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New Years Eve double fatality auto accident still under investigation

Break-in attempt averted at McGuire Drugs

A Snowman In Hamilton?

“Twin Fire Department has new Brush Truck”

Exercise a Success

LOCAL ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN JERRY BROWN ARTS FESTIVAL2007

FREE CONCERT ADDED TO JERRY BROWN ARTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND2007

NORTHWEST ALABAMA ARTS COUNCIL ESTABLISHES ELEMENTARY ARTS PROGRAM

ARTS COUNCIL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

"Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds"

Marion County Extension to Hold Garden    Basics Seminar

Governor Riley Calls Special Session February 23, 2007

Winners "Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds"

JERRY BROWN FESTIVAL WINNERS

Rebekah Jackson

David Jones, John Helms, Baldwin, and Ricky Reed

Belinda McRae - photo taken at the Jerry Brown

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Menu Foods pet food with ChemNutra wheat gluten voluntarily recalled

Recent Recalls of Popular Brands of Pet Foods!

Truck Hit by Log Truck

TRUCK ACCIDENT CAUSED TRAFFIC DELAYS IN HAMILTON

MARCH 30, 2007 Menu Foods Clears   Non-Recalled  Food for Pet Consumption

Police Seek Family of Shooting Victim Speights

 

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Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Statement by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger

The7th Annual Vernon City Celebration Will Be Friday, April 27& Saturday, April 28, 2007!

Sixth Annual Neighbor Day Celebration

TWO PEOPLE DEAD AFTER CRASH IN CULLMAN    CO.

Texaco Havoline Show Car Comes To Hamilton

Michael Jackson Announces Resignation as Youth/Associate Minister

North Fork Curves Claim Life of Hamilton Man

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON CO. HWY 11

Tracy Estes Reappointed to Winfield City School Board

Marion County Connection To Hallmark Channel's "Married In America 2"

Winfield Wal-Mart construction site.

Marion County Humane Society Awards Certificate of Appreciation

Two people were seriously injured today in a plane crash this afternoon in Cullman County.

National Highway Safety Program Report Hamilton - Memorial Day - May 14 - June 3, 2007 was "Buckle Up In Your Truck" & "Click It or Ticket".

2007 Relay for Life

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

The 29th annual Helen Keller Festival

Hamilton Bassmaster's Kid's Fishing Contest

Hitting Practice With Dad

People Don’t Wave Anymore!!

Hamilton's New Red Light

Alligators In Marion County?

Senator Roger Bedford's July 13th Capitol Report

Our Neighbor Red Bay

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Winfield School Board Meets

Winfield School Board Discusses Elementary School Classroom Addition

things that are ongoing relating to the arts council...


ALABAMA TO MOVE UP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY?

State Unemployment Rate Remains Low at 3.3 Percent

Committee to Hold Hearing on Governor Riley’s “Teacher Protection Act”

State Receives $2 Million Check to Help Enterprise Rebuilding Effort

Governor Riley Releases $17 Million for Schools

Governor Riley Promotes the ACCESS Distance Learning Program

Governor Riley Lowers Speed Limit for I-65 and I-20-59 Interchange in Birmingham

Riley Awards Grant to Provide Improved Assistance to Rape Victims Throughout Alabama

Governor Riley Appoints Don Lambert to Lamar County Court

Riley Grant will Help Workers at Tiffin Motor Homes Boost Their Job Skills

Governor Riley Announces New Auto Supplier to Locate in Auburn

Riley Awards Grant to Curb Domestic Violence in Marion County


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New Years Eve double fatality auto accident still under investigation

 By J. Mays

HAMILTON – On New Years Eve a two vehicle automobile accident claimed the lives of two Marion County residents and injured a third.

The automobile accident occurred on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 11am on County Highway 49, just a couple of miles north of Hamilton.

Officials with the Alabama State Troopers office stated a 1992 Dodge driven by Casey Allen Tooley, age 21 of Hackleburg and a 1994 Ford driven by Roger Mitchell, age 52 of Hackleburg were involved in the automobile accident. Joshua Purser, age 22 of Hamilton, who was a passenger in Mr. Tooley’s vehicle and Roger Mitchell were both pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Tooley was transported by RPS ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton where his condition was unknown at time of this story.  

State trooper officials stated that the automobile accident is still under investigation and no further information was released.

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Break-in attempt averted at McGuire Drugs

 By J. Mays

 GUIN - At 11:53 pm on Monday, January 1st Guin Police Department received a call from 911 Dispatch that a neighbor saw someone lurking around the rear of McGuire Drugs which is located at 141 12th Ave West in downtown Guin. When Guin police officer Willie Mills arrived he found, Richard Vince Estes, 39, prying on the rear door and stopped him from gaining entry into the business. Mr. Estes, who is a Winfield resident, was charged with burglary 3rd degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest. Assisting officer Mills in the arrest was Guin police officer Doug Webb and Marion County Drug Task Force Agent Kenny Hallmark.

Estes was released from the Marion County Jail on $16,500 bond.

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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A Snowman In Hamilton?

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ALABAMA TO MOVE UP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY?
 

Alabama's 2008 presidential primary is expected to be moved up to Saturday, February 2, 2008, to avoid the crowd of states voting on February 5, 2008.

Democratic and Republican leaders are said to be working together on a bill to move the primary away from the February 5, 2008 date, which happens to fall on Fat Tuesday, a major Mardi Gras holiday on Alabama's Gulf Coast.

House Majority Leader Ken Guin of Carbon Hill said February 2nd will distinguish Alabama from the growing number of states choosing February 5, and will test how Alabamians like voting on Saturday rather than the state's traditional Tuesday voting day.

Arkansas, Delaware, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona and Utah are already planning primaries for February 5. California, New Jersey, Illinois and other states are looking at moving up to early February 2008. jmays-2/13/07

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“Twin Fire Department has new Brush Truck”

The Twin Fire & Rescue Service recently place a new brush truck into service, replacing a state loaned vehicle which was donated to the them by the Winfield Fire Department. Designated as Engine 112, the truck is a 1994 Chevy extended cab 4 wheel drive which has a 250 gallon water tank, a 75 gallon per minute pump and is fully equipped with wildland firefighting equipment such as pulaski axes, fire rakes, fire flaps, backfire torch, 2 power saws, hose and other tools. “The vehicle was donated to us well over a year ago by one of our members but we were only recently able to equip it after receiving the grant” says Twin Fire Chief Russell Bull. Funding for the equipment was received from a $3600 grant awarded to the department in 2006 by the Alabama Forestry Commission through their Hurricane Ivan Recovery Project, 2006 Statewide Wildland Fire Prevention and Suppression Grant.  The truck will be used not only on grass and woods fires but can be used during storm clean-up and other activities as well.

 In addition to equipment, the department received funding through the grant to purchase wildland personal protective gear for the firefighters. “The protective gear used on wildland fires is much lighter than what we use in fighting structural fires but offers all the protection a firefighter needs” says Bull. “Wearing structural protection gear on a wildland fire is extremely strenuous due to the fact that you’re in the woods climbing through thick vegetation and working for extended periods of time and the gear is heavy. Structural protective gear just isn’t designed for this”, says Bull.

 The protective gear consists of a flame resistant coat and pants with reflective trim, hardhat and leather gloves, all of which are specifically designed for wildland firefighting. Members will supply their own leather work boots to wear with the gear. “From what we’ve seen already it’ll be much easier on the guys wearing this on grass and woods fires” according to Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Markham. “The gear is much lighter and easier to get around in”, says Markham.

The department received yet another grant in 2006 to purchase wildland fire prevention material and equipment from the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments. “We were able to purchase a new computer to create our own fire prevention materials on, a new TV and VCR/DVD player and wildland fire prevention tapes and DVD’s to use in the community. We plan to start a Wildland Fire Prevention campaign very soon and residents of the department’s response area can expect to see firefighters going door-to-door passing out prevention materials and talking with residents about what they can do to prevent wildfires on their property”, says Board of Director’s President Doug Barnes.

 According to both Bull and Barnes the department has been extremely fortunate in receiving a number of grants in order to purchase needed equipment in the past 3 years. “Researching, locating and applying for all these grants is a pretty much a full-time job and we’ve got someone that stays on top of it for us. Every grant we receive is that much less money the department and community have to spend on equipment and the better equipped we are to serve our residents. It’s safe to say that we’re probably one of the best equipped departments of our size anywhere around and we’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short period of time.”

 The department would like to make residents aware of the fact that their services are available to perform prescribed burning on their property if requested, free of charge. “This past winter the department conducted prescribed burning on about 60 acres in the department’s response area in cooperation with the Pea Ridge Fire Department. “In the past landowners routinely burned wooded areas to lessen the chance and severity of fires and to rid the woods of thick undergrowth . If you’ve been watching the news you see that folks in the Western US ,where they do little if any prescribed burning, have been having more fires and they are much more severe than we have here in the Southeast where burning has been a widely accepted practice for years. And for hunters, prescribed burning also increases food and wildlife habitat as well” says Bull.

 Residents who are interested in having the department perform this service for them are urged to contact the department at 468-8554 or any department member.  “There are a number of things that must be done in order to do a burn. It’s not something you go out and do without a lot of prior planning and work” says Bull.- 01/24

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Winfield School Board Meets

By Kenneth Jackson

The Winfield City School Board met on Monday at noon at the board office with all current members present as well as the recently resigned board member Bill Carothers. Carothers was there to receive special thanks and recognition for years of service.

