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  • Jeff Davis High School hires woman to coach boys basketball

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    ew Jeff Davis boys basketball coach LaKenya Knight has already identified a major challenge the Vols face in the coming season.

    “I told the guys they’re going to get everyone’s best effort,” she said, “because no one is going to want to lose to me.”

    She — yes, she — understands the challenge ahead. She knows the childhood “you lost to a girl” taunt isn’t lost on adult coaches and expects her male counterparts will have extra motivation to beat Jeff Davis with a woman leading the program.

    Sexist? Sure, but it’s undeniably true.

    Knight became one of the few female coaches hired to coach a boys high school team — and believed to be the first in AHSAA basketball history — when she was named the Volunteers’ new coach last week. A handful of women have coached boys teams, including Carolyn Wright stepping in for her husband, Bobby, at Central-Phenix City in 2014 and Connie Morris filling in for a ill coach in the early 2000s at Jess Lanier.

  • Birmingham man drowns in rough surf at Panama City Beach

    Excerpt from WKRG:

    An Alabama man has died after being pulled from rough waters in the Gulf of Mexico Friday evening.

    According to the report from Panama City Beach Police, officers responded to a water call of a swimmer in distress at Trade Winds Condos. When they arrived, 31 year-old Darrius Stone Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama was unresponsive and being pulled from the water.

  • Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

    Excerpt from ABC News:

    Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon for low blood pressure and fatigue, his spokesman Jim McGrath said.

    “He will likely remain there for a few days for observation,” McGrath said. “The former president is awake and alert, and not in any discomfort.”

Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth portrays career politicians as masked burglars in new anti corruption campaign ad

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth is airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who sponsored term limit legislation as a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

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Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth portrays career politicians as masked burglars in new anti corruption campaign ad

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth is airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who sponsored term limit legislation as a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

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Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth portrays career politicians as masked burglars in new anti corruption campaign ad

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth is airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who sponsored term limit legislation as a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

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1 week ago

What’s the real meaning to being a lawyer? The Alexander Shunnarah”Shark Of The Week” Tom Moore explains

(YHN)

Tom Moore, Alexander Shunnarah’s “Shark of The Week”, joined The Ford Faction to talk about what he does at the law firm.  Tom talks about his start up growing up in Mountain Brook and attending Auburn University and graduating and going into a sales job, he mentioned it wasn’t the right career for him. Tom then went to Cumberland Law School to get his degree and work in the DA’s office to work with particularly heinous crimes. Tom talks about when he joined the Shunnarah team and how good of a career move it was for him. In a lengthy interview, you can hear Tom’s story here.

Subscribe to the Yellowhammer Radio Presents The Ford Faction podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

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1 week ago

AlabamaWorks! Is putting Alabama back to work!

(YHN)

Mickey Hutto joined The Ford Faction to talk about “Alabama Works!”, the company that has a goal to employ people for skilled labor jobs.  Mickey talks about the various opportunities they have to offer for people who want to get in the field.  Mickey elaborates on what is on the horizon for Alabama Works.

Subscribe to the Yellowhammer Radio Presents The Ford Faction podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth portrays career politicians as masked burglars in new anti corruption campaign ad

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth is airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who sponsored term limit legislation as a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

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AL AG Steve Marshall leading the fight to protect your gun rights

(Marshall Campaign)

Steve Marshall is a champion for Second Amendment rights. In his first year in office, he has led the fight both in Alabama and beyond to ensure that the individual right to bear arms is protected.

One of his first official acts as Attorney General was to lead twenty-five states in standing up for the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of the home. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Alabama and 25 other states, Marshall questioned the constitutionality of a San Diego County gun restriction which banned citizens from possessing firearms outside of the home for self-defense. Believing the law to be a flagrant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights, Marshall said at the time of filing:

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“The Constitution does not limit [the right to bear arms] to the interior of one’s own home, yet that is effectively what the sheriff of San Diego County has dictated to local residents. As a result, most of the citizens of San Diego County today cannot open carry or concealed carry outside their property, even for self-defense. This unconstitutional limitation on the Second Amendment must be challenged and I am proud to lead a 26-state court filing to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing this unlawful gun ban.”

Marshall asked the Supreme Court to reverse the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and strike down the California law. Marshall’s brief was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Immediately upon taking office, Steve Marshall took the lead in a case with national implications for Second Amendment rights. And this is just one example of how he’s methodically pushing back against those who want to whittle away at the right to bear arms. Throughout his time in office, Marshall has continually demonstrated his commitment to protecting our constitutional rights at the state and federal levels and gives us a clear picture of the kinds of issues he will focus on if elected in the June 5th primary.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

1 week ago

Does hard work pay off? It did for Angela Graugnard of the Alexander Shunnarah law firm

(YHN)

Angela Graugnard joined The Ford Faction in this week’s Alexander Shunnarah Law Firm “Shark of The Week” to talk about her introduction into the firm.  Angela mentions her great story of almost “begging” Alex into his law firm by saying she could fit nicely in the very packed office.  Angela mentions about her husband who’s a cajun vegan and it blows the guys minds in a very funny and interesting interview on The Ford Faction.

Subscribe to the Yellowhammer Radio Presents The Ford Faction podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

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AL AG Steve Marshall leading the fight to protect your gun rights

(Marshall Campaign)

Steve Marshall is a champion for Second Amendment rights. In his first year in office, he has led the fight both in Alabama and beyond to ensure that the individual right to bear arms is protected.

