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Judge rules Plains Southcap eminent domain application OK but reserves ultimate judgment

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama – Plains Southcap – regardless of whether it’s a partnership or a corporation – has the right to file a legal action to take land owned by the local water utility, a judge ruled Tuesday. Now, Mobile County Circuit Judge Robert Smith must decide whether to grant that condemnation petition. He will hear take testimony and hear arguments beginning Dec. 16. The stakes are high. Plains Southcap wants … Read more »

Dimitri Polizos defeats Charlotte Meadows in Alabama House District 74

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Dimitri Polizos Charlotte Meadows MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Montgomery County Commissioner and restaurant owner Dimitri Polizos won a Montgomery seat in the Alabama House of Representatives today, defeating Charlotte Meadows in a runoff in a special Republican primary. Polizos received 2,146 votes, 57 percent. Meadows received 1,601 votes, 43 percent. The unofficial final results include all the votes except provisional ballots. Fewer than 10 provisional ballots are expected. No Democrats sought … Read more »

Man found guilty of killing victim around the corner from his mother’s birthday party

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama – What started as an afternoon birthday party interrupted by View full sizeTyrone Brooks, right, is seen with defense attorney Jason Darley at the start of his murder trial on Nov. 18, 2013. Brooks was found guilty of murder the next day. (Michael Dumas/mdumas@al.com) heartbreaking bloodshed in the street reached a conclusion on Tuesday as a jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of 28-year-old Tyrone … Read more »

SACS inquiry an example of false accusations causing ‘substantial harm,’ Alabama State says

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

View full sizeVice President of University Relations Danielle Kennedy told Alabama State University students last month that ASU was not responsible for the placement of these signs in Montgomery following the governor’s release of a preliminary report alleging wrongdoing at the school. (File photo) MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama State University says it will respond by Dec. 1 to an accrediting association’s request that it provide evidence responding to allegations of … Read more »

‘The Prince’: audition for speaking roles on Thursday

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama — According to the Mobile Film Office website auditions will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21  for speaking roles in “The Prince,” an action thriller starring Bruce Willis that will be filming in Mobile during December. They are looking for adults aged 18-23 and Caucasian children ages 8-10.   To find out where and when the auditions are, please email your pictures and resume to casttheprince@gmail.com.  If they are interested … Read more »

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle: Landing Boeing 777X jetliner production would have economic impact similar to last BRAC (updated)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

View full sizeBoeing’s next-generation 777X jetliner. (Courtesy Boeing)  While Battle was unclear exactly how many jobs will be associated with the 777X, he said the economic impact would be similar to the last BRAC that brought 4,800 high-paying Department of Defense jobs to Huntsville. “It’s probably in that range if they move everything to one place,” he told AL.com Tuesday afternoon. Battle, Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, … Read more »

Signal International adds two more oil rigs to its backlog

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama — Signal International announced it was recently awarded a contract to repair two oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is now scheduled to repair six offshore oil rigs, a backlog that will boost hiring at the company, company officials said. Headquartered in Mobile, the marine construction and offshore drilling firm also operates shipyards and ship repair facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. and Orange, Texas. All of … Read more »

Oh fudge! Whistle Stop Sweet Shop caters to cravings for locally made candies (gallery)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MADISON, Alabama – Lynn Crumbly knew people loved her homemade candy, but the owner of Whistle Stop Sweet Shop was not expecting the success her store has enjoyed in its first year. More specifically, the wife and mother of two never dreamed her store, which marks its first anniversary Saturday, could thrive on her specialty fudges and other confections alone. “You know, sometimes you have a dream and you hope … Read more »

Point Clear residents prevail in land rezoning dispute

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Members of the Point Clear Property Owners Association were jubilant Tuesday after county commissioners shot down a request to rezone land in their neighborhood. The association was opposed to the rezoning of two vacant pieces of land from RMF-6, a multiple family district zoning, to B-2, a neighborhood business district zoning.  Point Clear 98 owns the property. The land, which is for sale, is located on the south side of County Road … Read more »

Roberts Brothers presents award to Fonde Elementary teacher of the year

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Pictured, from left to right, are Johnny Roberts; Daniel Dennis; Erica Elia, assistant principal; Mrs. Drakeford and Award Recipient Carl Portella. (Submitted by Hilliary Sanders) MOBILE, Alabama – As part of their Education Initiative, Roberts Brothers presented 2012-2013 Fonde Elementary Teacher of the Year, Carl Portella with the first quarter’s Teachers Classroom Award. With this award, Roberts Brothers made a $250 donation to his classroom. Portella, who is a fifth grade teacher, … Read more »

Removing ‘dark cloud’ of bankruptcy will help economic development in Jefferson County, Gov. Bentley predicted (Video)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Gov. Robert Bentley said Jefferson County’s plans to exit bankruptcy could help remove a dark cloud that he believes has impeded economic development in the state’s largest county. Speaking to business leaders at the annual Birmingham Business Alliance’s governor’s luncheon, Bentley said he was against the county filing for bankruptcy but commended Jefferson County officials for getting the country to the verge of emerging from it. … Read more »

Gov. Bentley: Alabama makes good showing for landing Boeing in Huntsville (Video)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Gov. Robert Bentley and officials met with Boeing representatives in Birmingham today to try to steer the company’s new jet manufacturing plant to Huntsville. Huntsville is one of several sites in the running for the 777X jetliner manufacturing plant and Bentley told business leaders at the annual Birmingham Business Alliance luncheon today they left the meeting high on Alabama. “They are very impressed with Alabama,” Bentley … Read more »

