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06/28/2012 Special Guest at Winfield Public Library June 29th

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Suzanne Johnson from Winfield will be at the library Friday, June 29th at 7 PM. She will be talking about her first novel “Royal Street” and how she noted Winfield in her book. She will be available for book purchases and signing. We will have desert and coffee/tea. It will be lots of fun, hope to see you there.

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June 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

06/27/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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2 – TR-Alias
2 – Driving Under Influence
1 – Public Intoxication
1 – Drug Paraphernalia
4 – Probation Violation
1 – Drug CT Violation
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Harassment
1 – Fugitive from Justice
1 – Defamation

FELONIES

Name:  Savannah Hood
Age:  22
Address-City:  Mooreville, MS
Charges:  Burglary 3rd
Date of Arrest:  06/21/2012
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  06/21/2012

Name:  Donald Goodwin
Age:  51
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance x 2
Date of Arrest:  06/26/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  06/27/2012

Name:  Mark Cochran
Age:  41
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  06/27/2012
Amount of Bond:  Not Set
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Bryan Murphy
Age:  22
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  06/27/2012
Amount of Bond:  Not Set
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.)

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06/27/2012 Greater Tennessee Valley Antique Car Show Celebrates Silver Anniversary in 2012

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Decatur , Ala. – For the past 24 years, thousands of antique cars and trucks from as far away as New Hampshire have made their way to Point Mallard Park for the Greater Tennessee Valley Antique Car Show. Set for July 13-14, 2012, approximately 1,000 antique vehicles are expected to take part in this year’s event which celebrates its 25th anniversary. Along with vintage vehicles, the two day event features a huge Swap Meet, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and an assortment of food vendors.

The family-friendly event has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the region attracting collectors, fans, and spectators from across the southeastern United States and beyond. As spectators admire the antique cars and trucks and mingle with the owners, music and live entertainment are slated for both days with renowned Elvis tribute artist Michael Dean set to perform throughout the day on Saturday. Popular with collectors and classic automotive enthusiasts, the Swap Meet, featuring old parts and memorabilia, will be open both days.

Registration is $25 per vehicle and the first 500 entries will receive a free t-shirt and dash plague. This year’s grand prizes are two 350 Chevrolet engines and a set of Chrome Wheels. Door prizes (for registered cars only) include tools, shop equipment, televisions and much more.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free for spectators. Sponsors are Lynn Layton Chevrolet, Family Security Credit Union, and Minor Tire and Visions Wheel. Event organizers extend a special thank you to Decatur Parks and Recreation for allowing the Car Show to be held at Point Mallard Park.

For more information, call Doug Poole at 256.773.9652 or Charles Adams at 256.350.3383.

About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County . For information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org.

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June 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

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06/25/2012 – Restaurant Ratings – Sam LeMaster – Marion Co. Health Dept.

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June 18 – 22, 2012

A&A Service Center (Thorn Hill) Passed inspection for new permit

Chop’s BBQ (Winfield) Passed inspection for new permit

Jack’s (Winfield) 91

Mac’s Minit Mart (Hamlton) 90

Taco Bell (Winfield) 98

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June 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

06/22/2012 – Health authorities advise the public not to handle wildlife, transport, or keep them as pets

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Health authorities advise the public not to handle wildlife, transport or keep them as pets

CONTACT:
Karen Landers, M.D., (256) 383-1231
James Congleton, (256) 383-1231
Dee W. Jones, D.V.M., (334) 206-5969

Recent rabies exposures involving raccoons and a stray kitten prompt reminders that the public should avoid handling wildlife and unknown animals. In Baldwin County, the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed one of four baby raccoons tested was positive for rabies and has identified all children and adults exposed. Health authorities are working with medical providers to evaluate the need for appropriate treatment.

The baby raccoons were transported to a family’s residence in northwest Alabama. In Lee County, several persons who handled a rabid stray kitten at the Lee County Humane Shelter have been identified and those who have been exposed are beginning a treatment regimen.

“We strongly urge people not to handle wildlife, stray animals and bats,” said Dr. Dee W. Jones, State Public Health Veterinarian. “As these examples illustrate, exposure to rabies can be avoided by leaving wildlife in the wild. Furthermore, the act of transporting wildlife in Alabama is illegal.”

With these incidents in mind, public health officials encourage pet owners to ensure their dogs, cats and ferrets are vaccinated against the fatal disease. To protect yourself, your family and your pets from exposure to the rabies virus, follow these precautions:

•Avoid domestic and wild animals that are acting in a strange or unusual manner. •Teach children to stay away from animals that are hurt or unknown to them. •Instruct children to avoid approaching any wild animal, whether or not it is acting strangely. •Advise children to tell an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal.