One of his first official acts as Attorney General was to lead twenty-five states in standing up for the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of the home. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Alabama and 25 other states, Marshall questioned the constitutionality of a San Diego County gun restriction which banned citizens from possessing firearms outside of the home for self-defense. Believing the law to be a flagrant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights, Marshall said at the time of filing:

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“The Constitution does not limit [the right to bear arms] to the interior of one’s own home, yet that is effectively what the sheriff of San Diego County has dictated to local residents. As a result, most of the citizens of San Diego County today cannot open carry or concealed carry outside their property, even for self-defense. This unconstitutional limitation on the Second Amendment must be challenged and I am proud to lead a 26-state court filing to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing this unlawful gun ban.”

Marshall asked the Supreme Court to reverse the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and strike down the California law. Marshall’s brief was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Immediately upon taking office, Steve Marshall took the lead in a case with national implications for Second Amendment rights. And this is just one example of how he’s methodically pushing back against those who want to whittle away at the right to bear arms. Throughout his time in office, Marshall has continually demonstrated his commitment to protecting our constitutional rights at the state and federal levels and gives us a clear picture of the kinds of issues he will focus on if elected in the June 5th primary.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth portrays career politicians as masked burglars in new anti corruption campaign ad

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth is airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who sponsored term limit legislation as a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

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AL AG Steve Marshall leading the fight to protect your gun rights

(Marshall Campaign)

Steve Marshall is a champion for Second Amendment rights. In his first year in office, he has led the fight both in Alabama and beyond to ensure that the individual right to bear arms is protected.

One of his first official acts as Attorney General was to lead twenty-five states in standing up for the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of the home. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Alabama and 25 other states, Marshall questioned the constitutionality of a San Diego County gun restriction which banned citizens from possessing firearms outside of the home for self-defense. Believing the law to be a flagrant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights, Marshall said at the time of filing:

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“The Constitution does not limit [the right to bear arms] to the interior of one’s own home, yet that is effectively what the sheriff of San Diego County has dictated to local residents. As a result, most of the citizens of San Diego County today cannot open carry or concealed carry outside their property, even for self-defense. This unconstitutional limitation on the Second Amendment must be challenged and I am proud to lead a 26-state court filing to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing this unlawful gun ban.”

Marshall asked the Supreme Court to reverse the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and strike down the California law. Marshall’s brief was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Immediately upon taking office, Steve Marshall took the lead in a case with national implications for Second Amendment rights. And this is just one example of how he’s methodically pushing back against those who want to whittle away at the right to bear arms. Throughout his time in office, Marshall has continually demonstrated his commitment to protecting our constitutional rights at the state and federal levels and gives us a clear picture of the kinds of issues he will focus on if elected in the June 5th primary.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

2 weeks ago

No more excuses—Here are the top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas

Okay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, this is for you. Probably barely noticed it in your busy schedule, but in a few days it will be Mother’s Day and you’ll be in panic mode because as usual you haven’t bought her a gift yet. You can admit it.

So instead of being that person shopping at the last minute for convenience store candy or gas station flowers—don’t be that sad, sad person—put some thought into it this year. This is the woman who gave you life, raised you and put up with all your teenage weirdness. She deserves better.

Here are the Top 10 Mother’s Day awesome gift ideas from local businesses that will make you look like the smart, thoughtful child you want her to believe you are.

10. Charitable Giving

Neverthirst is a Birmingham-based group that partners with churches, businesses, families, gyms, and individuals to bring access to clean and living water to people around the world.

Heart Walk Ministries impacts men, women and youth by exposing the core beliefs in hearts; addressing the false paradigms of fear, guilt and shame based living, and developing a healthy practical theology that envelops intimacy with God, community and individual missional purpose.

9. All Things Alabama

Yellowhammer Supply Co. allows anyone wear their own style of the Heart of Dixie. Specializing in casual and business casual attire, both men and women can look great while sporting the classic Yellowhammer logo.

State Traditions creates state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America. Some sharp items in Tide and War Eagle colors that look great on game day.

8. Bubble & Bath

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Moms love bath products, and Buff City Soap has some amazing stuff. Each of their locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Soap recipes that are safe for your skin and contain ingredients you can actually pronounce.

7. Dine & Unwind

Fleming’s is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any other day.

At Highlands Bar & Grill, restauranteurs Pardis and Frank Stitt complement each other in their commitment to creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, from excellence in the kitchen to intuitive service in the dining room.

6. Sweet Treats

Repeatedly noted as Birmingham’s premier bakery, Edgar’s has an amazing menu of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and much more.

K & J’s Elegant Pastries is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom cakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, pastries, cookies and unique designs.

5. Fitness (Workout Warrior)

Founded in Birmingham, Iron Tribe Fitness blends one-on-one coaching with group fitness. Because they want you to get the most out of every 45-minute workout, they always provide two highly-trained coaches and limit classes to 20 participants.

4. Beauty and Cosmetics (Glam it up)

GLOW is an on-demand beauty app available on your smartphone. They’re in Birmingham, but they have GLOW Pros traveling all over Alabama to do weddings, galas and proms every week.

Wink by B always keeps the client in mind. They pride themselves on quality work while also maintaining the health of your natural lashes. Their mission is to enhance the natural beauty and confidence within others. Check out their Mother’s Day special.

