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05/16/2014 – Capitol Report From The Office Of Senator Roger Bedford – May 16th, 2014

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It was certainly a pleasure to participate in so many American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. I want to congratulate the literally thousands of volunteers and supporters throughout our Senate District. Once again Northwest Alabama came in strong supporting the fight against cancer. My wife Maudie, who thanks to God’s healing grace was cured from breast cancer, was the featured speaker at the Franklin County American Cancer Society Survivor Dinner. While Maudie is always nervous when speaking to the public, I thought she did an outstanding job and related directly to all of us cancer survivors and our care givers. So as someone who had a bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in January of 1990, I want to thank you personally because some of the early money used to develop bone marrow transplant procedures, came from the American Cancer Society. You never know how the dollars we are raising here locally might affect our friends and neighbors in a positive manner.

I want to thank Muscle Shoals High School’s new principal Chad Holden for taking the time to tour me through our fine Muscle Shoals High School. It was good to talk with the bright students and excellent facility they have there. The school lunch was also delicious.

I want to congratulate Lawrence County and the City of Hillsboro on recently landing 100 new jobs. The company IT-TRI LLC., plans to invest 68 million dollars to build a steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant in Lawrence County at the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. I am proud to support the local and state officials in helping to locate these jobs in Lawrence County. They will help make up for some of the jobs lost with International Paper, who unfortunately pulled out of Lawrence County and shut down it’s operations. IT-TRI President Rick Werner, CEO\President of Independence Tube, said the company plans to begin operations by the end of 2014 and create 100 jobs before 2016. Werner stated the investment includes 29 million dollars for land and buildings, 38 million dollars for manufacturing and equipment and 1 million dollars for personal property and I believe this is a good solid investment in the future of Lawrence County and all of North Alabama.

It’s also a pleasure to congratulate the City of Russellville for obtaining a grant that I was glad to support which amounts to $977,000 for road work on Lawrence Street. As you know this important road runs in front of Innovative Hearth Products, IHP Plant, which we helped to locate this past year. It will employ about 250 new jobs in Russellville. This road expansion will help the plant to expand and I am proud to help create these new jobs.

Recently I was reviewing the progress on the sewer improvements in the town of Hackleburg. You will recall that we were able to obtain project grants after the destruction power of the tornado that hit us in 2011. I’m pleased to report to you that while instillation of the system does divert traffic and cause some problems for pedestrians, it will hopefully be in place as early as July but no longer than August of this year. This will help us keep jobs in the area as well as attract new jobs by having a new sewer system. As it comes to the some 200 local residents who will be available to tie on to the system, I hope that local water and sewer board will work with them to provide a fair agreement to those that decide not to hook up to the sewer system, so that hopefully they will not be charged for services not rendered.

I also want to extend congratulations to the individual athletes and teams that competed so well in Selma this past week. Many of our high school and individual athlete achievements were recognized at the state track meet because of their outstanding accomplishments. It takes a lot of hard work all season long, and often times in the off season to be able to compete at the state level. Once again, our local teams and athletes have made all of us proud.

While we are talking about some of the great schools in our District, it is my hope that Winfield will soon receive the official honor of becoming a Blue Ribbon School. The mound of paper work has now been completed and turned in and it is my hope that this school system will receive one of the highest honors for any school in America by being given the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Award. We can all take pride in the great job in which our teachers and support personnel do in educating the work force as well as the leaders of the 21st Century.

When it comes to industrial development we have been fortunate to see the success generated in part by our local Economic Development Associations, it was my pleasure many years ago to help work to establish the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance as well as the Franklin County Industrial Development Authority. By having full time local people on the ground 24\7 I believe it helps not only keep jobs here but attracts new jobs. Some good news as we have recently expanded the Economic Development marketing agent representing local governments throughout Marion, Lamar and Fayette County, as well as private individuals and members by adding the Honorable Ron Davis to the C3 staff as a part time Vice President of Business Development. He brings a great deal of business background to out C3 recruitment areas, specifically in the area of automotive production.

