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  • Fmr US Rep Jo Bonner named Kay Ivey chief of staff as Steve Pelham takes job at Auburn University

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    In a move that had been rumored for the last few weeks, former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner has assumed the role as chief of staff for Gov. Kay Ivey.

    Last November after Ivey was elected to a full term, Bonner was named a senior adviser to Ivey.

    Bonner is replacing outgoing chief of staff Steve Pelham, who will become Auburn University’s vice president for economic development and the chief of staff to Auburn University President Steven Leath.

  • Historic Inauguration Day in Montgomery heralds continued growth for Alabama

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    It was a day of celebration, unity and tremendous optimism as Governor Kay Ivey and other statewide elected officials were officially sworn into office on Monday.

    The weather played into the symbolism of the occasion, as a cold, overcast day – a storm almost certainly imminent – gradually became sunnier and sunnier as the afternoon pushed on, much like the outlook of the state under Ivey’s steady guidance.

    Political insiders and everyday Alabamians from every nook and cranny of the state gathered in front of the Alabama State Capitol steps for the inauguration ceremony, which began promptly at 10:00 a.m. From the state’s richest man to the single mom who checked her little girls out of school just to see Ivey’s historic oath of office, it was a day that transcended the lines that divide us.

    Because Ivey’s inauguration message of “Keep Alabama Growing” is a theme meant for all. It is a message of hope – that even a little girl from Camden, Alabama can rise to be duly elected as the state’s chief executive through hard work and perseverance.

  • Ivey orders flags lowered to half-staff to honor fallen police Sgt. Wytasha Carter

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    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter, who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday.

    “I am directing flags be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter who was killed in the line of duty early Sunday, January 13, 2019,” Ivey said in a statement. “Sergeant Carter laid down his life protecting the people of Birmingham, and the entire state of Alabama mourns this tremendous loss.”

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Ivey orders flags lowered to half-staff to honor fallen police Sgt. Wytasha Carter

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter, who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday.

“I am directing flags be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter who was killed in the line of duty early Sunday, January 13, 2019,” Ivey said in a statement. “Sergeant Carter laid down his life protecting the people of Birmingham, and the entire state of Alabama mourns this tremendous loss.”

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Ivey also noted that the flags should be flown half-staff until sunset on Sunday January 20, 2019.

Sgt. Carter lost his life after being shot at approximately 1:59 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of 5thAvenue North as he was investigating two suspects during an apparent vehicular burglary in progress.

Carter began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a correctional officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He later joined the Leeds Police Department where he served as an officer. In 2007, Sergeant Carter joined the Fairfield Police Department and later transferred to the Birmingham Police Department.

The governor mourned the loss of Carter in a statement released on Sunday.

“On behalf of the entire state of Alabama, I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers as we all mourn the death of Sergeant Carter, which came far too soon,” Ivey shared. “This is a terrible loss for Sergeant Carter’s loved ones, his fellow law enforcement officers and our entire state. Let us keep Sergeant Carter, his wife and children close to our hearts during this difficult time.”

Ivey also made it clear that the accomplishments of Sgt. Carter should never be forgotten.

“We must never forget the tremendous sacrifice that our law enforcement make each and every day. We certainly will always remember Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter and his ultimate sacrifice for the people of Birmingham who he served so well,” she outlined.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 days ago

Alabama Power and B.A.S.S. announce two scholarship winners

(Brenton Godwin, Grey Terry/Alabama Power, B.A.S.S.)

Alabama Power and B.A.S.S. teamed up to award two Alabama students each a $5,000 scholarship.

“We are proud to partner with Alabama Power to support students who want to further their education in a trade,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “And, we’re even more pleased to provide additional scholarship opportunities for students.”

The two scholarship recipients are Brenton Godwin of Stapleton and Grey Terry of Tuscaloosa.

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Godwin, who is currently a senior at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, AL., plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College.

“I plan on starting my college career at Coastal Alabama Community College, then transferring to Auburn University to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Poultry Science Production,” Godwin said. “While in college, I aspire to fish at Auburn on the collegiate level.”

Godwin has been an active member in school and community organizations, including the Baldwin County Fishing Team, which he has been a part of for three years. He is a member of the Key Club, French Club, Technology Student Association, Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society and the BCHS varsity baseball team.

Terry, who is currently a senior at Northridge High School, has been a student in the welding program at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy and also attends Shelton State Community College’s Dual Enrollment Welding class.

“My goal is to complete an Associate’s Degree at Shelton State and pursue a career in welding,” Terry said. “Since I began taking these courses, I have learned so much about the importance of skilled trades.”

“Congratulations to Brenton and Grey for this acknowledgment of their environmental stewardship and hard work in the classroom,” said Zeke Smith, Alabama Power executive vice president of External Affairs. “These scholarships continue to help students develop the high-demand skills needed for a career in the future workforce of Alabama, and we are proud to partner with BASS to make it happen.”

Scholarship winners are allowed to apply the award toward tuition, textbooks or living expenses.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open early this year. For more details, visit Bassmaster.com.

