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"Hand Over Heart?"

Hamilton Methodist Church Gets New Sign

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 SUPER TUESDAY! BE SURE TO VOTE!

Feb. 1, 2008 Remembering The Columbia 5 Years After...

Former Red Bay officer arrested in burglary case

Russellville couple charged with child abuse

NOTICE! DON'T FORGET! Daylight Saving Time

"Hamilton Native" Shot to Death at Estranged Wife's Home

More on "Hamilton Native" Shot...The following story was printed in The Daily Sentinel Jackson County, AL's Oldest Newspaper (Since 1887)

Marion County Snow Pictures March 8, 2008

NEWS FROM ONE OF OUR READERS A Typical Winter Day in Michigan

Killen, AL Victim identified as Sheffield resident Search for debris and victims in Tennessee River continues today

49 COUNTY NEWS.NET MEETS WITH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Wal-Mart Donates $2000 To Clyde Nix Public Library

Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force Walk-A-Mile for a Child

Search for boating accident victim to resume today

Weather impeding search for boating accident victim

2 bodies recovered from boat Another victim still missing from Thursday night’s fatal collision

NEWS RELEASE: LISA C. MURPHY

Body Spotted by Private Boater Near Indian Springs Tues., April 8, 2008

4th Victim of Barge Collision Recovered Tues., April 8, 2008
Last Victim of Boating Accident is Laid to Rest

GLASS WORKSHOP WITH JOHN HOGARTH
Dody Goodman Actress/Comedian Dead at 93

George Carlin Actor/Comedian Dead at 71

Man falls to death from water tower

Haleyville Hosts Local Idol Auditions

HALEYVILLE IDOL WINNERS!

UNUSUAL BIRTHDAY PRESENT! JUNE 20, 2008

FYI - HAND GUN LAW
Gladys Webb Morrow of Guin, AL Celebrates Her 96th Birthday!

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT - THURS. JULY 17, 2008

NEW BRIDGE EAST OF HAMILTON OPENED THURS., JULY 10, 2008

Marion County Humane Society Meeting THURS. JULY 17, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008 NTN WITHOUT STRIKERS NTN STRIKE OVER FOR NOW?

BAMA-Q Restaurant 7/2008

Informal  'Meet & Greet'
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008 - VOTE
Tuesday August 26, 2008 ELECTION RESULTS FOR HAMILTON

'Meet & Greet' Held Tuesday Night August 19th, 2008
Journal Entries From My Trip to Bungoma, Kenya.

YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT! READ BELOW

ACCIDENT ON BEXAR AVE WEST WED. AUG. 20, 2008

An Open Letter of Thanks to the Voters of Hamilton from Gary Wayne Mays, Jr.

August 9, 2008 Political Rally a Fun-Filled Success
The First Labor Day
49 Year Old Motorcyclist Cliff Gullett Dies In Accident

Unofficial Results of Hamilton Mayor & City Council Oct.
Update Oct. 3, 2008 "Economic Bailout"
Scene of Fire September 24, 2008

Story Hour - Thursday 10/16/2008 - 3:30 pm
BE SURE TO VOTE TUES. NOV. 4, 2008!

VOTING TURNOUT HEAVY Hamilton - Nov. 4, 2008

AHSAA STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
August 4, 2008 Hamilton City Council

FOLK POTTERY SYMPOSIUM OCT.11, 2008

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
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UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

AL Pottery Symposium Held Sat. Oct. 11, 2008
2008 Editorial Opinion Archive
Marion County Commission Approved a Land Grant for the Marion County Humane Society
New Auburn Head Coach Named December 14, 2008

Blood drive, December 22, 2008

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2008 AHC & ACES REIN Program Announced

4-H Fruit Tree Sale Final date of sales is February 27, 2008

Hamilton Middle School Art Display Friday, March 14, 2008

Jerry Brown Arts Festival March 1st & 2nd

March 3, 2008 HAMILTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

BEAR CREEK CIVITAN CLUB TO HOST PANCAKE B'FAST

Gov. Riley In Guin April 21, 2008 for Dedication

Fire at a residence in Hamilton, Alabama
NWAARTS MEETING Monday, May 5, 2008

ALCOHOL SALES BILL
Hamilton City Clerk Resigns

17th Annual Breaking The Cycle of Abuse Conference On Child Abuse

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April 13-19, 2008 National Library Week 2008
Former Winfield Band Director
World's Oldest Sound Recording
RELAY FOR LIFE 2008
URBAN FORESTRY MADE EASY PROGRAM TO BE HELD
HAMILTON HIGH CLASS NIGHT, TUES., MAY 13, 2008
Storms Ravage Bexar & Shottsville Communities Saturday Night May 10, 2008
June 7, 2008 Bear Creek Civitan Club Fundraiser
News Article Is Your Family At Risk of Losing Family Property
LOCAL ANGLER TO COMPETE IN THE BASS FEDERATION NATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Clarification on April 24th Celebration/Walk-A-Mile T-shirts and money
MARION COUNTY RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE FOR JUNE 2008
DANGEROUS EMAILS CIRCULATING
Fatal Shooting In Fayette
NEW MISS ALABAMA
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR MARION COUNTY, AL JUNE 3, 2008
Lily's Café Fulton, Mississippi
Guin Will Not Get Auto Assembly Plant. Magna Steyr
JIM'S SAUSAGE IN HAMILTON, JULY 14, 2008, 1 YEAR AGO SINCE A HUGE FIRE DESTROYED...
 
PIGGLY WIGGLY CLOSING Friday, July 18, 2008

Automobile & Train Collide
Bobby Murcer Of New York Yankee Baseball Fame, Dead at 62
Estelle "Sophia" Getty
Actor Larry Haines
Actor Paul Sorensen
Mackie Emerson
DON HELMS OBITUARY Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Actor Bernie Mac Dead At 50 August 9, 2008
Isaac Hayes Songwriter/Musician Dead at 65 August 10, 2008

One Vehicle Accident Resulted in No Personal Injuries
Hurricane Ike Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008
Nick Reynolds, founding member, the Kingston Trio, dead at 75
APT Reps Met With Arts Council Monday, Sept. 8th, 2008
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 Hamilton Fire Fighters Practicing!
Marion County Historical Society
Eileen Herlie, Actress Dies
Year of Alabama Arts_Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel
SWEARING-IN CEREMONY - Hamilton
Hackleburg Officials Take Office
TOWN OF BRILLIANT
If you have pictures or details of the ceremonies in your town or city
Hamilton - Our Halloween Goblins
Public Meeting In Winfield - Nov. 6, 2008
VETERANS'  MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD Wed. Nov. 5, 2008
Caught them in the act! Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

"Art in the Middle" Art Show Dec. 15, 2008
A Tribute to Our Friend Lori Lee (Purser) Ware
Marvin Morrow Visits WMTY Studios In Hamilton
BONNIE'S EAGLE NOV. 11, 2008
Eartha Kitt Dead at 81
Snow - North AL, Dec. 11, 2008
Alabama Wins Three National Awards for Year of Arts Tourism Campaign

Snow in hodges Monday, December 1, 2008

2008 Editorial Opinion Archive.

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Jan. 4, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Jan. 18, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Feb.1, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Feb. 14, 2008

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Feb. 29, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Mar. 21, 2008
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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 2, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 9, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 12, 2008

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 28, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report June 6, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report  June 27, 2008
Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report July 3, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report July 24, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 8, 2008
Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 15, 2008
Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 22,  2008
Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report September 5, 2008

Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report September 18, 2008

SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT October 6, 2008

senator roger Bedford capitol report october10, 2008

SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT October 27, 2008
Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report November 3, 2008
SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT NOVEMBER 14, 2008
SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT NOVEMBER 26, 2008
senator roger bedford capitol report December 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

Food Inspection Ratings Dec. 17 - 21, 2007

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"Hand Over Heart?"

This is not an endorsement for or against Barack Hussein Obama!  This is about information and misinformation you get in emails and in the news.  Some of it is true & some of it is false.)

(You may click here to hear a discussion of this email by news people.  This says about what I meant to say...i.e. you can hear anything...but search for the truth yourself!) 

Photo Source Snopes.com

Note: U.S. Code Title 36 Chapter 10 mandates proper conduct in every situation from raising of the US Flag to renditions of the Star Spangled Banner. The following is an excerpt from that code:

§171. Conduct during playing

During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.

www.usflag.org

I stand with my hand over my heart when the National Anthem plays, I even sing along.  It makes cold chills run up and down my back!  I pledge allegiance to the United States Flag with pride when the Flag is raised. Do you?

This is about an email I received and some of my follow-up searches are added at the bottom for you to check it out for yourself.

There have been many stories about the Republican and Democratic Presidential hopefuls, this is about just one of them, Barack Hussein Obama.  Not only does this contain an actual email I received but this  contains links so that you might check for it's validity yourself.

I give site addresses relating to each part of the email so check out for yourself what is true and what is false.

The email first, then at the bottom, the links to support the truth of fallacy of the statements along with links to other stories by CNN and Fox News and other sources on the Internet.

Exact Copy of an Actual E-Mail I Received:

Who is Barack Obama?

Very interesting and something that should be considered in your choice.

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all your contacts ...this is very scary to think of what lies ahead of us here in our own United States...better heed this and pray about it and share it.

We checked this out on  snopes.com It is factual? Check for yourself.



Who is Barack Obama?

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHEIST from Wichita, Kansas. Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro , a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.? When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school."

Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical.

Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education.

Lolo Soeto ro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta.

Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. Wh ile others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!!!!

Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?...... NOT ME!!!

This is scary to think someone like this could possibly lead our country. But, lead the country to who knows where?

May you find peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Cliff and Dolores

End of the Email....

In this day and age of politics and politicians, you can hear or read anything but do your research before you believe everything you hear or read. 

I've made my decision, now, you make yours!

Editorial story by Judy Webb Mays  1/6/08

snopes.com

foxnews.com/madrassa

cnn.com/madrassa

foxnews.com/faith?

thehotline.com/politics

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2008 REIN Program Announced

Offered by the Alabama Horse Council and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Registration deadline is January 20, 2008.

Alabama Horse Science Course To Be Offered In January 2008.

Alabama horse enthusiasts have the opportunity to go back to
school and focus on the care and management of horses and horse
businesses.

The Alabama Horse Council and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System are combining their resources to offer horse owners, horse
professionals and horse industry employees a way to increase their knowledge of horse care and management, to explore recent scientific advances in horse care and to certify their proficiency in horse management.

The 2008 Alabama REIN program begins Tuesday, January 29, 3008

The course, organized and taught by horse Extension specialists, equine scientists and equine veterinarians, gives participants applied
information on the following:

Behavior and Training
Pasture Management
Conformation and Selection
Forage Pest Management
Herd Health Care
Equine Exercise Physiology
Nutrition
Equine Premise
Identification
Reproduction and Foal Care Facilities
Basic Genetic Considerations
Waste Management

The course is scheduled for live Internet broadcast from Auburn University each Tuesday and Thursday evening from January 29 through
March 4, 2008 at the Upper Coastal Plains Experiment Station, Winfield, AL . Live broadcast begins at 6p.m. (Central Time) and runs for three
hours. Local Alabama Cooperative Extension System offices are the hosts of these sessions, which include the opportunity for audience
interaction via Internet.

The program cost is $100.00 for all sessions and includes access to the program, program training book, completion certificate and
Alabama Horse Council membership for 2008.

For more information contact the Marion County Extension Office at 205-921-3551.

Registration deadline is January 20, 2008.

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4-H Fruit Tree Sale Final date of sales is February 27, 2008

The Annual 4-H Fruit Tree Sale has begun. There is a wide availability of fruit, nut and ornamental plants and trees. The final date of sales is 02/27/2007. For more information contact the Marion County Extension Office at 205-921-3551 or come by and see us in the Courthouse Annex at 372 7th Avenue SW. Hamilton, Al 35570. You can also place your order with a local 4-H'er.


Amy Hardin Administrative Assistant P.O. Box 400 Hamilton, Al 35570 Phone: 205-921-3551 Fax: 205-921-3018

 

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Hamilton Middle School Art Display Friday, March 14, 2008

Guidance Counselor Ronnie Roberts of Hamilton Middle School invites everyone to attend the HMS Career Day on Friday, March 14. Art works completed by HMS students as part of the Art in the Middle program will be on display at the school from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 SUPER TUESDAY! BE SURE TO VOTE!

Remember to cast your ballot this next Tuesday, Feb. 5.  In this Election, you must vote either a Republican or Democratic Ticket.  You cannot split your vote this time but you will be able to do that on your ballot in Nov.  So go vote and use the freedoms we as Americans enjoy.

God Bless America and God Bless Our Troops wherever they may be!

Judy Webb Mays jmays@49countynews.net

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Hamilton Methodist Church Gets New Sign

by Wayne Mays

HAMILTON - The Hamilton United Methodist Church was seen installing a new church sign in the same location their old one was located in front of the church on US Hwy 43 N in downtown Hamilton on December 13, 2007.

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Feb. 1, 2008 Remembering The Columbia 5 Years After...

HEMPHILL TX - While most of Texas either heard or saw Columbia breaking up in the sky overhead as it returned from its mission on Feb. 1, 2003, it was the people of Sabine County whose lives forever changed as they aided in the recovery of the seven astronauts who predominantly came to rest in their rural, wooded county at approximately 8:00 a.m. on that fateful morning.

The little town on the edge of East Texas swung into action early that morning as the realization of what happened quickly set in.

Since then, the town has vigilantly recognized the anniversary of the demise of space shuttle Columbia each Feb. 1 about 8 a.m., welcoming back volunteers who had come to help search and NASA family — all of whom the town has come to call "friends."

Whereas past ceremonies have been held in solemn reverence to the deceased, including two searchers who died in a helicopter crash, with a 21-gun salute, taps, and eulogies, this time event planners say they want to encourage a happy, optimistic spirit of moving forward.

"We are trying to keep it as upbeat as possible, and looking toward the future of the space program," said co-event planner Belinda Gay. "Things happen in our life we didn't plan, but you keep going forward."

Gerry Schumann, the NASA astronaut in charge of the recovery efforts in Hemphill from Feb. 1 until the end, will talk at the upcoming memorial service about NASA's new shuttle going up in 2009, said Marsha Cooper.

This year's event will be held at the Hemphill High School gym at 7:30 a.m.

Today, February 1, 2008, we should all pause to remember the seven astronauts who died 5 years ago today when the space shuttle Colombia exploded and disintegrated on it's reentry into the earth's atmosphere only "16 minutes from home".

They were:

Rick D. Husband, Commander

William C. McCool, Pilot

Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander

David M. Brown, Mission Specialist 1

Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist 2

Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Mission Specialist 4

Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist 1

NASA Fact: Columbia was the first Space Shuttle that traveled to Earth orbit.

Excerpts taken from  The Lufkin Daily News and NASA - Columbia - Home

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Former Red Bay officer arrested in burglary case

February 01. 2008 10:12AM

RUSSELLVILLE -- A former Red Bay police officer has been arrested in an ongoing investigation into reported burglaries at mini-storage facilities in the area.

Lesley Adams, 26, who lives on Second Street in Belmont, Miss., is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, according to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.

A person convicted of the Class B felony faces a prison sentence of 10-20 years.

Hargett said several items found during a search at Adams’ Village Green apartment in Red Bay on Jan. 23 had been reportedly taken from a mini-storage facility in Mississippi. Adams was not living in the apartment at the time.

Hargett’s department began an investigation in December into numerous mini-storage thefts in Russellville. Two other people, including a couple from Haleyville, have also been arrested in connection with the case.

Red Bay officials said Adams was a member of the police department for about two years before leaving late last year.

Adams is out of jail on bail totaling $7,500.

By Tom Smith Senior Staff Writer The TimesDaily


Russellville couple charged with child abuse

2/1/2008, 11:14 a.m.

Russellville, AL. — A Russellville couple have been accused of locking their three children in a small bedroom for extended periods without food or water, authorities said.

Franklin County sheriff's officials said Jason Reiter, 24, and his wife, Cassandra Reiter, 23, who were arrested Wednesday, have each been charged with three counts of child abuse.

The children, ages 3, 4 and 6, were turned over to the county Department of Human Resources.

At a bond hearing, Cassandra Reiter said she's the children's biological mother and Jason Reiter is their stepfather.

The bedroom where the children were placed also lacked bathroom facilities. Reports indicate the children often used the bathroom in the floor and were exposed to it for hours.

The children were locked in the room while the couple used illegal drugs in another area of the mobile home, the indictment says.

The Reiters are being held in the county jail on bail of $25,000 each.

Sheriff investigators said Friday they were unaware if the Reiters had a lawyer.

Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/


NOTICE! DON'T FORGET! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. So don't forget to turn your clocks forward 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday, March 8, 2008 or you will be late for Church on Sunday morning!

Remember...Spring Forward and Fall Back!  Just a way of remembering which way to set the clock by association with the Season...


Jerry Brown Arts Festival March 1st & 2nd

 

Arts Council Member Marla Minter, Hard At Work, Helping To Set Up The Jerry Brown Arts Festival Which Was A Great Success Again This Year!

Catherine Brown of Hamilton, jewelry maker

The 2008 JBAF is the sixth annual festival. It is sponsored by the Northwest Alabama Arts Council.

Jerry & Blue

Festival hours:

Saturday, March 1 - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 - 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
No charge for admission

In addition to our professional artists attending the festival from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, there will also be displays of local elementary, middle, and high school artists. There will be concessions available onsite throughout the festival.

The Dalton Gang

Concert:

Our second annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival Family Concert will be on Saturday night, March 1, starting at 7 p.m., at the Bevill Business Center.

Headlining the concert will be The Dalton Gang of Nashville, TN. This year's concert will include the Hamilton Elementary School Bell Choir performing God Bless America, and Mr. John Berryhill, performing Amazing Grace, a festival tradition.

Mr. John Berryhill

Opening act for the concert is Atwood's Joseph Baldwin who will be performing an all-gospel music.

Concessions will be available at the concert. There is no charge for admission to the concert. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a meet-and-greet with the performers after the concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

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"Hamilton Native" Shot to Death at Estranged Wife's Home

Posted by mhollis March 20, 2008 13:41PM

SCOTTSBORO - Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man Wednesday night in the Rosalie community near Pisgah (In Northeast Alabama).

Jackson County Sheriff Dennis Miller said Thomas Lynn Guyton Jr., 25, was shot once in the upper body with a pistol. No one has been charged in the shooting, he said.

After receiving a 911 call about the shooting, Miller said, law enforcement officers found Guyton's body in the home of his estranged wife on County Road 339. Her name was not disclosed.

Miller said the investigation so far has revealed that Guyton was shot after he forced his way into the home. He also said another person was in the home besides Guyton's wife.

March 20, 2008 - Reprinted from blog.al.com

Obituary.

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More on "Hamilton Native" Shot...

The following story was printed in The Daily Sentinel Jackson County, AL's Oldest Newspaper (Since 1887)

Man fatally Shot at Rosalie

By Chasity Brown
The Daily Sentinel

Published March 21, 2008

Jackson County investigators responded to a homicide report Wednesday night on County Road 339 in Rosalie.

According to Sheriff Dennis Miller, a 911 call came through at 11:40 Wednesday night that a subject had forcibly entered a residence on County Road 339, and one of the occupants had shot the subject.

Thomas Lynn Guyton Jr., 25, of Hamilton, formerly of Jackson County, was pronounced dead.

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March 3, 2008 HAMILTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

March 3, 2008 Meeting of the Hamilton City Council

The Hamilton City Council members (L to R) McDavid Franks, Annette Sherrill, Mayor Ray Harper, Shane Stidham and Scotty Sanderson, all listen intently to the recent City Audit.

To View the full March 3, 2008, City Council Meeting Click Here

jmays@49countynews.net 3/3/08

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Marion County Snow Pictures March 8, 2008

Send Your Snow Pics!

Hamilton, AL

REAL SNOW!

Out in my front yard!

Send us your snow pictures and we'll publish them!  We don't get much snow, so when we do, we like to show it off!  Send pictures to jmays@49countynews.net

Pictures: Judy Webb Mays, Hamilton, 3/8/08

 

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NEWS FROM ONE OF OUR READERS A Typical Winter Day in Michigan

We asked our readers to send in their snow pictures.  We received the picture below from Jennifer Colburn of Adrian, Michigan.

Jennifer says "A typical winter day in Michigan consists of 6-8 inches of snow. Total snow for the year is close to 5 feet.

Thanks, Jennifer Colburn Adrian, Michigan"

Note:  Jennifer says to pay no attention to the date on the picture, they are made this year, 2008. Thanks, Jennifer for the beautiful pictures, we can only dream about that much snow!

jmays@49countynews.net

3/13/08


Killen, AL Victim identified as Sheffield resident Search for debris and victims in Tennessee River continues today

By Tom Smith
Senior Staff Writer  TimesDaily

Last Updated:March 28. 2008 11:09PM
Published: March 29. 2008 3:30AM

A Sheffield resident is one of possibly two victims of Thursday's boat collision with a barge.

The man, whose body was recovered from the Tennessee River on Thursday evening, was identified as 59-year-old William Hill Jr., 132 Norris Circle, Sheffield, according to Ray Jordan, commander of the Tennessee Valley Authority police.

Authorities said the collision occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday on Wilson Lake just east of Wilson Dam at the rear of the Indian Springs subdivision in Florence. The tugboat was pushing barges eastward on the lake and struck a 32-foot aluminum cabin cruiser.

Click here to read the rest of the story online on the Times Daily of Florence, AL...

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49 COUNTY NEWS.NET MEETS WITH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Sue Palmer (Left - Standing) and (Left - Foreground) our Sales Representative, Melinda Miller

Click here to see the meeting on Video!

Sue Palmer calls the meeting to order, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Jean  'n' Ann's Tearoom & Gift Shop. 

We enjoyed meeting with the "Friends of the Library" and Webmaster, Wayne Mays presented them with a short synopsis of what our site has to offer. 

We also enjoyed a delightful meal while enjoying the fellowship with old and new friends.

"Friends of the Library" meet again on the second Tuesday of the month and the public is welcome to attend.  New members are welcomed.

The goal of the group is to help with the Library's needs and projects, just as the name indicates and I think they do a wonderful job.

Thanks to all the members and especially to Catherine Brown for the invitation and meal!

jmays@49countynews.net

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Wal-Mart Donates $2000 To Clyde Nix Public Library

by Wayne Mays

HAMILTON - On January 24, 2008, Dewayne Seamster of Hamilton Wal-Mart Super Center donated a check in the amount of $2000 to the Clyde Nix Public Library. Shown above ( L - R )  Library Director Starr Montgomery and Hamilton Wal-Mart Manager Dewayne Seamster.

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Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force Walk-A-Mile for a Child

If you want to get forms for the 2008 Walk-A-Mile for a Child on April 4th. Please see Mr. Darryl Seay at Super-Valu in Hamilton or email Lynn Brown at brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com.. We need to get these in as soon as possible to Safeplace. If you prefer, you can take them by SuperValu in Hamilton and give them to Mr.  Seay or you can fax them to Heath at Safeplace.

If you want to get a t-shirt we are asking that you donate $20.00 or more. We will be meeting, like last year, in the parking lot at the Hamilton United Methodist Church across from the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. We will be walking to the city park.
Remember, if you have any questions you can contact Darryl Seay at Super-Valu in Hamilton or Lynn Brown at 205-412-8772 or
brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com. Hope to see y'all there!

Marion County

Domestic Violence

Task Force

Meets each 4th Thursday, 12:00 Noon at OH! Bryan's Steak House, Hwy. 17, Hamilton, AL.

As usual the public is always invited to attend the meetings. For more information contact: Lynn Brown 205-412-8772 or via email at: brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com.
 

"Because Home Should Be Everyone's Safe Place!" Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force

Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net

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Search for boating accident victim to resume today


By Bernie Delinski bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

Staff Writer - TIMES DAILY www.timesdaily.com/

Last Updated: April 01. 2008 10:48PM
Published: April 02. 2008 3:30AM



Authorities plan to resume the search this morning for the body of a woman who has been missing since Thursday's collision between a pleasure boat and a barge.

Mary Hood, 54, of Hamilton, was among four people on the pleasure boat when the collision occurred on Wilson Lake just east of Wilson Dam.

Emergency officials have been searching the lake every day since the accident. Authorities had feared weather conditions would prevent any searches Tuesday, but the expected rain held off so they could put some boats in the water. They came up empty but anticipate a more intense search today.

"We were able to do some surface searching and searching along the dam wall," Tennessee Valley Authority Police Capt. Joe Kelley said Tuesday.

Kelley said the search will resume at 9 a.m. today. "We'll put them back out with about six boats with sonar cameras," he said. "We're using a little more technology.

"We'll have sight scan and underwater cameras available (today)," he said.

He said Tuesday was an opportunity for the various agencies involved in the search to check their equipment and make sure they are set to go today.

"Today was a stand-down day because we thought the weather would prevent us from doing anything," Kelley said. "Hopefully, it'll be sunny Wednesday. If so, we'll get in a full day."

He said they likely would meet at Fleet Harbor on the TVA Reservation and work until about 5 p.m.

The body of 56-year-old Sheffield resident William Hill Jr. was found Thursday. On Sunday, searchers recovered the bodies of Ray Peters, 53, and Patti Jo Manley, 50, both of Hamilton.

Searchers also towed Hill's 32-foot aluminum boat Sunday and are examining it, as part of the investigation.

Bernie Delinski can be reached at 740-5739 or bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

Source:  TIMES DAILY

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Weather impeding search for boating accident victim


By Bernie Delinski bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

Staff Writer - TIMES DAILY www.timesdaily.com/

Last Updated: March 31. 2008 10:49PM
Published: April 01. 2008 3:30AM

With windy conditions limiting search efforts for the body of the fourth victim of Thursday's collision between a boat and barge, authorities focused Monday on organizing search efforts and investigating the damaged boat.

"We're having to scale back just a little bit and try to see if this weather will start cooperating with us some," said Mike Melton, director of the Colbert County Emergency Management Agency.

Authorities hope to find the body of 54-year-old Hamilton resident Mary Hood.

Rainy conditions are expected today, so authorities don't feel good about the chances of conducting a search today, Melton said.

"Meanwhile, we've all agreed to go back and work on getting our equipment set and calibrating it, so we'll be ready to put in and go when the weather allows," he said.

Two other bodies were found Sunday. They have been identified as Ray Peters, 53, and Patti Jo Manley, 50, both of Hamilton, Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High said. The body of William Hill Jr., 56, of Sheffield, was pulled from the water Thursday night.

Numerous local agencies are involved in the operation, including the Colbert and Lauderdale EMAs, Colbert County Dive Team, TVA police, Alabama Marine Police and Florence police. The U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers also have been involved.

Melton said schedules were worked out for the search, which will involve about six boats, underwater side-scan sonar and cameras. "If we identify something, we'll change our objective from search to a recovery," Melton said.

Some boats went out Monday, but nobody dove.

There are numerous dangers involved in diving, including the water's depth and temperature and debris at the bottom of the Tennessee River, Alabama Marine Police officer Chad Dyer said. There virtually is no visibility that far down.

Dyer said the damage was to the right side of Hill's 32-foot aluminum cabin cruiser.

Dyer said the barge was in the shipping channel. "It's hard to say right now whether the private vessel was in the shipping lane."

Investigators also are trying to determine whether the private vessel's lights were on and if necessary safety equipment was on it. Dyer said it could be difficult to determine whether the equipment was on board, because the items could have become dislodged during or after the wreck.

They also are trying to determine whether the vessel was anchored.

Dyer said police also have taken statements from those who were on the tow boat, including the captain. He could not elaborate on the statements, since the investigation is ongoing.

He said the tow boat has a radar system, but police haven't determined whether the captain could see the private boat on radar in time to prevent a collision.

Bernie Delinski can be reached at 740-5739 or bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

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2 bodies recovered from boat Another victim still missing from Thursday night’s fatal collision

By Bernie Delinski bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

Staff Writer - TIMES DAILY www.timesdaily.com/

Last Updated: March 30. 2008 11:18PM
Published: March 31. 2008 3:30AM

See rescue workers recovering the cabin cruiser at www.timesdaily.com/video.

Rescue workers Sunday recovered the bodies of two more victims from Thursday night’s fatal collision between a barge and a leisure boat, but another victim remains missing.

The two victims found are Ray Peters, 53, and Patti Jo Manley, 50, both of Hamilton, Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High said.

The missing woman has been identified by family members as Mary Hood, 54, also of Hamilton.

The body of another victim, William Hill Jr., 59, of Norris Circle, Sheffield, was pulled from the water Thursday night.

A tugboat with several barges in tow collided with Hill’s 32-foot aluminum cabin cruiser shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, just east of Wilson Dam. The crash site was at the rear of the Indian Springs subdivision in Florence.

Divers recovered the two bodies in the river inside the wrecked boat Sunday, TVA Capt. Joe Kelley said. Authorities then towed the boat and began inspecting it.

The search will continue today, said Mike Melton, director of the Colbert County Emergency Management Agency. It was suspended late Sunday afternoon.

“We let everybody go in and get some rest,” Melton said. Rescue and recovery crews have worked long days since the crash.

“The recovery mission will continue,” Melton said. “We’re going to use all the resources possible to do it.”

He and Kelley will meet this morning and try to hammer out an action plan, Melton said.

“We’re dealing with weather and all kinds of hazards, such as deep water and the current,” Melton said. “We’re trying to make sure everyone is not completely worn out.”

He said the wreckage was found in about 80 feet of water. The two bodies were in the vicinity of the boat.

“That would be ground zero, as far as starting out our search graph,” Melton said.

Divers had hoped to find Hood’s body in the cabin, but did not. They did find her purse in the wreckage, and have given it to her family.

The families of the victims waited at a staging location at Fleet Harbor on the Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation on Sunday. By that afternoon, Hood’s family was still there.

“She was a very loving, giving person, and was the best mother anybody ever could have asked for,” her daughter, Kerry Holmes-Pounders, said.

Hood’s other daughter, Kim Holmes, said Hood and Hill had been dating for a couple of years and had even talked about living on the boat.

The last time the sisters saw their mother and Hill, who went by the nickname Butch, was Thursday.

“She and Butch came to my house,” Holmes-Pounders said. “We had a good time talking to them. Butch was digging up a flower that we had tried to dig up for my sister.”

The family was concerned when they heard the news of a collision. The sisters said they figured out by Friday afternoon that their mother was in the crash.

“We filed a missing-person report in Hamilton, hoping it wasn’t her in the boat,” Holmes-Pounders said.

The two daughters were Hood’s only children. She also has two granddaughters, ages 11 and 12.

The granddaughters have stayed composed as best as they can, Kim Holmes said. She said it’s difficult to immediately process something like this. “I think we’re still just in shock.”

