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  • Republicans hold winter meeting in Birmingham

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) state executive committee met for its Winter Meeting in Birmingham on Saturday. The ALGOP is optimistic that they can prevail in the November 5 general election and that former President Donald J. Trump (R) will defeat current President Joseph R. Biden (D). John Wahl is the Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. This is not a battle between Democrats and Republicans; but a battle between darknesssss and light," Wahl said. "It is an honor to fight by your s...

  • 30 Republican sheriffs and police chiefs endorse Justice Sarah Stewart for Chief Justice

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    The heated battle for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court race is drawing attention from across the state. On Monday another round of key law enforcement leaders announced their endorsements of Associate Justice Sarah Stewart in her bid to be chief justice. 30 Republican Sheriffs and police chiefs came out to support her effort to be the next Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Stewart is running against former State Senator Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville). "These endorsements...

  • F35s come to Montgomery

    Feb 1, 2024

    Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma), and former Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) joined the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama National Guard to celebrate the arrival of the F-35 Jets to Montgomery. Sewell and Ivey joined the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard (ANG) to celebrate the arrival of its first F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jets. Rep. Sewell and the entire Alabama Congressional Delegation successfully advocated for the Air...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Col Richard Thomas Aldridge: Age 57 Col Richard Thomas Aldridge served over 28 years in both the Active duty and Reserve components of the U.S. Air Force. His Active duty periods were from March 1989 to February 1999 and January 2002 to January 2005, and he served as an Air Force Reservist from February 1999 to January 2002 and January 2005 until his retirement in September 2016. Col Aldridge’s Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) included: (1) Satellite Engineer, (2) Systems Engineer, (3) P...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Lt. Col Lee Forbes Aldridge: Age 82 Lt. Col Lee Aldridge served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. His primary specialty was Acquisition Management Officer and Electronics Engineer, but he served in myriad other fields. He received the following medals, badges, citations and ribbons: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good...

  • Veterans' Birthdays for February 2024

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    The following veterans have birthdays during February 2024. Joe Panza Feb. 2nd Dudley F. Christian Feb. 6th Anthony Baggiano Feb. 12th James H. Combs Feb. 15th Eugene F. Crooks Feb. 16th Karen S. Brantner Feb. 16th William L. Carl Feb. 17th Stephen M. Davis Feb. 21st Lee R. Knight Feb. 22nd Andrew E. Lindsey Feb. 25th...

  • City of Pike Road Honors Veterans

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    The City of Pike Road held its 12th annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on November 5, 2023. Commemorative bricks with the names of 12 veterans and their branches of service were installed on the floor of the pavilion. The Capitol Sounds Band played patriotic music. The invocation and the benediction were given by the Rev. John Toney. The Pike Road Intermediate School SGA led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, and the Pike Road Junior High School Show...

  • IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    1st Lt. John Osburn David served in the Korean War. He Passed away on January 26, 2024. Col Henry P. Fowler was a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He passed away on January 26, 2024. John F. Morrow - He drove a tank during the WWII Battle of the Bulge. He passed away on January 21, 2024...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Private First Class William Lee Struthers: Age 92 Private First Class (PFC) William Lee Struthers served three years in the AL National Guard that was activated for combat service at Korea during the Korean War. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Truck Driver hauling munitions to the fronts. His Unit, the 252nd, National Guard Unit, the First Transportation Unit from Hamilton, AL, received the Presidential Unit Citation near Chuncheon, South Korea, and was cited for thwarting a...

  • Tuberville says no money for Ukraine until the border is secure

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    Early morning on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to provide emergency military aid to Ukraine, Israel, and other foreign allies. The Democratic legislation passed with the support of more than a dozen Republicans on board. U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) was staunchly opposed to the legislation. Following passage Tuberville released a statement in which he said that: "Our Priority Should Be Securing Our Border, Not A War In Eastern Europe." Tuberville has been highly...

  • Aderholt and Palmer applaud the impeachment of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. Congressmen Robert Aderholt (R-AL04) and Gary Palmer (R-AL06) both released statements to explain their decisions to vote for the action. "I cast my vote to impeach Secretary Mayorkas because he has failed to stop the invasion of our nation by illegal immigrants, human traffickers, drug smugglers and terrorists," said Congressman Aderholt in a statement. "His f...

  • Republican leaders praise State Senate for Passage of SB1 – the ballot harvesting bill

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    On Monday the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) which makes it illegal for anyone to get paid to go out and assist voters to collect absentee ballots. Republicans have made banning "ballot harvesting" a key legislative goal for the 2024 session. Republican leaders expressed their gratitude to the legislature for voting to pass SB1 – despite Democratic opposition in the Senate. Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth released a statement applauding passage of SB1. "As a freshman member of t...

