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07/01/2014 – UPDATED! – The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official Ribbon-Cutting – Credit Central, LLC,

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20140701-112829-41309910.jpgMegan McGaughy – Branch Manager

20140701-113318-41598252.jpgCredit Central, LLC, – Ribbon Cutting



The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official ribbon cutting as Credit Central, LLC, located at 149 Military Street South (former Weavers Hardware building) officially opens for business on Tuesday, July 1st. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9 a.m.

Credit Central is a welcome addition to Hamilton, especially downtown Hamilton, and now has over 100 stores in five states. Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Their telephone number is 1-205-921-0226. Their website is http://www.creditcentralllc.com.

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06/27/2014 – Capitol Report for June 27th, 2014 – Sen. Roger Bedford

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It was really a thrill to recently see so many World War II Fighter Planes fly into the Muscle Shoals airport. It was great to see a piece of history up close and to remember how important some of those aircrafts were in preserving our freedoms. We must never forget that freedom is not free and our veterans have served with distinction and continue to do so with great bravery to preserve the freedoms which we enjoy here in America.

So, when you see a veteran tell them thank you for a job well done.

I’m also very disappointed to see the unfolding scandal concerning the lack of proper health care made available to our veterans. They have put their life on the line to protect us and they deserve good quality health care when they return. President Obama needs to clean house as does Governor Bentley if they find these type of programs and\or lack of care occurred here in Alabama. Alabama veterans are some of the first to volunteer to protect our country and they deserve good quality health care when they get home. Veteran’s administration health care delivery system apparently has failed to meet the needs of our veterans in a timely manner and I think those who are responsible should be held accountable for this lapse in judgment.

It was certainly a pleasure to travel to Hamilton for the grand re-opening for the downtown renovation project. It was a very well attended event and one which everyone was looking forward to seeing accomplished. If you haven’t been through downtown Hamilton lately, please take the time to do it and see all the beautiful sidewalk work and lighting. I hope this will encourage more people to shop at home. My congratulations go out to the mayor, city council, chamber of commerce and the local merchants for their leadership in making this happen.

It was a lot of fun to attend the Hamilton Bass Master Youth Fishing Contest. This event takes place at the Marion County Lake each year and it is a wonderful opportunity to highlight to our young children the fun of fishing. It also provides family time for young people and their families to work together on a common goal on enjoying the outdoors while catching fish. I saw a lot of bright eyes when our young anglers were weighing in brim, catfish and bass that they had caught in the lake.

While on the subject of grants, it was certainly a pleasure to be in Red Bay and Russellville on Friday to present Franklin County TVA in-lieu of tax service grants. These grants are applicable to all Franklin County and it is a pleasure for me, working with Johnny Mac Morrow, to have presented over $ 882,000 worth of grants in Franklin County alone. The following grants were awarded; Vina High School $1200, City of Red Bay Sewer $2,800, Red Bay High School Cheerleaders $500, Burnout Fire Department Parking Lot Project $2500, Vina Fire Department Annual Car Show $500, Town of Vina $500 for an outdoor sign for City Hall, $500 to the Red Bay High School FFA State Convention and $3,200 to BCDA for new radios for trucks.

I am pleased to announce that the Alabama Department of Transportation will accept bids on June 27th for the following important highway projects in our Senate District. In Colbert County the highway work will be on the resurfacing and traffic striping on State Road 247 from the Franklin County line to mile post 15.0.

In Fayette County the project is slide correction and minor structure placement on County Road 26 approximately 1.96 miles south of State Road 18.

In Franklin County there will be a resurfacing and traffic striping project on County Road 23 from State Road 24 to State Road 247.

I will continue to work hard for better and safer roads. These roads help with job creation and a better quality of life.

What an honor to have Jim Porter, President of the National Rifle Association attend the reception held at the lovely home of Johnny Mack and Martha Morrow in Red Bay. It was a great time for local folks to meet Jim Porter of Birmingham and learn the importance of the National Rifle Association.

