!!!! beyond moving... they are But first on the seriunspeakable. ous side.... I received I love the power of film a beautiful letter from to inspire and change and a Mrs. Norma Duncan while we usually focus on here in Springfield and the super films there are it is such an honor to certainly those times that make your acquainwe need to allow film to Lyle Foster tance. She is an avid provoke us and to change reader of this column and the food us for the better and Bully is one of column and I appreciate all of the those films. Please try to see it and kind words that she shared. talk about it and thank you Mrs. Her request was to mention Bully Duncan. to all of the readers. And in case Let me also mention that there you haven't read about it or seen are a few films that have passed us it. This is a powerful documenby but at least you can be looking tary about this tragic problem in out for them in other venues. Yes, our society. We had a brief run the right Reverend ...the Dr. ...the of the film here in Springfield but Bishop T.D. Jakes is back out with let's keep our eyes open in case it another installment of the "Woman, makes it to the second run screens Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh or when it is on the rental market. Day" series. Do you know how sometimes The movie was made in a you have to watch something relatively short time ( a month) because it is the right thing to do and has a plot around child abducand not because it makes you feel tion. It is based in New Orleans good? This is what Bully is... a real and has a plot involving the permovie about real people who have fect family until tragedy and crisis been bullied and whose lives have strike. Starring in the film are been horribly impacted and someBlair Underwood, Sharon Leal and times with permanent results. Nicole Behari. According to the film over 13 And before I run out of space million kids are bullied each year in yes I have seen The Avengers and our country and 3 million students Battleship. I will say it again... I did

see The Avengers and Battleship. Neither movie needs any help from me as the Avengers has had record breaking results and the accompanying frenzy. I love Samuel Jackson but the black coats are getting old... time for a wardrobe change... lol... he is always a solid actor and the super heroes... well a little too much and the humor.. please leave to the comedians. I hate to go here but this time I started to wonder do any people of color have super powers? I really didn't even get into the movie until the last 40 minutes when New York city was blowing up. But of course I get it we have to have a few of those movies every © 2012 year and now we have had it for 2012 but the way it ended we can bet on another installment as soon as the computer graphics folks can reboot. And I am nervous about giving my opinion about Battleship because there maybe some Rihanna fans about. First the movie is totally mindless entertainment... I am getting worried that if we get another movie about aliens

by Mia Jackson- Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer from outer space that they really are going to come to Earth to just set the record straight. But the fight and pot of this lizard creature encounter was almost preposterous. And Rihanna is a force on the music stage but she doesn't have a career yet as an actress. Suggestion to Hollywood... give mega stars a small well acted role and put them in classes and development for larger roles until they are ready. Plus there are so many talented folks who need to get a chance for a breakthrough role. Is it all about the money?... Dumb question... answer... yes. Well you can save yours and wait for it at the Palace Theatre or on Redbox. Try to see Bully and T. D. Jakes and see you next month... and yes we have Men in Black 3 (can you believe they are doing another one of those... answer yes... I'm not mad at you Will) Batman and Spiderman and who knows what else in the next few months... so it's gonna be fun.!

“Grocery Store Eating”— Food Review by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Yes you read it right and it is not always a popular thing to admit but the idea of eating a meal at the grocery store is a hip thing to do for more and more people now. Why? Why not? Grocery stores have been stepping up their game for quite awhile now and the increasing focus on take-out food, cooking classes,

gourmet offerings, food bars and ever more popular menus makes grocery store shopping nothing like it was when our mothers used to take us by the hand screaming through the cereal aisles!!!! You remember that don't you? And if we are really honest we probably have found ourselves even occasionally heading to the grocery store for a meal... yes tell the truth and shame the devil. I have seen

some of you at the Wal-Mart getting those chicken tenders!!! I'm keeping it real here. I have a few grocery stores that I go to for a sneak meal... do you know what a sneak meal is... that is when you go out to eat and you hope nobody sees you...hahaha. I go to one grocery store for the breakfast bar and to another for a turkey burger on occasion. So as we march into summer I want to talk about some options that

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are great so you don't have to spend all of the nice summer weather cooking in your kitchen and also at an affordable price... let's face it, Stown is all about the casual and sometimes you are hungry but not quite into the getting ready to go out and go through the whole wait thing to get your eat on. Also in case you haven't noticed there is a grocery store war gocontinued on page 9

Tracy Carrasquillo has joined Western & Southern Financial Group as a sales representative serving southwest Missouri. “I make sure my services are of benefit and importance to my clients,” Carrasquillo said. Carrasquillo customizes financial plans for families and individuals which include supplemental life insurance, annuities, and IRAs. She encourages individuals to evaluate their own financial stability and make budget adjustments that ensure financial stability during difficult times. “I discourage impulse buys, they don’t usually end up covering all the needs, Carrasquillo said. Take time to see what is going on in your situation.” Additionally, Carrasquillo assists small businesses in creating

continued from page 3 thelibrary.org/dreambig. Teens have special programs including local teen rock band Supercharge! in concert June 15 and June 22. A booklist and registration form is at thelibrary. org/ownthenight. They can enter weekly drawings for fun prizes, and an Aug. 6 drawing will award one winner a nook.

Adults can register for their program at any library branch and Mobile Library and enter weekly drawings. The grand prize drawing after Aug. 4 will award a $50 gift certificate to the Between Friends Gift Shops to one person at each branch. The full lineup for all ages is in the Bookends catalog, available at every library branch and the Mobile Library. Or go to thelibrary.org/programs.

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benefits plans. Carrasquillo is a St. Louis, Missouri native. She has lived in Springfield for approximately one year. During her spare time Carrasquillo enjoys spending time with family, traveling, outdoor activities, and cheering on the Pittsburg Steelers. For a free financial evaluation or additional information you may contact her at (417) 379-0337.

