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All Things Kent Hovind

Some explanation... In April 2016, Kent Hovind, AKA, Dr. Dino came to Lenox, Alabama, a small community in southern Conecuh County and began building a religious compound devoted to Young Earth Creationism on approximately 150 acres of land. In July 2016 after months of research and investigation, I wrote an article detailing "all things Kent Hovind" which included not only his criminal and religious background, but the groups that surround and follow Hovind wherever he goes. These groups, devout followers of Hovind, and devout haters of Hovind, continuously clash often resulting in controversy with unintended consequences.

I called this "The Hovind Effect."

In August 2016, Hovind teamed up with District 3 Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews to create a 30 minute Youtube video in a direct effort to discredit and defame me personally, and attack the credibility of this newspaper.

In the opening minutes of the video, Andrews, in his official capacity as a Conecuh County Commissioner, directly lies claiming I, and this newspaper, supported a past effort to establish a controversial landfill near Repton, Alabama. His statements are completely untrue.

Hovind, and others in the video, then spend about 25 minutes in clownish attempts to attack this newspaper based mostly on the lie Andrews told, and to deflect the facts I presented in my July article.

What you will mostly read here is my reaction and response to Andrews and Hovind - along with some of the antics Andrews is constantly pulling as an elected official on the Conecuh County Commission.

On 28 January 2017 - I moved All Things Kent Hovind to this page - or most of it anyway - to help our visitors locate information they may be most interested in concerning Hovind and Commissioner Johnny Andrews.

I will update this page when necessary (hopefully never), but this consolidates most of the information concerning that adventure in one place.

Should you be interested in more up-to-date information or further coverage of Kent Hovind, you can visit Robert Baty's  page or Peter Reilly's website.

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On April 20, 2017 A Major Battle Between A Former Member
Of The Lenox Compound And Kent Hovind Erupted With Competing YouTube Videos

 

Continue the drama here with Theo's 2nd video

And click here for Hovind's 2nd response

UPDATE:

1 June 2017

Okay, this video onslaught has continued for several weeks now and a YouTube poster called "Whatever With Billy" has made several videos in support of Kent Hovind - and even visited the Lenox compound over Memorial Day weekend. While there, Billy participated in a Saturday night Hovind video to show his support.

Today Billy pulled his support of Hovind and removed all his previous Hovind videos.

On the morning of 2 June, Billy removed the video from public view
following a FaceBook threat posted by Kent Hovind.

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Seven Count Indictment Against Chris Jones

INFORMATION (DA CASE# 07F02468) OC
DNA NOT ON FILE: CHRISTOPHER JONES
TONY RACKAUCKAS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
COUNTY OF ORANGE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
POST OFFICE BOX 808 SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA 92702
TELEPHONE: (714) 834-3600
Filed this 19th day of November, 2007
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ORANGE
No.07HF1762
CONSOLIDATED FROM 05HF1675

INFORMATION:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, )
)
Plaintiff, )
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vs. )
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CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES 12/21/67 )
C6972092 )
)
Defendant(s))

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF ORANGE COUNTY hereby accuses the aforenamed defendant(s) of violating the law at and within the County of Orange as follows:

COUNT 1: On or about and between June 01, 2003 and August 31, 2003, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; JOHN DOE #1 PULLING DOWN PANTS IN LIMOUSINE INCIDENT), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of ANTHONY L., a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

COUNT 2: On or about and between June 01, 2003 and August 31, 2003, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; JOHN DOE #1 PULLING DOWN PANTS AFTER HYPNOSIS DISCUSSION), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of ANTHONY L. , a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

COUNT 3: On or about and between June 01, 2003 and August 31, 2003, in violation of Section 288.2(a) of the Penal Code (DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHY TO MINOR), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did knowingly and unlawfully distribute, send, cause to be sent, exhibit, offer to distribute, and exhibit harmful matter as defined in Section 313, to TYLER S. , who was a minor, and the defendant knew and failed to exercise reasonable care in ascertaining the true age of TYLER S. , with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust and passions and sexual desires of the defendant and TYLER S. , and with the intent and for the purpose of seducing TYLER S.

COUNT 4: On or about and between January 01, 2004 and October 31, 2004, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; JOHN DOE # 3 TOUCHING CLOTHING AT STRIP POKER INCIDENT), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of ERIC G. , a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

COUNT 5: On or about and between January 01, 2004 and October 31, 2004, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; JOHN DOE # 4 TOUCHING CLOTHING AT STRIP POKER INCIDENT), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of ALEX M. , a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

COUNT 6: On or about and between January 01, 2004 and October 31, 2004, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; JOHN DOE # 5 TOUCHING CLOTHING AT STRIP POKER INCIDENT), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of ANTHONY M. , a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

COUNT 7: On or about and between April 01, 2001 and October 01, 2001, in violation of Section 288(a) of the Penal Code (LEWD ACT UPON CHILD UNDER 14; DEFENDANT TOUCHING JOHN DOE # 6 BUTTOCKS ), a FELONY, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES did willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of JOSHUA B. , a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

OTHER ALLEGATION(S)

As to Count(s) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7, it is further alleged pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.066(a)(7) (LEWD ACT ON MULTIPLE CHILDREN), that defendant CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES committed the above offense on more than one victim.

DATED:

TONY RACKAUCKAS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
COUNTY OF ORANGE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA

BY:____________

Deputy District Attorney
07F02468

INFORMATION (DA CASE# 07F02468)

OC DNA NOT ON FILE: CHRISTOPHER JONES NOTICES:

The People request that defendant and counsel disclose, within 15 days, all of the materials and information described in Penal Code section 1054.3, and continue to provide any later-acquired materials and information subject to disclosure, and without further request or order.

Pursuant to Penal Code Section 296.1, defendant, CHRISTOPHER LINK JONES, is required to provide DNA samples and thumb and palm prints.

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On 3 June Billy Re-posted His Video To Public View

Editor's Note: In this video, Billy references a report of an attempted child abduction at the compound last year. I gathered information when this report took place. As I understand it, the child's report stands, however there was reportedly no evidence to indicate an actual abduction took place. Only the child's report that a man attempted to pull him off into the woods. I was told no one reportedly witnessed it, and no evidence of an intruder was found. The family reportedly left the compound soon after this "incident." At the time I saw no reason to pursue the report as an article for this newspaper.

For more information concerning Hovind and Chris Jones, visit our Opinion Page

For An Ongoing Round-up Of This Battle, Check Out Robert Baty's Website

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3 June 2017

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

In order to follow this anti-government connection between Kent Hovind and Chris Jones, you have to delve deep down the Rabbit Hole into Government Conspiracies and the New World Order (NWO) - a place most people don't want to go.