The board is awaiting the appointing of a member by the Winfield City Council to fulfill Carothers term.

In Board Business:

  1. Approved leaves of absences for Tammy Box, Tabitha Mays, and Tara Cook.

  2. Posted a 3 ½ hour per day part-time cafeteria worker for the elementary school.

  3. Approved a band trip for late April to Panama City .

  4. Approved the 2007-2008 school calendar which includes two weeks and two days for Christmas Break. This school year’s Christmas break was only 8 school days. The last day of school for 2008 is May 30th.

  5. The board also heard an outstanding superintendents evaluation from the evaluator Dr. Neil Hyche and reviewed the latest report for the Winfield City Schools from the State Board of Education.

Set the next meeting for Tuesday March 13 at 5 p.m.

kjackson@watvc.com

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Marion County Extension to Hold Garden Basics Seminar

Hamilton - The Marion County Extension Office will be holding a free seminar entitled:

"Vegetable Garden Basics"

Nelson Wynn, Regional Extension Agent will be at the Marion County Extension Office (Located in the Court House Annex) for a Vegetable Garden Basics Seminar on March 15, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please register by March 13, 2007.  For more information please call 205-921-3551 or visit:  www.aces.edu/Marion/files/vgbasics.pdf     or

www.aces.edu/counties/Marion

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Exercise a Success

A Hazardous Materials Exercise was held recently to test the response capabilities of local fire and rescue units to these type incidents. The Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Guin Fire Department and Twin Fire & Rescue Service all participated in the exercise which was held Saturday February 17, 2007. Department personnel responded to a mock vehicle accident between a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials and car. The exercise was held on Scufflegrit Road north of Corridor X. 

“We had been discussing this scenario for sometime and had already had a couple of accidents involving tanker trucks on the Corridor but luckily they weren’t carrying any hazardous materials”, said Pea Ridge Fire Chief Jason Langley. “We decided it would be good if we tested our response to one of these type incidents and worked out the problems ahead of time so that our response would be more safe and effective”, said Langley.  

According to Twin Fire Chief Russell Bull the exercise was a success. “We had outside observers from other departments to participate and be “judges” to make note of any mistakes we made. Winfield Fire Chief Keith Waldrop, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Loden and Brett Burleson of the Marion County Hazardous Materials Team were the observers and gave us feedback after the exercise was completed and their participation and suggestions were appreciated”, said Bull. “We tried to make this as realistic as possible so our firefighters could get a feel for what the real thing might be like”, said Bull. 

“I thought the whole exercise was a success and was well conducted”, said Winfield Fire Chief Keith Waldrop. “It is important that departments hold these type exercises from time to time to test their capabilities to ready themselves for the real thing.  

Also participating in the event were Marion County EMA Director Matt McCracken, Marion County District 5 Commissioner Bob Burleson and Trish Campbell, a representative from Air-Evac. “We appreciate Tommy Howe Petroleum for allowing the use of a tanker truck to create the mock incident. We would also like to thank everyone that participated in the event”, said both Langley and Bull. Without their participation the exercise would not have gone as smoothly as it did.”2/17/07

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February 23, 2007
Governor Riley Releases $17 Million for Schools

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley announced Friday his administration is releasing $17 million to help schools pay for a broad range of basic needs, from utilities to toiletries.

The funding was included in this fiscal year’s education budget as a conditional appropriation, meaning its release was contingent on adequate revenues coming into the Education Trust Fund. That revenue level has been reached and the $17 million is now being released to public school systems across the state.
“Because our economy is strong, we’re experiencing record growth in the Education Trust Fund and can help schools all across Alabama,” said Governor Riley. “We must always remember that more funding for education isn’t possible unless we have a growing economy. And the economic growth plan we’ll consider in special session next week and the tax incentives I’ll be proposing in the regular session will help sustain our economy and result in additional funding for schools.”

State Finance Director Jim Main spoke to school superintendents from across the state this morning and informed them of the Governor’s action.

The $17 million is included in the education budget under the category of “Other Current Expenses,” which schools use to cover basic expenses not otherwise earmarked in the budget.

The additional $17 million brings total funding for OCE to $751.8 million.
Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-2/23/07

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February 23, 2007

Governor Riley Calls Legislature into Special Session

MONTGOMERY—Governor Bob Riley has called the legislature into a special session. The special session will begin Monday, February 26, at 5:00 p.m.
 

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-2/23/07

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LOCAL ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN JERRY BROWN ARTS FESTIVAL

HAMILTON – Northwest Alabama will be well represented at the upcoming Jerry Brown Arts Festival. Melissa Miles of Guin, Emogene Lenard and Ron Morris of Fayette, Catherine Brown, James Brassfield, Kathy Ballard, and Jerry Brown of Hamilton will be joined by artists from throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia at this year’s festival.

Designated as one of 50 top arts events for the 2007 Year of Alabama Arts and as a Top 10 event for the month of March in all categories by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, the anticipation for this year’s festival has been tremendous. This year’s group of artists is believed to be the best to date in the festival’s young history, with several participants having displays in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History.

Sponsored by the Northwest Alabama Arts Council, the fifth annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious juried arts festivals in Alabama . This year's festival will be held at the E.T. Sims Neighborhood Facilities Building in Hamilton . Saturday, March 3, festival hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, festival hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the festival.
Additional activities for this year's festival include the elementary school arts competition "Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds," and the high school arts competition "Sketching the Future.”

A new addition to the festival is the Jerry Brown Arts Festival Family Concert which will be held on the first night of the festival, Saturday, March 3, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bevill Business & Community Center in Hamilton . Headlining the concert will be Joseph Baldwin of Vina. Also performing will be Rock Creek of Belmont, Mississippi, Detroit resident Bob Moody, and Just Friends, of Hamilton . The family-friendly concert will be a continuation of the festival theme of “Reflections of the South” and will be country, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music.

During the concert, awards for the artists participating in the juried arts festival and the high school and elementary arts competition winners will be announced. Immediately following the concert, there will be a meet-and-greet session with the performers. There is no charge for admission to the concert.

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FREE CONCERT ADDED TO JERRY BROWN ARTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND

HAMILTON – In its fifth year, the Jerry Brown Arts Festival has added something new to its lineup – a concert.  On the first night of the festival, Saturday, March 3, the Northwest Alabama Arts Council will host a free concert starting at 6 p.m. at the Bevill Center in Hamilton.

 Headlining the concert will be Joseph Baldwin of Vina.  Joseph is the 2006 Panhandle Star winner and newest addition to Nashville's Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

 Also performing will be Rock Creek of Belmont, Miss. who will be performing gospel, folk, and bluegrass music.  Detroit resident Bob Moody will be performing gospel, bluegrass, and country music.  Just Friends, a gospel and country music group of Hamilton, will also be performing.  Concessions will also be available at the concert.

JBAF Public Relations Chairperson Marla Minter stated, “Since its inception, the theme for the Jerry Brown Arts Festival has been ‘Reflections of the South.’   This concert provides a continuation of our festival’s theme.  What greater heritage do we have in the South than music passed down from generation to generation?  By adding the concert to our festival weekend and by making it free to the public, the arts council felt we could give back to our community and share another art form during this festival weekend – the art of music.” 

 During the concert, awards for the artists participating in the juried arts festival as well as the high school and elementary arts competition winners will be announced.   

Immediately following the concert, there will be a meet-and-greet session with the performers, and concert-goers will have the opportunity to obtain autographs, photographs, and purchase CDs from the performers.

Minter added, “We would encourage everyone to come out, have supper with us, sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful evening of Southern heritage music.”

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With Jerry Brown in this photo is HES fourth grader Lorra Carter.

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NORTHWEST ALABAMA ARTS COUNCIL ESTABLISHES ELEMENTARY ARTS PROGRAM

HAMILTON - On January 19, nine students along with principal Dr. Sherry Armstrong from Hamilton
Elementary School traveled to Jerry Brown Pottery to participate in the new "Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds" program, a new two-session arts program created by the Northwest Alabama Arts Council.

A total of 25 students were selected from the fourth grade at Hamilton Elementary School to participate in this special program. Selection was based upon the
student’s interest in art and exhibited skill level. Students will receive three hours of instruction from local potter Jerry Brown and his wife, Sandra.

The Browns will share with these students the craftsmanship and old-fashioned knowledge of pottery-making that have been handed down from generation to generation in the Brown family since the 1700s. The students will be shown how Brown digs his
own clay and uses his mule, Blue, to grind and mix all of the clay used in making his pottery, how Brown hand turns and hand decorates each piece of pottery, to include firing most of his pottery in a brick kiln.

Ed Minter, Vice President of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council stated, "This was one of our goals when this organization was created, to provide art education and art programs to our local schools. We have a treasure in our community in Jerry Brown. It is imperative that we as an organization make sure his skills are passed on to a new generation of artists. We are excited about this pilot program and look forward to providing this opportunity to other area schools each year leading up to our festival."

The highlight of the program, in addition to the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Smithsonian artist, will be each student's opportunity to make their own piece of pottery by actually working on Brown’s wheel and molding clay into their own artistic masterpiece.

Each student will have their piece of art exhibited at this year's Jerry Brown Arts Festival, to be held on
March 3rd and 4th, in Hamilton. Similar to the professional artists displaying at the festival, each
student's piece of pottery will be judged, and the top five participants will receive scholarships to the Bevill State Community College Arts Camp scheduled forth summer.

