Add Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair counties to the growing list of black bear sightings in Alabama in 2018. In recent years, bears have also been recorded in Chambers, Elmore, Jefferson, Lee, Macon and Tallapoosa counties. These recent sightings are more evidence of the state’s expanding black bear population.
Biologists from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources say the increase in sightings may be due to a combination of factors including changes in bear distribution, habitat fragmentation, seasonal movement and the summer mating season. However, most spring and summer bear sightings are of juvenile males being pushed out of their previous ranges by their mothers and other adult males.
Historically, a small population of black bears have remained rooted in Mobile and Washington counties. Baldwin, Covington and Escambia counties on the Florida border host yet another population of bears. In northeast Alabama, bears migrating from northwest Georgia have established a small but viable population.
“While seeing a black bear in Alabama is uncommon and exciting, it is no cause for alarm,” said Marianne Hudson, Conservation Outreach Specialist for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). “There has never been a black bear attack on a human in Alabama.”
Black bears are typically secretive, shy animals that will avoid human interaction. Occasionally, a curious bear will explore a human-populated area in search of food.
“If you are lucky enough to see a bear, simply leave it alone,” Hudson said.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this morning in Helsinki.
Congressman Byrne said: “I applaud President Trump’s decision to start a dialogue with President Putin and I’m glad he is making it a priority. However, we must remember that Russia is not an ally – economically or militarily. They are an adversary. The United States should not tolerate actions by the Russians that intervene in our domestic affairs or pose a threat to our national security.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (MRD) announces the closure of Alabama state waters to the harvest of red snapper by private anglers and state-licensed commercial party boats at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018. The quota of 984,291 pounds issued under NOAA Fisheries’ Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) is expected to be met by the closure date.
“Alabama anglers fished extremely hard on the good weather days during the season,” said Marine Resources Director Scott Bannon. “That level of effort, coupled with larger average-sized fish harvested this year as compared to last year, resulted in a daily harvest rate two times higher than 2017, which prompted an earlier than anticipated closure.
“The purpose of the EFP was to demonstrate Alabama’s ability to establish a season and monitor landings within a fixed quota and I think we have shown we can do that,” said Bannon.
Anglers are reminded of the following:
— Possession of red snapper in Alabama waters while state waters are closed is prohibited regardless of where the fish were harvested.
— Alabama anglers may fish in federal waters off the coast of Alabama (outside of 9 nm) and land in a state that is open to the landing of red snapper, but they must adhere to the open state’s rules and not transit in Alabama state waters with red snapper on board.
— The season for federally-permitted charter for-hire vessels will close at 12:01 a.m. July 22.
"Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11, the airline announced today. Frontier Airlines will start by offering direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39."
"At 87, Clint Eastwood is not only trying new things, he’s trying daring new things, and his new film 15:17 to Paris represents one of the most audacious gambits of his career. To dramatize the tale of three Americans who tackled and subdued a heavily armed Islamist terrorist on a train out of Amsterdam in 2015, Eastwood cast the young men, none of whom had professional acting experience, as themselves. It’s a decision with little precedent in the entire history of motion pictures."
WATCH: Real estate investor Brian Trippe discusses overcoming lethargy to reach full potential
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Brian Trippe to discuss life, business and overcoming lethargy to reach your full potential.
Brian Trippe is a successful real estate investor, author, family man, servant-hearted leader, and a follower of Christ. Brian has a passion for helping people learn and grow in life and in business through Alareia.
1) Brian was at a point where he did not want to work or grow. He had to break through that malaise and now he is seeing the fruits of his labor. We all have to overcome the laziness and push through whether we feel like moving forward or not. Breakthrough is on the other side of that.
2) Sometimes, we have early experiences that we can draw from that will help us in the future. Brian was a coach and now he loves to coach people in business to reach all they are capable of achieving. Try to figure out what experiences you have that you can draw from and teach others from your own trial and error.
3) Purpose is a driver in Brian’s life. When you have purpose, the daily grind becomes less difficult. You know why you are doing something versus simply focusing on what you are doing. Discover your purpose and life becomes fun!
Here’s what happened when I took my Airbnb guest to Alabama’s National Lynching Memorial
(C. Smitherman/YH Films)
I rent my bus out on Airbnb in Montgomery and my guest from California, Dr. Alison Borkowska, let me film our visit to the National Lynching Memorial, formally known as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
The memorial made a profound impact on us both and sparked worthwhile conversations with other visitors.
Chason Smitherman, Sr. is an Alabama filmmaker and owns the production company Grow 334
WATCH: Entrepreneur, Autism advocate Brian Schubert talks faith and challenges of raising a child with Autism
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Brian Schubert, a successful entrepreneur, and Autism advocate, to discuss overcoming obstacles and persevering in tough times.
Brian is a family man, Chick-fil-A owner-operator, non-profit founder, and follower of Christ. Brian talks about the challenges families with special needs children face as he has battled Autism with his 9 year old daughter Ady. Through his pain, he found purpose and started Ady’s Army, a non-profit that helps families with Autism cope with the condition and get support they desperately need. Brian also talks about the struggles of owning a business and how he has been able to fight through those difficult times to get to where he is now. WATCH:
1) Never give up. No matter what you are facing, hard work and determination always pays off. Brian had a goal of becoming a Chick-fil-a owner and it was a long shot, however, he showed the company what they needed to see when he had the opportunity.
2) Sometimes your family situation can make life difficult. You can either embrace it, and take on your challenges with God’s help, or you can let the circumstances overcome you. Brian and his family chose to help others through their own struggles with Autism and they created a great support system for that community in Birmingham.
3) The first business you start might not always be successful. The economy, timing, business associates, whatever, may change your outcome. Failure is not final unless you quit. Learn from your mistakes and use those to grow and become better in the future. If you learn from the situation, this will be bought experience.
