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09/16/2013 – Aderholt Traveling Help Desk to Visit Hamilton Friday, September 27th

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September 27, 2013


Aderholt Traveling Help Desk to Visit Hamilton
Congressional Staff On-Site to Assist Constituents with Federal Casework


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today announced that District Field Representative Kreg Kennedy will be in Hamilton on Friday, September 27th to provide assistance to those needing help working with federal agencies. 


“With a district that stretches across the state, it can be difficult for people to travel to our district offices when they need help,” said Aderholt. “By bringing district staff to local communities, we can effectively assist those who otherwise would be unable to get support. This is an excellent opportunity for folks to come and discuss their issues with Kreg, who will help me begin the process of finding solutions for them.”

You may reach Kreg Kennedy at:
email:  kreg.kennedy@mail.house.gov
phone: (256) 381-3450


Friday, September 27, 2013 Traveling Help Desk

Hamilton City Hall
422 2nd Street SW
Hamilton, AL 35570
9:00am – 12:00pm


Congressional offices can help with a variety of federal issues, including Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Medicare issues. For a full list of services Congressman Aderholt’s office can assist visit www.aderholt.house.gov.



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Hamilton, AL

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September 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

05/21/2013 – Press Release from Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley

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May 21, 2013

Alabama Ready to Assist Oklahoma as Needed in Tornado Recovery

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday said various state agencies in Alabama are in contact with their counterparts in Oklahoma to offer any assistance needed in the recovery from Monday’s deadly tornado. Governor Bentley also encouraged Alabamians to keep the people of Oklahoma in their prayers throughout the recovery.

“It’s important for all of us to continue to pray for the people of Oklahoma and their leaders,” Governor Bentley said. “We can identify with what the people of Oklahoma are going through. Our people understand what it means to comfort loved ones, to support survivors and to help in the long-term recovery of communities.”

Governor Bentley said the Alabama Emergency Management Agency has highly-trained disaster recovery teams ready to serve in Oklahoma as necessary. Also, the Alabama National Guard stands ready to help in Oklahoma if any guard assistance is requested during the recovery process.

In addition, the Alabama Department of Insurance has contacted the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner’s Office to offer any needed assistance. Following the April 2011 tornadoes, various insurance departments from across the country sent representatives to Alabama to help advise citizens on how to file claims. Representatives also worked to answer questions from storm survivors on various insurance matters. The Alabama Department of Insurance is ready to do the same for the people of Oklahoma, as needed, and will coordinate any requests through the Alabama EMA.

“My office is in contact with Governor Fallin’s office in Oklahoma,” Governor Bentley said. “We know the people of Oklahoma are facing an overwhelming challenge right now, and it may be some time before the leaders in Oklahoma are able to assess whether they need any direct assistance from our state agencies. What we can say with certainty, though, is that we’re ready to help in any way we can. The people of Alabama will stand strong with the people of Oklahoma.”

Serve Alabama, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service, has received several inquiries from citizens wanting to know how to help. The most effective donations after disasters are financial donations. Serve Alabama has compiled donation information on various non-profit organizations that help with disaster response. Information can be found online at http://www.servealabama.gov. Also, information from the American Red Cross can be found at http://www.redcross.org.

It is important for civilians not to “self-deploy” to Oklahoma at this particular time.

“The immediate search and rescue operation that is underway is critical to saving lives; however, when people with good intentions self-deploy, they risk jeopardizing the mission and can create unnecessary confusion within the disaster,” Alabama EMA Director Art Faulkner said. “Part of our responsibility at the Alabama EMA is to manage the flow of resources internally as well as externally.”

Instead of “self-deploying,” officials recommend that any on-site volunteer efforts should be coordinated with established relief agencies. Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a group of trusted agencies that work together to find opportunities for people to help. More information from VOAD can be found online through the VOAD links on the Serve Alabama website. VOAD will continue to provide updates throughout the recovery.

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May 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM


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For the second year in a row, the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be an official host organization of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s event is Thursday, May 2, 2013, beginning just after 12 p.m., at the Hamilton City Hall Auditorium.

