Chick-N-Shack holds grand opening on Friday November 5

Reverend and Mrs. Kelvin Cockrell held the grand opening of their new restaurant Chick-N-Shack on Friday, November 5th. The restaurant features 21 flavors of chicken wings, as well as burgers, chicken tenders, fish, salads and other specialities. It is open six days a week, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pictured above are Rev. and Mrs. Cockrell and some of their customers who gathered for the grand opening last Friday. Cockrell said that he’d wanted to own his own restraurant for a long time and the opportunity to acquire the facilities on Hwy. 43 came at the perfect time for him to realize his dream.


Local Deltas sponsor walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Greene County Deltas gather with Eutaw Mayor Steele, students and community folk for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

The Greene County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. organized a community walk to call attention to the need to become more informed about breast cancer disease and approaches to preventive care. The “Walk” was also designed to celebrate cancer survivors in the sorority chapter, the community and across the globe.
Many community residents, including Eutaw mayor Raymond Steele and high school students, joined the sorority members on the Old Courthouse Square, Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Participants walked the square at their personal pace and duration. A variety of literature on Breast Cancer Awareness, pink wrist bands saluting cancer survivors, stickers and ribbons were also distributed.
At the close of the event, the sorority members released bouquets of pink helium filled balloons to mark the occasion.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority dedicated to sponsoring and supporting community projects that inform and uplift the community..

35th Annual Festival enhances ‘Community Connections’

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35th annual Folk Roots Festival coming this Saturday and Sunday


Hand crafts, food, music and fellowship are the main attractions at the annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival held on the Old Courthouse Square in Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama.


Where else can you smile and sway to ole timey blues, enjoy the delicacies of right-off-the grill barbecue and polish sausages, feast on freshly cooked country dinners with assorted pies and cakes and then top it all off with hand churned homemade ice cream.

All this and more is happening at the annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday August 29 on the Old Courthouse Square in Eutaw, AL.

 The festival features down home blues music, old timey gospel, traditional foods, handmade crafts and special events for the young people. Saturday’s events are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Ole Timey Blues and dancing featuring musicians Clarence Davis, The Liberators, Birmingham George, Shar-Baby, Lil’ Lee, Jessie Daniels, The Fender Benders, Davey Williams, Jock Webb, Russell Gulley, Mac Davis and B.J. Miller and others.

The handmade crafts available at the festival are traditional quilts and other needle works; baskets from white oak, pine needles and corn shucks. The assortments of down-home foods include soul food dinners, barbecue, fried fish, chicken and skins, Polish sausage, homemade ice cream, cakes, pies, jams and jelly; snow cones, Italian ice, and more. 

The Children’s Stage opens at 12:00 noon with storytelling, rap poetry, African drumming and dance, face painting, magician shows, clown acts, crafts, and more.

     Ole Timey Gospel is reserved for Sunday’s festival beginning at 2:00 p.m. and featuring the Echo Gospel Singers, Tishabee Male Chorus, The Melody Kings, The Mississippi Traveling Stars, New Generation Youth Gospel Choir, Greene County Community Choir and many others.  “The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival is home coming time in the region. Many families, class reunions and social clubs plan their annual activities to coincide with the festival’s schedule,” stated Dr. Carol P. Zippert, festival coordinator. “For 35 years now, the festival has been bringing together musicians, craftspersons, storytellers, food specialists, community workers – all who are considered bearers of the traditions and folkways of the West Alabama region,” she explained.  ” It is a festival where people truly celebrate themselves, their joys, their struggles and especially ‘how we made it over,'” Zippert said.

   According to Dr. Zippert, the two day festival is held on the old courthouse square in Eutaw and is open to the public free of charge. The hours are Saturday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday August 29, 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

   The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival is supported in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, the Black Belt Community Foundation and other local contributors.

 The festival is produced by the Society of Folk Arts & Culture.

 There is no admission fee for the Festival events.

 For more information contact Carol P. Zippert at 205-372-0525;


Federation’s 43rd annual meeting features Shirley Sherrod, Ben Jealous and Alice Walker in people’s celebration


Pictured L-R are Shirley Sherrod, Ben Jealous and FSC Executive Director Ralph Paige.


The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund celebrated its 43rd Annual Meeting this past weekend in Birmingham and at the organization’s Rural Training and Research Center at Epes, Alabama.

 On Saturday, August 21, Shirley Sherrod, a former Federation staff member and recently dismissed Georgia State Director of USDA Rural Development and Ben Jealous, Executive Director of the NAACP, spoke publicly together for the first time about the incident of Ms. Sherrod’s dismissal in mid-July based on a distorted video tape of her speech to an NAACP group in Georgia.

The tape was edited by Andrew Brietbart, a right-wing ideologue, to suggest that Ms. Sherrod was withholding services from a white farmer. When the entire video is viewed in context it is clear that Ms. Sherrod is speaking of her transformation and overcoming prejudice by helping to save the white farmer’s farm despite her own negative life experiences with whites. Read more of this post