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01/31/2013 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Dept. Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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2 – TR-Alias
3 – Driving Under Influence
3 – Public Intoxication
4 – Probation Violation
1 – Resisting Arrest
4 – Illegal Possession Prohibited Beverages
1 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Fugitive From Justice
1 – Open Container
1 – Violation Release Order

FELONIES

Name:  Christopher Dodd
Age:  21
Address-City:  Jasper, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Paraphernalia
False Information
Violation Release Order
Date of Arrest:  01/28/2013
Amount of Bond:  $4,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Larry Barefield
Age:  45
Address-City:  Bruce, MS
Charges:  Grand Jury Indictment / Theft of Property 1st x 2
Date of Arrest:  01/31/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Dana Cowan
Age:  31
Address-City:  Tuscaloosa, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 1st
Date of Arrest:  01/25/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  01/28/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Donald Payne
Age:  47
Address-City:  Huntsville, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/26/2013
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Patrick McCarley
Age:  19
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Burglary 3rd
Date of Arrest:  01/23/2013
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  01/29/2013
Arresting Agency:  Hamilton, AL

Name:  Alisha Ice
Age:  25
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Child Abuse / Chemical Endangerment
Violation Release Order
Date of Arrest:  01/24/2013
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  01/25/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Christopher Gray
Age:  28
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/23/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  01/23/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Taylor Fisher
Age 24
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  Escape 2nd
Resisting Arrest
Date of Arrest:  01/28/2013
Amount of Bond:  $11,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Hunter Estes
Age:  26
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Driving Under Influence
Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  01/24/2013
Amount of Bond:  $6,000.00
Date of Release:  01/25/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Edward Horsley
Age:  31
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Theft By Deception 2nd
Felon in Possession Firearm
Bench Warrant
Date of Arrest:  01/25/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Hamilton

(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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January 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

01/25/2013 – Proclamation from Mayor Williams – From the Clyde Nix Public Library

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Hamilton’s Clyde Nix Public Library board members and the library staff held a reception for Hamilton’s Mayor Wade Williams and City Council members Friday evening, January 25th, 2013, at the Clyde Nix Public Library in Hamilton, Alabama.

Punch and snacks were served.  A program was presented by librarians, Starr Montgomery and Mary Franks, to the Mayor and Council to inform them on the various kinds of services provided by the library.  A proclamation was signed by Mayor Williams proclaiming February as Library Lovers Month.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Last year, 14,731 people came through our doors

324 people signed up for a new library card

We had 3,974 patrons use our public computers

12,590 items were checked out

Your library is the place to make copies, scan documents, make print outs and even send or receive faxes

If you are in need of a meeting room, we have that too!

When you need wireless access, we offer Wi-Fi any time the library is open, and it’s free!

Want a book we don’t have?  Tell us and we’ll get it from another library free of charge

Are you an e-book reader?  We have those too

Need a proctor for a test?  Yep, it’s another service we offer

Curious about your family history?  We have newspapers and genealogy records

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money

will get you through times of no libraries.”

Anne Herbert (writer)

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January 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

01/23/2013 – City of Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly News Report – Chief Ronnie Vickery

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Date: January 16-22, 2013

Wrecks – 8

Incident / Offense –

2 – Harassment

1 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Criminal Mischief 2nd

Arrest / Citation –

1 – Speeding

2 – No Insurance

1 – Running Red Light

1 – Expired Tag

1 – No Child Restraint

1 – Theft of Lost Property

1 – Fraudulent Use of a Credit/Debit Card

Warning –

2 – Speeding

1 – Expired License

(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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January 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

01/22/2013 – Video – Hamilton City Council Meeting 01/22/2013

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Hamilton, AL City Council Meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Hamilton, Alabama City Hall.