According to the official press release, B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and Pursuit Channel), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

5 days ago

Alabama ranked one of the best states for female entrepreneurs

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Alabama has been named to the top ten list of best states for female entrepreneurs, according to a new study from FitSmallBusiness.com.

In ranking each state for its outlook for female entrepreneurs, the study considered several different criteria for each state. Those factors included general business climate/opportunity (25 percent), the number of female-owned businesses (25 percent), economic and financial health (25 percent) and safety and well-being for women (25 percent).

After analyzing the results, the study was able to produce a list of states where women are most likely to succeed in startups and new adventures.

Alabama came in at number five on the list. The study noted the Yellowhammer state’s low cost of living, beautiful beaches, Southern hospitality and hospitable business climate as reasons for being included on the list.

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The top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Texas
  2. Ohio
  3. Minnesota
  4. Washington
  5. Alabama
  6. North Carolina
  7. Massachusetts
  8. North Dakota
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Georgia

The study also found Alabama to be evolving into a welcoming place for women looking to start businesses. The state’s low tax burden and below average cost of living makes it affordable for female entrepreneurs to launch a startup.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

6 days ago

Gulf State Park named Alabama’s Attraction of the Year

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Baldwin County’s Gulf State Park has been named Attraction of the Year by the Alabama Tourism Department in the 2019 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events.

The park offers 28 miles of hiking and biking trails, a nature center, programs focused on local wildlife, a saltwater fishing pier and a newly opened interpretive center. It receives more than 600,000 annual visitors, offers an array of recreational experiences and lodging opportunities on its 6,150 acres.

Gary Ellis, director of Community Relations and Administration at Gulf State Park, shared his excitement of the park being named Alabama’s top attraction.

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“Being selected by our peers is the highest form of flattery and something our team cherishes. It further reinforces a great sense of pride by all the employees to be in good company with other elite Alabama attractions,” Ellis stated.

Ellis also offered insight into the future of a Learning Campus at Gulf State Park.

“The park’s many different habitats, such as forest, wetlands, dunes, freshwater and saltwater provide a unique opportunity to provide more educational programs,” Ellis said. “The Learning Campus will host camps and retreats, educational conferences and workshops for all types of groups. Longer term, plans are underway to expand trails and group camping sites.”

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, opened last November. The hotel, which accommodates guests, business meetings and conferences, offers 350 guest rooms and includes two restaurants and a pool. The hotel is now booking through 2024.

The Lodge’s General Manager Bill Bennett insists bookings have been holding strong at the hotel.

“Reservation activity has been quite impressive for the new beachfront facility,” Bennett said. “First and second quarter bookings are coming in at a record pace and should result in strong business levels for the entire park.”

Bennett added, “With a commitment to sustainability and direct access to more than 2 miles of pristine beach, guests are truly impressed with the design and comfort of the facility.”

One of the first events being held at the Hilton’s The Lodge at Gulf State Park is Governor Kay Ivey’s Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration on January 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Recording artist Neal McCoy is set to headline the event, which will cost $25 per person.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here, however, attendees may donate four children’s books to donate to the Alabama Literacy Alliance in lieu of a ticket.

Other lodging available at Gulf State Park includes 11 cottages, 20 cabins and 500 campsites.

“One reason the Alabama Tourism Department made this designation is the environmental sustainability the park is embracing,” Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship said of Gulf State Park. “Restored sand dunes, a rainwater recycling system and lighting favorable to wildlife are just some of the things that make the park ecofriendly.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 week ago

Brooks introduces ‘No Work Without Pay Act’ amid government shutdown

Congressman Mo Brooks (CSPAN/YouTube)

On Tuesday, Representative Mo Brooks (AL-5) introduced H.R. 271, the No Work Without Pay Act, which requires the federal government to timely pay all employees who work during a government shutdown.

“During a federal government shutdown, federal employees are treated in two different ways. Roughly 380,000 federal workers[1] are ‘furloughed’ (sent home without pay until the shutdown ends). Roughly 420,000 other federal employees (like TSA agents or border patrol agents) are ordered to work without timely pay or even the guarantee of getting paid,” Brooks stated, per a news release. “Ordering a federal employee to work without timely pay is morally wrong and runs counter to every economic principle on which a free enterprise system is based. I have today introduced the No Work Without Pay Act to correct this wrong by requiring that federal employees who are ordered to work are timely paid for their work.”

Brooks then outlined the H.R. 271 bill and explained what it included. He also urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to look into the bill.

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“H.R. 271 is a straight-forward, one-page bill that is the right thing to do for the roughly 420,000 federal employees at nine federal departments and dozens of independent agencies who are currently working without pay. This Friday, working federal employees will miss their paycheck unless Washington elected officials either pass H.R. 271 (or similar legislation) or the partial shutdown ends. I encourage House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to immediately take up H.R. 271 (or similar legislation) so paychecks will go out Friday to federal employees who worked for them during this partial shutdown,” he outlined.

