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05/31/2013 – 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Hamilton, Alabama – June 1st

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BannerFourth Annual Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 1
(Rain date – June 15)
1 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m.
Downtown Hamilton

Stage will be located on the southwest corner of the court square.
Bring your own lawn chairs!
Special decorating lighting in downtown for the evening events!

Merchants throughout Hamilton (not just downtown) will hold special sales all day long. Many merchants will have special sidewalk sales, special indoor and outdoor displays, and have their own individual drawings for giveaways throughout the day and evening, and will remain open until at least 9 p.m.. Town Square Jewelry will be hosting an art show, and Picket Fence will be holding interactive kids’ art activities throughout the day.

Free water and soft drinks throughout the day (while supplies last) and free hot dogs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (while supplies last).

Car Cruise-In – 5 p.m. until… No charge for participation. Registration and drawings exclusively for cruise-in participants, to include $100 grand prize.

Hamilton Bucks – Drawings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. for $200 each. Grand prize drawing of $500 of Hamilton Bucks will take place at 9 p.m. Winners must be present. Registration must be made inside the businesses and participants must be at least 16 years old. Winners will have 14 days to redeem Hamilton Bucks in participating businesses which will be annotated by “Hamilton Bucks” posters.

Customer Appreciation Day Kids’ Corner – Throughout the day, there will an area for kids to participate in carnival-type games. Most games will cost $1 to participate. Kids (15 and under) will be able to register at the Kids’ Corner for a package of prizes from the local merchants ($50 value).

The Duck Dynasty look-alike contest will probably be the show-stealer of the stage at the 2013 Customer Appreciation Day. There is no charge to participate, and anyone, any age, is invited to dress up as their favorite Duck Dynasty character. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, $60, $40, and $20 in Hamilton Bucks. No preregistration needed.

There will be a static display by the auto dealers in Hamilton — Fikes Chevrolet, Logan & Logan Auto Sales, Jim Bishop Credit Cars, Lamb Motors, and MotorSports SuperStore.

The Chamber will be selling t-shirts and tickets for their upcoming 10th annual Shrimp Boil on June 11th.


1 p.m. – AseraCare Memorial Butterfly release
1:30 p.m. – Grace School of Dance
2 p.m. – Chris Williams
2:45 p.m. – Duck Dynasty look-alike contest
3 p.m – Chosen
3:30 p.m. – The Hope Alive Worship Team
4:15 p.m. – Colby Nix
5 p.m. – Mulberry Road
6:15 p.m. – Eric Swan
7:30 p.m. – Handshake Promise


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May 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

05/29/2013 – Marion County, AL Sheriff’s Dept. Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – Public Intoxication
1 – Probation Violation
2 – Issuing Worthless Checks
1 – Non-Support
1 – Resisting Arrest
2 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Assault
1 – Criminal Trespass 3rd
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Fugitive From Justice
1 – Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
1 – Consumption as a Minor


Name:  Daniel Lee Brown
Age:  52
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  05/28/2013
Amount of Bond:  $3,000
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  John Franks
Age:  30
Attempt to Commit Controlled Substance Crime
Violation Pseudoephedrine Law
Date of Arrest:  05/22/2013
Amount of Bond:  $5,000
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Kelly Smith
Age:  42
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Manufacturing 1st
Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  05/28/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,500
Date of Release:  In Jail
Arresting Agency:  County

Name:  Derrick Terry
Age:  33
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Manufacture 1st
Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  05/28/2013
Amount of Bond:  $15,500
Date of Release:  In Jail
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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May 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

05/30/2013 – Haleyville’s 911 Festival Set For May 31st & June 1st

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Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1, 2013

Friday, May 31st
2:00pm Arts/Crafts/Food Vendors Set-up on Main Street & blocked to thru traffic

Barbecue Contest Set-up…lower parking lot in front of ‘Safe Center’

Kids’ Zone Set-up…Moon Jump, Slide, Obstacle Course, etc.

Music Stage…upper parking lot above ‘Safe Center’

5:30pm Joseph Baldwin

6:30pm Tremayne

7:30pm The Springs

9:00pm Shenandoah

Saturday, June 1st

Barbecue Contest Competition….Alabama Barbecue Association Points apply

7:00am Lakeland Community Hospital 5K Fun Run

8:00am Classic Car Show benefitting Haleyville High School Automotive Technology…Parking Lot behind Dixie Theatre

8:00am Antique Tractor Show sponsored by Cox Farm Supply…10th Avenue beside Maxx Cleaners

