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11/28/2014 – Editorial

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This is an Editorial Opinion of Judy Webb Mays:

As the mother of a Police Officer, it is my fervent Prayer for my son to finish each shift safely and go home without incident…every day…but alas, this is not the nature of the job (or Profession). Various incidents happen and he must respond to the best of his training and good judgement…sometimes in an instant. Isn’t he entitled to Justice…To be able to clear his name if he acted according to the codes and training given him to carry out this stressful and exacting job which he has chosen? Each day, there’s the Human Element in his job which is not usually in a job on an assembly line. That night, the job of Officer Darren Wilson went from a call concerning a baby “not breathing” to an all out struggle over his gun by a suspect in a matter of minutes. Can you honestly say, without a doubt, that you wouldn’t have reacted the same as Officer Wilson?

Where’s the Justice for a police officer who was answering calls and doing his job. Does anyone really think about officer Wilson? Going to work that evening at his JOB (his chosen Profession), leaving his family at home, expecting to work his shift as a police officer as usual and to go home as usual…everybody talks about the victim…can we not clearly see the victim in this vicious attack? In the line of duty, Officer Wilson attempted to stop a suspect (whose precise description had been broadcast over the police scanner by this time) who then turned on the officer, attempting to take the officer’s gun away. Who doesn’t realize that a large man (or minor old enough to fight in our Armed Forces), with or without a weapon, can cause lethal damage, especially when charging blindly as was described not only by the officer but by witnesses on the scene. Where’s the Justice for a Police Officer who will now be forever branded by an ignorant (of the evidence of the case) faction of the public whose only objective in this case is to extract a “so-called” Justice from an individual who was doing his duty, protecting not only you and me but that faction? This faction seems hell-bent on destroying not only the officer but his very life for carrying out his duty to the best of his ability.

Beware! You will discourage good, honest, candidates from applying and becoming one of “America’s Finest”! Our Police Officers! Our first line of defense against that criminal element in our neighborhoods. The first to put their life on the line for you and me! Who are you going to call when your life and liberty is threatened?

At the risk of being redundant, being the mother of a police officer, I am appalled at the idea of either “He deserved it” or “The officer deserves to be charged with murder!” Neither of these statements can possibly be “Truth or Justice!” Each incident has a Truth of its own. This incident was examined by a Grand Jury and deemed “No True Bill” which means that there was evidence or the lack of evidence to support five different charges against Officer Darren Wilson. We depend every day on the judgement of Grand Jury Decisions for everyone else so why do people question this Grand Jury Decision? Could it be because the officer has already been tried in the “News Media”? They (the media) can put forth any hypothesis and if that one doesn’t “sell the advertisers” then move on to another one and another one…soon we can just put the away Jury System and watch the “News”.

My Editorial Opinion;
Judy Webb Mays

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November 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM

11/26/2014 – VIDEO – The Nutcracker Commercial & Ticket Information

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November 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

11/26/2014 – Happy Thanksgiving from 49 County News.Net

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November 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

11/26/2014 – 9th Annual Reading With Santa at Winfield Public Library

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November 26, 2014 at 3:18 AM

11/24/2014 – Grand Jury Reaches Decision in Ferguson, MO.

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@49countynews: Grand Jury Reaches Decision in Ferguson, MO. – It has presented a NO TRUE BILL!

No charges will be filed against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown ‘had no wounds to his back’ was one of the first things brought out in a statement from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

Immediately upon hearing the statement of the verdict of ‘No True Bill’ or in other words, No Charges will be brought…the crowd began to disperse. It seemed eerily quiet as they did so.

More as we receive information…

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November 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

11/22/2014 – Obituary – Terry Lee Cliett – Age 8 – Hamilton, AL

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Terry Lee Cliett, Jr., age 8, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, at his residence.

Visitation, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 24th, 2014, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama. Funeral service, 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., Hamilton, AL., in charge of arrangements.

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November 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

11/24/2014 – “A Christmas Carol” Pastime Theatre in Downtown Winfield, AL – LIVE Stage Adaptation of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Get Tickets Now at www.smarttix.com

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Winfield, AL – This December at the Pastime Theatre, enjoy a live stage version of Dickens’ classic “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”, adapted by Romulus Linney.

Performances Friday, December 12th and Thursday, December 13th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., and December 14th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets $15, and children, 12 and under, $5.

Pre-purchase tickets at the Pastime Theatre office and other locations, or purchase online at www.smarttix.com.

For more information, call Amy Burleson @ 205-487-3002.

Check It Out!
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November 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

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11/21/2014 – Raiders Advance After Win Over Cedar Bluff

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The Marion County Red Raiders Advance to Round Number 4 after a resounding 56 – 22 win over Cedar Bluff!