Additional information can be obtained at www.nwaarts.org and www.jbaf.org. 01/30

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NWAAC Open House Leaders: (from L to R) Hamilton Mayor Ray Harper, Sandra and Jerry Brown, and NWAAC President Deb Cochran

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

HAMILTON – On Sunday afternoon, January 28, the Northwest Alabama Arts Council officially opened its doors for business at its newly renovated office in Hamilton City Hall.  Funding for the renovations was secured through a grant obtained from the State of Alabama “Support the Arts” License Tag Committee. 

 Arts council president Deb Cochran stated that “The support of Mayor Ray Harper and the council, Annette Sherrill, McDavid Franks, Scotty Sanderson, Richard Gann, and Shane Stidham has been outstanding.  We could not have done this without them.  We thank them for the privilege of having our office centrally located in city hall.  This will be a tremendous advantage to our organization as we recruit artists, vendors, and entertainers from all over the United States to participate in our festivals, our concerts, and in our art education programs.” 

The Northwest Alabama Arts Council’s primary event is the Jerry Brown Arts Festival held annually the first weekend in March.  Additionally, the arts council is now supporting arts programs on both the elementary and high school levels.  Formed in 2004, the NWAAC is a nonprofit, voluntary organization formed to promote art and artists in our area.   

In addition to Cochran, others serving in leadership roles with the arts council are vice president Ed Minter, secretary Tyna Vines, and art education program coordinator Belinda McRae.  Jerry and Sandra Brown serve as special advisors to the council. 

The official website of the arts council is www.nwaarts.org, and the official website of the Jerry Brown Arts Festival is www.jbaf.org.  Additional information can be obtained through these two websites or by calling (205) 921-9483.

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"Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds"

Important news about the story above is that each student who participated in this program will have their piece of art exhibited at this year's Jerry Brown Arts Festival, to be held on March 3rd and 4th, in Hamilton.

Similar to the professional artists displaying at the festival, each student's piece of pottery will be judged, and the top five participants will receive scholarships to the Bevill State Community College Arts Camp scheduled for the summer.

Additional information can be obtained at www.nwaarts.org and www.jbaf.org. 01/30

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Winners

"Molding Hearts,

 Hands & Minds"

The winners from the "Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds" elementary school arts program.

First place: Meredith Knight
Second place: Katie Perry
Third place: Denise Carter
Fourth place: Lorra Carter
Fifth place: Paige Box

Twenty-five Hamilton Elementary fourth-graders spent two sessions learning from Jerry Brown and then created their own pottery piece, which was judged and displayed as part of last week's Jerry Brown Arts Festival.

In addition to ribbons and certificates, these top five artists were awarded scholarships by the Northwest Alabama Arts Council to attend Bevill State Community College's Summer Arts Camp to be held in June at its Hamilton Campus.

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JERRY BROWN FESTIVAL WINNERS

Shown is Sandra Brown with Mark Williams, a potter from Bogart, GA, who won Best in Show at the 2007 Jerry Brown Arts Festival.  Also shown is Jerry Brown.

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Rebekah Jackson

photo by jmays

Rebekah Jackson, daughter of Steve and Cindy Jackson (Owners of TV 8 in Hamilton) enjoys her Roasted Corn offered by one of the several Vendors on hand at the recent Jerry Brown Arts Festival held in Hamilton, Alabama.  Below Rebekah is shown with her mom and dad.

photo by jmays

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Left to right:  David Jones, John Helms, Baldwin, and Ricky Reed.

Shown above is Joseph Baldwin and his band performing at the JBAF Family Concert on Saturday night, March 3, at the Bevill Center.

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Shown above is a photo taken at the Jerry Brown Arts Festival Family Concert on Saturday night, March 3, at the Bevill Center in Hamilton.

 
Awards were made during the concert to area high school students who participated in the Northwest Alabama Arts Council's high school arts competition.  Over 300 students competed with 78 drawings being selected for final display and judging at this year's Jerry Brown Arts Festival. 
 
Shown left to right:  Belinda McRae, Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Continuing Education Coordinator; Steffaney Hedrick, Winfield High School, 3rd place overall program; Hang Pham, Phillips High School, 2nd place, Sketching the Future; BSCC Dean Susan Burrow; and Caleb Wade, Russellville High School, 2nd place overall.
 
Not shown are 1st place overall winner Suzanne Pickett of Russellville High School, overall program; Trace Barnett, Brilliant High School, first place, Sketching the Future; and Bridget Tucker, Hackleburg High School, third place, Sketching the Future.  In addition to receiving certificates and ribbons, all awards winners received cash prize.
 

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Winfield School Board Discusses Elementary School Classroom Addition

             By   Kenneth Jackson

The Winfield City School Board met on Tuesday March 13th at 5 p.m. in the system offices.  The board welcomed new board member Michael Box to his first board meeting since replacing Bill Carothers.  Board member Chuck Spann was not present.

Superintendent Terrell Kirkpatrick presented the board with some plans for a proposed elementary school classroom addition.  The financing would come from an upcoming state bond issue.  A decision was tabled for further review.

The board went into executive session for some twenty minutes at the beginning of the meeting for what Kirkpatrick said concerned a legal matter.

The board heard and received a presentation of the Fiscal Year 2006 audit by CPA Vangie Rasbury.  She reported a “clean” audit with the net assets for the school system increasing some $400,000 over the previous year.

In other business-

  1. Approved the resignation of Vicki Humber as middle school custodian and posted the job.

  2. Approved the employment of Tiffany Porter as part-time elementary school lunch room worker.

  3. Approved catastrophic leave for Cindi Holt with an amendment attached.

  4. Approved a resolution in opposition to a uniform state school calendar or mandatory start date.

 kjackson@watvc.com

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Menu Foods pet food with ChemNutra wheat gluten voluntarily recalled

TORONTO, April 5, 2007

 /PRNewswire/ - In response to a news release - issued by ChemNutra Inc. during the evening of April 3, 2007 - Menu Foods today voluntarily expanded its pet food recall for selected "cuts and gravy" pet food products, manufactured back to November 8, 2006.

ChemNutra Inc., a former supplier of wheat gluten to Menu Foods, announced a recall of all wheat gluten it imported from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in Wangdien, China. As a result, Menu Foods today announced an expansion of its recall to include all products manufactured with wheat gluten purchased from ChemNutra Inc. which Menu

Foods' records show was first used on November 8, 2006 and last used on March 6, 2007.

As a result of actions previously taken by Menu Foods, the vast majority of the products affected by this expansion are already off retailers' shelves. No new brands have been added. A total of 20 varieties have been added to the recall list and the additional varieties are listed below. All Menu Foods products not made with the recalled wheat gluten are safe to consume.

A complete and updated list of recalled products is available at the Menu Foods website at http://www.menufoods.com.

 

Click the above link to see a detailed list of label contents for the recalled products.

For Science Diet (TM) information, click here.

jmays 4/6/07

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Recent Recalls of Popular Brands of Pet Foods!

Go to the site listed below to see if your favorite pet food is on the recall list.  Follow the prompts.

http://www.menufoods.com/index.html

Go to the links below to read about pet foods on our local grocery shelves which should be safe to feed your pets.

9Lives Not Affected By Recall. Click Here For More Information.

Friskies® is not affected by the Menu Foods pet food recall.

A Message from Nestlé Purina PetCare Company About the Menu Foods Recall

Purina Product is Listed in the Pet Food Recall.  See below for that link.

Purina to voluntarily withdraw Mighty Dog® 5.3 ounce pouch products in response to Menu Foods recall

 

 

NEW! 3/30/07

Alpo® Brand Prime Cuts In Gravy Canned Dog Food Voluntary Nationwide Recall

Website:

www.menufoods.com

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MARCH 30, 2007 Menu Foods Clears Non-Recalled Food for Pet Consumption
 

TORONTO, ONTARIO
NOT FOR RELEASE OVER US NEWSWIRE SERVICES


Attention Business/Financial Editors

Menu Foods Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:MEW.UN) today expressed confidence that its “cuts and gravy” style pet food outside the recalled period is safe and healthy for consumption by North America’s cats and dogs.

The Fund’s announcement followed a news conference by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during which it identified that melamine has been found in wheat gluten imported from China. This is the wheat gluten in the recalled pet food that caused illnesses and deaths.

Melamine has not been found in other Menu Foods pet food, nor is it present in the wheat gluten from the other suppliers used by Menu Foods.

“The pet food that we have manufactured after March 6 is safe and healthy,” said Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, at a news conference on Friday.

“How do we know this? First, it contains no melamine. Secondly, it contains none of the suspect wheat gluten. Thirdly, all of the testing that has been conducted, including the routine taste tests that were underway prior to the discovery of this problem, have demonstrated that those products not associated with the suspect wheat gluten performed very well and in a manner consistent with historic norms.”

“Quite simply, one supplier’s product was adulterated with a material that is not part of any known screening procedure for wheat gluten,” Henderson said. “The important point today is that the source of the adulteration has been identified and removed from our system.

“As a result, I can say with complete confidence today – to consumers, to our customers, to governments – that Menu Foods continues to uphold the high standards for which we have been known since 1971,” he said.

“Our products are safe. We continue to engage in the highest levels of monitoring and testing in the pet food industry. These tests will be expanded as a result of this experience,” said Henderson.

Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.

Contact information:

Consumers
1-866-895-2708

Website:

www.menufoods.com

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TRUCK ACCIDENT CAUSED TRAFFIC DELAYS IN HAMILTON

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Story and Pictures by JMays
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - March 21, 2007 - A two vehicle accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer was cause for alarm for local firefighters.

