I’ve only lived in Hamilton, Alabama, for around a year and a half now, so I guess I’m still relatively new to small-town living.
Two areas in Marion County have received federal designation as Opportunity Zones, a program established recently through the passage of President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Nationwide, there is speculation that the program will be the largest investment program in history, generating as much as $100 billion, which will all be funneled into low-income areas to help provide boosts in economic development.
Per the regulations, Gov. Kay Ivey was given the responsibility of choosing a portion of the state’s low-income areas to be designated as “zones.”
On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, the City of Hamilton suffered its second downtown shooting event in just the last three years, leaving a father dead in the presence of his two children during a custody exchange gone wrong.
Hamilton’s last shooting happened in just February 2016, when Jimmy Dale Cooper, Hamilton, allegedly shot and killed Linda Cole and Donnie Miller in separate shooting incidents in downtown Hamilton.
(Editor's note: One of the most often-heard expressions one hears at Christmas is the “meaning of the season.” Many of us have lost that meaning in our secular, commercial world. The true meaning of Christmas is centered on a man, not a season. The extraordinary effect of this man has never been expressed so eloquently as in the following piece, which was written by an anonymous author. JLW)
The Winfield City Council voted to pay $12,750 and put a heck-of-a-rush on a paving project on Woodvale Street, located off Highway 118, at its Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting. Councilman Chris Ballard is the only councilman that voted against the measure and mayor Randy Price did not vote.
Coincidentally, Woodvale is also the small road adjacent to Abby Nicole’s retail store--the one that has been the topic of a lot of conflict over the past year.
At the Thursday, Nov. 1, meeting, Sulligent Mayor Scott Boman brought attention to an “unfair” policy used by Northwest Alabama Gas District’s (NWAGD) for the distribution of surplus revenues to the gas companies six member municipalities, known as annual net distributable income (ANDI). The resulting divide among the board during discussion on the topic was stark and the comments by the members may be the first shots made in a potentially ugly division.
This is the season when we are supposed to think of others and not so much of ourselves. But we should be a little selfish this holiday season and give ourselves a gift. We should give ourselves the gift of a peaceful mind. The number one way to do that is by limiting the number of hours we spend in front of the television.
A television has never given anyone peace of mind; in fact, it does the opposite. Scientific studies have linked extended periods of television watching with depression. The more television a person watches, the more depressed they are likely to be.
In other words, the 2018 elections are over. Thank God.
We have new/old officials in positions of power. Some with a lot, others with not as much as they may think. Voters have retained some, and sent others home to whatever lies in their future.
Naturally, we are very pleased with some of the electorate’s choices. Naturally, some not so much.
Recently the Journal Record has reported about two local municipal governments not following the law as established by the State of Alabama in The Alabama Open Meetings Act.
In the Sept. 26 edition of the Journal Record, we reported that the Guin City Council did not follow the protocol that is required after an executive session has ended.
In the Sept. 5 edition, we published a story about the Hackleburg Town Council using a group text among council members to discuss town business in lieu of an open work session.