Seven pastors from Hamilton-area churches will share short messages of inspiration and lead the group in prayers for the city, county, state, nation, and world. Theme for the 2013 National Day of Prayer is “Pray for America.” The official verse is Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

This event is open to the public, and everyone, especially church groups, is encouraged to attend. The program will last approximately 40 minutes to allow those who are working to attend during their lunch hour. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Here is the program agenda:

Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce
Observance of the National Day of Prayer – Pray for America
May 2, 2013

Presentation of Colors: 877th Engineer Battalion,
Alabama Army National Guard

“God Bless America”- Performed by Sarah Sheppard

Welcome Marla Minter, President, Board of Directors,
Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce

“Seven Centers of Power”

Bill Weems-Hamiton United Methodist Church

Preston Headrick-Christ Community Fellowship Church

Brian Beasley-The Ramp

Ted Burleson-Hamilton Church of Christ

Jeff Fleming-Barnsville Freewill Baptist Church

Jimmie W. Blair-Praise Assembly of God

Tommy Franks-Hamilton Freewill Baptist Church

Light Refreshments will be served immediately in the foyer, following the service

Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

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May 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

04/12/2013 – PRESS RELEASE – Colbert County Tourism – Ninon Parker, Director of Marketing

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May 3-4, 2013 – Tuscumbia, AL The drumbeat of war is silent but the echo of the Civil War still fills the valley
below LaGrange Mountain, on the pinnacle of which stood a college and a village, burned 150 years ago by Federal troops. A sizeable settlement of houses was also burned on this fateful night.

To observe the sesquicentennial anniversary of the burning, the LaGrange Living Historical Association will hold “Recall LaGrange” on May 3-4, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., each day, announced Susann Hamlin, Executive Director of the Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau.

“Organizers are hard at work planning the most exciting and comprehensive ‘Recall LaGrange’ since the group began presenting it 25 years ago in 1988, Hamlin said. “It continues to grow and to draw many local residents, as well as Civil War buffs and history-lovers from all across North Alabama, southern Tennessee and eastern Mississippi. It was named a Top 10 Event for May, 2013, in the Alabama State Vacation Guide.”

“LaGrange College was known as ‘The West Point of the South’, and the poignant story of its existence and of the people who had homes on the mountain is one that deserves to be told and experienced,” added Hamlin, “and this year’s Recall LaGrange, a Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, will indeed be an event to experience.”

The featured presentation in the afternoon on Saturday, May 4, will be the “Burning of LaGrange” by the 27th Alabama Infantry Regiment Re-enactors who will don Federal uniforms to portray Col. Florence Cornyn’s Federal Calvary unit, known as “The Destroying Angels.” Plans are for the troops to gallop on horseback, raid, pillage and engulf the mountain with smoke and flames, as they burn a mock smoke house and college.

Events scheduled to take place on Friday, May 3, will be geared toward students, said L.C. Lenz, president of the LaGrange Living Historical Association, and classroom and home school teachers are invited to bring field trips on that day. Re-enactor and living history presentations will be on the schedule. Call 256-446-9324 to arrange to bring a group.

Events on Saturday, May 4, will cater to attendance by the general public, and will include Civil War era living history demonstrations and frontier life skills such as bee keeping, blacksmithing, and period cooking, plus demonstrations of handicrafts, such as spinning, weaving, and quilting, leather working, and toy-making. There will be period music performed and much more. A first-person cemetery drama will bring to life the people who lived at LaGrange beginning in the early 1800’s. Re-enactors will show camp life during the Civil War. Participants include the Providence Living History Re-enactors, as well as the 27th Alabama Regiment Re-enactors, plus a large group of volunteer individuals. Tim Kent, local author of several books on Civil War history, will be a featured speaker.

LaGrange College Site Park is located off Hwy. 157 near Whiteoak and Leighton, about 5 miles east of Muscle Shoals. A sign and a restored log house set at roadside mark the turn. Designated parking will be available with shuttle service to major sites. Food vendors will be on hand.

The event is free, but donations are welcomed by the association so that the on-going work at the LaGrange College Site Park may continue. The group has re-assembled a collection of historic log buildings, which reflect life during the pioneer period at LaGrange. Within the complex one may visit the “dogtrot” Welcome Center/Museum, shop in a log “Country Store”, view an old barn, smoke house and corn crib, and peek into an old-time barber shop. The Bonner House Bed and Breakfast offers overnight accommodations and a log chapel completes the setting. Nearby LaGrange Cemetery offers a glimpse of the people who once resided at LaGrange or in the valley nearby. The obelisk that marks the grave of Abraham Ricks, a prominent plantation owner, stands vigil in this peaceful resting place. All of this is lovingly cared for by the LaGrange Living Historical Association.

It is said best by Louise Lenz, a dedicated volunteer who was instrumental in the formation of the LaGrange Living Historical Association in 1988, “This is a worthwhile life’s work, to preserve and protect our history at LaGrange and to tell its story. We cherish the opportunity and we invite everyone to come see what it is all about.”

For more information visit http://www.lagrange-collegesitepark.org. You may also call 256-702-6953, 256-446-9324 or Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783.