They will play Hubbertville at 7:00 p.m., at Hubbertville, this Friday, November 28th, 2014. The winner of this game will advance, and on December 4th, will play the winner of the game this week between Billingsly vs. Maplelsville in the Championship Game in 1A Region 6 League.

Go Raiders!

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November 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

11/24/2014 – ADPH Restaurant and Food Inspection report for Nov 17-21, 2014 – Sam LeMaster, ADPH

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Day’s Inn Breakfast (Hamilton) 97

Day’s Inn Motel (Hamilton) 92

Econo Lodge Breakfast (Hamilton) 96

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites (Hamilton) 93

El Mariachi Loco (Hamilton) 94

Hamilton Drive-In 92

Hamilton Senior Center 96

Hardee’s (Hamilton) 89

Pizza Hut (Hamilton) 90

R&D Bears Den (Bear Creek) 91

Twice the Ice (Winfield) Passed routine food processor inspection

Walmart Deli/Bakery (Winfield) 98

Walmart Supermarket (Winfield) 99

11/21/2014 – VIDEO – Hamilton City Council Meeting 11/17/2014

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November 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

11/21/2014 – VIDEO – Marion County Commissioners Meeting 11/17/2014

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November 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM

11/20/2014 – Ox Bodies Job Fair December 12th

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November 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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11/18/2014 – ‘Bama Rises To No. 1, Auburn Drops To #14 In This Week’s College Football Playoff Rankings

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The College Football Playoff Committee released the newest College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.

The top four:

#1. Alabama Crimson Tide

#2. Oregon Ducks

#3. Florida State Seminoles

#4. Mississippi State Bulldogs

And more…

#5. TCU Horned Frogs

#6. Ohio State Buckeyes

#7. Baylor Bears

#8. Ole Miss Rebels

#9. UCLA Bruins

#10. Georgia Bulldogs

#11. Michigan State Spartans

#12. Kansas State Wildcats

#13. Arizona State Sun Devils

#14. Auburn Tigers

#15. Arizona Wildcats

#16. Wisconsin Badgers

#17. Utah Utes

#18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

#19. USC Trojans

#20. Missouri Tigers

#21. Oklahoma Sooners

#22. Clemson Tigers

#23. Nebraska Cornhuskers

#24. Louisville Cardinals

#25. Minnesota Golden Gophers

When the final rankings come out on Dec. 7, 2014, the top four teams will play in the Sugar and Rose bowls, which will serve as the semi final games, on New Year’s Day.

Winners of the two games will then advance to the National Championship game in Arlington, Texas on January 12th, 2014.

The committee, made of former players, coaches, and administrators, will meet on Monday’s and Tuesday’s to produce the rankings. Every Tuesday, leading up to the final rankings December 7th, 2014, the Committee will release its poll.

We will try to have it for you here.

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November 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

11/19/2014 – Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce presents Hamilton’s Hometown Christmas

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Hope everyone is making plans to attend Hamilton’s Hometown Christmas this Friday night, November 21st, from 6-9pm. It is going to be a fun-filled night of shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family!! Here are a few of the exciting details….

  • The festivities will begin at 6:00pm at the court square.
  • All of the downtown businesses will be open with special sales, door prizes and refreshments!
  • There will be carolers singing while strolling along the city sidewalks.
  • Two Photo Booths will be available for some fun Christmas pictures.
  • CIS will be offering FREE gift wrapping for purchases made the night of the event! This will be located inside Grace School of Dance and donations will be accepted for “Love for Others” charity at the gift wrapping station.
  • There will be a “Kids Station” located at the Baptist Church Youth Center where parents can drop their children off while they shop!
  • The Bevill State Ambassadors will be leading the children in many activities such as writing letters to Santa and making Christmas cards.
  • There will be free train rides on the “Polar Express”.

Plus a VERY exciting search for the “Elf on the Shelf”! Once the “Elf” has been found, there will be a drawing for all the gift baskets and door prizes! YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!
We look forward to seeing you all here as we CELEBRATE Hamilton’s Hometown Christmas!


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November 19, 2014 at 2:57 AM

11/18/2014 – Birmingham, AL – Fire and Rescue Battles Flames in Downtown Historic Structure

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Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service called to the ADAC (Alcohol and Drug Abuse) Community Counseling Center at 1923 14th Avenue South shortly after 7:00 p.m. tonight. Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis said firefighters found heavy smoke in the area and in the building… Click Here for story at al.com


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November 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

11/14/2014 – Terry Skinner, Former “Terry Teen” Passes Away

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IMG_6948.PNG Terry Nelson Skinner
Aug 24, 1943 – Nov 14, 2014
(Photo Courtesy of Cathy Clayton Kellum / 1964)

Mr. Terry N. Skinner, age 71, of Tuscumbia, Alabama, formerly of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday, November 14th, 2014.