It became clear during the meeting that, not only does the National Rifle Association help protect our 2nd Amendment Rights and hunting rights here in Alabama and across the nation, but they have also been helpful in bringing jobs to Alabama. In particular I’m referring to the 2000 new jobs that came to North Alabama when Alabama was selected by Remington arms maker to move their factory here. Jim Porter, who was born in Florence and now lives in Birmingham, had the opportunity as President of the National Rifle Association to tell gun manufactures and firearm related industries like Remington that Alabama, not only has an excellent workforce and a pro-business environment, but that they are also largely pro-gun. This can mean thousands of additional jobs coming to Alabama in the future.

You may rest assured that I spent some time bending Mr. Porter’s ear about bringing those jobs here to Northwest Alabama. He is certainly a fine gentlemen and I am proud to have him as the President of the National Rifle Association.

Jim also took the time to be the Grand Marshall of the 2nd Annual Hodges Equestrian Rodeo. If you have not been to Hodges, you are missing a good time when it comes to riding horses and enjoying the outdoors. The Equestrian, which is eco friendly, has 27 miles of GPS trails which take you past 8 different waterfalls. My wife Maudie and I enoyed hiking part of the trail with Mr. Porter and his sweet wife, along with Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and Martha Morrow. We are blessed to have so many wonderful natural resources here in Northwest Alabama that we must remember that God expects us to be good stewards of them.

I am proud to be a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment and to support responsible gun ownership. I am honored that the National Rifle Association is again supporting me for re-election.

This past week I also had the opportunity to attend the Alabama Coal Association meeting in Birmingham. As you may know, the Alabama Coal Association is literally under assault from over regulation out of Washington, D.C. I personally think that President Obama is wrong to be hurting the coal industry. It provides over 15,000 direct jobs here in Alabama and also produces millions of dollars in taxes to benefit our economy. The coal industry has been an important part of Northwest Alabama for over 100 years including the under ground mines that were in Brilliant, and most recently in Berry Alabama. I remember, Mr. Gann of Brilliant use to give a way petrified tree tie tacks years ago. I’m honored to have a small collection of them as he was a great friend and a strong promoter of Brilliant and the surrounding area.

You may rest assured that I will continue to work to protect our jobs here in Alabama, which also helps promote energy independence.

On a related item, we had a very good meeting concerning the Oil Sands deposits here in Northwest Alabama this past week. It was hosted by the Colbert County Extension office. The Geologist from the State of Alabama as well as the officials from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management came to explain the permitting process concerning both waste water and air discharges. I thought it was a very fair, well balanced meeting which allowed me and other concerned citizens to learn more about the facts on the process of the extraction of the oil as well as the permitting process. This is an issue that I encourage you to become better informed on. It is estimated that the Alabama oil deposits here in Northwest Alabama could equal as much as 7.5 billion barrels worth of oil, now while all of us would like to be energy independent from mid-east oil, as well as create hundreds of good paying jobs, there is a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. We must also be good stewards of the beautiful environment that God has blessed us with.

It is my hope that we can develop enough information both at the state and local level, as well as the federal level, to find out what is the right way to approach this issue. We do not want to be a dumping ground for big, international business that comes in with no respect to local property rights and traditions. As I have mentioned earlier, we are blessed with a beautiful environment here in Northwest Alabama and we have got to find a fair and balanced approach to creating jobs and protecting our environment. If you have any information you would like to share with me on this important issue or any other issues of concern to you, you may contact me at the address and numbers listed below.

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: http://www.RogerBedford.com


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June 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

06/27/2014 – Winfield Public Library July Calendar

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June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

06/27/2014 – All American Fun atop Lookout Mountain

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Fort Payne, Ala. – Several star-spangled events offering a variety of wholesome family fun are on tap atop Lookout Mountain in celebration of Independence Day. The star-studded celebrations begin Thursday, July 3rd and include an ice cream social, parades, a festival centered on potatoes, sunset tours through an animal preserve and spectacular fireworks displays.