3. Spa Day (Spa-tacular)

Begin the journey to a healthier you at Balanced by Samantha. Offering, health coaching and education, massage and medicupping, infant massage classes, and health education presentations.

At The Spa at Ross Bridge, choose from a vast array of our custom treatments, including the Signature Organic Facial, the popular Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, or a luxurious body treatment.

2. Flowers (Flower Power)

Bloom and Petal, a premier boutique florist located on the Highway 280 corridor, offers the Birmingham area superior floral arrangements and assortments. Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion.

1. Jewelry (Baubles & Bling)

Still the reigning champ of Mother’s Day gifts. Every Kendra Scott piece is intricately and artfully designed at her state of the art studio. Kendra and her team created the Design Lab of their dreams complete with casting, 3D printing and an extensive product and material library.

A jewelry design house with a focus on precision like craftsmanship, DILLEN offers a classic, effortless perspective on jewelry. They believe that jewelry should not only possess style, but also have meaning and significance.

2 weeks ago

No more excuses—Here are the top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas

Okay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, this is for you. Probably barely noticed it in your busy schedule, but in a few days it will be Mother’s Day and you’ll be in panic mode because as usual you haven’t bought her a gift yet. You can admit it.

So instead of being that person shopping at the last minute for convenience store candy or gas station flowers—don’t be that sad, sad person—put some thought into it this year. This is the woman who gave you life, raised you and put up with all your teenage weirdness. She deserves better.

Here are the Top 10 Mother’s Day awesome gift ideas from local businesses that will make you look like the smart, thoughtful child you want her to believe you are.

10. Charitable Giving

Neverthirst is a Birmingham-based group that partners with churches, businesses, families, gyms, and individuals to bring access to clean and living water to people around the world.

Heart Walk Ministries impacts men, women and youth by exposing the core beliefs in hearts; addressing the false paradigms of fear, guilt and shame based living, and developing a healthy practical theology that envelops intimacy with God, community and individual missional purpose.

9. All Things Alabama

Yellowhammer Supply Co. allows anyone wear their own style of the Heart of Dixie. Specializing in casual and business casual attire, both men and women can look great while sporting the classic Yellowhammer logo.

State Traditions creates state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America. Some sharp items in Tide and War Eagle colors that look great on game day.

8. Bubble & Bath

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Moms love bath products, and Buff City Soap has some amazing stuff. Each of their locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Soap recipes that are safe for your skin and contain ingredients you can actually pronounce.

7. Dine & Unwind

Fleming’s is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any other day.

At Highlands Bar & Grill, restauranteurs Pardis and Frank Stitt complement each other in their commitment to creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, from excellence in the kitchen to intuitive service in the dining room.

6. Sweet Treats

Repeatedly noted as Birmingham’s premier bakery, Edgar’s has an amazing menu of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and much more.

K & J’s Elegant Pastries is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom cakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, pastries, cookies and unique designs.

5. Fitness (Workout Warrior)

Founded in Birmingham, Iron Tribe Fitness blends one-on-one coaching with group fitness. Because they want you to get the most out of every 45-minute workout, they always provide two highly-trained coaches and limit classes to 20 participants.

4. Beauty and Cosmetics (Glam it up)

GLOW is an on-demand beauty app available on your smartphone. They’re in Birmingham, but they have GLOW Pros traveling all over Alabama to do weddings, galas and proms every week.

Wink by B always keeps the client in mind. They pride themselves on quality work while also maintaining the health of your natural lashes. Their mission is to enhance the natural beauty and confidence within others. Check out their Mother’s Day special.

3. Spa Day (Spa-tacular)

Begin the journey to a healthier you at Balanced by Samantha. Offering, health coaching and education, massage and medicupping, infant massage classes, and health education presentations.

At The Spa at Ross Bridge, choose from a vast array of our custom treatments, including the Signature Organic Facial, the popular Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, or a luxurious body treatment.

2. Flowers (Flower Power)

Bloom and Petal, a premier boutique florist located on the Highway 280 corridor, offers the Birmingham area superior floral arrangements and assortments. Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion.

1. Jewelry (Baubles & Bling)

Still the reigning champ of Mother’s Day gifts. Every Kendra Scott piece is intricately and artfully designed at her state of the art studio. Kendra and her team created the Design Lab of their dreams complete with casting, 3D printing and an extensive product and material library.

A jewelry design house with a focus on precision like craftsmanship, DILLEN offers a classic, effortless perspective on jewelry. They believe that jewelry should not only possess style, but also have meaning and significance.

AL AG Steve Marshall leading the fight to protect your gun rights

(Marshall Campaign)

Steve Marshall is a champion for Second Amendment rights. In his first year in office, he has led the fight both in Alabama and beyond to ensure that the individual right to bear arms is protected.

One of his first official acts as Attorney General was to lead twenty-five states in standing up for the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of the home. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Alabama and 25 other states, Marshall questioned the constitutionality of a San Diego County gun restriction which banned citizens from possessing firearms outside of the home for self-defense. Believing the law to be a flagrant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights, Marshall said at the time of filing:

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“The Constitution does not limit [the right to bear arms] to the interior of one’s own home, yet that is effectively what the sheriff of San Diego County has dictated to local residents. As a result, most of the citizens of San Diego County today cannot open carry or concealed carry outside their property, even for self-defense. This unconstitutional limitation on the Second Amendment must be challenged and I am proud to lead a 26-state court filing to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing this unlawful gun ban.”