Dwight Rodocker, Hood’s brother-in-law, had feared the worst Thursday night. “We’d heard a boat had gone down,” he said. “We tried calling Mary and Butch and couldn’t get them on their cell phones.”

Rodocker said the family has received a great deal of support from the community during recovery efforts.

“We want to thank everybody; all the people in the search and rescue effort and those who supported us by bringing food and comfort,” Rodocker said.

A multitude of agencies have helped with the recovery efforts, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Colbert and Lauderdale EMAs, the Colbert County Dive Team, TVA Police, Alabama Marine Police, Florence police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Melton said the Corps of Engineers sent divers in Sunday because they are equipped for deep-water diving. “I can’t say enough good things about them coming in and helping us,” he said. “There are some mighty good people in that organization.”

Bernie Delinski can be reached at 740-5739 or bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com

Source:  TIMES DAILY

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NEWS RELEASE: LISA C. MURPHY
COUNTY EXTENSION COORDINATOR ANNOUNCES
AN URBAN FORESTRY MADE EASY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD APRIL 3, 2008 AT THE HAMILTON CITY HALL.

Click Here To Read The Full Story...
Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net

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Last Victim of Boating Accident is Laid to Rest

A memorial for Mary Hood was held. The following is an obituary published in 49 County News.Net on our Obituaries Page.

Mary Ellen Hood, age 53, of Hamilton, Alabama passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008, as the result of a boating accident on the Tennessee River near Wilson Dam.  She was found Friday, April 7, 2008.

The family will receive friends 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to begin at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.  Bro. Preston Headrick officiating.

Mary was born April 12, 1954, in Alabama, to Ellen Marie Hughes Hood and the late Vernon Hood.  She was a Homemaker.

She is survived by her daughters, Kim Holmes (Jeff) Clay, and Kerry Holmes (Kevin) Pounders; grandchildren, Ashley Clay and Olivia Durham; Mother, Marie Hood; brothers and sisters, Donna Nixon, William "Bill" Hood, Jessie Martin, Rose Rodocker, and Dorothy Reeves.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Hood; grandparents, Roy and Florence Hood; brother, Paul Hood; and a sister, Carolyn Sue Hood.

 Hamilton Funeral Home directing, 518 Bexar Ave., P.O. Box 274, Hamilton, AL.  205-921-3197 - Fax:  205-921-3790.  Randy Jackson, owner.  Hackleburg Funeral Home P.O. Box 169, Hackleburg, AL.  35564 - 205-935-3854 - Fax:  205-921-3790.

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4th Victim of Barge Collision Recovered Tues., April 8, 2008

(Matt McKean/TimesDaily)
Apr, 08, 2008 Last Updated:02:30 pm

Emergency response workers leave the Lauderdale County side of Wilson Dam and head to Fleet Harbor after recovering the body of a woman who was killed when the cabin cruiser she was in was struck by a barge Thursday March 27th. She was the last person to be located of the four killed.

The body of the fourth victim from a March 27 fatal boating collision was recovered Monday from the Tennessee River.
 

Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High identified the woman as Mary Hood, 54, of Hamilton.
 

The body was discovered by a boater near Indian Springs.
 

Hood was among four victims in the collision between...

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Body Spotted by Private Boater Near Indian Springs Tues., April 8, 2008

By Bernie Delinski

Staff Writer/Times Daily

The body of the fourth victim from a March 27 fatal boating collision was recovered Monday from the Tennessee River.

Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High identified the woman as Mary Hood, 54, of Hamilton.

The body was discovered by a boater near Indian Springs.

Hood was among four victims in the collision between a 32-foot aluminum pleasure boat and a tow boat pushing two barges.

"She had floated," said Ray Jordan, commander for the Tennessee Valley Authority police. "They found her on the north shore."

Search teams had divers in the water at the time, but a private boater found the body, Jordan said.

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Last Updated: April 08. 2008 3:30PM
Published: April 08. 2008 3:30PM

 

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April 18 -19, 2008

 RELAY FOR LIFE

THIS WEEK-END

HAMILTON

WALKING TRACK

A fun-filled overnight activity that mobilizes communities across the country to celebrate survivorship, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and raise money for the fight against cancer. This is an American Cancer Society signature activity.

Start
4/18/2008 6:00:00 PM

End
4/19/2008 6:00:00 AM

Agenda
Fri, 4/18/2008
12:00 pm - Campsite set-up
6:00 pm - Opening ceremony
6:30 pm - Relay begins
9:00 pm - Luminary ceremony
Activities and entertainment all night long.

Sat, 4/19/2008
5:00 am - Closing ceremony begins
6:00 am - Clean up begins

Additional Information
Bank night - Thu, 4/17/2008 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Location
Hamilton Walking Track
211 Aggie Ave.
Hamilton, AL 35570

Travel South on Hwy 43 until you get to Hamilton. Continue until you see Hwy 17 and turn right onto Hwy 17. You will see Hamilton Middle School and the Hamilton Walking Track will be right behind it.

Contact
Duckworth,Amy

Phone
(205)758-0700

Fax
(205)375-2517

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BEAR CREEK CIVITAN CLUB TO HOST PANCAKE B'FAST

May 3, 2008 - Bear Creek Civitan Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast (Pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and water) on May 3, 2008 at the Bobby Bishop Community Center in Bear Creek, AL from 6AM to 10AM. Price per plate is $5.00/adult $2.50/children 8 & under.

All proceeds to benefit the community of Bear Creek. Carry-outs available.

THANKS TO

Jim Casteel, Secretary
Bear Creek Civitan Club

FOR THE INFO!

 

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WASHINGTON - President Bush said tax rebates will start going out Monday, earlier than previously announced.

"Starting Monday, the effects of the stimulus will begin to reach millions of households across our country," Bush said Friday in remarks on the South Lawn of the White House.

Those first rebates will be directly deposited into people's bank accounts. The Internal Revenue Service had been saying direct deposits wouldn't start until next Friday. Bush said paper checks would begin going out on May 9, a week earlier than previously announced.

"The money is going to help Americans offset the high prices we're seeing at the gas pump, the grocery store, and also give our economy a boost to help us pull out of this economic slowdown," Bush said.

The rebates — up to $600 for an individual, $1,200 for a couple and an additional $300 for each dependent child — are the centerpiece of the government's $168 billion stimulus package, enacted in February. Roughly 130 million households are expected to get them.

Bush made the comments before boarding his helicopter at the start of a day trip to Connecticut.

People must file a tax return for their 2007 income to be eligible for a rebate check.

The IRS now says all checks for those who filed tax returns on time are scheduled to be deposited or mailed by July 11.

4/26/08


Gov. Riley In Guin April 21, 2008 for Dedication

There will be a luncheon for Governor Riley on April 21, 2008 in Guin, Alabama. The event will be by invitation only at 12:00 Noon at the First Baptist Church Multi-Ministries Building in Guin. There will be a $10.00 charge for admittance.

Governor Riley will be in Guin to dedicate the Grand Opening of the new Senior Center there. The even will begin at 2:00 P.M. at the new Senior Center, located behind Marion County High School. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, you may contact Terri Dennis at 205-468-2242.

CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE...

The dedication service will be available for viewing online as soon as possible.  You will find the link on the front page.


Fire at a residence in Hamilton, Alabama

HAMILTON - Video of a fire at a residence in Hamilton, Alabama on April 9, 2008 at approx 8:37pm. Hamilton Fire and Rescue, Hamilton Police Department and Marion County SO were called to a fire at a residence located at 1553 Military Street N that according to marioncountymaps.com belongs to Billy G. Burleson.

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VIEW RAW VIDEO


NWAARTS MEETINGMonday, May 5, 2008

We have scheduled our next arts council meeting for Monday, May 5, 5:45 p.m., Hamilton City Hall.

We have several issues to discuss including (but not limited to):

(1) post-JBAF wrap-up
(2) upcoming grant proposals and deadlines
(3)continuation/ discontinuation/
modification of children's art programs
(4) Fall Fest arts & crafts section

Please attend and bring a friend with you! Now is a great time to bring in new people with fresh ideas to our group!

See you Monday night!

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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ALCOHOL SALES BILL

PASSES ALABAMA HOUSE AND GOES TO ALABAMA SENATE April 1, 2008

House Bill number 393 or HB393, is a bill sponsored by Representative Jimmy Martin (D-District 42, Chilton and Shelby Counties) and Representative Mac Gipson (R-District 88, Autauga and Elmore Counties).

It removes all population requirements for municipalities within dry counties that wish to have a wet/dry referendum and it passed the House today (April 1, 2008). It has now gone to the State Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing for consideration and a vote.

April 3rd, 2008, it was read for the first time in the Alabama Senate and referred to the Alabama Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing.

This bill will allow any municipality of any size, to call for a wet/dry referendum if a minimum of 25% of the number of those who voted in the last election were to sign a petition asking for such a referendum (also a requirement in the current law). If this bill passes, every town or incorporated community in Alabama will have the ability to vote "wet/dry".

Currently, the law requires that the largest  municipality within a dry county must have a population of 7000 or more in order for such a referendum to be called. The current law further states that if a municipality of 7000 or more (within a dry county) votes for legal sales of alcoholic beverages, then any other municipality in the same county with a population of 4000 or more may then call for a wet/dry referendum.

This affects Marion County in that if HB393 passes the Senate, as it did the House, and the population requirements now in place were removed, then Hamilton, which is just below the 7000 population limit at this time, will be able to vote for legal sales of alcoholic beverages, and Winfield, which is above the 4000 population requirement at this time, would be able to follow with it's own wet/dry referendum.

The current law further requires a lapse of 720 days (approximately 2 years) between such elections. HB393 originally removed that requirement so that a municipality could see a wet/dry referendum on every ballot (and even specially called elections). However, it was amended today (April 1, 2008) to require that one year must lapse before another vote can be taken.

To read the bill as it was originally presented, Click Here. (You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing)

If you are interested in this bill, call or contact your State  Representatives and Senators.  Let him or her know whether you are for or against this bill and any others that might interest you and your families. 

That's how we're represented in the making of laws in our  State.  That is how we have a say in our local laws.

Click Here to see the Roll of the House for Vote 625 on HB393 and see how your Representative voted.

Click Here to find out how to contact your Alabama Representatives and Click Here to contact your Alabama Senators.

jmays@49countynews.net

4/4/08

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News Release
Lisa C. Murphy
County Extension Coordinator

URBAN FORESTRY MADE EASY PROGRAM TO BE HELD

The Alabama Urban Forestry Association in conjunction with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to sponsor a workshop that offers something for anyone interested in trees and their care. Municipal workers, Master Gardners, Homeowners and anyone else that is looking for tree and Shrub information is welcome to attend. Program topics to be covered are: Urban Pesticide Safety, Landscape and Pruning with Pest Management in Mind, Tree Insects and Disease, Tree City USA, Using Specific Herbicides for the Landscape, Selecton of Pest Resistant Tree Varieties and Fire Wise.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 at the Hamilton City Hall in Hamilton, Alabama. The proram will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. There will be a charge for the program which will include lunch and refreshments.

This meeting can also be used to acquire pesticide points, CFE's and ISA points. For more information about the workshop contact the Marion County Extension Office at 205-921-3551.

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June 7, 2008 Bear Creek Civitan Club Fundraiser

The Bear Creek Civitan Club is having a fundraiser on June 7, 2008 from 4pm to 7pm at the Bobby Bishop Community Center.  This fundraiser is a Pinto Bean Supper costing $4.00 a plate with plates consisting of pinto beans, Vidalia onion, cole slaw, corn bread, dessert, tea (sweet, unsweet, & artificial sweetener). 

All proceeds will be used by the Club to aid the Bear Creek Community.

--
Jim Casteel, Secretary

Bear Creek Civitan Club

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 News Article Is Your Family At Risk of Losing Family Property

If so, you will want to attend the upcoming Heir Property Workshop in
your county or community. Heir Property is land that is held in
common by the descendants, heirs, of someone who has died without a will or
whose estate was not offered for probate.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold workshops so families can learn about the dangers of keeping land as property owned by many heirs. Participants will learn the steps they can take to protect themselves.

Mr. Craig Baab, an attorney with the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in Montgomery, will present the information and answer questions during the workshop. There is no charge for these workshops.

Friday May 23, 2008
Thurs. May 29, 2008

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fayette County Extension Office Bernice Hilton Walker
Building
650 McConnell Loop Traders and
Farmers Bank
(upstairs room)
Fayette, AL 35555

10 Blake Drive
205-932-8941 Double Springs, AL 35553

(205) 489-5376

Contact: Lelia Wissert, Regional Extension Agent
Consumer Science and Personal Financial Management
Alabama Cooperative Extension
(256)766-4846 wisselc@aces.edu

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PRESS RELEASE

LOCAL ANGLER TO COMPETE IN THE BASS FEDERATION NATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

ROY GALBRAITH of Winfield braved rain, wind and storms on the famed Santee Cooper, SC lakes of Marion and Moultrie in the B.A.S.S. Federation Southern Divisional Tournament on April 2-4, 2008 to place 1st on the 12-man Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation State Team. The Alabama Team was competing against the other southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Roy is a member of B.A.S.S., the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, and the Windfield Bassmasters.

In the 3-day tournament, on lakes still below pool level due to the drought, Roy was able to bring two nice bass to the scales on Day #1 that weighed 10 lb. 4 oz. However, teammate Jonathan Edwards of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee carried the honors for the team on the first day of the tournament by placing 1st on the team and 1st in the tournament with a 5-fish bag of 19 lb. 07 oz.

On the 2nd day of the tournament Roy found his bass, by "watching the birds" and "listening to the wind" he said. With the rain coming down and wind whipping up the waves on the lake, Roy put five largemouth bass in his live well which weighed in at 27 lb. 05 oz. Giving him a total of 7 bass at 37 lb. 09 oz. for the two days of the tournament. This weight moved him into 3rd place in the tournament. Jonathan had worn out his hole and could only produce 3 bass for 10 lb. 05 oz. and he dropped to 9th place in the tournament.

On the 3rd and final day with fog covering the lakes, Roy headed out South on the lakes utilizing his GPS for navigation. He too had almost depleted his honey hole. At the 3:00 PM weigh-in at the John C. Land Recreation Facility, Jonathan advanced with 4 bass weighing 15 lb. 08 oz. and moving him to a total tournament weight of 12 bass and 45 lb. 04 oz. With Jonathan on the stage and the stands full of spectators, Roy approached the scales with is TWO fish that weighed in at 8 lb. 00 oz. - and a total weight of 9 bass and 45 lb. 09 oz. for the tournament. ONLY 5 oz. separated these two skilled Bassmasters after three hard days of competition. Roy placed 1st on the Alabama Team and 7th in the tournament while Jonathan placed 2nd on the State Team and 8th in the tournament. The tournament was won by William Smith from Moncks Corner, a South Carolina angler with a total of (15) bass and a weight of 63 lb. 01 oz.

The states placed respectively at 1st - South Carolina - 348 lb. 14 oz.; North Carolina - 338 lb. 02 oz.; Alabama - 332 lb. 03 oz.; Kentucky - 235 lb. - 02 oz.; Florida - 214 lb. 15 oz.; Georgia - 209 lb. 04 oz.; and Tennessee - 97 lb. 13 oz. The winner of each state team will advance to the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation World Championship to be held November 3-8, 2008 on Milford Lake, Junction City, KS.

Not only did Roy place 1st on the ABFN Team, but he served the next day as Boat Captain for the two Alabama Junior Bassmasters, Justin Hamner of Northport and William Brown of Wetumpka, who had advanced to the Southern Divisional Junior Bassmaster tournament held on the same lakes. In conjunction with the BFN event, the Southern Divisional CastingKids Contest was also held on the Saturday following the tournament and Alabama was represent by Garrett Isbell of Ragland. Will placed 4th in the 11-14 age group of the Junior Bassmasters and Justin placed 3rd in the 15-18 age group. Garrett Isbell who was the 2006 and 2007 State CastingKids Champion took 1st Place in the 7-10 age group of the CastingKids Contest and will advance to the World Championship CastingKids Contest in Kansas in November.

To get to the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Southern Divisional Tournament, Roy Jonathan, and the other (10) team members had to compete against Alabama anglers statewide in local tournaments, and in 4 ABFN Regional and the State ABFN Championship Tournament - the best of the best. Roy now will represent Alabama at the BFN World Championship in Kansas in November.


CONTACT: Don Gowen Director Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, Inc. (www.albassfednation.com) P. O. Box 5539 Suite C, 1415 Kathy Lane SW Decatur, Alabama 35601
256-350-7824 Fax: 256-350-3955 Email: dlgowen@aol.com


MARION COUNTY RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE FOR JUNE

~ $10.00 ~

All dogs and cats, three months of age and older, must be vaccinated yearly.

The following is a list of locations for the low cost Rabies Clinics.  (State set price of $10.00/per animal)

June 02 - Bear Creek - 5:00 - 5:30  Under the trees at the school.

June 02 - Brilliant - 4:30 - 5:30 Under the trees at the school entrance

June 04 - Hackleburg - 4:00 - 5:30 - Stadium Parking Lot

June 05 - Guin - 4:00 - 5:30 Elementary School Parking Lot

June 06 - Twin - 3:00

June 06 - Winfield - 4:30 - 5:30 City Hall

June 07 - Hamilton - 9:00 - 10:00 Marion County Health Department

June 07 - 1:00 Hwy. 19 South, Watson's Grocery

Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!

Ronald Gann and Hannah              Hannah Kathryn Gann

 

Lackland AFB, TX - March 30th, 2008, at 2:07 a.m., Becky Gann (Mrs. Ronald Gann, "Ronnie", as we know him) gave birth to Hannah Kathryn Gann!! She weighed 9 lbs. and stretched to 20.4 inches.

Both Mother and Daughter are reportedly doing well and grandparents, Johnnie and Barbara Gann of Hamilton, Alabama were to visit soon.

I'm sure that Grandma Barbara will have stories to tell when she returns from Texas after visiting the new arrival.

Ron and Becky Gann have two other children, Sarah and David, to welcome little Hannah home.

If you click below, you will find a couple of videos from the proud new dad leading the 737TRG Drum and Bugle Corps at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

737TRG Drum and Bugle Corps1

737TRG Drum and Bugle Corps2

Story by:
jmays@49countynews.net


LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR MARION COUNTY, AL

JUNE 3, 2008

CLICK HERE

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NEW MISS ALABAMA

Congratulations

Amanda Tapley
Miss Alabama 2008!!!!!!

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BEVILL STATE IN  HAMILTON TO HOST STAINED

GLASS WORKSHOP WITH JOHN HOGARTH

Most of our NWAAC board members, JBAF volunteers, and festival attendees know and have met Mr. John Hogarth from Jackson, Alabama. Mr. Hogarth is a stained glass artist and has been a JBAF artist for the past two years.

Mr. Hogarth and continuing education coordinator Belinda McRae at Bevill State-Hamilton have arranged for him to present a four-day workshop here in Hamilton. For anyone would like to attend, here is the pertinent information:

John Hogarth Stained Glass Workshop Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 19, 2008, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. nightly Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus.  Cost of the program is $250.00.

If you are interested and would like to register for the course, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Belinda McRae at (205) 921-3177 ex. 5306.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Please spread the word to anyone who you feel might be interested!

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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Man falls to death from water tower

By LILY GORDON - lgordon@ledger-enquirer.com

Jun. 19, 2008

A 28-year-old Alabama man fell to his death while painting a water tower in Hurtsboro, Ala., last night.

Christopher Hardin Dupree, of Bear Creek, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene at 8 p.m. after falling from the 150-foot tower on Boromville Road off of Highway 51, said Russell County Coroner Arthur L. Sumbry.

Dupree was painting near the top of the structure when the accident occurred. He was wearing a harness, the coroner said. Though Sumbry didn't know the name of the company in which Dupree worked, he did say it was from out of town.

Dupree's body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy. The Russell County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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TRACTOR TRAILER

WRECK NEAR

HAMILTON

ONE FATALITY

REPORTED

According to the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety, a one vehicle accident resulted in one fatality.

The accident reportedly occurred at 2:55 a.m. on the morning of June 23rd, 2008 about 5 miles east of Hamilton.

The vehicle, a 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer rig, left the roadway and struck a ravine, killing the driver, Benny Lee Luningham, age 59, of Pottsville, Arkansas.

No other vehicles were reported to be involved in the accident.


Story by jmays
email:  jmays@49countynews.net

Source:  AL. D.P.S. 


HALEYVILLE IDOL WINNERS!

JUNE 20th, 2008


Holli Jacobs
1st Place - $500


Amanda Freeman
2nd Place - $300


John Barton
3rd Place - $200

Congratulations Winners!

Holli Jacobs is the 1st place, $500 winner of the First Annual Winston Idol Contest held on June 20, 2008 during the Winston County Sesquicentennial Celebration, with Amanda Freeman taking home the $300, 2nd place title and John Barton, the $200, 3rd place title.


Haleyville Hosts Local Idol Auditions

These winners will perform at Looney's Tavern beginning Friday, June 20th, 2008 where another group of Judges will pick a winner from this group. 

The top 20 winners, (shown below) from the Saturday, May 24, 2008 competition will perform at Looney's Tavern at the Free State Sesquicentennial Celebration to be held there June 20th, 2008 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Prizes awarded at that competition will be:
1st Place, $500.00
2nd Place, $300.00
3rd Place, $200.00

Click Here for Pictures...

THE WINNERS!

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008 - Haleyville was host to the Winston County Idol Auditions today.

49 County News.Net was invited to attend and video the festivities.

We enjoyed the day and appreciate the hospitality which we were afforded.

Talent from all over Winston County participated in the three hour event. 

Three judges were charged with the difficult task of picking only 20 individuals out of the 31 contestants.  The judges were music experts from outside the Winston County area.

The winners of the competition (In no particular order) are as follows:

Tyler Cagle
Amanda Freeman
Kathy Pendergrass
Paula Daniels
Alania Farris
Oneal Riddle
Paula Gable
Charles Thompson
Shannon Boze
Alicia Parrish
Joseph Martin
Holli Jacobs
Sue Foster
Melissa Dishner
Ashley Weeks
Steve Wolf
Kristy Garrison
Brandon Steele
Tonya Pace
Jon Batron

These top 20 winners from this competition will perform at Looney's Tavern at the Free State Sesquicentennial Celebration to be held there June 20th, 2008 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Prizes awarded at that competition will be:
1st Place, $500.00
2nd Place, $300.00
3rd Place, $200.00

Click Here for Pictures...

Story by:  jmays@49countynews.net
Pictures:  JMays & Don Gann

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UNUSUAL BIRTHDAY PRESENT!

HAMILTON - Local resident, Kay Long, did something a bit risky for her birthday this year, 2008.

Her husband, Leon Long, bought her a special birthday present. He arranged for her to sky-dive for her birthday.

On June 21st, one day after celebrating her birthday on Friday, June 20th, she boarded an airplane to take advantage of her husband's gift.

Most of us would hesitate before taking this kind of leap but since she and husband, Leon, have their children raised and on their own, Kay and Leon have done several things that they always wanted to do. They have also gone Para-sailing and White-water-rafting.

We don't have pictures of those endeavors but she shared some of her sky-diving pictures with us at 49 County News.Net and we wanted to share them with you.  They are awesome!

Click here to see all of the pictures.

Kay's step-son, Kevin Long, also jumped that day. He said he wasn't afraid. But she thought he might have been "just a little bit".

Kay and husband, Leon, live in Haleyville, Alabama and Kay works in Hamilton at Patriot Homes.

Story written by jmays@49countynews.net / Pictures and Story, Courtesy of Kay Long 6/25/2008

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Automobile & Train Collide



Update: Thurs. July 17, 2008 Mrs. Loudene McKinley Simmons, age 78, of Detroit, Alabama, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of an automobile accident in Guin, AL., Wednesday,  July 9, 2008...

Update: Fri. July 11, 2008  Reverend Howard Simmons, age 99 years and 6 months, of Detroit, Alabama passed away Thursday, July 10, 2008 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL. as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Guin, AL., Wednesday, July 9, 2008...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - GUIN - An automobile and a train collided on the tracks, just south of the main intersection of Hwy 43 and Hwy 278 in Guin, Alabama this morning at approximately 9:10 - 9:15 a.m.

Guin Police Chief, G. B. Blaylock reported that he received the initial call at 9:20 a.m.

Passengers of the automobile seen pictured above were Howard Simmons and his wife, Loudene McKinley Simmons of Detroit, AL.

Rev. Simmons, age 99, was airlifted from the scene, by helicopter to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL.

Rev. Simmons' wife, Loudene, was taken to Winfield Hospital and then airlifted to UAB.

The extent of the Simmons's injuries are not known at this time.  There were no other vehicles or injuries reported.

A truck driver, who was stopped for the train, said that he saw the automobile spin around three times before it came to rest near his truck after the collision.

Story by jmays@49countynews.net

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PIGGLY WIGGLY CLOSING Friday, July 18, 2008

Piggly Wiggly In Hamilton Closing.  Close Slated for Friday, July 18, 2008.

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FYI - Hand Gun Law
(For Your Information)

From time to time I find pertinent stories I think will be interesting reading. 

Here are three such stories and all of them are related to each other and pertain to the new ruling from the Supreme Court on our rights as U.S. Citizens to own and possess firearms.

For lack of space, I give links to "the rest of the story".....

Please write us and express your opinion on any subject....

We must have your name to print your opinion!

Also, keep it clean and to the point...thanks!

49 County News.Net Staff

email:  jmays@49countynews.net 

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US court

overturns DC

 handgun ban

A ban on handguns in Washington DC has been ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices upheld a lower court ruling striking down the ban. They said individuals had a right to
keep handguns for lawful purposes.......

Click here to read the rest of the story.......

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RELATED STORY

Justin Webb Blog

The DC Gun Law ruling is of profound importance - it enshrines the individual right to own guns and limits efforts to
reduce their role in American life.

The US Constitution says "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed".

Errr, what does that mean?

Now we know. Or at least five individuals decided they knew (the majority side in the court) and that is that.

For the first time, the court has ruled that it means individuals - settling the matter for at least a generation and
probably longer.

You can disagree with the majority view, but you cannot escape from it if you live in the United States.

So what effect on the political debate? I suspect not much, but for a look at Obama's potential difficulties this is
useful.

Click here to read the rest of the story.......

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ANOTHER

RELATED STORY

Interesting!
August 15, 1994

Gun town U.S.A., revisited - success of Kennesaw, GA's gun ownership requirement law in preventing crime;
National Review, August 15, 1994 by Luther M. Boggs, Jr.

In March 1982, responding to the passage of a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Illinois, and the fawning media
coverage that accompanied it, the city council of Kennesaw, Georgia, decided to make a statement of its own. With
exceptions duly made for convicted felons, the disabled, and those with religious objections, the council passed
(unanimously) an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun.

The moment the story hit the wire services, a media invasion swept into Kennesaw, a small city on the northwestern
frontier of suburban Atlanta.......

Click here to read the rest of the story.......

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Gladys Webb Morrow of Guin, AL Celebrates Her 96th Birthday!

Mrs. Gladys Webb Morrow of Guin, AL celebrated her 96th birthday Saturday, July 12th with her family and friends at the State Bank and Trust in Guin! Wow, and the food was great! I only wish I could cook as well as my relatives!

Ms. Gladys was Born July 15, 1912 in Lamar County, AL. She is the daughter of the late Charlie and Dora Hilburn Webb of Beaverton, AL.

Her brothers and sisters have all passed on now, including my daddy, Grady L. Webb. They are as follows in order of birth: Bailey Arlington "Arlie" WEBB, Lillie Lou Frances Webb Morrow, William Thomas "Tom" Webb, David Pervy "Perv" Webb, Rubin "Rube" Quinton Webb, Ola Estie Webb Carrouth, Felix Anderson Webb, Lula Angeline Webb Morrow, Grady Lee Andrew Webb, Anna Bell Eunice Webb, (Gladys came here in the family), and Carlos Velter Webb.

We love you Aunt Gladys and we had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday with you! We hope to celebrate many more birthdays with you!



Judy Webb Mays
judymays@yahoo.com

email:  jmays@49countynews.net

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TAX FREE DAYS
& NIGHTS
ARE HERE!

12:01 A.M., FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2008

THRU

12:00 MIDNIGHT
AUG. 3, 2008

Since 2006, Alabama has observed State Sales Tax Holidays. This holiday helps families reduce the cost of sending children back to school each year by removing state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday August 1, 2008, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 3, 2008, Alabama is holding its third annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.

Included in this event is clothing up to $100.00, computers, up to $750.00, school supplies, up to $50.00, books, up to $30.00.  Click here for a list of included items.

Retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.

Click here for other information concerning this law.

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ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT - THURS. JULY 17, 2008

 

Hamilton - A one vehicle accident occurred around 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2008 approximately 3 miles north of Hamilton, at Hwy. 43 N. & Howell Road.

According to sources on the scene, the accident caused serious injuries to the driver.  The passenger made his way to the road and stopped a passerby for help.  Together, they stopped an Alabama State Trooper who was passing by. 

The picture above shows the driver being transported by ambulance.

According to the skid marks at the scene, the auto involved, apparently left the pavement on the northbound lane of hwy. 43 and then veered sharply to the left causing the vehicle to cross the southbound lane and land upside down several feet off the pavement and deep into the woods.

Fire and Rescue and Officers from the Hamilton Police Department were on the scene as well as a crew from CenturyTel who appeared to be working in the area. They all assisted in the rescue efforts along with Alabama State Troopers.

More information on this accident as the names and facts become available.

Pictures and story by jmays@49countynews.net


NEW BRIDGE EAST OF HAMILTON OPENED THURS., JULY 10, 2008

Looking West toward the main red light in Hamilton.


Friday, July 25, 2008 NTN WITHOUT STRIKERS NTN STRIKE OVER FOR NOW?

Yes, they have gone!

This was the scene in front of NTN Bower for the last year...

The strikers at NTN in Hamilton have removed the tents which have been up for 1 year today, July 25.  That was 366 days (it was a leap year) of braving the elements.

I don't know the exact time the tents were removed but they are gone for now.

I spoke with some of the Union Members and the only thing they could tell me was to contact the Legal Department.

I am glad they aren't having to walk out in this terribly hot and humid weather!  But, they have braved it before, along with freezing cold, rain, lightening, and storms.  They were there through it all!

I do hope some good comes out of this!

God Bless them all!

HAMILTON - Workers at NTN-Bower in Hamilton have been on strike since July 25th, 2007, after months of contract negotiations with the Japanese owned company.

Workers at the plant are  members of the Union of Auto Workers Local 1990.

They had been working for over 16 months with no contract when the Union went on strike one year ago, July 25, 2007.

