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11/06/2012 – Sen. Roger Bedford’s Capitol Report

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Capitol Report for November 6th, 2012

Almost every week we see or hear of exciting news about the progress being made rebuilding back from the devastating tornados that struck out Senate District in April of 2011.  One of the larger and bigger projects is the new Wrangler Distribution Center that will be re-built in Hackleburg.  We got some very news that it is possible that VF Jeanswear also known as Wrangler will be rebuilt earlier and possibly be completed prior to the summer of 2013 which was the original date of completion.  We all know that weather and other uncertainties can delay construction but they are going wide open there and it does my heart good to see them working so hard.


We also had a special treat this past week when the 115th Signal Battalion returned.  It is so good to have our sons, daughters, dads, moms and best friends back home safely back here in Alabama.  However this is a constant reminder that freedom is not free.  We must continue to support our veterans both from prior conflicts and current conflicts while remaining strong for the future.  It hurts me to see that the new Republican Super Majority continue to cut the budgets to the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs and the National Guard Armories.  I think this is the wrong things to do as we should be investing more to help our Veterans because I appreciate the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for my family and yours.


It’s a pleasure for me to announce that the Fayette, Lamar and Pickens County Commissions  ; all municipalities in Lamar and Pickens Counties: City of Fayette; and the District Attorney’s office of the 24th Judicial Circuit have received a funding grant in the amount of $69,850 to continue a multi-jurisdictional drug\violent crime task force.  This task force will serve the 24th Judicial Circuit well which is composed of Fayette, Lamar and Pickens Counties.  I am proud to support these efforts to rid our Senate District and State of illegal drug and other violet criminal activities.  I commend D.A Chris McCool and his fine staff for providing a strong leadership for the 24th Judicial Circuit.


The Community Services Programs of West Alabama, Inc, Northwest Alabama Inc., Community Action Partnership of North Alabama and the Marion- Winston Counties Community Action Committee, Inc recently received a combined total of $500,561 in Community Services Block Grant Funds.  These Community Services Block Grant Funds will be used to provide services to low-income individuals and families to assist in removing obstacles and solving problems that impede the achievement of self-sufficiency.  A few of the services that will be provided include assistance with securing and maintaining meaningful employment, making better use of available income, obtaining and maintaining adequate housing, emergency assistance andencouraging greater participation in the community.  These multi-jurisdictional grants will benefit Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Tuscaloosa, Choctaw and Sumter counties in West Alabama. Also benefiting from these grants is Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale in Northwest Alabama, Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan in North Alabama and Marion and Winston Counties.


You may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that our tax dollars are brought back to our Senate District in important grants like this one.


I am happy to report the Franklin County Community Development Committee recently awarded the following grants in our Senate District.  Red Bay Park and Rec. Center $1000 for a camera system for the Fun Park.  Vina High School 7th and 8th grade scholars bowl received $365.  Vina High School accelerated reading program received $1,997.  Vina High School 4th grade received a class donation in the amount of $500.  Red Bay Lions Club Christmas project \ clothing and food drive received $2000.  Vina High School Girls basketball program received $1000.  Vina High School received $420 to replace the Automated Difibulator battery.  Russellville City Schools received $1000 towards Administrator IPAD purchases.  Belgreen’s softball program received $1000.  Phil Campbell High School Jr Scholars Bowl received $300.  Russellville High School Majorette Program received $1000.

Russellville High School girls basketball program received $1000.  Russellville Middle School girls basketball team received $1000.  Vina High School Cross Country Program received $500.  Burnout Community Homeakes Club received $2500 for the new roof on the Burnout Community Center.  Franklin County Farmer’s Foundation Book Barns program received $1450.


This past week I saw the death of two good friends who have been in the trenches working hard for years helping to make Alabama an even better place to live and work.  The first of these was my good friend Trennon Nalls who passed away in Fayette.   Trennon leaves behind a loving family and it was a pleasure for me to attend his visitation at Norwood Funeral Home in Fayette.  Trennon was a long time supporter of the Democratic party and severed as chairman of ADC, Alabama Democratic Conference, for Fayette County and worked thirty plus years at the automotive company, ARVIN,  thatwas once in Fayette. I first meet Trennon back in 1981 when I was preparing to run for the Alabama State Senate.  He and his fine family have helped me in every election and I will miss my good friend Trennon but I know that he is out of his pain and in heaven smiling down upon us.


My other good friend that went to heaven this past week was Lance Blackstock.  Lance was from the Shoals and had been involved with organized labor more specially the IBEW ever since I’ve known him.  He was a man of his work who cared deeply about his fellow workers and his community.  I first meet Lance when I was involved in Young Democrats while in law school.  He had a beautiful funeral service and it was a pleasure seeing so many of his fine family members there celebrating his passage to heaven.  I will miss Lance as well; he was a long time friend and a strong political supporter.


I very much appreciate all the cards, e-mails, prayers and phone calls that Maudie and I have received as she continues her battle against breast cancer.  I am so proud of how brave she is even though the chemo is taking a toll on her body as it does its job of killing the cancer.  She is through the rough part of the chemo treatments but will continue treatments for the next six weeks followed by six weeks of radiation.  Thank you for keeping us in your prayers because we believe that our good Lord is still in the healing business and the Power of Prayer is a very positive and powerful thing.


Thank you for all the phone calls, letters and e-mails about your concerns dealing with the issues facing us at the State and local level.  Please continue to contact me at the following address.


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


Written by 49 County News.Net

November 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Posted in Current Events, News

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