If you get an animal bite or scratch, wash the wound thoroughly under running water, immediately seek medical attention from your doctor or a hospital, and report the incident to your county health department for follow-up.  Rabies is a disease of all mammals, including humans, and is always considered to be fatal unless preventative treatment is given following the exposure. The primary means of exposure is through a bite or scratch with contaminated saliva from the animal. Transmission of the deadly virus also can occur if saliva contacts mucous membranes of the eye or mouth.

Pets can be a common connection between wildlife and humans. Vaccination of domestic dogs, cats and ferrets not only protects the animals against rabies, but also creates an additional protective buffer between wildlife rabies and humans. State law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets remain currently vaccinated against rabies. The law also requires that if a pet bites or scratches a human, it must be quarantined for a period of 10 days immediately afterward. As an additional incentive to keep pets vaccinated, pets with proof of vaccination may be authorized in certain circumstances to be quarantined at home instead of in a veterinary clinic.

For more information please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease, Epidemiology Division, at 1-800-677-0939. Additional information is available at www.adph.org/rabies/.

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June 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

06/22/2012 – Press Release from AL Dept of Commerce – Nufab Rebar Announces Plans for New Facility in Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, ALABAMA –  Nufab Rebar LLC announced its plans to build a new $7 million facility at a groundbreaking in Riverside this morning.  The company plans to hire 50 employees within the first three years of operation with expected growth to a potential of more than 80 employees over the next five years.  This would make Nufab Rebar the largest employer in the City of Riverside.

Nufab Rebar LLC is a fabricator of concrete reinforcing steel and related products.  In August 2008, Nufab Rebar LLC was acquired by Harris Steel Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor Corporation Since the company’s inception in 2005, it has grown to 10 southern U.S. locations with headquarters in Auburn, Indiana. The company plans to invest in the facility on its site just off the I-20 exit.

“This project reflects the importance state and local partnerships in attracting new jobs and economic development to Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said.  “We have worked hard to create a positive business climate, and we are pleased that the State of Alabama could play a role in bringing new jobs to St. Clair County.  Further, we thank Nufab Rebar for the company’s investment in the state, and we look forward to a long-term, positive relationship with the company.”

Because of the new jobs, the City of Riverside was granted a $1 Million Industrial Access Grant from the Alabama Industrial Access Road & Bridge Program for road improvements.  These improvements will provide safe and suitable access to the site for the company and surrounding users.  The City of Riverside also has a pending grant through the Economic Development Administration for a future public rail spur that the company will utilize.

“All of us at Nufab Rebar are very excited to be building our new facility in the City of Riverside.  We will begin construction of a fabrication facility that will create over 80 new jobs.  The new facility will fabricate rebar for use in reinforced concrete construction projects throughout Alabama and its surrounding states. We have worked very closely with Riverside Mayor Jessup, the Economic Development Council, St. Clair County officials and other city staff, and appreciate the assistance and support that they have provided for this project,” said Dennis Swinney, Nufab Rebar LLC.

Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield expressed his appreciation to the company for the jobs that will be created for the citizens of the St. Clair County area.  “Securing up to 80 new jobs for this community and for St. Clair County is significant.  We appreciate Nufab Rebar’s confidence in Alabama’s business climate,” Canfield said.  “We stand ready to work with the company to help it prosper in Alabama for years to come.”

“We are very thrilled, not only for everyone in Riverside, but for all the St. Clair County citizens.  We would like to thank Mayor Jessup of Riverside, the EDC staff, and the Alabama Department of Commerce for all their hard work in bringing this project to fruition,” said Chairman Stan Batemon, St. Clair County Commission.

“The announcement of Nufab Rebar LLC in Riverside is a monumental occasion for our community.  Not only is this company creating jobs in our city, it is also creating additional potential for growth.  The County, the EDC, and the Alabama Department of Commerce have walked alongside us in the recruitment process, and we feel that the decision to commit to constructing in Riverside along with the accrual of the $1 Million grant from ALDOT’s Industrial Access, Road and Bridge Fund, which is the largest amount of grant money ever received by this community, will move us toward our brighter future,”  said Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup.

