Archive for January 2012
01/31/2012 Get a Taste of This! – Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Named an Alabama Top 25 Food Event
Moulton, Alabama – The Alabama Tourism Department has named the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival one of 25 top food events in celebration of the 2012 Year of Alabama Food. The list is compiled in conjunction with the year-long promotion designed to attract tourists to Alabama to experience the rich cultural flavors of the South.
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival joins top events such as the Stokin’ the Fire BBQ Festival in Birmingham, Whistle Stop Festival in Irondale, and the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. A complete list of the top 25 food festivals and events can be found in the Sweet Home Alabama 2012 Calendar of Events published by the Alabama Tourism Department. A copy may be requested at www.alabama.travel. The 2012 Year of Alabama Food is the ninth in a series of marketing campaigns produced by the Alabama Tourism Department. For more information, visit www.yearofalabamafood.com.
“Approximately 375 food festivals and events are scheduled to take place this year, and we are honored to be featured as one of the top 25 to attend,” said Zack Tippett, food vendor co-coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “The variety of food offered continues to be a key ingredient in the festival’s success. Festival goers are encouraged to come hungry, and whether you like your chicken grilled, fried, baked, or barbecued, an assortment of dishes are on the menu to suit any taste bud.” Philly cheese chicken, Cajun fried chicken on a stick, grilled chicken quesadilla, popcorn chicken, chicken tacos, chicken livers, chicken salad sandwich, chicken pizza, and pulled barbeque chicken are just a sampling of what will be available at this year’s festival.
Along with the assortment of chicken entrees, Golden Flake products will be available for purchase. Golden Flake joins Pepsi-Cola and Two Mama’s Salsa as an Official Product of the 2012 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “With 2012 the Year of Alabama Food, we especially wanted to reach out to products made in Alabama. Golden Flake products are a staple in many kitchens and lunch boxes across the South and we are excited to have them as part of the Festival,” said Nicole Norwood food vendor co-coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.
For more information, contact Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700 or visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com.
About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free.
Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the “Down on the Farm” area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.
Sponsors committed for the 2012 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Stovall Marks Insurance, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, Alabama State Council on the Arts, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Jamie Hood Jewelers, Smith Poultry of Moulton, John’s Bar-B-Que, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Valley Planet, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.
For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg. To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.
Fort Payne, Ala. – Each February, lovebirds flock to DeKalb County in northeast Alabama where picturesque waterfalls and majestic overlooks provide a romantic getaway. Guests are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a cozy bed and breakfast or a mountaintop cabin while spending quality time together taking in the scenery and outdoor adventures that abounds from favorite places such as Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Alabama’s only snow ski resort Cloudmont Ski Resort, and other attractions.
Couples are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long in February at the Mountain Laurel Inn Bed and Breakfast. The tranquil water of the Little River and the star-filled skies at Mountain Laurel Inn provide a wonderful setting for romance. The “I Love You” package includes a vase of 5-6 roses, sparkling cider in keepsake Mountain Laurel Inn flutes or wine glasses, a Mountain Laurel Inn card with your own message, a candle, a heart cake or cookies and lots of chocolate hugs and kisses. Cost is $60 plus room rate. For breakfast, guests are served a full, family-style breakfast consisting of fruit, homemade breads and a main dish such as Breakfast Pizza, Eggs Rancheros, Decadent French Toast or “Breakfast in Bread.” The Mountain Laurel Inn is located within walking distance, near the base of DeSoto Falls at 624 Road 948 in Mentone. For more information, visit www.mentone.net or call 800.889.4244.
From now until the end of February, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Fort Payne is offering a “Canyon Romance” package. Standard package includes deluxe overnight accommodations where rose petals, bubble bath and sparkling beverage of your choice await your arrival. Reservations can be customized by adding breakfast in bed, chocolates, flowers, and dinner for two. For reservations, call 256.997.1020 and ask for rate code IKHD1.