Vacation Bible School Starts At Deliverance Temple Sat. June 9 Springfield, MO—Deliverance Temple Ministries, 2101 West Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO will host a Vacation Bible School Carnival and Registration at the church campus on Saturday, June 9th, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. This registration is for the upcoming Vacation Bible School for all youth ages 3 to 14. The Carnival/Registration Day will consists of a bounce house, face painting, basketball, sac races and refreshments. Vacation Bible School will begin June 13 – 15 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) from 6 p.m. to

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8 p.m. nightly. Each evening will be filled with Bible adventures, music, refreshments and loads of fun. All kids ages 3 to 14 will need to be registred on Saturday, June 9th For more information about the registration and the Vacation Bible School call 417-374-7179 or 417-865-4338. Deliverance Temple Ministries: Bishop David Knox, Jr. Senior Pastor; Pastor David Huskisson, Director of Christian Education; Dr. Pearl Green, VBS Director

Minorities In Business monthly networking meeting

What: Networking & Guest Speaker When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Q Enoteca • Anyone interested in business is welcome. 308 West Commercial Street For more information call: (417) 861-0760

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Missouri State University is currently recruiting diverse staff and faculty to add to the growing University system.

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A Directory of local and regional health resources AIDS Federal hotline; 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays. 1-800-590-AIDS (2437) Local office: 417-881-1900 Alzheimer’s Disease 1-800-272-3900 American Stroke Association Learn more about strokes by calling 1-888-4-STROKE Cancer Resource Network 1-800-227-2345 Diabetes Hotline Division of Cox Medical Center North 417-269-3737 Medicare Information Medicare Information Hotline 1-800-494-7355 Mental Health Crisis Hotline Counseling needs & crisis intervention 1-800-494-7355 National Parkinson Foundation Education, announcements, links to related sites 1-800-327-4545 www.parkinson.org OTC Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides low cost dental care for adults and children; performed by students under the supervision of faculty and local dentists. Cleanings, X-rays and exams For adults $50. for children $35. Call 417-447-8835 to make appt. DHSS/ Office Of Minority Health The mission is to eliminate health disparities through assertive leadership, advocacy support, and visible interaction with minority communities in Missouri. The Southwest Alliance meeting is held every other month on the last Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.in Springfield at the Deliverance Temple Campus 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Call: 1-800-877-3180

Health & MentalFitness Aging and Health: You and Your Medicines by US Department of Health & Human Services As you age, it is important to know about your medicines to avoid possible problems. As you get older you may be faced with more health conditions that you need to treat on a regular basis. It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions. The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems with medicines. As you age, body changes can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used. For example, changes in the digestive system can affect how fast medicines enter the bloodstream. Changes in body weight can influence the amount of medicine you need to take and how long it stays in your body. The circulation system may slow down, which can affect how fast drugs get to the liver and kidneys. The liver and kidneys also may work more slowly affecting the way a drug breaks down and is removed from the body. Because of these body changes, there is also a bigger risk of drug interactions for older adults. Drug-drug interactions happen when two or more medicines react with each other to cause unwanted effects. This kind of interaction can also cause one medicine to not work as well or even make one medicine stronger than it should be.

For example, you should not take aspirin if you are taking a prescription blood thinner, such as Warfarin, unless your health care professional tells you to. Drug-condition interactions

happen when a medical condition you already have makes certain drugs potentially harmful. For example, if you have high blood pressure or asthma, you could have an unwanted reaction if you take a nasal decongestant. Drug-food interactions result from drugs reacting with foods or drinks. In some cases, food in the digestive track can affect how a drug is absorbed. Some medicines also may affect the way nutrients are absorbed or used in the body. Drug-alcohol interactions can happen when the medicine you take reacts with an alcoholic drink. For instance, mixing alcohol with some medicines may cause you to feel tired and slow your reactions. It is important to know that many medicines do not mix well with alcohol. As you grow older, your body may react differently

to alcohol, as well as to the mix of alcohol and medicines. Keep in mind that some problems you might think are medicinerelated, such as loss of coordination, memory loss, or irritability, could be the result of a mix between your medicine and alcohol. For more information about alcohol and medicines, visit the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. What Are Side Effects? Some medicines can interact with other medicines, foods, drinks or health conditions. Side effects are unplanned symptoms or feelings you have when taking a medicine. Most side effects are not serious and go away on their own; others can be more bothersome and even serious. To help prevent possible problems with medicines, seniors must know about the medicine they take and how it makes them feel. Keep track of side effects to help your doctor know how your body is responding to a medicine. New symptoms or mood changes may not be a result of getting older but could be from the medicine you're taking or another factor, such as a change in diet or routine. If you have an continued from page 7

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African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org Duke Winkfield American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123 Alana Lyles, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A community action group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Qunci Williams, Success Coach Sassy Sistah Network Life skill mentoring for women in transition sassysistahnet@aol.com 417-861-3965 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy Corner of Sherman Ave/Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 (417) 873-6386 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual MultiCultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801

continued from page 6 unwanted side effect, call your doctor right away. Talk to Your Health Care Professionals It is important to go to all of your medical appointments and to talk to your team of health care professionals (doctors, pharmacists, nurses, or physician assistants) about your medical conditions, the medicines you take, and any health concerns you have. It may help to make a list of comments, questions, or concerns before your visit or call to a health care professional. Also, think about having a close friend or relative come to your appointment with you if you are unsure about talking to your health care professional or would like someone to help you understand and/or remember answers to your questions. Here are some other things to keep in mind: All Medicines Count: Tell your team of health care professionals about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, such as pain relievers, antacids, cold medicines, and laxatives. Don't forget to include eye drops, dietary supplements, vitamins, herbals, and topical medicines, such as creams and ointments. Keep in Touch with Your Doctors: If you regularly take a prescription medicine, ask your doctor to check how well it is working, whether you still need to take it, and, if so, whether there is anything you can do (like lowering fats in your diet or exercising more) to cut back or, in time, stop needing the medicine. Don't stop taking the medicine on your own without first talking with your doctor. Medical History: Tell your

health care professional about your medical history. The doctor will want to know if you have any food, medicine, or other allergies. He or she also will want to know about other conditions you have or had and how you are being treated or were treated for them by other doctors. It is helpful to keep a written list of your health conditions that you can easily share with your doctors. Your primary care doctor should also know about any specialist doctors you may see on a regular basis. Eating Habits: Mention your eating habits. If you follow or have recently changed to a special diet (a very low-fat diet, for instance, or a high-calcium diet), talk to your doctor about this. Tell your doctor how much coffee, tea, or alcohol you drink each day and whether you smoke. These things may make a difference in the way your medicine works. Tell your health professionals about your medical history and about all medicines or supplements you take. Recognizing and Remembering to Take Your Medicines: Let your health care professional know if you have trouble telling your medicines apart. The doctor can help you find better ways to recognize your medicines. Also tell your doctor if you have problems remembering when to take your medicines or how much to take. Your doctor may have some ideas to help, such as a calendar or pill box. Put It in Writing: Ask your health care professional to write out a complete medicine schedule, with directions on exactly when and how to take your medicines. Find out from your primary care doctor how your medicine schedule should be changed if you see more than one doctor. For more information, contact call your doctor or contact SW Office on Aging 796-6260.


