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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


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
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
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

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

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