Big Mill Co. – Artisans & Antiques will offer an after-hours pre-Valentine’s Day blow out and a chance to explore the unique shopping venue at night. Lovebirds are invited to a “Hot Night Out” on February 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. Most everything in the Mall will be 10% off and vendors will be serving up savory snacks, and the Bistro will have samples of their sweets. Housed in an old sock mill, Big Mill Co. is located at 151 8th Street NE in Fort Payne.
DeSoto State Park offers a romantic getaway in one of its chalets, cabins, or motel rooms. Guests are invited to take advantage of the Mountain Inn Restaurant’s “Sweetheart Special” dinner available February 10th and 11th. Cost is $35 per couple and includes tax and gratuity. Dinner hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. For menu and more information, call 256.845.5380 or 800.568.8840.
The Mentone Springs Hotel will host its annual Valentine’s Dinner Saturday, February 11th where a six-course surf and turf meal prepared with local vegetables from Mentone’s area farmers and live acoustic music are on the menu. The dinner starts with an amuse-bouche, followed by soup and salad, two main courses featuring succulent Alabama Gulf shrimp and peppercorn-encrusted beef tenderloin, and a dessert duo. Price is $39 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, call 256.634.4040.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the charming 12-room Mentone Inn bed and breakfast is offering a special Valentine’s package to ensure a cozy and romantic evening for couples seeking to relax and reconnect. The “Inn Love” package includes a two night stay for $290 plus tax or a one night stay for $180 plus tax and is valid throughout the month of February. The package features lodging for two, breakfast buffet, a dozen roses, and chocolate covered strawberries. The Mentone Inn is located at 6139 Alabama Highway 117 in Mentone. For reservations or more information, visit www.mentoneinn.com or call 256.634.4836.
For more information on attractions and special events, contact DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.
About DeKalb Tourism
DeKalb Tourism is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in DeKalb County. Our mission includes to provide outstanding customer service to all guests; to provide complete and detailed information about DeKalb County, its history and attractions; to leave visitors with a positive experience; to develop strong positive long term relationships with the people and businesses of our communities; and to be a leader in the education and promotion of our county, locally, nationwide and internationally.
Sen. Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Capitol Report for 1-27-2012
I’m glad to report to you that the Alabama Department of Transportation will open bids for two important highway projects in Marion County on January 27th. The first project in Marion County will be a slide correction on State Road 4 , Corridor X, from mile post 15.9 to west of State Road 171 to Mile Post 26 at State Road 44.
The second Alabama Department of Transportation project is the resurfacing of State Road 4 , U.S. 78, from the East end of the bridge at State Road 44 to the West end of the bridge at State Road 129. These two projects, slide correction and resurfacing, will greatly aid in the transportation of goods and services to market as well as provide safer roads.
This past week I had a great opportunity to meet with many teachers and support personnel from throughout the Senate District. I enjoyed being with Representative Mike Millican at the meeting at Dolly’s Restaurant in Hamilton and at Taylor’s Restaurant with Representative Johnny Mack Morrow. It is clear from our direct discussions and talks with our class room teachers, support personnel and superintendents that we can not continue to cut educational funding in Alabama any further. We must do all we can to protect the resources that are dedicated to the education budget here in Alabama because we are investing in the future of our State. By educating our school children we are not only creating a world class work force but we also insure a brighter future for Alabama. One of the reasons we’ve been so successful in locating the auto industry, the giant steel mills of Tyson Crump, to the Alabama railcar plant which will now be leased by Navistar, is because of the quality of the work force that we have.
By combining the academic skills of our K – 12 program with workforce development we can specialize the skill sets necessary for not only current jobs, but jobs of the future. Our four year institutions are doing a good job preparing students for a broad field of employment as well.
We must not forget that 78% of all new jobs are created by existing industries that expand. So you may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that we have a strong level of educational funding in Alabama and that we do not divert money away from educating our students to pay for health care for state inmates and prisoners. This is simply a bad idea.
This past week I also enjoyed meeting with the accountants, CPA’s, of Certified Financial Planners of Northwest Alabama. They gave us a comprehensive overview of their view of the economy and what we can do in the Legislature to help improve it.