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BAMA-Q Restaurant 7/2008
There's A New Kid In Town!
HAMILTON - There's a new name and a new owner for the "Puddles" BBQ Restaurant north of Hamilton at the intersection of Hwy. 43 N. and Hwy 29.
'She' has a familiar face to the people who used to frequent the Plantation in Gu-Win.
'She' is Brittany Montgomery, newly graduated from college, Brittany is back in Hamilton and has opened the BAMA-Q Restaurant.
We expect good things from her because we know she learned all she knows about 'good food' from her mom, and her dad, Bonnie and Butch Montgomery.
Good luck and Best Wishes to Brittany in her new venture from the staff of www.49countynews.net!
Story by:
jmays@49countynews.net

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Informal  'Meet & Greet'

Tonight

at Hamilton City Hall

6:30 p.m. Today, Tuesday, August 19th - Hamilton City Hall - Informal gathering. Everyone welcome! Meet your candidates and ask questions. Informal 'Meet & Greet' to get up close and personal with the candidates for Your Mayor and Your City Council. Sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Light refreshments will be served.

jmays@49countynews.net

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August 9, 2008 Political Rally a Fun-Filled Success

Gary Wayne Mays, Jr. (dark blue shirt, center) is seen below talking to some of the people who came to a political rally  Saturday, Aug. 9th at the pavilion in the Hamilton City Park .
Wayne, a candidate for Hamilton City Council, Place # 4, spoke briefly and fielded questions from the audience. 

It seemed that a good time was had by all who attended the event Saturday, August 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Everyone was invited to attend and free hot dogs, chips and drinks were served.  Games such as badminton and horseshoes were also enjoyed by all.

Music and song was performed by Tim Cannon, a very talented musician and songwriter who resides in the Florence area. Tim has ties to Hamilton.  He is the son of the late Mark Cannon, who some will remember was an announcer with WERH radio station in Hamilton.

Tim's twelve year old son, Taylor, was also on hand to show off his talent as a budding singer and musician.

Hamilton's own Bryan K. Williams, also sang and performed with Tim.  Bryan is a talented songwriter/musician and DJ as well as an announcer with WERH radio. 

Bryan is the son of the late Troyce Williams of Hamilton who was an announcer with WERH and a Hamilton City Councilman before his death.

Wayne mentioned this event was in honor of his dad, the late Gary Wayne Mays, Sr., who's birthday was August 9, 1945.  His dad passed away Feb. 28, 1980, when Wayne was 5 years old and a Kindergarten student at the Hamilton First Baptist Church. 

Wayne is 34 years old and the son of Judy Webb Mays of Hamilton and the  late Gary Wayne Mays, Sr., the grandson of Mary Nell Pope Mays and the late John O. Mays and the late Grady L. and Eather Rye Webb, all of Hamilton.

Wayne served the City of Hamilton for 91/2 years as a Police Officer where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. 

He is a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Alabama and is a 1992 graduate of Hamilton High School,  He is presently self-employed as Editor/Owner of www.49countynews.net, (In this capacity, he has attended and filmed most of the City Council Meetings for more than a year in order to place them on 49 County News.Net for the citizens of Hamilton to view in a Video-on-demand format.)

He attends Northwest Jr. College at Phil Campbell, AL and is a part-time Police Officer with our close neighbor city, Guin, AL.  Wayne also serves as Vice President and board member of the newly formed Marion County Humane Society.

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*(If you know of rallies and other opportunities to meet local candidates, please email jmays@49countynews.net or send pictures and a story describing the event and we will include them on our news page...)

08/09/2008

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Tuesday August 26, 2008

Be Sure to Vote!

Your Vote

Counts!

Do you know that your one vote can make the difference in today's elections?

IT SURELY CAN! 

One Vote, (YOURS) can decide a winner!  YOUR ONE VOTE can make the difference in whether one candidate or another gets 51% of the votes cast in any given race, which makes that candidate the winner! 

That One Vote can also cause a run-off between your choice for candidate and his opponent! 

Have your say in your elections! Today is YOUR day to speak out!  Go to your local City Hall or wherever your city is holding it's elections and place your opinion on a ballot!

After you do this, you can express to the winning candidate that you voted and you want your opinions to be heard in your local government. 

Voting is such a privilege.  We should all take advantage of our rights and privileges that our country provides us. 

Our troops are fighting for our privileges even as we awake this morning!  This is what our soldiers have fought and died for.

We can speak out against injustice and express our opinions without fear.  We have freedoms that other countries cannot even hope for.

So many countries in this world get up each morning with nothing to look forward to.  They have no say at all in their government. 

So go, express your opinion...Vote!  Have your say!

Hamilton elections will be held at Hamilton City Hall today, Tuesday, August 26th, 2008.  The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.

Other cities and municipalities in Marion County and surrounding Counties - call your local City Halls for times and places to vote:

Bear Creek:  205-486-5077
Beaverton:  205-698-0744

Brilliant:  205-465-2281
Guin:  205-468-3363
Hackleburg:  205-935-3133
Haleyville:  205-486-3121
Hamilton:  205-921-2121
Phil Campbell:
205-993-4221
Sulligent:  205-698-8631
Vernon:  205-695-6999
Winfield:  205-487-4338

 jmays@49countynews.net

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Informal 'Meet & Greet' Held Tuesday Night August 19th, 2008

At Hamilton City Hall

Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m.- Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted an informal 'Meet & Greet' session at the Hamilton City Hall with the candidates for Hamilton Mayor and City Council.

The gathering was informal. It gave everyone a chance to meet the candidates and ask questions. Sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, I'd like to see this become a regular event even after the election where every citizen could have a chance to ask any questions of the Mayor and City Council in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Those candidates present were:
 

For the office of Mayor:
Richard Gann and Bobby Holliday
 

For the office of Council Person:
 

Place # 1 - McDavid Franks and Hank Miller
 

Place # 2 -
 

Place # 3 - Bill Fite and Kyle "Ski" Silas
 

Place # 4 - Leon Enlow, Gary Wayne Mays, Jr., Brad Perry, and Paul Stidham
 

Place # 5 - April Steele, Shane Stidham, and Tami Lewis Williams.

The current Mayor, Ray Harper was absent from the event. Mr. Scotty Sanderson incumbent in Place # 3, was reportedly in ill health. Mr. Stanley Sherrill was there to represent his wife, Annette Sherrill who ran unopposed in place # 2.

Refreshments were served and enjoyed by all. The turnout was light and except for the heat, all seemed to go well.

I'm sure everyone will join me in thanking the Chamber of Commerce and Tonya for sponsoring the event. Tonya is doing a great job in getting things going with the Chamber!

Click Here for More Pictures.

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Tuesday August 26, 2008 ELECTION RESULTS FOR HAMILTON

MAYOR: 
Richard Gann - 665
Ray Harper - 588
Bobby Holliday - 905

CITY COUNCIL:

PLACE # 1
McDavid Franks - 1445
Hank Miller - 673

(PLACE # 2
Annette Sherrill went in without any opposition)

PLACE # 3
Bill Fite - 847
Scotty Sanderson - 1108
Kyle "Ski" Silas - 191

PLACE # 4
Leon Enlow - 544
Gary Wayne Mays, Jr. - 340
Brad Perry - 409
Paul Stidham - 837

PLACE # 5
April Steele - 790
Shane Stidham - 660
Tami Lewis Williams - 712

In the Mayor's race in Hamilton, there will be a run-off between Richard Gann and Bobby Holliday.

In Place # 1, McDavid Franks wins over Hank Miller.

In Place # 2, Annette Sherrill will go in without opposition.

In Place # 3, Scotty Sanderson wins, having won more than 50 % of the vote cast.

In Place # 4, there will be a run-off between Leon Enlow and Paul Stidham.

In Place # 5, there will be a run-off between April Steele and Tami Lewis Williams.

At this time we do not have the results from the surrounding towns but will add the results will be added as soon as they are received.

Click here for other results around the area:

All results are unofficial.

jmays@49countynews.net

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YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT! READ BELOW

If you think your vote doesn't count, well think again!

Look at the following numbers...What a difference it would make to the candidates if those few people had not cast their vote!  Suppose even that they had failed to vote for themselves!

*
A WINNER in Winfield by 2 Votes!

Council Place No. 3
Dennis Burks - 605
(I) Robert K. "Bob" Earnest - 607

*A Run-Off in Winfield between two candidates with the same number of votes!
Council Place No. 5
Steve E. Martin - 412
(I) Scot Nelson - 251
Michael Nolen - 412

*A WINNER in Fayette by 6 Votes
Council Ward 3:
(W) Anne Hamner - 133
Marvin Odom - 127

*A WINNER by  3 Votes, Just over 50% of those who cast votes! (That's all it takes!)
Council Ward 5:
(W) David Brand - 83
Mark Duckworth - 33
Jerry M. Nichols - 47

Look at Hodges, almost split down the middle!

This is just a few of the examples to show how much YOUR VOTE Counts!

Click Here to See ALL the results we have at this time

Remember, all results shown are unofficial.

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Journal Entries From My Trip to Bungoma, Kenya.
By Preston Headrick Pastor Christ Community Fellowship

 

     On Oct 4th 2007 I flew from Detroit Michigan with Gene Bacon a prophet from Living Stones Church in Litchfield Illinois and Pastors John and Tammy Shemenentz from Omaha , Nebraska . We then flew to Amsterdam Holland and from there to Nairobi Kenya .

     After spending Friday Night Oct 5th in Nairobi we then flew to Kisumu , Kenya . From there we had a two hour van ride over some pretty rough terrain to Bungoma. We had actually taken a short cut and much of that part of the trip was over a dirt road. While we were on the van I saw two eagles that were circling above us. I believed that this was a sign from the Lord reminding us that He was with us and that He was going to do great and mighty things.
     During our time in Bungoma, I stayed at the residence of Bishop Frederick O Garra and his wife Emily. They were very wonderful host. The first morning while I was taking my shower I could hear a young girl singing the song “Crucified” outside near the window.


     Oct 7th- I preached at Bishop O Garra’s congregation on Sunday morning. The name of the church was End Time Harvest Discipleship Church . The Lord gave me Psalm 91. I did not know if He wanted me to preach from the Psalm or to stand on it for my protection. It turned out to be both.
     The Lord had me prophesy over a group who were there teaching Kenyans about solar cooking. At the end of the message many people came to the altar for prayer. People came for prayer for tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid fever and other sickness. The Lord opened the ears of a small child that his mother brought for prayer and she said that he could not hear.

     That day the Lord honored our standing on Psalm 91 two times by preventing us from being in two serious automobile accidents. One car almost hit us head on and God made a way just as I screamed the name of Jesus; “Ps 91:15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. Another time was when we were sideswiped heading up a narrow mountain road during a heavy rainstorm, and the Lord softened the blow of the car that hit us.

     Oct 8th- We started Pastors Conference today. The Lord woke us all up at 2:30 A.M. even though we were staying at different houses. The Lord was giving words of knowledge for His servants. We prophesied over many at the end of the service. A young man named Joshua walked in and got saved.
 

     Oct 9th- Today as Gene ministered to people in the line;
     · A woman was healed of headaches from typhoid fever that she had been battling for three months
     · A man testified that he felt something cool move through his body. Headache and ear pain were gone.
     · Another woman was healed of back pain. She left the altar smiling.   

     Oct 10th- Today I sung in tongues and some of the Kenyans smiled. They said that there was a word in Swahili that I sung. The word was Swahili for banana. The Lord gave me an interpretation of this word picture for Bishop O Gara’s family.

     Tonight I preached on the spirit of Elijah and power.
The Lord gave me this word today John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. I PRAISE God that Jesus Christ chooses sinners and saves us. He then fills us with His Spirit and uses us. What an honor to be a child of the King.

     Oct 11th- This morning Gene preached on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets Jesus Christ the Chief Cornerstone. We prophesied over many people again today. The Holy Spirit was giving words of knowledge through word pictures and words. The angels of God got us out of the mud today when the Bishop’s automobile was stuck.    

     Oct 12th- Once again today we prophesied over many people. A woman who could not read the Bible because of a condition in her eyes was healed and read the Bible. The Bible was opened to Hebrews 7.

     Oct 13th- Today I got hit with a spirit of infirmity. I got sick at my stomach. The Lord was faithful and healed me. The Lord worked in this to prepare me to go to a village where the majority of the people were Muslim.

     Oct 14th- We went to the village this morning. The church did not have electricity. They had a keyboard that they were operating with a car battery. The Lord told me to get in the pulpit and start quoting from John 14 all the way through verse 6 “ Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." The Lord then told me to quote Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” He then told me to preach from Psalm 34. Five people were saved that morning. One woman was healed from arthritis and many others were ministered to by the Holy Spirit.

     This is only a few of the things that I saw God do on this trip. The Lord showed me on this trip just how weak I was and how strong He is. I was glad to get back home. When I landed in Memphis it was answered prayer to see my wife J. J.

     Listen, the same God that did miracles on this trip wants to work in your life in mighty miraculous ways as well.. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior I challenge you to sincerely pray this prayer today;

     Lord Jesus I confess that I am a sinner. Lord today I want to repent of my sin and live for you. I ask You Jesus to come into my heart today. Forgive me of my sins. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Today I give my life to you.
Amen


     Please let me know if you accepted Christ today. You may email me at:   jpjjhead@sonet.net

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ACCIDENT ON BEXAR AVE WEST WED. AUG. 20, 2008

 

 

Hamilton - According to Danny Hood, of Transco Express in Hamilton, the events that took place in his Hamilton office at or about 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20, 2008 were as follows.

He said that one mobile home travelling east toward Hamilton, on Bexar Avenue West (also known as U.S. Highway 78 West) caught the power supply line (along with the CenturyTel line and WATV line) to their office, which is located at 1051 Bexar Avenue West, just across the road from S & H Building Supply. A few minutes later, another mobile home travelling in the same direction, caught the same lines and pulled them just a little lower toward the ground.

Mr. Hood then stated that he called 911 to have someone check on the situation. Hamilton police officer, Phillip King answered the call and was standing with Mr. Hood in front of the building when an 18 wheeler truck passed by in the same direction and snapped the line, taking the pole by the side of the office along with it as well as a large portion of the roof of the building.




One more note, the office you will view could have had Joe Lucius, Danny Hood's co-worker sitting at the devastated desk in the pictures. It was his lucky day, I guess. He was at the Double Springs, AL office of Transco Express!

Click here to view pictures which will show the extent of the destruction to the building and the power poles along the road, all the way from just east of S & H Building supply to past the Welcome to Hamilton sign.

STORY & PHOTOS BY jmays@49countynews.net

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An Open Letter of Thanks to the Voters of Hamilton from Gary Wayne Mays, Jr.

GARY WAYNE MAYS, JR. wishes to sincerely thank everyone who voted for and supported him in his bid for election to the Hamilton City Council, Place # 4 in the August 26th election in Hamilton, Alabama. Please register to vote and support the candidate of your choice in the October 7th Run-Off Election! VOTE!!!

We wish to sincerely thank all the people who cast their vote for Gary Wayne Mays, Jr. 

We are very grateful for the faith they had in him to cast their precious vote for him.

It has been a wonderful experience.  It will not be taken lightly and will not be forgotten.

We intend to continue to film the City Council Meetings and place them online for everyone to view. 

We hope it is of value to the citizens of Hamilton to be able to see the City Council Meetings at their convenience.

In this small way, we can continue to be involved in the government of our city.

 We wish to thank Mr. Pete Nichols for his help with Wayne's appearance on WMTY 23/24/46 Television, Channel 5 on the local TV cable and streaming online at www.wmty.net

Also, thanks, too, for letting me (Judy Webb Mays, Wayne's mother) express my appreciation to the audience tonight following the elections!

Remember, you can see the City Council meetings on television over the air at  WMTY 23/24/46, on the cable on Channel 5 and at the same time, streaming online at www.wmty.net.  Then you can go onto our www.49countynews.net and see them on our video-on-demand 24 hours/7 days a week when you have time. 

We wish Mr. Pete's continued success and God's blessings on his work and his station's ministry.

Thank you Mr. Pete!

Gary Wayne Mays, Jr., and Judy Webb Mays

webmaster@49countynews.net

jmays@49countynews.net


49 Year Old Motorcyclist Cliff Gullett Dies In Accident

Cliff Gullett, rider of the Costella-Gullett Motorcycle Streamliner was killed Thursday afternoon, September 3rd, 2008,after losing control of his bike at 385 kilometers (239 miles) per hour and crashing on Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats. This happened just after completing his return run. Cliff had two runs which qualified for the record in the 500 cc class, but the record will have to be ratified by the governing racing bodies for the event.

The American Motorcyclist Association said in a statement on its website that 49-year-old Cliff Gullett of Montana was killed in an accident during a time trial at the location, around 185 kilometers (115 miles) west of Salt Lake City. Reports said Gullett was aiming to set a record for the fastest two-stroke, two-cylinder motorcycle.

Memorial Services for Cliff Gullett will be held on Saturday, September 13th, at 11:00 AM at the Grace Bible Church, located at 3625 S. 19th Avenue in Bozeman, Montana.

A Memorial Reception will follow at 2:00 PM at the Broken Hart Ranch, located at 73800 Gallatin Road.
The family has requested that attendees to the Reception ride their motorcycles, regardless of make or brand, in a "Last Ride" Tribute to Cliff.

He leaves behind his wife, Leanne, and his son, Casey, age 10 and his daughter, Nicole, age 15.


The First Labor Day
 

Labor Day Parade,
Main Street, Buffalo, New York, circa 1900.

 

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America, 1880-1920*
 

Labor Day—the first Monday in September—celebrates the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America.**


On (Tuesday) September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America's first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall to Union Square, the workers and their families gathered in Reservoir Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was initiated by Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader who a year earlier cofounded the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, a precursor of the American Federation of Labor.

McGuire had proposed his idea for a holiday honoring American workers at a labor meeting in early 1882. New York's Central Labor Union quickly approved his proposal and began planning events for the second Tuesday in September. McGuire had suggested a September date in order to provide a break during the long stretch between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. While the first Labor Day was held on a Tuesday, the holiday was soon moved to the first Monday in September, the date we continue to honor.
***
 

*http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep05.html
** http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Labor_Day.shtml
*** http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep05.htm

Other Sources For Information on Labor Day at http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm


One Vehicle Accident Resulted in No Personal Injuries September 14, 2008

 

A one-vehicle accident occurred Monday around 4:16 p.m. in the evening September 14, 2008, on West Steele Street in Hamilton, AL.

No personal injuries were reported and the driver reportedly did not require any medical attention.

The accident happened about 1/2 mile West of the intersection of Steele Street and Alabama State Highway 17 South.

The vehicle was a 2002 Ford Exp. driven by a juvenile. The road was reportedly wet and the driver lost control in a curve, fish-tailing and striking the guide-wire of a utility pole. The pole broke in half as can be seen in the following photos. Click each photo to enlarge.



Photos by J Mays
jmays@49countynews.net

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Hurricane Ike Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

 

The storm roared ashore hours before daybreak with 110 mph winds and towering waves, smashing houses, flooding thousands of homes, blowing out windows in Houston's skyscrapers, and cutting off power to more than 3 million people, perhaps for weeks.


Click to Enlarge (NOAA Satellite Image)

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Depression Ike generating heavy rain and thunderstorms over the Lower and Mid-Mississippi Valleys. To the north, a cold front and stationary front triggers stormy weather across the Great Lakes and portions of the Northeast.

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Unofficial Results of Hamilton Mayor & City Council Oct.

 7, 2008

Hamilton MAYOR

Gann - 887
(W) Holliday - 1010

Hamilton COUNCIL
Place # 4

 
Enlow - 870
(W) Stidham - 983

Hamilton COUNCIL
Place # 5

(W) Steele - 1051
Williams - 840

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Update Oct. 3, 2008 "Economic Bailout"

Click Here to read

Thomson Reuters
Highlights

of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Passed by Congress, and click here to read the bill in it's entirety.

---------

October 1, 2008

     I'm sure you have heard of the "Economic Bailout" which was voted down in the House last Monday, well, if you have some time...you can go to the link below and read the unabridged version.

Read the Version the House Voted Down on Monday

I thought maybe a lot of people might like to read for themselves the document but didn't know where to find it...

     The document is over 100 pages long in PDF format.  You must have a Free Adobe Acrobat Viewer to view the document.

jmays@49countynews.net

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Scene of Fire September 24, 2008

Hamilton - Firemen, policemen, and rescue workers were called to the scene of a house fire at the Weston Housing Authority, Apartment #163, on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008, around 4:20 p.m.

An eye witness, who had been sitting with the owner just moments before, said the smoke just started suddenly and did not know it's origin.

Click here for more photos

Photos by J Mays
jmays@49countynews.net

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APT Reps Met With Arts Council Monday, Sept. 8th, 2008

APT Representatives (right) along with NWAArts Council Members, Ed Minter and Missy Miles.

Jerry & Sandra Brown are pictured along with representatives from Alabama Public Television at the North West Alabama Arts Council Meeting, Monday, September 8, 2008 at the Hamilton City Hall.

North West Alabama Arts Council Members, met at the Hamilton City Hall Monday, September 8, 2008.

Among the subjects discussed at the meeting was the next Jerry Brown Festival which will be in March, 2009. 

Also mentioned was that APT had been out at Jerry Brown's to film a new short documentary to promote the Arts in Alabama.  It will be showing on APT in the Spring of 2009.

Everyone should remember the "talking jug".  Well this will be it's successor.  I think it'll have a difficult time being as good as that!  (My opinion entirely! I liked the "talkin jug"!)

We were shown a preview of the new one and it looked great!

STORY & PHOTOS BY jmays@49countynews.net

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Eileen Herlie

NEW YORK - Eileen Herlie, a stage and TV actress who appeared on "All My Children" for more than three decades as the motherly Myrtle Fargate, has died at 90.

Herlie died Wednesday of pneumonia, said Julie Hanan Carruthers, the ABC soap opera's executive producer.

The actress joined the long-running show in 1976 to play Myrtle, who became the surrogate mother to many of the soap's major characters, including Erica Kane, portrayed by Susan Lucci.

Herlie's last appearance on the program was in June.

Herlie is survived by a brother, nieces and nephews.

Click here to read full obituary.
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Story Hour

Winfield Public Library

The following is an announcement for the Winfield Public Library

Story Hour - Thursday 10/16/2008 - 3:30 pm

Regina Sperry

Winfield Public Library

205-487-2484

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Marion County Humane Society Meeting THURS. JULY 17, 2008 Held At Hamilton City Hall - James Dodd of KFC in Hamilton presented a check to M.C. Humane Society in the amount of $250.00.

 

President, Bill Nowlin, (left), is shown accepting the donation check from James Dodd (right) for the Humane Society.

Remember, we now have land in the Pikeville area on which to build our shelter.  All we need now is the funds.  Please join us and volunteer to help us raise the money needed to build a shelter.

The quilt below, donated to M.C. Humane Society, will be given away at Fall Fest in Hamilton, AL.  Tickets are being sold by the Humane Society at $1.00 each. 

All proceeds will go to the Marion County Humane Society Shelter Fund.

Shown above with the beautiful quilt is (left) Board Member, Bettie Blaine and (right) Treasurer, Kathy Ballard.  Below is a close-up of the quilt.

Click the pictures above to see larger views.

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BE SURE TO VOTE TUES. NOV. 4, 2008! LINK TO MARION COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOT *

Click the link above to see a sample ballot for Marion County, Alabama.

The general election, including the Presidential Election, is only one week away!

Be sure to check out your choices for the upcoming election next Tuesday.

Of particular interest on this ballot is the Proposed Amendment No. 1 (Click links below.  You will be leaving 49 County News.Net) You will find links to the actual amendment.  

The Alabama Rainy Day Amendment 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment to the Alabama Constitution that will appear on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Alabama. The proposition was legislatively-referred to the ballot by the Alabama State Legislature. **

There are also five other amendments listed which deal with other Counties in Alabama. Click here to read them on the Marion County, Alabama Sample Ballot.

*You need Adobe Acrobat to view the file.  Click here for the free download.

  **  source

jmays@49countynews.net

 


VOTING TURNOUT HEAVY Hamilton - Nov. 4, 2008

We voted today in Hamilton at the Recreation Center as we usually do.  But there was nothing usual at today's voting places, here or around the country!

The turnout was very heavy and the voting numbers were much higher than usual.  This general election might just have the highest number of voter turnout ever!

We voted around 3:30 and between the two voting machines at the polling place, there were 2363 votes; 1170 on the one we used and 1193 on the other.

 

According to one poll worker at my table, they had been extra busy today, 279 voters, just at their table so far, more than usual.

We also ran into our good friend, Steve Young from "Southern Folks", a very cute show on TV8 where he interviews people and especially children around the area.

We saw a lot of other people and I wish I could mention all of them but they know who they are!

We love 'em all!

Tell us about your voting experiences...

Don & Judy

jmays@49countynews.net


Year of Alabama Arts_Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel

"NORTHWEST ALABAMA ARTS COUNCIL" <nwal.artscouncil@yahoo.com>

We received this today from the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel as the lead story in their August 17 newsletter:

"Y’all Magazine has special section on “The Year of Alabama Arts”
The September edition of Y’all – The Magazine of Southern People has a special 12-page section dedicated to state tourism’s “The Year of Alabama Arts” promotion. Highlighted in the section are: the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Jack Warner and the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art in Tuscaloosa, Jerry Brown Pottery in Hamilton, “The Miracle Worker” play at Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. http://www.yall.com/feature2.shtml "

The article is pretty lengthy and mentions the JBAF. In fact, the photo in the article is one from the festival. When you look at the other individuals and places and events listed above, it is a very prestigious list. What wonderful publicity for the festival!

Hope you enjoy!



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


SWEARING-IN CEREMONY - Hamilton

CITY OFFICIALS TAKE OATH


 With his wife, Barbara by his side, Hamilton Mayor Bobby Holliday (Center) is sworn in by the Honorable John Bentley, Presiding Circuit Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit.

Hamilton - Tonight, Monday, October 3rd, 2008, the newly elected city officials in Marion County and surrounding counties around the State took the Oath of Office in their respective towns and cities.

Here we name just a few.


Left to right, facing the camera:  the Honorable McDavid Franks, Annette Sherrill, (seated, Mayor Holliday), Paul Stidham, April Steele, and Scotty Sanderson.


A better view but Scotty Sanderson in out of the picture to the right!

(Click pictures for a larger view)

Don and I attended the swearing-in ceremony in Hamilton.  We wish we could have been present at all of them...but alas, we are but two!

Click here for a slideshow.

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UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

CLICK HERE


Hackleburg Officials Take Office- Below is the list of new City Officials sent to us by the City Clerk of Hackleburg, AL and we thank her so much for her efforts.  We also wish to congratulate the new Mayor and Council Members of Hackleburg, Alabama:

TOWN OF HACKLEBURG
PO BOX 279
HACKLEBURG AL 35564
(205) 935-3133



MAYOR
Douglas Gunnin
417 1st Street
Hackleburg AL 35564
Home: 205-935-5484
Office: 205-935-3133

COUNCIL PLACE 1
James Anglin
28489 State Hwy 253
Hackleburg AL 35564
(205) 935-3913

COUNCIL PLACE 2
Barry McCarley
PO Box 279
Hackleburg AL 35564
(205) 935-8874

COUNCIL PLACE 3
Josh Weatherly
169 Frederick Rollins Road
Hackleburg AL 35564
(205) 935-3862

COUNCIL PLACE 4
Vernon Britnell
PO Box 279
Hackleburg AL 35564
(205) 935-3494

COUNCIL PLACE 5
Darrin Wiginton
PO Box 279
Hackleburg AL 35564
(250) 935-8282

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TOWN OF BRILLIANT
P. O. BOX 407
BRILLIANT, AL 35548

Mun. Tel. No.: 205-465-2281
Mun. Fax No.: 205-465-2254
Municipal Email Add.: brilliant000@centurytel.net
Municipal Web Add.: www.brilliantal.org

Perry Franks - Mayor
323 Bostick Road, Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.2678
mayor@brilliantal.org

June Berryhill - Council Member
POB 32, Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.9187
council@brilliantal.org


Marshall Bostick - Council Member
9365 State Hwy. 129, Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.8753
council@brilliantal.org

 
Jananne Stricklin - Council Member
POB 299, Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.2661
council@brilliantal.org

 
James T. Gibbs - Council Member
13887 State Hwy. 129, Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.8107
council@brilliantal.org


Kevin Farley - Council Member
POB 137 , Brilliant, AL 35548
205.465.2570
council@brilliantal.org

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If you have pictures or details of the ceremonies in your town or city, please send them to us and we will try to get them on the site.

We will, of course, give you credit if you want or keep it anonymous.

Just in case we do not recognize everybody, please include the names.

Send to jmays@49countynews.net or fax to 205-921-1209.

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Hamilton - Our Halloween Goblins

 

Hamilton - Halloween proved to be very entertaining and VERY SCARY!

We caught some of the Witches, Aliens, Ninjas, Angels, and Vampires with our camera.

 

We even captured a photo of Wonder Woman!

There was even an Alien or 2!

And Dracula!

They were all so cute and SCARY that I wish I could show all of them individually...but if you want to see them all...click below!

For a slideshow of the group, Click Here!

Pictures and Slideshow, property of Judy Webb Mays, Don Gann & 49 County News.Net - 10.31.08

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Public Meeting In Winfield - Nov. 6, 2008

Alabama Dept.

of Transportation

The following is an excerpt from this week's Senator Roger Bedford's "Capitol Report" which we publish each week.  In it he encourages people to attend the public meeting to be held November 6th concerning the Winfield East Bypass project connecting US-43 to SR-118.

     "I want to encourage all of you who can to attend the Alabama Department of Transportation public hearing on the Winfield East Bypass project connecting US-43 to SR-118. The meeting will be on November 6, 2008 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the Winfield Recreation Center located at 400 Community Street, Winfield. Those in attendance will be able to ask questions regarding the project and view documentation regarding a map of the project and the environmental study. The meeting will be an open house type meeting with no formal presentation with people encourage to attend at any time between 5:00 and 7:00p.m. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so any time between now and within ten days after the meeting. The comments should be sent to Mr. James D. Brown, Division Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation, PO Box 495, Tuscumbia, AL 35674."

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Caught them in the act! Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Students Paint New "Paw Prints" on the street in front of Hamilton High School Monday, September 8, 2008.

I happened to catch them "in the act"!

They were doing a fine job!

On the left is Ashley Pruitt and on the right is Amanda Halcomb (Both Pictures) I am sorry to say, I didn't get the name of the student in the background!

STORY & PHOTOS BY jmays@49countynews.net


AL Pottery Symposium Held Sat. Oct. 11

At Bevill Center

A good time was enjoyed by all who attended the Alabama Folk Symposium Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Bevill Center in Hamilton.

The event was a combined effort of the Marion County Historical Society and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council along with the co-ordination of Mr. Jerry Paul Otts, and it turned out a good crowd of well over 150 people.