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A Directory of local and regional health resources AIDS Federal hotline; 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays. 1-800-590-AIDS (2437) Local office: 417-881-1900 Alzheimer’s Disease 1-800-272-3900 American Stroke Association Learn more about strokes by calling 1-888-4-STROKE Cancer Resource Network 1-800-227-2345 Diabetes Hotline Division of Cox Medical Center North 417-269-3737 Medicare Information Medicare Information Hotline 1-800-494-7355 Mental Health Crisis Hotline Counseling needs & crisis intervention 1-800-494-7355 National Parkinson Foundation Education, announcements, links to related sites 1-800-327-4545 www.parkinson.org OTC Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides low cost dental care for adults and children; performed by students under the supervision of faculty and local dentists. Cleanings, X-rays and exams For adults $50. for children $35. Call 417-447-8835 to make appt. DHSS/ Office Of Minority Health The mission is to eliminate health disparities through assertive leadership, advocacy support, and visible interaction with minority communities in Missouri. The Southwest Alliance meeting is held every other month on the last Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.in Springfield at the Deliverance Temple Campus 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Call: 1-800-877-3180

Health & MentalFitness Aging and Health: You and Your Medicines by US Department of Health & Human Services As you age, it is important to know about your medicines to avoid possible problems. As you get older you may be faced with more health conditions that you need to treat on a regular basis. It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions. The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems with medicines. As you age, body changes can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used. For example, changes in the digestive system can affect how fast medicines enter the bloodstream. Changes in body weight can influence the amount of medicine you need to take and how long it stays in your body. The circulation system may slow down, which can affect how fast drugs get to the liver and kidneys. The liver and kidneys also may work more slowly affecting the way a drug breaks down and is removed from the body. Because of these body changes, there is also a bigger risk of drug interactions for older adults. Drug-drug interactions happen when two or more medicines react with each other to cause unwanted effects. This kind of interaction can also cause one medicine to not work as well or even make one medicine stronger than it should be.

For example, you should not take aspirin if you are taking a prescription blood thinner, such as Warfarin, unless your health care professional tells you to. Drug-condition interactions

happen when a medical condition you already have makes certain drugs potentially harmful. For example, if you have high blood pressure or asthma, you could have an unwanted reaction if you take a nasal decongestant. Drug-food interactions result from drugs reacting with foods or drinks. In some cases, food in the digestive track can affect how a drug is absorbed. Some medicines also may affect the way nutrients are absorbed or used in the body. Drug-alcohol interactions can happen when the medicine you take reacts with an alcoholic drink. For instance, mixing alcohol with some medicines may cause you to feel tired and slow your reactions. It is important to know that many medicines do not mix well with alcohol. As you grow older, your body may react differently

to alcohol, as well as to the mix of alcohol and medicines. Keep in mind that some problems you might think are medicinerelated, such as loss of coordination, memory loss, or irritability, could be the result of a mix between your medicine and alcohol. For more information about alcohol and medicines, visit the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. What Are Side Effects? Some medicines can interact with other medicines, foods, drinks or health conditions. Side effects are unplanned symptoms or feelings you have when taking a medicine. Most side effects are not serious and go away on their own; others can be more bothersome and even serious. To help prevent possible problems with medicines, seniors must know about the medicine they take and how it makes them feel. Keep track of side effects to help your doctor know how your body is responding to a medicine. New symptoms or mood changes may not be a result of getting older but could be from the medicine you're taking or another factor, such as a change in diet or routine. If you have an continued from page 7

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African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org Duke Winkfield American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123 Alana Lyles, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A community action group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Qunci Williams, Success Coach Sassy Sistah Network Life skill mentoring for women in transition sassysistahnet@aol.com 417-861-3965 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy Corner of Sherman Ave/Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 (417) 873-6386 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual MultiCultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801

continued from page 6 unwanted side effect, call your doctor right away. Talk to Your Health Care Professionals It is important to go to all of your medical appointments and to talk to your team of health care professionals (doctors, pharmacists, nurses, or physician assistants) about your medical conditions, the medicines you take, and any health concerns you have. It may help to make a list of comments, questions, or concerns before your visit or call to a health care professional. Also, think about having a close friend or relative come to your appointment with you if you are unsure about talking to your health care professional or would like someone to help you understand and/or remember answers to your questions. Here are some other things to keep in mind: All Medicines Count: Tell your team of health care professionals about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, such as pain relievers, antacids, cold medicines, and laxatives. Don't forget to include eye drops, dietary supplements, vitamins, herbals, and topical medicines, such as creams and ointments. Keep in Touch with Your Doctors: If you regularly take a prescription medicine, ask your doctor to check how well it is working, whether you still need to take it, and, if so, whether there is anything you can do (like lowering fats in your diet or exercising more) to cut back or, in time, stop needing the medicine. Don't stop taking the medicine on your own without first talking with your doctor. Medical History: Tell your

health care professional about your medical history. The doctor will want to know if you have any food, medicine, or other allergies. He or she also will want to know about other conditions you have or had and how you are being treated or were treated for them by other doctors. It is helpful to keep a written list of your health conditions that you can easily share with your doctors. Your primary care doctor should also know about any specialist doctors you may see on a regular basis. Eating Habits: Mention your eating habits. If you follow or have recently changed to a special diet (a very low-fat diet, for instance, or a high-calcium diet), talk to your doctor about this. Tell your doctor how much coffee, tea, or alcohol you drink each day and whether you smoke. These things may make a difference in the way your medicine works. Tell your health professionals about your medical history and about all medicines or supplements you take. Recognizing and Remembering to Take Your Medicines: Let your health care professional know if you have trouble telling your medicines apart. The doctor can help you find better ways to recognize your medicines. Also tell your doctor if you have problems remembering when to take your medicines or how much to take. Your doctor may have some ideas to help, such as a calendar or pill box. Put It in Writing: Ask your health care professional to write out a complete medicine schedule, with directions on exactly when and how to take your medicines. Find out from your primary care doctor how your medicine schedule should be changed if you see more than one doctor. For more information, contact call your doctor or contact SW Office on Aging 796-6260.