On July 3rd, the city of Fort Payne invites everyone to a star-spangled celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display. The event takes place at the Fort Payne High School football stadium and begins at dusk.

Tigers for Tomorrow in Attalla is offering a new Sunset Tour where wild animal lovers and visitors can learn more about the animals and their instincts and behaviors at the preserve. Gates open at 5:30 with tours starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children three to eleven years old.

With its roots in potato farming, the town of Henagar pays tribute to its heritage with a free festival. Set for July 4th, the annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival offers a car and motorcycle show, pony rides, arts and crafts fair, parade, horseshoe tournament, live entertainment, and children’s games and inflatables along with a variety of potato entrees and side dishes. The free event begins with a parade at 10 a.m. and culminates with a spectacular fireworks display. All activities are held in Henagar Park located on Alabama Highway 75. While admission is free, a small fee is charged to participate in some of the children’s games and activities and parking is $2 per vehicle.

DeSoto State Park offers its annual star-spangled celebration beginning with a Splish & Splash Pool Party on July 4th. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., visitors are invited to cool off in the Olympic-size pool, play pool games, watch a movie in the great outdoors, and eat homemade ice cream. Admission is $1 per person. Hitting the streets at 3 p.m. on July 5th is the Independence Day Parade. The parade route begins at DeSoto’s Park Headquarters and makes its way to DeSoto’s Campground, just in time for the Homemade Ice Cream Social that is set for 4 p.m. at the Campground Pavilion. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and their own favorite recipe for homemade ice cream to share while mingling with other guests.

Guests are invited to make a homemade flag to be judged in the annual fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate. Materials and rules are available at the Campground Pavilion beginning July 2nd. Flags must be turned in to DeSoto’s Nature Center no later than 9 a.m., July 5th. Winners of the flag-making contest will also be announced during the Ice Cream Social. Additional activities offered in and around DeSoto State Park during the fourth of July holiday are rappelling, kayak and canoe excursions above DeSoto Falls, and rock climbing.

The remainder of July is also full of fun things to do atop Lookout Mountain. On July 11-13 and 18-20, Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The 39 Steps”. Country music legend T.G. Sheppard will be performing live at The Pickin Post on July 12th. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at Black’s Tire in Rainsville and Roger’s Pawn, Music and Jewelry in Fort Payne. Show time is set for 6 p.m. Presented by the Mentone Area Arts Council, JulyFest Art and Music returns July 19-20, offering two days of fine arts and crafts, music by notable Alabama bands plus a pet parade, silent auction, dog adoption and more.

For more information on the Independence Day celebrations, Sand Mountain Potato Festival, JulyFest, and other activities, contact 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.

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June 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

06/27/2014 – Art, Music and More Atop the Mountain – Mentone’s JulyFest is set for July 19-20, 2014.

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Mentone, Alabama – Presented by the Mentone Area Arts Council, JulyFest Art and Music Festival made its debut in 2012 attracting thousands to the mountaintop town for a weekend of free family fun. Atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone, the third annual event is set for July 19-20, 2014, offering two days of fine arts and crafts, music by notable Alabama bands plus a pet parade, silent auction, dog adoption and more.

On Saturday, July 19th, the two-day event opens at 9 a.m. with the prestigious juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of about 50 talented artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, basketry and jewelry. The juried show will be held both days under the trees in Mason Park in the center of Mentone where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll as they shop for one-of-a-kind art.

Registration for the pet parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Mason Park with the parade taking to the streets at 10 a.m. Following an awards presentation, there will be an exciting animal act and new for this year is a photo center where pets can pose for a portrait. Festivalgoers can also take part in the silent auction, a plant sale and dog adoption to benefit the Humane Society and Animal Resources of DeKalb County.

Live entertainment is slated for all day Saturday and include performances by saxophonist Bill Henson at 11 a.m., Curtis Strange at 1 p.m., and Lisa Crow at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., Old Tymer’s Barbecue of Fort Payne will fill plates with their famous barbeque on the grounds of the Mentone Inn as festivalgoers enjoy more great music by Terry Hutchinson. Cost is $10 per plate. Festivalgoers are invited to stick around for a free concert by Mentone’s own Jess Goggans and the Magnetics. The concert, slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Mentone Inn Pavilion, is also a CD release event for the local group.