Click here to View Pictures
jmays@49countynews.net

History of
Northwest Alabama Folk Pottery
Symposium with Show and Tell Exhibition
Saturday, October 11th, 2008
Bevill Center, Hamilton, Alabama

8:00 a.m. Bevill Center Opens to Workers and Collectors for Set Up

9:00 a.m. Bevill Center Doors Open to the Public for “Show and Tell”

9:30 a.m. Silent Auction begins as fundraiser for the Historical Society

10:30 a.m. Lectures Begin with Welcome and Acknowledgments
Dr. Kenneth Johnson - “A Historical Backdrop – from the departure of
Native Americans to the arrival of the Early Pioneers”

11:05 a.m. Joey Brackner - “Alabama Folk Pottery – its origins, uses and styles”

11:30 a.m. James Cormany – “A Report on the early Rye and Lewis pottery sites”

11:55 a.m. Break for Lunch and Refreshments (On-site concessions available)

12:30 p.m. Jerry Brown – “A Ninth Generation Potter’s thoughts on the folk potters
of yesteryears as compared to today”

12:50 p.m. Speakers form a Panel for “Question and Answer Session”

1:20 p.m. Show and Tell Continues – along with pottery making demonstrations

2:00 p.m. Drawings for Alabama Folk Pottery give-aways

3:00 p.m. Silent Auction Closes – customers pick-up purchased items

4:00 p.m. Bevill Center doors close to the public

5:00 p.m. Bevill Center cleaned and vacated


Sponsored By: The Marion County Historical Society
Co-sponsored By: The Northwest Alabama Arts Council, the Alabama Humanities Foundation & The National Endowment for the Humanities

Contact Jerry Paul Otts at allofg@bellsouth.net or 205-337-5409 for more information.

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Marion County Commission Approved a Land Grant for the Marion County Humane Society

 

Marion County

Commission

Approved a

Land Grant

for the

Marion County

Humane Society

HAMILTON - More later as this story develops!

You can contact The Marion County Humane Society by e-mail at marioncountyhumanesociety@yahoo.com or visit us on the web at www.marioncountyhumanesociety.org

Officers & Board Members

Board Members
President: Bill Nowlin
Vice President: Wayne Mays
Secretary: Judy Mays
Treasurer: Kathy Ballard
Board Member: Betty Blaine
Board Member: Donna Pemberton
Board Member: Angela Owen
Board Member: Scott Hunt
Board Member: Les Walters

The MCHS Board meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Hamilton City Hall.  The public is invited to attend and participate in our meetings.

Our goal is to get a facility built on the donated land as soon as possible. Come join us and help us accomplish our goal FOR THE ANIMALS!

MCHS Mission - Our mission is to prevent abuse, promote adoption and to educate the public in the proper and ethical care and treatment of animals.

Story by:  jmays@49countynews.net

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VETERANS'  MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD Wed. Nov. 5, 2008

Hamilton - Catherine Brown and the staff of the Marion County Funeral Home honored our Veterans Wednesday, November 5th.

Marion County Funeral Home sponsored the event. An event at 11:00 o'clock a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 on the West steps of the Marion County Court House.

A crowd gathered to join in the celebration of our Veterans' bravery and courage.

We owe our Vets so much for the time they took out of their lives to defend our freedoms that we enjoy every day!

We should thank them every day for their sacrifices...some lost  legs, some arms, eyes, and even some, their very lives...They are, and will always be - OUR HEROES!

Click here to see pictures...

jmays@49countynews.net

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Marvin Morrow Visits WMTY Studios In Hamilton

Hamilton, AL - November 19, 2008 - Marvin Morrow, of Cypress Inn, Tennessee, came to Hamilton to perform live on Mr. Pete Nichols' Station WMTY.

Marvin Morrow is well known to those who watch his Gravel Roads Gospel Show,  shown on WMTY 23/24/46 Television, Channel 8 on WATV Cable.  

Morrow was invited by Glenda Laird to come to Hamilton and perform live on Gospel Music Review, which was extended one hour to allow more time for him to perform.

As most of you know, Gospel Music Review is a local show on WMTY, with Janet Alexander and Patty Frederick.

Below are a few pictures from the special night.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.


Janet & Patty


Rebecca Calvert


Glenda & Janet Alexander


Marvin Morrow & Glenda


Marvin Morrow
& Glenda Laird


Marvin Morrow
& Keith Nichols


Marvin Morrow
& Judy Webb Mays
Even I couldn't resist having my picture made with this fine man!

Look for Marvin Morrow in February to be at Bethany Church, North West of Hamilton.

Pictures and story by Judy Webb Mays
11/19/08

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New Auburn Head Coach Named December 14, 2008

Gene Chizik has been named as the new Head Coach at Auburn University.

Chizik was most recently the Head Coach for Iowa State.

Chizik will be formally introduced Monday as Auburn's football coach.

Chizik, a former Auburn defensive coordinator, will succeed Tommy Tuberville, who resigned following 10 seasons with Auburn.

Chizik is 48 years old and his wife Jonna have identical twin daughters named Landry and Kennedy, as well as son, Cally.

Chizik earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Florida in 1985 and received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University in 1991.

jmays@49countynews.net


BLOOD DRIVE DEC. 22, 2008

 

WAL-MART

PARKING LOT

 

HAMILTON & WINFIELD

 

An email from Robert Blaylock, Co-Chair MCDVTF, to the members of  the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force:  

 

You might want to join in this worthy cause.  We never know when we are going to be the ones in need of blood or assistance and this is a good way to help during the Christmas Season.

 

EMail:

 

Dear Task Force Members,

I am very pleased with the progress our task force has made. It takes dedication from hard working individuals such as you to make a group like ours a success. Our list of accomplishments continues to grow with each new task we undertake however; there is one more task I would like to undertake this year.

United Blood Services supply all of the blood for our immediate area and a portion of blood in surrounding areas. We never know when the need for blood will hit home. It could be the result of an accident or a serious illness, a family member or a friend. Whatever the cause, the need is real and urgent.

I am asking each one of our task force members to donate blood during our “ Battle of the Badges” blood drive December 22, 2008 from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Wal-Mart in Hamilton or Winfield. We selected December 22 because not only will you be giving the best gift of all, but the Holidays tend to be when the blood supplies are the lowest and the need is the greatest. Please help get the word out and make this task another one of our accomplishments for the year.

If you would like to donate you can call me or email me to register. Pre-registration helps United Blood Services to know how to staff their busses to best serve you.

Co-Chair MCDVTF

Robert Blaylock

 

rblaylock@marionsoal.com


205-921-5883 (leave message)

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Alabama Wins Three National Awards for Year of Arts Tourism Campaign

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley announced Wednesday that the Alabama Tourism Department has won the Travel Industry Association’s highest honor for its Year of Alabama Arts campaign as well as two other national competitions.

The state agency was presented with TIA’s “Discover America” marketing award and is featured in the November issue of National Geographic Traveler.

The 2007 promotion also won the National Council of State Tourism Directors’ “Mercury” award for best state promotion and Travel Weekly’s “Magellan” award for promotion of culture and the arts in the U.S. and Canada.

“To win one top award is outstanding, but to win the best in three separate competitions must be unprecedented,” Governor Riley told tourism and arts representatives at a ceremony in the State Capitol.

The purpose of the 15-month Year of Alabama Arts campaign was “to put a huge spotlight on the arts, everything from architecture to dance and in between," state tourism director Lee Sentell said. “We had involvement from more than 60 communities which shows how important the arts are all over the state.”

Agency staff member Brian Jones created a 56-page brochure that promoted exhibitions, festivals and landmarks in 64 towns and cities. Four television commercials featuring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, arts festivals and Gee’s Bend quilts were broadcast on Alabama Public Television, the Bravo network and Raycom Media stations, Sentell said.

A website created by Luckie & Company, a Birmingham ad agency, allowed individual artists to post profiles of themselves and works for sale, he added.

Sentell said the Alabama Folk Art Exhibition sponsored with the Birmingham Museum of Art displayed works by some of the state’s best-known “outsider” artists, including Lonnie Holley, Mose Tollier, Jimmie Lee Sudduth and Jerry Brown.

“We were grateful that local newspapers in Alabama supported the arts campaign by focusing on hometown organizations, facilities and artists,” Sentell said. Many local groups included the campaign’s colorful quilt logo developed in association with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Las Vegas and Florida previously won the TIA "Discover America" award that is open to private companies and public agencies.

This was the second time in three years that Alabama received the “Mercury” award for best statewide promotion, winning earlier for the Year of Alabama Food. The tourism agency also received the Southeast Tourism Society’s top organization award for the arts promotion, the third time in four years to win.

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For more information, contact the Governor’s Press Office at 334-242-7150.


2008 Editorial Opinion Archive.


Nov. 4, 2008
Obama
Elected
President

For the next four years, when we mention the United State President's name, it will be President Barack Hussein Obama.
You may not have voted for him, you may have voted for him, or you may not have voted at all, but from this time until the next election, four years away, we need to respect him as our President and hold him accountable for his platform and his promises to us, the Citizens of the United States.
As I understand his promises to us, he intends to be a President to all the people! It is our responsibility to hold him to his promises to us.
The Democratic Party will be in charge, so to speak. Let us see if they, indeed, can make things better for us, as they have claimed in the past few years.
This is my opinion. If you have an opinion you wish to share, write to me at the following addresses:

Judy Webb Mays
E-Mail:
jmays@49countynews.net

Fax to:
205-921-1209

Snail Mail:
49 County News.Net
P.O. Box 2350
Hamilton, AL 35570

An afterthought...This will be the first time in my lifetime (I am one of the 60 year old 'baby boomers') that I will have a President with a birthday after and not before mine!
He was born August 4, 1961.
jwm


In light of the recent appeals court ruling in California, with respect to the Pledge of Allegiance, the following recollection from Senator John McCain is very appropriate:
1.) Elk Grove Unified School District ET AL. v. Newdow ET AL.

2.) Justice Stevens delivered the opinion of the Court.

3.) Fox News Story about the court ruling.

4.) http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/mccain.asp

Actual E-Mail, Verbatim

John McCain's remarks about the Pledge of Allegiance!

"The Pledge of Allegiance" - by Senator John McCain

As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA (North Viet Nam Army) kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA (North Viet Nam Army) moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room.

This was, as you c an imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.

One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian.

Mike came from a small town near Selma , Alabama He didn't wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer Training School Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this country and our military provide for people who want to work and want to succeed.

As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt.

Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance.

I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.

One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it.

That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours, then they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could.

The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept, four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room.

As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received, making another American flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and country.

So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world

You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report January 4, 2008

I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and a wonderful beginning for 2008. We have begun to gear up for the 2008 regular legislative session, which will begin on February 5. It is my hope that it will be a productive one and that the Republicans will not use the same tactics as last session. You may rest assured that I will work hard for you in Montgomery. We will begin budget hearings this month so that we can have a better idea of the various financial needs of all the state agencies.

Congratulations goes out to Mayor Phil Seagraves and the members of the city council on being awarded a $25,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant will be used to purchase a police vehicle for the Town of Guin.

Congratulations also goes out to Mayor Bill Shoemaker and the city council of the City of Tuscumbia on the city receiving a grant of $24,360 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to purchase one patrol unit and equipment for the Tuscumbia Police Department. I am glad to see these fine communities receive these much needed funds to assist with maintaining the high quality protection of the lives and property of the citizens.

Clint Dotson and the other fine members of the Franklin County Industrial Development Board are to be congratulated on receiving a $106,466 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The funds will be used to assist with infrastructure improvements to the Franklin County Industrial Park. It is important that we do all that we can to improve the quality and condition of our industrial parks so that we can continue to have economic growth and development through new industries and existing industry expansions.

This past week, marked Lisa Stockton’s last week as executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. Stockton has served well in her position and has helped contribute to the growth and development of the Court including the expansion and continued growth of the annual Watermelon Festival. I hope you will join me in thanking her for her service to the community and wishing her well in her future endeavors.


The education system in Alabama got good news for the new year with the announcement of the expansion of the ACCESS program to an additional 100 schools bringing the total number of schools involved in the ACCESS program to 170.

The ACCESS program is an interactive video conferencing technology system that allows students to be connected in real-time with teachers in classrooms at other locations across the state. This allows students to take courses such as advancement placement and foreign languages that are not offered at their high school. This is especially important to rural schools where the courses offered may be limited due to budget constraints. Funding for the program comes from both federal and state sources. It is hoped that we can continue to expand this program to further the educational opportunities provided to the students of Alabama and thus, better prepare them for the jobs of the future.

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report January 18, 2008

This past week was a busy one as I traveled to Montgomery to begin the General Fund Budget Hearings which will continue this coming week. Normally, the Governor submits his budget to the Legislature weeks in advance so that we might review it, hold hearings on it with department heads and also hear from the voters back home about their views on the budget.

This year, Governor Riley did not submit his budgets for us to review ahead of time and I guess it is because he already knew how bad the economic picture looked for Alabama. This past week, the Honorable Jim Main, the finance director for Governor Riley reported to us that they will have approximately $500 million less to spend on education in the coming fiscal year than was spent last year. The down turn in the economy, which affects sales and income taxes, that fund education is beginning to have an impact on this year’s budget as well. It is estimated that several, hundred million dollars will have to be drawn out of the proration prevention fund to avoid proration in the current fiscal year.

Joyce Bigbee, head of the Legislative Fiscal Office informed the lawmakers that the state will have to withdraw almost $406 million from a savings account to pay all the bills from the current fiscal year as it relates to the education community K-higher ed. This is for the current fiscal year, which will end September 30, 2008.

When it comes to the general fund, which as you know does not have the growth taxes that funds the education budget, the outlook is bleak as well. The Legislative Fiscal Office reported to the chairs and the other legislators gathered in Montgomery for the budget hearings that there will be about $230 million less for non educational services such as state troopers, department of mental health services, department of human resources and prisons.

Alabama Medicaid Commissioner, Carol Steckel, said that it will be even worse for the Medicaid Agency for the State of Alabama. Governor Riley’s Medicaid Commissioner estimated that she will need an additional $150 million to prevent cutback in services. This past year, the Alabama legislature approved three new spending items for Medicaid and funded them. We decided there was a need for approximately 500 waiver beds so that people can have home health care and not have to go into nursing homes. These beds are all being filled and utilized in this current physical year. However, Governor Riley has proposed eliminating those beds in next year’s budget.

The Alabama legislature also moved and I support providing prosthetics or artificial limbs to amputees on Medicaid under the age of 19, we are one of the few states that doesn’t do this.

Unfortunately, Governor Riley wants to cut that program out next year.

It is important to understand that we must have a balanced budget in the Alabama Legislature. I support this.

I am dismayed by the politicians in Washington who continual runup the deficit. They are creating a tax burden that are children and grandchildren will someday have to pay off. I am proud that the Alabama Legislature always balances the books. Since I have been chairman, it has been my privilege to work with my fellow legislators to see that we have not had proration.

I can tell you, however, that we are faced with a very difficult budget year for 2008-09. As you know, we pass the budget a year in advance so that state agencies and schools can begin to plan for what they need.

One of the first things we should do before we discuss making any cuts in programs for seniors and children, is to tighten our belt in some of these state agencies. We must first make sure we are getting the most efficient use out of the tax dollars already allocated and cut out any unnecessary waste and duplication.

When it comes to difficult budget times, choices must be made. One of the choices I have made is to stand up for our seniors and our children, who needs someone to stand up for them.

I am not going to allow the Governor to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors and our children. Medicaid funding must be maintained and the recipients should not be scared that they will not receive their benefits.

Whey you look across our senate district and the rest of Alabama, you will see that 74% of nursing home beds are filled by Alabamians on Medicaid. You will also learn that approximately one-half (½) of all live births in Alabama are paid by Medicaid. Almost 40% of the children in Alabama have healthcare coverage under Medicaid. We made the decision years ago that a healthy child can learn more and preventive care helps keep them from showing up in the emergency room much sicker and at a much higher cost.

So as we enter the legislative session on February 5, I hope that you will stay in touch with me about the budget issues and what you believe our spending cuts and priorities should be.

It is my hope that in the years to come that the tax revenue will improve as we begin to bring online several of these large industrial prospects, which we have landed in Alabama. I also believe that the billion plus bond issue for new construction and repairs at our schools will be helpful to the overall economy.

On a lighter note, it was good to see the snow come through without causing any driving hazards. I remember growing up have several good snows a year. I would like to see that weather pattern return to our area.

I was also able to travel to Marion County this past week and meet with officials of Waverlee Homes which with the help of Representative Millican and myself were able to bring much needed tax dollars back to the City of Hamilton and Marion County.

While in Hamilton, I was pleased to be able to present several checks to area organizations and schools including $1,000 to the Department of Safety Hamilton office for remodeling needs of their communication center and $500 for the Hackleburg Police Department for equipment needs. I was also able to present $1,000 to the Hamilton Toy Bowl to assist with the purchase of football uniforms, $500 to Bevill State Community College to assist with their women’s leadership conference and $1,000 to the Hamilton School System to assist with the purchase of hearing equipment to assist with routine checks of the students. It was a pleasure to assist with these worthy projects.

It is also a pleasure for me to announce that bids were open this past week several department of transportation projects in our senate district. In Marion County the projects include the resurfacing of State Road 19 from 0.1 mile north of County Road 20 to the Franklin County Line and the resurfacing of State Road 74 from 1 mile west of State Road 129 to the Winston County Line.

In Franklin County, there is one project calling for the resurfacing of State Road 243 from 0.2 mile south of the Winston County Line to 0.2 mile north of County Road 81. Lamar County and Winston County each have one project as well. The project in Lamar County calls for the traffic striping, placement of end anchors and guardrails on various county roads. In Winston County the project involves the traffic striping of various county roads.

Fayette County was also included with two projects. The first calls for a two inch safety widening of State Road 107 from State Road 18 to the Marion County Line and the other calls for the resurfacing of State Road 107 from State Road 18 to the Marion County Line.

Several organizations in our senate district received grants this past week to address the issue of domestic violence including $12,000 to Turning Point, which provides emergency shelter as well as counseling to victims of sexual assault as well as domestic violence to those in West Alabama.

Safeplace also received $6,000 to assist with addressing the growing domestic violence problem among the Hispanic population as well as providing more personnel on-site in rural counties.

The Marion County Commission received $20,450 to assist with the Stop Violence Against Women Program. The funds will be used to provide a full-time investigator into domestic violence cases.

The Lawrence County Commission received a $81,670 grant to provide a five-person domestic violence task force to break the cycle of violence and to assist the victims.

I am pleased to see these grants provided by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. While I wish that domestic violence and sexual assault did not happen, I am also painfully aware of its existence and the need by all our community agencies to address the issues and provide assistance to the victims.

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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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February 1, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

Congratulations goes to Mayor Ray Nelson and the City Council of Fayette on being awarded a $25,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The monies will be used to purchase a patrol vehicle. It is good to see these much needed funds for the City to help maintain the high standards of safety in Fayette.

I am also pleased to see that the City of Guin has been awarded $5,000 to assist with the fending of the ladies softball field complex. The monies are from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and will improve the overall quality of life in Guin.

I had the pleasure of being able to present several checks this past week in Franklin County including $1,000 for the Phil Campbell Creative Writing Class, $2,500 for the Phil Campbell High School intercom system, $925 for the Russellville City School football program, $500 for the Phil Campbell High School Jr. High softball team and $500 for their varsity team, $593 for Phil Campbell High School to assist with the purchase of an ELMO projector, $500 for the Russellville High School library to assist with purchasing books, $500 to the Russellville Fire & Rescue Department for their smoke detector program, $1,000 for the Russellville Middle School basketball program and $1,400 for the Phil Campbell High School for the LCD projector library.

I was also able to present $1,000 for the Colbert Heights High School for weight equipment and $5,000 for the New Bethel Volunteer Fire Department.

I am pleased to assist with these fine programs which not only improve our educational environment but, the overall quality of life in our senate district.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs issued grants this past week for several agencies to assist low-income, elderly and disabled individuals with the weatherization of their homes. The agencies include the Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Inc., which received $34,438 and services the County of Fayette in our Senate District. The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama which received $62,615 and serves the counties of Lawrence, Marion and Winston in our district. The Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama received $28,177 and serves the counties of Franklin and Colbert in our senate district. I urge anyone needing help with weatherization to please contact these agencies to see if you qualify for assistance.

I had the privilege to speak at the kickoff for the C.I.T.Y. program, which is starting in Lauderdale County. I appreciate the hard work of Judge Sandlin in getting this program off the ground as well as the support and efforts of the local education community and District Attorney Chris Connolly.

Good news for Franklin County this past week, as it has become home of a WAFF weather camera. As channel 48 unveiled its newest location yesterday. The camera is situated atop the Franklin County Jail. As many of you may already know, there has been a camera located in Hamilton for some time now. I think it is good for our communities to have these types of communication enhancements.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that they will hold a public meeting on February 12, 2008 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the Hackleburg Town Hall, 314 1st Avenue, Hackleburg, Alabama, to discuss the relocation, safety improvements and bridge replacement in the vicinity of North Fork Creek and the State Road 17 Corridor Study and adding lanes from State Road 74 to State Road 172 in Hackleburg. I encourage any of you interested in these projects to be in attendance and voice your opinions and concerns on these matters. You may also send in written comments prior to and within ten (10) days after the meeting to Mr. James D. Brown, Division Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation, PO Box 495, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Those with disabilities who may need special accommodations or assistance may contact Jud Young at 256-389-1488.

I want to congratulate Jerry M. Smith of Vernon on being named the new chairman of the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Board of Commissioners. This is a great honor and well deserved by Mr. Smith. I know he will represent our area well on the Board.

At the time of writing this, we are just a few days away from going into the 2008 regular session. It is my hope that we can work in a bipartisan manner for the good of the people in our respective senate districts and the state as a whole. Unfortunately, Governor Riley is already giving indications that this will not be as he announced this past week that he has pledged to raise $7 million for the 2010 Take Back the State House Project for the Alabama Republican Party. I believe that this was not a good message to send and that he should leave campaigning out of this session and focus on the people’s business.

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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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February 14, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

This past week, saw many in our senate district begin the hard task of clean up and reconstruction after the devastating storms and tornados that hit our senate district. I want all of you to know that you are in my prayers and I am sorry for those who lost loved ones in Alabama and in the other states as well. Governor Riley has assured the stricken areas of help from the State and it is my hope that he will stand by this commitment.


We have been in session now for two weeks and I have currently introduced thirty bills for consideration. It is my hope that this session will be a productive one and that all the senators and representatives can work together and attend to the people’s business.


Congratulations goes out to the City of Russellville on being awarded a $25,000 grant to assist with the purchase of equipment for the Russellville Police Department. Congratulations also goes out to the City of Hamilton who also received $25,000 for their police department to purchase necessary equipment. Both grants were awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. I am glad to see these much needed funds for our law enforcement as it will greatly assist them with the purchase of equipment upgrades that will in turn allow them to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the district.


This past week, the Alabama Senate Democratic Caucus announced

its proposed tax and savings plan to save Alabama taxpayers hundreds of millions in taxes and state government spending. The plan cuts taxes on federal stimulus rebates, helps families save for college, calls for lower property taxes with four-year appraisals and bans the abuses of no-bid contracts in state government. I along with Senator Barron authored resolutions calling for Governor Riley to repeal his tax increase through yearly property appraisals. If Governor Riley takes no action on this resolution, then we are prepared to pass the same resolution every day the Alabama Legislature meets until he does.


Senator Zeb Little unveiled his plan to help Alabama families pay for college. Currently, it cost an average of $50,000 for four years for a student to attend the University of Alabama or Auburn. Currently, there is no state tax deduction if a family invests in the Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program or the Alabama College Education Savings Program. Senator Little’s plan calls for allowing a state tax deduction, up to $5,000 a year, for families who use either of these prepaid plans.


The other part of the plan is to ban no-bid contracts which are estimated to save Alabama taxpayers more than $180 million over the next five years. Since Governor Riley has taken office, approximately 4,920 no-bid contracts have been negotiated during his administration and the Legislative Contract Review Committee has seen almost $1.8 billion in no-bid contracts since Governor Riley first took office. What is even more disturbing, is that during his campaign in 2002 he is quoted as saying "When you give out a billion dollars in no-bid contracts, it is either the most corrupt government or the most mismanaged government..." I wonder what he is saying now?


The Caucus plan would end this abuse and ban all no-bid contracts except for emergencies and for certain professional, education or healthcare services less than $100,000.


The City of Hamilton is seeing improvements to its area with the beginning of renovations to the Town and Country Shopping Center on Highway 278. The project is scheduled to take approximately six weeks and should greatly enhance economic development opportunities.


Also, helping with economic development, is the restart of the welding course at Bevill State Community College in Hamilton. Representative Millican and I were successful in securing funding so that the course could resume. With the railcar plant starting up and other potential employers in the area, it is important that our workforce have the necessary skills to meet the needs of potential employers.


I also had the pleasure this past week to attend the grand opening of the Hackleburg Senior Citizens Center. I know it will add to the quality of life for the citizens of Hackleburg and I was pleased to be able to be in attendance.

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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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February 22, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

It is really unfortunate that the Republican filibuster has begun already in the Senate and much like last year, the Republican senators have begun killing important legislation that we need to address such as improvements to our schools, cutting taxes for families and small businesses as well as economic development projects to try and keep the jobs we have as well as and create new ones.


This past week, the Republican filibuster stopped the passage of a PAC to PAC disclosure bill. This bill would require better disclosure of campaign contributions made by PACs to candidates and other PACs. They wanted to continue to allow a loop hole to allow the Governor to raise money to try and take over the legislature.


As you may recall, Governor Riley has publically stated that he plans to raise $82 million from special interest groups to push for a Republican Party takeover of the House and Senate in 2010. While I certainly respect his right to be an advocate for any political party he may choose. I believe this is too much of a partisan approach. However, the fact is that he is the Governor for all the people of Alabama and not just the Governor for a particularly political party. Therefore, since his is a full time position and as head spokesman for our State, I would hope that he works on behalf of all Alabamians, whether Democratic, Republican or Independent, voter or non voter. He and I have worked very well together in the past to bring jobs to Alabama including the new railroad car manufacturer in Colbert County, the Hudson-Alpha Institute in Huntsville and the Thyssen-Krumpf steel manufacturer in Mobile. These are the types of things we should be working on as well as helping working families with tax reform and pushing forward the Democratic Caucus Agenda of not taxing the federal rebate that people will be receiving.


It was good to see so many people from the senate district in Montgomery this past week. I look forward to seeing many more of you as the session progresses.


The Department of Transportation announced multiple projects to be open for bids on February 29, 2008, in our senate district. The projects include the striping, markings and legends of various county roads in Colbert County as well as the resurfacing of State Road 247 from 1.4 miles north of County Road 58 to County Road 144 also known as Posey Loop Road. In Franklin County, several county roads will receive traffic stripes as well as pavement markers. There will also be roadside mowing projects done in Franklin, Lawrence, Marion and Winston Counties. In Marion County, State Road 4 will be resurfaced from 0.112 miles west of County Road 666, also known as Reese Road to 0.392 miles west of County Road 11. The bridge and approaches on State Road 129 over Buttachatchee River in Marion County will also be worked on.


On a more personal note, I want to welcome my new pastor, Brother Barry Holcomb, and his fine family to First Baptist Church of Russellville. You may know some of his family as they have deep roots in Marion County and especially the Town of Hackleburg. Our fine pastor, Brother Gene Balding, retired after fourteen years of serving the Lord at First Baptist. I hope all of you will support your local churches. If you do not have a church home yet please join Brother Barry Holcomb and us at First Baptist Church of Russellville.


I urge all of you to stay weather aware as we approach the spring season with its potential for severe thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes.


I also want to wish the best to all our area softball and baseball teams that have begun their seasons.


Please continue to contact me at the following:


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

2-22-08

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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February 29, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

This past week, I had the pleasure of presenting several grants in Franklin County including $1,000 to the Newburg Lodge to assist with the purchase and placement of a historical marker at that site and $1,000 to the Frog Pond Volunteer Fire Department to assist them with the purchase of equipment. I was also able to present $1,000 to the Phil Campbell High School baseball team and $1,000 to the Russellville High School tennis team as well as $500 to the Russellville High School team.

I was also able to travel to Marion County where I presented $200 to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to help with their costs in presenting reenactments during the Mule Day Celebration, $500 to the Marion County Drug Task Force to assist with their fight against illegal drug activities, $1,000 to Phillips High School for their STAR reading program and $1,000 to them for hearing test equipment. In addition, I presented $1,000 to the Hamilton Middle School for renovation of their computer lab, $1,000 each for the Hamilton High School varsity and middle school cheerleaders, $1,000 each for the Winfield High School golf team, cheerleaders, and football team as well as $1,000 for the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, $1,000 for the Lady Aggies Diamond Club and $1,000 for Bevill State Community College for scholarships.

I am committed to returning as much of our tax dollars as possible to our area so that we can continue to have funding for school and community activities such as these.

Congratulations goes out to the Shoals Crisis Center for being awarded $16,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The funds will be used for the campus awareness and prevention program crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence on the campuses of the University of North Alabama and Northwest Shoals Community College at both the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will be having a public involvement meeting on March 18, 2008 from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. at the Guin City Hall, 7500 U.S. Highway 43, Guin. The meeting will be held to discuss the corridor study on State Road 118 from the east city limits of Sulligent to U.S. 43 and State Road 44 from U.S. 43 to Corridor X. I encourage all of you who are interested to attend. The meeting will be an open format with no formal presentation. Written comments will be taken prior to, at and ten (10) days after the meeting and can be sent to James D. Brown, Division Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation, PO Box 495, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Persons who need special accommodations or assistance can contact Jud Young at 256-389-1488.

I had the pleasure of attending the semi-finals and finals of the basketball tournaments in Birmingham. I enjoyed watching many of our area teams play including Russellville and Sulligent.

We passed the ban on PAC to PAC transfers of political donations. This will provide more accountability to political donations.

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Friday, March 21, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

The legislature was on spring break this past week, which gave me an opportunity to travel throughout my senate district to visit with some of you and to present some grant checks.

I was able to travel to Lawrence County where I presented three checks, totaling $1,750, to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce for their youth leadership and scholarship programs, $500 for Speake School for students to attend the FFA convention, $5,000 for the Mt. Hope Volunteer Fire Department to assist with their equipment and training needs and $500 for the Mt. Hope School to assist with their yearbook program.

Thursday, I traveled to Fayette County where I presented $500 to the Hubbertville School for their reading program, $500 to the Animal Outreach of Fayette, $500 for the A.L. Franks Memorial Scholarship Fund and $1,000 for the Fayette County High School golf team. Judge William Oswalt along with Representative William Thigpen and I also presented a grant to the Newtonville Community Center for some repairs and upgrades.