In this audio recording of Hovind, he claims Jones was set up by the government due to investigative work Jones was allegedly involved in concerning the New World Order and the Bohemian Grove, a 2,700 acre private men-only club in California. The club is "suspected" by conspiracy theorists of being the hub of Satanic rituals and human sacrifice - with membership that includes former presidents and our nation's political elite.

Chris Jones was allegedly working with Alex Jones - Conspiracy Theorist Extraordinaire on YouTube - who has also done video segments on Kent Hovind proclaiming his innocence on the tax issues that sent Hovind to prison for nine years.

You can view a seven-count indictment from Orange County California against Chris Jones on our All Things Kent Hovind Page along with Billy's re-posted video backing away from his support of Kent Hovind.

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I Present The Infamous District 3 Commissioner
Johnny Andrews/Kent Hovind Video

 

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Our Response To the Video In Our November 2016 Issue

 

Greetings From The Publisher


The fine print. Let’s start this issue with a disclaimer: the views and opinions expressed in this issue are mine alone and do not necessarily represent or reflect those of the advertisers who appear in this issue. In fact, as much as possible, all advertising has been moved to the back of this publication to further insulate them from said opinions. I ask for their patience while I get this issue out of the way.

Unfortunately, after you read this issue or if you have already viewed the August 24, 2016 video involving County Commissioner Johnny Andrews and Kent Hovind, then you understand that a strong response to that video, which has had negative ramifications that effected my family, my business, and some of my advertisers, is necessary.

Many of you may even be wondering what this is all about since it involves a Youtube video that appeared “out of view” of the general population.

This video was an attempt by Andrews and Hovind to cause damage to this newspaper in response to an article that appeared in our July issue. That article detailed Hovind’s criminal history, his dysfunctional family status, his association with the Sovereign Citizen movement, his penchant to attack anyone who disagrees with his personal views or religious beliefs, and the cult-like following he has amassed around the world, and is now based in Lenox, Alabama.

Also included was an in-depth description of the anti-Hovind crowd across the Internet, almost as vast, but certainly as determined, to counter Hovind and the inner circle of followers who devoutly protect him. The description also included individuals who follow Hovind mostly to report on his tax issues and many encounters with the IRS.

I described the battle between these opposing forces, how they swirl around Hovind himself, and how this battle has the ability to be detrimental to innocent bystanders - and our community - through collateral damage.

I called this the Hovind Effect.

Although I truly wrote the article giving Hovind the benefit of doubt, people with adverse backgrounds have certainly risen above them, his attack on me personally and the actions taken by his followers on his behalf to harm this newspaper and harass my family certainly proves he is indeed a threat.

Recruiting our politicians to participate in his attacks on a local family-owned business with life-long ties to Conecuh County, presents an unprecedented threat to all business owners and residents of this county.

This development, if allowed to succeed, would establish Hovind as a power broker who can viciously attack anyone or any business he chooses - and in Conecuh County - have the backing of corrupt politicians to do so.

I say bullshit! That ain’t gonna happen. Not with me it won’t.

Jim Allen
Owner/Publisher

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The printed response to the video is rather lengthy and contains sidebar information, such as some of the Hate Mail we've received, and includes pictures and graphics that would take up a lot of space on this website, so I've set up extra server space so that you can download a digital copy of the newspaper itself instead of trying to post it here. Because of the way it's set up, it might take you a minute or two to figure out how to navigate the pages to follow the article. This is the way I have to set it up for publication - so no choice in how it looks. But I believe this is the best way to present it to our readers.

The easiest way to follow along is to type the Page Number in the search/find bar once Adobe launches.

click to download

 

From 7 July 16                                              Here's the article that started it all

*UPDATE 12/17/16 - Some of the hyperlinks contained in this article are no longer active. Since published last July, Hovind has removed, moved or deleted several videos and websites associated with this article.

Dr. Dino Lands In Lenox

Opinion By: Jim Allen

LENOX, ALABAMA-I've been putting this off, but I guess it's time I wrote something about Kent Hovind, aka “Dr. Dino” and his recent arrival in Conecuh County.

Having never heard of this gentleman before, I've now spent about two months researching Hovind and his group of Creation Science Evangelists, along with several of his ardent detractors – and his devout followers.

They are an interesting group of individuals.

Quite frankly, “the Hovind Effect” is so strange and bizarre, I don't know where to start. Although this might read like a National Inquirer exposé, it's not. Unfortunately, everything you're about to read is Public Information, most of it widely available across the Internet for everyone to see. You just have to look.

I'm using the term (Hovind Effect) to describe and include all of the many circumstances both positive and negative, the beliefs, the drama, the infighting, the clashes between opposing points of view, and the zeal of the people who both surround and oppose Kent Hovind and his beliefs. I use it to describe the whole package - with all it's ramifications and consequences.

In my view, Kent Hovind is certainly entitled to his own views on religion and government. He is highly intelligent, charismatic, and presents his beliefs in a way many can follow. He comes off as a likable guy. He's what we used to call a personality.

However, just because he convincingly states his views, doesn't mean everyone accepts his message.

Hovind is highly controversial and brings a train load of baggage with him to Conecuh County.

For those who aren't familiar with Kent Hovind, he's a fundamentalist Christian evangelist who believes in the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis and the creation of the Earth.

He believes the Earth is only some 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Mankind walked the Earth at the same time, and that dinosaurs were part of the animal kingdom saved by Noah on the Ark.

He claims evolution is a religion, and Darwinism led to the creation of Communism, Socialism, Nazism, liberalism, and the New Age Movement.

Hovind often paints himself a martyr, prosecuted and persecuted for his religious and political beliefs, and not for any wrongful actions he might have made against government authority that may have made him a target for prosecution. In all instances, he proclaims his innocence.

Hovind has a dedicated group of followers from around the world who, on a daily basis, keep up with his every move. He has 54,000 reported subscribers to his Youtube channel and averages about 10,000 views on his daily videos. What's not clear is how many of those viewers are his “followers,” and how many are his “detractors,” of which he has many, some to the point of obsession.

The result is an almost daily Internet battle of opposing opinions and beliefs between competing websites and Youtube videos in a tit-for-tat drama that could best be compared to “Days Of Our Lives” on steroids.

There is also a faction of followers that vehemently defend and rigorously retaliate against anyone who disparages Hovind or openly disagrees with his teachings.

Some in this particular group embrace the Sovereign Citizen movement, a loose organization of individuals who claim full autonomy from our federal and state government. They also claim the judicial system has no authority over them as a group or as individuals.