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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “Bully” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

stay home a month from school because they are afraid due to the bullying they experience. The Summer shout out to all the film is produced by Sundance and readers of this column and we have Emmy award winning filmmaker some major blockbusters comLee Hirsch. This is an issue that ing out this summer so we have we need to discuss and share with non-stop opportunities our community and talk to see the latest action to our children about. paced Hollywood money The stories in this film are maker!!!! beyond moving... they are But first on the seriunspeakable. ous side.... I received I love the power of film a beautiful letter from to inspire and change and a Mrs. Norma Duncan while we usually focus on here in Springfield and the super films there are it is such an honor to certainly those times that make your acquainwe need to allow film to Lyle Foster tance. She is an avid provoke us and to change reader of this column and the food us for the better and Bully is one of column and I appreciate all of the those films. Please try to see it and kind words that she shared. talk about it and thank you Mrs. Her request was to mention Bully Duncan. to all of the readers. And in case Let me also mention that there you haven't read about it or seen are a few films that have passed us it. This is a powerful documenby but at least you can be looking tary about this tragic problem in out for them in other venues. Yes, our society. We had a brief run the right Reverend ...the Dr. ...the of the film here in Springfield but Bishop T.D. Jakes is back out with let's keep our eyes open in case it another installment of the "Woman, makes it to the second run screens Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh or when it is on the rental market. Day" series. Do you know how sometimes The movie was made in a you have to watch something relatively short time ( a month) because it is the right thing to do and has a plot around child abducand not because it makes you feel tion. It is based in New Orleans good? This is what Bully is... a real and has a plot involving the permovie about real people who have fect family until tragedy and crisis been bullied and whose lives have strike. Starring in the film are been horribly impacted and someBlair Underwood, Sharon Leal and times with permanent results. Nicole Behari. According to the film over 13 And before I run out of space million kids are bullied each year in yes I have seen The Avengers and our country and 3 million students Battleship. I will say it again... I did

see The Avengers and Battleship. Neither movie needs any help from me as the Avengers has had record breaking results and the accompanying frenzy. I love Samuel Jackson but the black coats are getting old... time for a wardrobe change... lol... he is always a solid actor and the super heroes... well a little too much and the humor.. please leave to the comedians. I hate to go here but this time I started to wonder do any people of color have super powers? I really didn't even get into the movie until the last 40 minutes when New York city was blowing up. But of course I get it we have to have a few of those movies every © 2012 year and now we have had it for 2012 but the way it ended we can bet on another installment as soon as the computer graphics folks can reboot. And I am nervous about giving my opinion about Battleship because there maybe some Rihanna fans about. First the movie is totally mindless entertainment... I am getting worried that if we get another movie about aliens

by Mia Jackson- Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer from outer space that they really are going to come to Earth to just set the record straight. But the fight and pot of this lizard creature encounter was almost preposterous. And Rihanna is a force on the music stage but she doesn't have a career yet as an actress. Suggestion to Hollywood... give mega stars a small well acted role and put them in classes and development for larger roles until they are ready. Plus there are so many talented folks who need to get a chance for a breakthrough role. Is it all about the money?... Dumb question... answer... yes. Well you can save yours and wait for it at the Palace Theatre or on Redbox. Try to see Bully and T. D. Jakes and see you next month... and yes we have Men in Black 3 (can you believe they are doing another one of those... answer yes... I'm not mad at you Will) Batman and Spiderman and who knows what else in the next few months... so it's gonna be fun.!

“Grocery Store Eating”— Food Review by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Yes you read it right and it is not always a popular thing to admit but the idea of eating a meal at the grocery store is a hip thing to do for more and more people now. Why? Why not? Grocery stores have been stepping up their game for quite awhile now and the increasing focus on take-out food, cooking classes,

gourmet offerings, food bars and ever more popular menus makes grocery store shopping nothing like it was when our mothers used to take us by the hand screaming through the cereal aisles!!!! You remember that don't you? And if we are really honest we probably have found ourselves even occasionally heading to the grocery store for a meal... yes tell the truth and shame the devil. I have seen

some of you at the Wal-Mart getting those chicken tenders!!! I'm keeping it real here. I have a few grocery stores that I go to for a sneak meal... do you know what a sneak meal is... that is when you go out to eat and you hope nobody sees you...hahaha. I go to one grocery store for the breakfast bar and to another for a turkey burger on occasion. So as we march into summer I want to talk about some options that

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are great so you don't have to spend all of the nice summer weather cooking in your kitchen and also at an affordable price... let's face it, Stown is all about the casual and sometimes you are hungry but not quite into the getting ready to go out and go through the whole wait thing to get your eat on. Also in case you haven't noticed there is a grocery store war gocontinued on page 9

Tracy Carrasquillo has joined Western & Southern Financial Group as a sales representative serving southwest Missouri. “I make sure my services are of benefit and importance to my clients,” Carrasquillo said. Carrasquillo customizes financial plans for families and individuals which include supplemental life insurance, annuities, and IRAs. She encourages individuals to evaluate their own financial stability and make budget adjustments that ensure financial stability during difficult times. “I discourage impulse buys, they don’t usually end up covering all the needs, Carrasquillo said. Take time to see what is going on in your situation.” Additionally, Carrasquillo assists small businesses in creating

continued from page 3 thelibrary.org/dreambig. Teens have special programs including local teen rock band Supercharge! in concert June 15 and June 22. A booklist and registration form is at thelibrary. org/ownthenight. They can enter weekly drawings for fun prizes, and an Aug. 6 drawing will award one winner a nook.