Thank you all for contacting me and please continue to do so at the following address(s)

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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10/29/2012 – Sample Ballot for Marion County, AL – Nov. 6, 2012 Election

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10/26/2012 – Capitol Report – Sen. Roger Bedford

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Capitol Report for October 26th, 2012

It is certainly a pleasure to see the Fall weather returning. It makes attending college and high school football games a lot more fun. I’m sure it’s easier on the players, cheerleaders and band members as well.

It’s always great to see progress being made in Hackleburg and Phil Campbell as well as across the top of the mountain in Franklin County and on down to the Mt. Hope area. I’m so proud of our communities coming together after last Aprils devastating tornados and working as a team to rebuild back bigger, better and stronger. I look forward to our two new schools, K-12 in Hackleburg and a high school in Phil Campbell getting underway soon as well.

This past week we had the opportunity to give out some grants in the west end of Franklin County. Representative Morrow and I went together using our Franklin County TVA in Leu of Tax money to make the following appropriations, $500 to the Red Bay High School 8th and 9th grade trip to UNA, we were also able to give a grant of $500 to Red Bay High School FBLA to the FBLA Conference. It was also good to be able to help out the Red Bay High School Tip Off club with a $500 donation.

I want to thank the Mayor and the Red Bay City Council for joining Representative Morrow and I in re-doing the Red Bay Elementary water fountains. They were old and out of date; some were not even working at all. Representative Morrow and I made available a grant of $2000 towards that project.

It has been sometime since Vina High School was able to upgrade its athletic field equipment. As such Representative Morrow and I were happy to make a $6000 grant available to the Vina High School for a lawn mower purchase that will be used on both the baseball and football field as well as around the school campus.

I’m also continuing to work hard to see that our ATRIP road projects whether from city or counties are funded in Montgomery. We’ve had a great deal of success on these types of road grants thus far. I think it’s important that we insure that our tax dollars are brought home and put to good use.

I was also glad to see Franklin County Commission endorse the Alabama Scenic River Trail. This was followed by the City of Red Bay endorsing the Alabama Scenic River Trail which as you may know is a beautiful river trail for personal water craft along Bear Creek as it flows through the City of Red Bay in Franklin County. It is my hope that it will cover all the area into the State of Mississippi where it joins Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River water way and then into the Tenn Tom Water Way and the body of the Alabama Scenic River Trail. This eco tourism is very important to our area. As you know the Town of Hodges is doing an excellent job developing their equestrian trail and by adding this scenic river way it will hopefully bring more tourism and tourist dollars into our area.

This past week I also enjoyed a very fine presentation by Alabama works career and tech educators at the Colbert Lauderdale business industry summit. It was hosted by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce along with Colbert and Lauderdale Career Tech educators. Career tech is something I support strongly and it serves approximately 405,000 high school students with 85% of its students going directly into the work force. We must do all that we can to prepare our young people for the jobs of the 21st century.

It was great to see Judge Bob Vance who is running for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in the Shoals this past week. As you may know Judge Vance has been a trial judge in Jefferson County for ten years and a court room lawyer for more than 16 years. Judge Vance understands that the Court must work equally for all Alabamians. He is the son of the late Judge Robert S. Vance Sr. that was killed by a mail bomb while serving on the bench. He is a family man with three sons and a daughter. I’ve known Judge Vance for many years and think that he would do a good job as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

I also had an opportunity to attend the National Center for Sports Safety annual fundraiser in Birmingham. It was a very well attended event and the money raised is used to create safer playing environments for student athletics. It is headed up by Dr. Larry Lemak, the very famous surgeon and an innovator for sports safety.

We’ve had some exciting events in our district as many grants have been received and disbursed. I also wanted to congratulate Dr. Anne McNutt and the fine staff at the Fayette campus of Bevil State as the new Fayette Career Center recently held their open house.