Art and music will continue on Sunday, July 20th, with Mentone’s Larry Joe Hall slated to perform from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mason Park gazebo. Categorized as folk, rock and country, Larry’s style is punctuated with strong clear vocals and precise guitar playing. The Silent Auction, Pet Photo Center and dog adoption will also take place.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 (Central Standard Time). Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be held the following weekend, July 26-27, 2014.

JulyFest Art and Music Festival is made possible through a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts along with Title Sponsor The Mentone Inn.

For more information, visit www.mentonearts.org or contact Festival Chair Cynthia Stinson at mentoneinn@gmail.com. Questions from exhibitors should be directed to Beverly Bates at bjbates@bellsouth.net or 205.520.1556.

About the Mentone Area Arts Council

Founded in 2006, The Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC) is a non-profit tax exempt organization that has enriched the quality of life for people in Mentone, Alabama, and neighboring communities by raising funds for the arts, sponsoring events, providing educational opportunities, and strengthening cultural resources for the benefit of all businesses and citizens in the Mentone area.

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June 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

06/27/2014 – Decatur’s Spirit of America 4th of July Fireworks Display Lights the Sky at 9PM

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31260_398873826723_5061856_nDecatur, Ala. – A spectacular fireworks show will launch from Point Mallard Park in Decatur at 9 p.m. on July 4, 2014, following a video presentation down memory lane. While the annual Spirit of America Festival has been scaled back from previous years, the event is still a special time for Americans to join together to celebrate our nation’s freedom and to pause and reflect on the sacrifices military personnel and their families make every day.

Always held July 4th, the Spirit of America Festival attracts thousands of families to Point Mallard Park in Decatur for free all American fun and a spectacular fireworks show. A 45-minute video showcasing the first 47 years of the festival will be shown at 8 p.m. The inspirational program will conclude at 9 p.m. with the Spirit of America Fireworks Display, and according to festival organizers, it will be the largest ever presented in the city of Decatur. A live simulcast will be offered by the Festival’s media partner, Clear Channel Communications and can be heard on WDRM 102.1 and 100.3 The River.

All activities take place in Point Mallard Park located at 2901 Point Mallard Drive in Decatur. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.spiritofamericafestival.com or visit its Facebook page.

The best seat for viewing the Spirit of America firework show may be from the water. The Pickwick Belle is offering a Spirit of America Fireworks Dinner Cruise on July 4th. Departing from Ingalls Harbor at 7:30 p.m., the cruise offers a hearty barbeque meal while making its way along Wheeler Lake to Point Mallard Park and there will be live music before and after the fireworks show. A cash bar will be available and complimentary patriotic party favors will be provided. Cost is $54.99 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 877.936.2355. For more information, visit www.pickwickbelle.net/cruise-schedules/.

To celebrate the holiday, Point Mallard Waterpark will remain open until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 4th.  General admission is $20 for adults (ages 12-61 years old), $15 for youth (ages 5 to 11 years old) and $15 for seniors (62+) and military.  For more information, visit www.pointmallardpark.com

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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June 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

06/26/2014 – VIDEO – Video from the 13th Annual Phil Campbell Hoedown

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06/25/2014 – VIDEO – 2014 Bassmasters Youth Fishing Tournament 06/14/2014

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06/25/2014 – VIDEO – Hamilton Downtown Re-Grand Opening 06/14/2014

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06/24/2014 – City of Hamilton, AL – Weekly Police Report – Date: June 17-23, 2014

