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08/30/2012 9-1-1 Homemakers Competition Sept. 8th

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The Haleyville Business and Professional Women’s Club will be sponsoring a Homemaker’s Competition in conjunction with the 9-1-1 festival this year. We want all you ladies and gentlemen to bring in your pickles, relishes, jam, jellies, preserves, breads, cakes and pies for judging. Registration fee is $5.00 per item entered. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. All 1st place winners will then be judged for (2) Grand Prize Awards. One for canned goods and one for baked goods.

WHAT:  9-1-1 HOMEMAKERS COMPETITION

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 8, 2012  ( REGISTRATION 8AM TO 10AM )

WHERE: HALEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY  ( MAP )
CONTACT NEITA PIERCE ( 205-486-9003 ) OR RENEE BAKER ( 205-272-9506 ) FOR MORE INFORMATION

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August 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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08/30/2012 New Grand Champion to be Named – Racking Horse World Celebration set for September 21-29, 2012

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Decatur, Ala. – With more than 170 classes for children, adults, amateurs, and professionals, the largest Racking Horse Show in the United States is set for September 21-29, 2012 at the Morgan County Celebration Arena located at 67 Horse Center Road (off Highway 67 East) in Decatur. The nine day competition culminates with the announcement of the new World Grand Champion and show organizers extend an invitation to the general public to come and experience the excitement of crowning a new grand champion.

The annual World Celebration offers other activities, including a dog show, horse sales, a barn decorating contest, nightly consignment sales, and a golf tournament. The general public is invited to participate in the Pleasure Association’s 50/50 raffle and the “When Pigs Fly” contest. Each night of the show, participants can attempt to fly a pig toward a target with the closest one winning a cash prize. On Saturday night prior to announcing the World Grand Champion, children are invited to participate in the “Stick Horse” class. This event allows children to bring their own stick horse for friendly competition in the arena.

Shows are held nightly at 6 p.m. except on Wednesday when show time begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person September 21 through 26 and $7 per person for the remaining nights of the competition. Parking is $5/daily.

With the formation of the Racking Horse Breeders Association of America (RHBAA) in 1971, the Racking Horse has grown in popularity. Today, there are over 80,000 racking horses registered with the RHBAA, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Decatur, Alabama.  The Alabama Legislature proclaimed the racking horse as the “Official State Horse for the State of Alabama” on October 5, 1975.

For more information on the 2012 Racking Horse World Celebration including a schedule of events, visit www.rackinghorse.com or contact the RHBAA at 256.353.7225.

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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August 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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08/28/2012 – Hackleburg, AL August 28th, 2012 Election Results!

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MAYOR
373 – Waymon “Whitey” Cochran
32 – Wayne Davis
42 – Jeannette Green
146 – Douglas Gunnin

COUNCIL PLACE 1
161 – Max R. Isom
236 – Donald McKinney
193 – Jamie Swinney

COUNCIL PLACE 2
289 – Barry McCarley
293 – Jerry Williams

COUNCIL PLACE 3
232 – James Anglin
347 – Barney Shackelford

COUNCIL PLACE 4
480 – Darryl Colburn
91 – Don Eubank

COUNCIL PLACE 5
297 – Paul Emerson
283 – Darrin Wiginton

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August 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

08/28/2012 – Guin, AL City Election Results for Mayor and Council

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City of Guin, AL
August 28th, 2012
ELECTION RESULTS   (Elected Members in Bold Black and listed in order of Ballot)

MAYOR

Phil Seagraves (Unapposed)

COUNCILMEMBER (Top 7 Become Councilmembers)

365 – Kathy R. Alexander
510 – Bobby Bellew
401 – Jerry Gann
489 – Philip Garrison
481 – Troy Hightower
209 – Willie Joe Hollis
489 – Mineo Lindsey
193 – Steve Lolley
161 – Cerell Metcalfe
542 – K.J. “Ken” Randolph
122 – Regina Salter
169 – Michael Swanigan
166 – Elbert Leon Thompson

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August 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

08/29/2012 – WINFIELD, AL ELECTION RESULTS! – WINFIELD WILL SELL ALCOHOL!