We were fortunate to get many new grants including the City of Fayette’s $450,000.00 community development grant. As you know these grants are becoming tougher to receive, so I am continuing my fight to make sure that our tax dollars are returned here to us in goods and services.

I’m glad to see so many highway projects going on thorough out the Senate District. It’s my hope that we can soon get Corridor X tied in to Birmingham where it will officially become interstate 22 and Corridor Y which is Highway 24 going through Franklin County, four lane completed and down to joining I-22 in Mississippi. This will complete a dream that comes from Congressman Tom Bevil when he first started this project back in the late 1970’s. I want to thank Senator Shelby for also being a strong supporter of this program.

I recently had the privilege of driving over to Helfin to speak at the Cleburne County Democratic Club. They have many strong candidates running for local offices including Probate Judge, Superintendent of Education and County Commission. They have a very active and enthusiastic group with my good friend Darrell Turner as the Chairman. I enjoyed getting to see many old friends, including former Representative John Casey and his wife and meeting so many other new friends.

As the election gets closer I hope all of you will exercise your right to vote. That is what our Veterans have fought for in the past and are currently risking their lives for today. The right to vote is such a special right that we have here in America and Alabama that it should never be taken for granted. We all know from the tragedies that we’ve seen around the world and the heart felt loses we felt right her in our Senate District, as Veterans have died fighting to protect our freedoms, that freedom is not free. So let’s all turn out and vote for the candidate of your choice.

I was glad to see our Senate District voting to go along with passing the amendment to transfer the monies out of the Rainy Day Savings Account known as the Alabama Trust Fund for the next three years to help ease the burden on Medicaid. As I said in my endorsement of this amendment, it is not the best way to run government but it was the best way presented to us by the new Super Majority GOP in the Alabama Legislature.

The Republican Super Majority had simply said they were going to make horrendous cuts that we could not stand to Medicaid, Mental Health and our Veterans had the amendment not passed.

It is my hope that in the future we can hold the Republicans accountable to pay the money back like they have said they would do, but refuse to put the wording in the new law to do so. A savings account only works if you pay it back during the good times so you can draw on it again during the bad times.

Congratulations to Lamar County for having an open house and ribbon cutting at Lamar County Alabama Entrepreneur Research Center this past Wednesday. This important learning tool will provide valuable resources needed by many local entrepreneurs to make better informed decisions about the type, size and the location of business they should consider as well as to plan the businesses future expansion.

I am so proud to see so many of our high school teams doing well. While it’s great to root for the winning team it is important to know that those on the losing side have tried just as hard to be winners and by doing so have become winners. People can earn great skill sets that serve them well the rest of their lives when they participate in extracurricular activities whether it’s cheerleading, band, football or other sports, as they learn discipline, sacrifice and team play. Congratulations goes out to the Coach with the most wins in Berry Wildcat football history, Head Coach Danny Raines who just accomplished his 70th career win as coach of the Wildcats. Let’s continue to turn out and support our local teams whether it’s volleyball, jr high football or varsity football, and don’t forget the midget football teams.

Congratulations goes out to Fayette High School Senior Hannah Crowley who was crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen during the half time festivities held Friday, October 12th in Fayette. Also congratulations to all the fine ladies on the Homecoming Courts throughout the Senate District.

You may rest assured that I will continue to work with our existing businesses to help them expand as well as work to locate new jobs in our area. The best way to have revenue to run State government is to create jobs and have an expanding economy, not raise taxes.

Thank you for all the phone calls, letters and e-mails about your concerns dealing with the issues facing us at the State and local level. Please continue to contact me at the following address.

