Roving Reporter: Three to be presented with Jack T. Brinkley Sr. Service Awards at gala

The Muscogee County Democratic Party announces the 2012 recipients of the Jack T. Brinkley Sr. Service Award. This award is a tribute to Jack Brinkley, Sr., the first honoree of this award, in appreciation for his long and faithful service as a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The recipients for 2012 are: Dr. A.J. Kravtin, a respected and well-loved retired pediatrician; the State Rep. Debbie G. Buckner, known for her tireless efforts on behalf of the preservation of Georgia's natural treasures; and Sen. Ed Harbison, a long-time member of the Georgia legislature, a veteran of Vietnam and a staunch champion of veterans and their issues. The awards will be presented at the annual Jefferson Jackson Gala, held by the Muscogee County Democractic Party at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Monday, Oct. 8. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, assistant Democratic leader of the 112th Congress.

There will be pages in the event program designated as "Friends Of" the honorees. Anyone who wishes to be included as such or who wishes tickets to the gala, should call 706-563-6364 or 706-571-6234. Program listings are $25 and tickets are $50. The deadline for listings in the program is Sept. 28 and the deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 3.

Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

The Columbus Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is sponsoring its 17th annual Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Rotary Park.

The walk starts at 9 a.m., lasts until noon and will take place rain or shine. The public is invited to participate. Parking will be available at the South Commons parking lot near the Columbus Civic Center. A free shuttle bus will take walkers to and from the parking area and the walk site at Rotary Park. This year's goals are to have 600 walkers participate in the event and raise at least $50,000 for research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes and its complications.

Walkers are asked to make a donation to JDRF and raise as much money as they can from friends, family and associates. Walkers are encouraged to register early on-line at www.jdrf.org. On-site registration the day of the walk will begin at 8 a.m. This walk is part of a worldwide network of walks, which will take place in over 200 locations.

A clown, face painting, a bounce house, inflatable games and other activities will be provided for children. A DJ will entertain walkers with music. Breakfast snacks will be served prior to the walk and hot dogs, drinks and other refreshments will be served after the walk. The entertainment and food are free. For more information, call Ray Lakes at 706-580-9708 or email raylakes2002@yahoo.com.

Program for employers

The Columbus Employer Committee and the Georgia Department of Labor presents "Equal Employment Opportunity What Every Employer Should Know" Friday, Sept. 28 at Columbus Tech's L-600 building. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and the program will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. There is a registration fee of $10 per person.

Topics include Overview and the Laws EEOC Enforce; Common Mistakes Employers Make; Best Practices for EEO; Age, Disability, Equal Pay, Race, Religion, Retaliation, National Origin, Genetic Info and Pregnancy. The presenter will be Terrie L. Dandy, EEOC outreach manager with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. To register or for more information, contact Isaac Williams at the Columbus Career Center at 706-321-2627. Today is the deadline to register.

Fall Festival in Cataula

The 7th Annual Fall Festival at Country Home Furnishings will be from 8.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be a variety of vendors, local baked goods and jellies, food, and demonstrations.

Country Home Furnishings is located at 2845 U.S. Hwy. 27, Cataula, Ga., next door to the Cataula Post Office. The public is invited and there is no fee to attend. For additional information, call 706-327-0708.

Website for substance abuse recovery

The University of Georgia School of Social Work announces the launch of RecoveryColumbus.org to promote recovery from substance abuse in the Columbus area. The website provides information on substance abuse, self-tests, treatment programs and support groups and resources for professionals. The site was launched in September to tie in with National Recovery Month.