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AUGUST 28th, 2012
WINFIELD, AL ELECTION RESULTS

MAYOR
1017 – Randy Price
723 – Wayne “Rebel” Silas

COUNCIL

PLACE # 1
Rusty Barnes (unopposed)

PLACE # 2
Gloria Stovall (unopposed)

PLACE # 3
786 – Dot Bolton
911 – Grant Webb

PLACE # 4
Max Brasher (unopposed)

PLACE # 5
1354 – Steve Martin
348 – Travis Ray Carter

WET/DRY

YES – 984
NO – 756

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August 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

08/29/2012 – Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly News Report – Chief Ralph Conner

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Date: August 22-28, 2012

Wrecks – 5

Incident / Offense –

5 – Domestic Violence 3rd

1 – Assault 2nd

1 – Theft of Property 2nd

3 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Criminal Mischief 2nd

1 – Abandoned Vehicle

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Arrest / Citation –

8 – Speeding

2 – DUI

2 – License Revoked

5 – License Suspended

1 – No Drivers License

2 – Running Stop Sign

6 – No Insurance

1 – Improper Lights

1 – Assault 3rd

1 – Assault 2nd

2 – Public Intoxication

1 – Criminal Mischief 2nd

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

1 – Warrant – Other Agency

1 – Alias Warrant

Warning –

18 – Speeding

1 – Driver License Not in Possession

3 – Running Stop Sign

2 – No Insurance

1 – Improper Lane Usage

5 – Improper Equipment

1 – Expired License

1 – Switched Tag

Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: August 22-28, 2012

Date of Arrest: August 21, 2012
Name: Shaffer, Tonya Shay
Age: 41
City: Hamilton
Charges: Assault 2nd
Domestic Violence 3rd
Resisting Arrest
Status: Bonded

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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August 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

08/29/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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3 – TR-Alias
1 – Driving Under Influence
1 – Public Intox
1 – Marijuana 2nd
2 – Probation Violation
3 – Issuing Worthless Checks
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Assault
1 – Criminal Trespass 3rd
4 – Bench Warrant
1 – Violate Release Order
1 – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

 FELONIES
Name:  Wm Allen Franks
Age:  19
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Marijuana 1st
Date of Arrest:  08/23/2012
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Melissa Walker
Age:  40
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Prescription Med Without Prescription x 2
Date of Arrest:  08/28/2012
Amount of Bond: $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Thymon Neal Benfor
Age:  33
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Driving Under Influence
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  08/28/2012
Amount of Bond:  $3,500.00
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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August 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

08/28/2012 – ELECTION RESULTS – HAMILTON, AL – ALCOHOL SALES PASSED!

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CITY OF HAMILTON

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

August 28,2012

MAYOR  
57 -McDavid Franks  
230 -Chris Hamrick  
545 – Ray Harper  
796 – Scotty Sanderson  
975 – Wade Williams

POSITION # 1  
401 – Steve J. Froelich  
2,041 -Greg Ingram

POSITION # 2  
167 – James M. Cheek  
1,150 – Brandon Kinard  
1,221 – Frances Knight

POSITION # 3  
1,046 – Samuel Bentley  
758 – Lynn Mitchell  
708 – Josh Weatherly

POSITION # 4  
240 – W.R. “Bill” Brown  
545 – Frank Calvert  
942 – Tim Holcomb  
797 – Paul Stidham

POSITION # 5  
660 – Jayne May  
851 – Vann Gary Scott  
1,038 – Tami Lewis Williams

MUNICIPAL OPTION ELECTION
Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within this municipality:?
YES – 1,491
NO – 1,086

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August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

08/28/2012 – Hamilton Election Results – Unofficial

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Unofficial Results…

GENERAL MUNICIPAL
AND
MUNICIPAL OPTION (Wet/Dry) ELECTION
CITY OF HAMILTON, ALABAMA
AUGUST 28, 2012

MAYOR 
McDavid Franks – 57
Chris Hamrick  – 230
Ray Harper  – 545
Scotty Sanderson  – 796
Wade Williams – 975

POSITION # 1 
Steve J. Froelich  – 401
Greg Ingram – 2041

POSITION # 2 
James M. Cheek  – 167
Brandon Kinard  – 1150
Frances Knight – 1221

POSITION # 3 
Samuel Bentley  – 1046
Lynn Mitchell  – 758
Josh Weatherly – 708

POSITION # 4 
W.R. “Bill” Brown  – 240
Frank Calvert  – 545
Tim Holcomb  – 942
Paul Stidham – 797

POSITION # 5 
Jayne May – 660
Vann Gary Scott  – 851
Tami Lewis Williams – 1038

MUNICIPAL OPTION ELECTION
Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within this municipality?
YES – 1491
NO – 1086