Adults can register for their program at any library branch and Mobile Library and enter weekly drawings. The grand prize drawing after Aug. 4 will award a $50 gift certificate to the Between Friends Gift Shops to one person at each branch. The full lineup for all ages is in the Bookends catalog, available at every library branch and the Mobile Library. Or go to thelibrary.org/programs.

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Vacation Bible School Starts At Deliverance Temple Sat. June 9 Springfield, MO—Deliverance Temple Ministries, 2101 West Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO will host a Vacation Bible School Carnival and Registration at the church campus on Saturday, June 9th, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. This registration is for the upcoming Vacation Bible School for all youth ages 3 to 14. The Carnival/Registration Day will consists of a bounce house, face painting, basketball, sac races and refreshments. Vacation Bible School will begin June 13 – 15 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) from 6 p.m. to

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8 p.m. nightly. Each evening will be filled with Bible adventures, music, refreshments and loads of fun. All kids ages 3 to 14 will need to be registred on Saturday, June 9th For more information about the registration and the Vacation Bible School call 417-374-7179 or 417-865-4338. Deliverance Temple Ministries: Bishop David Knox, Jr. Senior Pastor; Pastor David Huskisson, Director of Christian Education; Dr. Pearl Green, VBS Director

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Six-Week Summer Vocal Workshop with Dr. Richard Todd Payne June 4-July 12

37th Anniversary Celebration for Bishop Jones and First Lady Dianne Foote

Springfield, MO—Dr. Richard more passion * Learn how to Todd Payne presents use your voice from reaching “A Healthy Approach to it’s full potential * Learn Healthy Singing” how to conquer stage The workshop confright * Learn breath sists of: Weekly Hour control Learn proper Lesson, accompanist audition techniques * included. Bi-weekly Learn appropriate repgroup performance ertoire selections and sessions and flexibility so much more. with Summer vacation For more informaDr. Richard T. Payne schedules. tion contact: 217-766Dr. Payne will cover:Learn 9097 or email: to sing with a relaxed throat * ToddPayne@missouristate.edu Learn how to sing with your The cost is $60 per lesson own natural voice * Learn how and is all Inclusive. There are to increase the volume of your also flexible payment options sound. * Learn how to sing with available.

Springfield, MO— The Faith Tabernacle Church invites the community out to share with them in celebrating the 37th Annversary for Bishop Jones and First Lady Dianne Foote and showing them just how much they are loved and appreciated! The Faith Tabernacle Apotalic Church family has been very blessed to be the recipients of their sacrifice and efforts. This is going to be a great event as we show our love and appreciation to these two people, who have given of themselves to this church and the Springfield Community for thirty-seven

City of Springfield project bids Open for business – Open to all The City of Springfield Division of Purchases welcomes all contractors and vendors to participate in the City’s bid opportunities for providing needed supplies, equipment, and services to the City. Information and notification about bidding is open to all, and there is never a charge. To view or download all current documents for bidding opportunities with the Division of Purchases, please go to our website at: Springfieldmo.gov/purchasing, and click on ‘Bid Processing Center.’ Contractors, consultants and other types of vendors may also sign up to receive notifications of the City’s future bid opportunities based on the type of services they provide. This service can be found by clicking on ‘Bid Notification Service’ on the Purchasing website. There is a fee (for use of a third party notification service). The City’s Department of Public Works also uses the City website to let contractors know about upcoming construction projects. Go to Springfieldmo.gov/departments/publicworks and look for the ‘Notices To Contractors’ box. The links will direct you to a virtual plans room for more information on projects.

years. Our theme for this occasion is: Relentless Pursuit “Pursuing the Incorruptible Prize with Excellence” I Corinthians 9:25 The dates and our guest speakers are scheduled on: Fri. Evening, June 8, 7 p.m. Bishop Mark C. Tolbert; Sat. Evening June 9, 6 p.m. Bishop Larry Baylor; Sun. Afternoon June 10, 4 p.m. District Elder Morris Brown. Organizers want to thank everyone in advance for your prayers and participation in making this a memorable celebration.

going on big time and the grocery scene has drastically changed in our little town over the past few years. And they all have stepped up the prepared food game big time. The entrance of Hy-Vee into our city as well as the Price Cutter Bistro Market and now the WalMart Fresh Market stores is almost creating a dizzying array of options for the local food scene. And to be candid each one has their strong points and perhaps that is the biggest advice I can give; it is great to know what the food specialty you like from where it is. The Wal-Mart Fresh Stores have some pretty good food offerings as I have visited them in other cities and they can put out some good food though not an extensive selection. I am assuming that everyone has been to the Bistro Market downtown and that a fair number of you have gone to the new Hy-Vee on Battlefield. They cater to a different market which is understandable but each has some great options and affordable meals. The breakfast bar downtown that caters to the bar crowd late at night and everyone else in the morning is pretty good and since you can eat as much as you want pretty sweet on the price. (Just try not to raise your blood pressure on all of the pork) And the lunch and dinner bar is no joke at all with a fantastic array of options designed to satisfy the most discriminating of tastes. What I also like is the food that is cooked to order which is not typical for grocery fare and the chef inspired options that are available. Pretty nice!!! I am not big on olives but there is an olive bar and a great selection of cheeses and the sweets....ugh I better not say too much about the sweets because that will make me want some and they have a great selection and some of them are my favorites...and did I say they have a gelato bar. Well you get the picture and I like the people watching opportunities from the wide expanse of glass storefront at the heart of downtown. Staff are pleasant and work hard to make sure everyone

