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A Note From Marla Minter
An Editorial "As I See It" by JMays Beer Truck Spotted in Hamilton, AL Fri., Sept. 3, 2010
David Thornell named new Director for C-3 of Northwest Alabama
High School Football Coach arrested on Federal Charges
Monday, October 4, 2010 "Don't Mess With OUR TOWN!" Phil Campbell, AL
Chapman Acts to Protect Military Voters
One Car Accident on Steele Street in Hamilton Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Fall Back to Central Standard Time Sunday, November 7, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.
Thursday, DEC. 2, 2010 GOOD JOB AGGIES!!!
Alabama’s November Unemployment Rate Is 9.0%
Hamilton, AL Dec. 2010 Meetings



2010/3/8 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report
2010/4/9 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report
2010/4/29 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report
2010/5/7 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report
2010/6/4 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report
2010/8/13 - Senator Roger Bedford's Capitol Report



Electronic Voting Bill
Raising Speed Law
Matter Of The Heart
2010/6/24 - Mike Millican Editorial
2010/7/21 - Mike Millican Editorial



"A Note From Marla Minter"

FREE Dixie Cruiser Cruise-In Saturday in Hamilton

     Ed and I would like to invite you to attend Saturday night's Dixie Cruisers' Cruise-In in Downtown Hamilton. This is a FREE event.

     There are no charges/fees to participate, and you do not have to be a member of the Dixie Cruisers to participate.

     Last month, we had 88 cars and 5 motorcycles. We are hoping for an even larger number of participants as this cruise-in is being held in conjunction with the Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Hamilton, which will be ongoing throughout the day.

     The cruise-in is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cars will be parked from Lonnie Spann's law office and Sports Gallery running southward toward Hamilton High School (that is First Street Southwest).

     Please be sure to register for door prizes being provided exclusively for cruise-in participants. You can also register with the downtown merchants who will be open with special sales and giveaways.

     There will also be live music playing until at least 10 p.m., and food and drinks will be available as well as a "cool zone" area with a tent and cooling machines.

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested. Hope to see you on Saturday!

Marla & Ed


An Editorial "As I See It" by JMays Beer Truck Spotted in Hamilton, AL Fri., Sept. 3, 2010

Don't worry though, it did not stop in Hamilton, except at the red lights!

I was born in Hamilton, Alabama, I mean IN Hamilton! Above the "Sanderson Building", Dr. Ware had his medical practice there and that's where he also delivered babies.

I say that to say this, I've NEVER seen a beer truck go through the city limits of Hamilton, Alabama!  I was excited to see a new era in Hamilton.  Even though the credits went to our neighboring town in Marion County, Guin, Alabama...a progressive town!

We were excited as we followed the truck, at a discreet distance out of Hamilton, South on Hwy. 43, to the little town of Guin, Alabama and to the little Shell station on the West side of town.

We actually went inside and saw the busy clerk working away, serving customers...yes, she was selling beer, and asking politely the birthday of each customer.  She had a big smile on her face and I knew why...she knew that her business was good and she would have money to deposit at the end of her shift.  I'm sure it made the manager just as happy..

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't drink much at all, I don't like the way it makes me feel. But there are folks who do purchase the brew and take it home and act very responsibly.

We must get this idea out of our heads that folks can only be alcoholics if they drink. 

I do the police report every week on this site and long before there were sales of alcoholic beverages here, there was at least one DUI a week.  Only thing is, we, in Marion County, AL, only get the drunk and not the revenue to pay the police and keep up the jail to house and feed him or her while incarcerated.

It's going to be okay! Just watch and see...Guin's police force can handle anybody who gets out of hand.  Only thing is, Guin is the only town in Marion County, AL. getting the revenue to take care of any situation that might arise.

We had our chance in Hamilton and Winfield!  So we better get ready for our towns to grow toward Guin, the progressive town in Marion County, Alabama.

Comments are welcome. Just keep it civil and don't forget to include your name and address please...thanks!



 David Thornell named new Director for C-3 of Northwest Alabama

     51 year old, David Thornell begins his new job this week, as the new Director of C3.  He will attempt to mesh the people of our North West Alabama area with recruited industry while also having to deal with those who have been skeptical about the best way to carry out the whole thing.

We wish him great success! He needs to know that we, the public in North West Alabama, have his back.

We ask that all leaders of our Communities and all the local Organizations and Businesses look for ways to help David Thornhill accomplish the task at hand.

We will all be "Winners" when the jobs begin to show up in our area Again!   


High School Football Coach arrested on Federal Charges....Read more: NEMS360.com - UPDATE High School football coach Dwight Bowling arrested

Monday, October 4, 2010 "Don't Mess With OUR TOWN!" Phil Campbell, AL

That seems to be Phil Campbell, Alabama's Motto!

Phil Campbell Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody In Alabama!

Ronald Pollard, 49, of Florence, Alabama, was "booked" into custody in Phil Campbell, AL on charges of Robbery, 1st Degree  and then transported to the Franklin County Detention Center in Russellville, AL.

Chief Merrell Potter and the Phil Campbell Police Department, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI), the FBI, and the Tunica County, Mississippi Sheriff's Department are all to be commended for their swift handling of this matter.