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August 28, 2012 at 7:49 AM

08/28/2012 Video from voting machine testing

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August 28, 2012 at 1:18 AM

08/26/2012 – Town of Hackleburg, AL Candidates List – Aug. 28th, 2012

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CANDIDATES FOR 2012 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
TUES., AUG. 28th, 2012
TOWN OF HACKLEBURG, AL

Mayor
Waymon “Whitey” Cochran
Wayne Davis
Jeannette Green
Douglas Gunnin

Council Place 1
Max Isom
Donald McKinney
Jamie Swinney

Council Place 2
Barry McCarley
Jerry Williams

Council Place 3
James Anglin
Barney Shackelford

Council Place 4
Darryl Colburn
Don Eubank

Council Place 5
Paul Emerson
Darrin Wiginton

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August 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

08/26/2012 – City of Guin, AL Candidates List – Aug. 28th, 2012

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GUIN, AL MUNICIPAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, AUG. 28TH, 2012
LOCATION:  GUIN, AL CITY HALL

QUALIFYING FOR MAYOR/COUNCILMEMBER

Kathy R. Alexander
Bobby Bellew
Jerry Gann
Troy Hightower
Willie Joe Hollis
Mineo Lindsey
Steve Lolley
Cerell Metcalfe
K.J. Randolph
Regina Salter
Michael Swanigan
Elbert Leon Thompson
Philip Garrison

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August 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

08/26/2012 – Winfield, AL Candidates List – Aug. 28th, 2012

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GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION
CITY OF WINFIELD, ALABAMA
AUGUST 28th, 2012
LOCATION – WINFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER
7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
OFFICIAL CANDIDATE LIST

MAYOR
Randy Price
Wayne “Rebel” Silas

COUNCIL

PLACE # 1
Rusty Barnes (unopposed)

PLACE # 2
Gloria Stovall (unopposed)

PLACE # 3
Dot Bolton
Grant Webb

PLACE # 4
Max Brasher (unopposed)

PLACE # 5
Steve Martin
Travis Ray Carter

VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!

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August 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

08/26/2012 – Hamilton, AL Candidates List & Wet/Dry Referendum Aug. 28, 2012

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GENERAL MUNICIPAL
AND
MUNICIPAL OPTION (Wet/Dry) ELECTION
CITY OF HAMILTON, ALABAMA
AUGUST 28, 2012
LOCATION:  HAMILTON REC CENTER
7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
OFFICIAL CANDIDATE LIST

MAYOR  
McDavid Franks  
Chris Hamrick  
Ray Harper  
Scotty Sanderson  
Wade Williams

POSITION # 1  
Steve J. Froelich  
Greg Ingram

POSITION # 2  
James M. Cheek  
Brandon Kinard  
Frances Knight

POSITION # 3  
Samuel Bentley  
Lynn Mitchell  
Josh Weatherly

POSITION # 4  
W.R. “Bill” Brown  
Frank Calvert  
Tim Holcomb  
Paul Stidham

POSITION # 5  
Jayne May  
Vann Gary Scott  
Tami Lewis Williams

MUNICIPAL OPTION ELECTION
Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within this municipality:?
YES
NO

VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!   VOTE!

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August 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

08/22/2012 Hamilton Zoning Board Meeting 08/20/2012

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August 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

08/22/2012 Hamilton City Council Meeting 08/20/2012

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August 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

08/22/2012 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – Drug Paraphernalia
6 – Probation Violation
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd-Assault
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Judge’s Bench Warrant

Name:  Rebecca Rivera
Age:  24
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Paraphernalia
Attempt Manufacture
Date of Arrest:  08/16/2012
Amount of bond:  $8,000.00
Date of Release:  08/20/2012

Name:  Richard Jacobs
Age:  36
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Paraphernalia
Attempt Manufacture
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  08/16/2012
Amount of Bond:  $8,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  David Wideman
Age:  47
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  Theft by Deception
Date of Arrest:  08/20/2012
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  08/20/2012

Name:  David Spratlin
Age:  29
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Receiving Stolen Property 2nd
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  08/20/2012
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
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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08/20/2012 DANA LEE JENNINGS NAMED ALABAMA’S TOURISM EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

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Dana Lee Jennings
( Photo courtesy of http://www.northalabama.org )

Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Tourism Department has honored Mrs. Dana Lee Jennings with its 2012 Tourism Executive of the Year Award. The award is among 14 for 2012 which will be presented Tuesday, August 21, 2012, during the Alabama Governor’s Conference at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Ala.