In concluding his speech, Brooks made the case for the $5 billion border wall request made by President Donald Trump, calling it a “paltry investment.”

“Frankly, Washington should never have put federal employees in this position,” said Brooks. “When you consider that illegal aliens are a net tax loss of $116 billion annually and that each year there are thousands of Americans who are dead at the hands of illegal aliens, $5 billion for a border wall is a paltry investment and a significant compromise down from the $25 billion needed to help secure America’s porous southern border. Unfortunately, too many Washington elected officials have made it clear that their thirst for political power is more important than the lives of American citizens.”

He continued, “In a similar vein, I hope Democrats will rise to the occasion and treat federal workers better than they have treated American victims of illegal alien criminal conduct.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

Mo Brooks sworn in for fifth term in U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Mo Brooks (CSPAN/YouTube)

Republican Representative Mo Brooks (AL-5) was sworn in on Thursday for the fifth time in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brooks, who was the first Republican elected in the Fifth District in 136 years, participated in an en masse swearing in ceremony in the House Chamber earlier today.

“As the 116th Congress begins its work, I am deeply honored to again have the opportunity to serve the people of Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District,” Brooks stated. “As a Congressman, I have fought hard to defend the foundational principles that have made America the greatest nation in world history. I will continue to fight for those values in the face of stiff and majority-controlling Socialist Democrats in the 116th Congress.”

He added, “In particular, I will work to rein in out-of-control Washington spending, secure America’s borders and elections, defend free-enterprise policies from a strong and dangerous but naïve Socialist agenda, while also promoting strong national security and technological advancement NASA promotes for the benefit of all. The prosperity and freedom of America’s future generations is at stake. I appreciate the trust citizens of the Tennessee Valley have placed in me, and I look forward to a fifth term in the U.S. House.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

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2 weeks ago

Doug Jones calls for compromise in wake of government shutdown

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After nearly two weeks of a partial government shutdown, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) is now calling for compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

During a WVTM interview that was released on Tuesday, Jones stressed the importance of putting the hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work with pay.

“Hopefully, once we can get the government reopened, we will get them back pay,” Jones stated. “But that is not a whole lot of consolation for these folks right now during the holidays, trying to start the new year.”

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Jones then discussed compromise and insinuated that it is the only way forward.

“What we have got to do is forge that incredible word called compromise,” Jones told WVTM. “People have to look at that, not as a battle that has been lost, but as a way of progress.”

With Democrats set to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Jones said he anticipates people will see things differently.

“Once we get back and the new House takes over, and people get a realistic view of where we are, they will realize the only way to accomplish anything is to talk to each other and not at each other,” he said.

Jones added, “If people stay entrenched, this could go on for a long time and everybody loses if this goes on much longer.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

Brooks: How much ‘American blood’ on will be on hands of Pelosi, Schumer until they help with border security?

(Jeff Poor / Yellowhammer News)

On Sunday, GOP Representative Mo Brooks (AL-5) joined Dale Jackson on Yellowhammer News’ “Guerrilla Politics” to weigh in on the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Brooks slammed Democratic leadership, suggesting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have “American blood” on their hands for their unwillingness to cooperate with President Donald Trump and the Republicans on border security.

“It is a very tough position that the Democrats have put us in. On the one hand, you have got thousands of Americans who are dead each year because of the Democrats’ refusal to secure the border,” Brooks told Jackson. “Those Americans are dying, either because they have been murdered by illegal aliens, vehicular homicides by illegal aliens or the illegal narcotics that are shipped into the country by illegal aliens and their drug cartels with the drug overdoses that are in the tens of thousands of lost American lives per year.”

[Brooks’ remarks begin around the 16:00 mark]

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Brooks then questioned how much blood it would take for the Democrats to end the charade of protecting illegal aliens and assist Trump and the GOP with border security.

“So, the question is going to be how much blood, American blood, do you have to have on the hands of the Democrats leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer before they will help us with border security? Or is their craving for power such that they are willing to accept the loss of American lives?” he asked.

Brooks later added, “The American people ought to be infuriated about it.”

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) joined CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday and said the shutdown made lawmakers look “silly” and insisted that leaders, from both political parties, must “move away from the blame game.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Alabama ranked one of the best states to retire on a fixed income

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According to a new TheStreet.com study, the state of Alabama is one of the best states to retire on a fixed income.

The results come after reviewing several factors, including the cost of living, the tax impact and the prospects of owning or renting a home.

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While having an imposed state tax that caps off at five percent, the study found the Yellowhammer state to be to a relatively inexpensive state to live in.

The average cost of living in the state places Alabama at number nine out of all fifty states. According to the study, the median income in Alabama is $24,000. The retirement income of $48,000 goes a long way in the state, according to the study, where the cost of golf, dining, taxes, housing and medical care are among the lowest in the country.