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January 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

01/18/2013 – January 18th, 2013 – Capitol Report – Senator Roger Bedford

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Report for January 18th, 2013

         One of the best programs for paving roads and streets in the counties and cities is the new ATRIP program also formally known as the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation Improvement Program.  ATRIP will allow each county to invest up to 10 million dollars including a local 20% match in much needed bridge maintenance.  The funds will be shared between all cities towns and unincorporated areas in each county as a percentage based on the 2010 census.  Many of our towns and cities have already agreed to move forward on the ATRIP program and I think it will help create jobs and make our roads safer for our citizens to travel on.  I am pleased to be supporting this program as I think it will make a great improvement in the overall quality of life here in our local area and throughout Alabama.  

 

            As the year came to a conclusion Governor Bentley was kind enough to help us with many important needs from the tornado and storm damage that still remains.  I was pleased to support and fight for these grants as I think they are very much needed and will help our area.  As you may know the Franklin County Commission will receive $125,000 the City of Hackleburg will receive $4,788,921.  The Marion County Commission will also receive $300,000 along with Moulton receiving $375,000.  The City of Phil Campbell will receive $2,450,000.  This will enable our communities to build back in a better and safer environment.  As I said after the storms tore through our Senate District in April of 2011, it would e a marathon and not a sprint to get rebuilt and back on track.  However, these grants will help our local officials and communities to accomplish those goals as well as create new jobs in our area through the construction and rebuilding. 

 

            As you know each one of the TVA counties receives TVA in lieu of tax monies.  These funds originally were distributed throughout the State of Alabama.  However some years ago the Legislators  of the TVA counties came together both the Democrats and the Republicans and captured that money which was going state wide to be brought back home and to be distributed through grants within each county.  In our Senate District that includes Lawrence, Franklin and Colbert counties.  I’m pleased to report to you that Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and I have been able to return $478,869.77 through the year ending 2012, helping all our schools and communities throughout Franklin County.  You may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that our tax dollars come back home to help us in a positive way. 

 

 

We received some really good news for the Town of Littleville this past week.  They were approved for a $200,000 ADECA Grant which will be matched with $63,000 of the city’s money to assist with the construction of an access road, drainage, and site work to facilitate the location of the Big Star grocery store that is coming to Littleville.   This business will be the first modern supermarket to ever be in Littleville.   Mayor Copeland and the City Council have been working tirelessly to locate that industry here and I was proud to support the grant.  It will create approximately 21 new jobs and increase the tax base for the town.  As you can imagine when they were the first town to go wet e.i , selling beer and liquor legally, they received a great portion of tax returns from people that lived outside of their city and county.  With other cities in adjoining counties voting to go wet, it caused a dramatic decrease in sales revenue taxation for the City of Littleville.  I congratulate them on accomplishing this grant and I was proud to be a big supporter. 

 

            I am pleased to inform you that the Alabama Department of Youth Services has awarded diversions grant funding for the implementation of several community-based programs that will benefit the youth in our district.   This new, competitive and accountability based process, is the result of a comprehensive strategic planning effort by DYS to increase the ability of local jurisdictions to provide better services.  As you know I have been a champion in providing a more effective and less costly diversion services to at risk youth.  We are showing the DYS financial support provided to our juvenile detention centers where they can be more effective in providing services.  This not only helps DYS fulfill its goals and objectives but also provides vital resources here at home to help our youth rather than send them off to detention centers throughout the state.  I am proud to announce to you that H.O.P.E Center will receive $100,000, Colbert-Lauderdale Attention Home, Inc will receive $121,000, Mitnick Wilderness Program will receive $320,000 and the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility will receive $183,718.  You may rest assure that I will continue to fight to bring our tax dollars here at home.   