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Wrecks – 5

Incident / Offense –

1 – Domestic Violence 3rd

1 – harassment

1 – Theft of Property 2nd

3 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Robbery 3rd

1 – Forgery 2nd

1 – Menacing

1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arrest / Citation –

7 – Speeding

1 – No Drivers License

5 – No Insurance

4 – No Seatbelt

1 – No Child Restraint

2 – No Tag

4 – Improper Tag

2 – Public Intoxication

1 – Domestic Violence 3rd

1 – Assault 3rd

1 – harassment

1 – Trespassing 1st

1 – Receiving Stolen Property

1 – Racing on Highway

1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1 – Fraudulent Use of a Credit/Debit Card

5 – Alias Warrants

Felony – Weekly News Report Dates: June 17-23, 2014

Date of Arrest: **************** None *******************






(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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June 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

06/18/2014 – Winners from Saturday’s Chamber Drawings

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Winners from Saturday’s Chamber drawings at the Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton.
Hamilton Buck$
1 p.m. – $200 – Kevin Majors
2 p.m. – $125 – Sonja Leonelli
3 p.m. – $100 – Charles Pollard
4 p.m. – $225 – Anne Lawler
5 p.m.- $125 – Matt McCracken
6 p.m. – $100 – Judy Vickery
7 p.m. – $225 – Paul Leonelli
8 p.m. – $100 – Shelia Cochran
9 p.m. – $125 – (Cruise-in participant drawing) – Jacky Hollingsworth
10 p.m. – $500 –  Jennifer Nelson
Weather Radios:
1.  Jimmy Holland
2.  Elliott Overton
3.  Ann Turner
4.  Beverly Rush
5.  Brandy Crow
6.  Vicky McCoy
7.  Derriel Winters
8.  Heather Galbraith
9.  Jeff Robinson
10.  Joanie Holland
11.  Anita Real
12.  Terra Clark
13.  Ralph Cantrell
14.  Kay Knight
15.  Haley Haney
16.  Amanda Anthony
17.  Stephanie Esparza
18.  Harry Williams
19.  Melissa Estes
20.  Kayla Harrison
21.  Jennifer Abbott
22.  Charles Shinn
23.  Blake Mitchell
24.  Wilma Tucker
25.  Mandy Allison
Winners of the Hamilton Buck$ will deal directly with the Chamber to collect their prizes.  Winners of the weather radios will deal directly with Hamilton Fire Department to claim their prizes.  Identification is required to claim a prize.

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June 18, 2014 at 1:56 AM

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06/18/2014 – VIDEO – Hamilton City Council Meeting 06/16/2014

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June 18, 2014 at 1:48 AM

06/16/2014 – Hamilton, AL – Our Newest Police Officer

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Swearing-In of our newest police officer. See his name and the Video later online at http://www.49countynews.net


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June 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

06/16/2014 – UPDATED – Divers Search for Teen Drowning Victim

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From Victim’s Facebook Account

UPDATE: The body of drowning victim, Issac Linzer, was found by searchers around 4pm Monday.

PHIL CAMPBELL – The search for the body of a teenager has been suspended for the night following a drowning accident Sunday afternoon.

The drowning happened at Bates Landing near Phil Campbell when an 18 year old male was swimming with his father and other family. Witnesses said the 18 year old male, Issac Linzer, was jumping off a 15 foot rock across from the boat ramp. Witnesses said they saw him surface briefly and start to swim back to the rock but went under before he made it and never resurfaced.

Onlookers who witnessed the incident called 911 at approximately 3pm and rescue crews were dispatched. Emergency crews from The Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept, Phil Campbell Police Dept, Phil Campbell Rescue Squad, Franklin County Dive Team, Russellville Fire & Rescue, Alabama Game & Fish, Bear Creek Development Authority, Haleyville Fire & Rescue, Phil Campbell Fire Dept and East Franklin Fire Dept responded to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

Search efforts are to continue Monday.



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06/13/2014 – Obituary – Mr. Pride Napoleon Gann – Age 92 – Hamilton, AL

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Hamilton, AL – Mr. Pride Napoleon Gann, age 92, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday night, June 13th, 2014, at his residence.