This is the movement our federal government claims is just as likely as Islamic extremists to conduct domestic terrorism within the United States.

One trail of Hovind's most ardent supporters leads to the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, with the Bureau of Land Management; and the militia occupation earlier this year at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon led by two of Bundy's sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, where one militia member, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was killed by federal authorities.

These supporters include Youtube personality Peter Santilli, who remains in jail as part of the Malheur occupation, and hardcore Conspiracy Theorists such as Alex Jones of INFOWARS, who rails about every Conspiracy Theory from UFOs to the New World Order.

In April, Hovind's group, Creation Science Evangelism Ministries, Inc., purchased the property formerly known as Pearl Lane Hangout. The property is approximately 127 acres in size and is located in the Lenox community in southern Conecuh County.

Since the purchase, a small group of individuals from across the United States have come to Conecuh County to help build housing suitable for several dozen people, and facilities that will reportedly be used as an operations center for Creation Science Evangelism Ministries.

Hovind apparently has an almost endless supply of books and DVDs for sale, and promotes them during his Youtube videos while repeatedly asking for volunteers and donations to, “help build the new Dinosaur Adventure Land.”

What is actually being built now is a compound to house and feed dozens of people, and a warehouse to store and ship Hovind's books and videos.

People need to understand that should Dinosaur Adventure Land ever be built, it would not be a “conventional amusement park,” like Six Flags or Disney World, but a large scale vehicle to promote Hovind's religious views – and it's construction and opening would be years down the road. Dinosaur Adventure Land is far from a reality, and presently, only a memory Hovind hopes to one day recreate.

How Hovind wound up in Conecuh County is a Soap Opera in itself.

He was released from federal prison last year having served most of a 10 year sentence from a 2007 conviction on a 58 count indictment that included charges for willful failure to collect, account for, and pay federal income taxes and FICA taxes in connection with the CSE operation, and 45 counts of “structuring” cash transactions just below the $10,000 limit that would require banks to report the transaction to federal authorities.

Hovind's former wife, Jo, was also convicted and spent a year in jail.

Hovind has had problems with the IRS dating back to the 1990s, reportedly owes the IRS $3.3 million in fines, penalties and back taxes, and in 1998 filed paperwork in Escambia County, Florida Circuit Court renouncing his United States citizenship and Social Security number stating he was "a natural citizen of 'America' and a natural sojourner..."

Both of these actions follow a Sovereign Citizen philosophy.

While in prison, Hovind's son, Eric, reportedly acquired most of his property to settle a $430,000 forfeiture claim by the IRS, which included parcels of the approximately five acre property in Pensacola where the original Dinosaur Adventure Land was located.

According to several accounts, upon his release from prison, Hovind returned to what had been his home in Pensacola only to be ostracized by his family. His wife filed for divorce, and he was provided a single room in his former home for which he had to pay rent to his son, who recently presented him with an eviction notice.

The eviction notice coincided with his move to Conecuh County.

In response to a claim by Hovind that his wife and son had conspired to take everything he owned and that they should be put under public pressure, his devout followers pounced on his son, Eric, in vicious attacks across the Internet.

Today that battle between father and son continues to be played out in public as they oppose each other over their Creation Science ministries.

After reading dozens of websites and watching hours of video concerning Hovind and his followers, I have to say I am a bit concerned about Dr. Dino's arrival in Conecuh County.

His followers are just that - his followers - who bask in his charisma and celebrity as a leader of the Young Earth creationist movement. Many have placed him on a protective pedestal and view him as a martyr – a role he himself often plays in his personal videos, while others are full of Nazi visualizations and anti-government propaganda.

Not surprisingly, he's even managed to get the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The concern is that at it's core, this “Hovind Effect” mixes fundamentalist Christianity with an anti-establishment message that appeals to the extreme from both sides of these issues, and calls them to rally to his side in order to obtain Salvation - and to fight the evils of Satan he sees in our society and our government. It also clearly embraces a Sovereign Citizen philosophy, and supports members of that movement who have run afoul of the law.

Now all these people are being called to Conecuh County. (Link reference: Schaeffer Cox court appearance.)

All the while, this package of odd circumstance that is the Hovind Effect, is camouflaged behind a marketing strategy promoted to the general public and the Christian community using the “kid friendly” cheerful smiles of innocent children on slides and swings, and plays upon their natural fascination of dinosaurs.

It's only when you dig a little deeper that things don't appear so kid friendly.

Hovind has about as many detractors* as he does followers, and both sides are vehement in their beliefs to the point of making their attacks personal - swift - and often.

This conflict between these two opposing sides has already sent ripples across Conecuh and Monroe counties and has the potential to fester and continue to grow to the point it eventually effects the local community around Lenox, involves our local law enforcement, and our local government.

With the baggage Hovind brings, you can bet the federal government will also have Lenox – and Conecuh County - under a magnifying glass as they too watch every move he makes and everyone he makes contact with.

Odds appear high that somewhere down the line Hovind will once again butt heads with our federal government.

The ultimate question is will Lenox, Alabama become another Bunkerville, Nevada, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, or a Waco, Texas? Or nothing at all?

All of the ingredients are in place. Only time will tell.

 

* At press time this website was temporarily shut down by Facebook

That Facebook page has been replaced with this one: Hovind's detractors

 

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2 December 16

Just to fill you in on the status of the website, you may have noticed the site didn't crash the end of November. For the past couple months, traffic to this website almost tripled. I'll gladly acknowledge that increase to the Andrews/Hovind confrontation, although I'm sure Hovind didn't cause the encounter to benefit me or this website. Maybe the increase is my reward for being victim to a couple of knuckleheads. Suffering through the BS has not been a picnic.

Anyway, the sudden increase in traffic sucked up our allotted bandwidth for the month and we got shut down the end of October until it renewed the first of November. We went from 3,000 visitors in July, to 4,700 in September, to 6,500 in October, to 7,600 in November. (It'd be cool to hit 9,000 in January. Tell your friends about us!)

That's a heck of a jump and we greatly appreciate all the new visitors. Welcome to Conecuh County, home of the often strange and usually weird. And I tend to write about it.

I have no way of tracking who comes here, only how many and a few other minor details. But I know a lot more local folks, and people from across the United States, have been dropping in to see what's going on, because I've heard from some of you.

Now, before Hovind takes a bunch of credit (like he's known to do) for increasing our web traffic, I feel obliged to point out that many people coming here may be Hovind followers, but they don't seem to be Hovind fans. These folks appear to follow this guy like following a drunk on the highway waiting for the crash.

