Archive for June 2014
07/01/2014 – UPDATED! – The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official Ribbon-Cutting – Credit Central, LLC,
WE WERE THERE – SO YOU COULD BE THERE! VIDEO OF THE RIBBON CUTTING WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
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.
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
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967
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.
06/27/2014 – Art, Music and More Atop the Mountain – Mentone’s JulyFest is set for July 19-20, 2014.
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 email@example.com. Questions from exhibitors should be directed to Beverly Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Decatur, 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.