YH Film: 85-year-old Montgomery man builds with his hands and heart
Do millennials own any tools?
Perhaps not, but George does.
My neighbor George gets around by scooter because he suffers from severe spine arthritis and a leg and back condition. He makes anything he dreams of with his hands, his heart, and his beloved tools. George never had any training, but learned how to use tools by building hen houses and barns when he was growing up in the country.
“It’s rewarding to do something for somebody else,” George told me. “I don’t charge anyone but sometimes they give me pies and such….if somebody wants [help] they can have it.”
WATCH George show me a thing or two about using tools to create something from nothing.
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WATCH: Birmingham CEO Mike Herron talks Non-Fiction Coffee and loving God, people through great coffee
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Mike Herron, CEO of Non-Fiction Coffee.
Mike is the Owner of Non-Fiction Coffee, a company that is focused on loving God and loving people while brewing great java at the same time.
The company is designed to support farmers live better lives as they get paid more to sell their coffee beans, therefore bettering their way of life in Honduras. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who loves God and he has had much business success throughout his career in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.
Mike shares his faith, struggles he has faced, and how he has overcome these things and grown in his walk with the Lord.
— All the material success in the world won’t buy you happiness. Only a relationship with Jesus can fill the whole in your heart.
— When we walk in our purpose, life becomes so much more fulfilling.
— No matter how long it takes us to figure out the first two points, God is always waiting and He will patiently until we decide to follow him. He is so good and He will never force us to submit to His ways. He will continue to show Himself to us, we just have to pay attention.
WATCH: Huntsville voters share some surprising thoughts on primary elections
Alabama voters went to the polls June 5 to vote in primaries that will decide Republican and Democrat candidates who will battle it out for offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and more.
Yellowhammer News spoke with Huntsville voters, some of whom gave some pretty surprising answers when asked, “Who did you vote for?”
Three themes emerged among the voters interviewed:
— Mayor Tommy Battle is a local hero.
— Multiple voters didn’t decide who to vote for until they were filling out their ballot.
— For some, this election wasn’t about a specific candidate; rather, the right and “civic duty” to vote.
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WATCH: Barry Moore discusses an extremely difficult time in his life and how God guided him through it
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson sits down with Barry Moore to discuss his faith, family, and an extremely difficult time in his life where God guided and protected him.
Barry Moore is a businessman and an Alabama legislator who loves God and serves him in all aspects of his life. He is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He has been successful in business and loves to serve people and recently he felt called to higher office. He is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Marth Roby in the Republican primaries Tuesday.
WATCH: Hancock Construction owner, president shares how faith affects life and business
Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose with Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sits down with Mark Hancock to discuss how faith has guided him in his life and business and how God lead him into his current role.
Mark is the owner and president of Hancock Construction, a leading residential and commercial construction firm in Birmingham. Mark is a great leader, husband, father, and businessman but most importantly, he is a follower of Christ.
WATCH: Rep. Gary Palmer on growing up ‘dirt poor’ in Alabama and what led him into politics
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer to discuss how he lives with character and conviction in a place that tends to lack both traits.
Gary Palmer was born and raised “dirt poor” in Alabama without indoor plumbing and says it hit him one day when he was walking through the White House that he had gone “from the outhouse to the White House,” and called his mother from a hallway to share the humorous moment.
“You’re not defined by where you start,” Palmer said he often tells young people who come from difficult backgrounds. “I really believe God has a call on everybody’s life and you never know what it is. It might be in one of your children or grandchildren, but the whole thing is to trust that God is directing your life and to allow him to unlock what is in you.”
Palmer serves with servant leadership as the 6th District Representative for Alabama and is a huge proponent for a strong family and constitutional principles. He also has a heart for raising up young leaders and wants to see future statesmen, not politicians, emerge in our country. He has been shot at for his beliefs and still does not back down in the face of danger to his person or career.
VIDEO: Alabama Gov. Ivey’s killer one-liner at Yellowhammer Women of Impact Awards
Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey and top female leaders from across the state gathered in Birmingham last month as honorees at Yellowhammer Multimedia’s inaugural Women of Impact Awards held at Ross Bridge Renaissance Resort & Spa.
National media personality Dr. Gina Loudon emceed the standing-room-only event, saying Alabama will always be her “sweet home” after she worked as a radio host in Birmingham.
WATCH the 3 min. video to see Gov. Ivey give the best one-liner of the evening:
— Is this the week they FINALLY nail Donald Trump? (SPOILER: No)
State Representative Will Ainsworth joins Jackson and Burke to discuss the his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor and his controversial bill that would allow trained teachers to carry in Alabama schools.
Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at Democrats who keep talking about Roy Moore after GOP voters rejected him.
VIDEO: Planet Fundraiser CEO left his comfortable job to be with dying dad — led to him starting his first business
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Kasey Birdsong, founder and CEO of Planet Fundraiser; a startup tech company that helps organizations and merchants streamline the endless fundraising process.
Birdsong is a serial entrepreneur, a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. Planet Fundraiser is his third business although he is still relatively young. He shares his journey of leaving a job to be with his dad while he was dying, which ultimately led to him starting his first business. Birdsong opens up about his successes, his failures, and how he continues to pursue his passion with purpose.
1) No matter how many businesses you have started or been a part of, there will always be struggles when you are launching something new. Keep going anyway.
2) Times get extremely difficult sometimes when you are a business owner and you have to surround yourself with a strong network that will support you and allow you to be transparent. If you don’t, the effects can be deadly.
3) Sometimes you can see a solution to a problem and bring it to market that will help so many people and make money at the same time. This is a win-win in business. Whatever you are selling should be beneficial for all parties if you truly want to achieve success.