9:00am Arts/Crafts/Food Vendors on Main Street

9:00am Kids’ Zone opens

9:00am Music Stage…..’Rebel Yell’…before & after parade

10:00am Parade…Haleyville Alumni & 9-1-1 Festival Units

11:30am Haleyville Alumni Luncheon at School

Afternoon……Barbecue Contest Judging & Awards
……Classic Car Show Awards
……Antique Tractor Show Awards

9-1-1 Car Show

9-1-1 Backyard BBQ
Sponsored by Goar’s Big Star May 31-June 1 2013
Printable Entry Form | Rules | Flyer

Chicken, Pork, Ribs
Grand Champion wins a
Kamado Ceramic grill ($700.00 value)
1st $250.00
2nd Place $175.00
3rd Place $100.00
Each Category

$100.00 entry fee – Registration due by May 15, 2013
Contact Jade Bice @ 205-485-3465 or Harold Fredrick @ 205-269-8600

Backyard BBQ Rules
All meat must be raw and inspected before your cooking process may begin.
A mandatory cooks meeting will be held at BBQ headquarters at 6pm on May 31.
Meat will be inspected after cooks meeting.
Turn in boxes will be provided by BBQ officials.
Turn in 6 servings of each. Lettuce (any kind) may be used for garnish
If you serve sauce it must be applied to the meat by you. No sauce on the side.
Any type of fuel source is allowed. Wood, charcoal , gas, or electric heat.
Limited water and power will be available. Bring your own hoses and extension cords.
Turn in times will be officially announced at the cooks meeting. Tentative times are as follows: Chicken 11:00, Ribs 11:30, Butt 12:00. Winners will be announced at 2:00pm
Have Fun.

We hope to be able to provide each cook team with food to prepare Friday night for sampling. Please be willing to participate in this part of the event. Sausage, chicken legs, country ribs are what we are hoping for. Final details will be announced at cooks meeting.

In 1968, the city of Haleyville made history when Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first 911 emergency call from City Hall to U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the city’s police station. Each year, Haleyville celebrates its role in history with the annual 9-1-1 Festival honoring all police, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel.


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May 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

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05/29/2013 – Hamilton Police Department

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Chief Ronnie Vickery
Hamilton Police Department
Weekly News Report
Date: May 22-28, 2013

Wrecks – 4

Incident / Offense –

1 – Domestic Violence 3rd

1 – Domestic Violence – Criminal Mischief 3rd

1 – Harassment

1 – Theft of Property 1st

1 – Possession of Controlled Substance

1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arrest / Citation –

5 – Speeding

1 – DUI

1 – License Revoked

1 – Expired License

4 – No Insurance

3 – Expired Tag

1 – No Tag

2 – Public Intoxication

3 – Open Container in a Vehicle

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1 – Possession of Controlled Substance

6 – Alias Warrant

Hamilton Police Department
Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: May 22-28, 2013

Date of Arrest: May 23, 2013
Name: Shirley, Ashley Nicole Johnson
Age: 30
City: Hamilton, AL
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Open container of Alcohol in a Vehicle
Status: Bonded

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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May 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM

05/29/2013 – Mac McAnally LIVE at The Pastime Theater June 1st

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May 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM

05/24/2013 – Restaurant Ratings – May 20 – 24, 2013 – Sam LeMaster

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Burgers and More (Winfield) 94

Cardinal Drive-In (Winfield) 93

Crossroads market (Winfield) 93

Days Inn Breakfast (Hamilton) 98

Days Inn Motel (Hamilton) 96

Econo Lodge Breakfast (Hamilton) 95

Econo lodge Inn and Suites (Hamilton) 96

Hamilton Holiday Motel 93

Kountry Kitchen (Winfield) 88

Lacy’s Pizza bar (Carbon Hill) 90

Nauvoo Food Mart 90

Northwest Medical Center cafeteria (Winfield) 96

Pizza Hut (Winfield) 94

The Coffee Cup (Winfield) 97

Token No. 4 (Guin Chevron) 92

Watson’s Grocery (Detroit) 99

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May 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

05/24/2013 – Sen. Roger Bedford Capitol Report for May 24th, 2013

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Capitol Report for May 24th, 2013

I am pleased to let you know that 49 County News, as part of their efforts to keep the community safe, have made a Google map of all the community storm shelters that are located in Marion County Alabama and Franklin County Alabama. I want to commend them for doing this as I think it will help keep people better informed about the exact location of the storm shelters. The 49 County News has made this information available for your iPhone through a free app from the app store. The app uses your location and gives you the ability to identify the closest community storm shelter to your present location. You should always have your safe place planned out in advance.

In order to take advantage of this map 49 County News has made you must download the free My Maps Editor App from the Apple App Store then follow the 49 County News link to download the KML File for the Google Map of Marion County as well as the KML file for Franklin County.