Visitation, Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Hamilton First Baptist Church in Hamilton, Alabama. Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., June 15th, 2014, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church. Burial in Bexar Cemetery, in the Bexar Community, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Pride was born May 1st, 1922, in Bexar, Marion County, Alabama, to William Hiram and Mary Elizabeth Shotts Gann. He was a decorated Veteran of the United States Armed Forces and retired after serving for many years as the Circuit Clerk of Marion County, Alabama. Pride and his prize winning “coon” hunting dogs won many trophies over the years.*

He is survived by his wife, Helen Jane Gann; 2 daughters, Pamelia “Pam” Gann (Thomas Morgan “Tom”) Donaldson, and Beverly Carol Gann (Clarence Edgar) Dyer; 1 son, Phillip Wayne “Phil” Gann; 5 grandchildren, Corey Pharr, Colin Pharr, Cecily Lindsey, Chris Dyer, and Clay (Kim) Dyer; 9 great-grandchildren, Clarie, Caroline, Cooper, Connor, Pride, Sanders, Lane, Evelyn and Stella; 2 brothers, Lowell (Willene) Gann, and Olen (Jean) Gann; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Elizabeth Shotts Gann; 2 sisters and their husbands, Cola Gann (Lowell “Coot”) Nix and Corrine Gann (Richard) McKinney; 3 brothers and their wives, Carroll (Mary Ellen) Gann, Prince (Maxine) Gann, and Bobby (Marilyn Wynell Watson) Gann.

(Author’s Note: A tribute to My friend Don’s Uncle Pride Gann)
*Pride was quick to show his prestigious trophies and pictures of his prize winning Coon dogs to those who came to his home. He always had an interesting story to tell, sometimes about his family and growing up in the Bexar Community, and sometimes about one of his prize-winning dogs or maybe a funny tale of a ‘coon hunt’ he had gone on…he never ran out of stories. If I’m not mistaken, he kept his last pair of worn-out boots and coveralls he used in his last trophy-winning raccoon “coon” hunt. When you mention the name “Pride Gann” in Marion County, Alabama, most folks will say “Sure, I know Pride”

Pride will be missed!

Judy Webb Mays

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June 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

06/14/2014 – Lane Harris – Youth Bass Masters 1st Place Winner in his age group!

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Guin, AL – Lane Harris, of Guin, Alabama, received the First Place Trophy in his age group Saturday, June 14th, 2014, in the Youth Bass Masters Fishing Tournament at the Marion County Lake.

Lane is the son of Jacky and Bobbie Webb Harris of Guin, Alabama and the grandson of Janice Nichols Webb and the late Donald Travis Webb. (He is also the grand-nephew of Judy Webb Mays.) We are all very proud of Lane for being a fine young man! Congratulations Lane!

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The Marion County Lake, located in Marion County, Alabama, between Guin and Hamilton, Alabama, holds the Youth Bass Masters Fishing Tournament each year on the second Saturday in May. This year it had to be postponed due to bad weather.

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06/10/2014 – VIDEO – Marion County Commissioners Meeting 06/09/2014

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June 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

06/09/2014 – 11th Annual Shrimp Boil Tomorrow “Rain or Shine”

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Good Monday morning, Members! We’ve had several calls and emails this morning about the status of tomorrow’s Shrimp Boil, and our committee has stated, “The show must go on!” Rain or shine, the Shrimp Boil will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) beginning at 5 p.m., at the Hamilton Fire Department.

So with that said, today is the last day you can pre-purchase tickets at a reduced rate of $8 per plate. All plates sold tomorrow will be $10. T-shirts will be the same price at any point — $12 for children’s sizes and small through XL adult sizes, and $14 for adult 2X and 3X. Tickets and t-shirts will be available today at First State Bank, Listerhill Credit Union, and First National Bank (main branch).

We are very thankful for the membership and community’s support of this event, as it is a major fundraiser for the Chamber, but the Shrimp Boil serves the very important purpose of allowing our business and community leaders to enjoy an evening of fellowshipping and networking. Remember, as the t-shirt says, “It all boils down to Food, Fun, and Friends!”