Police, Paramedics and then Firefighters were called to the scene of the accident where a fire was reported from one of the vehicles involved. No injuries were reported in the accident at the intersection of County Highway 29 and US Highway 43 North near the Ragsdale Creek Bridge.

 


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The accident occured at 1:05 p.m. A 1995 Chevy Lumina, driven by Hamilton resident, Rhonda Burleson, was struck as she entered the South-bound lane of US highway 43 from County Highway 29 by a 2000 Peterbilt belonging to Black Trucking out of Garden City, AL. The 2000 Peterbilt was driven by Dennis Maines of Hanceville, AL.

 


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The accident was not cleared and traffic was not flowing freely until after midnight, Thursday morning. HAZMAT Teams had to be called in to assist Firefighters and Marion County EMA in clearing any debris which might have been released into Ragsdale Creek.

Driver of Truck Talks to Police

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Marion County EMA on the Scene

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March 30, 2007

State Unemployment Rate Remains Low at 3.3 Percent

STATE OF ALABAMA

Office of the Governor

BOB RILEY
Governor

Press Office

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley on Friday announced that Alabama’s unemployment rate remained a low 3.3 percent in February, unchanged from January.

“Alabama’s economy continues showing growth and strength,” said Governor Riley. “With the middle class tax cuts and pro-growth tax incentives I’ve proposed, we can sustain this growth, which makes our economy even stronger and results in more funding for schools. Anyone who says tax relief and tax incentives hurt education funding is absolutely wrong. The only way to increase education funding is to stimulate more economic growth.”

Wage and salary employment increased by 11,000 in February, while the number of unemployed Alabamians dropped from 73,848 in January to 73,584 in February. In the last 12 months, employment increased by 35,800 in the state.

Alabama’s unemployment rate remained below the national unemployment rate, which was 4.5 percent for February.

 For a summary of Governor Riley’s pro-growth tax incentives, go online to:

 www.governor.alabama.gov/SOS_07.htm

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March 20, 2007


Committee to Hold Hearing on Governor Riley’s “Teacher Protection Act”

MONTGOMERY – Several Alabama teachers are expected to testify in support of Governor Bob Riley’s “Teacher Protection Act” on Wednesday when a Senate committee holds a public hearing on the bill.

The Teacher Protection Act would provide teachers with professional liability insurance. This insurance would provide teachers with legal representation and protect them from potential financial ruin if they are sued over issues related to work. Liability insurance is a protection the state already provides to state employees.

“The state provides a form of liability insurance protection to all state employees, but not our teachers. Currently, our hardworking teachers are forced to pay for this protection out of their own pockets,” said Governor Riley. “I believe this protection should be extended to our teachers so they are secure from the financial dangers of work-related lawsuits.”

The state’s General Liability Trust Fund covers state employees from personal liability in lawsuits arising out of their official duties and helps them pay for legal expenses incurred in their defense. It protects, for example, state troopers when they are sued for false arrest, corrections officers when the are sued by inmates, and agency officials when they are sued by disgruntled employees.

If the same protections are extended to the state’s teachers with the Teacher Protection Act, it is estimated Alabama teachers would save about $8 million annually.

The Senate Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on the Teacher Protection Act (Senate Bill 148) on Wednesday. The committee will begin its meeting at 8:30 a.m. in Room 727 of the Alabama State House.

The bipartisan Senate bill is sponsored by Senator Scott Beason and co-sponsored by Senators Ben Brooks, Bradley Bryne, Tom Butler, Larry Dixon, Hank Erwin, Steve French, Rusty Glover, Del Marsh, Larry Means and Jabo Waggoner.

The Teacher Protection Act is part of Governor Riley’s Plan 2010.


Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-3/20/07

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March 15, 2007


State Receives $2 Million Check to Help Enterprise Rebuilding Effort


MONTGOMERY – Representatives from a Boston-based insurance company personally presented a $2 million check on Wednesday to Governor Bob Riley and Enterprise officials as the first installment toward the coverage of two Enterprise schools damaged by a tornado on March 1.

Officials from Lexington Insurance presented the check at the State Capitol. The insurance company participates in the in the State Insurance Fund (SIF), the state’s property insurance program.

The SIF, supported by Lexington and its other excess insurers, will provide additional millions in assistance to the Enterprise school system as it recovers from its devastating loss.

Jim Main, State Finance Director, said, “I am very encouraged by the fact that the state’s re-insurers are responding to the Enterprise disaster without hesitation. Lexington is to be commended for advancing much-needed funds in this manner.”

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-3/15/07

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March 23, 2007

Governor Riley Promotes the ACCESS Distance Learning Program

STATE OF ALABAMA

Office of the Governor

BOB RILEY
Governor

Press Office

TARRANT—Governor Bob Riley today visited Tarrant High School in Tarrant to promote the state’s ACCESS Distance Learning program. At Tarrant, Governor Riley sat in on a Spanish II class being taught by a teacher at Douglas High School in Marshall County. A total of 30 students were able to take the class, thanks to the distance learning program.


"We need to continue to invest in ACCESS because it expands learning opportunities our students," said Governor Riley. "For too long, many of Alabama’s students in rural communities or inner cities have been denied the range of courses available in other schools. With ACCESS, we use 21st century technology to change that, and if my budget is approved, more students will benefit from it."


Currently, 44 Alabama high schools have received ACCESS grants, but a total of 117 high schools are currently participating using existing technology. By the end of the year, an additional 150 schools will be using the technology. Governor Riley announced an additional 26 high schools will be added in his 2007 State of the State address, bringing the total number of ACCESS grants to 70 by August 2007. During the next school year, an estimated 10,000 students will take courses through ACCESS, with that number rising to 25,000 by the 2008-2009 school year.


Governor Riley’s budget also provides for an additional 150 schools to receive ACCESS technology. The budget provides for an increase of $14.7 million dollars, for a total of $25 million dollars. If approved, that will mean distance learning will have been implemented in more than half of Alabama’s high schools in just three years.

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March 22, 2007

Governor Riley Lowers Speed Limit for I-65 and I-20-59 Interchange in Birmingham

STATE OF ALABAMA

Office of the Governor


BOB RILEY
Governor


Press Office



MONTGOMERY—Governor Bob Riley today signed an Establishment of State Speed Zone lowering the speed limit from its current limit of 60 mph to 50 mph for all vehicles traveling near the I-65 / I-20-59 interchange in Birmingham.

Temporary signs alerting motorists of the new speed limit will be in place by next week.

"We are working to enhance safety enforcement by increasing the size of our state trooper force”, said Governor Riley. “In the meantime, I am taking this needed step to help reduce traffic crashes and, hopefully, to save lives in an area that has become increasingly dangerous."

On I-59, the speed limit will be lowered from mile marker 123 through mile marker 127. On I-65, it will be lowered from mile marker 259 to mile marker 262, and on I-20 it will be lowered from mile marker 130 to mile marker 129. The speed limit on I-20 will be lowered to 45 mph.

The busy Birmingham interchange has recently seen several accidents caused by steel coils dropping off the back of trucks, damaging the highway. The coils can weigh as much as 46,000 pounds, and on average, cause around $200,000 to $300,000 worth of damage. The Alabama Department of Transportation recommended the speed limit reduction, because excessive speed has been in a factor in most of the accidents.

“I’m pleased to have the support of Governor Riley to enhance the safety of the traveling public in the most heavily traveled interchange in the state of Alabama,” said Joe McInnes, Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation. “We encourage all motorists to adhere to these new speed limits and join us in lowering the vehicle accident rate in Alabama.”

The Alabama Trucking Association also supports the change. ATA’s President and CEO, Frank Filgo, says lowering the speed limit was one of their original recommendations to help reduce the number of accidents in the area. “We are very glad to see the speed limits reduced. Any coil spill is dangerous if the coil leaves the truck bed, and we hope this speed limit reduction will help reduce accidents.”

Several additional state troopers will also be assigned to the area to help enforce the new speed limits.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Police Seek Family of Shooting Victim Speights


Authorities need help locating relatives of a man fatally shot early Tuesday in western Birmingham.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Jay Glass said that someone shot into the pickup truck that Martin Speights, 46, of Lithonia, Ga., was driving. He drove to a parking lot in the 1200 block of the Bankhead Highway and was pronounced dead on the scene there at 1:09 a.m.

Anyone who is related to Speights is asked to contact the coroner's office at 205-930-3603.

Further information from Birmingham police was not immediately available.

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Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2007

 

Riley Awards Grant to Provide Improved Assistance to Rape Victims Throughout Alabama

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $148,000 to a nonprofit agency in Montgomery that helps victims of sexual assault. The grant will improve services for victims across the state through continued training and support of law enforcement, medical and legal personnel.
The Alabama Coalition Against Rape will use the funds to train prosecutors and law enforcement officers on sexual assault issues including dynamics of sexual assault, techniques of interviewing victims and procedures to ensure the successful prosecution of sexual offenders.
The coalition will offer training and technical assistance to medical personnel that will help ease victims’ anxieties and improve the collection of evidence during forensic examinations.
“By educating law enforcement officers, doctors, prosecutors and others on the needs and concerns of victims, the Alabama Coalition Against Rape helps ensure that these crimes are dealt with swiftly and effectively,” Riley said. “I commend the coalition for advocating the kind of professional and compassionate response that victims deserve.”
The grant also will support development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team programs, awareness of sexual assault through media campaigns and assistance to faith-based programs that tackle sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
Riley notified Kathleen Connolly, ACAR president, that the grant had been approved. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant from funds provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
BOB RILEY
GOVERNOR


OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
DR. TIM ALFORD
DIRECTOR


Contact:
Frank Miles
Larry Childers
(334) 242-5525

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-3/27/07

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March 19, 2007



Governor Riley Appoints Don Lambert to Lamar County Court

MONTGOMERY— Governor Bob Riley announced on Monday that he has appointed Don Lambert, of Vernon, to the Lamar County District Court. Lambert is filling the vacancy left by Judge Ed Gosa, who recently retired.