I'm not trying to stir this controversy any further. Frankly I hope I'm done with Hovind - unless something happens that's actually newsworthy. But I also don't shy away from subjects or events that affect my life. Long-time readers know I often write about personal encounters in Life and business, because I figure that if it happens to me, surly it can happen to you too. So I often write about those experiences to give others a heads-up, or to let them know they aren't alone if something similar has happened to them, or to give them examples of what NOT to do.

So to the thousands of new people checking out our website, thanks for coming to see our little corner of the world. Conecuh County is unique in many ways. For such a middle-of-nowhere place, we seem to draw unusual events that sometimes garner state and national attention. That kind of stuff has been happening here since long before Hovind ever arrived. Stick with us for a while and you're liable to see some of it yourself.

P.S. Help us out and buy a digital subscription to the newspaper - or buy advertising space. Neither costs very much. We could certainly use your support.

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1 November 16

The website kind of went down for a couple days due to heavy traffic. That's never happened before. I'm trying to adjust for the increase in traffic, so just bear with me. It will eventually level out - or the site will go down. That's just the way it is.

Should this increase become "normal," I'll eventually make arrangements to handle it. Until then, we'll play it as it goes.

Although I certainly appreciate this added attention, I didn't ask for it. All I did was write an article for the people of Conecuh County concerning the arrival of Kent Hovind. It was Kent Hovind and Johnny Andrews that blew things way out of proportion with their stupid Youtube video - and now the Hovind Effect has indeed come to Conecuh County - and Hovind and his people are dragging our politicians and businessmen into the fray who I'm sure don't want to be implicated - or perhaps exposed - through Hovind's shenanigans.

They can thank Kent Hovind, Johnny Andrews and Debra Henderson for what the people of this county are about to read.

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25 October 16

You know, since all this mess started I've watched dozens of Hovind's videos, heard endless sales pitches, repetitive tired jokes, "the fish was how far away from the boat?"  "The eyes are above the nose!" "Left-handed hammers." And he seems to push every Conspiracy Theory out there. (I wonder if he's heard about Project Blue Beam? He'd love that one.)

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22 October 16

Thanks to Kent Hovind and Johnny Andrews, we now find ourselves fully immersed in the Hovind Effect I originally warned you about - this battle between those who vehemently hate Hovind and those who fanatically follow him. Because of the video they produced denouncing me and this newspaper, both myself and Conecuh County have now become a part of Hovind History - yet more victims of the Hovind Effect itself.

Unfortunately, there will be more.

I find this video disturbing. Both by the subject matter, and by the fact that Hovind's attack on me and this newspaper are featured in it's presentation. I find no joy in this - no pride - only sadness that because of Hovind and Andrews, we have been drawn into something we have little or no control over.

By making their totally bogus and fake attack video, they have opened a Pandora's Box that can and obviously will be exploited to show Hovind and our community in a negative light for years to come.

You will not like this video. You have been warned.

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12 October 16

Our readers may also be interested in this attack by Deborah Henderson, one of Hovind's followers, on the TOPIX.com website.

(I can't help but notice post #7.)

And this follow-up article by R.L Baty: Deborah Henderson – Shaking things up in Conecuh County!

All yet more examples of the Hovind Effect I wrote about. A clash between those who vehemently support Hovind - and those who oppose him.

By writing the article, providing a true history of Hovind's  past, and pointing out this battle between opposing forces to our readers (what the article was actually about), I became the target of Hovind's anger.

You've seen the response. Part of it anyway. I still have a collection of hate mail and emails - and some of our advertisers were harassed.

What's going to happen should someone in Lenox directly opposes them? Will John Q. Citizen be able to withstand the attacks by Hovind, his people, and local politicians who condone and participate in this type of behavior?

The point of my article (which took neither side) was that now this battle has been brought to Conecuh County.

And that is highly unfortunate.

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23 September 16

Since we're on the subject of religion  - which I've always tried to discuss sparingly, I went back and found this video.

This is the man who, decades ago, first got my attention. Notice he doesn't beg for money. And yes, I received his magazines and many of his free books.

Meet Herbert W. Armstrong

 

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20 September 16

Since Commissioner Johnny Andrews and Kent Hovind basically declared war on this newspaper, I'm finding myself pulled deeper and deeper into the Hovind Effect - although that was never my intent.

Although I knew before ever writing my July article that I could get stuck in Hovind's world because I dared write anything at all, I believed it necessary to inform the people of this county about Hovind's real background.

No one else was going to.

I had my fingers crossed for a "one and done," but Johnny Andrews and Hovind have made that impossible. Now, as you can see below with Peter Reilly's articles, news of Conecuh County's "business" is going national on Forbes.com for a business audience to see.

Thank you, Johnny Andrews.

Since the infamous video, Hovind has turned his own world upside-down by announcing his upcoming wedding in Lenox this weekend.

Having recently been divorced himself, Hovind plans to marry a divorced woman, and his followers are in revolt accusing him of adultery.

Hovind has even gone so far as to order his people to delete negative comments below his videos.

I have no comment on Hovind's upcoming marriage, but I do find it of keen interest. My focus centers around his attacks on this newspaper - and his ability - or lack there of - to continue generating funds by begging for donations and free labor at his compound in Lenox.

He even asked for donations in his wedding announcement video - and claimed "he" had built a wedding gazebo at the Lenox property for the occasion.

I don't suppose any of that free labor had anything to do with it. And I thought the donations were going towards Dinosaur Adventure Land?

My mistake.

PS: Now they even have me getting snarky.

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10 September 16

I've been a bit preoccupied the past couple weeks.

In case you haven't heard, it seems Kent Hovind, aka "Dr. Dino" took exception to our July Issue, and with the assistance of one of our County Commissioners, Johnny Andrews, produced a video that's gone somewhat viral in Mr. Hovind's fundamentalist circles.

It's certainly run the course through political circles in Conecuh County.

The Hovind Effect I wrote about has come to roost in Conecuh County, and the predictions I made concerning Hovind's presence here have come true. It didn't take long.

As a result of the video, or as part of the attack, several of my advertisers have been harassed by Hovind's people, and I've received threatening emails and a couple of letters.

I've been working with law enforcement concerning this matter - and will continue to do so.

Hovind said he wants this newspaper shut down.

That's not going to happen.

As for the video itself, what Commissioner Andrews says in this video is completely untrue. Neither myself nor this newspaper endorsed the proposed landfill outside Repton.

Mr. Hovind's performance in front of his followers goes a long way towards proving what has landed in Lenox is indeed a cult.

If the conduct displayed in this video, and the blatant attack on this newspaper by Hovind and his people, is his example of "fine upstanding Christians," then a lot of people have been led down the wrong path. And perhaps, as it turns out, by the wrong man.