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone 334-242-7862, Fax 334-242-9202
Russellville Office
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967
Email: senbedford@aol.com
Website: http://www.RogerBedford.com

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October 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

09/27/2012 – Marion County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – TR-Alias
2 – Non-Support
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Menacing
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Harassment
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Harassment
1 – Promote Prison Contraband
1 – Bondsman Process
1 – Violation Protection Order

FELONIES

Name:  Cynthia Lynn
Age:  54
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Possession Prescription Meds W/O Prescription
Date of Arrest:  09/21/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  09/22/2012

Name:  Wayne Gann
Age:  27
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Paraphernalia
Parole Violation
Date of Arrest:  09/23/2012
Amount of Bond:  $3,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Joseph Kivette
Age:  44
Address-City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  DUI
Possession Controlled Substance
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  09/21/2012
Amount of Bond:  $6,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Jessica Sullins
Age:  32
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Subject
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  09/21/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,500.00
Date of Release:  09/22/2012

Name:  Jimmy Parrett
Age:  44
Address-City:  Lilburn, GA
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Issuing Worthless Checks x 26
Date of Arrest:  23
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Chris Starnes
Age:  32
Address-City:  Gainesville, GA
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance x 2
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  09/24/2012
Amount of Bond: $5,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Mickie Cowen
Age:  35
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Assault 2nd
Rape 1st
Sodomy 1st
Kidnapping 1st
Sexual Abuse 1st
TR-Alias x 3
Date of Arrest:  06/25/2012
Amount of Bond:  $210,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Chris Dunaway
Age:  22
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Burglary 3rd
Date of Arrest:  09/26/2012
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Robert Handley
Age:  42
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  TR-Alias
Unauthorized Use Motor Vehicle
Non-Support
Date of Arrest:  09/27/2012
Amount of Bond:  Not Set
Date of Release:  In Jail

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09/20/2012 – Marion County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report – Sheriff Kevin Williams

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1 – DC-Alias
1 – CC-Alias
1 – Public Intoxication
2 – Violation Release Order
4 – Probation Violation
1 – Issuing Worthless Checks
2 – Non-Support
1 – Criminal Trespass 3rd
1 – Hunting W/O Permit
1 – Theft of Property 3rd
3 – Bench Warrant
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Prescription Medication W/O Prescription
1 – Attempt Elude

Name:  Steven McMillan
Age:  35
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 1st
Possession Controlled Substance
Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  09/18/2012
Amount of Bond:  $15,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  John Nichols
Age:  22
Address-City:  Fayette, AL
Charges:  Manufacture 2nd
Paraphernalia
Attempt Manufacture
Date of Arrest:  09/18/2012
Amount of Bond:  $15,500.00
Date of Release:  09/19/2012

Name:  Ryan Perkins
Age:  19
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL/Tupelo, MS
Charges:  False ID – Obstruct Justice
Attempt Elude
Date of Arrest:  09/15/2012
Amount of Bond:  $4,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Clarence Whittington
Age:  49
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Receiving Stolen Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  09/16/2012
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Chris Ballard
Age:  27
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property
Date of Arrest:  09/13/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Kody Hathcock
Age:  19
Address-City:  Greenwood Springs, MS
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  09/13/2012
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  09/14/2012

Name:  Teresa Nix
Age:  54
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Breaking & Entering Vehicle
Date of Arrest:  09/13/2012
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Ashley Carr
Age:  23
Address-City:  Brilliant, AL
Charges:  Grand Jury Indictment – Rape 2nd x 2
Date of Arrest:  09/13/2012
Amount of Bond:  $20,000.00
Date of Release:  09/13/2012

Name:  Tim Hammock
Age:  37
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Theft of Property 2nd
Date of Arrest:  09/15/2012
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Cager Weeks
Age:  19
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  09/15/2012
Amount of Bond:  $2,500.00
Date of Release:  09/15/2012

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09/19/2012 – VIDEO – Marion County Commissioners Meeting 09/17/2012

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September 19, 2012 at 2:31 AM

09/14/2012 – From the Office of Roger Bedford – Capitol Report

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Capitol Report for September 14th, 2012

It has certainly been and exciting time since the last Capitol Report. We’ve had two major industrial announcements, one in our Senate District in the Shoals with Firestone announcing that it is going to double the size of its plant with a $40 million dollar expansion and adding approximately 40 jobs.