“I am pleased to appoint Don Lambert to the bench in Lamar County,” said Governor Riley. “He brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to the bench, and I am confident he will serve the people of Lamar County with distinction.”

Lambert is an attorney and has been practicing law since 1991. His areas of practice include juvenile court, real estate law, civil litigation, criminal law, domestic relations, appeals and probate. He is a member of both the Alabama Bar and the Federal District Court Bar in the Northern District of Alabama, and is a former Bar Commissioner.

“I am honored that Governor Riley would have the confidence in me to appoint me to the Lamar County District Court,” said Lambert. “I look forward to serving the people of Lamar County to the best of my ability.”

Lambert is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and holds a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s of Laws in Taxation from the University of Alabama.

The appointment is effective immediately.

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley3/19/2007

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Monday, March 5, 2007
 

Riley Grant will Help Workers at Tiffin Motor Homes Boost Their Job Skills
 

MONTGOMERY—Workers at a manufacturing plant in Winston County will upgrade their job skills and help their company become more efficient thanks in part to a grant awarded by Gov. Bob Riley.
Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. will use the $50,000 grant to cover a part of the cost to train 120 workers at its Red Bay facility in techniques to reduce waste and increase production efficiency. The company will contribute $75,290 for the training.
“Alabama’s well-trained workforce is a key component to our recent economic successes,” Riley said. “I am pleased to help these Alabama workers gain new skills that will help them and their company continue contributing to the state’s economy.”
Expansions during the past 25 years have resulted in a disorderly arrangement of manufacturing buildings, inefficient production flow and excessive waste, said officials with Tiffin, which manufactures high-end custom motor homes under the Allegro, Phaeton and Zephyr names. Workers will be trained to apply LEAN Manufacturing, a technique that streamlines production and eliminates waste. The training will be conducted over a 12-month period by Spectrum Consulting.
Riley awarded the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Alabama Office of Workforce Development will administer the funds.
OWD Director Tim Alford informed Tim Tiffin, the company’s general manager, that the grant had been approved.

 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
BOB RILEY
GOVERNOR


OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
DR. TIM ALFORD
DIRECTOR


Contact: Mike Presley, Larry Childers, (334) 242-5525

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley3/5/2007

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February 27, 2007


Governor Riley Announces New Auto Supplier to Locate in Auburn


MONTGOMERY—Governor Bob Riley was joined by local officials from Auburn on Tuesday to announce that two companies – Seohan Auto USA and Seohan Driveshaft USA – will locate in Auburn. The two companies will create a total of up to 170 new jobs and a combined investment of $33 million.

“These companies are yet another example of the quality businesses that Alabama is able to recruit thanks to our excellent workforce, strong partnerships with local communities and a booming economy,” said Governor Riley. “I am proud to welcome Seohan to Alabama and am confident they will find great success in our state.”

Seohan is a manufacturer of front and rear axle assembly for Montgomery’s Hyundai plant. The companies will jointly occupy a 250,000 square foot building in Auburn’s Industrial Park.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin immediately and production is scheduled to begin by the end of the year.

Seohan Auto USA and Seohan Driveshaft USA are part of the Seohan Group, which is based in Korea.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
BOB RILEY
GOVERNOR


OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
DR. TIM ALFORD
DIRECTOR


Contact: Mike Presley, Larry Childers, (334) 242-5525

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-2/27/07

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In Case You Missed It!  

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007

Riley Awards Grant to Curb Domestic Violence in Marion County

 

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $21,777 to the Marion County Commission to support continued efforts in the county to reduce domestic violence.
The Marion County Family Violence Prevention Program, administered by the district attorney’s office, will use the grant to help fund the continued employment of a full-time family violence investigator and a prosecutor specializing in family violence cases.
The program focuses on decreasing domestic violence and abuse by increasing the effectiveness of law enforcement’s response to domestic violence and ensuring that all cases are actively prosecuted.
“Domestic violence is a reprehensible crime that must be punished,” Riley said. “I commend Marion County officials for implementing this program and helping victims find the justice they deserve.”
The program’s investigator and prosecutor organize law enforcement training sessions to help officers understand and properly respond to the physical and mental aspects of domestic violence. The program also reaches out to church groups and civic organizations to raise awareness of the problem and convey the importance of community support for victims.
Riley notified Bobby Boyett, commission chairman, that the grant had been approved. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. Matching funds of $7,259 will supplement the grant.
 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
BOB RILEY
GOVERNOR


ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
BILL JOHNSON
DIRECTOR

Contact: Frank Miles, Larry Childers, (334) 242-5525

Press Release from Gov. Bob Riley-2/1/07

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Truck Hit by Log Truck

Truck driven by Dennis Gann, an employee of Sitel of Hamilton, was hit as he sat at the main red light in Hamilton.

Accident with Log Truck

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Tragedy at Virginia Tech

3:45 p.m., April 16, 2007

Campus remains closed; convocation Tuesday 3:45 p.m., April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech remains closed on Monday, April 16, 2007. Vehicular entrances to campus are severely restricted to essential personnel only. Additional security remains on campus as the investigation continues.

Counseling assistance for students is available at West Ambler Johnston and McComas Hall until 9 p.m. Monday night. Students are encouraged to utilize these services. Counseling for faculty and staff is available in the Bowman Room on the fourth floor of Jamerson Athletic Center, accessible from Jamerson or the Merryman Athletic Facility. Students may also gather at the Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires Student Center.

The university will also be closed on Tuesday, April 17. Essential personnel are to report for work. Classes are canceled.

A public gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m. (a time change from the originally scheduled gathering).

All students are urged to contact their parents as soon as possible to let them know they are safe.

Students, faculty, and staff who may have any information related to the incident at West Ambler Johnston Hall and Norris Hall are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411

Parents with concerns are asked to call the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787.

Individuals injured in the two shootings have been taken to area hospitals.

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Statement by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger

12:10 p.m., April 16, 2007

The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions. There were two shootings on campus. In each case, there were fatalities. The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus. I want to extend my deepest, sincerest and most profound sympathies to the families of these victims which include students There are 22 confirmed deaths.

We currently are in the process of notifying families of victims. The Virginia Tech Police are being assisted by numerous other jurisdictions. Crime scenes are being investigated by the FBI, University Police, and State Police. We continue to work to identify the victims impacted by this tragedy. I cannot begin to covey my own personal sense of loss over this senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act The university will immediately set up counseling centers. So far centers have been identified in Ambler Johnston and the Cook Counseling Center to work with our campus community and families.

Here are some of the facts we know:

At about 7:15 a.m. this morning a 911 call came to the University Police Department concerning an event in West Ambler Johnston Hall. There were multiple shooting victims. While in the process of investigating, about two hours later the university received reports of a shooting in Norris Hall. The police immediately responded. Victims have been transported to various hospitals in the immediate area in the region to receive emergency treatment.

We will proceed to contact the families of victims as identities are available.

All classes are cancelled and the university is closed for the remainder of today. The university will open Tuesday at 8 a.m. but classes are cancelled. The police are currently staging the release of people from campus buildings.

Families wishing to reunite with the students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. We are making plans for a convocation tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy.

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The7th Annual Vernon City Celebration Will Be Friday, April 27& Saturday, April 28, 2007!

     The 7th annual City Celebration will be held Friday night, April 27th 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 28th from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm in Vernon , AL . There will be live entertainment of all kinds, arts and crafts, food booths, antique cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and big trucks show.

     For more information about Arts and Crafts booths, food booths contact Tammy Bardon at 695-6863 after 5:00 p.m. by April 13. For auto show contact Glen Bardon at 695-6863 after 5:00 p.m. The auto show will be conducting a Cruise-In this year on Saturday morning for more information contact Jerry Paschall at 695-8817. This event is sponsored by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

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Sixth Annual NEIGHBOR DAY CELEBRATION

HACKLEBURG - The Sixth Annual Neighbor Day Celebration will be held this coming Saturday, April 28th, 2007 in Downtown Hackleburg, Alabama.

It was reported that "home-town" personality, and legendary singer/songwriter "Sonny" James Loden will be in town to sign autographs for the celebration!  That will be quite a treat!

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TWO PEOPLE DEAD AFTER CRASH IN CULLMAN CO.

Two people died Thursday Morning, April 12, 2007, around 2:00 a.m. when a tractor trailer and a car collided in Cullman County on Interstate 65 between Cullman and Hanceville, AL.

A witness, who happened upon the crash just after it occurred, told this reporter that the Alabama State Troopers were asking the press not to take any pictures of the vehicle because it was so badly damaged that they couldn't even tell how many people were occupying it.

Workers from the State Department of Forensic Sciences were called to the scene to help determine the number of fatalities.

State Troopers now say two people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, they were 18 year old, Justin Hubbard of Lynette, AL and 64 year old, Evelyn Farow of Valley, AL.  Police were not sure who was driving.