is satisfied and having a great time. Oh and by the way....just because it is a grocery store if you see a tip jar or some opportunity to show some love to the staff please do ...it is always hip to tip. I kind of look at it like this; when there is a food option that I like I don't want to take advantage of it or take it for granted because I want them to stay open for a long time so I try to always show my appreciation. I don't just assume that since it is a buffet line I don't need to show generosity. Now let me go back to the point I lightly made earlier. In the array of grocery stores it is helpful to know what you like from where. I already gave a shout out to Wal-Mart for the chicken tenders...they are good. I like Dillon's for the fried chicken... it is almost finger licking good...aw schucks...it is finger licking good I like mine every time!! But if you want to get blown away with the food offerings from sushi to Asian to homestyle to seafood to everything in between the Hy-Vee is a pretty spectacular place. Yes you have to deal with Battlefield and the big parking lot, but we are in a city and that goes along with it. You can satisfy every taste requirement in your family with all of the options that are available from the little ones to the big ones. Some of the dishes here are really restaurant meals in any other place but here they are ready and prepared and you can grab it and go. And yes at all of these places as they have improved the seating areas they have become more inviting if you want to sit down and actually eat your hot food at the grocery store. Rumor has it that the Springfield reception to Hy-Vee has been incredible and they want to get going on their second location in Stown. I get a little nervous because I don't want to see any of our traditional favorites in town negatively affected but clearly the grocery store gods are looking intently at Springfield and throwing up stores wherever they can. In the short term we all benefit with wonderful selection and great pricing and look for the food rotations at each store. Yes I know they have pizza and so many other foods that I haven't

mentioned but I am not trying to critique the options but mention that this is a great affordable way to get a lot of options that are already prepared and everyone can get their favorite. (and by he way I like the pizza at the Wal-Mart Fresh Store) But I will mention that the stores that throw the big cookers out front and smoke the ribs and the brats and burgers my car automatically turns into the parking lot and I jump in line. Seriously that is one of my favorite things that the grocery stores do and it says to me that it is time to get my summer on! Plus the prices are usually pretty great. I wasn't always a fan of the grocery store hot meals or cold ones for that matter to take home but the game has been stepped up so much that this has become a serious force to be reckoned with in a town that

loves its food. I am not forgetting or trying to omit Harter House or Moma Jean's but this is a column on the larger grocery stores but I think it goes without saying that Moma Jeans is hitting it hard on the health and organic side but the grocery stores are trying to bark back strong as well. If you haven't why not these summer months check out the many wonderful food opportunities at the many grocery store options in town. Why not just do a small grocery store tour and find the favorites for yourself? And by the way with all of these grocery dollars being spent in Stown can Whole Foods be too many years away? I'm just saying!!! Would you like to go out to dinner with me tonight? And oh did I mention we are going to our grocery store? 4 Forks!

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continued from page 1 American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday impact of race. "At the Discovery Center of Springfield we're proud to present innovative, cuttingedge exhibits," says Emily Fox, Executive Director. "RACE gives us an opportunity to step up

and be a leader in the museum community when it comes to helping visitors explore race and racism and tackle an issue that's important to our community and our country. Our visitors know we are - and always will be - a place for hands-on science learning that appeals to all ages. We also want them to think and talk about important social issues in which science plays a role, and we want to give them the space and the tools to do that." The RACE exhibit is part of a larger public education project

POSITION TITLE: PRESIDENT Missouri State University seeks an experienced, dynamic leader to implement its long-range plan and help the University achieve its goal of becoming one of the premier metropolitan universities in the country. The 11th President of Missouri State should have experience in developing relationships in a variety of key areas; leading and managing a large, complex organization; successfully managing a complex and challenging financial environment; and also possess the capability to lead a strong academic community, while ensuring that students receive an outstanding education at a fair cost. The 11th President should have a demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment, and also facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. A DISTINCTIVE MISSION Missouri State University is distinguished by its legislatively approved statewide mission in public affairs; its selective admissions criteria; its four campuses (main campus in Springfield, agricultural research campus in Mountain Grove, two-year campus in West Plains; and China Campus in Dalian); its broad array of academic programs from undergraduate through selected clinical doctoral programs; and nationally recognized initiatives such as the IDEA Commons, an urban innovation park that combines the creative areas of Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Art (IDEA), and includes the Jordan Valley Innovation Center. Demographically, financially, and strategically, Missouri State University is well-positioned to face future challenges. STRONG FOUNDATION Enrollment continues to be strong at Missouri State, with increases 13 of the past 15 years. The current total system enrollment is nearly 23,000, including more than 3,300 graduate students and 1,300 international students. While growing, the average ACT of entering freshmen has improved and now stands at 24.1. Missouri State has approximately 800 full-time faculty members and a total operating budget of more than $260 million. Even in difficult economic times, the University has continued to set records for private fund-raising. Sponsored research now tops $20 million annually. With good and conservative management, the University has purposefully increased its fund balance to help address future budget issues. And, Missouri State is located in an economically diverse and growing region of the state and country. MORE INFORMATION For more information about Missouri State, details about the position, the 25-year assumptions, the desired competencies, and other aspects about the Presidential Search process, visit www. missouristate.edu/presidentialsearch/. While nominations and applications will be accepted until the 11th President is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their application materials electronically to the address below by July 13, 2012, to receive optimal consideration. Nominations also are welcomed and encouraged. Mr. John McAlear Secretary to the Board Madison Hall, Room 002 Missouri State University 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, Missouri 65897