IMG_6960.JPGTerry Skinner Graduation Picture 1961 – Hamilton High School (Photo Courtesy Peggy Webb King / Classmate)

Visitation, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, at the Morrison Funeral Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. A celebration of life service, 2:00 p.m., following visitation, Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at the Morrison Funeral Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Reverend David Lee and Bill Jarnigan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The University of North Alabama Entertainment Industry Center, 1 Harrison Plaza, Florence, AL 35632.

Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, AL., directing.

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November 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM

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11/12/2014 – VIDEO – Marion County Commissioners Swearing In & Meeting 11/12/2014

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November 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

11/12/2014 – Probate Judge Rocky Ridings Congratulates Newest Member of Commission, Hamilton, Marion County, AL

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IMG_6922.JPGMarion County Probate Judge, Rocky Ridings congratulates the newest member of the Marion County, AL. Commission. Roger Knight, of Hackleburg, Alabama, fills the District 4 vacated by long standing Commissioner, Don Barnwell.

Running on the Democratic ticket, Barnwell lost his bid for the seat held by Republican incumbent, Mike Millican in the Alabama State House of Representatives.

Four members of the commission were incumbents with only one new member, District 4, Roger Knight. The five recently elected members of the Marion County Commission took their Oath of Office today and were sworn in by Judge John Bentley, from the state’s 25th Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion and Winston counties.

Sworn in today for District 1 was Kenneth “Kenny” Jackson; District 2, Eddie Byrd; District 3, Roger Knight; District 4, Michael “Mike” Davis; and District 5, Bob Burleson.

After the swearing in, the meeting was short. Chairman, Byrd called the meeting to order, the pledge of allegiance was said by the board and those present at the meeting. Bob Burleson said the prayer, the official Oath of Office pages were signed by the commission members then by Judge Bentley after which, the spectators applauded and chairman Byrd called for a vote to close the meeting. The board exchanged congratulations and pleasantries. The meeting was concluded. You may watch the meeting in total by clicking the link: http://youtu.be/skKamoHruIs or find the news link on our news page at http://www.49countynews.net .

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November 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

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11/12/2014 – ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TAMMY SANDERS – Guin Librarian about Santa’s Workshop

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Santa’s Workshop is a charitable organization that helps area children at Christmas time receive clothes and presents. It works off money that is donated throughout the year and LOTS of volunteers. If you are interested in helping you can contact the person listed below.
P. O. Box  990
Guin, AL 35563
Terri Dennis – 468-2086

Hello everyone. I wanted to let those of you interested in Santa’s Workshop to know about AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of your purchase
price to Santa’s Workshop!

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Tammy Sanders

P.O. Drawer 9
Hamilton, AL 35570
205-921-3177, ext. 5356
fax 205-952-9617

Link To Guin Civic Organizations on GuinAl.org

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November 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

11/12/2014 – Three Days of Holiday Cheer atop Lookout Mountain – Mentone’s Holiday Open House is set for November 28-30.

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Mentone, Ala. (November 12, 2014) – High atop Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama sits a quiet town boasting unique shops ready to welcome the holiday season. The shops of historic Mentone will host a town-wide Holiday Open House on Thanksgiving weekend offering three days of festive shopping and holiday cheer in one of the state’s most scenic areas.

Set for November 28-30, 2014, shoppers will be greeted with a downtown area decked out for the holiday season. Located throughout Mentone are over two dozen trendy boutiques, antique shops and art galleries where shoppers can browse for locally made gifts, unique items, holiday decorations and other treasures, all within a 1/3-mile area. Shoppers will enjoy a mountain village atmosphere, but without the crowds for a more personal Christmas shopping experience.

Many of the shops will serve refreshments and offer special giveaways during the three-day event, and with plenty of locally owned eateries, visitors can refuel from the day of shopping before heading home.

The Log Cabin Village will offer their annual Christmas party with decorations, music, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus. The historic Mentone Inn will open its doors for visitors to enjoy a break from shopping with a cup of hot cider and a cozy fire. Free tours will also be offered and for sports enthusiasts, college football will be televised in the parlor. The Mentone Farmer’s Market, offering fresh vegetables, baked goods, canned specialties and more, will be open in the Mentone Inn’s parking lot on Saturday, November 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the Holiday Open House, plenty of free parking will be available. Most businesses will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Holiday Open House and other things to do in and around Mentone, visit http://www.MyMentone.com or call 256.603.2404.

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November 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

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11/12/2014 – VIDEO – The Ramp Dorm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 11/06/2014

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November 12, 2014 at 4:34 AM

11/12/2014 – VIDEO – Hamilton City Council Meeting 11/03/2014

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November 12, 2014 at 4:31 AM

11/06/2014 – Details on Sitel Job Fair on November 14th

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HAMILTON – Sitel, which is hiring 300 new workers, has announced it will have a job fair on Friday, Nov. 14. Bevill State Community College-Hamilton announced on Wednesday, Nov. 5, that the college will hold the job fair at the Bear’s Den of theHamilton Campus. The fair will be held from 8-11:30 a.m.