The driver of the Tractor Trailer was transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center. Although his exact condition is not known at this time,  it is believed that he did not have life threatening injuries.

story by jmays

4/13/07

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Texaco Havoline Show Car Comes To Hamilton

By Wayne Mays

On April 19, 2007 the Texaco Havoline Race Show Car made a stop at Mac's Minit-Mart in downtown Hamilton. Shown above is Scott with Texaco Havoline Racing. He has been traveling the State of Alabama with the Texaco Havoline Show Car promoting the racing team. The trip will continue to Anniston next and end at the Talladega Super Speedway arriving in time for race weekend on April 28th and 29th. They also had a pit time trials car set up to demonstrate the pit stop times. The #42 Texaco Havoline Car is driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. 4/19/07

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Michael Jackson Announces Resignation as Youth/Associate Minister

Michael Jackson, who has been the youth/associate minister for the Winfield church of Christ since November, 2003 announced his resignation recently. Jackson has accepted the multi-role of Distance Education Librarian/ Director of Christian Service/Adjunct Professor position at Heritage Christian University in Florence , Alabama .

Michael is a 1999 graduate of Winfield City High School , a 2004 graduate of Heritage Christian University and is scheduled to receive a master’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University on May 12, 2007.

Michael currently serves on the City of Winfield ’s Library Board after having replaced Randy Brown after Brown’s election to the City Council. He is also a Greek instructor in the Gus Nichols School of Biblical Studies in Jasper.

Michael Jackson achieved nationwide recognition through the mention of his name and his youth minister’s position in the “Headlines” portion of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Jackson is married to the former Stacey Tidwell of Hubbertville who is in her first year of teaching at Winfield Elementary School . He is the son of Kenneth and Judy Jackson.
 

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North Fork Curves Claim Life of Hamilton Man

By Wayne Mays

HAMILTON - On Friday, April 20, 2007, at about 8:55 am, an automobile accident occurred at North Fork on Hwy 43 North about 5 miles north of Hamilton, claiming the life of Allen Verdell Kerr, age 40, of Hamilton, AL.

The accident involved a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Allen Verdell Kerr, age 40, of Hamilton, AL and a 1999 Freightliner driven by Daniel Palmer, age 39, of Jacksonville, AR. Mr. Palmer was not injured in the accident.

Sources with the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that the cause of the accident is still under investigation. 4/23

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TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON CO. HWY 11

By Wayne Mays

HAMILTON - At approximately 2pm on April, 20, 2007 a two vehicle accident occurred on County Hwy 11 involving two Hamilton residents.

The accident involved a 1988 Chevrolet driven by Vester Holloway, age 41, of Hamilton, AL and a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Jennifer Cribbs, age 32, of Hamilton, AL. Both sustained injuries and the extent of their injuries was unknown at the time of this story.

Sources with the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that the cause of the accident was still under investigation. 4/23

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Tracy Estes Reappointed to Winfield City School Board

By Kenneth Jackson

 The Winfield City Council met in regular session on Thursday April 5 and by a unanimous six to zero vote reappointed Tracy Estes to the Winfield City School Board.  Estes will begin his third five year term with the board in June, 2007.  Estes currently serves the board as its vice-chairman.

          In other council business:

A.     Set a city wide Clean- Up day for Saturday April 14, 2007. Two dumpsters will be available for use of inert items.

B.      Authorized the purchase of a Dodge Charger police car at the state bid prize.  With modifications the car will cost approximately $20,000.

C.     Changed the next council meeting to Tuesday April 17 at 6 p.m.

 kjackson@watvc.com

4/6/07
 

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Marion County Connection To Hallmark Channel's "Married In America 2"

By J. Mays

In 2002 Amber and Scott married and shared the happy event on public television. Now, 5 years later, we can watch them as they continue their life together.

Wednesday night, May 23, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time on the Hallmark Channel, watch the continuing story of Amber and Scott and 8 other couples who shared their life stories with us. This would not be such a significant event except for the fact that Scott is one of our own. He is from Hamilton, Alabama.

I had the opportunity to meet Scott last year when his dad was running for political office. I found him to be a delightful young man with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Scott Howell is the son of Wyatt and Cindy Howell from Hamilton, Alabama. Wyatt is a local attorney and Cindy, a school teacher. Scott's grandmother is Lilly Mae Howell, a retired school teacher also from Hamilton.

Watch "Married In America 2", Wednesday May 23, 2007, 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 8 p.m. Central Time, on the Hallmark Channel (Channel 54 on our West AL TV Cable in Hamilton and Winfield).

More to come on this story later....jmays

 
To view a clip of Scott and Amber or to purchase a CD of the show, click on the link below:

www.marriedinamerica.com

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Winfield Wal-Mart construction site.

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Marion County Humane Society Awards Certificate of Appreciation

( L to R - Donna Pemberton and Betty Blaine )

HAMILTON - A certificate of appreciation was awarded to Kent Cochran for his special efforts in assisting the Marion County Humane Society in the 2006 Hamilton Christmas Parade. This event was the Marion County Humane Society's first public function since it's inception in June 2006. Accepting the award on behalf of Mr. Cochran was Betty Blaine and presenting for the Marion County Humane Society was Donna Pemberton. 

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Proposed Shelter Plans Released By Marion County Humane Society

(L to R - Board Member Donna Pemberton, President Bill Nowlin, Treasurer Kathy Ballard and Board Member Betty Blain )

HAMILTON - If you've been noticing those sad little plastic puppy dogs sitting in local businesses, then that means you know that the Marion County Humane Society has been trying to raise money to construct a permanent shelter to care for Marion County's  stray animal problem. Members recently released drawings of a purposed shelter to gain public support in their efforts to construct the facility and to try to draw in help with the fund raiser they have been planning to achieve their goals. Check out their website at: marioncountyhumanesociety.org

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Here's are a few reminders and information for things that are ongoing relating to the arts council...

May 23 - 8:30 a.m. - Fourth grade awards day at Hamilton Elementary School. We are first on the program to present the 25 children who participated in the Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds program their participation ribbons and certificates.

Ongoing - Registration continues for a continuing education class presented by Bevill State - Hamilton Campus. The class is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The location will be Jerry Brown Pottery. The cost is $50. To register or for more information, contact Belinda McRae, Continuing Education Coordinator, at (205) 921-3177 Ext. 5306. There are only a few slots of availability left!

June 5 - Vote!

Belinda McRae is currently working on a grant proposal with the state arts council for a new, short-term art education program. More information will be provided as the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed. We thank Belinda for her hard work and dedication to this most worthy cause!

We realize that summertime is a very busy time of the year for everyone, but we will be scheduling a meeting very soon. We have some very important issues to discuss, to include suggested grant applications, planning of upcoming events, and site suggestions for the 2008 JBAF.

Please be sure and contact Ed or Marla at 205-921-3632 if you would like to obtain any of the 2008 JBAF brochures to disseminate at any festivals that you are attending throughout the rest of the spring and during the summer. If you do make contact with artists who you would like to be sent an application for the 2008 JBAF, please e-mail us their name and address and we will put them on our mailing list.

The arts council received this from the Bureau of Tourism & Travel: "For every one dollar in travel-related spending by travelers, Alabama workers earn 41-cents. – Source: Economic Impact Alabama Travel Industry 2006"

We realize that many our of NWAAC volunteers are actively involved in other important community events. Please remember and support these events, i.e., Relay for Life, Mayday for Maywood, etc., as well as all festivals in the area. Please let these folks know that you there as members of the arts council supporting their event, and hopefully, those actions will be reciprocated.

FYI, we are now over 60 days post-festival, and we continue to receive a lot of positive feedback and compliments regarding the 2007 JBAF from within the community and from community leaders. With this having been our fifth festival, many people feel that we are now "here to stay" and are an "established" and important event for our community. Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers for your ideas, efforts, time, dedication, and professionalism in making the JBAF such a tremendous success not only for 2007 but for years to come!



Northwest Alabama Arts Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 694
Hamilton, AL 35570
(205) 921-9483
www.nwaarts.org
www.jbaf.org

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June 22, 2007

News Channel 19's Carson Clark reports:

Two people were seriously injured today in a plane crash this afternoon in Cullman County.

The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. at Folsom Field, off Highway 31. An employee at the field tells NewsChannel 19 that the pilot radioed to Huntsville and said there was a fire on board. He also radioed Cullman to ask permission to land there. When he did, it looked like they had trouble with their landing gear and tried to take off again, but crashed.

The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency says a man and woman were hurt. Both were flown by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. The man is in critical condition. The woman is in better shape.

The plane crashed at the north end of the runway at the Cullman airport.

Note:  The plane is registered to John Kerr II of Hamilton, AL.

Later reports said that both passengers were awake and alert and were being transported by helicopter to a Huntsville hospital where they were placed in the Intensive Care Unit.

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National Highway Safety Program Report

Hamilton - Memorial Day - May 14 - June 3, 2007 was "Buckle Up In Your Truck" & "Click It or Ticket".

A report was released from the City of Hamilton Police Department on Tickets issued during the weeks of May 14th - June 3rd of 2007 as follows:

1 - DUI (Driving Under the Influence)

68 - Seatbelt

6 - Child Restraint

8 - Speeding

8 - No Insurance

6 - Driver License Violations

9 - License Suspended or Revoked

1 - Misdemeanor Arrest

1 - Driving Violation

6 - Other Violations

A Total of 114 Tickets were issued.

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2007 Relay for Life

Friday, June 8, 2007

 

Hamilton's annual Relay For Life Will Be This Week-End

The annual Marion County Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2007. The theme for this year’s event will be "Castaway Cancer".