The study also listed Decatur as one of the best cities to reside in Alabama and listed an array of parks for lifestyle benefits. The suggested parks and other areas for leisure include Malone Park, Morgan Lake Park, Decatur Day Use Park, Point Mallard Park, Rhodes Ferry Park, Delano Park, and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

In addition to the low cost of living, Alabama offers 60 miles of beaches and coastline and unique living benefits to U.S. armed forces veterans.

Earlier this year, a Bankrate.com study also found Alabama to be one of the best states to retire in.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Athens police officers deliver gifts to children on Christmas Day

(City of Athens, Alabama/Facebook)

Children in Athens received a special treat this year for Christmas as Athens police officers played the role of Santa Claus.

Each year, officers at the Athens Police Departement drive around and deliver donated toys to kids in the community, and this Christmas was no different.

The officers handed out hundreds of toys, including soccer balls, footballs, board games, stuffed animals and hats, to many boys and girls.

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Officer Mickey Hart said some people were nervous and confused to see him show up, but were surprised to see him giving out gifts.

“It takes a lot of stress off of them knowing that we’re not there for some other reason. We’re just there to kinda help brighten up, especially with it being as cloudy as it is, trying to bring a smile on Christmas,” Hart told WAFF.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Mall protest organizer Carlos Chaverst, Jr. banned from Riverchase Galleria for one year

(Hoover City Jail)

Per a report by WVTM, Hoover protest leader Carlos Chaverst, Jr. has been banned from the Riverchase Galleria Mall for one year.

While 25-year-old Chaverst was not arrested Sunday, a trespass warning was issued at the request of mall officials. If he sets foot on mall premises again before December 15, 2019, he will be subject to arrest.

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Chaverst called the Riverchase Galleria’s decision to ban him from their premises “unconstitutional,” adding he will “vigorously fight” their “unfair discriminatory practices.”

Under the account name “Montez Chaverst,” the protest leader wrote on Facebook, “These type of actions aren’t constitutional and we will vigorously fight the unfair discriminatory practices by both the Galleria and Hoover Police.”

Since the deadly shooting of Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. inside of the Galleria on Thanksgiving night, Chaverst has been vocal in protesting the death on mall property and causing a disturbance throughout the city of Hoover.

During the many protests since Bradford’s death, Chaverst has been arrested twice while seven other protesters have also been arrested on misdemeanor charges as a result of the demonstrations.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 weeks ago

Auburn University receives R1 Carnegie classification for outstanding research

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, left, a professor in Auburn’s Department of Drug Discovery and Development, works in a lab with graduate research assistant Sweilem Al Rihani. Kaddoumi is leading a multi-disciplinary team in an investigation of oleocanthal, a molecule that appears naturally in extra-virgin olive oil, as a novel preventative treatment for such diseases as Alzheimer’s or dementia. (Auburn University)

Auburn University has reached another milestone after being elevated to an “R1” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Among the 120 institutions to receive the R1 designation Monday, Auburn was listed in the top 100 of such universities. An R1 designation by Carnegie is reserved for doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity.

Auburn previously held a “high research” R2 classification before transitioning to the “very high research activity” R1 label.

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Auburn has worked tirelessly in its commitment to elevating its dedication to life-saving research. In December 2017, Auburn President Steven Leath announced the commitment and subsequent awarding of $5 million for three years toward the Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research, also known as PAIR.

Leath shared his excitement over the latest designation and affirmed Auburn’s dedication to improving the lives of others.

“This tremendous designation acknowledges the hard work involved in the pioneering discoveries happening at Auburn every day,” said Leath, who was recently appointed by President Trump to the National Science Board, in a news release. “We are grateful to the university’s faculty and staff, especially Graduate School Dean George Flowers, for their unwavering commitment to elevating Auburn’s profile as a world-class academic institution.”

Leath added, “Auburn is on the move, and this prestigious distinction recognizes Auburn’s critical role in creating new knowledge and helping others live better lives.”

In order to be considered for the R1 designation, universities must have awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees and had at least $5 million in total research expenditures.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 weeks ago

Alabama lumber company makes $18 million investment into Coosa County mill

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An Alabama lumber company is making a large investment into one of its oldest and biggest mills in the Yellowhammer state.

Central Alabama Wood Products announced last week that it is investing $18 million into an expansion of a Coosa County sawmill in the town of Nixburg, according to the Alexander City Outlook.

The investment comes amid the need for a high-tech sawmill operation that will replace one of its current mills at the company’s Nixburg site producing hardwood crossties.

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The owners of the company, Larry Jones and Pat McGinn, reflected on the history and expansion of the company over time.

“Hard to believe about 17 years ago, Pat’s dad and I made a $2 million investment,” Jones told Alexander City Outlook. “I thought that was a lot of money at the time. Never would I have guessed 15 years later would be spending nearly $18 million.”

The new expansion will double production capacity, according to Jones.

While the expansion will not create any new jobs, it will increase the pay of some jobs onsite and create different ones offsite.

“In the sawmill business today, technology and optimization come into play and that is where the majority of our investment will be,” Jones said. “Sometimes you will have a reduced number of jobs, but they will be higher-paying jobs.”