All I can say is stay tuned. This can only get more interesting - and indeed it already has. Hovind may already be paying a price for his unjust attack on this newspaper and on me personally.

I've always said God gave me this newspaper. But people from around here know that.

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For added entertainment, check out these articles by Peter Reilly, a CPA who writes for Forbes.com
 and someone who has been following Kent Hovind for a number of years.

Kent Hovind Has Conecuh County Editor Concerned

Kent Hovind's Big Splash In The Conecuh County Pond

and this one on Forbes.com

Minister's Vow Of Poverty Does Not Beat Income Tax - And Kent Hovind Update

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1 May 2017

The Hovind Brouhaha

With all the fur that's flying in the current video battle between Kent Hovind and an assorted group of former followers, my name and the name of this newspaper is being tossed around in some circles. As - I guess - it should be since articles involving Hovind are part of this website and part of the Public Record.

However, don't be confused. This is a newspaper for the people of Conecuh County. It's a newspaper. Not one of several anti-Hovind websites and Facebook pages across the Internet. Constantly bashing Hovind is not my gig. Others seem to have that down to a science which can at times provide reasonable entertainment value.

My coverage of Hovind started out as a purely Journalistic endeavor and was nothing more - or different - than thousands of other articles I've written over my career for the people of this county.

Hovind and Commissioner Johnny Andrews, however, chose to join forces and make a YouTube video falsely attacking me personally, and this newspaper in general, because Hovind didn't like what I wrote. Oddly enough, everything I wrote was true.

I provided a response to the video in this newspaper - as was necessary. You can download a copy here.

Since that time, Hovind has not attacked this newspaper again - and unless or until something happens in Hovind's world that spills out and into the real-world effecting Conecuh County or me personally, there won't be any coverage of it here, except perhaps to note it's existence. Such as what I did with links to the video battle.

I leave the Hovind bashing to others. Which is really what part of my original article was all about. Hovind bashing seems to follow him wherever he goes and people from all sides tend to get sucked up in it, often as unwilling participants.

It's an amazing thing! I called it The Hovind Effect.

Now, to Johnny Andrews. He has continued to make waves in Conecuh County, not only making the pages of this newspaper, but every newspaper for 50+ miles. Being a local politician, and being a known associate of Kent Hovind, it's difficult if not impossible for me to write an article about Andrews without mentioning Kent Hovind.

Merely saying Hovind's name can toss this newspaper into the realm of the anti-Hovind groups who are in search of any information concerning Kent Hovind. We come up in their Internet searches - and we get discussed on their pages.

That shouldn't be unexpected.

Because Kent Hovind now resides in Conecuh County, events surrounding him have become relevant to our readers. Thus our coverage of his current video battle. What makes it significant is that Theo Valentine (he goes by several last names) was deep in Hovind's inner circle going back long before he was released from prison. Theo is not just a, "disgruntled employee." He is - or was - a longtime associate and confidant. So the battle is relevant.

I hope this helps explain the stance of this newspaper. When it's appropriate or necessary we will certainly cover events surrounding Kent Hovind - and particularly his connections to District 3 County Commissioner Johnny Andrews.

This newspaper certainly had a nasty run-in with Hovind (and Andrews) and that event is chronicled throughout this website. Feel free to read about it. But this is not, nor do we intend to be, part of the ongoing anti-Hovind movement across the Internet.

However, as a newspaper, that doesn't mean we won't report on it. I already have and will continue to do so if it remains relevant. And yes, we'll be watching.

Since Hovind and Andrews chose to directly attack this newspaper in the past, they gave me no choice but to keep a weather eye on both of them.

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22 April 2017

God Doesn't Like Ugly

I find it highly interesting that the two men who attacked this newspaper claiming our coverage of them has been false and misleading are now being exposed by other sources and circumstances confirming our original coverage of them was indeed accurate and justified.

Johnny Andrews has been arrested following an investigation by the FBI and the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

Now multiple followers of Kent Hovind, aka Dr. Dino, who stayed at his compound are coming forward in YouTube videos and on Facebook to expose events in Lenox. One of those followers has now announced they have met with the FBI.

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10 April 2017

The Hovind Effect

Considering the circumstances Commissioner Johnny Andrews now finds himself in, I can’t help but wonder if what’s happening isn’t an example of The Hovind Effect I wrote about back in July of last year.

It was then that I wrote a cautionary article to the people of Conecuh County concerning Kent Hovind, AKA, Dr. Dino, and his arrival in Lenox.

Andrews was instrumental in bringing Hovind to our community.

A newly released convicted felon with a long history of brushing against our federal government, I warned that Hovind and anyone associated with him would be under federal surveillance.

Stevie Wonder could have seen that one coming.

Not only did Andrews (or other Powers That Be) not get the message, Andrews joined with Hovind in his official capacity as a County Commissioner to produce a 30 minute Youtube video making false accusations against me and this newspaper that has been viewed more than 25,000 times.

Good way to keep a low profile.

I have to think Andrews’ problems started a year ago. The Feds started looking and apparently found something of interest.

As you’ll read in this issue, marijuana is not high on the FBI’s list of priorities. However Public Corruption is.

Some people closely associated with Andrews had better be straightening up their act and start flying right.

But more than likely, it’s already too late.

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6 April 2017

Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews Arrested On Drug Charges
But Case Shrouded In Mystery

Opinion By: Jim Allen

CONECUH COUNTY - The March 15th arrest of Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews on charges of marijuana distribution has certainly sent shock waves throughout south Alabama.

Andrews has become well known among political circles across the south Alabama/N.W. Florida area beginning with his involvement in 2007 with the anti-dump organization, Citizens For A Clean Southwest Alabama, who successfully stopped construction of a landfill outside the town of Repton.

Riding that wave of notoriety, the citizens of District 3 elected Andrews Commissioner in 2012, and he won a second term last November.

During his tenure, he has not only been a Commissioner, but has sat on, or remains appointed to, several Boards of Directors to various groups and organizations that include the ALA-TOM Resource Conservation and Development Council, Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance, and the Evergreen-Conecuh Capital Improvement Cooperative District Of Evergreen, to name a few.

So when agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office arrested Andrews on six counts of distributing marijuana, Class B felonies with penalties of up to 10 years on each count, it got a lot of people’s attention and set a lot of tongues wagging.

Almost a month later, there are still no official details concerning Andrews’ arrest. According to the Conecuh County Circuit Clerk’s Office, the case has been sealed by government authority, which means no information concerning the case, the circumstances of Andrews’ arrest, his booking information or bond amount... nothing, can or will be released until - or if - government decides to do so.

In fact, as of press time, I haven’t even been able to find out who sealed the case, the FBI or the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

So what does all this mystery mean?

