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Martin Luther King III to Speak at FVSU Luncheon

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King is the keynote speaker for Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) 24th Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon (BHMSL).

That's according to a FVSU news release.

King, a human rights advocate and community activist will deliver words of wisdom and empowerment on Monday, Feb. 21 at noon in the Health and Physical Education Complex at FVSU.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the BHMSL has become the university’s single largest scholarship fundraiser for presidential scholars.
The banquet’s theme is “Dollars for Scholars: Giving the Gift of Education to Deserving Students”. Last year, proceeds from the event hosted by U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop and State Representative Calvin Smyre, helped to provide nearly 200 scholarships to FVSU students.

Sen. Staton Named to Influential Committees

Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) has been appointed to several influential committees for the 2011-2012 Term by the Senate Committee on Assignments. Sen. Staton will serve as vice chair of the Transportation Committee and will serve on the appropriations, finance, rules, reapportionment and banking committees.

On the Appropriation Committee, Sen. Staton will chair the sub-committee for higher education, a Senate Press Office release says.

 “I am pleased to have been asked to chair the sub-committee of Appropriations for Higher Education,” Sen. Staton said. “Higher education is the crown jewel of Georgia and makes an enormous difference in the lives of Georgians and the prosperity of our state. I intend to work with Governor Deal and members of the General Assembly to protect the Hope Scholarship program for future generations.”

Regarding his other assignment, Sen. Staton said he is proud to serve on committee handling some of Georgia’s most important issues.

Edward J. Tarver to Speak at Fort Valley State Commencement

Edward J. Tarver to Speak at Fort Valley State Commencement

Edward Tarver, United States Attorney, Southern District of Georgia, will speak at Fort Valley State's 2010 Commencement on Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Tarver is the first African-American, U.S. Attorney in the 221-year history of the Southern District of Georgia, according to a FVSU news release.

125 students are expected to graduate, according to the news release.

For more information about commencement, call FVSU Office of Academic Affairs at 478-825-6330.

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Rep. Anthony Edward "Tony" Sellier

There will be two visitations held on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at the Byron Municipal Complex; the first beginning at 11a.m. until 2 p.m. and the second from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary service immediately following at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at St. Juliana’s Catholic Church in Ft. Valley, Georgia at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Rooks Funeral Home in Byron is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made either to the American Cancer Society or a favored charity.