Marshall asked the Supreme Court to reverse the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and strike down the California law. Marshall’s brief was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Immediately upon taking office, Steve Marshall took the lead in a case with national implications for Second Amendment rights. And this is just one example of how he’s methodically pushing back against those who want to whittle away at the right to bear arms. Throughout his time in office, Marshall has continually demonstrated his commitment to protecting our constitutional rights at the state and federal levels and gives us a clear picture of the kinds of issues he will focus on if elected in the June 5th primary.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

3 weeks ago

No more excuses—Here are the top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas

Okay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, this is for you. Probably barely noticed it in your busy schedule, but in a few days it will be Mother’s Day and you’ll be in panic mode because as usual you haven’t bought her a gift yet. You can admit it.

So instead of being that person shopping at the last minute for convenience store candy or gas station flowers—don’t be that sad, sad person—put some thought into it this year. This is the woman who gave you life, raised you and put up with all your teenage weirdness. She deserves better.

Here are the Top 10 Mother’s Day awesome gift ideas from local businesses that will make you look like the smart, thoughtful child you want her to believe you are.

10. Charitable Giving

Neverthirst is a Birmingham-based group that partners with churches, businesses, families, gyms, and individuals to bring access to clean and living water to people around the world.

Heart Walk Ministries impacts men, women and youth by exposing the core beliefs in hearts; addressing the false paradigms of fear, guilt and shame based living, and developing a healthy practical theology that envelops intimacy with God, community and individual missional purpose.

9. All Things Alabama

Yellowhammer Supply Co. allows anyone to wear their own style of the Heart of Dixie. Specializing in casual and business casual attire, both men and women can look great while sporting the classic Yellowhammer logo.

State Traditions creates state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America. Some sharp items in Tide and War Eagle colors that look great on game day.

8. Bubble & Bath

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Moms love bath products, and Buff City Soap has some amazing stuff. Each of their locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Soap recipes that are safe for your skin and contain ingredients you can actually pronounce.

7. Dine & Unwind

Fleming’s is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any other day.

At Highlands Bar & Grill, restauranteurs Pardis and Frank Stitt complement each other in their commitment to creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, from excellence in the kitchen to intuitive service in the dining room.

6. Sweet Treats

Repeatedly noted as Birmingham’s premier bakery, Edgar’s has an amazing menu of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and much more.

K & J’s Elegant Pastries is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom cakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, pastries, cookies and unique designs.

5. Fitness (Workout Warrior)

Founded in Birmingham, Iron Tribe Fitness blends one-on-one coaching with group fitness. Because they want you to get the most out of every 45-minute workout, they always provide two highly-trained coaches and limit classes to 20 participants.

4. Beauty and Cosmetics (Glam it up)

GLOW is an on-demand beauty app available on your smartphone. They’re in Birmingham, but they have GLOW Pros traveling all over Alabama to do weddings, galas and proms every week.

Wink by B always keeps the client in mind. They pride themselves on quality work while also maintaining the health of your natural lashes. Their mission is to enhance the natural beauty and confidence within others. Check out their Mother’s Day special.

3. Spa Day (Spa-tacular)

Begin the journey to a healthier you at Balanced by Samantha. Offering, health coaching and education, massage and medicupping, infant massage classes, and health education presentations.

At The Spa at Ross Bridge, choose from a vast array of our custom treatments, including the Signature Organic Facial, the popular Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, or a luxurious body treatment.

2. Flowers (Flower Power)

Bloom and Petal, a premier boutique florist located on the Highway 280 corridor, offers the Birmingham area superior floral arrangements and assortments. Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion.

1. Jewelry (Baubles & Bling)

Still the reigning champ of Mother’s Day gifts. Every Kendra Scott piece is intricately and artfully designed at her state of the art studio. Kendra and her team created the Design Lab of their dreams complete with casting, 3D printing and an extensive product and material library.

A jewelry design house with a focus on precision like craftsmanship, DILLEN offers a classic, effortless perspective on jewelry. They believe that jewelry should not only possess style, but also have meaning and significance.

No more excuses—Here are the top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas

Okay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, this is for you. Probably barely noticed it in your busy schedule, but in a few days it will be Mother’s Day and you’ll be in panic mode because as usual you haven’t bought her a gift yet. You can admit it.

So instead of being that person shopping at the last minute for convenience store candy or gas station flowers—don’t be that sad, sad person—put some thought into it this year. This is the woman who gave you life, raised you and put up with all your teenage weirdness. She deserves better.

Here are the Top 10 Mother’s Day awesome gift ideas from local businesses that will make you look like the smart, thoughtful child you want her to believe you are.

10. Charitable Giving

Neverthirst is a Birmingham-based group that partners with churches, businesses, families, gyms, and individuals to bring access to clean and living water to people around the world.

Heart Walk Ministries impacts men, women and youth by exposing the core beliefs in hearts; addressing the false paradigms of fear, guilt and shame based living, and developing a healthy practical theology that envelops intimacy with God, community and individual missional purpose.

9. All Things Alabama

Yellowhammer Supply Co. allows anyone wear their own style of the Heart of Dixie. Specializing in casual and business casual attire, both men and women can look great while sporting the classic Yellowhammer logo.

State Traditions creates state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America. Some sharp items in Tide and War Eagle colors that look great on game day.