 

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

01/23/2013 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – CC – Alias
2 – Driving Under Influence
1 – Public Intox
2 – Probation Violation
2 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Assault
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Harassment
2 – Bench Warrant

FELONIES

Name:  Alisha Ice
Age:  25
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Child Abuse/Chemical Endangerment
Issuing Worthless Checks
Date of Arrest:  01/16/2013
Amount of Bond:  $3,000.00
Date of Release:  01/18/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Norman Rodrigue
Age:  27
Address-City: 
Charges:  Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
Theft of Lost Property 3rd
Date of Arrest:  01/17/2013
Amount of Bond:  $4,000.00
Date of Release:  01/19/2013
Arresting Agency:  Hamilton

Name:  Jennifer Head
Age:  38
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Domestic Violence 2nd – Assault
Date of Arrest:  01/19/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Jerry Lutgring
Age:  63
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Domestic Violence 2nd – Assault
Date of Arrest:  01/19/2013
Amount of Bond:  $30,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Tyrall Sparks
Age: 19
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Burglary 3rd
Theft of Property 2nd
Criminal Mischief 1st
Date of Arrest:  01/18/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Guin

Name:  David Thomas
Age:  19
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Criminal Mischief 1st
Burglary 3rd
Theft of Property 2nd
Burglary Tools
Date of Arrest:  01/18/2013
Amount of Bond:  $20,000.00
Date of Release:  01/22/2013
Arresting Agency:  Guin

Name:  Brittany Green
Age:  20
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Manufacture 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/22/2013
Amount of Bond: $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Anthony Craig
Age:  20
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/22/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  Winfield

Name:  Albert Garrard
Age:  63
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Parole Violation
Theft by Deception 1st
Date of Arrest:  01/17/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Katherine Garrard
Age:  55
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Theft by Deception 1st x 2
Date of Arrest:  01/17/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  01/17/2013
Arresting Agency:  County

(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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January 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

01/23/2013 Ninth Annual ACEF to Feature New and Established Artists with Ties to Muscle Shoals

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ACEF_logo_color-300x267Moulton, Ala. (January 15, 2013) – The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (ACEF) has announced the entertainment lineup for its ninth annual event set for April 12-14 in Moulton. More than fifteen performers will take to the stage during the three-day celebration of everything arts and agriculture.

Three stages will boast live music representing a variety of genres including Americana, bluegrass, and southern rock ‘n’ roll. Previous festivals have featured a wide range of musical talent, but most of the artists slated to perform at the 2013 festival are from or have a connection to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “Serious music fans from all over the world have always known about the Muscle Shoals sound,” said ACEF Event Coordinator Vicki Morese. “With the resurgence of music coming from this area, we felt it is important to highlight local artists who are earning a name for themselves while placing northern Alabama on the entertainment map once again.”

The Goat Hill String Band (www.goathillstringband.com) will open this year’s festival on the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Friday evening. The band features banjo/guitar player/lead vocalist, Patrick Reed, who was born and raised in North Alabama. This self-taught musician studied Entertainment Media Production at the University of North Alabama in Florence. The Goat Hill String Band performs acoustic string band music ranging from modern pop covers of artists, such as Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, and even 80’s one-hit wonder A-Ha, to R&B classics from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, to traditional bluegrass favorites like the venerable “Uncle Pen” and the wildly popular “Man of Constant Sorrow.”

Hailing from Moulton, the Muddy Walker’s Band has been playing together for four years and has honed their sound playing festivals, private parties and other venues. Festival goers can expect straight forward rock-n-roll with influences ranging from 60s southern soul and garage rock to today’s Americana.

Friday’s headliner on the Logan Pharmacy Stage is legendary Muscle Shoals group Shenandoah with a guest appearance by Marty Raybon (www.shenandoahband.com). Shenandoah was founded in Muscle Shoals in 1984 and has released nine albums, with several certified gold. The band’s sound is defined by country, bluegrass and gospel influences and it’s been said they forged its reputation on a soulful gospel-and-bluegrass, with lead singer Marty Raybon’s searing sincerity making even the most trivial song about small-town Southern values memorable.

