• UWA recognizes Drug Store, Educational Outreach with service awards

    Posted: October 11, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama and the UWA National Alumni Association presented annual achievement and service awards during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 8. The service awards honor proven commitment to serving the greater need of the region through organized service projects.

    The Outstanding UWA Organization Award was presented to the University’s Division of Educational Outreach. Organized in 2008, the Division of Educational Outreach houses the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, the Black Belt Museum, bby Publications at UWA, and the Department of Continuing Education. Building on the mission statement of “where education and community meet,” the Division seeks to find ways to enrich the lives of the Black Belt residents and showcase the cultural, natural and historical resources of the region.

    By actively pursuing grants and other funding sources, the Division has secured more than $600,000 in external funding for projects such as the Black Belt Nature and Heritage Trail, Blackland Prairie Restoration, Fort Tombecbe archaeological research, Black Belt Garden and Nature Trails, and building restoration.

    Through bby Publications and the Sucarnochee Revue, the lives of people are touched both nation and worldwide. Since coming to UWA bby Publications, a math professional development program for K-6 grades, has held 262 workshops for teachers in eight states. The Sucarnochee Revue radio show now reaches more than 50 radio stations worldwide and is produced as a weekly TV show on both Alabama and Mississippi Public Television. The Division is housed in Kelly Land Hall on the UWA campus. Dr. Tina N. Jones serves as dean.

    The West Alabama Community Service Award was presented to The Drug Store of Livingston. The downtown business opened its doors in 1979 on the corner of Washington Street and Lafayette Street (Highway 11) where Alabama Power is located today.

    It was originally owned and operated by Johnny Bell and Bryan Crawford, both pharmacists and Sumter County natives. The Drug Store had a pharmacy, an over-the-counter department, and a small gift department. It employed eight staff members, including Denzella Hines, who still works at The Drug Store.

    Eddie Davis replaced Crawford in 2002 as the managing partner of The Drug Store. At the time Davis and Byron Howell worked at The Drug Store as pharmacists.

    Since 2002, The Drug Store has undergone several changes including a façade upgrade, an ATM installation, an ever-expanding gift department and a home medical equipment department. Distinguished as a 2010 Alabama Retailer of the Year, The Drug Store of Livingston now employs 20 Sumter county residents and serves the area six days each week.

    For more information on alumni programs at the University of West Alabama, contact Alumni Relations Director TyAnne Stone at 205-652-3852 or email tstone@uwa.edu. 
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