From Fayette I traveled to Lamar County where I presented $1,000 to the Lamar County Genealogical Society, $500 to the South Lamar School reading program, $2,500 for the Sulligent School to assist with a new school sign, $325 for the Lamar County High School softball program, $1,000 for South Lamar School for playground equipment and $1,000 to the Lamar County Historical Society. I appreciate my good friend, Judge Johnny Rogers, helping me with the presentations.

It is a privilege for me to assist with these school and community projects as they not only enhance the quality of life in our senate district but, also assist with economic growth and development. You may rest assured that I will continue to work hard on your behalf to see that our tax dollars are returned to us.

I am pleased to report to you that the Alabama Department of Transportation will be opening bids on two important highway projects in our district on March 28. In Marion County, there will be a highway project that includes traffic striping, markings and legends on various county roads. It is important that we have these good, safety features on all of our roads and I appreciate the work being done both in Marion and Winston County. In Winston County, they will also striping various county roads to help improve the safety of travel for citizens and businesses.

Please also note that the Alabama State Council on the Arts is beginning a new grant season for community and school art programs. The eligibility requirements as well as grants available can be found on the Council’s website at I would encourage any interested organization to go online and apply for any of these grants for which they may be eligible. Arts play an important part in the overall quality of life for our community and schools and I support the Council’s efforts in promoting the various arts especially in our rural communities.

It was good to see warmer temperatures return to the area as well as some much needed rain. Unfortunately, for some of us, this also brought strong and damaging storms. My prayers are with all of those who have suffered damages to their property as well as with those who have suffered personally.

This coming week, we will be back in Montgomery where hopefully we can get past the Republican senators slow down tactics and get back to work.

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Friday, April 11, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

This past week in the Alabama Senate, the committees worked steadily to move legislation that has been received from the House as well as Senate bills that had been introduced.


I was successful in moving a number of pieces of legislation forward myself, one of which is vitally important to the film and entertainment industry in Alabama. We are one of the few states in the nation that does not have an economic incentive package for the film and music industries. This is a great economic development tool which I hope we will be successful in getting into law. It will help create new jobs in Alabama when movies come into an area as well as increase demands for hotel rooms and food. As such, it is my hope that we can pass this legislation to not only attract out-of-state film makers but provide a homegrown entertainment industry which creates permanent jobs here in Alabama.


I will keep you posted on the progress of this important legislation.


It is my pleasure to advise you of a public involvement meeting to be held April 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Transportation’s second division auditorium located at 295 Hwy 20, E., Tuscumbia in Colbert County. I urge you to attend and express your views both verbally and in writing on this important highway project. We must do all that we can to expand our highways to make them safe for our citizens to travel as well as get our goods to market. I believe that if we will continue to upgrade the road systems in our senate district as well as our bridges, we will not only keep good paying jobs but, attract new ones as well.


You may rest assured that I will continue to work to bring in all the highway dollars we can for these much needed projects.


It is certainly a pleasure to announce a $29,632 grant for the Shoals Crisis Center also known as the Rape Response Center. This will be used to continue to enhance the quality of services provided by the center by training volunteer advocates and professional support staff, such as law enforcement and medical personnel, on issues of improving and increasing services to people with disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. Ms. Patricia Zeff of the Shoals Crisis Center is to be commended for her efforts in obtaining this grant. I was happy to proud to support this through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

I am pleased to report to you that we finally broke through the Republican filibuster. We have now reached the half way point of the legislative session and we have cleared the decks which will hopefully allow us to move forward on important bills such as cracking down on child pornography and allowing us to remove the taxation on the federal economic stimulus checks coming out in May as well as my own bill to raise the minimum limits of mandatory insurance to improve the safety of our roads.


Congratulations goes out to the Mayor of Winfield, Bill West, and the city council on successfully securing a $590,000 FEMA grant. This grant will be used to build a 3,980 foot emergency shelter, which will be located next to the city hall. This storm shelter will house communication equipment and serve as a command center for Winfield during emergency weather events.


Good news was announced last week when the Franklin County jobless rate dropped to 4.5%. That figure represents approximately 632 out of work residents. Statewide, Alabama posted an unemployment rate of 3.7% for the month of March, which was down from the 4.0% figure in February. Many of these economic job opportunities that we have landed recently, including the rail car plant, Thyssem Krump and other automobile plants, are having a very positive impact on Alabama’s overall economy. However, we must continue to work to attract new jobs and keep the ones that we have.


I was saddened to hear about the closings in Winfield last week and the loss of good paying jobs. We have to work as a team to get those good paying jobs back for our people.


Congratulations goes out to the Town of Belk on receiving a $4,200 grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The funds will be used for the 2nd annual Belk Bluegrass Festival to be held April 25 and 26. The Alabama State Council on the Arts award grants based on programs that provide artistic quality, serves the needs of the community and demonstrates high-level administrative standards as well as enhancing education of students at all levels. Proceeds from this event will be used to retire the debt from the new community center which was built in 2004.


I want to congratulate four of our public libraries in the senate district on being recipients of grants from the Alabama Public Library Service. The Haleyville Public Library received $3,960 to assist with replacing carpet. The Kennedy Public Library received $8,500 to assist with improvements to their lighting as well as heating and air system. The Lawrence County Public Library received $15,000 to assist them with work on their roof and the Weatherford Public Library in Red Bay received $37,865 to assist with roof work as well as work on their heating and air system. I am pleased to see these much needed funds being received by our libraries.


I hope that you have been enjoying the warmer temperatures we have been having. I am glad to see so many of our young people out at the various baseball and softball fields. I wish them a great rest of the season.

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Friday, 18 April, 2008 Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report

This past week, the filibuster over a local constitutional amendment to be voted on by the people of Alabama in Macon County dealing with bingo stalled action on the floor of the senate. Committee work continued at a good pace. One of the most important things we do each year is pass the education budget and the general fund budget.


As you know, it has been my privilege to serve as chairman of the general fund committee during this quadrennium. However, I must tell you that this has been the most difficult year I have ever faced as general fund chairman. I hope that you will keep me in your thoughts and prayers as well as share your advice and counsel concerning this important budget which funds everything that is non education funded related.


Many of our social services such as Medicaid, Department of Mental Health, Department of Human Resources and Children Advocacy Centers are facing budget shortfalls due to the downturn in our economy. While parts of Alabama are booming and doing well, the overall State itself is facing economic challenges.


As budget chairman, I believe we should take state dollars and make sure that they are spent wisely. We should first cut waste, second, eliminate duplication and third, stretch our state dollars as far as we can. When we are facing a budget shortfall, as we are now, I believe we should protect and prioritize the services that go to our senior citizens and children. Our senior citizens have fought the wars, paid the taxes and raised our generation and they deserve good healthcare in their golden years. Seventy-four percent of our fellow Alabama seniors residing in nursing homes have this service paid by Medicaid dollars. Some 38% of the children in Alabama are currently covered by Medicaid funded healthcare programs such as AllKids. It is very important that our children have a good, primary source of healthcare because a healthy child obviously learns better than a sick one. Also, a healthy child who has had preventive healthcare does not show up in the emergency room needing acute care at a higher cost to the taxpayer.


As such, I am attempting to do all that I can to protect the human services that provide healthcare services to our seniors and children.


I met with Finance Director, Jim Main, Governor Bob Riley and budget chairman, John Knight, from the House of Representatives about these issues at length this week. Governor Riley will be attempting to put a new tax on Exxon for offshore oil production. As many of you know, several juries have found Exxon guilty of cheating and fraud when it came to paying royalties to the State of Alabama. The juries assessed damages based on all the evidence presented to them for several billion dollars against Exxon, one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. Unfortunately, our Republican Supreme Court ruled for Exxon and against the taxpayers of Alabama as such, we find ourselves facing a budget deficit. I believe, in all due respect, to the Supreme Court that they were incorrect in doing this.


We have just received another blow this week when a local court ruled that some 60 million in interest and penalties that had accrued from the first lawsuit could not be put to use in the general fund. Governor Riley had placed that money in his original budget and spent it for the FY2009 budget year. I support him fully in this endeavor. Unfortunately, a local court has ruled that the money cannot be used in the general fund and must return to the corpus of the Alabama State Trust.


It is my hope that the Alabama Supreme Court will rule that the lower court was incorrect. I will keep you posted on further developments.


It was good to see so many of our county commissioners and probate judges in Montgomery this week. They were down talking to the Alabama Legislature about issues of importance to them. I always enjoy hearing from the people I work for, which is you, and whether it is by personal contact such as when the commissioners came down this week, or through e-mails and letters, please let me know your thoughts and concerns so that I might do my best to act on them.


We had a great visit this past week from the Franklin County Junior Leadership Class. Cheryl Bradford, the Executive Director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, led the group down along with officers of the Chamber. Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and I had the privilege of hosting them for lunch and speaking to them. Our good friend, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, Ron Sparks, stopped by to visit with the fine young men and women as well. I certainly appreciated him doing that.


I had a great time reading to the Russellville Head Start class this past week. I read a book about how a caterpillar turned into a butterfly. We had a lot of fun working on our counting and reading.


This past week, I had the honor of receiving the senator of the year award from the RC & D Councils of Alabama. As many of you know, our RC & D Councils are active in all 67 counties in our state. They partner with local endeavors to do many worthwhile projects including helping with ballfields, stopping soil erosion, senior events and other environmental friendly events. I believe we should all be good stewards of our environment which is something RC & D has championed for years. I want to thank them for this prestigious award.


Road work continues on many projects in our senate district. It is my hope that we will continue to improve the quality of our roads, the safety of our bridges. You may rest assured that I will fight for all the tax dollars we can receive for important projects. It is my pleasure to inform you that this past week the Alabama Department of Transportation announced that bids would be let on April 25 for three projects in our senate district.


Two of the projects are in Franklin County. The first is the resurfacing of County Road 79 from Marion County line to State Road 243. The second project is the resurfacing of County Road 23 from State Road 19 to State Road 24. The third project is in Fayette County for safety improvements on State Road 96 from near Cedar Hill to the west Fayette City Limits.

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 2, 2008

As I write this, there are three legislative days left in the session. Some important legislation has been passed by the senate in keeping with the Senate Democratic Caucus’s promises to the Alabama people including the passing of a tax cut, a ban on smoking, a college savings plan and a crack down on sexual predators, which was done all in one day last week. Wednesday night the Senate exempted the federal stimulus rebate checks from state taxation which is a tax cut of more than $50 million for Alabamians. This bill, which I supported, was the original idea of the Caucus and sponsored by Senator Parker Griffith of Huntsville.


Currently, a four year college education in Alabama can run upwards of $50,000 or more. However, as promised by the Senate Democratic Caucus, this was addressed in a bill sponsored by Senator Zeb Little, and supported by me, which allows those who save for college through the Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program or the Alabama College Education Savings Program to have up to a $5,000 tax deduction per year.


The Senate also passed a bill that banned smoking in public places including sports arenas, restaurants and other indoor areas. This bill was sponsored by Senator Vivian Figures and now goes to the House of Representatives.


The Senate also passed another bill I supported to strength the current laws regarding sexual predators. Currently, sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of property on which schools or child care facilities are located nor may they loiter within 500 feet of these places. The new bill adds the 2,000 feet limit to Alabama colleges and universities as well.


As your hard working senator, I am continuing to fight for the elimination of the state sales tax on food which would result in a tax cut for all Alabama families who make less than $137,000. It remains my priority to get the funding to save All Kids and Pre-K programs throughout the State. So as you can see, we still have much too do before this session is out and it is hopeful, that the Democratic Caucus can continue to be successful in fighting Republican hindering tactics.


Both the Senate and House members were elected by the people of Alabama to do their business and address the many serious issues that are facing our State as a result of the national downturn in the economy which has caused us to make some hard choices regarding funding effecting many important agencies including the Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Currently, Alabama is 48th in the nation in regards to child well-being. What does this mean? It means, in part, that we spend more on programs to address child abuse after the fact than on programs to try and prevent and reduce the number of cases of child abuse including after school programs.


Another problem with the session has been Governor Riley’s increased attention to the campaign of 2010. As many of you know, the Republicans have started a fundraising program called Campaign 2010. The Republicans campaign goal is to raise enough money in order to take over the Legislature. Part of the fundraising efforts has led to the creation of a special donor group known as the "Governor’s Circle." Members of the Circle are those that pledge to donate $10,000 or more a year over the next four years. For their donation, they are to be allowed to have a number of perks including being able to attend exclusive events and have access to conference calls with Governor Riley. While the GOP party is emphasizing that none of this access will include discussions on state business and there is no evidence that anything unethical has or is taking place, it still seems to send a message that the Governor’s time is for sale for those with enough money to pay for it. You may rest assured that my door will always remain open to you. I do not believe taxpayers should have to make special donations to get to see elected officials. I always remember that I work for all of you.


It was my pleasure to be able to travel to Winston County this past week and present grant checks to Haleyville Dixie Youth for $1,275 and $500 to the Haleyville High School for the My C.A.L.L. Club.


I was also able to present grant checks in Franklin County including $500 to the Franklin County Career Technology Center for the FBLA trip, $1,000 to Tharptown High School for basketball uniforms, $500 for the Red Bay Youth Football League for equipment needs, $500 to Tharptown High School for their prom promise program, $500 for the Red Bay High School tennis program, $1,000 for Quinn’s Ranch, $250 for the Team Witness softball program, $750 for the Red Bay High School FFA program, $500 for the Tharptown High School cheerleaders and $3,940 to the Franklin County Archives for renovations to their building. It was a pleasure, as always, to be able to assist with these important school and community projects.


It was an honor to be in attendance at Phil Campbell High School this past week to announce the donation of $1,200 from the Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development office and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to assist with the purchase of the first "Smart" Board for the school. The Smart Board is a touch-screen board that focuses on increasing hands-on learning opportunities for more than 400 students at the high school. Smart Boards have a responsive touch screen which allows the user to write, erase and perform mouse functions directly onscreen. I am proud to have assist in this matter as I believe it is important that we do all that we can to prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow which are increasingly technology based.


Congratulations goes to Shelton State Community College on being awarded a $18,400 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The funds will be used to provide overtime funds to law enforcement agencies.

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report May 12, 2008

 

This past week was a very productive one for the Alabama State Senate. We broke through the stalling tactics of some senators and passed a sound general fund budget. As we have discussed in previous columns as well as in person with many of the folks in Northwest Alabama, this year’s general fund budget has been one of the toughest I have had to deal with. This is due to the shortfall in state revenues as the economy has slowed. It is also due to about 44 giant corporations which are not paying their fair share of taxes starting with Exxon.

Exxon, this past year, made a record profit of $11.7 billion in the last fiscal quarter. In fact, they produced $89 million worth of oil and gas out of Alabama and paid nothing in taxes for it. This is due to some very fancy New York accounting on how, in my opinion improper, calculations of deductions against the taxes they owe the hardworking people of Alabama.

Nevertheless, we passed the general fund budget with a 29 for and four against in the senate and with a good strong vote in the House of Representatives as well. It is currently sitting on Governor Riley’s desk and he has indicated to me that he will sign it.

In the Alabama general fund, we protected the important services that deal with our seniors and children. I told you that this would be my goal and I am pleased to report to you that we have accomplished it. We have sheltered Medicaid to make sure that it will receive its full funding with an additional $150 million. As most of you know, 74% of all nursing home beds are paid for with Medicaid dollars. 38% of all children’s health insurance comes from Medicaid dollars. We decided years ago, and I think it still holds true today, that a healthy child not only learns more but, also does not show up in the emergency room needing acute care which would cost more of our tax dollars.

We also protected our Senior Services which provides the Meals on Wheels program among other important programs. We were also able to protect our Child Abuse and Neglect programs as well Mental Health and Public Health. These were some of our top priorities and we accomplished them.

I was also able to pass a bill that was of interest to me pertaining to insurance on automobiles. We have too many people who are driving with little or no insurance. This will increase the minimum levels of insurance from $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident, $10,000 for property damage to $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage. This will hopefully make our citizens safer as they travel the roads of Alabama. We must also do more to crackdown on those who have no insurance and still drive.

We were also able to pass the SUTA legislation, which I authored. This brings Alabama’s business taxes in line with the new federal requirement. Had we not been successful in passing this bill, then the employers’ rate would have jumped from about $50 per employee to about $460 per employee. This was the number one piece of legislation for NFIB, small business owners and the Business Council of Alabama and I was successful in getting it passed into law.

One of the bills we were not able to pass but, I hope we can, is the removal of the state sales tax on food. Eighty percent of all Alabamians would get a tax cut under this program. Some 600,000 seniors over the age 65, living on fixed incomes, with no taxable income would benefit the most. This is why senior groups have come to the State House demanding their tax cuts.

Many people believe it is morally wrong to tax essentials like bread and milk. We do not tax the milk to feed a baby cow but, we do tax the food to feed a human baby. I fundamentally believe this is wrong. We are one of only two states left in the nation that tax food in this way. It is also important to remember that this proposal would have to be voted on by the people of Alabama. Every family of four making less than $137,000, a year would get a tax cut.

Unfortunately, Governor Riley and the Republicans have fought this issue even though, 80% of Alabamians would get a tax cut. Those making more than $200,000 a year would see an approximate $500 tax increase. This is because you would lose the deduction of federal taxes against your state taxes. This federal tax break benefits the wealthy but, does very little for the working poor men and women of Alabama. I hope that Governor Riley and the Republicans will stop fighting the tax cut for 80% of Alabamians when we remove the four-cent sales tax off of food. This would provide a tax cut for our seniors, children and working families of Alabama. It would also only go into effect after a statewide vote of the people. I believe the people of Alabama have a right to be heard on this issue.

Several other important pieces of legislation were passed through the Alabama Legislature this past week. I will be talking at length with you in future columns about these issues. However, we still must pass the Education budget on the last day of the session which will be on May 19.

It was also a pleasure for me to be able to present some grant checks this past week in Franklin County including $500 for the Belgreen High School All Star Basketball program, $500 to the Franklin County Community Education program for their teen information day, $1,000 for Safeplace for their Walk-A-Mile for a Child program, $1,000 for NASA volleyball, $1,000 for the Franklin County HOSA program so the members can attend a convention and $1,000 for the Phil Campbell High School football program. It was a pleasure to be able to assist these fine community and educational programs and you may rest assured of my continued support and hard work in continuing to get tax dollars for the important projects throughout the senate district.

Please let me hear from you about your concerns at both the state and local level. I appreciate all the cards, letters, phone calls and e-mails which I have received. You may reach me at the following address.

 

Please continue to contact me at the following:


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

2-22-08

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

 

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Friday, May 16, 2008

I want to commend the Tennessee Valley Authority who is celebrating its 75th anniversary. By their bringing electricity to many parts of Alabama, they helped bring in a new era of economic development and growth and I am pleased to see them still going strong. I wish them the best as well as many more years of successful years of operation. TVA not only brought flood control to the valley but, jobs and electricity as well.

There was more good news in our senate district this past week with the announcement by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs of grants for several community service programs in our area. $142,764 was awarded to the Community Service Programs of West Alabama, which services the counties of Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa. $107,858 was awarded to the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama which services the counties of Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan, Marion and Winston and $78,380 was awarded to the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, which services the counties of Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale. The purpose of these grants is to provide assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals in the State of Alabama. The amount of funds is based on poverty guidelines. To see if you qualify and/or for any application for assistance please contact these local agencies.

Congratulations goes out to the Marion County Relay for Life organizers, which beat their goal by raising $109,781, which was close to $21,933 more than they raised last year. The rain certainly did not dampen the spirits of the supporters in Marion County. I am also very proud of all the Relay for Life teams throughout the senate district and the State. The monies that they raise will help sustain lives and lead to new cures.

It was also my pleasure to be able to present grant checks in the senate district this past week including $1,000 for the Nitrate City Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000 for the Colbert Heights High School varsity cheerleaders, $1,000 for the Colbert Heights High School junior varsity cheerleaders, $500 to the United Cerebral Palsy of North Alabama, $1,000 to the Colbert Heights Elementary School to assist with a school trip and $1,000 for the Cherokee High School FFA program.

I was also able to present checks in Franklin County including $250 for the Phil Campbell High School dropout prevention program, $2,500 for the Russellville High School band, $750 for the Russellville High School volleyball team and $1,000 for the Russellville High School varsity cheerleaders.

I had the pleasure to attend and say a few words at the annual Franklin County Valedictorian/Salutatorian banquet. It is always a pleasure to be able to recognize those students who have excelled academically and I want to commend all of them for their hard work. I also want to again congratulate all the parents and grandparents and thank them for their support of these students.

The end of the session is near. As I write this, there is one day left in the regular session, which will be on the 19th. It is my hope that we will be able to get the education budget passed along with other important pieces of legislation.

Please continue to contact me at the following:


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

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Wednesday, May 28, 2008

 

As you know, we were called into a special session this past Tuesday to pass the education budget, which unfortunately, thanks to the Republican filibustering, was not passed during the regular session. This, of course, means additional money having to be paid by the taxpayer that could be used for other necessary programs. I have from the start along with my fellow Democrats in the Senate, been supporters of the education budget and we were there on the last day of session willing to pass it so that schools would not have to do what they did at the end of the school year, and that is passed out pink slips. We have too many good, talented teachers whom we may lose due to the egos of some of the Republican senators who could not accept the failure of some of their bills during the session and thus, they set about causing the death of many good bills that would have helped the hard-working people of Alabama.

As I am sure most of you have heard, the Federal Communications Commission is working with consumers to begin the transition from analog television to an all-digital format. Currently, the law calls for all analog broadcasting to cease after February 17, 2009. This is being done so as to free up frequencies for emergency communications including those of police and fire. As of March 1, 2009, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to make television, DVD players, etc. that do not have a digital tuner. However, they will be allowed to sale their existing stock of televisions, etc., which may not have the digital tuners. A converter box can be purchased which will allow analog equipment to receive digital signals. To learn more about this and how to make the transition, you can go online at or call 1-888-225-5322 to find out more information. I encourage you to do so as soon as possible so that you can prepare in advance for this transition.

I was able to present grant checks this past week in Franklin County including $500 for the East Franklin Jr. High School baseball team, $1,000 each for the Belgreen High School junior and varsity cheerleaders, $1,000 each for the Russellville High School and Red Bay High School SADD chapters to attend a conference, $500 for the Russellville Police Department Reserves to assist with a community "fun day", $500 for the Alabama Challenge program and $250 for the March of Dimes. I was also able to present $2,000 for the Lawrence County Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival and $1,105 to the Dixie Youth Baseball program of Hackleburg. As always, it was a pleasure to assist these find extracurricular and community programs and you may rest assured of my continued support in the future.

It is also a pleasure to announce that the Colbert County Commission received $118,709.96 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for the continuation of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. It is important that we do all that we can to stop not only the illegal use and selling of narcotics such as cocaine and meth but, the illegal use and selling of prescription drugs such as oxycontin and other strong pain medications.

In other good news for the senate district, the Alabama Department of Transportation announced the opening of bids on May 30 for projects in Colbert, Marion and Lamar Counties. In Colbert County, there are two projects to be done. One is the bridge replacement on County Road 30 at Cornelius Creek, one mile south of Barton and the other is the grading, draining, and paving of the interchange on State Road 2, also known as US 72 at County Road 312, also known as Haley Drive.

In Marion County, the work to be done is the resurfacing of County Road 16 from the Lamar County Line to State Road 142 in Guin and in Lamar County State Road 96 will be resurfaced from the Mississippi State Line to State Road 17. It is good to see these much needed projects being done to improve the safety of our roads as well as help with economic development.

Also, in Marion County, three Federal Transportation Enhancement grants were announced. The City of Winfield received a grant for $340,860 for work on sidewalks along Ashwood Avenue, U.S. 43 and Frisco Street. The City of Guin received $267,260 for work on sidewalks, lighting and landscaping along 10th Avenue, West side of the creek to U.S. 43 and 10th Street, South. The Town of Hackleburg received $242,880 for work on their main street. I am pleased to see these much need funds for these cities and I know they will enhance the overall quality of life for their citizens as well as help with economic development and growth.

It is great to see the Senior Rx program continue to grow and prosper. As many of you know, I began this program in my senate district in 2002. It was then known as TEMP, The Elderly Medication Program and it provided free prescription medication to those seniors 60 or older who met certain financial guidelines. In July 2002, the program went statewide under the administration of the Department of Senior Services and became known as Senior Rx. In October 2006, the program extend its services to include a self-reporting wellness program known as Senior Rx/Wellness. The program was done in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health and was designed to target low-income seniors 55 years or age and over diagnosed with a chronic disease in an effort to reduce the risk factors of these diseases and disabilities such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as chronic disease is the leading cause of death in Alabama.

In January 2008, a new partnership between the Department of Senior Services was formed with the Social Security Administration to provide medication assistance to Alabama’s disabled individuals of any age who are in the twenty-four (24) month waiting period for Medicare benefits to begin. I applaud this new initiative as well as the Department’s continued commitment to seeing that the qualifying seniors receive help with their medication costs.

I am also pleased to report to you the totals for assistance provided in our senate district from this program from the period of July 1, 2002 to December 31, 2007. They are as follows:


County
Number of client served
Prescription Costs

Colbert
805
$4,211,197.28

Fayette
259
$1,087,747.60

Franklin
616
$2,706,456.10

Lamar
229
$ 995,748.45

Lawrence
638
$3,575,326.79

Marion
345
$1,405,581.60

Winston
654
$3,583,352.97


I am pleased to see these figures as I believe our seniors deserve good, quality healthcare in their golden years as they have fought the wars, raised our generation and helped build our communities.

(5-30-08)

Please continue to contact me at the following:


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

2-22-08

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Friday, June 6, 2008

I am currently traveling with the Governor but, will be back in my office next week and will update you on what has been happening in and around the state. While I regret that we had to hold a special session, I am glad we were able to pass the education budget in the shortest amount of time possible.

I trust all of the students in the senate district are enjoying their summer.

I urge all of you to be careful and I encourage you to 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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report, Friday, June 27, 2008

As I mentioned previously, I had the pleasure to travel to South America with Governor Riley and others on a trade mission. I met many fine people and learned about some exciting potential energy sources including sugar cane as well as economic opportunities for Alabama including opportunities in exports such as chicken and other agricultural products. Governor Riley and myself are continuing to work with business people and government officials we met on the trip and it is my hope that from this we will be able to bring more jobs to Alabama as well as help for skyrocketing energy costs.


I am certainly glad that Bevill State Community College has received a $169,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. This grant will enable Bevill State to upgrade its long distance learning program. The grant will add five additional distant learning classrooms, one each at the four campuses of Bevill State and one at the Pickens Educational Center. Learn distance learning is a great, cost effective way to teach students that want to take a course but, do not have enough students in their particular school to have a teaching unit dedicated to that particular subject matter. This enables students through Bevill State to learn from some of the finest teachers around the country from the comfort of their on classrooms in their local schools. I want to congratulate our interim President, Neal Morrison, on his leadership on this important project that will benefit our entire senate district.


Just a reminder as the farmers market’s in the district gear back up, that many accept food vouchers specifically designed to be used at farmers markets by seniors who meet certain criteria. In fact, seniors can sign up for the program at many of the area farmers markets. This program is funded through the senate and is designed to help those in certain economic brackets be able to afford fresh fruit and vegetables as well as assist the farmers. To find out more about the program please call your local extension office.


Congratulations goes out to Jessica Weeks who was recently named vice president of leadership of the Alabama Phi Theta Kappa Region 1 Chapter during an important ceremony in Birmingham at Jefferson State University. As many of you know, Miss Weeks is the daughter of James and Deanna Weeks and has been an outstanding student at Hackleburg. It is so good to see so many of our young people from our senate district doing so well thanks to the support of their family, friends and fellow community members.


One of the important pieces of legislation which we passed during the special session was a proposal to assist small businesses with health care cost. As you may know, approximately 90 percent of all businesses in Alabama are classified as small businesses. The proposal would allow businesses with fewer than 25 employees to be able to deduct 150 percent of the amount they pay for health insurance premiums from their state income taxes. Employees of these small businesses who earn less than $50,000 a year will be able to deduct 150 percent of the amount they contribute toward their health insurance plans from their income taxes as well. The goal is to encourage more small businesses to offer health care coverage and to reduce the number of Alabamians without health care coverage. I was proud to be able to support this much needed legislation.


I want to congratulate Hubbertville High School on making the U.S. News and World Report’s first annual America’s Best High Schools list. The list included approximately 1,600 high school from across the country out of about 18,000 public high schools. The criteria used were attaining performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s relative level of student poverty, achieving proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups and preparing its students for college as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement tests. I commend the great staff and teachers as well as administration of Hubbertville for their hard work and dedication in achieving this goal.


This past week brought more good news to our district with the announcement of the awarding of three Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grants. The first was awarded to the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council in the amount of $50,000 to assist with the ongoing restoration of the Roxy Theatre. I appreciate President Susie Malone and the other members of the Council for their hard work and ongoing efforts in restoring this historical building.

The second grant was for $25,000 to the City of Fayette to assist with the renovation of the historic Fayette Post Office Building. Once complete, the City plans to use the building as the City Hall. The third grant was awarded to the Marion County Board of Education in the amount of $25,000 and will be used to assist with the upgrade of the baseball field lighting system at Brilliant High School. I was proud to support and help get each one of these grants for our senate district. Each one is well deserved.


The Alabama Department of Public Health has released its annual report regarding communicable diseases and other health issues including insurance services, etc. The good news is that the number of TB cases is down from last year and the number of children without health insurance is down as well thanks to All Kids and other programs. To see the full report, you can go online at or to receive a printed copy write Takenya Taylor, Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, PO Box 303017, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130.

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

2-22-08


email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Thursday, July 3, 2008

Yet another victim of the increased gas prices appears to be the education budget. As you may know, funding for the education budget comes from two principal sources, state income taxes and sales tax dollars. However, retail sales have been down as more income is being required for costs such as fuel and food. When the budget was original made, lawmakers had estimated a 5% growth in taxes, however, since then the Legislative Fiscal Office has had to lower it to 2.7%. What this means is that state savings set aside to try and avoid proration may have to be tapped. $350 million from the proration-prevention account has already been taken out leaving approximately $90 million in the fund and there is an additional $248 million in a rainy day fund which may also have to be tapped. However, while this may prevent proration this fiscal year, there would then be no "safety net" for other fiscal years.


It was a pleasure for me to be able to travel to Lamar, Franklin and Marion Counties this past week and present some much needed grants. In Franklin County I presented $100 to the Vina PTO for their bass tournament, $1,000 to the Phil Campbell High School varsity cheerleaders, $1,000 to the East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, $250 for the C.I.T.Y. program, $500 to the Russellville Youth cheerleaders, $1,000 to the Russellville High School track team, $1,000 to the Belgreen High School Environthon Team and $2,500 to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce to assist with the watermelon festival. I was also able to present an ADECA grant of $50,000 to the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council for the continued restoration of the Roxy Theatre.