The music continues on Saturday on the Logan Pharmacy Stage beginning with the The Pollies (www.polliesband.com). They recently released their debut album “Where the Lies Begin”, which is a collection of songs that defy categorization and signals the arrival of this group from Muscle Shoals that is causing a buzz all over the nation. They continue to tour extensively and will be appearing in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest (SXSW) later this year.

Performing music they consider to be “dead” in the modern world, the Pine Hill Haints (www.thepinehillhaints.com) will bring their “Ghost Music” to the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Saturday. They have released over 20 recordings and some examples of the genres they perform include, but are not limited to, gospel, rockabilly, rock and roll, Celtic music, blues and bluegrass.

Emerging out of Muscle Shoals in 1994, the Fiddleworms (www.fiddleworms.com), who take their name from night crawler catfish bait, are known for fat chops, meaty grooves and original rock. They play a wide array of original songs as well as several covers and are featured each year as a regular act at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence. Their music includes elements of original and traditional rock, southern alternative, jazz, reggae, and folk.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (www.jasonisbell.com) is slated to headline on Saturday evening on the Logan Pharmacy Stage. Born in Greenhill, Ala., the lead singer and songwriter of the headline act joined the Drive-by Truckers in 2001 where he recorded and wrote for the band over their next three albums, authoring some of their more popular songs. He left the Truckers in 2007 and quickly released his first solo album “Sirens of the Ditch”. Since then he and his group, the 400 unit, has released three more albums and have performed at music venues everywhere and has appeared on many music-related television programs. He continues to write and perform to critical acclaim and just recently won an Americana Music Award for Song of the Year for “Alabama Pines”, a song about his North Alabama home. Their latest release is called Live from Alabama.

On Sunday, the Logan Pharmacy Stage will feature Wildwood Ruminators, a new group emanating from the fertile musical soil of the Muscle Shoals area. The trio is composed of veteran singer/songwriter and independent producer Eddie Martin, Tony Lee (formerly of the celebrated Celtic band, Full Moon Ensemble) and John Jackson (leader of the pop/punk band, Jessica’s Mistake). All three members are Shoals-area natives.

The festival concludes on Sunday with a performance by Jake Leg Stompers, a group that presents Pre-War Roots Music on period instruments in lively, authentic styles. They capture the rebellious spirit of pre-1941 American music from Memphis Jug bands to Appalachian Hillbilly to Fats Waller when folk music was still considered dangerous. Their third release “Hill Country Hoodoo,” was produced and recorded by Jimbo Mathis in Como, Mississippi.

The Walmart Bluegrass Stage fires up on Saturday and kicks off with Blackrock Station, a bluegrass/gospel group formed in 2011 and features Shoals residents Tim Muncher, Cliff Abbott, Roman Locklear and Kyle Tolbert. They are a relatively new group that is quickly gaining a big following.

Slated to perform on the Walmart Bluegrass Stage on Saturday and Sunday is The Musselwhite Family (www.musselwhitefamily.com). Performing in eight different countries over the past five years, The Musselwhite Family’s bluegrass band rarely gets away without an encore. Though they may have some of the youngest pickers around, age is not a factor when you listen to their close family harmony and hard driving instrumentals. They share their lives with their audiences and no two shows are ever alike.

The Walmart Bluegrass Stage also includes a performance by Freshwater Creek, a young up and coming bluegrass band from the North Alabama area. They have played everywhere from a string band competition to the Ryman in Nashville.
Headlining on the Walmart Bluegrass Stage is Marty Raybon and Full Circle (www.martyraybon.com). Since leading his country group Shenandoah to 22 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, Marty Raybon has enjoyed many years as an esteemed performer in the bluegrass genre. He grew up in bluegrass before he earned acclaim in country music, so it should come as no surprise that this group is in great demand and performs at over 100 shows per year between the United States and Canada.