Fundamentally it can only mean one thing - the case remains under investigation.

That in itself opens a whole world of possibilities surrounding the arrest of Johnny Andrews - and leaves him the “talk of the town” around many a kitchen table as our community tries to fill in the missing pieces.

In a “normal” drug bust, law enforcement announces the arrest, shows the mug shots, trots out the contraband, states the case against the accused, then poses for pictures.

This is what the public - especially Conecuh County - is used to seeing take place. The investigation leads to the arrest, and it’s now time to arrest and prosecute.

This time it’s different. Much different. This is not local law enforcement. This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alabama Attorney General and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Sealing a criminal case is so rare, that according to the Circuit Clerk’s Office, as far as they can tell it’s never happened in Conecuh County before.

These are Big Guns arresting a local politician on relatively minor marijuana charges, then going completely silent about why they did it.

So the question becomes, “what are they still investigating?” It obviously involves Johnny Andrews, his activities, and his associates.

There are several aspects to this case which I have become aware of through contacts and sources whom I will not disclose nor repeat the information provided.

My responsibility as a Publisher is not to jeopardize an investigation by law enforcement, but to coexist in our civic duties and cooperate as much as possible to inform the public with true, factual information. Even if it’s only to tell our readers there is no information.

Unlike Mainstream media, I will not quote unnamed sources concerning an ongoing investigation.

I suspect this case will remain sealed, and the investigation will continue, until the Alabama Attorney General’s Office is ready to present their evidence to a Grand Jury this Fall and indictments are handed down.

Perhaps then we’ll find out the full extent of the mysterious case involving Johnny Andrews.

So, considering we’re dealing with state and federal agencies, just what do these high-power law enforcement agencies investigate?

Mid-level marijuana sales - even by politicians - barely gets their attention, although according to Alabama Code, distribution is just shy of Trafficking, a much more serious charge.

So I visited the FBI’s website to see what I could find. And what’s their Number One Priority?

Public Corruption

Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It can affect everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected to how verdicts are handed down in courts to how public infrastructure such as roads and schools are built. It also takes a significant toll on the public’s pocketbooks by siphoning off tax dollars - it is estimated that public corruption costs the U.S. government and the public billions of dollars each year. The FBI is uniquely situated to combat corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance.

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/public-corruption

White-Collar Crime

The FBI’s white-collar crime work integrates the analysis of intelligence with its investigations of criminal activities such as public corruption, money laundering, corporate fraud, securities and commodities fraud, mortgage fraud, financial institution fraud, bank fraud and embezzlement, fraud against the government, election law violations, mass marketing fraud, and health care fraud. The FBI generally focuses on complex investigations - often with a nexus to organized crime activities - that are international, national, or regional in scope and where the FBI can bring to bear unique expertise or capabilities that increase the likelihood of successful investigations.

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/white-collar-crime

And this is what I found at the Attorney General’s website:

Alabama Attorney General Investigations Division

Overview

The Investigations Division of the Attorney General’s Office investigates a variety of criminal matters, such as public corruption, white collar crime, “cold” cases involving unsolved homicides and rapes, and other violent crimes. The Investigations Division’s core values are integrity, independence, leadership, initiative, and respect for individuals.

Alabama Attorney General Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Investigations Division open its cases?

The Division cannot open investigations without first establishing reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime may have been committed. Complaints are received from a variety of sources, including, among others, citizen letters, e-mails and telephone calls; referrals from other agencies; and independent sources. If the complaint is not based upon specific facts but is merely broad conjecture of a specific crime, or has already been adjudicated in civil or criminal court, or is an on-going investigation being conducted by another state or local law enforcement agency, it is unlikely that an investigation will be authorized.

Does the Investigations Division comment on any open investigations?

In order to conduct an investigation professionally and fairly, the Investigations Division cannot make any public comment on ongoing investigations.

Are police reports and arrest records public information?

Police reports and arrest records except for confidential information or information that is part of an on-going investigation would be public record. For example, a victim's name and address or the name of a minor who has been arrested would be blocked out and could not be viewed on the police report or arrest record.

How long does an investigation take?

The length of time depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the crime being investigated, the current caseload, and the kinds of evidence involved.

How do I file a complaint if I think a public official or employee has committed a crime?

A person who has information that a public official or employee has committed a crime should contact either the Public Corruption, or Criminal Trials, or Investigations Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. A person making a complaint should provide any facts he or she has supporting the complaint. Please note the status of any investigation is confidential and will not be disclosed to a person making a complaint.

http://www.ago.state.al.us/FAQs.aspx#Investigations

After reading all that you now have some idea on what the FBI and Alabama Attorney General investigate, how an investigation can be initiated, how an investigation is conducted, and when information concerning a case is released to the public.

It’s also obvious The Big Boys aren’t here because Andrews might have been involved in a minor marijuana operation - unless we’re talking plane loads - and that wouldn’t result in distribution charges, that would be more like Trafficking, RICO, Conspiracy and Money Laundering.

There is more going on here than meets the eye.

This is an FBI - Alabama Attorney General's Office - SBI (ABI) operation. And that's exactly what it is - an operation - which requires some degree of secrecy in order to complete.

It appears this is a Top Down operation. This appears to have came from the FBI - to the AG's Office - to the State Bureau of Investigation. Our local constabulary probably had little or no knowledge of what was about to take place.

I also believe the Feds wouldn't put all their eggs in the Johnny Andrews Basket. No doubt they already have solid proof on whomever they're after, but a "little cooperation" would certainly make presenting the case a bit easier.

I'll quote the Attorney General's Press Release: Special Agents with Attorney General Marshall’s Office sought arrest warrants after a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed evidence that Andrews made multiple sales of illegal controlled substances in Conecuh County. These transactions led to the multiple arrest warrants issued and executed today.

It specifically says "multiple arrest warrants." But those “multiple warrants” may only represent a warrant for each of the six counts Andrews has been charged with, and not represent warrants for other individuals.

However, in the course of the investigation there will also be search warrants, which aren't mentioned in the release, but necessary in order to conduct an operation of this magnitude. As things move forward, information and new evidence will lead to more search warrants and more evidence gathered as they follow the trail.

As we've seen in the past, they may gather evidence from a location - but make no arrests at that time. Arrests related to that evidence may not take place until months later. After they've had time to go through it with a fine-toothed comb.

So, for everyone looking for updates, there won't be any until the Attorney General's Office decides to let the public know exactly what this is all about. Right now everything is in it's early stages which necessitates as much secrecy as possible.