8. Bubble & Bath

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Moms love bath products, and Buff City Soap has some amazing stuff. Each of their locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Soap recipes that are safe for your skin and contain ingredients you can actually pronounce.

7. Dine & Unwind

Fleming’s is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any other day.

At Highlands Bar & Grill, restauranteurs Pardis and Frank Stitt complement each other in their commitment to creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, from excellence in the kitchen to intuitive service in the dining room.

6. Sweet Treats

Repeatedly noted as Birmingham’s premier bakery, Edgar’s has an amazing menu of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and much more.

K & J’s Elegant Pastries is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom cakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, pastries, cookies and unique designs.

5. Fitness (Workout Warrior)

Founded in Birmingham, Iron Tribe Fitness blends one-on-one coaching with group fitness. Because they want you to get the most out of every 45-minute workout, they always provide two highly-trained coaches and limit classes to 20 participants.

4. Beauty and Cosmetics (Glam it up)

GLOW is an on-demand beauty app available on your smartphone. They’re in Birmingham, but they have GLOW Pros traveling all over Alabama to do weddings, galas and proms every week.

Wink by B always keeps the client in mind. They pride themselves on quality work while also maintaining the health of your natural lashes. Their mission is to enhance the natural beauty and confidence within others. Check out their Mother’s Day special.

3. Spa Day (Spa-tacular)

Begin the journey to a healthier you at Balanced by Samantha. Offering, health coaching and education, massage and medicupping, infant massage classes, and health education presentations.

At The Spa at Ross Bridge, choose from a vast array of our custom treatments, including the Signature Organic Facial, the popular Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, or a luxurious body treatment.

2. Flowers (Flower Power)

Bloom and Petal, a premier boutique florist located on the Highway 280 corridor, offers the Birmingham area superior floral arrangements and assortments. Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion.

1. Jewelry (Baubles & Bling)

Still the reigning champ of Mother’s Day gifts. Every Kendra Scott piece is intricately and artfully designed at her state of the art studio. Kendra and her team created the Design Lab of their dreams complete with casting, 3D printing and an extensive product and material library.

A jewelry design house with a focus on precision like craftsmanship, DILLEN offers a classic, effortless perspective on jewelry. They believe that jewelry should not only possess style, but also have meaning and significance.

AL AG Steve Marshall leading the fight to protect your gun rights

(Marshall Campaign)

Steve Marshall is a champion for Second Amendment rights. In his first year in office, he has led the fight both in Alabama and beyond to ensure that the individual right to bear arms is protected.

One of his first official acts as Attorney General was to lead twenty-five states in standing up for the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of the home. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Alabama and 25 other states, Marshall questioned the constitutionality of a San Diego County gun restriction which banned citizens from possessing firearms outside of the home for self-defense. Believing the law to be a flagrant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights, Marshall said at the time of filing:

“The Constitution does not limit [the right to bear arms] to the interior of one’s own home, yet that is effectively what the sheriff of San Diego County has dictated to local residents. As a result, most of the citizens of San Diego County today cannot open carry or concealed carry outside their property, even for self-defense. This unconstitutional limitation on the Second Amendment must be challenged and I am proud to lead a 26-state court filing to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing this unlawful gun ban.”

Marshall asked the Supreme Court to reverse the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and strike down the California law. Marshall’s brief was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Immediately upon taking office, Steve Marshall took the lead in a case with national implications for Second Amendment rights. And this is just one example of how he’s methodically pushing back against those who want to whittle away at the right to bear arms. Throughout his time in office, Marshall has continually demonstrated his commitment to protecting our constitutional rights at the state and federal levels and gives us a clear picture of the kinds of issues he will focus on if elected in the June 5th primary.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

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Employer Sees Results from Apprenticeship Alabama Program

(AlabamaWorks!)

By Joe Hendrix, Kamtek Training Area Leader

As the Kamtek Training Area Leader, I see firsthand how beneficial the Apprenticeship Alabama program is both to our company and to the employees who use the skills they learn throughout their careers. Our manufacturing company utilizes the Apprenticeship Alabama program via the AlabamaWorks initiative.

We have two registered apprenticeship programs: Tool and Die and Multi-Craft Maintenance. Currently, we have 40 apprentices between the two programs. The apprentices learn skills from the partner community college and other people in the field to gain insight into why a job is done a particular way. This was the reason tool and die apprentice Austin Smith decided to apply for the apprenticeship. The nearly five-month apprentice learns from Jouneyman tool makers and assists overhead crane operators in their job responsibilities.

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Maintenance apprentice Alan Thornton heard about the apprenticeship program as an employee through an internal job posting. He considered the apprenticeship to be a good career opportunity. Thornton enjoys working with robots and doing electrical work, which are part of the program.

It is good business for Kamtek to work with colleges to provide a portion of their training. We are able to work more closely with colleges and their technical programs to keep them informed of our needs and changes that are occurring in our industry.

Kamtek representatives present the benefits of the apprenticeship program at colleges to engage students willing to jump-start their careers. Multi-craft apprentice Brett Bynum, who assists operators in fixing breakdowns on production lines, was attracted to the opportunity for full-time employment after he completed his apprenticeship.

While Wallace State Community College serves as the main medium for Kamtek to seek apprentices, many others hear about us via word of mouth. This was the case for tool and die apprentice Daniel Gamble. Since hearing about Kamtek from his friend more than three months ago, Gamble has taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the program. Multi-craft apprentice Austin Myrick, who works in assembly maintenance, chose Kamtek because of the good things that he heard about the program from his colleagues, while he was attending
community college.