Jones explained the indirect jobs will stem from feeding the capacity of the new sawmill and said he expects 40-50 jobs to be created within trucking, logging, and timber companies.

“Railroads have been doing well because of the shortage of truck drivers,” he said. “They are continuing to reinvest in their systems.

Wetumpka has served as Central Alabama Wood Products’ corporate headquarters for 25 years and has other locations in the state.

“We own three sawmills in the state,” Jones stated. “This is our largest and oldest and this is where we are putting our largest investment.”

Local officials praised the company for the remarkable investment.

“It is a good day in Coosa County and it’s a good day in Alabama,” Lake Martin Area Industrial Development Authority (LMAEDA) Executive Director Don McClellan said. “Someone makes this kind of investment, it’s good for the entire state.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Ohio-based Gregory Industries set to invest $4.21 million in Decatur steel plant

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Ohio-based galvanized steel company Gregory Industries plans to make a $4.21 million capital investment in a Decatur steel plant, according to Decatur Daily.

The investment will consist of the purchasing of 100,000 square feet of the Willo Products building and 13 adjacent acres at the site for a galvanized steel tubing plant.

Gregory Industries recently purchased Mid-Ohio Tubing. Once the Morgan County plant undergoes renovations and begins operations, it will carry the name Mid-Ohio Tubing.

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Company officials hope to have the plant open by June. The plan is to hire 20 employees at an average annual wage of $47,000 and add four more employees by the end of the third year.

According to Mike Rothacher, the Gregory vice president of corporate services, the company will hire a plant manager, maintenance workers, machine operators and general laborers.

The Industrial Development Board of Decatur approved $172,400 in state, city and Morgan County tax abatements for the company.

Morgan County Economic Development Association president and CEO Jeremy Nails connected with Gregory officials after Nucor found out the Ohio company was looking to expand by venturing into the south.

“We rely on existing industries to put us in contact with companies that they deal with,” Nails said. “We don’t have a lot of available buildings so we were fortunate that this building was available. It’s a win-win for Gregory and Willo.”

The Gregory plant will produce galvanized steel tubing that will be used in material called G-street metal framing. The plant will feature a tubing mill and a roll-forming mill.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Mo Brooks’ bill naming Athens post office successfully passes the Senate

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In a bipartisan effort, the United States Senate unanimously passed Rep. Mo Brooks’ (AL-05) bill, H.R. 6513, to designate a United States Postal Service Office located in Athens, Alabama, as “Judge James E. Horton, Jr. Post Office Building.”

Judge Horton bravely issued an order setting aside the jury’s guilty verdict and ordered a new trial for one of the “Scottsboro Boys” in 1933.

“I’m pleased the United States Senate unanimously passed my bill naming the Athens Post Office for Tennessee Valley luminary, Judge James E. Horton Jr.,” Brooks said, per a statement. “Now, the only remaining hurdle for the bill to become law is presidential signature, and I encourage President Trump to sign the bill.”

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Brooks added, “Judge Horton took a stand against extreme racial prejudice that risked and ended his judicial career. For championing blind justice and for his bravery in the face of intense pressure, Judge Horton deserves the posthumous honor of having the Athens, Alabama Post Office named for him. It is appropriate that his legacy be held up as a guide for future Tennessee Valley generations.”

In concluding his speech, Brooks thanked those responsible for ensuring the passing of the bill.

“While this bill wouldn’t have passed the House and Senate if it weren’t for the support of key Congressional colleagues, Judge Horton’s descendants and Limestone County community leaders were the driving force behind this bill,” Brooks said. “Their efforts meant the difference, and I’m grateful for their assistance and insight without which this bill would not be heading to President Trump’s desk.”

In 2017, a statue of Judge Horton was erected in October 2017 on the Limestone County Courthouse square.

Differing from many of his counterparts, Judge Horton believed that everyone should receive due process, regardless of race or ethnicity.

In dealing with the case at the time, Horton said, “[T]he man who engages in anything that would cause the death of any of the prisoners is a murderer; he is not only a murderer but a cowardly murderer.”

After setting aside the guilty verdict, Judge Horton was removed from the case by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Horton was voted off the bench and had to flee town with his family due to threats from white supremacists. He eventually left politics and chose to work on his farm while operating a small private practice.

In 2010, Horton was posthumously elected into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame by the Alabama State Bar.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Watch: Alabama man scolds his dogs for making mess while he was away from home

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An Alabama man is going viral over a video clip that reveals him lecturing his dogs about the mess they created while he was away from home.

In the two-minute video, the man orders his three dogs to come into the kitchen and sit before him to observe the mess they made. The dogs sit and the man talks with them about the rubbish strewn across the floor.

“I want to know what in the world happened in this kitchen while we were gone,” the man asks the dogs.

Watch:

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“Y’all cannot stay out of the trash not one time. We leave for just a little while and y’all got to be in the trash,” the man adds. “This makes no sense whatsoever.”

The man then asks each dogs individually if they had anything to do with pulling “stuff out of the trash can.”