In Lamar County, I was able to present $500 to the South Lamar High School softball team, $1,000 each to the Sulligent High School junior high school and varsity cheerleaders, $500 to the Vernon Bulldog Booster Club, $500 to the Lamar County High School Beta Club and $685 to Vernon Elementary for a reading rug. In addition, I was able to present an ADECA grant for $5,000 to Sulligent High School to help with a baseball locker room and dugout.


In Marion County, I was able to present $250 to Flying I Farms to help with a rodeo, $1,000 to the Brilliant High School band boosters, $500 to the Hamilton High School golf team, $500 to the Town of Hackleburg for Neighbor Day, $1,000 to the Brilliant High School track team, $500 for the Marion County 4-H Chapter, $200 for the Hamilton Bassmasters’ tournament and $1,500 for the Hamilton Dixie Youth baseball program. In addition, I was able to present some ADECA grants including $25,000 for Brilliant High School to replace their baseball field lights, $5,000 for the City of Guin for fencing of their ball field, $20,000 for the Hackleburg Water Board for two water tanks and $5,000 for the City of Winfield to replace the roof on the civic center building.


As you know from reading the capitol report over the years, I am a strong support of team work between businesses and the community as well as local government. Working together great things can be accomplished. An example of this took place recently in Hale County where the Malone Foundation, the Episcopal Diocese and the McWane Science Center came together to assist young people in Hale County by holding an "astronomy night" at the Center, which included the use of telescopes, watching of an IMAX film and a tour of the Center. I want to commend all of these groups for coming together to promote education and to help these young people explore the universe.

I encourage you to 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

2-22-08

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

 

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report Thursday, July 24, 2008

MONTGOMERY - It was certainly a pleasure to be able to tour with Governor Riley and Senator Bobby Denton the site for the National Alabama Corporation Rail Car Facility in Barton, which is in our senate district in Colbert County, this past week. They are currently employing approximately 1,000 construction workers and they pour an average of 1,000 to 1,200 yards of concrete daily with a total of 64,102 cubic yards poured to date and 22,619.9 tons of steel erected thus far. It is good to see the working in progress and to know that they will soon be ready to start production. They will soon be employing 1800 people with good paying jobs. The location of this plant in our district is just another example of how by working together as a team at the state and local levels we can accomplish economic growth and development.

Unfortunately, we had an economic development setback this week with the announcement that Volkswagen had selected Chattanooga, Tennessee for the location of their plant. As you may know, we were in competition for the plant with Tennessee and Michigan. While I am disappointed at this decision, you may rest assured that I will continue to work for economic growth and development in our area. Hopefully, we will get some of the T-1 and T-2 suppliers for the plant in North Alabama.


On a more positive note the Alabama Department of Homeland Security issued five grants in our senate district to be used to fund equipment and training for Mutual Aid Response Teams. Four of the grants were in Colbert County and totaled $23,026. One of the grants was for $8,700 to be used by the Colbert County Medium 1 Rescue Team, the second is for $8,000 to be used by the HazMat 1 Rescue Team, the third is for $5,126 for the Water 1 Rescue Team and the last is for $1,200 to be used by the Light 4 Rescue Team. Franklin County also received $20,000 from the Department to be used by the Medium 8 Rescue Team. These grants are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to keep equipment and training up to date in preparedness for possible terrorist attacks.


I also want to congratulate the Pickens County Commission on being awarded a $169,392 grant to help the 24th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force which also assists in Fayette and Lamar Counties. These are much needed funds to continue the fight against the use, distribution and selling of illegal substances. From July 2007 to March of this year the task force has dismantled 35 labs and cleaned up 32 dump sites containing hazardous materials used to manufactured meth. I want to commend all of our drug task force for their hard work and dedication in fighting this growing problem and I hope that we will be able to receive more funding in the future to assist with this effort.


Congratulations also goes out to Colbert and Lamar Counties on receiving notice of the opening of bids on July 25 for highway projects in their area by the Alabama Department of Transportation. Colbert County has two projects with the first being the relocation of Garner Lane from the Norfolk Southern Railroad to County Road 312, the work to be done includes grading, drainage and paving. The second project in Colbert County is the addition of lanes and resurfacing of County Road 312 from the north end of Norfolk Southern Rail Overpass to approximately .05 mile north of County Road 35.


In Lamar County, the project calls for the resurfacing of State Road 96 from the Mississippi State Line to State Road 17. I am pleased to see these much needed projects begin. I know they will make travel safer for everyone as well as open the door for more economic development.


This past week, I also spoke to the annual meeting of the District, Circuit and Appellate Court Judges at their conference in Point Clear. As you may already know, we have now funded a drug court and community correction program for each judicial circuit in our state that wanted one. This helps punish criminals but, also, gives them a chance at rehabilitation so if they are successful they get off drugs and do not cost the taxpayers more money by locking up some nonviolent offenders in our prisons. I appreciate the hard work so many of our judges do with these and other programs.


Please feel free to contact me at the following about any issues of concern which you may have:

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

2-22-08

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 8, 2008

Students interested in career technical education can now attend ones at Bevill State programs and at Northwest Shoals Community College. Representative Millican and I were recently able to obtain a $59,724 Workforce Development Grant to fund scholarships for qualifying high school students in the Bevill State service area. Sponsorships are available for students in welding, machine tool technology, collision repair, automotive technology, drafting and industrial electronic programs. Scholarships will include tuition fees and books. I think it is very important for our high school students to have a variety of opportunities available to them for employment. These are just some of the ways we can help improve the quality of the workforce we have in our area and enable our students to find jobs here at home rather than to move off.

Good news for area law enforcement agencies came this past week with the announcement of multiple grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, also known as ADECA. Congratulations goes out to the City of Muscle Shoals on being awarded a $24,900.30 grant to be used to purchase a new patrol vehicle. I also want to commend Dr. Mark Heinrich of Shelton State Community College on his leadership in acquiring a $18,125 ADECA grant to be used to provide overtime funds to law enforcement agencies. Congratulations also goes to the Town of Leighton for receiving $24,835.22 for a new patrol car. Also receiving monies to purchase new police vehicles are the Town of Hodges, who received $25,000, the Colbert County Commission which received $25,000, the City of Vernon received $25,000, the Lawrence County Commission received $60,000 and the Town of Town Creek received $25,000.

Dr. Lee of Northwest Shoals Community College is to be commended on his leadership as well for acquiring a $25,375 grant from ADECA to be used to implement the ADECA/LETS 410 DUI enforcement and education project for the counties of Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Madison, Morgan and Winston. I am pleased to see these much needed grants for our area to assist law enforcement in keeping are senate district safe.

I want to commend Impact Alabama for the great services they provide to the urban and rural poverty areas in Alabama. One of their main programs is known as FocusFirst. The program involves eyecare professionals as well as trained undergraduate and graduate students who give vision screenings to low income children ages six months to 5 years at daycares and preschools. Those who show vision problems are referred for free follow-up care from a network of doctors with Sight Savers of Alabama. Since the beginning of this program in 2004, more than 34,000 children have been screened in all 67 counties in Alabama. For more information on this great program you can go online at or check with your daycare or preschool provider to see if they participate in this screening.

Unfortunately in today’s society one of the most prolific and growing crimes revolves around our children and their involuntary use in child pornography. In a joint effort to help fight this horrible crime on the internet, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the National Association of Attorney Generals (NAAG) have joined forces and entered into an agreement to address the situation.

Under the agreement, cable companies agree to use the NCMEC’s list active websites identified as containing child pornography to make sure that no such sites are hosted on serves owned or controlled by those companies. The cable companies have also agreed to report instances to NCMEC’s CyperTipline regarding potential other sources of child pornography. The NCMEC will then report this information to law enforcement. This is a great step in the battle against this crime, whose innocent victims are often killed and/or physically and psychological injured for life. I commend all of these organizations on their efforts and encourage any of you who may know or suspect that a website or individual is engaging in internet child porn to report it to your local law officials.

I enjoyed being in Double Springs and Haleyville this past week and having an opportunity to meet with local elected officials including Circuit Judge Mike Newell. I also had an opportunity to travel to Hamilton and meet with court officials and others. I also had an opportunity to have some Swamp John’s with Shottsville Volunteer Fire Department in Hamilton.

I was also fortunate to be able to meet with local volunteer fire departments of Colbert, Fayette, Lamar and Winston Counties to present grant checks to each department. We are fortunate to have so many fine men and women willing to volunteer their time to protect our lives and properties and I commend them for their hard work and dedication.

I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 15,  2008

     This past week, I had the opportunity to tour several manufactured housing facilities in Marion County including Waverleé Homes and Deer Valley with Mayor Langford of Birmingham. The Mayor was looking at the facilities as a source for possibly purchasing modular homes for a community project which they are hoping to be able to implement shortly. It is my hope that he will be successful in this program and that he will be able to use the facilities in Marion County as it would be a great economic boost to us.


In other economic news, the Alabama Development Office has announced that they are expanding their efforts to broaden the state’s economic base in the areas of automotive suppliers, aerospace and life sciences. The goal is not only to recruit new industries but, to promote economic growth and development through existing industries either directly or through developing supplier industries for these areas. A lot of economic growth and new jobs are created by existing industries and it is my hope that we can all work together at the local, state and when necessary, the federal level to promote new job growth throughout the state and especially in our senate district.


While the national economy continues to have problems with consumer prices and fuel prices steadily increasing, on the home front, we are doing slightly better with the overall prices of homes in Alabama increasing at a modest pace. Growth of the state’s economy is estimated to be only about 1.0 to 1.5 percent after adjusting for inflation. However, we are feeling the effects of the increases in prices with loss of jobs in some manufacturing areas though, we have gained jobs in other areas such as construction. This is another reason to continue to look toward alternative fuel sources that will not increase the cost of consumer goods and foods while at the same time reducing the overall costs of energy and hopefully, producing jobs in the process.


It was a pleasure to meet with the Franklin County Volunteer Fire Departments this past week and present forestry checks to them. It is a privilege for me to be able to place money in the budget to help the fine men and women who give of their time and energy to protect the lives and properties throughout our senate district and the State. I commend them for their hard work and dedication and I am pleased to be able to assist them with these monies to purchase equipment and other needed items.


Congratulations goes out to the City of Moulton on receiving a $50,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The monies will be used to construct a splash pad, concession-comfort station, pavilion and support facilities. The City of Muscle Shoals is to be congratulated as well for receiving a $100,000 grant for the construction of a boundless 3,200 square foot splash pad and support facilities.


Congratulations goes out to three municipalities in our senate district this week who received notice that they would be receiving grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The recipients were the Town of Cherokee and the Lamar County Commission who each received $25,000 each to purchase vehicles with the City of Sulligent receiving $25,000 to equip two police vehicles. I am pleased to see these much needed funds brought back to our area.


I also had the pleasure of presenting grant checks in Franklin County to the following: $150 to the Russellville Golden Tigers for equipment needs; $2,500 to the Russellville Middle School for football uniforms; $250 to the Russellville Little League for uniforms; $1,000 to the Frog Pond Volunteer Fire Department; $1,000 to the Union Community Saddle Club; $1,000 to the Vina High School cheerleaders; $600 to the Red Bay High School cheerleaders and $250 to the Phil Campbell Little League 7-8 year old girls for uniforms.

As always, it is a pleasure to be able to assist the schools, volunteer fire departments and other community programs in the senate district.


Governor Bob Riley recently signed into law an important bill that I strongly supported which was passed by the House and Senate during the past regular session. The new law provides small business owners and employees with a tax deduction for the health insurance premiums they pay. The law allows small businesses to deduct 150% of the amount paid for employee health insurance from their state income taxes and also allows employees for these businesses to do the same. Those that qualify for this are companies with 25 or fewer employees and individuals whose adjusted gross income is $50,000 or less. It is my hope that this will help make insurance more affordable and available to individuals throughout the state as well as help small businesses with the rising cost of healthcare.

I hope that many of you will have an opportunity to come by Russellville Hospital for an event I helped get on August 25 beginning at 11a.m. for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance bus stop. The PPA is conducting a tour throughout the state to help uninsured and low income individuals gain access to their medicines for free or nearly free. The program is currently in its third year and has helped over 100,000 Alabamians so far and more than five million Americans. The program is done through the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association. I encourage any of you who might be qualified to come by and see them.


I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report August 22,  2008

This week, I traveled to Hamilton as part of the Public-Private Partnership Commission meeting concerning the West Alabama Highway project, which is the proposed four-lane road running from Florence to Mobile along the western side of our state. Local officials from Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Winston counties came together along with Lt. Governor Folsom and the local delegation to discuss what can be done to get this project completed and the importance it has to economic development in these counties. It was a very informative meeting and more should follow in the future. We all need to pull together and get this north-south four lane built from the Shoals to Mobile. I commend Lt. Governor Folsom for making this a priority.


As I write this, I am preparing to head to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. This is an exciting time and I am pleased to be representing Alabama. I am also pleased to report that my son is also traveling to Denver as a delegate. It is a privilege for us to be a part of the democratic process and I look forward to attending the many events taking place during the week long event as well as learning more about such programs as alternative energy, healthcare and immigration. It is hard to believe that we are so close to the November elections. I hope all of you that qualify have registered to vote. This is a freedom that was hard won and defended by our veterans and no matter which candidate you choose, it is important to get out there and be counted.


I was also able to travel to Haleyville this past week where I presented $1,000 to the Haleyville High School for heart rate monitors, $1,000 to the Winston County Volunteer Fire Department Association to assist with equipment needs, $1,000 to the Haleyville High School golf team, $750 to the Winston County High School for cameras for their security system, $750 to the Winston County High Key Club and $250 to the Addison High School FCCLA program. As always, it was a pleasure to be able to assist the district schools and community programs.


Congratulations also goes out this week on the awarding of three Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affair grants. The first one was to the City of Haleyville for $24,700 to purchase equipment, the second was $25,000 for the Winston County Commission to be used to purchase and install camera systems in patrol vehicles to allow video and audio recordings and the third was $24,509.79 to the Town of Addison to purchase new equipment to replace old and outdated equipment for the police department. I am pleased to see these much needed grants which will assist our local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to keep our communities safe.


The Alabama Department of Transportation also announce this past week that bids for two highway projects in our district would be open on August 29. The first project is in Marion County for an interchange lighting on State Road 4 at County Road 35. The second project is in Franklin County and calls for grade, drain and bridge work to be done on Corridor V from State Road 247 to Dempsey. These projects are much needed to improve the safety of our roads.


I wish all the area football teams a safe and enjoyable as well as winning season ahead. For those who will be seniors, I know this is a bitter sweet time and I know that this will be a memorable final season of high school football for all of you. I am looking forward to the cooler weather and the homecoming parades. It is good to see the bands, cheerleaders and booster clubs get started back up as well.


I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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
 

email:
senbedford@aol.com

website:
www.rogerbedford.com

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report September 5, 2008

By the time you read this, Maudie, Roge and I would have returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver which was quite inspirational, patriotic and educational. I think the Democrats have selected an excellent nominee with a strong running mate in Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, one of the premier United States senator in foreign affairs with over 28 years of service in the US Senate.


The Republican Convention will have also reached its conclusion with another good nominee, Senator John McCain and a surprise running mate, Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska for less than two years. Between now and November, I hope all of you will take the time to study both the personalities and position of each of these candidates who are offering themselves as president and vice president of the United States of America.


Our veterans have fought and continue to fight so that we might enjoy the freedom to choose our officials by free and honest election and not by revolution in the street. We have a great deal to be proud of in America but, we must always be on guard to protect the freedoms of liberty, happiness and justice for all.


This past week, I also had an opportunity to visit the American Village at Montevallo. It will soon be receiving thousands of students. Approximately 40,000 students a year come through this historical and educational facility many of them out-of-state. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to visit American Village, I hope that you will.


It is my pleasure to serve on the Legislative Oversight Committee for this important project. We will also house the Dr. David Mathews Center of Civil Justice there. As many of you will recall, Dr. David Mathews was president of the University of Alabama back in the seventies and later was selected by then President Gerald Ford to be the presidential cabinet secretary for the Department of HEW, Health and Human Welfare Services. He then went on to become the president of the international think tank known as the Kettering Foundation. It might surprise some of you to know that he is original from Grove Hill, Alabama. He is truly an outstanding Alabamian who has had a national and international career of success.


I also want to encourage you to purchase one of the personalized tags known as the "God Bless America" tags. These is some new legislation that was passed almost unanimously in the Alabama House and Senate this past year with part of the proceeds going to fund the American Village operation. The cost of the tag is $50 which is tax deductible and the proceeds will benefit the Alabama Veterans Living Legacy at the American Village.


This Alabama Veterans Living Legacy will be a place to welcome and inspire hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, reminding them of America’s great legacy of liberty secured by the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.


As we have talked about before, the American Village site will be the new Arlington Veterans Cemetery. It will be located on a 480 acre site and this new Alabama National Veterans Cemetery will have approximately 133,000 grave sites. It is estimated that by 2012, there will be 14 funerals a day and we want to have the premier family chapel and veterans living legacy which will honor all Alabama veterans and especially those that are interred there.


Congratulations goes out to Northwest Shoals Community College on receiving a $128,390 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant will be used to continue the implementation of the Child Passenger Safety program in the nine community traffic safety program regions located across the state.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and victims of Hurricane Gustav and it is good to see that our local, state and federal government have learned a great deal from Katrina and I am proud of the rapid response made here in Alabama. I want to thank the staff and faculty of the schools who have opened up to assist the refugees as well as the individuals who have opened their homes.


As I am writing this, I am preparing to head out to South America again. The earlier trip to South America with the Governor and other officials was very informative and has already netted some positive results for our state. I am now returning with Commissioner Ron Sparks of the Department of Agriculture and Industries along with others to see if we can continue building on our earlier trip with emphasis on agricultural products. It is my hope that this trip will be fruitful for our farmers as well as for other agricultural products including lumber and poultry.

I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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: www.rogerbedford.com

e-mail: senbedford@aol.com

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Senator Roger Bedford Capitol Report September 18, 2008

This past week, I returned from a state trade mission trip to Brazil and Argentina. I traveled down with Commissioner Ron Sparks, Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and others to learn more about how they have achieved energy independence. It is important that we break the stranglehold that oil has on America especially that which comes from the Middle East, Venezuela and other countries with governments hostile to our country. We are sending billions of dollars overseas to governments that do not even like us much less support us. This is wrong and we must work hard to stop this. I hope to hear more about this from both presidential candidates because it is going to take a change at both the state and national levels. It has worked in other countries and I believe it will work in America. If we will just have the political leadership and the dedication and support of our citizens. I am proud of the work being done by our universities as well as many new businesses and individuals, who are bringing their own technology and independent ideas to help solve this problem.

Many of our prayers were answered this past week, when Ike hit but, was not as devastating as it was previously predicted to be nor bringing as many lost lives as Katrina had. Nevertheless, it will take some time for the areas affected to recover from the damage to their properties and my prayers go out to those who have been displaced by Ike and who suffered the loss of a loved one. It appears that the State of Texas was well prepared and appreciate all the emergency responders, especially in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas for their hard work and dedication. I appreciate everyone who helped at the local shelters and community colleges.

It was shocking to see gas stations "jackup" the price of gasoline and diesel in the wake of Ike. The gas for which the prices were being raised had already been delivered to the stations prior to the land fall of Ike. I was very disappointed to see the greedy, big, oil companies once again take advantage of a natural disaster to gouge the public. I hope the attorney general will look into this and bring charges if there have been any cases of illegal gouging. I plan to support tougher consumer protection laws for all of us here in Alabama.

This past week, I was also able to travel to Columbiana, Alabama to for the dedication ceremony of the Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility along with Governor Riley and Commissioner Bradley Byrnes. The Facility works in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education as a residential reentry treatment and vocational training center to help offenders change their criminal thinking and behaviors. The Facility is the first and largest of its kind in the region. Its goal of rehabilitation and vocational training of those in the prison system so that they can reenter society drug free with employable skills is an excellent one and I am proud to have been able to support funding for it.

Congratulations goes out to Mayor Gunnin and the council members of the Town of Hackleburg as well as Mayor Drennon Veal and the council members of the Town of Bear Creek for each being awarded a $25,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to be used to purchase a new patrol vehicle. It was a pleasure to assist these smaller communities at the state level to get these much needed funds. We have got to do all that we can to help these agencies with their efforts to protect lives and properties.

I also want to congratulate Dr. Humphrey Lee, President of Northwest Shoals Community College on their being awarded a $236,812 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The funds will be used to continue the implementation of the North Alabama Highway Safety Office ADECA/LETS Highway safety programs in North Alabama including Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion and Winston Counties.

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Heinrich, President of Shelton State Community College on the College receiving two Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grants. One was for $133,000 to be used to administer traffic safety projects and grants in West Alabama and the other was $34,440 to provide law enforcement agencies in West Alabama with overtime funds.

I was also pleased to help get the Lawrence County Commission a grant of $50,000 for the drug task force. As you may know, the federal government has been cutting funding for tasks force which has caused us to have to work harder at the state and local level for funding. We must do all that we can to win the war on illegal drugs.

I am so proud of the fine job which the various organizations and agencies dealing with domestic abuse and sexual violence does throughout our senate district. Unfortunately, we have too many victims of these but, I am pleased that we have organization and individuals in place to assist those who are victims of both. This past week, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs announced three grants to help address these issues. The first two grants were to safe place, Inc. One was for $182,990 to be used for the P.E.A.C.E. Project to address problems of family violence and prevention of future abuse with services including school-based violence prevention/education programs as well as community awareness campaigns. The other was $43,234 to address the dual problems of expanding domestic violence services to a growing Hispanic population in Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion and Winston Counties and to provide more personal on-site services in rural counties. The third grant was to the Shoals Crisis Center for the Rape Response Victim Services program to continue to provide crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence and their families in the counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale Counties as well as Marion County which was recently added to their service area.

Please let me hear from you about your concerns at both the state and local level. I appreciate all the cards, letters, phone calls and e-mails which I have received. You may reach me at the following address.



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


email: www.senbedford@aol.com

website: www.rogerbedford.com

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SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT October 6, 2008

I appreciate everyone who has contacted me via phone and e-mail about your concerns about what the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in D.C. are doing about this financial bailout/rescue plan. I too share many of the concerns raised. There is no reason that the taxpayers should pay for golden parachutes for these executives who have made millions of dollars running their companies in the ground. I saw where one executive was only hired for three weeks and got a $18 million golden parachute. That is ridiculous and lacks common sense. All of us can only hope that what President Bush proposed and the U.S. Congress passed will work for America.


We are also beginning to feel the economic slowdown here in Alabama. School tax revenues in Alabama did not keep pace with the education projected budget for the fiscal year of 2008 which ended with the last day of September. This prompted the Governor to authorize the spending of all $440 million in the rainy day savings fund, which will prevent proration but, leaves a tough outlook for the next fiscal year which started October 1. State Finance Director, Jim Main, said sales tax revenues for the fiscal year 07-08, that ended this past week, were about 1% below the previous year’s totals, while income tax revenues were up a little more than 3%. As you know, sales and income tax are the two biggest tax sources for the education budget.


Since it has been my privilege to serve as chairman of the General Fund Budget, we have not experienced proration. We have, however, received mixed reviews on the tax revenues which pay for the almost $2 billion General Fund Budget, which as you know pays for most non educational state services such as prisons, state troopers and medicaid. Through sound fiscal management, we have saved almost $50 million which will carry over into the next fiscal year of 2009. I think it is important that we see that our state tax dollars are spent wisely and we stretch them as far as they will go.


However, one of the unknowns dealing with the General Fund Budget, which the Governor sent to us for 2009, is that the Governor and Finance Director, Jim Main, predicted $117 million in capital gains, which would come from the state's investment in oil and gas revenues. As you can imagine, with the stock market in the tank, I doubt that these revenues will be available at these levels. This could threaten the financial outlook for 2009 but, currently, I believe we are on sound fiscal footing. It is, however, that the people of Alabama give us another financial management tool and that would be in passing the rainy day account for the General Fund, which will be on the November ballot.


Currently, the Education budget has two rainy day funds, which as we discussed earlier, will prevent us from having proration this year but, the General Fund does not have one.


I want to urge all of you when you go to the polls in November to please vote yes on giving the state another financial management tool, which would be a rainy day fund for the State General Fund.

This past week was good one for grants for our district. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, ADECA, announced nine grants for our area.


The first was $6,000 for Safeplace to be used to continue the Safeplace Hispanic/Rural Services Project which addresses the dual problems of expanding domestic violence services to a growing Hispanic population and to providing more personnel on-site in rural counties.


San, Inc., d/b/a Turning Point received three ADECA grants. One grant was for $12,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their children, sexual assault services to adult victims of rape and sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual assault. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy, child advocacy and case management. The second grant was for $15,000 to fund 50% of a staff position and essential shelter operating cost for the year. The third grant was for $150,150 to assist victims of domestic violence and their children, sexual assault services to adult victims of rape and sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual assault with such services as emergency confidential shelter, individual and group counseling and referrals to other community agencies.


The Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center also received a $26,400 ADECA grant for the Prevention Plus Program. The program provides "Too Good for Drugs" and other evidence-based curricula for drug and violence prevention aimed at school age children grades K-9th.


Congratulations also goes out to Mayor Jerry Mays and the city council of Phil Campbell on being awarded a $71,000 ADECA grant. The funds will be used to purchase materials to extend water lines to add service to new customers on Baker Road and Radar Hill. Homes in these areas have no water or bad wells and the project will include the upgrading from a 3" to 6" line at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 52 to increase volume and water pressure.


Congratulations goes to Mayor Johnny Brown and the city counsel of Russellville on being awarded a $150,000 ADECA grant to assist with the constructing of four tennis courts and an observation pagoda.


I also want to congratulate Mayor Larry Albright and the city counsel of Haleyville on being awarded a $25,000 grant to assist with constructing a community pavilion/outdoor classroom at City Lake Park and Mayor Douglas Gunnin and the city counsel of Hackleburg on being awarded $100,000 to assist with upgrading water service and extending water lines to serve new customers on County Road 32, Northfork Road and the Rocky Top Church area. This is a very important water project as these residents have been out of water for almost a year. Representative Mike Millican and I were glad to be able to assist in getting this much needed grant.


I hope that all our area teams had good and safe games this past Friday.


Please continue to contact me about your views and concerns at the following:

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

E-mail: senbedford@aol.com

Website: www.rogerbedford.com


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senator roger bedford capitol report october10, 2008

I want to encourage all of you who can to attend the Alabama Department of Transportation public hearing on the Winfield East Bypass project connecting US-43 to SR-118. The meeting will be on November 6, 2008 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the Winfield Recreation Center located at 400 Community Street, Winfield. Those in attendance will be able to ask questions regarding the project and view documentation regarding a map of the project and the environmental study. The meeting will be an open house type meeting with no formal presentation with people encourage to attend at any time between 5:00 and 7:00p.m. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so any time between now and within ten days after the meeting. The comments should be sent to Mr. James D. Brown, Division Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation, PO Box 495, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.

It is a pleasure for me to announce to you that the Winston County Board of Education was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant will be used to purchase and install energy-efficient improvements at Double Springs Elementary. It is important that we do all that we can to make our homes, schools, offices and public buildings as energy-efficient as possible. This reduces the cost of energy bills and helps the environment as well.

Congratulations also goes to the Marion County Commission and Marion County District Attorney’s office on being awarded a $77,262 grant for the implementation of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force for Marion County. The Task Force will coordinate drug investigations and be responsible for drug enforcement in Marion County. We must continue to fight against the manufacturing, selling and use of illegal drugs which pervades all parts of our society in every age group and in every socio-economic group.

Last month the Alabama Department of Homeland Security met with community leaders and homeland security officials throughout our senate district and as a result will be awarding grants to communities in the district to be used for specialized terrorism related equipment, training and exercises. The following grants will be awarded:

Lamar County: $57,050.00

Lawrence County: $21,153.49


Marion County: $57.030.00

Winston County: $57,049.99

Colbert County: $57,050.00

Fayette County: $65,049.98

Franklin County: $57,300.00

I am pleased to see these much needed funds be awarded in these counties to help our law enforcement agencies, emergency management members, fire departments and ambulance services as well as other first responders who play an important role in dealing with the threat of terrorist attacks.

This past week, Secretary of State Beth Chapman sent out a reminder that the deadline to register to vote for the November 4 election is October 24. The deadline for turning in absentee ballot applications is October 30. For any additional information about registering you can contact your local Board of Registrars or call 1-800-274-VOTE or visit
www.sos.alabama.gov  I want to encourage all individuals that are eligible to do so to make sure they register and to vote in the upcoming election. This is a very important election and the next president will have many serious issues to contend with including a troubled economy, a continuing war and an ailing health care system. As such, it is important that you express your choice on whom you wish to lead our great country in these matters. I continue to pray for our leaders, both currently in office and those who have recently been elected at the local level. They all face difficult issues and I hope that all of you will keep them in your prayer as well.

The Alabama Department of Senior Services released its report regarding the amount of prescriptions the Senior Rx, the free prescription medication program for seniors, has provided from its beginning in July 2002 through June 30, 2008. For the counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston 73,631 prescriptions have been filled totaling $16,890,784.06. For the counties of Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa the total prescriptions are 25,806 totaling $20,624,966.58. For the counties of Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan the number of prescriptions is 25,430 totaling $8,027,286.89. This is a great program and one that I was privilege to help start in our senate district.

Please let me hear from you about your concerns at both the state and local level. I appreciate all the cards, letters, phone calls and e-mails which I have received. You may reach me at the following address.

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: www.rogerbedford.com

e-mail: senbedford@aol.com


10-10-08


SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT October 27, 2008

It was a pleasure for me to be able to travel with the Governor this past week to attend the grand opening of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. I had the privilege to meet some of the legendary airmen who flew during the 40's and 50's. This site was established by an Act of Congress in November 1998 and made part of the National Park System. As you know, the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber they escorted in World War II. The grand opening marked the completion of the restoration of historic hangars as well as the completion of exhibits of artifacts and memorabilia highlighting the contributions made by these extraordinary individuals. I hop all of you will take the opportunity to visit this historic and educational site when you can.


I also had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking for the new Career Technical Education Building at Bevill State Community College, Fayette campus. It will allow Bevill State to offer more technical training including electronics and welding. This will provide yet another tool for preparing our young people for the jobs of the future. I appreciate the hard work of Neal Morrison, Intern President of Bevill State, Mayor Ray Nelson and Probate William Oswalt for their hard work in helping this project become a reality. It was a privilege for Representative William Thigpen and myself to assist in getting the funding for this important education project.


