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09/23/2011 Senator Roger Bedford, Capitol Report, September 23rd, 2011

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Senator Roger Bedford, Capitol Report, September 23rd, 2011

Congratulations goes to Phillips Elementary School Principle David Pruitt and his staff that has secured a $125,000 21st Century Grant. This is program as you may know is provided by Federal funds by a grant program known officially as The 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Grant. This is a multi year grant that will provide $125,000 annually through the next three years starting when the physical year starts on October 1st. As you may know Marion County has previously secured two other 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants with Winfield receiving a school grant for $150,000 annually while the Guin Elementary grant was for $125,000 annually. This is an example of how persistence with these programs dollars can be obtained from the Federal Government that can make a difference in our local school systems. I believe these programs will help benefit our fine school children and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century. We also continue to see some encouraging signs of the economy beginning to turn around here locally and state wide. Recently the Marion County Board of Education reported that sales tax revenue was up by $55,000 in FY211. I hope that we can continue new jobs in our area as well as allowing under employed people to obtained better paying jobs so that additional tax revenues will be generated by people earning more money and having the ability to buy locally thus generating sales and income tax for our schools.

This past week John Cooper the Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation for Governor Bentley toured our Senate District. We attempted to show him as many highway projects and improvements that are greatly needed as we could. As always the Director pointed out that they had no money to help but we all know that they do have money and can spend it where it is most needed. So we tried to explain to him how much our highway needs were and the facts that it would lead to more economic development and growth , creating jobs as well as make our roads safer for school buses and regular citizens. So I want to encourage each of you to come out on Tuesday , October 4th, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m at the Hackleburg Town Hall located at 314 1st Avenue ,Hackleburg Alabama to comment favorable on the need for a new bridge between Hamilton and Hackleburg. This will be a public evolvement meeting for project designated as BR – 0017 ( 516 ) which is a bureaucratic name for the relocation and replacement of the bridge on State Road 17 ( US – 43 ) in the vicinity of North Fork Creek. This bridge has needed replacing for some time now and it’s important for each of us to show our support for a new bridge and making this road safer.
I recently had the privilege of attending the 2011 Chairman’s dinner of the Business Council of Alabama in Birmingham. George W. Bush former two term President was the guest speaker. I appreciated Fred McCallum for inviting me to join his lovely wife and him at their table.

While you could argue that George W. Bush was using this occasion , as I’m sure he is around the country not only to raise money through speaking fees, but to tell his verison of the history of his Presidency I found it most interesting and enjoyable. The best part of the evening was when a former class mate of mine from the University of Alabama the honorable Will Brooke who is currently serving as President of the Business Council of Alabama do a question and answer session with the former President. He talked not only about the hardships of 9-11 but also the personal experiences of his father having been President and then himself. He also talked about the transition from public life in the White House to a semi-private life as a former President. It was a rare insight into the mind and thoughts of a gentlemen who had served our country both as Governor of Texas and two terms as the President of the United States.

It was also a pleasure to speak with Fred McCallum about Dave Hargrove work with the Mayor and City Council of Red Bay to extend 3G cell phone coverage into Red Bay. I’m proud to say that we now have full 3G coverage there and I hope we will soon have it throughout the entire Senate District. AT&T is currently in the process of erecting over 100 new 3G towers throughout Alabama.

This past Thursday night my Assistant Amanda Hovater, our great friend Kathryn Robinson, Owner of Cherry Tree Lane Bridal and Formal Boutique and myself had the honor of Judging the Sulligent Old Fashion Day Beauty Pageant. This was their Second Annual pageant and they had a remarkable turnout. The delicious meal and beautiful outdoor harvest setting made for a perfect evening. It was obvious a lot of hard work and time had been put into making the event one Sulligent can be very proud of. The girls were all lovely and did a wonderful job in the pageant. Congratulations to all the contestants and the winners and a big thank you to all of those who made the event a great success.

With football season in full force I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather while cheering for your favorite team.

As always if I can ever be of any assistance to you please contact me at the following

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 730

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862 , Fax 334-424-4736

Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967

Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: http://www.senatorrogerbedford.com

Written by 49 County News.Net

October 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

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