The man then asks, “When are you going to quit doing this?”

He then calls the dogs into the living room where more trash was on the floor.

“Not only do you have to mess up the whole kitchen you gotta bring it out here into the living room and we’re all gonna have to clean stuff up,” the man explains to the pups.

Recognizing the nature of dogs, the man states, “But you can’t clean stuff up as y’all haven’t got any thumbs so you can’t pick stuff up and put it back into the trash can.”

Shortly after, he dismisses the dogs from the conversation. The dogs all stand up and then run off.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Auburn University groundskeeping student headed to Super Bowl to train with legends

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After submitting the winning application and essay in the 2019 Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training competition, Auburn University and turf management student Wilson Morgan is headed to the Super Bowl, the university announced.

Morgan, who is the first student from Auburn to receive the honor in the 16-year history of the contest, will venture to Atlanta January 27 and experience the week leading up to the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for February 3, as a part of the NFL’s Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Morgan will be working alongside some of the best in the realm of athletic field management. NFL Super Bowl field director Ed Mangan, who also serves as chief groundskeeper for the Atlanta Braves, and George Toma, who has been on the grounds crew for the last 52 Super Bowls and turns 90 in February, will be two of the legends Morgan will have the opportunity to work alongside.

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“This is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best,” Morgan said, per an Auburn University release.

Throughout his experience, Morgan will get hands-on experience in turf maintenance, field lining, logo painting, irrigation maintenance, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and clean-up.

“Mercedes-Benz Stadium has artificial turf, so I’m looking forward to learning what’s involved in managing a synthetic playing surface,” Morgan said. “It will be great to have experience in that.”

In order to receive this special honor, Morgan and other applicants had to submit a 500-word essay detailing their goals for the future.

“It was basically asking where you saw yourself professionally five years from now,” he stated. “I tried to make mine as little about myself as possible.

Morgan added, “I’ve had some excellent mentors in my life who helped me discover my dream of one day becoming a football field manager, and I want to be that kind of person for others.”

Morgan, who is now a junior at Auburn University, attended East Limestone High School in Athens where he was unsure about his goals for a professional career before attending college. He flipped through a copy of SportsTurf magazine that he found in his greenhouse management classroom.

“I picked it up just out of curiosity, but when I started looking through it, I couldn’t believe it,” Morgan said. “I mean, I was a football player, but I had no idea there were people who took care of sports fields for a living.”

After he found out Auburn offered a degree in the program from his ag teacher, John Wilson, Morgan was enthusiastic, yet nervous about beginning his college career.

“I remember kind of worrying because I kept hearing that the average college student changes their major four times before they graduate, and I was thinking, ‘Oh no! I don’t want that to happen to me!’,” Morgan said.

Once he arrived at Auburn University, Morgan was welcomed by other students on the same career path. Austin Brown, one of Morgan’s classmates, welcomed him to a group of students preparing for a win in the National Collegiate Turf Bowl competition.

“Then I met another student who had a job with the Auburn Athletics grounds crew, and I knew I really wanted to get involved with that, so he told me to talk to Richard Wilt,” Morgan recalled.

Wilt, the grounds manager for Auburn Athletics at the time of Morgan’s interest, hired Morgan and later connected him to the Miami Dolphins head groundskeeper Tom Wilson. Morgan ended up spending the summer of 2018 as an intern at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“I started there the day after they’d had a huge concert and left the week after the first preseason game,” Morgan explained. “One thing I learned there was that managing the playing field is a full-time, year-round job.”

For summer 2019, Morgan will be interning with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Morgan shared his excitement and enthusiasm for the trip.

“That will give me experience in college sports, the NFL and Major League Baseball,” Morgan said of the trip. “Plus, I’ve only worked with warm-season turf, but the Phillies play on Kentucky bluegrass, so then I’d have experience managing a cool-season grass.

“I’m a big believer in planning ahead, and when I graduate [in May 2020], I plan to have a job,” he explained. “So I’m doing every single thing I can do now to be sure that happens.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Ivey announces $6.3 million grant to expand victims assistance

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Gov. Kay Ivey announced the awarding of a $6.3 million grant that will allow Alabama district attorneys to hire 88 certified victim service officers to assist victims of crime and their families on Friday.

Certified victim service officers assist victims by seeking counseling, providing information about rights and resources, comforting and assisting them through the judicial process.

Ivey mentioned the need for more assistance for crime victims at a news conference in the Old House Chamber.

“The criminal justice system can seem intimidating to people who have been victims of crime,” Ivey said, per a release. “I am pleased to support this program, which will provide knowledgeable professionals to help crime victims understand the court process and ensure that they are aware of other community resources that may further assist them.”

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The grant, which was awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services (OPS), provides support for the state’s district attorneys. Representatives from ADECA, OPS and the Alabama District Attorneys Association accompanied Ivey at the conference.