Personally, I'm glad to see the FBI and the AG's Office in Conecuh County. We've needed this toilet flushed for a long, long time. Maybe once these guys get through, the Good Ol' Boy system and the little Fiefdoms it's created will come to an end and Conecuh County can actually grow beyond what - and who - they control.

We can only hope. But we'll all have to wait as this shakes out to it's conclusion. Look for it around November after the next Grand Jury. I suspect they’ll use that time to gather evidence and conduct their investigation. Which means... they’re still here - and will be for the foreseeable future.

In the meanwhile we can all guess what will happen. Will Andrews roll over? Will he fall on his sword, keep his mouth shut and face 60 years in prison? Will he cop a plea? Will others come forward? Have others come forward?

However it shakes loose - it’s going to be interesting.

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21 March 2017

Was The Court Misled Last October When The Evergreen Conecuh Capital Investment Cooperative District Asked To Float A $4 million Bond Issue?

Opinion By: Jim Allen

Maybe now would be a good time to tell you about something that happened October 25, 2016. You guys should remember that date because if you are a resident of Conecuh County, that's the day you were sued by the Evergreen Conecuh Capital Investment Cooperative District for $4 million.

I was the only “resident” to show up for court. I also showed up the first time we were sued by the Evergreen Conecuh Capital Investment Cooperative District for money – or more accurately – so they could float a bond issue.

In October, after being recognized by the Judge, I once again inquired as to why the Cooperative District has to sue the people of Conecuh County in order to float a bond issue, something I've never seen in my 30 plus years as a Journalist.

Again, I received no straightforward answer. But that's not the interesting part. I was able, in court, to establish that all of the dealings involving the Cooperative District are supposed to be open to the public and that The District is required to give proper Public Notice before their meetings.

Does that happen? Do they do it? I think you know the answer. Their procedure might barely meet the minimum required by law, but they do not have regular meetings and they do not notify the newspapers. But they spend your money.

It was not my intent to protest or put a stop to the proceedings. My intent was to let certain people know someone was watching – having the Judge state on the Record that The District is subject to Alabama's Sunshine Law was icing on the cake. So having done what I set out to do, it was time to sit down, shut up and watch.

The Important Part

As court proceeded, an attorney for The District explained to the Judge that the $4 million would be used for infrastructure within the Cooperative District at the Liberty Hill Project.

It was also stated the bond would be secured by 2 cents of the City of Evergreen's sales tax.

The court approved. Paperwork was signed – and the deed was done.

After the case was closed, and I had a few words with one of the City's representatives outside the Courthouse, I was pulled aside and told the $4 million bond issue was not for infrastructure at the Liberty Hill Project, but to repay (with interest) a $3 million loan.

I contacted a City Councilperson and that information was easily confirmed. In fact, it was relayed as common knowledge.

What did come as a shock to the councilperson was that 2 cents of the City's tax revenue was on the hook to secure the bond. It was their understanding that the 2 cents was supposed to be from The District's “user fee,” which is collected as a “tax” by the retail businesses operating within The District.

I urged the councilperson to obtain a court transcript to verify my information, but I doubt that ever happened.

Was the court mislead about what the $4 million would be used for? Am I mistaken and just misunderstood?

There is another witness to the court proceedings – and they heard it all too.

A court transcript and full disclosure as to how that $4 million bond issue was/is used would tell the tale.

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15 March 2017

Update:

AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES ARREST OF CONECUH COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOHN WILLIAM ANDREWS JR.

(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced the arrest today of Conecuh County Commissioner John William Andrews Jr. for six counts of unlawful distribution of marijuana, a controlled substance. Andrews was arrested by law enforcement agents from the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Special Agents with Attorney General Marshall’s Office sought arrest warrants after a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed evidence that Andrews made multiple sales of illegal controlled substances in Conecuh County.  These transactions led to the multiple arrest warrants issued and executed today. 

No further information about the investigation or about Andrews’ alleged crimes other than that stated in the warrants may be released at this time.

If convicted, Andrews faces a maximum penalty of two to 10 years of imprisonment for each of the counts, which are class B felonies.  Furthermore, Section 36-9-2 of the Code of Alabama states that when an officeholder is convicted of a felony, the office is vacated from the time of conviction.

*An arrest warrant is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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15 March 2017

State And Federal Agents Performing Operation in Conecuh County

Okay, this is what I do know, several state and federal agencies have descended on Conecuh County and appear to be making arrests. Rumor is at least one of those arrests involve a high ranking county official.

At this point (mid-afternoon) I have not been able to obtain "official" confirmation as to what's taking place.

I have calls in to the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (DPS), and the Alabama Attorney General's Office in an effort to obtain official information.

James Leon Windham, on his Blogspot Conecuh News And Views, is reporting that District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews has been arrested.

When I have official confirmation and more details, I'll post an update.

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28 December 16

Andrews Gets Press Coverage He Deserves

We're about to run out of bandwidth and probably won't make it through the month, so I haven't been posting. But I just read Leon Windham's write-up on yesterday's Commission meeting where he mentions me and I believe some clarification is in order.

The discussion at the meeting concerned the placement of a plaque at the Storm Shelter being built in Evergreen on Wild Avenue at the junction of Rural Street, you know, where the big sink hole was that the county filled up? Yeah, over that sink hole. Anyway, this is one of those "Love Me" plaques on public buildings with the names of the elected officials who were in office when the building was constructed.

So the Commission was discussing the names and came to the conclusion that the members of the previous Commission should be included, that would be Ras McCreary, David Cook, and Rodney Hildreth.

Then Johnny Andrews, probably as a political favor to his political buddies, suggested the Evergreen City Council should also be included on the plaque. Again the dilemma concerning past and present members arose. It was decided to include them all.

So the Commission set up a date to have their (publicity) picture taken on-site - with shovels in hand.

Andrews then made the comment that he could use some "positive publicity" because he hasn't had any lately.

It was at that point I made the spontaneous (out loud, oops!) observation, "You get what you deserve."

I didn't know Windham heard the comment - or that he would include it in his article. (Maybe I should check the Commission's tape recording and see if it's there!)

When it comes to reporting on public meetings, elected officials, or news in general, whether the coverage is positive or negative depends upon the actions of those involved, so the statement certainly applies across the board. However, my observation in this instance concerned Johnny Andrews and not the Commission as a whole.

Now, as for the City Council being included, you have to remember it was Mayor Pete Wolff and the City Council who originally applied for the grant to build the storm shelter, however, after the grant was approved, the City declined to participate and rejected the project.

The Conecuh County Commission then picked up the project and gets credit (or blame) for the construction of the Storm Shelter for the people of Evergreen, and it's being paid for by the taxpayers of Conecuh County.