“This project is already having positive effects on the City of Riverside in the form of infrastructure grants and direct revenue from the company for the benefit of the community.  Nufab Rebar is a quality company and will have an incredible impact on Riverside going forward,” said Don Smith, executive director St. Clair County Economic Development Council

About St. Clair County Economic Development Council: The St. Clair County Economic Development Council was created in 1998 with the help of the St. Clair County Commission and the St. Clair County Industrial Development Board. The organization’s goals are to create jobs, increase the tax base and increase the quality of life for the citizens in St. Clair County. Established in 1818, St. Clair County is located at the end of the Appalachian Mountain range, in north-central Alabama. With a population of more than 83,000, St. Clair County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and is considered a part of the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan statistical area, the largest in the state.

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06/21/2012 – Governor Bentley Signs Executive Order Aimed at Increasing Efficiencies

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order creating the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force, which will look for ways to increase efficiencies in state-level law enforcement agencies.

Currently, 22 state-level agencies have various law enforcement functions.  By examining those functions and looking for ways to streamline operations, the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force can help reduce duplications of services and increase government efficiency while strengthening public safety.  The work of the task force will improve public safety by making sure agencies are coordinating efforts more closely, sharing information, and consistently working in a collaborative manner.

The Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force will thoroughly evaluate the missions, functions, services, and tasks of various agencies and will make recommendations to the Governor on increased efficiencies that can be implemented.

“Our top priority in any decision that we make will be public safety,” Governor Bentley said.  “This is about making sure our agencies are working hand-in-hand with each other.  Through better coordination and increased efficiency, I believe we can provide better public safety.  These efforts will help us make the best use of the resources we have and will also help us better serve the people of this state.”

The Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force will work to identify at least 10 percent in cost savings in law enforcement functions of state agencies.  The task force will include cabinet members with law enforcement responsibilities, particularly Spencer Collier, Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, and Colonel Hugh McCall, Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

“To my knowledge, Governor Bentley is the first Alabama governor to take action of this nature by ordering a comprehensive review of the state’s law enforcement resources and capabilities,” Director Collier said.  “We have been given a clear directive to act as good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars by examining the most efficient, effective, and modern ways to protect the citizens of Alabama.  I am excited to be a part of this.”

“Governor Bentley can count on the Department of Public Safety to fully support his efforts to ensure efficiency in state government,” Colonel McCall said.  “In these challenging economic times, we all must make sure we maximize resources while protecting public safety.  Much can be accomplished when we work together.”

Task force members will meet regularly to gain a solid understanding of various functions within certain agencies and departments.  Members will work closely with various stakeholders to ensure that any and all recommendations are made in the interest of greater efficiency and strong public safety.  The work of the task force is expected to lead to future legislation that will help the state implement goals identified by the task force.

“We have no choice but to rethink state government operations in order to maximize taxpayer resources,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said.  “Our goal is always to provide better, more cost-effective and efficient services to Alabamians, and this plan is a big step in the right direction.  I appreciate Governor Bentley’s willingness to champion efforts to streamline state government and look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard and members of the Legislature to enact these plans.”

Governor Bentley’s executive order also establishes the Law Enforcement Stakeholder Advisory Task Force.  The task force will consist of members identified by legislative leadership, the Alabama Sheriffs Association, the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, a designee of the Governor’s Office, and Jackie Graham, Director of the Alabama State Personnel Department (or her designee).

Additional cabinet members who will serve on the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force include Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Jim Ridling, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Insurance; Julie Magee, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue; and Mac Gipson, Administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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June 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

06/22/2012 25th Annual Hamilton High School Alumni Banquet

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06/22/2012 – Capitol Report – Senator Roger Bedford

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Senator Roger Bedford

Capitol Report for June 22nd

 

It’s been a very busy and exciting time for Senate District 6. Recently, the State of Alabama rolled out its new Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) road building program. It will be a three-year program I was pleased to work with Governor Robert Bentley to get this program going and am glad that it is being implemented. This program will help all of our counties, plus those across the state. As a part of Phase One of the ATRIP program, around 105 road and bridge projects will be funded and carried out, which is incredibly important because we need to see that our county roads and bridges are kept in good shape.

I am pleased to announce that five projects have already been selected for funding under Phase One of the ATRIP program. County Road 16 in Franklin County will be getting a full depth reclamation by Force Account from CR-88 to US-43. Jackson Avenue will be getting resurfaced from Tuscaloosa Street to Cotaco Street, which is one of the more heavily traveled roads in the City of Russellville. The City of Vina will add turn lanes on State Route 9 at Vina Industrial Park Road. The bridge on County Road 49 over Hell’s Creek in Lamar County and a few bridges on County Road 13 in Marion County will be getting improved.

Our other counties and/or cities are submitting ATRIP project applications, and I hope that we obtain some funds for them soon. All of these projects require a local match of funds, but a vast majority of the money is coming from the State of Alabama. I’m pleased to see these road improvements within our Senate District, and while there is still more to be done, every project helps.