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June 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

06/03/2014 – Marion, AL County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – Traffic – Alias
3 – Driving Under Influence
1 – Drug Paraphernalia
2 – Probation Violation
1 – Issuing Worthless Checks
1 – Non-Support
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Harassment
1 – Disorderly Conduct
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Prescription Drugs Without a Prescription
1 – Indecent Exposure


Name:  Charles Bacon
Age:  50
Address-City:  Highspire, PA
Theft By Deception 1st
Date of Arrest:  06/02/2014
Amount of Bond:  $15,000
Date of Release:  06/03/2014

Name:  Brandon Boshell
Age:  37
Address-City:  Jasper, AL
Escape 3rd (From Community Corrections)
Date of Arrest:  05/30/2014
Amount of Bond:  $5,000
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Charles Cooley
Age:  23
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Theft of Property
Burglary 3rd
Date of Arrest:  06/02/2014
Amount of Bond:  $12,500
Date of Release:  06/02/2014

Name:  Isaias Martinez
Age:  41
Address-City:  Kingsport, TN
Forged Instrument 1st
Date of Arrest:  06/02/2014
Amount of Bond:  $10,000
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Elijah Schleter
Age:  18
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Burglary 3rd
Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  05/30/2014
Amount of Bond:  $12,500
Date of Release:  05/31/2014

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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06/14/2014 – HHS Alumni Banquet – Hamilton, Marion County, AL – June 14, 2014

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Hamilton, AL – June 14, 2014 – Hamilton High School Alumni Association Banquet 6:00 p.m. at Bevill State Community College in Hamilton.

All alumni of Hamilton High School are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet.

Additionally, special events will be held at Hamilton High School as part of the Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton.

For more information, contact Tami Williams at (205) 921-9008 or (205) 468-0432.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

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06/07/2014 -VIDEO – I took the “Cold Water Challenge” for charity…….will you?

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I took the “Cold Water Challenge” for charity……..will you?

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June 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

06/06/2014 – Actor Tracy Morgan Injured In Auto Accident

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A limousine bus comedian Tracy Morgan was riding in during a six-car pileup has left him in ICU at a New Jersey hospital.


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06/06/2014 – VIDEO – 2014 Phil Campbell Hoedown Commercial

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06/06/2014 – Info on Hackleburg Rescue Squad Boston Butt Orders

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The Hackleburg Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who purchased a Boston Butt in our latest fund raiser we also wish to remind everyone they can pick up there Boston Butts Saturday June the 7th from 11am until 4pm at the Hackleburg Fire Dept. Thank you for helping us so we may help others. Steve Hood HVFD

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06/05/2014 – VIDEO – Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton set for June 14th

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Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton

Buck$ Participating Merchants

  • A-1 Title
  • Addie Jack Supply Company
  • Ann’s Alterations
  • Ann’s Boutique
  • Blossom Shop
  • Cash Saver
  • City Pawn
  • Coffee Buzz
  • Diamond Western Outlet
  • Fred’s Pharmacy
  • Grace School of Dance
  • Hamilton B.A.S.E.
  • Hamilton Flowers & Gifts
  • Loden’s Furniture
  • Marion County Veterinary Clinic
  • Molly Mae’s
  • MotorSportsSuperStore
  • Old School Barbershop
  • Picket Fence Antiques
  • Solid Gold & Alliecats
  • Something Beautiful
  • Southern Savings Discount Grocery
  • Sportees
  • Sports Gallery
  • Stop Market
  • Stop Market Express
  • Town Square Jewelry
  • Watha’s

Hamilton Buck$ and Weather Radio Giveaways

Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton

June 14, 2014

1 P.M. $200
2 P.M. $100
3 P.M. $100
4 P.M. $200
5 P.M. $100
6 P.M. $100
7 P.M. $200
8 P.M. $100
9 P.M. *** $100
10 P.M. $500

If winners are present for $100 and $200 drawings, they receive an extra $25 in Hamilton Buck$.