For the children, the Bank Independent Stage will feature performances by “Riverboat John” Ferguson, Mala Patterson and performers from Moulton Middle School. Riverboat John (www.riverboatjohn.net) entertains crowds of all ages with his old stories and songs from the past. His style of entertainment is much like that of an 1800s minstrel who comes to town to tell stories and sing songs.
Performing on all three days is Mala Patterson who will be performing an energetic, entertaining, and educational program with live, acoustic old-time music and dance. She will be showcasing traditional instruments, such as the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer and frailing banjo, and homemade instruments, such as the spoons and scrub board.

According to Morese, over 15 artists will take to three stages over the three-day event. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are free. The price of admission includes the above mentioned entertainment and concerts on all three stages. Stay tuned to
http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com for announcements on additional bands and entertainment as they are booked.
For more information, call Morese at 256.905.0700 or follow the ACEF on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned family fun. The ninth annual event is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located at 1690A Beltline Road in Decatur, Ala., and at 2504 East Avalon Avenue, Suite A in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and a Down on the Farm area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant, a preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2013 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Stovall Marks Insurance, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Golden Flake, Cackle Hatchery, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Huntsville Hospital, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Jamie Hood Jewelers, John’s Bar-B-Que, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, Manna Pro, Tractor Supply, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, and 103.1 WEUP.

For more information, visit http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

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January 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

01/23/2013 2nd Annual Carnegie Carnival Set for February 9th

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Decatur, Ala. – One year ago, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center hosted its first Mardi Gras-style celebration filling the historic downtown area with parades and other family-friendly activities. Promoting art and creativity and family fun, the second annual Carnegie Carnival returns to Decatur February 9, 2013.

The day-long event begins at 10 a.m. with a Red Beans and Rice Cook-off at Bank Street Green. The tasty event is open to professional and amateur Cookin’ Crewes. There will be first, second, and third place winners and the team with the most “tips” in the Tip Jar will be presented the People’s Choice award. Public sample tasting begins at 2:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Kiwanis Club Creation Station art activity tent will be set up at Founders Park with free hands-on art activities for children. On 2nd Avenue, adjacent to the Alabama Center for the Arts, a children’s performance stage will provide family-friendly entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spray paint artist Chandler Hays will be painting a mural at the corner of Lee and Bank streets starting at 11 a.m.

The first parade of the day, sponsored by Animal Friends Humane Society, is the Carnival Canines on Parade. Four-legged friends will trot through downtown Decatur starting at 11 a.m.

At 2 p.m., the Prince and Princess Parade for children takes to the streets of downtown Decatur led by the 2013 Prince and Princess of Carnegie Carnival. This parade, for tots through teens, is sponsored by Parents and Children Together.

The grand finale is the Carnegie Carnival Parade at 6 p.m. Crewes will proceed in a traditional Mardi Gras-style, complete with themed floats, costumes, “throws”, and music. The parade will be led by 2013 Carnegie Carnival King and Queen, Tony Shubert and Margaret Wenzler. The evening will conclude with the crowning of the 2014 Carnegie Carnival King and Queen at the Carnegie Carnival Crewe Party at Ingalls Harbor.

All parade routes begin on 2nd Avenue at Gordon Street, continues onto Lee Street/Bank Street, and ends at Founder’s Park near the Old State Bank. Registration forms and activity information are available at www.carnegiecarnival.com. Proceeds benefit the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and other non-profits organizations in the Decatur area. For additional information, call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at 256.341.0562.

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.

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January 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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01/23/2013 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Seeks Entries for Juried Rooster Art Show

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ACEF_logo_color-300x267Moulton, Alabama – The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival calls all artists to submit pieces for a juried art exhibition on the theme of roosters. Sponsored by Dr. Don Beach and hosted by the Lawrence County Arts Council, “Rooster Call” is held in conjunction with the ninth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 12-14, 2013 in Moulton. 

The jury panel will select one Best of Show artist, a second place, and a third place. The Best of Show recipient wins a $500 cash prize, a listing in the Rooster Hall of Fame, and the opportunity for the work to be featured in future promotions. Second place and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively. The winning submission will be determined by creative vision, innovation, potential to engage an audience, and overall impression. All artistic mediums will be accepted, and along with roosters, artwork on the theme of hens, chicks and eggs are encouraged.