Criteria for the award include outstanding performance, outstanding economic impact statistics, quality and effectiveness of marketing efforts, additions and/or improvements designed to increase appeal to tourists, increased attendance and the enhancement of local, regional or state image as a tourist destination.

Jennings retired as president/CEO of the EarlyWorks Museum Complex located in Huntsville in August, 2003, after serving in that position for 22 years. Only five weeks into retirement, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association asked her to assume the role of interim director and one year later she became the president/CEO. She has worked on economic development/tourism related projects for the past 35 years. Her vast experience led former Congressman Bud Cramer to appoint Jennings to the first White House Conference on Tourism and Travel. She is a past board member of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) and currently serves on the STS Board of Trustees. She currently serves in an ex-officio capacity to the Legislative Tennessee Valley Caucus and has served on the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board, the Alabama Travel Council, the Southern Policy Council, the Alabama Economic Development Partnership, the Alabama Museums Association, U.S. Travel Association, Southeast Outdoor Press Association, and is a former member of the Tourism Council for the Washington-based Appalachian Regional Commission.

Under her leadership, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association launched the Hallelujah Trail, the Alabama Bass Trail, and the North Alabama Wine Trail, implemented a scholarship program for members of the Association, created the Tornado Relief Support project among many other projects, and has been presented with two state awards, two Southeast Tourism Society awards, and was inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame in 2002.

For more information on the Alabama Tourism Department and its award program, visit www.alabama.travel.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.

08/19/2012 – Look Quickly or It Will Be Gone!

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August 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

08/19/2012 Back To School Safety Tips

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August 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

08/19/2012 32nd Annual Hartselle Depot Days Set for September 15

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Decatur, Alabama –The annual Depot Days festival, a tribute to the railroad industry and its contribution to Hartselle and the North Alabama region, returns September 15, 2012. Covering four blocks in the downtown area, the day-long event offers a day of live music, a car, truck and motorcycle show, 5K & 1-mile fun run, craft show, karaoke contest, children’s art show, children’s rides and games, Antique Tractor & Gasoline Engine Show, food and an assortment of vendors.

For the past 31 years, the streets of downtown Hartselle transforms into festival grounds for as many as 20,000 visitors the third Saturday in September. Live music featuring up and coming local talent runs all day and a variety of craft vendors have their wares on display throughout the downtown area. The car, truck and motorcycle show gets underway as early as 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church located on Hickory Street.

For the children, there are a variety of activities and games all day long. All artwork submitted for the Youth Art Contest will be on display at Slate Gallery and Framing. The Decatur Alabama Kennel Club will be providing agility, rally, flyball and meet the breeds demonstrations in E.A.R.T.H. Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Depot Days festival begins at 8 a.m. and lasts all day until the music stops. Admission is free. In addition to the festivities, many of the specialty and antique shops located in the historic buildings downtown are open for business throughout the festival. Several of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional activities are also scheduled in the week leading up to Depot Days. The Miss Depot Days Pageant takes to the stage Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Sparkman Civic Center. The pageant is open to girls 0 to 18 years old with age divisions set at 0-24 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years, and 16-18 years old. A Queen, and 1st and 2nd alternates, along with a Miss Photogenic, Best Smile, Prettiest Hair, and Prettiest Eyes, will be selected from each age group.  A Tiny Miss and Master, Little Miss and Master, Petite Miss Depot Days, Teen Miss Depot Days and a Miss Depot Days will also be crowned.

First United Methodist Church will host a community worship service at 6 p.m. on September 9th. On September 10th, the Hartselle Historical Society will host “Down Memory Lane” at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. Displays and demonstrations begin at 5:30 p.m. with the program following at 7 p.m. On September 11th, the Hartselle Fine Arts Center presents “Hartselle Sings and More – An Evening of Sacred Music. The Hartselle High School Choral Department will have a Depot Days Community Concert at the First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m.

For information on the Depot Days Festival, call the Hartselle Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.

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 http://www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link.

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August 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

08/19/2012 DECATUR’S RIVERFEST NAMED AN ALABAMA TOP 25 FOOD EVENT

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Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Tourism Department has named Riverfest 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.

Riverfest joins top events such as the Orange Beach Seafood Festival, Chilton County Peach Festival in Clanton, Oktoberfest in Cullman, and Alabama Pecan Festival in Mobile. 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.