Old Alabama Town to host holiday open house and revue on Dec. 5 in Montgomery

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Old Alabama Town will host their annual Holiday Open House and Karren Pell’s Holiday Revue on Dec. 5 in Montgomery. The open house, which will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., will include live music, traditional pioneer crafts for children, storytelling, costumed guests, a little holiday history, local handmade gifts, cookies and hot cider. Following the open house,Karren Pell’s Holiday Old Alabama Town Revue will … Read more »

Gadsden buys riverfront property for $2.6 million to spur 25 acre development (photos)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

GADSDEN, Alabama — The Gadsden City Council today agreed to buy 9.3 acres of land near the Coosa River for $2.6 million in what city officials said they hope will jump start development in the area. The land, which encompasses a former K Mart location in East Gadsden, adjoins 4.2 acres the city already owns, and a little more than 9 acres owned by Alabama Power. It also sits near … Read more »

For better or worse? Nope. Why some relationships have to end. (John Archibald)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Just a domestic. If I’ve heard that once I’ve heard it a thousand times. From cops at crime scenes and reporters in newsrooms. From politicians who downplay the kind of crime that takes place behind family walls so they can reassure the public that … It’s a problem. But not our problem. Nothing to see here. Private matter. Go about your business. As if domestic violence was just one of … Read more »

Grief workshops, new traditions like the empty plate ritual help families cope with the holidays (Beth Thames)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

View full size(Submitted) Friends and relatives will crowd around the Thanksgiving table next week in a yearly tradition. While most plates will be piled high with turkey and dressing, some will remain empty, not because someone’s not hungry, but because someone’s not there. And that’s the point. My friend Anne started an empty plate ritual to help her family get through the holidays. She kept it up during the three … Read more »

GOP, Tea Party know they don’t have to propose real solutions when any old fear will do (Opinion from Clete Wetli)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

It appears that there’s a new and prevalent political calculus permeating the GOP and The Tea Party today. Rather than innovate solutions, present bold or new ideas, or attempt to advance a detailed agenda for prudent governance, the new message is to simply be afraid. The object of the fear itself can be almost anything, but fear is the ingredient that seems to galvanize right wing voters. Whether it’s fear … Read more »

Birmingham zigged–Nashville zagged (ComebackTown)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

 How’s it possible for similar Southern cities three hours apart to have totally different outcomes? Amazingly the fortunes for both Birmingham and Nashville changed drastically in one pivotal year. The year was 1963—exactly 50 years ago. 1963 was the year the city of Nashville consolidated with Davidson County.   In April, Nashville celebrated 50 years of unified government. 1963 was also the year that Birmingham became infamousfor dogs, hoses, and … Read more »

Reduction of SNAP benefits (Your view)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Alabama lawmakers Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions want to continue reducing SNAP funding (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for nearly one million Alabama citizens. What Shelby and Sessions don’t want you to know is that SNAP funding generates nearly 95% return to the economy in the form of economic activity. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), http://cfbsnapchallenge.org/?page_id=975 eighty-three percent of food stamps go to households with children, … Read more »

One thing to consider in how you measure President Obama’s performance (Your view)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Recently, with all the controversy surrounding President Obama, I’ve been thinking about an alternative. Consider that all of his decisions remain the same — same healthcare, same foreign policy, same immigration policy, same everything that he has done, accomplished, failed or succeeded at — with only ONE change. What if he were white! What would your feelings be then? How would you judge his presidency, his successes, his failures? Would … Read more »

Raising awareness for pancreatic cancer (Your view)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and I am proud to say that I ’Like the Fight’ against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Others in our community are also volunteering to make a difference in the outcome for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We are fighting alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network whose mission is to advance research, support patients and create hope for … Read more »

Mercedes credit shouldn’t go to Bentley (Your view)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Let’s give credit where credit is due and not let a very late comer use it as an excuse for his ignorance. A recent letter submitted said when confronted about his refusal to accept Medicaid for Alabamians “he throws the success of Mercedes etc. in our faces.” The governor that was most responsible for Mercedes was James Folsom Jr. not Gov. Robert Bentley! Ralph Sokol Birmingham Al. Source Article from … Read more »

Why send another old white guy career politician to Washington? (Your view)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Bradley Byrne is the Republican candidate seeking election to Congress from coastal Alabama.  Well, here we go again. Despite a nine percent approval rating in the Congress, voters in the First Congressional District are getting ready to send another old white guy career politician to the Congress to add to the ineptitude. The voters in this district remind me of people who go to a horse race and bet on … Read more »

New Sarah Palin book stirs up fans, foes (Press-Register Sound Off)

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

Former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has released a new Christmas-themed book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” (File) Who made Palin a star?: Sarah Palin?! She’s writing a Christmas Book?! Boy, y’all can make anybody a star. Anybody. Just take anybody, say “Hey, come here white lady, you want to be a star?” Just put them on TV and say “look, this is the best thing since apple … Read more »

Alabama State University to commemorate 50th anniversary of JFK assassination on Friday

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Alabama

The event will start at noon. (ASU) MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama State University will host a citywide commemoration at noon on Friday for the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination at the university library. The event, which is open to the public, will include prayers by Boston native Father Paul McQuillen, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church, live music, period news videos from that infamous day and a … Read more »