Submitted by Ninon Parker, 256-383-0783 or ninonparker@comcast.net

For information: Louise Lenz, 256-702-6953, 256-446-9324, or louiselinville@earthlink.net

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April 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

06/22/2012 – Health authorities advise the public not to handle wildlife, transport, or keep them as pets

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Health authorities advise the public not to handle wildlife, transport or keep them as pets

Karen Landers, M.D., (256) 383-1231
James Congleton, (256) 383-1231
Dee W. Jones, D.V.M., (334) 206-5969

Recent rabies exposures involving raccoons and a stray kitten prompt reminders that the public should avoid handling wildlife and unknown animals. In Baldwin County, the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed one of four baby raccoons tested was positive for rabies and has identified all children and adults exposed. Health authorities are working with medical providers to evaluate the need for appropriate treatment.

The baby raccoons were transported to a family’s residence in northwest Alabama. In Lee County, several persons who handled a rabid stray kitten at the Lee County Humane Shelter have been identified and those who have been exposed are beginning a treatment regimen.

“We strongly urge people not to handle wildlife, stray animals and bats,” said Dr. Dee W. Jones, State Public Health Veterinarian. “As these examples illustrate, exposure to rabies can be avoided by leaving wildlife in the wild. Furthermore, the act of transporting wildlife in Alabama is illegal.”

With these incidents in mind, public health officials encourage pet owners to ensure their dogs, cats and ferrets are vaccinated against the fatal disease. To protect yourself, your family and your pets from exposure to the rabies virus, follow these precautions:

•Avoid domestic and wild animals that are acting in a strange or unusual manner. •Teach children to stay away from animals that are hurt or unknown to them. •Instruct children to avoid approaching any wild animal, whether or not it is acting strangely. •Advise children to tell an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal.

If you get an animal bite or scratch, wash the wound thoroughly under running water, immediately seek medical attention from your doctor or a hospital, and report the incident to your county health department for follow-up.  Rabies is a disease of all mammals, including humans, and is always considered to be fatal unless preventative treatment is given following the exposure. The primary means of exposure is through a bite or scratch with contaminated saliva from the animal. Transmission of the deadly virus also can occur if saliva contacts mucous membranes of the eye or mouth.

Pets can be a common connection between wildlife and humans. Vaccination of domestic dogs, cats and ferrets not only protects the animals against rabies, but also creates an additional protective buffer between wildlife rabies and humans. State law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets remain currently vaccinated against rabies. The law also requires that if a pet bites or scratches a human, it must be quarantined for a period of 10 days immediately afterward. As an additional incentive to keep pets vaccinated, pets with proof of vaccination may be authorized in certain circumstances to be quarantined at home instead of in a veterinary clinic.

For more information please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease, Epidemiology Division, at 1-800-677-0939. Additional information is available at www.adph.org/rabies/.


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June 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

12/22/2011 – Fugitive Captured In Hamilton, AL

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NOTE TO OUR READERS:  We at 49 County News.Net want to thank Chief Ralph Conner for keeping the public informed of Current Events in Hamilton, Alabama!  We appreciate the job that he and his officers are doing to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.  Below is a press release exhibiting their due diligence! 
Judy Webb Mays, jmays@49countynews.net

December 22, 2011

11:31 a.m.

Memo To:  News Media

From:  Hamilton Police Department

Subject:  Press Release – Fugitive Captured in Hamilton

On Wednesday evening (12/21/2011), Hamilton Police Officers Ary and Hanford located and captured a dangerous fugitive wanted for felony parole violation by the State of Illinois.  At 7:38 PM police stopped a vehicle on Bexar Avenue West, near County Hwy 25, after observing it driving erratically.

The driver stated that he had no identification, however; the officers saw that he was being evasive and conducted an investigation that led to his identity.  A check of the driver through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database led to an alert that he was a wanted felon that could be armed and dangerous. 

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Xavier Chacon, was immediately taken into custody without incident.  Chacon was not armed but did posses some pistol ammunition.  Chacon has a lengthy and violent criminal history and claims to belong to a criminal gang based in Chicago, Illinois.  Chacon states he was in the area visiting friends and is not currently suspected of any local criminal activity.  A passenger in Chacon’s vehicle was detained during the traffic stop but was released without any charges. 

Chacon has waived extradition to Illinois and will be returned to that state. The Hamilton Police Department has been targeting training and operations that increase effectiveness in public safety and criminal patrol.  Officers Ary and Hanford recently completed such training at Bevill State Community College and are credited with applying this training to remove a dangerous criminal from the city’s streets.

Ralph Conner, Chief
Hamilton Police Department
P.O. Box 188
Hamilton, AL  35570-0188
(205) 921-7424 office
(205) 921-2211 fax

(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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December 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

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