Unfortunately the GOP Republican Super Majority continued to pass a second verison of the Alabama Accountability Act which is also known as the School Voucher Plan. For the first time ever in our state, public dollars will follow children to private schools and our tax dollars will pay for private for profit schools. The deduction was raised from 50% to 100% for companies that want to donate to private school foundations to assist with public students going to private schools. It had been my hope that if the bill could not be repelled and go back to the Flexibility Bill , that we would at least prevent public dollars from going to private schools thus further weakening our public school systems. The new bill gives some school flexibility in complying with state education laws but also creates a tax credit known as vouchers for parents who choose to send their children to private schools and non-failing public schools but unfortunately private schools are not rated so we do not know if they are failing or not failing.

We also passed a bill to allow schools to hire armed security guards who have police training. I think that we must do all that we can to make our schools safer and a better learning environment for our children.

I offered an amendment to increase the raise to 5% for teachers K-12 and for those in our community college system and for retirees. We could have paid for this without taking any money out of the classroom. Unfortunately the Republican’s killed it, and the 5% pay raise that we proposed for teachers and personnel, both active and retired was changed into a 2% pay raise, good for only K-12 teachers. This is after the Republicans cut teachers pay by 2.5% three years ago, when they made them absorb more of the cost of their benefits which has historically been paid for by the state.

I am pleased to report to you that we approved borrowing 30 million through a bond issue to repair 6 schools damaged by the tornados 2011 and 2012 which included money to help finish the rebuilding and remodeling of Phil Campbell.

As many of you know we lost our state park in Gulf Shores, to a hurricane years ago. At the Governors urging the legislature agreed to use money from the BP oil spill settlement to build a convention center and conference center at the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. This will be run by a private, for profit, group hopefully selected through a bid process to obtain the best value at the least amount of cost to the public.

Perhaps one of the biggest disappointments to me is that the GOP Super Majority refused to expand Medicaid like I had requested. This would have included coverage for 350,000 Alabamians. These are working poor who are paying taxes, but can not afford health insurance or it’s simply not available at their job. This is particularly important in rural areas because this would have been 350,000 new customers for rural hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and dentist who are currently not customers because they can not afford the health care. This would have created approximately 10,000 new jobs in Alabama. It would have been paid for 100% by theFederal Government for the first three years beginning in 2014.

After that, the State would begin to shoulder some of the cost starting at 5% in 2017 and capping at 10% in 2020. The Federal Government would then continue to pay 90% of the cost with the State of Alabama only having to pay 10%. In other words, Alabama would reap a 9 to 1 Federal match. This would provide health care to cover an additional 7 % of our population who unfortunately will not get health coverage.

The Henry Kiser Family Foundation estimated the expansion would bring $10 billion in new federal health care money to Alabama from 2014 to 2019. The State’s cost to get these dollars would be approximately $582 million. That is like investing 500 dollars and getting back 10,000.

This is a tremendous economic opportunity for Alabama as well as a great way to improve the quality of life in this state that so far the Republicans have prevented us from accomplishing. I hope they will change their mind.

Governor Bentley being a doctor should surely see the need for better health care coverage in Alabama, particularly when it would it cost no new tax dollars to the Alabama tax payers.

I am pleased to report to you that I was successful in passing a bill to protect Alabama gun owner’s rights. As a life long hunter and fisherman I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. Many years ago I became a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association because I think we should protect our 2nd amendment rights. I certainly believe that we must emphasize fire arm safety and the proper use of firearms. Early in the session the Business Council of Alabama had tried to kill our gun owners bill, but fortunately common sense carried and we passed it in a bipartizan manner.

Overall it was a tough session this year and I would give it a B- if I had to rate it. Had it not been for some major bills like the Breast Cancer Awareness Bill, the bill to protect our gun rights, along with a few others, it would have received a failing grade because of the lack of debate and transparency over this legislation which lead to the 8 page school Flexibility Bill being changed into a 28 page school voucher bill without any debate or amendments. I believe that when we have accountability in the Alabama Senate through debate and review of the bills and the issues along with the ability to listen to the constituents which we represent , we will have an accountable government that passes good bills and not these that are rushed through and then when the harm is found in them it is called unintended consequences.

I had the honor and privilege of being the commencement speaker at Vina High School graduation this week. I am very proud of all of this years graduates and their many accomplishments. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.

Please continue to contact me with your cards, letters, calls and e-mails. I consider it an honor to work for you.

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





Amanda Hovater
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State Senator District 6
Roger Bedford & Assoc., P.C.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653
(256) 332-6966 – Direct Line Russellville Office
(256) 332-2880 – Law Firm
(256) 332-6967 – Facsimile
(334) 242-7862 – Montgomery Office

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May 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

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