The event starts with the Survivors' dinner reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton High School Lunchroom. The Survivors' dinner is sponsored, this year, by the Northwest Regional Cancer Center. Parking passes are available for survivors who drive from the lunchroom to the walking track.

The Relay will be held at the Hamilton Walking Track. The Track is located at the junction of Highway 17 South and 6th Street S.W., behind the Hamilton Fire Department. The Relay Walk will officially begin at 7:00 p.m. with the first lap being walked by cancer survivors. The ceremonial lighting of the Luminaries, which honors all cancer patients and survivors, will take place at 9:00 p.m.

Sponsors for the event includes NTN-Bower, Sitel, Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Continental Conveyor, Alabama Power Company, Aseracare, Northwest Regional Cancer Center, First National Bank, Winfield Rubber, State Bank and Trust, Buccaneer Homes, and Marion County Treatment Center.  jmays

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report


This past week, the Alabama Senate 18 Democrats again broke through the Republican led filibuster and were able to take care of the taxpayers business. We passed the largest school bond construction bill in the history of the state. This one billion dollar bond issue will provide millions of dollars in capital construction and maintenance needs within every school system in the State. I was proud to support this bond issue, where 75% of the one billion will go toward the K-12 schools and the remainder to the two-year and four-year colleges. This is a good bill which is needed to help us continue to improve the quality of schools we have in this area and throughout the state.


The breakdown of how it will be used in K-12 for our senate district is as follows:
$2,767,321 for the Fayette County School System
$2,790,601 for the Franklin County School System
$2,149,863 for the Lamar County School System
$4,800,194 for the Lawrence County School System
$3,224,345 for the Marion County School System
$2,377,826 for the Winston County School System
$1,639,901 for the Haleyville City School System
$2,242,709 for the Russellville City School System
$1,304,677 for the Winfield City School System

 
The breakdown for Higher Education in the senate district is as follows:
$2,585,012 for Bevill State Community College
$1,962,249 for Northwest Shoals Community College

 
We were also able to pass a 7% pay raise for our teachers, which will go into effect on October 1 as well as 3.5% pay raise, which will also begin October 1, which will be followed by a 3.5% pay raise next year, for our hardworking, active state employees. I believe our teachers and state employees are professionals, they are trained as such and ought to be compensated for it.


In addition, we were able to pass the special education trust fund budget, which was at a record amount of $6.7 billion. This is an increase of $461 million or 7.4% over this past year’s budget. This will provide an almost 12% increase for K-12 and two-year colleges and 15% for universities. The senate passed budget would double the funding for distance learning programs in public schools to $20 million. The Education Trust Fund Budget will also increase the money for the State of Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative by 2/3 from $22 million to $35.8 million.
I am also pleased to report to you that we passed a very good general fund budget in the amount of $1.8 billion. One of my goals was to be able to help the Alabama Department of Human Resources increase payments to families caring for foster children and as such, I was able to place a $1 million line item in the budget to accomplish that.

 
We also increased medicaid spending by $70 million so that our seniors and children can be covered with their healthcare needs under medicaid.
We were able to place $300,000 in Commissioner Ron Sparks budget to create two new centers of which one is for the State Agriculture Department, which will promote alternative fuels and the other for rural economic development.
In addition, we were able to pass a bill that will provide retired, education employees and state workers with a pension of a $1.00 per month for each year of service. Historically, we do a cost of living increase, but, Dr. Bronner has come out against that and as such, we were not able to accomplish that this year.

 
We were able to pass many other significant bills as well to help improve the overall quality of life here in Alabama.

 
The last day for the 2007 regular legislative session will be June 7. It is my hope it will be a productive day and we can complete the taxpayers’ business at this time.

 
This coming week, on June 5, there will be a special election regarding some important amendments. These amendments will allow us to recruit high paying jobs to our area and includes money that would be used to help get the steel plant in Mobile as well as other areas. It is important to note that approval of these amendments will not cause an increase in taxes. It will allow us to borrow money from the oil and gas money from the Gulf and float bonds for industrial development.

 
Congratulations goes out to Northwest Shoals Community College on being awarded a $63,932.11 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for the implementation of the Alcohol Enforcement Equipment Project. This project involves purchasing Alco Sensor Portable Breath Testers which will be used by law enforcement to detect the presence of alcohol among drivers.


I want to wish the best to two fine individuals who announced their plans to retire in Marion County. The first is Principal LeAnne Burns of Guin Elementary School who retired officially on June 30 of this year. I appreciate her fine service to the students of Guin Elementary and to the staff, faculty and parents as well. I know that you all join with me in wishing her a good retirement.

 
The second individual is Bobby Wallace who retired June 1 as the Marion County Cooperative Extension Coordinator. I appreciate Mr. Wallace’s service in this area especially to area gardeners and farmers for the past twenty-eight years. I know that he will be missed.
I also had the pleasure of attending the Coalfest in Brilliant this past weekend. They do such a good job there. I had a great time and enjoyed playing Larry Pollard. He is such a fine checker player. I am pleased to report to you that of the seven players, I was the next to the last one to be beat. We all know we cannot beat him but, the trick is to last as long as you can and not get beaten before the other six players.

 
It was a pleasure for me to be able to see one of our own local bankers and civic leaders, John Bostick, was approved in committee to be confirmed to the State Board of Banking. This is a very prestigious board and it is an honor to our senate district to have someone of John’s statue serving in that important capacity.


Please continue to contact me at the following addresses and numbers.
 

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
Suite 730
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone:334-242-7862

Fax:334-353-4304

Roger Bedford & Associates, P.C.
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, AL 35653

Phone: 256-332-2880

Fax:256-332-7821

Email: senbedford@aol.com

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Joseph Baldwin

LOCALS TO PARTICIPATE IN

 HELEN KELLER FESTIVAL

THIS WEEK-END

The 29th annual Helen Keller Festival is being held this weekend in Tuscumbia. JBAF participant George Jones will be one of the demonstrating artists participating in the Festival of Arts.

Also, locals performing in the entertainment portion of the festival, Brianna Lawler Dean will be performing tonight (Thursday) at 7:15 p.m., and Joseph Baldwin and the Rowdy Knights will be performing Saturday at 2 p.m. There is a $2 charge for admission for the music portion of the program on Friday night and Saturday.

Additional artists include four of the famous Gee's Bend quilters. There are over 60 artists who will be participating in the festival. There is no charge for admission to the arts portion of the festival.

If anyone is planning on attending and would like some of our JBAF brochures to take with them, please call Ed or Marla at 921-3632 to obtain these brochures.

For more information:

What: Helen Keller-Festival of the Arts,-hosted by the Tennessee Valley Art Association in conjunction with the annual Helen Keller-Festival

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Spring Park, Tuscumbia
Cost: Free admission
Details: tvaa.net or (256) 383-0533

Northwest Alabama Arts Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 694
Hamilton, AL 35570
(205) 921-9483
www.nwaarts.org
www.jbaf.org

jmays 6/22/07

 

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(Click pictures to enlarge.)

Below are the three top category winners of this week-end's Hamilton Bassmaster's Kid's Fishing Contest held at Marion County Lake between Hamilton and Guin.

5 - 7 Age Group

In the 5 - 7 year old category, we have the 3 top winners, they are Dalton Flippo in 1st Place with a catch of 2.9 pounds; Kaleigh Smith in 2nd Place with a catch of 2.6 pounds and Olivia Robison in 3rd Place with a catch of 1.9 pounds.
 

8 - 10 Age Group

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In the 6 - 10 year old category, the top 3 winners were, 1st Place Johnny Gann, 2nd Place Charles Goggans, and 3rd Place ?
 

11 - 13 Age Group

#2362

In the 11 - 13 year old category, the top 3 winners were, Hagen Weeks with 1st Place, Seth Carter with 2nd Place and Blake Young with 3rd Place.

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Pictured: (L to R ) Devin Henry, Dustin Henry & Drake Henry

Hitting Practice With Dad

By Wayne Mays

HAMILTON – Dustin Henry was showing some dedication to his team by practicing hitting with his dad, Devin Henry, just a few hours before they were set to face off against the Sulligent Blue Devils. Dustin had his little brother, Drake Henry, there to help field the balls. Dustin plays in the 7 & 8 year old baseball league in for the Hamilton Aggies.

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People Don’t Wave Anymore!!

By Wayne Mays 

On my way to the office today I started noticing that people just don’t wave like they used to. I remember when I just starting driving all the way back in 1989. It annoyed me to no end to feel obligated that I had to wave at everybody that I met on the highway. But being 16 years old I guess we were all like that at one point in our lives. Now I look back and see how friendly this town was back then and I genuinely miss it. Hamilton has always been a town where you felt like you were at home even if you weren’t from here.

Back to my story, as I was traveling to work I began to notice that maybe 1 out of 15 cars had a driver that was paying attention enough to wave at me as I was meeting them on the highway. I noticed drivers talking on cell phones, brushing their hair, and genuinely not paying attention to their surroundings. I also noticed that a lot of the people that were waving at me were quite a bit older than me and that most of the ones that were not were of a younger generation than me. They were the ones talking on the cell phones and etc.  I’m not complaining about anything. I just want some things to go back the way they used to be. So parents, please teach your kids to wave as they drive down the highway. It teaches them to be courteous to other drivers on the highway and maybe will become a good habit one day.

My main concern is that people be safe while they drive because accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and cause irreparable damage to life and property. Life being the key word! Remember property can be replaced. So as you travel today and in the future, remember the drivers around you and give them a wave as you pass because you never know when that wave might mean a good deed is sent your way. They might be having a bad day and you might make it better by being nice!