Just a few weeks ago we had the announcement of the Walgreen’s Call Center expansion that will be taking place in Muscle Shoals. Walgreens expects to fill 150 jobs soon after the renovation and facility expansion is complete in December with the company planning to add an additional 100 jobs in each of the next two years.

It is good seeing new jobs coming into our area, but it is also important that we keep the existing jobs that we have and continue to search for new jobs.

As we’ve talked about before the days of showing a cotton field to an industrial prospect and saying “we want you to locate here” are long over. Industry in the 21st century wants existing land infrastructure and a lot of times buildings already in place that they can immediately utilize. As such, it was a pleasure to dedicate the new industrial spec building in the Vina Industrial Park in Franklin County this week. This industrial building is ideally located approximately half way between Corridor Y , Hwy 24 and Corridor X new interstate 22. It has approximately 42,000 square feet in it and I look forward to it having hundreds of workers some day in the future. As you may know it has been my long time philosophy that I had rather put people to work so when they are paying taxes there is money for our schools and government rather than raising taxes. I think it’s a bad idea to raise taxes especially on working families and small businesses.

It is good to see the highway work underway on highway 24. It has long been a dream of mine to fulfill Congressman Tom Bevill’s request to see that Highway 24 known as Corridor Y becomes a complete four lane joining Corridor X which is soon to be our new Interstate 22 in Mississippi. I can’t help but smile at all the construction work going on in Jefferson County as they prepare for Corridor X to tie into Interstate 65.

Yes, football season has finally arrived. While the temperature needs to be a little cooler I’m excited about high school football throughout our Senate District and State as well as SEC College football. It is my understanding that the University of North Alabama is also building a strong football program for the upcoming season. I hope you all come out to support your local, Junior High and High School teams as well as your favorite Colleges.

What an honor it was to introduce Alexandra Branyon in Fayette at the Fayette Civic Center recently. I had the privilege of presented a Senate Resolution honoring her for her work. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding Fayette native and fine Alabamian adding to the rich cultural activities at the Civic Center. It was also interesting to see so many former Fayette students who are now succeeding in life talk about their experiences there in the building when it was still a school. We wish Ms. Branyon all the best in the future and I know we’ll see many more successes from her good work.

It was a pleasure to recently attend the Alabama Council of Local Governments Annual fish fry in Tuscumbia. It was very well attended by the local elected officials and board members from the five counties that Keith Jones’s fine group heads up. Those five counties being, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion and Winston Counties.

Many of you have contacted me about the upcoming amendment coming up on September 18th. As I’ve told many of you on the phone and in person, I agree with you that it is not the best way to fund state government by taking one time monies to pay on reoccurring expenses. It’s a shame that the Republican Super Majority does not want to put language in the amendment that would require us to pay the Oil and Gas Savings and Trust Fund account back. However, the reason you have a savings account is so that you can have a bridge over tough financial waters and I hope that you’ll vote yes to this amendment because Medicaid, mental health and other state services are depending upon its passage. The Governor and the GOP Super Majority in the Alabama Legislative have provided no leadership as to alternatives if the amendment is rejected, in other words there is no plan B if it fails.

The following grants were recently awarded in our Senate District. $1000 to the Red Bay High School Majorettes and Dance Line. $500 to the Tharptown High School Softball Program. $500 to the Tharptown High School Youth Football and Cheer league. $1000 to the Franklin County Schools ( Red Bay, Vina and Tharptown ) speech Therapy for an ipad purchase. $1000 to the Russellville High School Golden Tiger Anglers Club. $500 to the Red Bay Elementary 6th grade field trip to Daulphin Island and $1250 to the City of Red Bay Weatherford Library.

I am very pleased to announce that the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) has granted funding for the important grants I have fought so hard to obtain.

