1 year ago

How Alabama Businesses are Contributing to Ending the Clean Water Crisis

By Lauren Naumcheff

Today, Americans rarely think about where they will get their water. With running water in every home and a myriad of bottled water brands at our fingertips, it’s hard to imagine that there are still 660 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean water. One Birmingham based ministry is working to meet that need in impoverished communities around the world.

Neverthirst was founded in 2008 and since then has provided access to clean water to over 415,000 people in eight countries including Nepal, Chad, Cambodia, and others. Alabama business owners have committed to Neverthirst’s mission and are giving back in incredible ways.

Companies including Royal Cup Coffee and Steel City Pops, among many others, have created give back programs for Neverthirst specifically. At the beginning of this year, Royal Cup launched their new Roar coffee, and two cents for every serving of coffee sold is given to fund Neverthirst water projects.

“It’s a simple switch for our clients to purchase the Roar coffee because it’s something they’re already buying for their offices. It’s another way for them to give back and have an impact.” Said Jaime Ritter, a representative for Royal Cup.

Steel City Pops also contributes to Neverthirst through Provid, its bottled water brand that was created for the purpose of eliminating water-borne diseases. All proceeds from Provid water go directly to Neverthirst.

Neverthirst strives for absolute transparency in the use of its contributions. Each dollar given is tied to a project, and donors receive updates on their projects that include testimonials from the people who benefit from it.

Mark Whitehead, president of Neverthirst, said the partnerships are a “win-win.” Neverthirst benefits by being able to fund more water projects, and businesses are able to demonstrate their commitment to giving back, which strengthen relationships with customers.

“It brings credibility to the company when they can tell their customers that they’re giving back to a mission like this that’s impacting others,” said Whitehead.

Neverthirst has strong relationships with companies across Alabama that are working together to end the water crisis, but also to bring a message of hope to the poor and needy through sharing the Gospel of Christ. Any time a project is completed, Neverthirst staff works to connect the project to a local church.

Neverthirst’s dedication to providing clean water has inspired hundreds of Alabamians who seek to bless others and give to the poor, but the need is still great. To learn more about becoming a Neverthirst business partner, please visit their website at www.neverthirstwater.org.

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13 hours ago

Alabama wins private property rights case against Obama-era regulations

In a victory for private property rights this week, the federal government agreed to reconsider rules adopted during the Obama-era that unreasonably restrict the freedom of Americans to use their land.

“We are encouraged that the Trump administration has agreed to revisit these rules, which threaten property owners’ rights to use any land that the federal government could dream that an endangered species might ever inhabit,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall said in a statement.

Why this matters: Under these rules, unelected federal bureaucrats could designate a piece of private property as “critical habitat” for an endangered species even if the land doesn’t contain that particular species and, moreover, doesn’t even contain some of the features needed to support that species. Use of the land would then be severely limited. 


The details:

— The state filed a lawsuit, Alabama v. National Marine Fisheries Service, in November of 2016 challenging the rules, calling them “an unlawful federal overreach.”

— Nearly 20 other states joined the lawsuit, along with four large trade associations.

— The settlement forces federal agencies to submit revised rules for public review within 60 days and retains our freedom to file another lawsuit if their new rules are as excessive as the old ones.

@jpepperbryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of American Warfighter

13 hours ago

Jeff Sessions is right to sue California for ignoring federal immigration laws

America may be a country of immigrants, but it’s also a country of laws. No one is exempt from those laws regardless of what some local officials in sanctuary cities may think.

As you may have seen on the news recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a lawsuit against the State of California for failure to completely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officers.  I stand with AG Sessions’ decision.

From the mayors and local politicians disregarding federal immigration law to the illegal immigrants they are prioritizing over American citizens, it’s about time we hold these lawless individuals accountable.


The “leaders” in these cities are violating their oath of office and the Constitution.  They should be immediately removed from their positions and the illegal immigrants they are protecting should be deported. Period.

I agree with President Trump that we need to strengthen our borders.  We should build the wall and we should continue to support law enforcement’s crackdown on violent foreign gangs like MS-13.

These efforts mean nothing though if illegal immigrants and criminals can continue to seek refuge in some of our country’s largest cities.

It boils down to fairness, safety and what it means to be a sovereign nation.

A country without borders is hardly a country at all. I’m fed up with seeing the tax dollars from hard-working families across East Alabama go to cities who snub their nose at the very ideals that make America great.  Congress should withhold funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to uphold federal law.

President Trump has proven his tough stance on illegal immigration is much more than just campaign rhetoric. He has already done so much to curtail our illegal immigration crisis but he can’t do it alone.

Elected officials – from the state and local level to Members of Congress – must do their part.

And if they refuse, then they aren’t fit for public service.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is a Republican from Saks.

(Image:U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr)

15 hours ago

WATCH: Cam Newton’s leadership message resonates with Boy Scouts

When Cam Newton speaks, people listen.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback had the full attention of the audience at the 11th annual American Values Luncheon.

Boy Scouts were among attendees that filled the meeting room at the North Exhibition Hall of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.


Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn joined Newton during a question and answer session. Famous for leading the Auburn Tigers to the 2010 National Championship under Malzahn’s leadership, Newton’s talk followed in the tradition of several other football greats, including Nick Saban, Shaquille O’Neal and Bo Jackson.

Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Jesse Lewis Sr. and Jimmy Rane were honored at the luncheon for their contributions to the community.

Newton shared his life experiences and lessons learned.

(Courtesy Alabama News Center)

15 hours ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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16 hours ago

VIDEO: Alabama Rep. Roby thanks Air Force secretary for decision to bring F-35s to Montgomery

U.S. Representative Martha Roby participated in a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing this week where she expressed her appreciation to Secretary Heather Wilson for the Air Force’s decision to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Roby also discussed other military-related programs in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, including helicopter training at Fort Rucker near Enterprise and the professional education programs at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

(Image: Representative Martha Roby/YouTube)