In addition to these highway projects, I would like to make it known that the Alabama Department of Transportation will open bids for four highway projects on June 29th. These projects will include:

Resurfacing and traffic stripping SR-243 from station 16+18 south of the Cedar Creek Bridge to station 65+32 at CR-44 in Franklin County

Resurfacing SR-4 from the west end of the bridge over CR-45 to the east end of the bridge at SR-44 in Marion County

Resurface and traffic stripping SR-4 from the Mississippi state line to west of CR-66 in Marion County

Infrastructure improvements to the sidewalks along Wolf Road, Valley Road, Mary Lou Street, Paul Street, Brown Street, and Crest Road

These projects are much-needed, and I am looking forward to all the progress our senate district will be making with these updates.

I am also excited to announce that the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) has awarded funding to Bevill State Community College and Northwest Shoals Community College.

Bevill State received $373,003.00 through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to administer a youth program designed to direct out-of-school youth, ages 16-21, to promising career paths. The program will serve WIA eligible youths in Walker, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, and Pickens counties. The program elements will include occupational skills training, work experience, mentoring, counseling, educational assistance, and other appropriate activities.

Bevill State also received a $2,286,742.00 Workforce Development Area Contract Award. This grant will provide funding for administrative costs to continue to provide services to adult, youth and dislocated workers at Alabama Career Centers. The Counties served: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, St. Clair, Walker, and Winston.

Northwest Shoals Community College received $486,000.00 through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to provide intensive tutoring for out-of-schools youth, ages 16-21, in basic skills for GED attainment, guidance, and assistance in preparation for postsecondary opportunities. The program will partner with existing community agencies in the area to provide academic, life skills training, leadership and job development. This program will serve youth in Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties.

These funds are essential, as workforce development is crucial to the success and continued growth of our citizens and businesses.

I would like to commend and thank Dr. Anne McNutt, President of Bevill State Community College, and Dr. Humphrey Lee, President of Northwest Shoals Community College, for their dedication in continuing education and skills development to better our community. I would like to also thank the Mayors, Commissioners, and local officials, as well as the Governor, ADECA Director Jim Byard, and the members of the Legislature for your hard work in obtaining these funds that will improve the quality of life for the citizens of north Alabama.

This week, I was thankful to have had the opportunity to travel around the district to Fayette, Lamar, and Colbert counties, and visit with a few groups of hardworking, great men and woman. These fine folks  regularly put their lives on the line for their communities, and it was my honor to present checks to their volunteer fire departments. We were able to deliver checks to Fayette, Lamar and Colbert counties with the other county checks to be presented in the upcoming months.  While they deserve so much more than the amounts presented to them, I was grateful to have the funds appropriated for them.

I am proud of all that we have accomplished in our community, but there is still more hard work to be done. I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy time with your families outside in this beautiful weather.

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862 , Fax 334-242-9202

Russellville Office
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653

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

Email:  senbedford@aol.com

Website:  www.RogerBedford.com

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June 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

06/19/2012 – Winfield, AL Weekly Police Department News Report – June 13 – 19, 2012 – Chief Scott Welch

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”
WEEKLY REPORT
June 13-19, 2012
Prepared By: Sandy Scott

4 – Accidents

11 – Speeding

1 – Driving While Suspended

1 – Seatbelt Violation

2 – Failure to Display Insurance

1 – Other Violation

1 – DUI

1 – Reckless Driving

1 – Tag Violation

23 – TOTAL

I & O REPORT

7 – Officer Report

1 – Recovery on Theft of Firearm

1 – Forgery 2nd

1 – Burglary 3rd

1 – Harassing Communication

5 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Stalking

2 – Assault 3rd

1 – Criminal Mischief 3rd

3 – Harassment

1 – Menacing

24 – TOTAL

ARREST

1 – DUI

1 – Reckless Driving

1 – Capias Warrant

1 – Public Intox

1 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Criminal Trespass

1 –  Alias Warrant                                        

7 – 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.)