All artwork accepted will be on exhibit for public viewing at Art Inspirations of the Valley located at 552 Lawrence Street in Moulton from April 16 to June 30, 2013, after being presented at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival on April 12-14, 2013.

The exhibition is open to all emerging and established artists 18 years of age or older residing in the United States. All entries shall be original work produced by the artist within the past two years and may be marketed for sale at prices determined by the artist. The Lawrence County Arts Council will retain a 30% commission fee on any sale of art from the exhibition.

The jurors are Belinda McCullough Elliot and Elliot Knight. Elliot graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in interior design. She has worked in sales and design and as a business owner for seven years, all while having a lifelong passion for art and painting.  Her mother is an artist, and while their styles are very different, she is Elliot’s inspiration and driving force to paint. Elliot’s work features plenty of texture, depth, and layers where each stroke has a purpose to draw the viewer inside the painting. She paints in her home studio in Moulton, Alabama.

Knight is the Visual Arts Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts. An Opelika native, he is an accomplished photographer, community arts leader, respected scholar and instructor, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama with BA and MA degrees with concentrated areas of study in the arts. He is the founder and co-director of the nationally recognized Black Belt 100 Lenses Program, a community-based arts program that works with high school students in twelve Alabama Black Belt counties. Previous employments and professional activities include an instructor in the University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History, a guest scholar and lecturer for the Alabama Humanities Foundation, an advisory board member for the Beauty Amid Destruction Project and Alabama Art Kitchen, and a Fellow with the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program.

Entry fee for up to two submissions is $25 and each additional entry is $5. The deadline for entries is March 13, 2013 and those selected will be notified beginning March 15. Shipped artwork is due April 1 and hand-delivered art is due April 5.

Artists interested in entering can visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Juried Rooster Art Show” in the Contests section for a prospectus and an entry form, or call 256.905.0700.

Artists renting vendor space are ineligible for the juried exhibition and will have an opportunity to win prizes and recognition through an open arts and crafts competition. Arts and crafts vendors interested in exhibiting can go to www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Vendors” for more information and to download an application.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The ninth annual event is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located at 1690A Beltline Road in Decatur, Ala., and at 2504 East Avalon Avenue, Suite A in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and a Down on the Farm area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant, a preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2013 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Stovall Marks Insurance, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Golden Flake, Cackle Hatchery, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Huntsville Hospital, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Jamie Hood Jewelers, John’s Bar-B-Que, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, Manna Pro, Tractor Supply, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, and 103.1 WEUP.

 For more information, visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg

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January 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

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01/14/2013 – VIDEO – Marion County, AL Commissioners Meeting 01/14/2013

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Marion County, Alabama Commissioners Meeting held January 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am at the County Commission Office located on US Hwy 43 N in Hamilton, Alabama.

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01/16/2013 – Marion County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – TR-Alias
2 – Probation Violation
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Harassment
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Contempt of Court

FELONIES:

Name:  Amanda Hasty
Age:  25
Address-City:  Millport, AL
Charges:  GJI – Theft of Property 1st
GJI – Theft by Deception 2nd x 2
Date of Arrest:  011/10/2013
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  01/10/2013

Name:  James Brandon Manasco
Age:  33
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/10/2013
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  01/12/2013

(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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01/08/2013 – VIDEO – Rocky Ridings – New Probate Judge Swearing-In Ceremony

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Video of Swearing-In Ceremony of new Marion County, Alabama Probate Judge, Rocky Ridings. Ceremony was held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the First National Bank in Hamilton, AL. The public was invited to attend. 49 County News was there!