“This grant is a major benefit for victims, victims’ families and district attorneys across Alabama,” said Tom Anderson, district attorney for Coffee and Pike counties and president of the Alabama District Attorneys Association. “In some circuits where money for victim assistance is especially tight, it is a real game-changer. Victims of crimes and their families will have someone in DA offices to both comfort them and assist them through the process of obtaining justice. We are extremely grateful to the governor, ADECA and everyone who assisted in making this grant possible.”

Barry Matson, executive director of the Office of Prosecution Services and the Alabama District Attorneys Association, all 42 district attorneys in Alabama will receive funds from the grant to pay certified victim service officers.

“District Attorneys identified providing more direct services to victims as a priority. No one chooses to be a victim of crime. Through criminal and often violent acts of others, victims are forced into a vast and intimidating criminal justice system,” Matson said. “District attorneys, though challenged by meager resources, have long stood with victims of crime. With tens of thousands of felonies a year, it has proved daunting.”

Matson said the increase in crime over recent years has increased the need for victim assistance.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Father of E.J. Bradford: Police officer who killed my son is a ‘coward’

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Emantic Bradford, Sr., the father of the man who was mistakenly killed by police at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover last month, joined CNN’s “New Day” with the family’s attorney to share his thoughts surrounding the situation.

“My son was murdered, and the officer that shot him was a coward. And it hurts me, because my son was moving away from gunfire. He was running like everybody else,” said Bradford Thursday of his son, Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, Jr. “I’m still disappointed. I’m disappointed because no parent wants to find out … the way we found out.”

Bradford explained in the interview that he spoke with law enforcement and they apologized, but he says that does not fix anything.

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“They apologized, but that still doesn’t erase the fact that we were not notified that night,” Bradford stated.

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Benjamin Crump, the family’s civil rights attorney, said a copy of the independent medical review has been provided to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Crump briefly detailed the findings of the report during the interview.

“It shows, based on forensic science, that Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. was shot in the back of his head, beneath his ear, and the bullet exited left forehead right above his eye. The other bullet when into the base of his neck, lodged in his throat and his tonsils,” Crump said. “The other bullet when into his back, right above his buttocks, went through his small intestines and lodged into his abdomen.”

He added, “For whatever reason, the police shot him as he was running away like everybody else. … The police, when they see good guys with guns, who happen to be black, they label them as criminals.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Alabama Marine, Naval officer guard casket of George H.W. Bush at U.S. Capitol

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Two men with Alabama roots were among an elite group to guard over former President George H.W. Bush’s casket as he laid in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Captain Brye French, from Deatsville, witnessed history firsthand during intervals as he stood guard over the late president’s casket from Monday until Wednesday.

French attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played football, and later became a Marine.

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During his time playing football at the Naval Academy, French was voted co-captain by his teammates, one of the highest honors a varsity athlete can receive there.

French, who attended high school at both Stanhope Elmore High School and Hoover High School, played football and Lacrosse prior to joining the Guard. Through his talent in Lacrosse, French led Hoover to the 2008 Alabama State Lacrosse Championship. He also received several awards for his athletic abilities while in high school, including the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Award and the Joe Sewell Student-Athlete Award.

Michael Sanders, who grew up in South Talladega County, also proudly stood guard over former president George H.W. Bush.

Sanders, who graduated from Childersburg High School, told CBS 42 he had been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Saturday morning I woke up and we got the alert that Bush had passed away and we were told to hurry up to where we needed to be and from then on it’s been hectic,” Sanders said, via CBS 42.

Childersburg High School honored Sanders by sharing a photo of him to the official school’s Twitter account.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Ruling ends Alabama-based Eternal Word Television Network’s court fight over Health and Human Services mandate

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After more than seven years, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) can now practice their faith without fear of violating Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

EWTN, which is headquartered just outside of Birmingham in Irondale, reached a settlement agreement after it was approved by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

The court decided to dismiss a 2016 court order that would have forced EWTN to comply with Obamacare’s mandated healthcare coverage of birth control and abortifacients that are prohibited by the Catholic Church.

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The station, which was founded by Catholic nun Mother Angelica of the Annunciation and the Department of Health and Human Services, filed a brief in October seeking to dismiss the case after the Trump administration planned to reverse the Obama era attempt to force compliance.

“The Government has abandoned and rejected the defenses it used to argue against EWTN’s claims,” the motion said. “As a result of the Government’s 180-degree change of position, the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the remaining issues between them.”

Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN’s CEO, said the dismissal should have come earlier.

“It shouldn’t take years to prove the obvious: you can’t tell a religious media network to say one thing and do another,” Warsaw said in a statement, per Free Beacon. “We are grateful that—finally—EWTN no longer has to worry about being forced to choose between massive fines and following our faith.”

EWTN was represented in the case by Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit public interest law firm. Senior Counsel Lori Windham rejoiced in the closing of the case and said those at the station can now practice the faith they live by without penalty.

“EWTN lives by its Catholic faith all day every day, expressing its beliefs worldwide in TV, radio, and print,” Windham outlined in the statement. “We are glad that the government and the courts agree that it can continue doing that without being forced to violate its faith.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Mobile ranked among top 50 ‘most sinful’ cities

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According to a new WalletHub study, a handful of Alabama’s most vital cities are also some of the “most sinful” ones.