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from American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The project is intended to inform and shape the national dialogue about race. In addition to the exhibit, the initiative includes a website, educational materials, and conferences designed to share research and information with the public. Three perspectives on a wide-reaching topic The RACE exhibit addresses the topics of race and racism from three different perspectives. The three sections are interwoven and tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact. • Science: In this section of the exhibit, visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any other living species, and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race. • Histor y: Ideas about race have been around for hundreds of years, and they have changed over time. This section of RACE demonstrates that, throughout American history, economic interests, popular culture, science, politics, and the struggle for power have played a role in shaping our understanding of race. • Ever yday experience: Though race may not be a real biological concept, it certainly is real both socially and culturally. In this section of the exhibit, visitors will explore the personal experiences of race in our schools, neighborhoods, health care systems, sports and entertainment industries, and more. Science Museum exhibit developers, designers, and fabricators have worked hard to make RACE an approachable exhibit that promotes discovery, discussion and reflection. In addition, RACE features the photography of Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie who specializ-

es in documenting the changing cultural landscape of the Twin Cities. His Lake Street USA project transformed six miles of Minneapolis' Lake Street into a public art project that earned national attention in 2000. Additional events during this exhibit Discovery Center After Dark Thursday, June 7th 6:30 - 9:30pm -- Must be 21 and older $10.00 per person. Join us for an evening of fun as science comes alive - just for adults 21 + you can explore all of the exhibits and enjoy RACE: Are We So Different? • Science Cafe - planned for a Thursday in July - Sponsored by Jordan Valley Innovation Center and will be a discussion on the science of race. • Business/ Corporate Events -There are many ways your company can become engaged with this important exhibition. Discovery Center of Springfield is able to customize a corporate experience that can meet your company's goals and budget requirements. Purchase pre-paid admission tickets or reserve a group visit to compliment corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives or training. Visitor Information RACE will be open daily in the Discovery Center and will be in 3 separate galleries on the west side in the LEED ' Gold Certified building. It will run through September 9, 2012 then continue on a tour of museums and science centers across the country. RACE could be closed during special events. Admission to RACE is included in Discovery Center general admission $9.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors, and $7.00 for children ages 3 to 15. For information on corporate events call Charlotte McCoy at 417-862-9910 Ext 713 or check our website at www.discoverycenter.org

IN THIS ISSUE Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley Guest Speaker July 11 by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District If you’re planning your summer schedule of activities now, be sure to pencil this Library event in: Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Library Center. She is the national bestselling author of 21 titles, and her novel, “Let the Church Say Amen,” is being made into a movie of which she is executive producer and actress Regina King is the director. Her teen books, “Nothing But Drama” and “Caught up in the Drama” are also being made into movies. ReShonda’s debut novel, “My Brother’s Keeper,” launched her career with Simon & Schuster/ Pocket Books. ReShonda is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Her books have appeared on the Essence Bestseller’s list more than 20 times, and on The Washington Post and Dallas Morning News Bestsellers lists. • Has your family signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program yet? It runs through Aug. 4, so there’s lots of time to read and be eligible for the great prizes and reading rewards. June is also when the lineup of kids’, teen and adult free programs. Kids have Babaloo, Toucan Jam, Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show and more. Parents can find booklists for their children and online activities at continued on page 5

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President Obama Announces Historic Support of Gay Marriage WASHINGTON—"I would have News that his hand was forced preferred to have done this in by Biden, though he said his my own way, in my own vice president spoke terms, without I think, out in support of samethere being a lot of sex marriage out of a notice to everybody." "generosity of spirit." Obama said. "But all's The president made well that ends well." his historical endorseObama, who was ment on the eve of a ready to dive into and sold-out fundraiser at embrace Hollywood's the Los Angeles home Barack Obama wealthy elite at a gala of movie star George fund-raising event, said he had Clooney. The timing of the planned to announce his supevent is creating a blockbuster port for gay marriage before confluence of high celebrity, big his party's convention in early money and committed activism. September. But he told ABC Hollywood is home to some of

Welcome Wagon Reception Is June 15 Springfield, MO— “The Gathering” will host a “Welcome Wagon Reception” to welcome new arrivals to the Springfield, Missouri area. The event is co-sponsored by Q’ Enoteca and Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar. The welcoming will take place on June 15, 2012 at the new “C-Street Event Center” located at 306 Commercial Street, Springfield, MO 65803. The Welcome Wagon

Reception starts at 6:00 P.M. The Gathering encourages new residents of diverse backgrounds that moved to the Springfield area within the past 18 months to contact Wes Pratt at 417.873.6386 or wesesq@hotmail.com if you plan to attend. The Gathering also encourages elected and appointed officials, local businesses, community and faith-based organizations to join us in welcoming our new Springfieldians.

Step, Shuffle & Zumba!!! Come join us at the Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 16 in Silver Springs Park in a community-wide demonstration of physical fitness and fun. We will be incorporating the popular Cupid Shuffle, R Kelly, Step In The Name Of Love, and the Zumba Workout. This activity is part of Project HELP which stands for: Healthy Eating, Lifestyles, and Physical Activity. It is also an effort targeting the African American community using the Project H.E.L.P principles of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention. This project is presented by the Springfield NAACP and other local collaborating organizations. This activity will start at 12:55 p.m. For more information contact Cheryl Clay, Springfield NAACP Chapter President, clay_naacp4081 or (417) 873-6386.

the most high-profile backers of gay marriage and the 150 donors who are paying $40,000 to attend Clooney's dinner will no doubt feel newly invigorated by Obama's watershed announcement the day before. Even though Obama doesn't have the power to make samesex marriage legal, his announcement was the first by a sitting president.

Gay rights advocates, who had long urged Obama to state his support, immediately cheered his declaration. Obama's re-election campaign also quickly sought to take advantage of Obama's embrace of gay marriage and draw a sharp contrast with the president's Republican rival Mitt Romney.

First Black Female NASCAR Driver Seeks Support Nationwide -- Professional NASCAR driver Bill Lester makracecar driver Tia Norfleet has ing that race historical. It was visions of giving to a community the only time in NASCAR histhat supports her. As the first, tory that two African-Americans youngest and only African-Amer- drivers have competed at the ican female driver on the NASsame time. CAR circuit, Tia Norfleet has set With many accolades of her the stage to opening own including being the doors of diversity spokesperson for the in a highly controverSafe America Diving sial and predominately program, and appearmale oriented sport. ing in commercials With lawsuits that such as the Verizon have been filed as well wireless, numerous by other minorities, magazine ads and which have accused radio and television Tia Norfleet NASCAR of racial disinterviews. Tia Norfleet crimination, many people wonhas given Black women everyder why and how can Norfleet where new hope in following compete in this division of ractheir dreams. ing. "It is sheer passion and inThe million dollar question stinct that drives this youngster that many people ask is, will to want to compete in this sport, the NASCAR community acshe was born to compete," says cept Tia for who she is, and that Isaac Hayes, spokesperson/ is according to Hayes, a true CEO of the online fund raising competitor. "Our goal is to raise organization, Tiapower.com. funds needed for everyone to Norfleet comes from a family find out," says Edward Williams, with a history in racing. Her founder of the medium sized father Bobby Norfleet made his marketing company Team Tia. NASCAR debut at the Portland Taking a page out of the International Raceway road country's 44th President Barack course on March 26, 2000, Obama's playbook, going grasswhere he competed against continued from page 12