$51,300.00 was awarded to the West Alabama Children’s Advocacy Center. This project will continue to enable the West Alabama Children’s Advocacy Center to continue to provide child abuse services and a child friendly facility in Lamar County and to support satellite facilities in Fayette County and Pickens County. Taped interviews and counseling sessions along with court preparations will be provided to the victims in each of these facilities. We must protect our children from abuse and put in jail those who abuse them.

$7,948.00 was awarded to assist the Town of Double Springs Police Department with the purchase of 4 ballistic vests, 7 tailored armor vest carriers, 4 each 5.56 police rifles, sights, light mountings, 3-point fifle slings and tactical slings, 2 tasers, 1 taser cartridge and 4 taser batteries. This equipment will assure that the Police Department will have the necessary resources to remain in conformance and provide necessary equipment to perform their duties.

$150,000.00 was awarded to Northwest Shoals Community College to continue implementation of the Child Passenger Safety program in the 10 Community Traffic Safety Program regions located across the state. Counties served in this program are Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Winston.

$249,613.00 was also awarded to Northwest Shoals Community College for The North Alabama Highway Safety Office to continue implementation of the ADECALETS Highway Safety programs in the North Alabama region to include the 10 counties of Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Lauderdale, Madison, Madison, Marion, Morgan, and Winston.

$133,000.00 was awarded to Shelton State Community College to be used to administer traffic safety projects and grants in West Alabama. This grant serves the following counties: Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

The City of Fayette, which is governed by Mayor Ray Nelson, was awarded $450,000.00. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds will provide sewer system improvements on 5th Street NE, 4th Street NE, 4th Lane NE, and 6th Avenue NE and will ultimately benefit 165 people.

The City of Hamilton was awarded $250,000.00. This CDBG will provide funds for an extensive revitalization to a six block area in the downtown commercial region. The project will consist of drainage, water, sewer, street, sidewalk, lighting, landscaping and handicapped accessibility improvements. Thanks to the hard work of Mayor Annette Sherrill and local officials we were able to obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life of everyone in Hamilton.

The Lamar County Commission, which is chaired by Judge Johnny Rogers, received a $350,000.00 CDBG to provide new water service to 42 households that are currently being served by contaminated water wells and springs in two separate sections of Lamar County.

The City of Sulligent received $350,000.00, and these CDBG funds will provide new sewer service to the residents of Buck Jackson and Wilson Roads as well as Willow and Wren Streets. The project will also replace a deteriorated and undersized pump station at Lamar Heights Apartments.

In addition to CDBG funds, ADECA awarded funding to Safeplace, Inc. for Crime Victim Assistance and Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters Grants to States and Indian Tribes. Safeplace received $45,005.00 for a project that will continue to address the dual problems of expanding domestic violence services to a growing Hispanic population in Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion and Winston counties. These funds will also provide more personnel on-site in rural counties, who will provide services, such as court advocacy, to rural victims and refer both populations to their crisis line and residential facility when needed.

Safeplace also received $175,971.00 for the Safeplace P.E.A.C.E. Project, which serves six Northwest Alabama Counties, will address the problem of family violence and prevention of future abuse. Services will include school-based violence prevention/education programs, media and community awareness campaigns about services available to victims, victim outreach programs, training for community agencies and professionals, provision of crisis line, safe housing and counseling for victims, and domestic violence intervention programs for perpetrators will be expanded.

As always, thanks to the Mayors, Commissioners, and local officials, as well as the Governor, ADECA Director Jim Byard, and members of the Legislature, who helped us obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Northwest Alabama. You may rest assured that I will keep working hard to bring out tax dollars back home to help our area grow.

I certainly appreciate all the cards, e-mails, letters and phone calls which I have received from you. This enables me to continue to work effectively on your behalf. If you should need to reach me for any reason feel free to do so at the contact information 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

Amanda Hovater
Assistant
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Senate Minority Leader
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
AHovater.RBA@gmail.com

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September 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

09/05/2012 – VIDEO – City of Hamilton, AL Municipal Election Certification Meeting Sept 4

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September 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

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