Multi-craft apprentice Billy Johnson came to Kamtek with experience as an operator. In addition to completing his degree online from Wallace State Community College, he troubleshoots problems throughout the day using robotics. Like Myrick, he heard about the apprenticeship from his colleagues at school, who were also apprentices at Kamtek.

The apprenticeship program at Kamtek attracts young people from all walks of life who are eager to use the apprenticeship as a means to provide for their families. Press maintenance apprentice and Wallace State Community College student Thomas Domingue is just one example.

After seeing a job listing about the apprenticeship, he decided that applying would be a smart career move. His decision proved to be right as he enjoys the mechanical and electrical nature of the job where his responsibilities include monitoring die changes, responding to maintenance calls and assisting technicians throughout the department.

Many of our workers have seen this program as a life path for themselves and their families. This helps us to achieve our goal of employee satisfaction at Kamtek. To learn more about the apprenticeship program visit www.apprenticeshipalabama.org. You can also visit www.alabamaworks.com for information about this and other training programs.

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No more excuses—Here are the top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas

Okay, Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, this is for you. Probably barely noticed it in your busy schedule, but in a few days it will be Mother’s Day and you’ll be in panic mode because as usual you haven’t bought her a gift yet. You can admit it.

So instead of being that person shopping at the last minute for convenience store candy or gas station flowers—don’t be that sad, sad person—put some thought into it this year. This is the woman who gave you life, raised you and put up with all your teenage weirdness. She deserves better.

Here are the Top 10 Mother’s Day awesome gift ideas from local businesses that will make you look like the smart, thoughtful child you want her to believe you are.

10. Charitable Giving

Neverthirst is a Birmingham-based group that partners with churches, businesses, families, gyms, and individuals to bring access to clean and living water to people around the world.

Heart Walk Ministries impacts men, women and youth by exposing the core beliefs in hearts; addressing the false paradigms of fear, guilt and shame based living, and developing a healthy practical theology that envelops intimacy with God, community and individual missional purpose.

9. All Things Alabama

Yellowhammer Supply Co. allows anyone wear their own style of the Heart of Dixie. Specializing in casual and business casual attire, both men and women can look great while sporting the classic Yellowhammer logo.

State Traditions creates state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America. Some sharp items in Tide and War Eagle colors that look great on game day.

8. Bubble & Bath

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Moms love bath products, and Buff City Soap has some amazing stuff. Each of their locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Soap recipes that are safe for your skin and contain ingredients you can actually pronounce.

7. Dine & Unwind

Fleming’s is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any other day.

At Highlands Bar & Grill, restauranteurs Pardis and Frank Stitt complement each other in their commitment to creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, from excellence in the kitchen to intuitive service in the dining room.

6. Sweet Treats

Repeatedly noted as Birmingham’s premier bakery, Edgar’s has an amazing menu of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and much more.

K & J’s Elegant Pastries is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom cakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, pastries, cookies and unique designs.

5. Fitness (Workout Warrior)

Founded in Birmingham, Iron Tribe Fitness blends one-on-one coaching with group fitness. Because they want you to get the most out of every 45-minute workout, they always provide two highly-trained coaches and limit classes to 20 participants.

4. Beauty and Cosmetics (Glam it up)

GLOW is an on-demand beauty app available on your smartphone. They’re in Birmingham, but they have GLOW Pros traveling all over Alabama to do weddings, galas and proms every week.

Wink by B always keeps the client in mind. They pride themselves on quality work while also maintaining the health of your natural lashes. Their mission is to enhance the natural beauty and confidence within others. Check out their Mother’s Day special.

3. Spa Day (Spa-tacular)

Begin the journey to a healthier you at Balanced by Samantha. Offering, health coaching and education, massage and medicupping, infant massage classes, and health education presentations.

At The Spa at Ross Bridge, choose from a vast array of our custom treatments, including the Signature Organic Facial, the popular Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, or a luxurious body treatment.

2. Flowers (Flower Power)

Bloom and Petal, a premier boutique florist located on the Highway 280 corridor, offers the Birmingham area superior floral arrangements and assortments. Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion.

1. Jewelry (Baubles & Bling)

Still the reigning champ of Mother’s Day gifts. Every Kendra Scott piece is intricately and artfully designed at her state of the art studio. Kendra and her team created the Design Lab of their dreams complete with casting, 3D printing and an extensive product and material library.

A jewelry design house with a focus on precision like craftsmanship, DILLEN offers a classic, effortless perspective on jewelry. They believe that jewelry should not only possess style, but also have meaning and significance.

Employer Sees Results from Apprenticeship Alabama Program

(AlabamaWorks!)

By Joe Hendrix, Kamtek training area leader

As the Kamtek Training Area Leader, I see firsthand how beneficial the Apprenticeship Alabama program is both to our company and to the employees who use the skills they learn throughout their careers. Our manufacturing company utilizes the Apprenticeship Alabama program via the AlabamaWorks initiative.

We have two registered apprenticeship programs: Tool and Die and Multi-Craft Maintenance. Currently, we have 40 apprentices between the two programs. The apprentices learn skills from the partner community college and other people in the field to gain insight into why a job is done a particular way. This was the reason tool and die apprentice Austin Smith decided to apply for the apprenticeship. The nearly five-month apprentice learns from Jouneyman tool makers and assists overhead crane operators in their job responsibilities.