ROAD WORK NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Paper bids not exceeding a monetary value of $250,000 and electronic bids submitted through the BidExpress website for constructing or improving Route OO & 125, Job J8S2470, Greene County, will be received by the Commission until 11:00 o'clock a.m. (prevailing local time) on 6/29/2012. Paper bids not exceeding a monetary value of $250,000 addressed to: STATE OF MISSOURI, acting by and through THE MISSOURI HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Jefferson City, Missouri will be received at the office of the Secretary to the Commission in the Missouri Department of Transportation Central Office Building, 105 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, Missouri. The proposed work includes: Grading, drainage, Optional paving, Add Alt. on the above state road at Rte OO & 125 intersection in Strafford, the total length of the improvement being 0.930 miles. Special Needs: If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify Pamela Harlan, Secretary to the Commission, at (573) 751-2824 or through Missouri Relay System, TDD 1800-735-2966, at least five (5) working days prior to the bid opening you plan to attend. The wage rates applicable to this project have been predetermined as required by law and are set forth in the appendices. When federal wage rates are applicable and included, this contract is subject to the "Work Hours Act of 1962," (P.L. 87-581, 76 State. 357) and implementing regulations. By virtue of statutory authority, preference shall be given on other than Federal Aid Projects, to materials, products, supplies, provisions, and other articles, produced, manufactured, made or grown within the state of Missouri, where same are of a suitable character and can be obtained at reasonable market prices in the state and are of a quality suited to the purpose intended and can be secured without additional cost over foreign products or products of other states. The commission hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, ancestry, or national origin in consideration for an award. Plans and specifications may be inspected in the offices of the Commission at Jefferson City, or the district engineer at Springfield, Missouri. Plans may also be viewed on the Internet at http://modot. indoxservices.com/. Complete instructions to bidders and bidding documents may be obtained at the Jefferson City office. All questions concerning the bid document preparation shall be directed to the Central Office – Design Division at (573) 751-2876. Bids must be on forms provided. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. THE MISSOURI HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Chief Engineer

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roots to make history. Williams said "If President Obama can raise $700 million, surely we can raise $5 million to get Tia on the track. We have a good team and

I think with the public's help we can get Tia on the track and testing in two weeks. "To ensure the success of this effort to fundraise," says Hayes, CEO of Tiapower.com, "we have inked a lucrative deal with Alvin Kline, the social media guru and

wed success agency team to head this unique grassroots online crown funding campaign." Hayes continues, "I am confident that Alvin Kline along with Team Tia and the additional benefits and memorabilia we are offering the donors at Tiapower.

com should allow us the chance to find out." As Tia prepares to take the wheel, the world holds on and wonders if the community that she supports will support her. The answer awaits at the finish line.

Remembering Donna Summer: The Queen of Disco (1948 - 2012) Disco queen Donna Summer, ing and that they "are at peace whose pulsing anthems such as celebrating her extraordinary "Last Dance," ''Love life and her continued to Love You Baby" legacy." and "Bad Girl" be"Words truly can't came the soundtrack express how much we for a glittery age of appreciate your prayers sex, drugs, dance and and love for our family flashy clothes, has at this sensitive time," died. She was 63. the statement read. Her family released She had been living in Donna Summer a statement, saying Englewood, Fla., with her Summer died Thursday mornhusband Bruce Sudano.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her beauty queen looks. Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals - her bedroom moans and sighs - as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself. "Love to Love You Baby," with its erotic moans, was her first hit and one of the most

scandalous songs of the polyester-and-platform-heel era. Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound. She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with "She Works Hard For The Money," which became another anthem, this time for women's rights.

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Discovery Center is hosting traveling exhibit this summer RACE: Are We So Different? Springfield, MO—Exhibit opened on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Discovery Center of Springfield. Discovery Center of Springfield will be among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States when the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opens. A project of AmeriContinued on page 10

Neal Chosen To Be Inducted Into Sports Hall Of Fame by Mia Jackson Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer Evangel University’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach , Leon Neal has been chosen as a 2012 Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Neal becomes the third ever from Evangel to be inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. “Being a black man is not easy, so I don’t take this achievement lightly,” Neal said. Neal said the door has been opened for others who might think they can’t follow in his footsteps. “Black young men should look at me and see that with their God-given talents they can do it too, Neal said. Anyone has the capacity to be great.” Neal has spent 18 years as Evangel’s head women's basketball coach. He said his coaching success has been the result of a lot of hard work, discipline and wisdom from God. Hard work has resulted in Neal’s unprecedented success which includes a career record of 380-208, eight conference championships, nine NAIA national tournament championships, two NAIA Final Fours , and being named Heart of America coach of the year six

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Evangel University’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Leon Neal

times. “Basketball is a metaphor of life, Neal said. There are failures and successes. You can’t be afraid to fail.” Neal’s success began long before he became Evangel’s head coach. He played for Evangel. In fact, Neal still holds the record for the second highest total points scored in a single season. Neal also played professionally in Europe for seven years. “I’ve learned that preparation will take you a lot farther than talent,” Neal said. His success in part, can be credited to three principles he lives by: be strong in your faith, be true to yourself, and be passionate about your work. Neal explained that for him,

coaching goes beyond basketball fundamentals because he strives to give his players tools for life. Neal explained that service is an important part of his life. Recently, Neal and Evangel women’s basketball team returned from a service trip to Guatemala. He is also actively involved in Springfield Police Department’s gang task force and regularly speaks to youth about drug and alcohol abuse. “I hope what I have done over time, will place me in God’s Hall of Fame,” Neal said. The induction ceremony is scheduled for September 25th at University Plaza. For more information please contact Evangel Athletics at 865-2815.

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