When the new Super Majority Republican party took over they said they were going to change the way they did the budget process. So, for the first time in modern history the new GOP majority decided there will be no budget hearings before the beginning of the Legislative Session. What that means is, that the department heads and cabinet members as well as other concerned citizens and legislatures, will not have an opportunity to come before the Education Budget Committee or the General Fund Budget Committee to discuss an agency’s needs. When the new administration is looking at continuing proration ,as well as further cuts to much needed programs, it concerns me greatly. Rumor is that Governor Bentley and the new leadership is planning on cutting over 100 million dollars more out of Medicaid. This is an idea that would hurt seniors and children throughout Alabama. During tough times we should make sure that our priorities are correct and I believe fulfilling the health care needs of Alabama seniors as well as our children should be priorities. The Alabama Medicaid budget , as you know, is matched with Federal dollars on almost a two and a half to one basis. Therefore , for every hundred million of State dollars that is cut, about two hundred and fifty million of Federal dollars is lost. Medicaid is an important part of the economy , our Senate District and throughout the State of Alabama ,as this is where fees and services for doctors, pharmacies, hospitals as well as nursing home care comes from. 78% of all nursing home beds are paid for through Medicaid dollars, and approximately 40% of the children in Alabama get their health care through Medicaid dollars. One in two live births in Alabama is paid for with Medicaid dollars. Our rural hospitals can not continue to receive cuts in funding and expect to be able to deliver the top quality of care which we want for our neighbors and family members during times of illness.
So, I urge all of you to keep a sharp eye out for the budget acts that must be coming in this new budget. For the first time ever they will not be able to be aired out publically for the beginning of the Legislative session. As budget chairman ,for years I upheld these hearings so that we might have accountability and transparency in the budgets. When the tax payers have an opportunity to study the facts and figures as well as the proposed increases and decreases they too can help us make informed decisions on what Alabama spending priorities should be.
As you know, upgrading the quality and caliber of law enforcement has been a long time goal of mine. We are fortunate to have many fine law enforcement officials and first responders in our Senate District and throughout Alabama. We saw how important this was last April, and it will continue to be in the future. As such ,I’m proud to inform you that we have been able to secure an Alabama Department of Homeland Security grant to Fayette County in the amount of $20,876.52. This will enable Fayette County to further upgrade its interoperable and emergency communications systems. These projects will range from reprogramming of existing equipment, meeting FCC Narrowbanding rules, and purchasing new communications equipment to further help serve our communities.
On February 2nd Hospice of the Shoals will celebrate its 20th Anniversary by participating in Alabama Gives Day from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. The Hospice organizations throughout our State and Senate District do such a good job in providing compassionate, loving care to people who have terminal illness so they can live whatever time they have left with comfort, dignity and the highest quality of life.
I hope 2012 is proving to be a prosperous and healthy new year for everyone and as always if I can be of service to you please do not hesitate to call me.
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Marion County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department Weekly Report
January 25, 2012
1 – TR-Alias
1 – DUI
2 – Probation Violation
1 – Issuing Worthless Checks
1 – DV 3rd – Assault
1 – DV 3rd – Harassment
3 – Drug CT Violation
2 – Bench Warrant
1 – Violation Protection Order
REPORT ON FELONIES
Name: Jimmy Wojtanowski
Address-City: Hamilton, AL
Date of Arrest: 01/20/2012
Amount of Bond: $2,500.00
Date of Release: 01/25/2012
Name: Jonathan Smith
Address-City: Brookside, AL
Charges: Burglary 3rd x 2, Theft of Property 2nd, Theft of Property 3rd
Date of Arrest: 01/24/2012
Amount of Bond: Not Yet
Date of Release: In Jail
(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.)
“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”
Winfield, Alabama Weekly Police Report
January 18 – 24, 2012
Prepared By: Sandy Scott
3 – Accidents
12 – Speeding
1 – Driving While Suspended
2 – No Insurance
18 – TOTAL
I & O REPORT
1 – Criminal Trespassing
1 – Attempt to Commit a Crime
2 – Officer Report
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Harassment
6 – TOTAL
2 – Alias Warrant
2 – TOTAL
(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.)