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Maintenance apprentice Alan Thornton heard about the apprenticeship program as an employee through an internal job posting. He considered the apprenticeship to be a good career opportunity. Thornton enjoys working with robots and doing electrical work, which are part of the program.

It is good business for Kamtek to work with colleges to provide a portion of their training. We are able to work more closely with colleges and their technical programs to keep them informed of our needs and changes that are occurring in our industry.

Kamtek representatives present the benefits of the apprenticeship program at colleges to engage students willing to jump-start their careers. Multi-craft apprentice Brett Bynum, who assists operators in fixing breakdowns on production lines, was attracted to the opportunity for full-time employment after he completed his apprenticeship.

While Wallace State Community College serves as the main medium for Kamtek to seek apprentices, many others hear about us via word of mouth. This was the case for tool and die apprentice Daniel Gamble. Since hearing about Kamtek from his friend more than three months ago, Gamble has taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the program. Multi-craft apprentice Austin Myrick, who works in assembly maintenance, chose Kamtek because of the good things that he heard about the program from his colleagues, while he was attending
community college.

Multi-craft apprentice Billy Johnson came to Kamtek with experience as an operator. In addition to completing his degree online from Wallace State Community College, he troubleshoots problems throughout the day using robotics. Like Myrick, he heard about the apprenticeship from his colleagues at school, who were also apprentices at Kamtek.

The apprenticeship program at Kamtek attracts young people from all walks of life who are eager to use the apprenticeship as a means to provide for their families. Press maintenance apprentice and Wallace State Community College student Thomas Domingue is just one example.

After seeing a job listing about the apprenticeship, he decided that applying would be a smart career move. His decision proved to be right as he enjoys the mechanical and electrical nature of the job where his responsibilities include monitoring die changes, responding to maintenance calls and assisting technicians throughout the department.

Many of our workers have seen this program as a life path for themselves and their families. This helps us to achieve our goal of employee satisfaction at Kamtek. To learn more about the apprenticeship program visit www.apprenticeshipalabama.org. You can also visit www.alabamaworks.com for information about this and other training programs.

Rick Burgess of the Rick and Bubba Show makes a personal announcement

(Ainsworth Campaign)

There’s been men like Will… that’ve said, “you know what, we can all sit around and complain about it, or we can actually get up and do something.”

This is a man who knows about business, knows about the free market and has been successful in it.

I see his passion for discipling people and bringing them to Christ, so I know this is a call. Will Ainsworth doesn’t have to do this, which makes me want to support him even more… He and his wife… They feel called to serve the state.

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This is a self-made man who understands about maximum liberty and how this state offers incredible opportunities, and out country offers incredible opportunities.

In this Lieutenant Governor race, we can’t step backward. As an Alabamian, I’m tired of hearing these same, old names all the time.

We would not tolerate a football coach with a losing record. But we just keep putting these politicians back in there with a losing record. The only thing we hold accountable are football coaches.

You’re gonna have to have the kind of men and women that stand up and are people of integrity that say “I’m not gonna do anything other than what the people that elected me to represent send me here to do.” And Will has already proven that to us, with what he’s been doing in our state government.

Now there’s an opportunity to go up and have a bigger role in the state, and I think he’s ready for it.

Me and my house, we’re gonna stand behind Will Ainsworth and we want him to be the person who’s the next Lieutenant Governor because why? We love the state.

Get Involved

Contribute to Ainsworth Campaign

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)

Employer Sees Results from Apprenticeship Alabama Program

(AlabamaWorks!)

By Joe Hendrix, Kamtek training area leader

As the Kamtek Training Area Leader, I see firsthand how beneficial the Apprenticeship Alabama program is both to our company and to the employees who use the skills they learn throughout their careers. Our manufacturing company utilizes the Apprenticeship Alabama program via the AlabamaWorks initiative.

We have two registered apprenticeship programs: Tool and Die and Multi-Craft Maintenance. Currently, we have 40 apprentices between the two programs. The apprentices learn skills from the partner community college and other people in the field to gain insight into why a job is done a particular way. This was the reason tool and die apprentice Austin Smith decided to apply for the apprenticeship. The nearly five-month apprentice learns from Jouneyman tool makers and assists overhead crane operators in their job responsibilities.

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Maintenance apprentice Alan Thornton heard about the apprenticeship program as an employee through an internal job posting. He considered the apprenticeship to be a good career opportunity. Thornton enjoys working with robots and doing electrical work, which are part of the program.

It is good business for Kamtek to work with colleges to provide a portion of their training. We are able to work more closely with colleges and their technical programs to keep them informed of our needs and changes that are occurring in our industry.

Kamtek representatives present the benefits of the apprenticeship program at colleges to engage students willing to jump-start their careers. Multi-craft apprentice Brett Bynum, who assists operators in fixing breakdowns on production lines, was attracted to the opportunity for full-time employment after he completed his apprenticeship.

While Wallace State Community College serves as the main medium for Kamtek to seek apprentices, many others hear about us via word of mouth. This was the case for tool and die apprentice Daniel Gamble. Since hearing about Kamtek from his friend more than three months ago, Gamble has taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the program. Multi-craft apprentice Austin Myrick, who works in assembly maintenance, chose Kamtek because of the good things that he heard about the program from his colleagues, while he was attending
community college.