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06/20/2012 – Hamilton, AL Weekly Police Report – June 13 – 19, 2012 – Chief Ralph Conner

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”
Date: June 13-19, 2012

Wrecks – 1

Incident / Offense – 
2 – Domestic Violence 3rd
1 – Motor Vehicle Theft
1 – Burglary 3rd
1 – Theft of Property 2nd
3 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Illegal Possession of Credit/Debit Card

Arrest / Citation – 
4 – Speeding
1 – License Suspended
1 – No Drivers License
1 – Reckless Driving
5 – No Insurance
2 – No Tag
1 – Expired Tag
1 – Improper Passing
1 – Domestic Violence
1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
2 – Theft of Property 3rd
2 – Alias Warrant

Hamilton Police Department Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: June 15-18, 2012

Date of Arrest: **************** None *****************
Name:
Age:
City:
Charges:
Status:
Date of Arrest:

Name:
Age:
City:
Charges:
Status:

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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

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06/20/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

1 – DC-Alias
1 – CC-Alias
3 – Driving Under Influence
1 – Public Intoxication
3 – Probation Violation
1 – Issuing Worthless Checks
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Resist Arrest
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Assault
2 – Disorderly Conduct
1 – Criminal Trespass 3rd
2 – Bench Warrant
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Reckless Endangerment
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Menacing

FELONIES
Name:  Ashley Pipkins
Age:  35
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Firearm Forbidden Person
Date of Arrest:  06/19/2012
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  06/19/2012

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

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06/20/2012 Hamilton City Council Meeting 06/18/2012

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06/19/2012 Decatur’s New Archery Park Officially Opens June 28th – “Master of the Longbow” Byron Ferguson to make special guest appearance

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Decatur, Ala.  – Alabama’s fifth community archery park is set to open on June 28, 2012 in Point Mallard Park in Decatur. The Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Decatur Parks and Recreation, and the City of Decatur will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. to officially open and introduce residents to the city’s newest recreational venue, the Decatur Community Archery Park. On hand for the special occasion will be trick archery expert and Morgan County native Byron Ferguson who will perform at the conclusion of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Decatur Community Archery Park features 40 targets, including an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards; an eight-target youth range of 5 to 20 yards; a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards with a 12-foot platform, and a 20-target walking course. The Decatur Community Archery Park will be host to competitive tournaments, outdoor educational programming, and day recreation.

According to Stuart Goldsby, Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, the park will be open to the public 365 days a year during daylight hours for recreational shooting, preparation for fall hunting seasons, and archery tournaments. Day use of the park is free for those under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age not requiring a hunting license. Residents between 16 and 65 years old without a hunting license or fishing license may purchase a $10 annual Wildlife Heritage License for admittance. For non-Alabama residents, a $16 annual Wildlife Management Area license is required. All activities including school and park and recreation archery activities will enjoy free use of the park by permit under Point Mallard authorized programming.

Top bowhunter and trick archery expert, Byron Ferguson will be demonstrating the skills that have placed him in the international spotlight following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Ferguson performs all over the world in countries such as France, Japan, Chile, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Sweden drawing crowds of over 100,000 people to witness his longbow skills. He has also appeared on numerous television shows including the Jay Leno Show, American Shooter on the Outdoors Channel, Shooting USA, and Impossible Shots, and has served as host and producer on TNN’s “Everything Outdoors,” the world’s first “how-to” outdoor television program. He is also the author of Become The Arrow, a paperback instructional book on bare bow shooting as well as the video of the same title and other archery related videos. He currently resides in Hartselle, Ala. with his wife, Wanda.

The Decatur Community Archery Park has been made possible by the following sponsors:  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries; TVA; U.S. Fish and wildlife Service/Wheeler Wildlife Refuge; Archery Trade Association; and the City of Decatur. The community archery park is located next to the west entrance of the Aquatic Center in Point Mallard Park.

The Decatur park is the fifth park of its kind in Alabama constructed over the last six years. Parks are currently in operation in Athens, Cullman, Dothan, and Demopolis; and three more in Ozark, Heflin, and Lincoln are currently under construction. The series of parks are being developed by the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries in partnership with Park and Recreation agencies and the Archery Trade Association. The parks are one component of a Community Archery Strategy in which the life skill of archery becomes as recognized as baseball, football, soccer and others as a mainstream activity.

For more information, contact Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Tom Chappell at 256.341.4930.

About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County.  For information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link. 

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June 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM

06/19/2012 DEKALB COUNTY CELEBRATES THE FOURTH OF JULY WITH FOUR STAR-SPANGLED EVENTS

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Fort Payne, Ala. – An explosion of free family fun atop Lookout Mountain has DeKalb County celebrating our nation’s independence. The Independence Day celebrations begin Friday, July 3rd and include an ice cream social, parades, a festival centered on one of America’s favorite food – potatoes, and a new hometown festival set for July 7th and 8th in Mentone.

On July 3rd, the city of Fort Payne invites everyone to a star-spangled celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display.