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Hamilton's New Red Light

By Wayne Mays

HAMILTON - Hamilton's newest red light is nearing full operation. It is hoped that this will ease the traffic expected to enter and exit Hamilton's newest business, which is also near completion............Our Wal-Mart Supercenter.

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Picture Compliments of

Ronnie Garner

Double-Click to Enlarge Picture

Alligators?

In Marion County....

By Wayne Mays

This picture was taken by Ronnie Garner of Hamilton, AL.

HAMILTON - If you plan on golfing at Pikeville Country Club in Hamilton anytime soon just beware of loosing your ball in the water hazard on the 17th hole. It could cost you more than a good Titlist. Although the members of the Pikeville Country Club seem to not see any danger of  this amphibian sharing they're space, they do stop and feed him some bread every once and awhile. It was stated that the alligator is about 5 ½ feet in length and the weight is unknown.

 

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Senator Roger Bedford's July 13th Capitol Report

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proposing a new rule dealing with antler buck and turkey harvest for the State of Alabama. These rules are currently on file for public comment. I wanted to share this rule with you so that should you have any comments about them, you may present them to the Department of Conservation. The contact person at the Agency is M.M. Corky Pugh, Director of the Division Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, 5th Floor, 64 North Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130. All views should be turned in by August 6.


Under the proposed rule any person hunting deer or turkey, whether required to be licensed or not, shall maintain and have in his or her possession an "antler buck and turkey harvest" record, which shall be in a specific form provided by the State. Hunting license holders who have a harvest turkey record form on their licenses shall be required to utilize the harvest record form located on their license. All other persons shall utilize a form similar to the one put out by the State. Yes, I agree with you that this is going to cause a great deal of confusion. Apparently, Alabama, under Governor Riley’s leadership, is proposing to do away with the ability to hunt deer and turkeys without permits and tags.

The new requirements state that anyone whom harvest antler buck or turkey will have in their possession the harvest record of that antler buck or turkey until it is processed and stored in a cooler or freezer at ones residence or delivered to commercial processing plants. It shall be a violation of this regulation to obtain, possess or utilize duplicate harvest record forms or provide false information on harvest record forms for the purpose of avoiding this new law. Of course, there are stiff penalties.


Should you support or oppose this measure please send your written comments in or you may appear in person at the Agency at the Folsom Administrative Building on North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama at 10:00a.m. on Monday, August 6. This is the time of the public hearing on installing a tag system in Alabama.


The State of Alabama Department of Transportation will be holding a public meeting on August 2, 2007, from 5:00-7:00p.m. to gather input for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The meeting will take place at the Alabama Department of Transportation Fifth Division Auditorium, 2715 Skyland Boulevard, East, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35405. The proposed STIP can be viewed at the DOT offices located in Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Carrolton, Maplesville and Greensboro. I would encourage all interested parties to attend this meeting where you will be able to offer your comments regarding the plan. You may also send your comments to Mr. Robert J. Jilla, Transportation Planning Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation, PO Box 3050, Montgomery, AL 36130-3050.


I had the pleasure of attending the dedication ceremony for the Russellville Historic Marker this past week. The marker is located at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Lawrence Street in downtown Russellville. It was good to see so many of our community leaders at the dedication including Councilman Tinker Malone as well as members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Archives.


It is always a pleasure to announce when the Department of Transportation is doing more road work in our senate district. Two highway projects will be let in our senate district on July 27 in Franklin County. The first one is the resurfacing of County Road 524 from County Road 41 to County Road 36 and County Road 36 from County Road 524 to State Road 24.


The other project will be the resurfacing of County Road 36 from State Road 24 to State Road 13 also known as U.S. Highway 43. Both of these resurfacing projects are greatly needed and I am pleased to get these grants for our area. It will provide safer transportation for our citizens.


Lamar County received good news this past week with the announcement that Emergystat is planning on building a $1,900,000 facility in Vernon to be located on 12th Street, SW. To assist with the project the City of Vernon will issue bonds in the amount of $100,00, the Lamar County Commission will issue bonds in the amount of $200,000 and the Vernon Industrial Board will issue bonds in the amount of $1,600,000. The facility will be used by Emergystat as an administrative and office center. There will be a public meeting regarding this matter on July 31 at the Lamar County Courthouse beginning at 9:00a.m. At the meeting, individuals can express their concerns regarding the proposed bond issuances.


The Outdoor Alabama magazine is sponsoring a photo contest with the winning entries to be featured in their February 2008 issue. There will be seven categories including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, other native wildlife, scenic/pictorial, nature-based activities and wild native flora. All photos must be taken with the last two years and must have been taken in Alabama with all species of animals being native to the state. The photos may be done in 35mm slides or larger format transparencies, 8X10 inch color prints or unaltered, high quality (300dpi) digital images. No black and white photos will be accepted. All entries must be received by Outdoor Alabama by 5:00p.m. on October 31, 2007. For more information and the rules of the contest please call them at 1-800-262-3151, write them at Outdoor Alabama 2008 Photo Contest, 64 N. Union St., Suite 106, Montgomery, AL 36130 or e-mail them at . Information about the contest can also be found on the Alabama Department of Conservation’s website at I encourage all interested parties to please look into this and participate as it is a great opportunity to experience the great Alabama outdoors and share your experience with others.


It is hard to believe that the start of our area schools is just around the corner with many schools starting back as early as August 9. I know that many of our students have had busy summers practicing cheerleader and band routines as well as participating in football practice as well as other activities such as Girls and Boys State. I appreciate the great job which the parents, sponsors and teachers as well as administrators do in preparing for the upcoming school year. It is my hope that all of our area schools will have a great academic year as well as having a good time with the many extracurricular and athletic programs offered throughout the senate district.


Please continue to contact me at the following addresses and numbers:


Roger H. Bedford, Jr.

Alabama State House

Suite 730, Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone:334-242-7862,     Fax:334-353-4304


Roger Bedford & Associates, P.C.

P.O. Box 370, Russellville, AL 35653
Phone: 256-332-2880    Fax:256-332-7821


website: http://www.rogerbedford.com

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Huge Fire

Engulfs

Jim's Country Mill

Sausage Plant in

Hamilton, AL.


About 11:00 A.M. Saturday morning, July 14, 2007 a local resident, Curtis Zuber, had started to town on a routine trip to the grocery store when he noticed smoke over the Jim's Country Mill Sausage Plant.

At first, he didn't think too much about it, but then he noticed the Hamilton Fire Department there. As time went on the smoke became worse and other local fire fighters from other fire departments, Winfield, Hodges, Haleyville, Shottsville, Byrd and Shiloh, Fire Engines, Pumper Trucks, Boom Trucks, Fire and Rescue, Police and Ambulances started to arrive.

As Curtis watched from the Marion County Health Department parking lot across the street. He watched the flames spread and the smoke column get wider and taller. At one time, he witnessed a fireball he described as about 100 feet across and about 200 feet tall burst from the building and go skyward. (Possibly gasses from inside the building escaping when the fire burst through the roof.)

I found Curtis still watching the firefighters and emergency personnel fight the fire when I arrived about 1:00 P.M.

Buddy's Sausage Plant was reported to have caught fire about 2 days ago and restoration had been in progress by Mr. Kenneth Moore, Manager of Jim's Country Mill Sausage.

[Click here] to see a slide show of pictures of the fire and firefighters and also video footage.

Story by Judy Mays
Pictures by Wayne Mays

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Our Neighbor Red Bay, AL

Celebrates

It's 100th Birthday!

July 17th, 2007
 

Red Bay Mural

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Hamilton to Red Bay
 

My cousin, Susie, and I had to go to take care of some business in Red Bay, Alabama Monday,
July 16 so I decided we should visit our good friend, LaVale Mills at the Red Bay News.

I guess that we were about the last people she expected to see walk in the door! But when we
entered the office of the 'Red Bay News' and asked the nice gentleman (the Editor Keith
Ledbetter, I found out later) behind the counter if LaVale was in, we heard from over behind the
partition, "Come on in" in a very familiar voice.

No matter how long it has been since I've seen LaVale 'Kennedy' Mills, she is always the same
sweet, gracious person. She made us feel as if we were the most important people in the world! I just love her for it.

LaVale is Publisher of the 'Red Bay News' for those of you who don't know her. She is a writer
and published author in her own right. I know the name of the first one of her books and I believe
she might just be about to write another! 'Peach Orchard Revival', was her first book, and there are at least two more. If you haven't read them, you should. They're great and straight from her heart!

Anyway, to make a long story short, LaVale told us all about Red Bay, Alabama celebrating it's
100th Birthday! July 17, 2007, there will be a ceremony in the park there to commemorate the
historical event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The pictures I have are of the Park, the mural depicting the history of Red Bay and a beautiful
monument erected to honor the Veterans. If you haven't visited Red Bay lately, you should. You
will see that everybody is taking time and sprucing up the town. Even the old Redmont Hotel is
being restored. I love history and I love it when people take an interest in and restore their
historical buildings. Remember, once they're gone...they're gone!

Those of you who love trains will be interested to know that one of the main reasons that Red Bay
was formed was because of the railroad that goes through the town. Now, they also have Tiffin
Motor Homes, known all over the world for their beautiful Motor Homes.

Be sure and say hello if you get up to Red Bay, it's a friendly town.

Click Here to see Pictures.

Story By Judy Webb Mays
 
jmays@49countynews.net

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