  • Wes Kitchens is the newest member of the state Senate

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    State Senator Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) spoke to Capital Journal’s Todd Stacy recently to discuss the 2024 Alabama Regular Legislation Session that began last week. Kitchens is the newest member of the Alabama Senate, having been elected and sworn in just last month. Kitchens previously served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives representing Marshall County. “I was elected in 2018 to the House of Representatives and prior to that I had been a basketball coach,” Senator Kitchens said....

  • Rogers is urging Pentagon to develop new technologies to keep ahead of China

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    On Thursday, the House Armed Services committee held a hearing on Department of Defense (DoD) programs and initiatives to accelerate innovative technologies, solutions, and capabilities from the research and development enterprise to the warfighter. Rep. Rogers urged the DoD to do a better job of delivering new tools and weapons systems to America’s armed forces in order to get ahead of China. Rogers is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “Today we continue our review of DoD eff...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Master Sergeant Ronnie Edwin Kinsfather: Age: 75 Master Sergeant (MSgt) Ronnie Edwin Kinsfather served 20 years and eight months in the United States Air Force. His Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOSC) was Telephone Plant Maintenance superintendent. His decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons included: Air Force Commendation Medal with four Devices, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with four Devices, Small...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Corporal Andrew Carnegie Nolin: Age 86 Corporal (Cpl) Andrew Carnegie Nolin served three years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and three years in the Marine Corps Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Motor Vehicle Operator. He received the Good Conduct Medal. Cpl Nolin was born August 22, 1937 to his parents, A. C. and Agnes Nolin at Montgomery, AL, where he was reared. After graduating from Lanier High School in 1955, Cpl Nolin attended Auburn University for two...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Jan 1, 2024

    Col Dennis M. Drew: Age 81 Col Dennis M. Drew served 28 years in the United States Air Force. His Military background included: (1) Dean, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, (2) Director, Air Power Research Institute, (3) Chief, Strategy and Doctrine, Air Command Staff College, (4) Staff Division Chief, HQ Strategic Air Command, (5) Missile Operations Staff Officer and (6) Personnel Staff Officer. He received the following decorations medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons: Legion...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Brown: Age 61 Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Samuel Brown served a total of 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) including eight years on Active Duty and 22 years in the Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Storekeeper. He had skills in logistics, purchasing and contract management. He received the following medals, citations, awards and ribbons: Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for search and rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina at...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Ensign Cecil H. Prescott Jr.: Age 98 Ensign Cecil H. Prescott Jr. served three years on active duty with the U.S. Navy and two years with the U.S. Navy Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty and ranks were Pharmacist Mate Third Class while on active duty and as Flight Surgeon with the Navy Reserve as Ensign. He received the following medals, awards, decorations and citations: Victory Medal, Atlantic-Pacific Medal and American Theater Medal. Ensign Prescott was born to his parents, Cecil...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Major Timothy Lawrence Tormey: Age 47 Major Timothy Lawrence Tormey served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Helicopter Pilot and then Tilt-rotor Pilot. He flew the CH-46E helicopter and the MV-22B Osprey and served four tours in Iraq. He received the following medals, decorations, badges, citations and campaign ribbons: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal-Strike Flight eight), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Petty officer Third Class Shanarik Deone McNeal: Age 42 Petty Officer Third Class (PO-3) Shanarik D. McNeal served four years in the United States Navy. His Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) was Aviation Ordinanceman. He received the National Defense Service Medal. PO-3 Shanarik was born November 14, 1981 at Los Angeles, CA, to his mother, Belinda Wilson and father George McNeal. After graduation from George Washington Preparatory School in June 1999, he volunteered and enlisted for service in...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant Paul Robert Williamson: Age 75 Maser Sergeant (MSgt) Paul Robert Williamson served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Cobol Programmer and Small Computer Systems Specialist. Prior to these, his MOS included Field Radio Operator, Communications and Recruiting. MSgt Williamson is a highly decorated Marine who demonstrated great valor and received two Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam. In addition, he received the...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Col Win E. DePoorter: Age 89 Col Win E. DePoorter served 28 years in the United States Air Force. He held the rank of Colonel for the last 10 years of his active duty service and was a Command Pilot with over 6500 hours of flying time. He flew a record of 657 combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider, of which 23 were in support of search and rescue operations in North Vietnam. His military decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 29 Air Medals,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Specialist Henry Craig Jenkins: Age 69 Specialist (SPC) Henry Craig Jenkins served six years in the U.S. Military including three years of active duty in the U.S. Army and three years in the U.S. Army Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Law Enforce - ment and Corrections. He received the following medals, awards, decorations and citations: National Defense Medal, Expert Rifleman Marksman Badge, 45 Caliber Piston Badge and Good Conduct Medal. SPC Jenkins was born 1954 at M...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Lt Col Stephen Montgomery Davis: Age 57 Lt Col Stephen M. Davis served 20 years in the United States Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) were engineer and program manager throughout his military career. He worked as Acquisition Manager for 11 years, as Executive Officer above Wing Level for one year and Development Engineer for eight years. Lt Col Davis received the following medals, decorations, citations, and awards: Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force...

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