In the study, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 37 “key indicators of evil deeds.”

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Mobile, located at the southern tip of Alabama, ranked in the top 50 of the list, coming at number 44 on the most sinful cities list. Birmingham, while trailing Mobile closely, was listed at number 54.

On the ranking of “Anger & Hatred,” Mobile came in at 44, while Birmingham ranked 27. When ranked on “jealousy,” both Mobile and Birmingham fell within the top 50 at 41 and 48, respectively.

Other major Alabama cities included on the list are Montgomery, ranked at 90, and Huntsville ranked at 109.

WalletHub’s data reviewed violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to adult entertainment establishments per capita in order to determine the specific rank of each city.

Topping the list of most sinful cities in America was Las Vegas, NV, followed closely by Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY, respectively.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Jefferson County commissioner calls for organization in boycott — ‘If you want a boycott, boycott for real’ (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday, Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson passionately urged Birmingham residents to organize and commit to boycotting the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover during a community town and prayer meeting in the wake of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr.’s death at the mall on Thanksgiving.

“When we organize, we can address issues like this that come up,” Tyson said in a video courtesy of WVTM 13. “Until then, we are gonna be out there hitting on people’s cars, out there in the cold.”

“You ain’t fixing to boycott the Galleria. Stop that lying! Cause you ain’t gonna do it. You ain’t gonna do it. As soon as they put them Jordans on sale for $25, you gonna be wrapped around the building. So, don’t say nothing to me about boycotting nothing! You hear me? [sic]” she told the audience.

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Tyson also suggested boycotting other stores, in addition to the Galleria.

“We ain’t shopping at no store in the Galleria. We ain’t going to Walmart. We ain’t doing nothing no more,” Tyson declared. “You want a boycott? Boycott for real. [sic]”

She added, “And stay outta there buying that … makeup and all the rest of it. Let me see if [you’re] gonna boycott that. [sic]”

“I’m tired of playing. My name’s on seven lawsuits for the citizens of Jefferson County. You got the same people working [themselves] to death and we gotta stop it. Let’s boycott for real though, [sic]” Tyson said.

When an individual from the audience approached Tyson during her speech, the Jefferson County commissioner told him to get out of her face, adding, “[H]e’s messing with a real sister today. [sic]”

In concluding her speech, Tyson said, “If we gonna boycott the Galleria, we gonna organize it and we gonna boycott them for real. [sic]”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Alabama Republicans split on whether to support Jeff Sessions in Senate race, should he run

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Former United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has returned home to Alabama, but it remains unclear as to whether or not he will return to the Senate seat he once held in the Yellowhammer state.

After Sessions’ exit from the Department of Justice, several Alabama Republicans floated his name as a potential contender to challenge Doug Jones (D-AL) for United States Senate.

In several Politico conducted interviews with Republicans from across Alabama, one thing is clear: Opinions of Jeff Sessions are not what they once were after President Donald Trump fired him.

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A spokesperson for Rep. Bradley Byrne said the congressman is taking a “serious look” at the Senate race. Byrne’s spokesperson also said Sessions’ consideration to run “doesn’t change Congressman Byrne’s plans one bit.”

State Senate President Pro Temp Del Marsh, who has signaled that he may run, told Politico he was weighing several factors and mentioned his relationship with Sessions.

“I’ve always had a good relationship [with Sessions] and I would have to think real hard if I would run against him if he were to seek it again,” Marsh said.

Terry Lathan, chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party, who says Sessions remains “beloved” in Alabama told Politico the shaky relationship between Trump and Sessions would be an “unusual circumstance” should Sessions decide to run. She said supporting Sessions and Trump are not “exclusive of each other.”

“The president is highly appreciated for his conservative policy. He’s just slaying it as far as we’re concerned,” Lathan said. “But I also know how much people admire and respect Jeff Sessions.”

Lathan added those that are considering running now may change their minds should Sessions enter.

“There could be a real reset,” Lathan suggested, “and folks who were thinking about running could take a second look.”

Clay Ryan, the chief lobbyist for the University of Alabama, suggests Sessions will shape the primary in many ways. He said Sessions grasps an “unofficial first right of first refusal” on the Senate race.

“I think there are a number of potential candidates that will want to understand what Attorney General Sessions’ intentions are with respect to the race before they make any decisions,” Ryan said.

Luther Strange, who was defeated by Roy Moore in the contentious 2017 Alabama United States Senate primary, in an email to Politico said, “Too early to prognosticate on … Sessions’ plans. Republican will win the seat so long as that Republican is not named Roy Moore.”

Steve Raby, an Alabama Republican strategist, seems to think Trump would support a candidate other than Sessions.

“If Sessions wants to run I expect them [the White House] to pick them a candidate and bash Sessions for a year-and-a-half,” Raby said. “If Jeff is good in the way he approaches it, we will defend one of our own.”

The full piece published by Politico can be read here.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.