With its roots in potato farming, the town of Henagar each year pays tribute to its heritage with a free festival. Set for July 4, the 30th annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival offers a car and motorcycle show, pony rides, arts and crafts fair, parade, horseshoe tournament, live entertainment, and children’s games and inflatables along with a variety of potato entrees and side dishes. The free event begins with a parade at 10 a.m. and culminates with a spectacular fireworks display. All activities are held in Henagar Park located on Alabama Highway 75. While admission is free, a small fee is charged to participate in some of the children’s games and activities and parking is $2 per vehicle.

On July 7th, DeSoto State Park offers its annual star-spangled celebration with a parade, homemade ice cream social, and a flag making contest. Hitting the streets at 3 p.m., the parade begins at DeSoto’s Lodge and makes its way to DeSoto’s Campground, just in time for the Homemade Ice Cream Social which is set for 4 p.m. at the Campground Pavilion. Guests are welcome to bring their own favorite recipe for homemade ice cream to share while enjoying summer’s favorite treat. Winners of the flag-making contest will also be announced during the Ice Cream Social. Guests are invited to make a homemade flag to be judged in the annual fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate. Materials and rules are available at the Campground Pavilion beginning July 4th. Flags must be turned in to DeSoto’s Nature Center no later than 9 a.m., July 7th.

New for 2012 is Julyfest sponsored by the Mentone Area Arts Council. Set for July 7th and 8th at Mason Park in Mentone, the inaugural event will offer a weekend of arts and crafts, a pet parade, live music featuring a variety of genres, and many other family-friendly activities.

The two-day event opens at 9 a.m. on July 7th with an arts and crafts show featuring more than 60 premier artists and craftsmen offering oil paintings, photography, soft and hard sculptures, wood turning and rustic furniture, potter, and forged and cut ironwork. Music fires up at 11 a.m. and includes performances by 13-year old Mentone resident Nicole Jones, Chris Hale and his banjo, Foggy Hollow, and Nature’s Way. The day wraps up following a free concert by Stranded Band at 7 p.m. at the Mentone Inn Pavilion. Activities resume on July 8th at 11 a.m. with the arts and crafts show and live music from Matt Jones, singer and songwriter from Mobile, Ala. All activities take place rain or shine and admission is free.

For more information on the Sand Mountain Potato Festival, Julyfest, and other Independence Day celebrations, contact DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit http://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.

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June 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM

06/15/2012 SPIRIT OF AMERICA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THEME AND ACTIVITIES FOR 46TH ANNUAL STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION

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Decatur, Ala. – For the past 45 years, families from across the southeastern United States have gathered at Point Mallard Park for the fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s freedom and the sacrifices military personnel and their families make every day. The annual Spirit of America Festival returns in 2012 bringing with it all-American family fun ranging from live entertainment and an assortment of children’s activities to grand pageantry, awards, and a spectacular fireworks display presented by OneMain Financial. This year’s theme “America: We Are One” celebrates the unlimited possibilities of what can be accomplished when we work together to build a brighter future for this land.

The free Independence Day celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade where patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs make their way from the TC Almon Center to the Children’s Tent, followed by a golf cart parade. There is no fee to participate in the Bike Parade; however, registration is required beginning at 3 p.m. Garrius Owens will get the crowd fired up with his tribute dance to Michael Jackson as children participate in a variety of free activities including face painting, balloon crafting, and inflatables.

Other activities include a hula hoop contest, the Ping Pong Ball Drop, a Money in the Hay contest, a water balloon toss, karate demonstrations by Webster’s Karate. The Boy Scouts of America Arrowhead District will again sponsor a Scouting Celebration Area filled with activities, demonstrations and hands-on fun including a pinewood derby, rocket launch, a raingutter regatta, knot tying, 2-liter bottle rockets, and more.

Music provided by the Arsenal Brass and the Brass Machine Brass Band fills the air beginning at 5 p.m. until the start of the Spirit of America Award Show, a presentation of awards recognizing outstanding service and sacrifice for country and fellow man, and the Miss Point Mallard Pageant, a preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. Following the crowning of the new Miss Point Mallard, the celebration culminates at 10 p.m. with the 2012 Spirit of America Fireworks Display presented by OneMain Financial.   

Two additional activities leading up to the festival are the Little Miss Point Mallard Pageant at the TC Almon Recreation Center on July 2nd and the Miss Point Mallard Outstanding Teen Pageant on July 3rd at 7 p.m.   

All activities take place in Point Mallard Park located at 2901 Point Mallard Drive in Decatur. Admission to the festival is free; however, some children’s activities require the purchase of tickets for a nominal fee.

For more information, including an up-to-date schedule of events and entertainment, driving directions, and a spectacular photo gallery, visit www.spiritofamericafestival.com.