Multi-craft apprentice Billy Johnson came to Kamtek with experience as an operator. In addition to completing his degree online from Wallace State Community College, he troubleshoots problems throughout the day using robotics. Like Myrick, he heard about the apprenticeship from his colleagues at school, who were also apprentices at Kamtek.

The apprenticeship program at Kamtek attracts young people from all walks of life who are eager to use the apprenticeship as a means to provide for their families. Press maintenance apprentice and Wallace State Community College student Thomas Domingue is just one example.

After seeing a job listing about the apprenticeship, he decided that applying would be a smart career move. His decision proved to be right as he enjoys the mechanical and electrical nature of the job where his responsibilities include monitoring die changes, responding to maintenance calls and assisting technicians throughout the department.

Many of our workers have seen this program as a life path for themselves and their families. This helps us to achieve our goal of employee satisfaction at Kamtek. To learn more about the apprenticeship program visit www.apprenticeshipalabama.org. You can also visit www.alabamaworks.com for information about this and other training programs.

Employer Sees Results from Apprenticeship Alabama Program

(AlabamaWorks!)

By Joe Hendrix, Kamtek training area leader

As the Kamtek Training Area Leader, I see firsthand how beneficial the Apprenticeship Alabama program is both to our company and to the employees who use the skills they learn throughout their careers. Our manufacturing company utilizes the Apprenticeship Alabama program via the AlabamaWorks initiative.

We have two registered apprenticeship programs: Tool and Die and Multi-Craft Maintenance. Currently, we have 40 apprentices between the two programs. The apprentices learn skills from the partner community college and other people in the field to gain insight into why a job is done a particular way. This was the reason tool and die apprentice Austin Smith decided to apply for the apprenticeship. The nearly five-month apprentice learns from Jouneyman tool makers and assists overhead crane operators in their job responsibilities.

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Maintenance apprentice Alan Thornton heard about the apprenticeship program as an employee through an internal job posting. He considered the apprenticeship to be a good career opportunity. Thornton enjoys working with robots and doing electrical work, which are part of the program.

It is good business for Kamtek to work with colleges to provide a portion of their training. We are able to work more closely with colleges and their technical programs to keep them informed of our needs and changes that are occurring in our industry.

Kamtek representatives present the benefits of the apprenticeship program at colleges to engage students willing to jump-start their careers. Multi-craft apprentice Brett Bynum, who assists operators in fixing breakdowns on production lines, was attracted to the opportunity for full-time employment after he completed his apprenticeship.

While Wallace State Community College serves as the main medium for Kamtek to seek apprentices, many others hear about us via word of mouth. This was the case for tool and die apprentice Daniel Gamble. Since hearing about Kamtek from his friend more than three months ago, Gamble has taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the program. Multi-craft apprentice Austin Myrick, who works in assembly maintenance, chose Kamtek because of the good things that he heard about the program from his colleagues, while he was attending
community college.

Multi-craft apprentice Billy Johnson came to Kamtek with experience as an operator. In addition to completing his degree online from Wallace State Community College, he troubleshoots problems throughout the day using robotics. Like Myrick, he heard about the apprenticeship from his colleagues at school, who were also apprentices at Kamtek.

The apprenticeship program at Kamtek attracts young people from all walks of life who are eager to use the apprenticeship as a means to provide for their families. Press maintenance apprentice and Wallace State Community College student Thomas Domingue is just one example.

After seeing a job listing about the apprenticeship, he decided that applying would be a smart career move. His decision proved to be right as he enjoys the mechanical and electrical nature of the job where his responsibilities include monitoring die changes, responding to maintenance calls and assisting technicians throughout the department.

Many of our workers have seen this program as a life path for themselves and their families. This helps us to achieve our goal of employee satisfaction at Kamtek. To learn more about the apprenticeship program visit www.apprenticeshipalabama.org. You can also visit www.alabamaworks.com for information about this and other training programs.

Rick Burgess of the Rick and Bubba Show makes a personal announcement

(Ainsworth Campaign)

There’s been men like Will… that’ve said, “you know what, we can all sit around and complain about it, or we can actually get up and do something.”

This is a man who knows about business, knows about the free market and has been successful in it.

I see his passion for discipling people and bringing them to Christ, so I know this is a call. Will Ainsworth doesn’t have to do this, which makes me want to support him even more… He and his wife… They feel called to serve the state.

203

This is a self-made man who understands about maximum liberty and how this state offers incredible opportunities, and out country offers incredible opportunities.

In this Lieutenant Governor race, we can’t step backward. As an Alabamian, I’m tired of hearing these same, old names all the time.

We would not tolerate a football coach with a losing record. But we just keep putting these politicians back in there with a losing record. The only thing we hold accountable are football coaches.

You’re gonna have to have the kind of men and women that stand up and are people of integrity that say “I’m not gonna do anything other than what the people that elected me to represent send me here to do.” And Will has already proven that to us, with what he’s been doing in our state government.

Now there’s an opportunity to go up and have a bigger role in the state, and I think he’s ready for it.

Me and my house, we’re gonna stand behind Will Ainsworth and we want him to be the person who’s the next Lieutenant Governor because why? We love the state.

Get Involved

Contribute to Ainsworth Campaign

(Paid For By Friends of Will Ainsworth, 7520 Browns Valley Rd, Guntersville, AL 35976)