The $500 winner, if present at drawing, will receive an extra $50 in Hamilton Buck$.

Hamilton Fire Department Weather Radio Giveaways:
Six radios will be given away at
1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.

***Cruise-in participants only

Photo id required to claim all prizes

What Are Hamilton Buck$ and How Do They Work?

Hamilton Buck$ are coupons which spend just like money. Hamilton Buck$ are typically used in a promotion during a special event in the city of Hamilton and are usually in $20 or $25 increments.

Customers register for Hamilton Buck$ to be given away at a special event (such as the Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton). The only method of registration is by a customer making a purchase at an officially registered participating merchant during the time prior to the event and throughout the day of the event. There will be signage posted at businesses who have registered with the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce which says “Participating Merchant – Hamilton Buck$.”

Since you, the customers, are making purchases in order to register, you do not have to be present to win; however, please make sure to legibly print your name, address, and telephone number on the registration form. (If we cannot read it, the entry will be disqualified, and we will draw again.)

If your name is selected at the event as the winner of Hamilton Buck$, you will be asked to provide proper identification (such as a driver’s license) in order to collect your Hamilton Buck$ from Chamber officials.

Note: For the drawings to be held at the Re-Grand Opening of Downtown Hamilton, you are not required to be present to win, however, if you are present for the drawing in which you win, you will be awarded an extra amount (see schedule).

Winners of Hamilton Buck$ will have thirty (30) days to be redeemed at official participating merchants. In other words, the deadline for redemption by Hamilton Buck$ winners is July 13, 2014.

Entertainment Schedule

12 p.m. The National Anthem – Hamilton High School Aggie Band
Posting of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 56
1 p.m. Chris Williams
1:45 p.m. Grace School of Dance – Liberty Joy Dance Company
2 p.m. Karen Wheaton & Chosen
2:45 p.m. Elite Dancers & Key Dancers
3 p.m. First Born Sons
4 p.m. Valarie Robertson
5 p.m. Shannon Knight
6 p.m. Victoria Damone & friends
7 p.m. Josie Beth Jones
8 p.m. Below Zero
9 p.m. Rearview

Opening Ceremonies/Ribbon-Cutting Schedule

12 p.m. Welcome – Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce
National Anthem by the Hamilton High School Aggie Band.
Posting of colors by Boy Scout Troop 56
Prayer by Brother Jeff Black
AseraCare Butterfly to Remember ceremony
12:25 p.m. Ribbon cutting #1 – Mayor and city council
Ribbon cutting #2 – Downtown Hamilton Association (DHA) board
Ribbon cutting #3 – VIP officials (U.S. senators and representatives,
Alabama senators and representatives, governor’s cabinet members, C3)
12:35 p.m. Special presentations by DHA
12:40 p.m. Ribbon cutting #4 – Southwest corner of Courthouse (for Marion County Commission and county officials)
12:45 p.m. Ribbon cutting #5 – Corner in front of Coffee Buzz (for businesses J. Streetman to Coffee Buzz to Wayne Riggs CPA)
12:50 p.m. Ribbon cutting #6 – Corner in front of Spann/Slatton Law Firm (for businesses Town Square Jewelry to Spann to Art Center)
12:55 p.m. Ribbon cutting #7 – Corner in front of Sports Gallery (for businesses from Loden’s Furniture to Sports Gallery to Addie Jack)
12:50 p.m. Ribbon cutting #8 – In front of Lawler & Cole (for First State Bank and Lawler & Cole)
12:55 p.m. Ribbon cutting #9 – In front of First Baptist Church
1 p.m. Ribbon cutting #10 – In front of Hamilton High School office

Open House Schedule

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Open House at Lowe, Mobley, Lowe & LeDuke.
Historical storytelling guest – Mrs. Willie Fikes.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Open House at the Law Office of Jeremy Streetman.
Historical storytelling guest – Mr. Bill Fite.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open House at the Law Office of O. Fred Wood.
Historical storytelling guest– Mr. Nelson Vinson.

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June 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

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