About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County.  For information on special events and attractions in Decatur, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link. 

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June 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM

06/15/2012 – Health Department Inspection Report for June 11 – 15, 2012 – Sam LeMaster

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Coop’s bears Den (Bear Creek) 92
Crossroads Market and Deli (Winfield) 93
Day’s Inn Breakfast (Hamilton) 98
Day’s Inn  (Hamilton) 89
Econo Lodge Breakfast (Hamilton) 93
Econo Lodge  (Hamilton) 86
Hampton Inn Breakfast (Winfield) 99
Hampton Inn (Winfield) 98
Huddle House (Hamilton) 95
Jack’s (Guin) 95
Maywood Christian Camp Kitchen (Hamilton) 97
Maywood Christian Camp (Hamilton) 92
Sno Biz (Hamilton) 93

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06/12/2012 – Hamilton Police Department Weekly News Report – Chief Ralph Conner

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

Date:  June 6-12, 2012

Wrecks -3

Incident / Offense
1 – Assault 2nd

1 – Burglary of a Vehicle

2 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Promoting Prison Contraband 3rd

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Arrest / Citation
7 – Speeding

1 – DUI

2 – No Drivers License

2 – License Suspended

1 – License Revoked

1 – Reckless Driving

8 – No Insurance

2 – No Seatbelt

2 – No Tag

1 – Expired Tag

1 – No Helmet

3 – Public Intoxication

1 – Resisting Arrest

1 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Assault 2nd

2 – Illegal Possession of Tax-Paid Alcoholic Beverage

1 – Obstruction of Governmental Operation

1 – Promoting Prison Contraband 3rd

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

3 – Alias Warrant

Parking
1 – Parked in Fire Lane

Hamilton Police Department
Felony – Weekly News Report

Dates:  June 6-12, 2012

Courtesy of Marion Co Sheriff’s Dept Website

Date of Arrest:  June 8, 2012
Name:  Padron, Pedro
Age:  33
City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Assault 2nd
Resisting Arrest
Public Intoxication
Status:  Jail

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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

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June 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM

06/12/2012 – Winfield, AL Police Department Weekly News Report – Chief Scott Welch

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”
June 6-12, 2012

Prepared By: Sandy Scott

2 – Accidents
14 – Speeding
1 – Run Red Light
1 – Driving While Suspended
1 – Seatbelt Violation
4 – Failure to Display Insurance
1 – Child Restraint Violation
2 – Other Violation
3 – Tag Violation
29 – TOTAL

I & O REPORT
2 – Officer Report
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Theft of Property 2nd
4 – Theft of Property 3rd
2 – Assault 3rd
2 – Domestic Violence
1 – Criminal Mischief 3rd
1 – Breaking & Entering
4 – Harassment
1 – Littering
1 – Obstructing Governmental Operations
1 – Forgery 2nd
21 – TOTAL

ARREST
3 – Capias Warrant
1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
1 – Possession of a Controlled Substance
1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd
1 – Public Intox
1 – Illegal Possession of Alcoholic Beverage
1 – Probation Warrant
9 – 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.)

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June 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM

06/14/2012 Screening of “I’m With Phil” Documentary at NWSCC – Phil Campbell June 14th @ 7pm

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Tonight is the PC Premiere of I’m with Phil.

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June 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

06/14/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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MARION COUNTY, AL SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

1 – DC-ALIAS
3 – PROBATION VIOLATION
1 – DV 3RD – ASSAULT
1 – CRIM TRESPASS 3RD
6 – BENCH WARRANT
1 – CONTEMPT OF COURT
1 – VIO PSEUDO LAW
1 – RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
1 – CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2ND
1 – DV 3RD – MENACING

FELONIES

Name:  James Kittrell
Age:  42
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Manufacturing 2nd
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  06/08/2012
Amount of Bond:  $8,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Chris Emore
Age:  32
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Manufacturing 2nd
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  06/08/2012
Amount of Bond:  $8,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Tonya Goodwin
Age:  25
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Illegal Possession Prohibited Beverage
Promoting Prison Contraband
Possession Marijuana 2nd
Date of Arrest:  06/09/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,500.00
Date of Release:  06/12/2012

Name:  Walter Archie
Age:  48
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Manufacturing 1st x 2
Manufacturing 2nd
Marijuana 1st x 2
Possession Controlled Substance x 3
Prescription Meds W/O Prescription
Paraphernalia
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  06/11/2012
Amount of Bond:  $53,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Steven Estes
Age: 
55
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Conspiracy to Commit C/S (Controlled Substance) Crime
FTP – Bench Warrant
Date of Arrest:  06/06/2011
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Pedro Padron
Age: 
33
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Assault 2nd
Public Intoxication
Resisting Arrest
Date of Arrest:  06/08/2012
Amount of Bond:  $12,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Jeremy McCarley
Age: 
34
Address-City:  Hodges, AL
Charges:
Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  06/06/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  06/08/2012

Name:  Tracy Brasher
Age:  45
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Conspiracy to Commit C/S (Controlled Substance) Crime
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  06/06/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Richard Jacobs
Age: 
36
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Parole Violation
Non-Support
Theft by Deception 1st
Date of Arrest:  06/12/2012
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
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.)