I was also able to tour KW Plastic Recycling Plant in Troy. The plant is recognized as an international leader in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling and ranks a leader among recycling companies in the United States. I appreciate Mr. John Hagood and Trey Glen with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management accompanying me on this tour. We must do all that we can to support recycling which is not only good for the environment but can also help with economic development and growth.


Congratulations goes out to the Lawrence County Commission on being awarded an $81,670 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The funds will be used for a five-person domestic violence task force in Lawrence County to break the cycle of violence and provide assistance for victims by patrolling in areas with high domestic violence crime rates and are trained in areas of domestic violence investigation to ensure thorough and complete prosecution.


Congratulations also goes to the Marion County Commission on being awarded a $20,450 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant. The funds will be used for the Family Violence Prevention Program.


I want to congratulate the Lamar County Commission on receiving a $415,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation to assist with the construction of turn lanes along State Road 96 which will make traffic to and from Steel Dust Recycling easier and safer as well as promotes future economic growth and development.
 

I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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: www.rogerbedford.com

e-mail: senbedford@aol.com

10/27/08

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Senator Roger Bedford Capital Report November 3, 2008

As Chairman of the Public , it was certainly a pleasure to chair our second meeting on the North-South Highway which is so important to the economic development of West Alabama. As you will recall, we had our first meeting in Hamilton on , which was very well attended. We followed the same pattern by having an informal breakfast at Cory’s on Highway 43 south of Demopolis and then a formal meeting at 10a.m. at Colle? We certainly appreciate President Johnson? Welcoming us to the beautiful facility we had there. It was a well attended event with the local delegation and citizens gathered there strongly supporting the construction of a North-South Highway along the western side of Alabama. It is our plan to make a presentation to the legislature in February and hopefully move forward on this important project. Please feel free to share your thoughts and concerns about this important issue with myself, Lt. Governor Folsom and other members of the committee.


While I realize this road will not be built overnight, the Chinese have a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with first steps. We have begun the first steps and it is my hope that someday it will become a reality just like Corridor X is now turning into I-22.


Congratulations goes out to the Town of Glen Allen on being awarded a $180,000 Alabama Department of Economic Development Grant. The grant will be used to provide public water service to 18 homes located on two roads in Glen Allen. This will eliminate a major health threat due to contaminated and undependable wells. A total of 48 persons will benefit from this project of which 88 percent are low to moderate income.


Congratulations goes to the Lawrence County Commission for receiving a $250,000 ADECA grant for the construction of a 2,400 square foot Senior Center in the Mount Hope Community of Lawrence County. The project will benefit approximately 59 senior citizens of which 100 percent are low to moderate income.


The Fayette County Commission also received an ADECA grant in the amount of $250,000. The grant will be used to extend public water to 36 homes in the Belk Community . This will eliminate a major health threat in the area and provide safe, dependable water to the homes affected. Approximately 72 residents will be served by this grant of which 65 percent are low to moderate income.

The City of Winfield has received a $118,720 ADECA grant for the demolition and removal of 16 dilapidated and vacant structures throughout the City of Winfield. This will benefit the entire city by removing unsafe and unsightly buildings and thus improve the overall image of the City.


The City of Haleyville also received an ADECA grant in the amount of $208,080 for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Haleyville Senior Citizens/Head Start Center. The project consist in part of the installation of a fire protection sprinkler system along with ADA accessible restrooms, entrance and ramp.


We must continue to work for economic development in our senate district. I enjoy working with our local chamber of commerces and industrial development authorities as well as city and county officials in trying to keep the jobs that we have and to bring new jobs to the area. While all of us are concerned about what is happening nationally with the downturn of our economy, we must never forget the importance of local jobs. If I can be of any assistance to any of you in developing projects for economic growth please give me a call.


We had an opportunity this past week to turn dirt at the dedication of the Mike Green Industrial Park off Highway 243 in Russellville. Mike Green was a great Alabamian who served as probate judge of Franklin County before God called him to Heaven. His family members were present for the dedication and I appreciate all that Mike Green and his fine family did for Franklin County and the dedication of this industrial park was a dream of his that has now become a reality.


I want to congratulate all the local high school team for the great job they are doing and I know many share the excitement of the playoff opportunities that are upon us. I hope that everyone has a safe and injury free season.

I hope all of you will continue to contact me by phone, e-mail and "snail" mail 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


email: www.senbedford@aol.com

website: www.rogerbedford.com

 

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SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT NOV. 14, 2008

As Chairman of the Public , it was certainly a pleasure to chair our second meeting on the North-South Highway which is so important to the economic development of West Alabama. As you will recall, we had our first meeting in Hamilton on , which was very well attended. We followed the same pattern by having an informal breakfast at Cory’s on Highway 43 south of Demopolis and then a formal meeting at 10a.m. at Colle? We certainly appreciate President Johnson? Welcoming us to the beautiful facility we had there. It was a well attended event with the local delegation and citizens gathered there strongly supporting the construction of a North-South Highway along the western side of Alabama. It is our plan to make a presentation to the legislature in February and hopefully move forward on this important project. Please feel free to share your thoughts and concerns about this important issue with myself, Lt. Governor Folsom and other members of the committee.

While I realize this road will not be built overnight, the Chinese have a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with first steps. We have begun the first steps and it is my hope that someday it will become a reality just like Corridor X is now turning into I-22.

Congratulations goes out to the Town of Glen Allen on being awarded a $180,000 Alabama Department of Economic Development Grant. The grant will be used to provide public water service to 18 homes located on two roads in Glen Allen. This will eliminate a major health threat due to contaminated and undependable wells. A total of 48 persons will benefit from this project of which 88 percent are low to moderate income.

Congratulations goes to the Lawrence County Commission for receiving a $250,000 ADECA grant for the construction of a 2,400 square foot Senior Center in the Mount Hope Community of Lawrence County. The project will benefit approximately 59 senior citizens of which 100 percent are low to moderate income.

The Fayette County Commission also received an ADECA grant in the amount of $250,000. The grant will be used to extend public water to 36 homes in the Belk Community . This will eliminate a major health threat in the area and provide safe, dependable water to the homes affected. Approximately 72 residents will be served by this grant of which 65 percent are low to moderate income.

The City of Winfield has received a $118,720 ADECA grant for the demolition and removal of 16 dilapidated and vacant structures throughout the City of Winfield. This will benefit the entire city by removing unsafe and unsightly buildings and thus improve the overall image of the City.

The City of Haleyville also received an ADECA grant in the amount of $208,080 for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Haleyville Senior Citizens/Head Start Center. The project consist in part of the installation of a fire protection sprinkler system along with ADA accessible restrooms, entrance and ramp.

We must continue to work for economic development in our senate district. I enjoy working with our local chamber of commerces and industrial development authorities as well as city and county officials in trying to keep the jobs that we have and to bring new jobs to the area. While all of us are concerned about what is happening nationally with the downturn of our economy, we must never forget the importance of local jobs. If I can be of any assistance to any of you in developing projects for economic growth please give me a call.

We had an opportunity this past week to turn dirt at the dedication of the Mike Green Industrial Park off Highway 243 in Russellville. Mike Green was a great Alabamian who served as probate judge of Franklin County before God called him to Heaven. His family members were present for the dedication and I appreciate all that Mike Green and his fine family did for Franklin County and the dedication of this industrial park was a dream of his that has now become a reality.

I want to congratulate all the local high school team for the great job they are doing and I know many share the excitement of the playoff opportunities that are upon us. I hope that everyone has a safe and injury free season.

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: www.rogerbedford.com
E-mail senbedford@aol.com

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SENATOR ROGER BEDFORD CAPITOL REPORT NOVEMBER 26, 2008

I hope all of you had an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving. I enjoyed spending time with my family as well as that of my wife’s. Even though many of us are facing economic hard times, we still have many things to be grateful for including our many freedoms which our service men and women are fighting for so bravely throughout the world. I hope that you will keep these fine men and women in your prayers throughout the holidays as you spend time with your loved ones and remember that they will not have that privilege.

This past week, I was able to travel down to Hamilton and meet with the fine teachers and students at Hamilton Middle School. I want to thank the staff, teachers and students for the wonderful reception which they gave me. I enjoyed having an early Thanksgiving lunch with them including pizza and friend okra. I was able to talk with many of the classrooms. I was also able to present several checks while there including $1,000 for the Hamilton cross country and track teams, $2,500 for computers for the Middle School, $1,000 for Hamilton High School for microscopes and $1,000 for the high school’s athletic department. I am so proud of all our school systems in the district which have such rich heritages of excellence in academics and athletics.

This past weekend, I also had the privilege to spend the weekend in Huntsville with some 40 legislature at the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. We toured many of their research facilities including Hudson Alpha as well as visiting with officials at the Redstone Arsenal and NASA. They play an important role in the economy.

Best wishes to all the area football teams still in the playoffs. I hope they are all successful and have a safe and enjoyable time.

Please continue to contact me at the following:

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:
www.rogerbedford.com

 E-mail  senbedford@aol.com

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senator roger bedford capitol report December 19, 2008

Christmas came early to several volunteer fire departments in our senate district. While the state and local governments have contributed in historic proportions to our volunteer fire departments, the federal government has only recently gotten into position in awarding emergency management agency grants to local volunteer fire departments in the state and our senate district. We welcome these dollars and thank the federal government for joining us in support of these wonderful organizations that do so much to protect the lives and properties of all of us. As a long time supporter, I wanted to congratulate Fowler’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department on receiving $31,322.

This past week, I had the pleasure of being invited by former Conservation Director, Riley Boykin Smith, to his Doublegate Lodge. You will recall his ancestor, Congressman Boykin, who founded the Lodge, had the famous saying "everything is made for love." Some 200 of Alabama’s leading businessmen and politicians were present including many state senators, mayors, county commissioners, Lt. Governor Jim Folsom, former Governor Don Siegelman and Mayor Sam Jones of Mobile. We enjoyed a great hunt and even better fellowship.

I later traveled to Wilcox County where my son, Roger and I had an opportunity to hunt. We had a great time and enjoyed fellowship with several of my old college friends who came along with their children. I took a shot at a true "wall hanger" but, unfortunately, missed the buck at 200 yards. Nevertheless, since it was a clean miss, I look forward to meeting him on a later date.

I also had the opportunity at a later date to travel to Boligee to shoot doves with one of Alabama’s greatest citizens, the Honorable Thed Spree. As usual he put on a great hunt.

This past week, I also had the opportunity to travel throughout the senate district presenting grants. In Franklin County, I presented $500 to the Franklin County Times for their newspapers in education program, $1,000 to Vina High School for their baseball program, $500 to the Russellville Middle School for their robotics team; $1,000 to the RCVC volleyball team; $500 to the Red Bay High School to assist with the FFA travel and other expenses; $500 to the Phil Campbell junior high softball team; $1,200 to the Phil Campbell High School varsity softball program for a pitching machine and $1,000 to the Phil Campbell High School baseball program to assist with equipment needs and $2,500 to the Phil Campbell High School for their agriscience program.

In Lamar County, I was able to present $1,000 to the Band of Gold Booster Club for majorette uniforms; $500 to the Bank of Gold Booster Club to assist with transportation cost associated with athletics; $1,000 to the Vernon junior high cheerleaders; $1,000 each to the Lamar County High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders; $500 to the West Alabama Service Club for community projects; $750 to the Lamar Aid to People program; $500 for the Millport City Park; $900 for Vernon Elementary School to assist with an ELMO board and $5,000 for the Sulligent High School baseball program.

While in Lamar County, I was also able to share some good fellowship and good food at the extension office with Judge Johnny Rogers and the county commissioners. I appreciate them allowing me to share in their festivities.

I also traveled to Haleyville, where I presented $500 to the Winston County Natural Resources Council; $2,000 to the Winston County Arts Council to promote arts in schools; $2,000 to the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department; $2,000 to the Haleyville Volunteer Fire Department and $2,000 to the Pebble Volunteer Fire Department.

I also traveled to Marion County where I presented $1,000 to the Winfield City High School golf team; $300 to the Guin Park and Recreation Department; $1,000 to the Winfield City High School cross country team; $500 to Brilliant High School for the "History Cram & Jam 2009" program; $1,500 to the Marion County Board of Education for therapeutic physical education equipment for autistic students; $500 for the Winfield Middle School cheerleaders; $500 for the Hamilton High School baseball program and $1,000 for the Bevill State Community College for the women’s leadership conference.

I also attended the Department of Transportation public meeting on locating a welcome center in Marion County as part of Corridor X. This is a project I have long supported and I was pleased to see the good turnout in support of it.

Wishing all of you a Very, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2009.

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:
www.rogerbedford.com  

E-mail senbedford@aol.com

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Sam LeMaster - Food Inspection Ratings Dec. 17 - 21, 2007

Food Inspection Ratings Dec. 17 - 21, 2007
Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us
Alamo Steak and Fish (Hamilton) 91
Cardinal Drive-In (Winfield) 83
Crossroads Market and Deli (Winfield) 90
Guin Elementary Lunchroom 93
Guthrie's (Hamilton) 93
Hackleburg High Lunchroom 98
Hardee's (Hamilton) 95
Jack's (Guin) 92
Judy's Lunchbox (Winfield--Sitel) 94
Kimberly's Restaurant (Guin) 90
McDonald's (Winfield) 87
Pizza Hut (Winfield) 92
Postell's Meat Market (Hamilton) 99
Puddles BBQ (Hamilton) 91
Taco Bell (Winfield) 97

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Sam LeMaster - Food inspections for Jan 14-18, 2008

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Burgers and More (Winfield) 95
Byrdnest Day Care (Hamilton) 99
Hackleburg Senior Center passed inspection for permit (no score)
Happi Faces Pre-School (Winfield) 96
Mandarin House (Winfield) 90
O'Taste and See Restaurant (Hamilton) 90
Subway (Winfield) 95
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Sam LeMaster - Food Inspection Ratings Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2008
Aromas Cafe and Coffee Bar (Winfield) 99
Asian Wok (Hamilton) 85
Bayou Cafe (Winfield) 97
Catfish and Steak Haven (Winfield) 92

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant (Hamilton) Passed inspection for permit

China One (Hamilton) 84

Eastside grill (Hamilton) 91

Emerson Ice Plant (Hamilton) Passed inspection
Galbreath Country Buffet (Hamilton) 89
Grace's Place (Hackleburg) 93
Guthrie's (Winfield) 91
Howell's BBQ (Hackleburg) 98
Jimbo's BBQ (Guin) Passed inspection for permit
Kountry Kitchen (Winfield) 94
Lakeside BBQ (Brilliant) 98
Liberty Christian Academy (Guin) 97
Midway restaurant (Haleyville) 93
Moore's Super Store (Hamilton) 78
River Road Citgo (Hamilton) 95
Riverfront restaurant (Hamilton) 97
Smokehouse restaurant (Hackleburg) 96
Subway (Hamilton) 94
Sugar Bend Shell (Hamilton) 91
Whitehouse Cafe (Haleyville--Whitehouse community) 96
Yancey's Restaurant (Bear creek) 94
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Sam LeMaster Food inspections for Feb. 4 - Feb. 8, 2008
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China Buffet (Winfield) 88
Coop's Bears Den (Bear Creek) 91
Davo's Diner (Winfield, behind the hospital) passed inspection for permit
Grills Gone Wild (Winfield) passed inspection for permit
Hamilton Senior Center (Hamilton) 99
Huddle House (Hamilton) 87
Jack's (Winfield) 100
La Estancia (Hamilton) 93
Piggly Wiggly (Hamilton) 96
Piggly Wiggly Deli (Hamilton) 95
SuperValu (Hamilton) 93

 

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Sam LeMaster - Food Inspections Feb. 18 - 22, 2008

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Car Lot BBQ (Winfield) 88
Flatwoods Flea Market (Winfield) 94
Gateway Supermarket (Brilliant) 90
Harper's Junction (Hamilton) 87
Ivie's Supermarket (Winfield) 91
Jimbo's BBQ (guin) 96
Kingdom Kids Child Care (Winfield) 93
Mac's Texaco (Winfield) 93
New Mar Quick Shop (Winfield) 94
Northwest Medical Center Cafeteria (Winfield) 98
Plantation Steak House (Guin) 91
Token No. 3 (Brilliant Chevron) 93
Yampertown Steak and Seafood (Winfield) 95
Yogi's Quick Stop No. 5 (Hamilton) 92

 

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Sam LeMaster Food Inspections for Feb 25-March 7, 2008

 

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Boar's Butt (Winfield) Passed inspection for permit
Burger King (Hamilton) 91
Buttahatchee BBQ (Hamilton) 94
Cedar Landing (Winfield) 92
Chris's Catfish (Hamilton) 97
Foodland (Winfield) 97
Foodland Deli (Winfield) 98
Frosty Front (Guin) 91
Grills Gone Wild (Winfield) 92
Hamilton Drive-In (Hamilton) 94
Hardee's (Winfield) 92
Huatulco Mexican Restaurant (Winfield) 92
Lunch Wagon (Hamilton) 90
Marion Regional Medical Center (Hamilton) 97
McDonald's (Hamilton) 91
Moore's Super Store (Hamilton) 97

Nichols Last Chance Cafe (Whitehouse Community) Passed inspection for permit
Oh! Bryan's (Hamilton) 95
Phillips High School Lunchroom (Bear Creek) 89
Plaza BBQ (Guin) 97
Safi's (Brilliant) 93
Taco Bell (Hamilton) Passed inspection for permit
Teresa's Country Cafe (Hamilton) 89

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Sam LeMaster Food inspections Mar 31-Apr 4, 2008

 

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Polka Dot Variety (Hamilton) 92
Ballard's Grocery (Hamilton) 91
Bill's Grocery (Twin) 99
Brenda's (Hamilton) 97
Chevron Gas Mart (Hamilton) 97
Clifty Creek (Hamilton) 96
Dollar General (Hamilton) 96
Dollar General (Winfield) 96
Garcia's Mexican Store (Hamilton) 95
Guatelinda (Hamilton) 91
Guin Elementary Lunchroom (Guin) 98
H&L Service (Bear creek) 96
Judy's Luchbox (SITEL-Winfield) 90
Kentucky Fried Chicken (Hamilton) 90
Mac's Minit Mart (Hamilton) 91
Moore's Jr. Food Mart (Hamilton) 92
Mutter's Produce and Diner (Guin ex Amoco) Passed inspection for new permit
Pizza Hut (Hamilton) 91
Scott's Pure Service (Haleyville) 91

 

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Food Inspections for April 14-18, 2008

 

Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us



China One (Hamilton) 85

Guin Shell (Guin) 92

Happi Faces Preschool (Winfield) 97

Huddle House (Hamilton) 97

Moore's Hwy 129 Shell (Winfield) 98

River Road Deli (Hamilton) 98

Riverfront restaurant (Hamilton) 91

Sno Biz (Hamilton) 97

Token No. 19 (Winfield) 99

Watson's Grocery (Byrd community) 98

Winfield Meal Site (Winfield) 93

 

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Food Inspections of May 19-23, 2008

 

Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us

Bama-Q Pit and Grill (Hamilton) 97

Chris's Catfish (Hamilton) 98

Foodland Deli (Winfield) 97

Foodland Market (Winfield) 90

Frosty Front (Guin) 94

Hamilton Drive-In (Hamitlon) 93

Harper's Junction (Hamilton) 85

Ivie's Cost Plus 10% (Winfield) 92

Lunch Wagon (Hamilton) 96

Marion regional Medical Center (Hamilton) 96

Northwest Medical Center (Winfield) 94

Plantation Steak House (Guin) 85

Teresa's Country cafe (Hamilton) 91

 

 

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Inspections June 16-27, 2008

 

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Cardinal Drive-In (Winfield) 92

Guin Pool Snack bar (Guin) 97

McDonald's (Winfield) 88

Pizza Hut (Winfield) 94

Plaza BBQ (Guin) 96

Postell's Meat Market (Hamilton) 100

Token No. 4 (Guin) 91

Webster's Deli (Guin) 93

Webster's Piggly Wiggly (Guin) 87

 

 

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Inspections June 30-July 3, 2008

Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant (Hamilton) 86

Crossroads Market and Deli (Winfield) 90

Jack's (Guin) 93

KFC (Hamilton) 94

Pizza Hut (Hamilton) 90

Rainbow Inn Motel (Winfield) 98

Taco Bell (Winfield) Passed inspection for new permit

 

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Inspections July 7-18, 2008

 

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Bayou Cafe (Winfield) 95

Days Inn Motel (Hamilton) 92

Econo-Lodge (Hamilton) 92

Hamilton Holiday Motel (Hamilton) 94

Happi Faces Pre School (Winfield) 95

Huddle House (Hamilton) 93

Judy's Lunchbox (Winfield-Sitel) 96

Key West Inn (Hamilton) Passed inspection for permit

Mac's Minit Mart (Hamilton) 86

Panther Mart (Hackleburg) 95

Piggly Wiggly (Hackleburg) 85

Riverfront Restaurant (Hamilton) 99

River Road Deli (Hamilton) 93

Taco Bell (Hamilton) 98

Travel Inn Motel (Guin) 91

Wal-Mart Deli/Bakery (Winfield) 98

Wal-Mart Supermarket (Winfield) 99

 

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Food Inspections July 28-Aug 1, 2008

Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us

Byrdnest Daycare (Hamilton) 92

Catering by LeAnne (Guin) 93

Clifty Creek (Hamilton) 93

Galbreath's Country Buffet (Hamilton) 88

Jack Rabbit Slim's (Hackleburg) 96

Jean and Ann's tea Room (Hamilton) 97

O Taste and See Restaurant (Hamilton) 98

Sugarbend Shell (Hamilton) 99

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food Inspections for August 4-8, 2008

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Inspections for August 4-8, 2008

SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us

China One (Hamilton) 76

Coop's Bears Den (Bear Creek) 87

Eastside Grill (Hamilton) 90

Hamilton Elementary lunchroom (Hamilton) 100

Hamilton High lunchroom (Hamilton) 97

La Estancia Mexican restaurant (Hamilton) 90

Moor'e Hwy 129 Shell (Winfield) 87

Sno Biz (Hamilton) 98

Sonic Drive-In (Hamilton) 91

Subway (Hamilton) 97

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Inspections Aug 18-22, 2008

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Asian Wok (Hamilton) 84

Bama-Q Pit and Grill (Hamilton) 92

Bassville (Haleyville) 92

Brilliant Elementary Lunchroom 98

Car Lot BBQ (Winfield) 90

Catfish and Steak Haven (Winfield) 98

China Buffet (Winfield) 87

Gateway Supermarket (Briliant) 88

Hamilton Drive In 94

Howell's BBQ (Hackleburg) 94

Marion Regional Medical Center (Hamilton) 96

Midway restaurant (Haleyville) 91

Safi's (Brilliant) 90

Sparerib BBQ (Winfield) 87

SuperValu (Hamilton) 95

Token No. 3 (Brilliant Chevron) 91

Wal Mart Deli/Bakery (Hamilton) 100

Wal Mart Supermarket (Hamilton) 95

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Inspections Sept 1 - 5, 2008
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Burgers and More II (Winfield) 92

China One (Hamilton) 90

Hamilton Senior Center 98

Ivie's Cost plus 10 Percent Grocery (Winfield) 93

Kountry Kitchen (Winfield) 91

Mutter's Produce and Diner (Guin) 97

Taco Bell (Winfield) 98

Webster's Deli (Guin) 98

Webster's Piggly Wiggly (Guin) 96

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Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us Inspections for Sept 8-12, 2008

129 Grocery (Haleyville) Passed inspection for permit

Dinelli's (Hamilton) 94

Emerson Ice Plant (Hamilton) passed inspection

Frosty Front (Guin) 94

Harper's Junction (Hamilton) 81

Huatulco Mexican restaurant (Winfield) 90

Kingdom Kid's Child Care and Preschool (Winfield) 94

New Mart Quick Shop (Winfield) 95

Oh! Bryan's (Hamilton) 92

Winfield Senior Citizens Meal Site 99

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Food Inspections for Sept 15-19, 2008

Cazadores Mexican restaurant (Hamilton) 94

Guthrie's (Hamilton) 90

Hardee's (Hamilton) 97

KFC (Hamilton) 90

Pizza Hut (Hamilton) 93

Postell's Meat Market (Hamilton) 98

Seafood Selects (Winfield) Passed inspection for permit

Subway (Winfield) 100

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FOOD INSPECTION RATINGS - Inspections for Sept 22-Oct 3, 2008
Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us
Inspections for Sept 22-Oct 3, 2008

Dollie's Country Kitchen (Hamilton) Passed inspection for permit

Huddle House (Hamilton) 94

Jimbo's BBQ (Guin) 91

Mac's Minit Mart (Hamilton) 89

McCracken's (Hamilton) 97

River Road deli (Hamilton) 90

Taco bell (Hamilton) 98

Yampertown Steak and Seafood (Winfield) 94

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food inspections oct 6 - 10, 2008

Inspection report for Oct 6-10, 2008

Bayou Cafe (Winfield) Passed inspection for new permit

Buttahatchee BBQ (Hamilton) Passed inspection for new permit

Cardinal Drive-In (Winfield) 90

Crossroads market and Deli (Winfield) 85

Hackleburg Senior Center 100

Jack's (Guin) 98

McDonald's (Winfield) 88

Panther Mart (Hackleburg) 90

Piggly Wiggly (Hackleburg) 91

Pizza Hut (Winfield) 93

Plaza BBQ (Guin) 95

Token No. 4 (Guin Chevron) 96

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Inspections for Oct 13-24, 2008

Asian Wok (Hamilton) 83

Bayou Cafe (Winfield) 97

Buttahatchee BBQ (Hamilton) 91

Byrdnest Day Care (Hamilton) 97

Dollie's Country Kitchen (Hamilton) 92

Happi Faces Pre School (Winfield) 90

Harper's Junction (Hamilton) 86

Jean and Ann's Tea Room (Hamilton) 94

Judy's Lunchbox (Winfield) 94

Mac's Texaco (Winfield) 87

Mc Donald's (Hamilton) 92

Moore's Hwy 129 Shell (Winfield) 98

Moore's Super Store (Hamilton) 95

O Taste and See (Hamilton) 94

Sonic Drive-In (Hamilton) 95

Subway (Hamilton) 96

Wal-Mart Deli/Bakery (Winfield) 94

Wal-Mart Supermarket (Winfield) 100

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Inspections Oct 27-31, 2008

Clifty Creek (Hamilton) 95

Coop's Bears Den (Bear Creek) 90

Eastside Grill (Hamilton) 94

Galbreath Country Buffet (Hamilton) 84

Hamilton Elementary Lunchroom 100

Hamilton High Lunchroom 97

La Estancia Mexican Grill (Hamilton) Passed inspection for new permit

La Estancia Mexican Restaurant (Hamilton) 91

Phillips High Lunchroom (Bear creek) 93

Sugarbend Shell (Hamilton) 98

Tiger Den restaurant (Brilliant) Passed inspection for new permit

Yancey's Restaurant (Bear Creek) 99

Yogi's Quick Stop (Hamilton) 92

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food inspections Nov. 3 - 7, 2008

Brilliant Elementary Lunchroom 100
Burger King (Hamilton) 100
Burgers and More (Winfield) 97
Catfish and Steak Haven (Winfield) 99
Gateway Supermarket (Brilliant) 92
Hamilton Drive-In 91
Jack Rabbit Slims (Hackleburg) 97
Marion Regional Medical Center (Hamilton) 96
Token No. 3 (Brilliant Chevron) 95

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Food Inspections Nov. 10 - 14, 2008

Aromas Cafe and Coffee Bar (Winfield) 94
Boar's Butt (Winfield) 87
Catering by LeAnne (Guin) 97
China Buffet (Winfield) 83
Foodland Deli (Winfield) 93
Foodland Supermarket (Winfield) 98
Grace's Place (Hackleburg) 91
Hackleburg High Lunchroom 100
Jack's (Winfield) 96
Mandarin House (Winfield) 95
Plantation Steak House (Gu-Win) 91
Seafood Selects (Winfield) 97
Smokehouse Restaurant (Hackleburg) 96

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Food Inspections for Nov 17-21, 2008

Asian Wok (Hamilton) 89
Lunch Wagon (Hamilton) 94
Midway restaurant (Haleyville) 92
SuperValu (Hamilton) 95
Teresa's Country Cafe (Hamilton) 96
Wal Mart Deli/Bakery (Hamilton) 100
Wal Mart Supermarket (Hamilton) 100

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FOOD INSPECTIONS DEC. 8 - 12, 2008

FOOD INSPECTION RATINGS
Sam LeMaster SLeMaster@adph.state.al.us

Bama-Q Pit and Grill (Hamilton) 87
Brenda's (Hamilton) 99
Chris's Catfish (Hamilton) 97
Dollar General (Brilliant) 99
Dollar General (Hamilton) 99
Garcia's (Hamilton) 92
Guatelinda (Hamilton) 93
Lakeside BBQ (Brilliant) 91
Leonelli's Coffee Buzz (Hamilton) 96
Watson's Grocery (Hamilton) 97

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FOOD INSPECTIONS DEC. 15 - 19, 2008

Burgers and More II (Winfield) 90
Car Lot BBQ (Winfield) 83
Cedar landing (Winfield) 96
China Buffet (Winfield) 90
Dollar General (Hackleburg) 98
Dollar General (Winfield) 98
Flatwoods Flea Market (Winfield) 98
Huatulco Mexican Restaurant (Winfield) 93
Ivie's Cost Plus 10 Percent (Winfield) 95
Jimbo's BBQ (Guin) 98
Kountry Kitchen (Winfield) 92
Mutter's Produce and Diner (Guin) 97
Shell Food Mart (Winfield) 97
Sparerib BBQ (Winfield) 85
Taco Bell (Winfield) 98
Tatabug's BBQ and Grill (Winfield, behind the hospital) Passed inspection for new permit
Token No. 19 (Winfield) 93
Token No. 6 (Winfield) 94
Webster's Deli (Guin) 93
Webster's Piggly Wiggly (Guin) 95
Winfield Elementary Lunchroom 100
Winfield Middle School Lunchroom 95

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Clarification on April 24th Celebration/Walk-A-Mile T-shirts and money

Just wanted to let people know that the celebration/meeting on April 24th in the park is open to all members of the community. Some may have mistaken my last announcement to read only volunteers were being invited. As always, it is open to all who wish to attend!
We also still have some Walk-A-Mile t-shirts available to anyone wishing to donate a minimum of $20 before the 29th of April. Contact myself or Darryl Seay at Super-Valu in reference to sizes still available.

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If you want to get forms for the 2008 Walk-A-Mile for a Child on April 24th. Please see Mr. Darryl Seay at Super-Valu in Hamilton or email Lynn Brown at brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com.. We need to get these in as soon as possible to Safeplace. If you prefer, you can take them by SuperValu in Hamilton and give them to Mr Seay or you can fax them to Heath at Safeplace.