Hosted by the Decatur Jaycees, Riverfest offers fun for the entire family with music and lip-smacking barbeque along the banks of the Tennessee River. The 18th annual event is set for September 14-15, 2012 at Ingalls Harbor. Riverfest is recognized by the State of Alabama as an official State Barbeque Championship competition and is sanctioned by, and conducted under, the rules of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competing for prize money and trophies totaling $20,000, the BBQ cook-off is open to professional and amateur teams. The Grand Champion winner of Riverfest automatically qualifies for the American Royal World Championship Barbecue Cook-off in Kansas City, Mo., and is entered into the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational drawing.

Live music featuring popular local and regional bands entertains the crowd on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Country music singer-songwriter Lee Brice will headline this year’s event. Slated to perform on Friday are Moulton-based Southern Comfort, Southern rock band Doubleshot, Nashville singer-songwriter Brent Cobb, and Brice. Saturday’s lineup includes Gadsden native Albert Simpson, the Decatur band Wheelers, Newgrass band Rollin’ in the Hay, and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday’s Gone.

Along with the BBQ cook-off and music, there are food vendors offering barbeque from mild to fiery and other traditional festival food and a free children’s area.

For more information on Riverfest, visit www.decaturjaycees.com or follow them on Twitter @ALRiverfest or like them on Facebook at Decatur Jaycees’ Riverfest.

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.

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August 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

08/19/2012 From Balloons to Mules, DeKalb County Celebrates its Heritage

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Fort Payne, Ala. – As summer winds down and children trade in swimsuits and outdoor fun for books and classroom time, two mountaintop towns located in DeKalb County gear up for some family fun. The town of Fyffe comes together the last Saturday of August for its annual Fyffe UFO Day Festival, and during the Labor Day holiday, the small community of Ider pays tribute to its agricultural traditions with Ider Mule Days.

What began as a tribute to the 1989 UFO sightings throughout the town of Fyffe, today, the Fyffe UFO Day Festival is an Unforgettable Family Outing celebration where the only flying objects spotted over Sand Mountain are colorful hot-air balloons. The eighth annual event is set for August 25, 2012. The day-long event kicks off at 10 a.m. and offers plenty of colorful, giant balloons, arts and crafts, games for children, an antique car and tractor show, an assortment of food vendors, and ongoing live music throughout the day. This year’s line-up includes performances by Ronnie Osborne and Still Kickin, Willie Underwood, Payton Sells, and others. Country/southern rock band Wrong 2 Wright – once voted the best local band in Jackson County – is slated to headline this year’s event.

Hot-air balloon rides across the Sand Mountain area are available, weather permitting, by advance reservation only. For more information, visit www.ballooningal.com or contact Jeff Maddox at rides@ballooningal.com or send a text to 256.653.7371.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Fyffe Town Park on Graves Street. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. In 1989, numerous sightings of unidentified flying objects throughout Fyffe led the small community to be known as the UFO Capital of the World. Fyffe is also recognized by the state as the UFO Capital of Alabama.

Set for September 3, 2012, Ider Mule Day returns to the mountaintop town to celebrate its agricultural heritage. The day-long event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a parade featuring mules, horses, carriages, antique cars and tractors. Tests of strength follow at the conclusion of the parade with a mule pull at 10:30 a.m. and a draft horse pull at 1 p.m., and in between the fierce pulling competitions is the mule and draft horse show beginning at 11 a.m.

The day-long event also offers an antique engine and tractor display, an antique tractor pull, arts and crafts, and games for children. The Wheels of Time Cruisers Open Car Show is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Live entertainment featuring bluegrass and gospel singing fills the air from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and plenty of barbeque, homemade ice cream, and other food vendors will be available.

Admission is $2 per person and children five years old and younger are admitted free. All activities are held in and around Ider Town Park located off of Highway 75 at 183 Sweet Gum Road. Pets are not allowed inside of the park.

For more information on either event, call 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.

Written by 49 County News.Net

August 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

08/17/2012 – Hamilton, AL – Familiar building will soon be parking lot…

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Scheduled for destruction, (see the picture below), the First Baptist Church of Hamilton will have a new parking lot…

The “Old Western Auto Building” was first a grocery store, built in the 60’s, I believe.

View South on 1st Street S.W. toward Hamilton High School and the First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Alabama

08/17/2012 – Grand Opening, La Taqueria in Hamilton, AL

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August 17, 2012 – Hamilton, AL – Grand Opening of La Taqueria

A Mariachi Band!

Tables inside and out!

Face Painting!

The ladies in the window!

Greeting guests!

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