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January 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

01/14/2013 – Icy Conditions in Phil Campbell

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Freezing rain is causing icy conditions in Hackleburg, AL., Russellville, AL. and in Phil Campbell, AL. where I happen to be right now. There is a travel advisory in effect for all of North Alabama and for good reason! Don’t travel if you can possibly avoid it!

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January 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

01/09/2012 – Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly News Report

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Weekly News Report
Date: January 2-8, 2013

Wrecks – 1

Incident / Offense –

1 – Robbery 1st

1 – Theft of Property 2nd

1 – Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

1 – Criminal Mischief 2nd

1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1 – Possession of Marijuana 1st

Arrest / Citation –

6 – Speeding

2 – DUI

1 – No Drivers License

1 – License Revoked

1 – License Suspended

10 – No Insurance

1 – Running Stop Sign

1 – Improper Equipment

1 – Expired Tag

3 – Open Container of Alcohol

1 – Public Intoxication

1 – Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs

2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1 – Possession of Marijuana 1st

 

(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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January 11, 2013 at 2:38 AM

01/10/2013 – (New Feature!) Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report

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1 – DUI
1 – Probation Violation
2 – Non-Support
1 – Criminal Trespass 3rd
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Reckless Endangerment
1 – Attempt to Elude
1 – Violation Release Order

FELONIES

Arresting Agency:  Winfield
Name:  Norman Kilgore
Age:  29
Address-City:  Saragossa, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/09/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Arresting Agency:  Winfield
Name:  Patricia Hooper
Age:  41
Address-City:  Jasper, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/09/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Arresting Agency:  Winfield
Name:  Al Hernandez
Age:  25
Address-City:  Saragossa, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/09/2013
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Arresting Agency: U/K
Name:  John Beasley
Age:  27
Address-City:  Fayette, AL
Charges:  Possession Forged Instrument 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/10/2013
Amount of Bond:  Not Set
Date of Release:  In Jail

Arresting Agency:  Winfield
Name:  Andres Samano
Age:  33
Address-City:  Vernon, AL
Charges:  Electronic Solicitation
Date of Arrest:  01/02/2013
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County
Name:  Barba Humbers
Age:  52
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Distributing Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  01/05/2013
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  01/07/2013
Arresting Agency:  Hamilton
Name:  Richard Cummings
Age:  18
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Burglary 2nd
Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  01/08/2013
Amount of Bond:  Not Set
Date of Release:  In Jail

Arresting Agency:  Guin
Name:  John Gaddy
Age:  32
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Illegal Possession Prohibited Beverage
Burglary 3rd
Theft of Property 3rd
Violation Release Order
Date of Arrest:  01/08/2013
Amount of Bond:  $7,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

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2012 in review (49 County News – News Page)

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01/08/2013 – Rocky Ridings Takes Oath of Office as New Probate Judge of Marion County, AL

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01/07/2013 – Inspection report for Dec 26, 2012 — Jan 4, 2013 – Sam LeMaster

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Bama-Q Pit and Grill (Hamilton) 92

Car Lot BBQ (Winfield) 89

Cedar Landing (Winfield) 93

Guin Package Store 98

Hamilton A&I Prison Passed routine inspection

Hamilton A&I Cafeteria 95

Hamilton Work Release Center Passed routine inspection

Hamilton Work Release Cafeteria 95

Huddle House (Hamilton) 97

La Estancia (Hamilton) 90

La Casa Fiesta (Guin) 93

Mac’s Minit Mart (Hamilton) 95

Mandarin House (Winfield) 84

Marion Co Jail Routine inspection critical deficiencies

Marion County Jail Kitchen (Hamilton) 93

Moore’s Super Store (Hamilton) 89

The Stop Market (Weston) Passed inspection for new store permit

Walker Co Inspections:

Grill Billy BBQ (Carbon Hill) 93

Nauvoo Food Mart 88

Lacy’s Pizza Bar (Carbon Hill) 87

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January 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

01/08/2013 A Celebration of Cranes Planned for Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Inaugural event kicks off Wheeler’s 75th anniversary.