If you want to get a t-shirt we are asking that you donate $20.00 or more. We will be meeting, like last year, in the parking lot at the Hamilton United Methodist Church across from the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. We will be walking to the city park.
Remember, if you have any questions you can contact Darryl Seay at Super-Valu in Hamilton or Lynn Brown at 205-412-8772 or
brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com. Hope to see y'all there!

Marion County

Domestic Violence

Task Force

Meets each 4th Thursday, 12:00 Noon at OH! Bryan's Steak House, Hwy. 17, Hamilton, AL.

As usual the public is always invited to attend the meetings. For more information contact: Lynn Brown 205-412-8772 or via email at: brown_mcdvtf@yahoo.com.
 

"Because Home Should Be Everyone's Safe Place!" Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force

Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net

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17th Annual Breaking The Cycle of Abuse Conference On Child Abuse

Friday, April 11, 2008
Bevill State Community College, Hamilton Campus
 

Registration 8:00 - 9:00 am
Conference begins at 9:00 am
Advanced Registration
Thursday evening event, 6-8 p.m., April 10th
 

Open to public at no charge
Hamilton First United Methodist Church

17th Annual
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ABUSE

Conference on child abuse - April 10 - 11, 2008

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday Evening, 6:00 - 8:15 p.m., Hamilton United Methodist Church
Free, Open To The Community

= Educating the Community about Sexual Assault and the Management of Sex Offenders in the Community

Steve Hopkins, District Manager, Alabama State Board of Pardons & Paroles

= Child Protection Training for Communities of Faith

Woodfin Gregg, Therapist, Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center

Friday, Registration: 8 - 9:00 a.m., $15.00, 5 C.E.U.’s (approval pending)

Morning Workshops

= Ethics and Values - A Clinical Analysis of the Issues and Challenges
Facing Mental Health Professionals

Joanne Jefferies Terrell, Instructor, University of Alabama School of Social Work
Notice to L.P.C.’s: Ms. Terrell’s workshops will fulfill the new ethics training requirement.

= Stewards of Children: Making Adults responsible for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (Part 1)

Donna Montgomery Horton, CRNP

= Educating the Community about Sexual Assault - reduce the risk of sexual offenses

Steve Hopkins, District Manager, Alabama State Board of Pardons & Paroles

Afternoon Workshops

= Integration of Values and Ethics into Professional Practice - philosophical concepts that form the foundation of ethical practice for mental health professionals

Joanne Jefferies Terrell, Instructor, University of Alabama School of Social Work

= Stewards of Children: Making Adults responsible for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (Part 2)

Donna Montgomery Horton, CRNP

= Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community - innovations in sex offender management practices

Steve Hopkins, District Manager, Alabama State Board of Pardons & Paroles

 

 

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World's Oldest Sound Recording

This image provided by Isabelle Trocheris shows audio historian ...

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - At first listen, the grainy high-pitched warble doesn't sound like much, but scientists say the French recording from 1860 is the oldest known recorded human voice.

The 10-second clip of a woman singing "Au Clair de la Lune," taken from a so-called phonautogram, was recently discovered by audio historian David Giovannoni. The recording predates Thomas Edison's "Mary had a little lamb" — previously credited as the oldest recorded voice — by 17 years.

The tune was captured using a phonautograph, a device created by Parisian inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville that created visual recordings of sound waves.

Using a needle that moved in response to sound, the phonautograph etched sound waves into paper coated with soot from an oil lamp.

Giovannoni and his research partner, Patrick Feaster, began looking for phonautograms last year and in December discovered two of Scott's — from 1857 and 1859 — in France's patent office. Using high-resolution optical scanning equipment, Giovannoni collected images of the phonautograms that he brought back to the United States.

"What Scott was trying to do in 1861 was establish that he was the first to arrive at this idea," Giovannoni said. "He was depositing with the French Academy examples of his work."

"We took those images back to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and found that (Scott's) technique wasn't very developed," Giovannoni said. "There were squiggles on paper, but it was not recording sound."

So Giovannoni, who collaborates with many other audio historians, including scientists at Berkeley, asked the French Academy of Sciences to send digital scans of more of Scott's papers. Those scans arrived on March 1.

"When I opened up the file, I nearly fell off my chair," Giovannoni said. "We had beautifully recorded and preserved phonautograms, many of which had dates on them."

While Giovannoni was excited by the images, they still needed to be translated into sound.

Creating sound from lines scrawled on sooty paper was a job for Berkeley lab scientists Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. Haber and Cornell had previously created sound from phonautograms that Edison had created in 1878 of trains.

The scientists used optical imaging and a "virtual stylus" to read Scott's sooty paper. They immediately got sound, but because phonautograph was hand-cranked its speed varied and that changed the recording's pitch.

"If someone's singing at middle C and the crank speeds up and slows down, the waves change shape and are shifting," said Cornell. "We had a tuning fork side by side with the recording, so you can correct the sound and speed variations."

On March 3, Haber and Cornell sent audio back to Giovannoni, and another engineer further fine-tuned the recording to bring the voice out more from the static.

"When I first heard the recording as you hear it ... it was magical, so ethereal," said Giovannoni. "The fact is it's recorded in smoke. The voice is coming out from behind this screen of aural smoke."

Scott never intended for anyone to listen to his phonautograms, but the result of this work will be played in public on Friday at the annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections at Stanford University.

Click Here To Listen

Au Clair de la Lune-French folk song (1860 Phonautogram)

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April 13-19, 2008 National Library Week 2008

To the Editor:

This week, schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities everyday.

Library use is up nationwide among all types of library users, continuing a decade-long trend, and it’s easy to see why. Libraries are places where everyone can go to discover the world. People of all ages visit the library for entertainment, self-help or to find their place in the community. With free resources like books, magazines, DVDs and computer access, libraries help people find new jobs, do better in school, tackle projects and learn new ways to improve their health.

What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals – librarians – to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives. Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing a space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world.
What can you discover? National Library Week is the perfect time to find out. Join your family, friends and community. Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.

Respectfully,
Starr Montgomery, Library Director
Clyde Nix Public Library
205-921-4290

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Former Winfield Band Director

says "knowledge of music helps kids with academics, life"

Excerpt from Columbus, MS Commercial Dispatch ..."I taught at Walker High School in Jasper, Ala., for two years and then for 13 years at Winfield High School in Marion County (Ala.) Before that, I was at graduate school at the University of Alabama."

By Neal Wagner
nwagner@cdispatch.com
Monday, March 17, 2008 12:20 PM CDT

Caledonia High School band teacher Ron Sellers doesn't come to work every day searching for personal satisfaction - it comes to him.

“I'm not doing this job for me,” admitted Sellers. “I do this job to teach kids music so they will have it with them for the rest of their lives.”

“Well, actually, I guess I do it a little bit for myself too,” Sellers admitted with a laugh. “Working with these kids really keeps me going.”

Sellers, who was born and raised near Birmingham, Ala., has been married to his wife, Annette - who is also a teacher at Caledonia High School - for nearly 40 years. They have two grown children and a “handful of grandkids.”

In addition to Caledonia, Sellers has also taught band in Jasper and Marion County in Alabama. His experiences at the three schools combine to give Sellers nearly 34 years of experience......

 Click Here to read the rest of the story about Ron Sellers, former Winfield, AL Band Dir....

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HAMILTON HIGH CLASS NIGHT, TUES., MAY 13, 2008

Hamilton - Class Night will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night, May 13th, 2008 at the HHS Gym. 

It was postponed due to bad weather.

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Storms Ravage Bexar & Shottsville Communities

Saturday Night May 10, 2008

Hamilton, AL - Bexar & Shottsville Communities - Storms tore a path through the Bexar & Shottsville Communities in western Marion County, Saturday Night, May 10, 2008.

The home of Robert McCarley, at the intersection of County Hwy. 11 and Hwy. 157, was damaged Saturday night along with his tractor shed, his dog pens, and another house across the road (the former home of his father-in-law, the late Prince Gann).

One of Mr. McCarley's hunting dogs, reportedly worth over $3000 dollars, was killed and another was left unharmed but disoriented to say the least. 

Hours after much of the debris had been cleaned up, the remaining dog was seen wandering around looking like it had lost it's last friend.

Several other homes were damaged and numerous trees were uprooted.  Other homes damaged by the storm, were the Apel's, and the Pages'.  Many other homes and properties suffered damage during the night but at this time we have not heard of any personal injuries.

Several people died out in the mid-western states from the same storm system which tore through Marion County on Saturday night.

We have also had many reports of damage in northern Marion County including Hackleburg.  We will have pictures of the damage suffered there later this week.

Click Here to see pictures of the storm damage.

Story by: jmays@49countynews.net 

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Hamilton City Clerk Resigns

Hamilton - Hamilton City Clerk, Sue Page, resigned her position as Hamilton City Clerk.

Trade of property between Hamilton and Alabama Power Approved...

Click Here to see City Council Video...


Dangerous Emails Are Being Circulated For Your Protection

Read This!

Here is an answer I received today in reference to a spam email I had received and reported to E-bay.  The email looked legitimate but the links showed other sites so I did not click on them.  But the most glaring mistake that the spammers made was that I did not have an account under that email!

Look for mistakes, misspellings and bad grammar etc.

I advise anyone who receives any email asking you to fill out personal information to send it to spam@(whoever it is supposed to be from) such as ebay.com or paypal.com.  Do not click on the links provided by these suspicious emails!  Most of these legitimate companies have an email such as spam@ebay.com etc. just for this purpose.  Use your regular email to contact the company! They will usually answer you back immediately and advise you to go to directly to their site and check in your back office or where you usuallly receive messages from them.

Here is their email back to me in answer to my inquiry:

 

Hello,

Thanks for forwarding the suspicious email you received.

The email is a spoof, also known as a phishing, email. (That's "phishing," as in "fishing" for personal information.) It didn't come from eBay. Our Trust & Safety team is working to disable any websites it links to.

Remember that you can always check the My Messages section of My eBay to see if a message from us is legitimate. Copies of any emails we send you about the status of your account or a change in your account information will be displayed in My Messages. This is especially helpful since many spoof emails try to convince you that your account is in jeopardy.

If you've given out personal information in a spoof email or website, you need to take steps to protect your identity right away. For more information about what to do, go to:

Click Here

If you'd like to learn more about how to spot a spoof email and stay safe online, go to:

Click Here
 

Keep those reports coming -- you're helping protect the global Internet community! Our Trust & Safety team works closely with Internet Service Providers to shut down fraudulent sites. We also send your reports to Web browser companies so that they can develop tools to identify spoof sites.


Sincerely,

eBay Trust & Safety Team

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jmays@49countynews.net

3/13/08

Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net

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Fatal Shooting In Fayette

Fayette, AL - Police in Fayette are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on 9th Street Southwest, in Fayette Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

According to the Fayette Police Department, the call came in around 3:00 p.m. and upon arrival at the scene, they found the body of the victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

The only description of the suspect is a male who was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts at the time, authorities say he fled the scene of the crime on foot.

The victim's name has not been released at this time.

The victim, a black male in his early to mid 30's, was shot more than once and was dead when emergency responders arrived.

At last report, the suspect was still at large.

Police investigators and forensics teams searched the neighborhood for several hours, questioning witnesses and examining crime scene evidence. At one point, it was reported that police called in a K-9 unit, but it was not known if the search dogs were able to uncover any leads.

A maroon car, reportedly resembling a late-model Chevrolet Caprice was towed from the driveway of the victim's apparent home.

According to Police Chief, Sam Black, this is the first homicide of the year in Fayette.

Police Chief Black said that he would appreciate the public's help in this. He continued by saying "There may be somebody in the neighborhood, in Fayette or somewhere else that may know something, seen something, or may have heard something that we need to know."

If you have any information about this homicide, you are encouraged to call the Fayette Police Department at (205) 932-5312.

jwm

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George Carlin Actor/Comedian Dead at 71

Los Angeles, California - George Carlin, age 71, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008 of heart failure.

6/22/2008

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Dody Goodman Actress/Comedian Dead at 93

New Jersey - Dody Goodman, age 93, October 28, 1914 – June 22, 2008, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, in New Jersey following a long illness. She was a resident of the Actor's Fund Home in Englewood since October according to a family spokesperson.

She was born Dolores Goodman on Oct. 28, 1914, in Columbus, Ohio.

She was known Louise Lasser's 'ditsy' mom on the sitcom "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman".

Goodman, who never married, is survived by seven nieces and nephews, 11 great nieces and nephews and 15 great-great nieces and nephews, the spokesperson said.

A memorial service is planned.

6/22/2008

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Lily's Café Fulton, Mississippi

Not an advertisement, just a recommendation!

Jeffrey and Tonya Langley are the proud owners of Lily's Café on the northeast corner of the Court Square in downtown Fulton, Mississippi.

The name 'Lily's Café' comes from the couple's 2 1/2 year old daughter, named "Lily" of course!

The couple's three other children aren't left out.  They are part of the menu!  They have tasty sandwiches named after each one of them; Laken, age 8, Madalyn, age 10, and Cameron, age 10.  The last two, of course, are twins.

Jeffrey and Tonya pride themselves in making all the ingredients for their mouth-watering sandwiches, breads and desserts, fresh each day.

They, or at least Jeffrey, was up early this day to make 'cheddar'.  They had sold out the day before.  I asked him, "What's Cheddar?"  (To me it means Cheese!!)  He explained patiently that it was Cheddar Bread and he makes it fresh almost daily, for most days, they sell out of just about everything. 

All I know is the sandwiches that Don and I had were SCRUMPTIOUS!  That's even better than delicious!  

We both ate ALL of the ones we ordered.  When we started to leave, I noticed a few crumbs I had left while we were talking.  Jeffrey offered to take my plate and I quickly squirreled away the little bit that was left and took it with me to finish in the car on the ride home. 

You see, I am not usually so keen on sandwiches...but that chicken salad on a fresh, homemade crescent bun was sooo... good!

Back to my story, this quaintly decorated Café with it's rustic charm, occupies the corner of Gaither Street and Hwy. 178 on the N.W. corner of the Itawamba County Court House in downtown Fulton, MS., about 20 miles from Hamilton, AL.

The historical building, noted to possibly be the first brick building in Fulton was, among others, formerly the home of Maxie's Pool Hall and before that, Gaither's Country Store. 

The new owners, in about 7 months, have transformed this historical building into a charming cafe/coffee house, complete with WiFi, or wireless internet, and soft strains of 'The Blues' coming from a flat screen TV on the wall.

With a mixture of Retro and Modern tables and Comfy Sofas, you will find a comfortable place to use your laptop to surf the net while munching on some of the fresh homemade fare or just enjoying a good cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea.  It's a good place to take the family.

And Mom! the back of the building has some interesting antiques and collectibles you'll surely enjoy!

You will not leave hungry and you will not be bored, I promise.

The pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff and owners will make sure you are well seen after.  You won't regret it, We surely don't!

Drop by and tell Jeffrey, Tonya and the cute waitress, Lucinda that we sent you.....Judy and Don from 49 County News.Net, that is!

Mr. G & Friends will be performing Saturday, the 5th, at Lily's Café.

Join them this week-end, July 3rd, 4th, and 5th as they celebrate the Fourth of July with their Community on the square in Fulton with the "Sweet Tea Festival".  You will find the event listed on our Google Calendar on our front page or Home Page.

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July 1, 2008

Guin Will Not Get Auto Assembly Plant. Magna Steyr

GUIN - Guin and Marion County, Alabama is no longer in the running for an auto assembly project that was expected to employ more than 1,000 people. A regional recruiting effort that drew praise from state officials.

Magna Steyr, an Austrian subsidiary of Canadian automotive supplier Magna International Inc., was considering a site at Guin for a contract assembly plant.

The company builds low-volume and niche vehicles that are sometimes difficult for automakers to produce economically.

The project, and required contract, did not allow time for new construction and an existing facility was needed.  Soaring fuel prices also complicated the issue of having a site so far away and increasing the cost of shipping.

Despite the loss, local officials say the recruitment process has been a valuable experience.  They plan to continue their cooperative effort to lure other businesses and industries to sites along the future Interstate 22 connecting Birmingham and Memphis.

For Magna Steyr, Guin Mayor Phil Segraves said 23 cities and counties pooled their resources in a local incentives package worth $15 million.

Mayor Segraves said the company official shared that they wouldn't be talking if this community partnership had not been formed.

The partnership raised Guin's profile in the competition, Mayor Segraves said, adding that he believes the Marion County community of 2,200 people would have won out if the economy had not soured.

He and Alabama Development Office Director, Neal Wade, have high hopes for the future I-22, now known as Corridor X, where many communities are readying industrial sites and parks for new business.

Monday, Wade came to the area to discuss the Magna Steyr project with local leaders, as well as future efforts on how to market the corridor.

In talks around Alabama, Wade has praised the area's cooperative effort and cited it as a model for other areas of the state to follow.

7/1/08

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JULY 14, 2008 1 YEAR AGO SINCE A HUGE FIRE DESTROYED

JIM'S SAUSAGE IN  HAMILTON

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Pictures & Video by
Gary Wayne Mays, Jr.  webmaster@49countynews.net

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Estelle "Sophia" Getty

 

 

Los Angeles, California - Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84.

In addition to her son Carl, Getty is survived by son Barry Gettleman, of Miami; a brother, David Scher of London; and a sister, Rosilyn Howard of Las Vegas.

Click here to read the full obituary...
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Actor Larry Haines

 

Delray Beach, Florida - Larry Haines, a two-time Daytime Emmy winner for his 35-year role on the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow," has died. He was 89.

He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Early in his career, he was an actor on radio series, including the popular horror series "Inner Sanctum," which famously opened with the sound of a creaking door.

Haines is survived by a niece. His first wife, Gertrude Haines, second wife, Jean Pearlman Haines, and daughter Debora all preceded him in death.

Click here to read the full obituary...

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Actor Paul Sorensen

Actor Paul Sorensen

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California - Character actor Paul Sorensen, who appeared in hundreds of TV shows and feature films, frequently playing a police officer, died July 17 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. He was 82.

Sorensen and his wife of 45 years, Jacqueline May, went on to run The Original Actors Workshop. After retiring from acting, Sorensen, his wife and their son Christian were all ordained as ministers.

He is survived by a sister, two sons and a grandson.

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Mackie Emerson

Mackie Emerson Alexander of Amarillo Texas, and formerly of Hodges, AL, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

She was the daughter of the late Joe and Addie Holland Emerson, from Hodges, and Grand daughter of Peter and Nancy Avery Emerson

Requested listing by family.

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Bobby Murcer Of New York Yankee Baseball Fame, Dead at 62

Former New York Yankees center fielder and broadcaster, Bobby Murcer died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at the age of 62.

Bobby Murcer, of New York Yankees fame, died Saturday due to complications from brain cancer.  He was surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City, OK.

A family service will be held within the next several days in Oklahoma City. In addition, a celebration of Murcer's life will be held at a date to be determined, the Yankees said.

Murcer is survived by his wife, his children, Tori and Todd, and his grandchildren.

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DON HELMS OBITUARY Tuesday, August 12, 2008



 

Donald Hugh Helms of Hendersonville, Tennessee, formerly of New Brockton, Alabama, passed away August 11, 2008 at age 81.

Born February 28, 1927 in New Brockton, Alabama, he was preceded in death by his parents, James Earlie and Edna Helms.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ouida Hazel Cullifer Helms; sons Donald Franklin Helms of Stuart, Florida and Timothy Marc Helms (Sharon) of Cottontown, Tennessee; grandchildren Nadalie Marsh of Greenbrier, Tennessee, Wendy (Terry) Carden of Tanner, Alabama, and Bo (Brianna) Minter of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Kerra Marsh, Tate Carden, Heath Carden, Owen Minter, and Olivia Minter; brothers and sisters-in-law Glenn (Dot) Helms of Conyers, Georgia and Ted (Mickey) Helms of Atlanta, Georgia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Martha (Chris) Howell of Bonifay, Florida; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, friends, and fans around the country and the world.

The last surviving member of Hank Williams Sr.'s Drifting Cowboys band, Don's signature steel guitar sound can be heard on over 100 Hank Williams songs, including nearly all of Hank's greatest hits, as well as on Patsy Cline's Walkin' After Midnight, Bobby Helms' Fraulein and You Are My Special Angel, Release Me and I've Got A New Heartache by Ray Price, Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' and Blue Kentucky Girl by Loretta Lynn, hits by Wanda Jackson, Red Sovine, Hank Locklin, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Jean Shepard, the Wilburn Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Cowboy Copas, Ferlin Husky, Hank Williams Jr., Sonny James, Jerry Reed, the Louvin Brothers, and many more. After Hank Williams' tragic death at age 29 in 1953, Don played steel guitar on the road and in the recording studio for Ray Price, Ferlin Husky, the Wilburn Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams Jr., and Jett Williams. In 1977 the official version of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys band (Don Helms, Jerry Rivers, Hillous Butrum, and Bob McNett) reunited after 25 years apart, recorded albums, and played Hank Williams music around the country and the world. As a young man Don served in the U.S. Army, and throughout his life experienced every part of the music business: as a musician, music publisher, songwriter, and booking agent. He is one of the founding members of R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers), a proud Mason and Shriner, a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, and recipient of numerous additional awards and honors.

In 2005 he published his memoirs entitled Settin' the Woods on Fire (Confession of Hank's Steel Guitar Player).
In the words of his dear friend Marty Stuart: "Don Helms is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and beyond. The sound of his steel guitar is as much a part of our atmosphere as the wind, trains, or church bells.
The intros to Hank Williams' Your Cheatin' Heart and Patsy Cline's Walkin' After Midnight are but two of the timeless passages provided by Helms as offerings to the American musical landscape. Don Helms' legacy will not only be as one of the founding fathers of Country Music, but also as one of the truest gentlemen to ever walk the face of the earth. He is a master in every sense of the word."

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home (viewing begins at 12 noon.) at 1150 S. Dickerson Rd., Goodlettsville, Tennessee with interment to follow at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Howell, Dan Furmanik, Michael Panasuk, Pete Wade, Ron Elliott, and Terry Carden. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home. (615) 859-5279.

More information - Don Helms'-My Space:

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Actor Bernie Mac Dead At 50 August 9, 2008

Los Angeles, CA - Bernie Mac, age 50, died Saturday morning of complications from pneumonia in a Chicago-area hospital, his
publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

Mac, performed as a standup comedian, in films including the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and his acclaimed
sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show."

A public memorial is planned for noon Aug. 16 at The House of Hope church in Chicago, said Smith, Mac's
publicist.

Click here for the rest of the story...

8/10/08

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Isaac Hayes Songwriter/Musician Dead at 65 August 10, 2008

Memphis, TN - Musician Isaac Hayes has died. He was 65.

Hayes passed away on Sunday morning at a Memphis, Tennessee hospital. The cause of death has yet to be
confirmed.

According to reports, the songwriter was rushed to Baptist East Hospital after receiving a call from Hayes' wife who found him lying near a treadmill in their home.

Police at The Shelby County Sheriff's Office are investigating the star's death, but do not believe foul play was a factor.

Born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee, Hayes was raised by his maternal grandparents, who moved the family to
Memphis when he was six.

Click here for the rest of the story...

8/10/08

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Nick Reynolds, founding member of the Kingston Trio, dead at 75

San Diego, CA. - Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio who jump-started the revival folk scene of the late 1950s and paved the way for artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, has died. He was 75.

Reynolds is survived by his wife Leslie, sons Joshua and John Pike Reynolds, daughters Annie Reynolds Moore and Jennifer Reynolds, and his two sisters.

Click here to read the full obituary.

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Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 Hamilton Fire Fighters Practicing! 

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August 4, 2008 Hamilton City Council



Marion County Historical Society

Hamilton - Hamilton City Council met Monday, August 4, 2008 at their regular meeting.

After the meeting dismissed, the council, the press, the Marion County Commissioners and other dignitaries and guests, were invited by the Marion County Historical Society and Bevill State Community College, to the Hamilton Bevill Campus dedication of  Dr. Robert Mason's Archaeological Collection.

The celebration and dedication included a welcome and introduction of the guests by Mike Williams, President of the Marion County Historical Society, a welcome by Susan Burrow, Associate Dean, Bevill State Community College and comments by John Berryhill who represented the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama.

Refreshments were served and then the guests were dismissed to the Bevill State Library where the dedication took place.

There was  a special presentation by John Berryhill, Representative of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, who sang "Amazing Grace" in the native tongue of the Echota Cherokee Tribe after which, the  Collection was unveiled and all present were invited to view it in it's special place in the Bevill State Library.

Everyone is encouraged to come see the collection which will remain on display in a special case at the Bevill Library's Hamilton Campus.

Click here for pictures of the gathering...

8/5/08

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AHSAA STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Baseball

(The best-of-three series are scheduled May 2-3 with a doubleheader on Friday and  a single game, if necessary, on Saturday. All times are CDT.  Games are listed in bracket order.)
 

Class 1A
Sweet Water at Brantley

4 & 6:30 p.m. (3 p.m. Saturday)

Providence Christian at Millry
4:30& 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

Athens Bible at Gaston
4:30 & 6:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday)

Shoals Christian at Cedar Bluff
4 & 6 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday)


Class 2A

Wicksburg at Leroy
4 & 6 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

Houston Academy at American Christian
5 & 7 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

Phil Campbell at Ranburne
4:30 & 6:30 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

Mars Hill at Westminster Christian
1 & 3:30 p.m. (11 a.m. Saturday)


Class 3A

Headland at Mobile Christian
3 & 5:30 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)
at Bayside Complex, Daphne

LAMP at Gordo
4:30 & 6:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday)

West Limestone at Plainview
5 & 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

Winfield at Hokes Bluff
4:30 & 6:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday)


Class 4A
Jackson at Childersburg
4:30 & 7 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

St. James at Alabama Christian
4:30 & 7:30 p.m. (12 noon Saturday) at AUM

Haleyville at Lawrence County
5 & 7:30 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)
Alexander Park, Moulton

Saks at East Limestone, 4:30 & 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

 

Class 5A
Charles Henderson at Spanish Fort, 4:30 & 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

John Carroll at St. Paul’s, 4:30 & 7 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

Cullman at Athens, 4 & 6:30 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday) at Austin HS, Decatur

Russellville at Hartselle, 5 & 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday)

 

Class 6A

Daphne at Prattville, 5 & 7:30 p.m. (12 noon Saturday)

McGill-Toolen at Opelika, 5 & 7:30 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Hoover, 4:30 & 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday

Sparkman at Paul Bryant, 4:30 & 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Saturday)

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 FOLK POTTERY SYMPOSIUM OCT.11, 2008

The Marion County Historical Society and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council cosponsored the History of Northwest Alabama Folk Pottery Symposium on Saturday, October 11 at the Bevill Center on the campus of Bevill State Community College in Hamilton.

Guest speakers included Dr. Kenneth Johnson, University of North Alabama , professor emeritus; Joey Brackner, Alabama State Council on the Arts; James Cormany, author of The Rye Pottery of Marion County, Alabama; and Hamilton potter Jerry Brown, Smithsonian Heritage Fellowship winner and Alabama Folk Heritage recipient.

Pottery makers were encouraged to bring their works for "show and tell," and pottery collectors were encouraged to bring pieces from their collections for discussion and for historical documentation. In addition to the speakers, there was pottery-making demonstrations and Alabama folk pottery giveaways.

Jerry Paul Otts stated "We are very grateful for the coordinated efforts of Marion County Historical Society and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council in the sponsoring this special event."

Additional information is available by calling Jerry Paul Otts at (205) 337-5409, and on the historical society's website at www.mchsal.org and the arts council website at www.nwaarts.org.


(Photo courtesy of Marshall Arts Web Design

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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS!

ALABAMA VETERINARY MEDICAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES APPROVAL TO BEGIN PLACING ORDERS FOR SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE

Pre-Order your Spay/Neuter License Plate The Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation (ALVMF) has received approval from the Alabama Department of Revenue for individuals to begin placing orders for the Spay-Neuter license plate. The cost of the tag is the standard $50 like other specialized tags, with $41.25 of each sale going to the Foundation to assist low-income families with the cost of spaying and neutering their pets. 1000 tags must be pre-sold within 12 months in order for the program to be implemented. The 12 month period begins November 1, 2007.  (Click Here For the rest of the story.....)

jmays@49countynews.net

1/08

Public Service Announcement, Because We Care About Marion County. 49 County News.Net

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"Art in the Middle" Art Show Dec. 15, 2008

Hamilton Middle School will be hosting its Art in the Middle art show on Monday, December 15, 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the HMS library.


A Tribute to Our Friend Lori Lee (Purser) Ware

Lori passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008 in an automobile accident in Hamilton, AL.  Her son, Tanner is in the hospital in serious condition. (We will update with his condition when we hear.)

The picture above was one I took of Lori at the Cancer Walk in 2007.

Always happy, smiling, and helpful to her friends, that's how I want to remember my friend, Lori.

Our prayers go out to Lori's family and please join us in  prayer for Tanner's speedy recovery.

Click Here for funeral arrangements.

Judy Webb Mays
jmays@49countynews.net

12/12/08

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BONNIE'S EAGLE NOV. 11, 2008

Hamilton, AL - Nov. 11, 2008 - I found something I want to share with you.  It is so significant as we honor our Veterans this month of November.

This object is in the back dining room at Bama-Q Restaurant, on the South wall.  You just have to see it to believe how beautiful it is...

Tell Bonnie Montgomery that Judy Mays sent you to see it!  She is the talented creator of this Object de Art.

Bonnie said it is made out of a piece of drift wood that she and a friend pulled out of a swampy area. 

She said when she first saw the wood, that she could see the Eagle.  She could not wait to take it home and dry it out so she could paint what she saw.

Believe it or not, she didn't do anything to the wood, just painted what she saw in it.

Now Bonnie has painted many items and you will see some of them on the wall but I thought she had out-done herself with this one.

She is shy about her art and her talent so just go check it out and have some of their good food while you're there...

I realize that pictures do not do it justice but here they are.

  Click on the pictures to see larger view.

Pictures and story by Judy Webb Mays
11/11/08

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Eartha Kitt Dead at 81

You might remember her better as Cat Woman on the Batman series on TV. 

Here at Christmas time, you would have heard her singing the long-time favorite "Santa Baby".

She was born in 1927 in the Carolinas.

She rose to fame as a silky-voiced, sultry superstar.

Yet another of the great entertainers that we have to say goodbye to in 2008.

To visit her website, click here.

jmays@49countynews.net


Snow - North AL, Dec. 11, 2008

Click Here to See the Snow in North Alabama


Snow in Hodges!


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Photo (photo by R. Ables) taken on Monday, December 1, 2008, of Brady Ables at his home in Hodges, AL. We received around one inch of snow. The weather report only called for flurries.

Story and Picture from R. Ables, Hodges, AL


 

 

 

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