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06/12/2012 – Early Evening Storm Downed Trees and Power Lines in Hamilton and Surrounding Areas

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 – A line of thunderstormes knocked out power in Hamilton, Alabama and surrounding areas, creating a long, dark night for many residents last night.

Lover’s Lane, Hamilton, AL

Crews with Alabama Power and other services were still working today to restore power, cable, and telephone service to customers.

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June 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

06/08/2012 – Health Department Inspection Report for June 4-8, 2012 – Sam LeMaster

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Boar’s Butt (Winfield) Passed inspection for new permit
Catering by LeAnne (Guin) 97
Darrell’s (Winfield) 85
Guatelinda (Hamilton) 98
Hamilton Senior Center 97
Hamilton US Donuts 98
La Estancia Mexican restaurant (Hamilton) 88
Moore’s Jr Food Mart (Hamilton) 98
Pizza Pro (Guin) Passed inspection for new permit
pPrescott Food Market (Brilliant) 95
San Juna 3:16 (Hamilton) 90
Token No. 19 (Winfield) 94
Walker County Inspections:
Charlies Shaved Ice (Carbon Hill) Passed inspection for new permit
Daddy O’s (Carbon Hill) 93
Grill Billy BBQ (Carbon Hill) 100
Oaxaca Mexican grill (Carbon Hill) 88

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June 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM

06/07/2012 – June 12th, 2012 – Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ninth Annual Shrimp Boil

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It is time for the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ninth Annual Shrimp Boil!  The event is set for Tuesday, June 12, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Hamilton Fire Department.

We would encourage all our of members to attend and share this time together!  The shrimp boil was created nine years ago so that busy business community members could share an evening of fun and food together.  We encourage businesses to purchase tickets for all of their employees!

We continue to solicit corporate sponsorships.  We would love to promote your business at this chamber event.  Sponsorships are $75 which includes your business/corporate banner being on display at the event and two shrimp dinner tickets.  If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, please contact Nicki Harbor at 921-0042.

Tickets are on sale now:  $6 pre sale to members, $8 pre sale to nonmembers, which goes through Friday, June 8.  All tickets sold after June 8 will be $10.

T-shirts (the color and design shown below) are available in youth and adult sizes.  Youth t-shirts are $10; adult t-shirts, small through XL are $12, and XXL and XXXL shirts are $14.

Tickets and t-shirts are currently available at First National Bank, First State Bank, and Listerhill Credit Union.  You may also call one of the four officers for delivery of tickets and shirts — Marla Minter, 921-3632; Dana Scott, 921-4444, Tami Williams, 921-3392; and Regina Tibbs, 921-3010.

Music for this event will be performed by Splunge Creek Bluegrass Band.  Even though “go plates” are available, we encourage everyone to come mingle with your fellow chamber and business community members and share an evening of “fun, food, and friends”!

We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce <chamber@hamiltonchamberofcommerce.org>;

 

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June 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

06/06/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Weekly News Report – Sheriff, Kevin Williams

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

1 – TR-Alias
1 – CC-Alias
2 – DUI
2 – DV 3rd – Assault
1 – Disorderly Conduct
3 – Bench Warrant
1 – Violation Protection Order
2 – Resist Arrest
1 – Receiving Stolen Property 3rd

FELONIES

Name:  Jeremy Sullins
Age:  37
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Prescription Meds W/O Prescription
Date of Arrest:  06/01/2012
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  06/04/2012

Name:  Vonda Dye
Age:  45
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Domestic Violence 2nd – Assault
Date of Arrest:  06/02/2012
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  06/04/2012

Name:  John Elliott
Age:  35
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Assault 1st, Leaving Scene of Accident W/Injuries
DUI
Date of Arrest:  06/03/2012
Amount of Bond:  $21,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Robert Bice
Age:  39
Address-City:  Jasper, AL
Charges:  Escape 3rd
Date of Arrest:  06/03/2012
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  06/05/2012

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

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