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Decatur, Ala. – The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge will hold its first Festival of the Cranes, a one-day event filled with refuge tours, up-close viewings, workshops, live raptors, and nature walks, January 12, 2013, kicking off a year-long celebration of Wheeler’s 75th anniversary. The celebration of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes will bring together experienced birders and those who would like to learn more about birding while providing opportunities to learn about the cranes and other wildlife that calls the Refuge home.  

Over 11,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association, the Festival of the Cranes kicks off at 6 a.m. with a Sunrise Breakfast in the Visitor Center classroom. Following breakfast, Refuge Manager Dwight Cooley will lead an early morning birding walk to see cranes and other waterfowl arrive in the fields to begin their day of feeding and loafing. A $5 donation is suggested and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring binoculars and a camera.

Throughout the day, the enclosed Wildlife Observation Building, complete with bleachers and spotting scopes, will offer views of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, along with Whooping Cranes, ducks, geese, raptors, and maybe a bald eagle. Volunteers and staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

Acclaimed author, storyteller, and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis will be the special guest and featured speaker and will be presenting his Adventures with Audubon. His portrayal of Audubon will enchant participants with stories from some of the wildest places on Earth. At 9 a.m., he will host Bird is the Word writing workshop. In this participatory workshop, participants will learn tips for effective journaling, how to use poetry to help write clearer and more exciting essays, and how to turn field notes into publishable articles. At 11:30 a.m., he presents Bird Tales: Stories and Songs from Many Cultures, a blend of his lifelong love for birds and traditional folktales from different cultures. Through poetry and song, legends and facts, a celebration of all things crane is planned for 2:15 p.m. when Ellis presents Crane Tales Around the World. At 4 p.m., Ellis (as John James Audubon) concludes the day-long event with a recap of his tales from his travels and travails.

Additional activities include a showing of Hope Takes Wing, a film by and about Operation Migration chronicling the history of the Whooping crane; Raptor Trek! Alabama’s Premier Live Bird of Prey Experience featuring owls, hawks, falcons, and a Bald Eagle presented by Becky Collier of the Alabama 4-H Center; and children’s activities centering around the importance of cranes in Japanese culture. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association will sponsor a pizza lunch. A $5 donation to the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association is suggested. The day-long event concludes at 5 p.m.

The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road in Decatur. For more information on the Festival of the Cranes, visit www.friendsofwheelerrefuge.org or call Teresa Adams, supervisory ranger for Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, at 256.350.6639.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge was established on July 7, 1938 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the first National Wildlife Refuge placed on a multi-purpose reservoir to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds. Covering 35,000 acres, it attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year and is home to Alabama’s largest wintering duck population. The Refuge also supports the state’s largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes. The 75th Anniversary Celebration featuring live raptors and wildlife, children’s activities, and special guest and master of ceremonies “T.R. Roosevelt” as portrayed by Joe Wiegand, is set for October 5, 2013. For more information on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/wheeler

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

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January 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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01/11/2013 – Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting!

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The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of The Dollar Tree on Friday, January 11, at 7:55 a.m. The store will open immediately following at 8 a.m.

The Dollar Tree is the newest business to open in the redevelopment of the Hamilton Heights Shopping Center, 1500 Military Street South in Hamilton.

The Dollar Tree’s hours will be Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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January 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

01/07/2013 National Championship Giveaway!!

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National Championship Giveaway!! Help us predict the score for tonight’s game!! Be the first person to post the correct final score for tonight’s National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The winner will receive a pair of passes to the Dixie Cinema Three in Hamilton, Alabama!! Just one of hopefully many giveaways this year from www.49countynews.net !! Remember the first comment wins and no entries will be considered after the game starts! Comments must be made on our Facebook page by clicking the link below. 🙂

 

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January 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

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01/01/2013 – VIDEO – Hamilton City Council Meeting 12/17/2012

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