Editor's note:  As a general rule, we, in Marion County, don't pay much attention to towns in Franklin County, AL.

Phil Campbell is only about 25 miles  to the North of us.  We need to be vigilant! If it can happen to them...it can happen to us!

Oh yes, and just one more thing, one of our own is on the Phil Campbell Police Force!

Gary Wayne Mays, Jr., who served 9 1/2 years with the City of Hamilton, AL., has been an officer with Phil Campbell P.D. for more than 2 years.

September 30, 2010

Phil Campbell Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

     Only one week after allegedly robbing a bank in Phil Campbell, Alabama, a man identified as Ronald Pollard, 49, of 2011 Hixon Ave., Florence, Alabama, is in custody in Mississippi.

The robbery of the CB&S Branch Bank of Phil Campbell, Alabama occurred Thursday, September 23, 2010.

The suspect was taken into custody by the Tunica County, Mississippi Sheriff's Office today, about 12:30 p.m., in Mississippi.

According to Lt. Marc McCormack, of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, ABI provided information to the Tunica County Sheriff's Office that Pollard was in the area. The T.C.S.O. set up surveillance and Pollard was taken into custody at a local hotel.

According to officials, an extradition hearing will be held Friday to determine whether Pollard will waive his extradition and be returned to face the robbery charges in Franklin County, Alabama. Meanwhile, Pollard remains in the custody of Tunica County Sheriff's Office.

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

Story by: JMays

Chapman Acts to Protect Military Voters

Montgomery— Secretary of State Beth Chapman has made changes to ensure military voters have sufficient time for their absentee ballots to be counted in the November 2010 general election. Secretary Chapman ordered corrective measures in accordance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act to address those instances where, for various reasons, county Absentee Election Managers were unable to transmit Federal ballots not less than 45 days before the November 2, 2010 general election.

The new rule expands the time for processing absentee ballots by 8 days and was necessary due to the unexpected inability of some Absentee Election Managers to transmit Federal MOVE ballots 45 days or more before the November 2, 2010 general election. Secretary Chapman cautions that although the time period for receiving Federal ballots has been extended, all military and overseas voters should return their ballots as soon as possible to ensure their timely receipt.

“We will continue to work to ensure our military men and women are able to vote,” said Chapman. “Those who defend democracy must be able to participate in it fully and without any barriers or hindrances. It’s the least we can do.”

Chapman has been a strong state and national advocate for our nation’s military and their right to vote, including testifying before Congress on the issue. She also created and chaired Alabama’s Military and Overseas Voting Task Force.

Source:  Rep. Mike Millican's Office

One Car Accident on Steele Street in Hamilton Near Jean 'n' Ann's Tea Room
 No Injuries Reported at Time of Accident
October 26, 2010

by Jmays....

Fall Back Sunday, November 7, 2010!

Don't forget to set your clocks BACK 1 hour Saturday night before you go  to bed or you might be EARLY for Church!

This is your chance to gain the hour that you lost in the Spring!


November 15, 2010
Hamilton, AL


Hamilton City Council

*In March of 2005, the Alabama legislature passed a new Open Meetings Act. The predecessor law, found at Code of Alabama § 13A-14-2 (1975) and commonly referred to as the Alabama “Sunshine Law,” was repealed, and the new law goes into effect on October 1, 2005.

The Open Meetings Act applies to all "governmental bodies." The definition of a "governmental body" includes "all multimember governing bodies of . . . institutions . . . whose governing boards are comprised of members who are appointed or elected by the state . . . .
Source: New Alabama Open Meetings Law.


Alabama Open
Meetings Act - 2005-40"


Thursday, DEC. 2, 2010 GOOD JOB AGGIES!!!

Leeds - 42
Hamilton - 32

     First and last on the scoreboard with touchdowns, the Hamilton Aggie Bulldogs have no reason to hang their heads in their 32 - 42 game loss Thursday with fellow 3A ranked Leeds.

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Alabama’s November Unemployment Rate Is 9.0%

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees
announced today that Alabama’s November unemployment rate is 9.0%, a slight increase
above October’s rate of 8.9%.


Hamilton, AL Dec. 2010 Meetings
Downtown Revitalization Meeting
6:00 P.M.
December 14, 2010
City Hall Auditorium
Jason R. Fondren, Project Manager
Any Questions, Direct to:  email:  jfondren@kpsgroup.com
www.kpsgroup.com or go to
Hamilton Downtown Plan


City Court
November 16

10:00 A.M. - Pleas
2:00 P.M. - Trials

City Council Meeting
December 20, 2010
6:00 P.M.

City Court
December 21, 2010
10:00 A.M. - Pleas
2:00 P.M. - Trials

*Source:  www.cityofhamilton.org

December 19 - 22, 2010
7:00 P.M. Each Night

Guin, AL - Live Nativity Play, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 19 - 22, 2010, at 7:00 p.m..  The entire play lasts approximately 25 - 30 minutes.

I highly recommend that you see this play.  It is well acted and a moving experience.

I look forward to seeing you there.

CLICK Below to watch on our Livestream Channel www.livestream.com/tv49_hamilton


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