“Sitel representatives will be on-site to conduct informal interviews as they look to fill 200-plus new positions created by company expansion,”?the college said in a statement. “Participants should bring an up-to-date resume.”

Sitel recently announced it would add 300 jobs at its Hamilton call center at 500 Industrial Drive at the Bedford Industrial Park. Hirings have already begun.

The company has been hiring particularly because of a contract with Wide Open West, a cable, Internet and phone provider which does business as WOW!

John Thomas, Sitel’s Hamilton site director since December 2013, recently told the Hamilton City Council that the hiring would be done in phases and increase jobs at the facility to 500.

Many of the jobs will be entry-level jobs, where agents will take phone calls. He said there will also be an additional 25 staff positions, such as coaches, trainers, managers and quality control staff.

Anyone wanting to apply for a position may also go to http://www.sitel.com and go to the careers section to apply for listed positions. If they do not have Internet at home, they can come to the Hamilton facility at any time.

A drug screening and background check will be made for prospective employees.

Two classes for new employees have already started. Two more classes will start on about Nov. 24, as will another on Dec. 2.

Previous customer service experience and strong computer knowledge are preferred, according to a recent release from the company.


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November 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

11/05/2014 – Historic Church in Mentone Seeks Donations

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Mentone, Ala. – A small church on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Ala. finds itself facing a repair bill of $200,000. The active congregation of St. Joseph’s on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church wants to preserve the Mentone icon for worshipers and tourists and are seeking donations to help fund much needed renovation work in order to remain in operation.

St. Joseph’s on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church, whose origin is an 1870 log cabin, finds that its present building has structural issues. Problems at the historic church include an unsound foundation and holes and cracks in the walls allowing vermin and moisture to enter the property. It is estimated that repair bills could reach over $200,000.

The log cabin, around which St. Joseph’s has grown, was the home of the Simmie Sherman Vernon family and originally included a sleeping loft and a small lean-to kitchen. It was built in 1870 on the adjoining property and was moved to the present site in the 1880s where it served as a residential dwelling for several families over the years.

In 1965, the Rev. John Franklin Machen, a retired Episcopal priest, established a small chapel and held daily services in the log cabin. The small, unique church served its rapidly growing congregation until 1974 when construction began to build around the historic log cabin. Much of the work was done by volunteers and without financial help from the Diocese. Construction materials included wood from old barns and buildings from the surrounding area, many of which were of the same vintage as the log cabin.

Many of the furnishings and other appointments were given to St. Joseph’s by other churches, individuals and groups. The stained-glass window behind the altar was a gift from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scottsboro, Ala., where it had been in their original church building. It was hand painted and fired in France over 100 years ago. The heavy wooden front doors were from a 19th century building and the long, dark pews in the side areas, came from the Advent Episcopal Church in Tuskegee, Ala. It has been said that these were stained and hand-rubbed by George Washington Carver with a stain he made especially for these pews.

Located at the corner of Highway 117 and Scenic Highway in Mentone, St. Joseph’s is open 24 hours a day for locals and visitors to enter in for visitation, meditation or prayer. The church also serves those in need through its “Food Pantry” ministry. A grocery cart with non-perishable food is kept in the log room to provide food assistance for passersby in need of a meal. The “Food Pantry” is funded through the sale of St. Joseph’s notecards and individual donations.

The church, whose congregation includes 35 members, asks those who would like to help with repairs to send donations to:

St. Josephs on the Mountain
Attn: Church Renewal Fund
PO Box 161
Mentone, Ala. 35984

For more information, call 256.634.4476.


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November 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

11/04/2014 – Marion County Election Results

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AL State Senate – District 6

Larry Stutts (R) – 17,605  ( 50% )
Roger Bedford (D / Inc.) – 17,545  ( 50% )

AL State House – District 17

Mike Millican (R / Inc.) – 7,850  ( 66% )
Don Barnwell (D) – 4,026  ( 34% )

Marion County Commission, Dist. 2

Eddie Byrd (D) – 1,020  ( 51% )
Kenneth Cochran (R) – 989  ( 49% )

Marion County Commission, Dist. 3

Robert Knight (R) – 940  ( 67% )
David Elrod (D) – 464  ( 33% )

Marion County Commission, Dist. 5

Bobby Burleson (D) – 844  ( 59% )
Keith Bozeman (R) – 577  ( 41% )

Marion County Sheriff

Kevin Williams (D) – 5,171  ( 63% )
Kenny Hallmark (R) – 3,014  ( 37% )

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