In my opinion, no one's name should go on the plaque. It should simply read, "This building is dedicated to the continued wellbeing of the People of Evergreen and the Citizens of Conecuh County."

But that's just me.

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19 December 16

Andrews Lying Again? Windham Says He Has "Bastard" On Tape.

Johnny "Hollywood" Andrews caught red-handed lying again? In case you haven't noticed, Johnny's making that a habit lately.

James "The Motor Grader" Windham says he has the proof.

And it's on the County Commission's own recording. Read it here.

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 12 December 16

                         

         Johnny "Hollywood" Andrews                      James "The Motor Grader" Windham

 

The Commission Battle Royale

Welcome! Welcome One And All to the every second Monday Commission Battle Royale!

In this corner, wearing his signature Carhartt shirts, from District 3 in Lenox, Alabama, and one motor grader short is... Johnny “HOOOOLLYWOOOOOD” Andrews!

And in this corner, from Mt. Union, Alabama, weighing a few extra pounds as he gears up to play Santa for Christmas, and wearing his “Gone But Not Forgotten” T-shirt, is James “THE MOTOR GRADER” Windham!

Today's referee for this bout... Chairman Leonard “Punch” Millender.

As we open with Round 3, everything seems calm. There's a murmur among the crowd. Everyone knows Windham is wearing the psychologically disturbing 1st Amendment T-shirt that helped set Andrews off during Round 2.

While there's a lull in the action here at the Conecuh Government Center, a recap of the action so far... this spat began with Round 1 a month ago during the newly elected County Commission's first meeting. Why Andrews got re-elected has many residents across Conecuh County scratching their heads, but there he was, sitting in his usual seat when the new Board voted to save the county's taxpayers some money by selling one of Andrews' two motor graders. Being the only District in the county with two motor graders, it's $200,000.00+ purchase was a point of contention among the Commission from the beginning.

During Round 1, as the Board voted to sell the motor grader, James Leon Windham, who reports on local Public Meetings for his blogspot Conecuh County News & Views, began to chuckle loudly.

According to several witnesses, Andrews reportedly said in a low voice, “laugh you bastard.”

The incident would eventually be reported on Windham's blogspot and in the Evergreen Courant - with a warning to readers regarding “adult” language.

Then, two weeks ago, during Round 2, Windham made his way onto the Commission's Agenda to request an apology, and wore a T-shirt to the meeting emblazoned with a motor grader and the words, “Gone But Not Forgotten... R.I. P.”

As Windham spoke before the Commission, Andrews began waving his arms about and loudly proclaimed that he was “offended” by Windham's T-shirt, then whipped out his cell phone and took photographs of the displeasing garment.

As Windham requested the apology on behalf of the women and children who had been in attendance that day to see their husbands and fathers conduct their first meeting as Public Officials, Andrews denied he had ever spoken the word, and demanded Windham provide proof he uttered the profanity.

This denial - and the demanding of proof - caught Windham, and the audience, by surprise.

Windham ended Round 2 vowing to return.

Now... back to today's action.

From our vantage point, we can see Andrews sitting at his usual place to the far right, behind the Commission's large desk. He occasionally glances over at Windham - sitting in the second row of the audience – and smiles menacingly. Windham keeps his head low, taking copious notes as the meeting unfolds.

First – the approval of claims. Then the Engineer's Report, the Administrator's Report, and the Attorney's Report... then – the Chairman called for Commissioner's Comments and Announcements.

AND IT WAS ON!!!

With grand gesture and bright red face, Andrews pounced - calling out in a battle cry for all to hear, “Bring it on, Mr. Windham!”

At that point Windham rose abruptly from his chair - yet calmly stated he had chosen to forgo pursuing the matter any further, that he had already brought the issue before the Commission, confronted Andrews, that he knew he had used profanity during an Open Meeting, and that “he wasn't man enough to apologize” for it.

Andrews then held The Sacred Instrument Of Truth (the Commission's voice recorder) high into the air and, grinning sarcastically, proclaimed, “It's not there!”

He then boldly claimed it was all a lie (something he knows a lot about) and, looking directly at Lee Peacock of the Evergreen Courant, lowered his brow menacingly and said (gasp) that it had even been reported in the newspaper!

At that point, Peacock, now unwittingly drawn into the fray, defended his journalistic integrity saying he had witnessed the outburst of profanity by Andrews first hand, and that he was willing to take a lie detector test to prove it.

The battle rolled back and forth - each seeking advantage - then again pivoted towards a discussion concerning Windham's 1st Amendment right to wear the “offending” T-shirt, which was obviously violating Andrews' Safe Space, when Referee Leonard “Punch” Millender called an end to Round 3.

All participants then returned to their respective corners and prepared for the close of the meeting.

Stay tuned to this website for more episodes of the ongoing drama of the Commission Battle Royale, this time featuring Johnny “HOLLYWOOD” Andrews, James “THE MOTOR GRADER” Windham, and (probably) other participants yet to be named.

(This program brought to you by the taxpayers of Conecuh County and the voters of District 3)

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James Leon Windham wore this T-shirt to a recent County Commission meeting to commemorate the loss of District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews' second motor grader. Now each Commission District has one motor grader apiece.

The shirt, and Windham's appearance before the Commission, brought some heated words between Andrews and Windham, but only for a short time. Commission Chairman Leonard Millender did a good job of playing referee.

Watch for the Commission articles on Windham's Blogspot, Conecuh County News & Views, and in the Evergreen Courant.

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16 November 16

Andrews - "Bastard"

My crew here at the house have come down sick with this sinus/respiratory crud that's going around, and in spite of my best efforts it's now gotten me too, so I was unable to attend today's first meeting of the newly elected County Commission. From what I'm hearing from multiple sources, I missed a doozy that saw Johnny "Hollywood" Andrews storm out of the Courthouse after the meeting and fail to return for the scheduled E-911 meeting or the Commission's afternoon Work Session.

These same sources also claim they heard "Hollywood" call James Leon Windham, "a bastard," during the open meeting, and one claims to have overheard him "verbally abuse" two of the newly elected Commissioners!

This is one I can't wait to read about in the Evergreen Courant - and as soon as James posts his article to his blogspot Conecuh News & Views I'll link you to it.

These next four years are going to be interesting! Maybe next time I show up at a Commission meeting I'll bring the popcorn.

James posted his commission article here.

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11 October 16

Andrews On Cooperative District Board

Speaking of Johnny Andrews, he likes to brag about how many committees he's a part of, such as the quasi-government - for profit (with your money) Evergreen Conecuh Capital Investment Cooperative District along Exit 96 in Evergreen, (who's books appear to be closed to the public). This "District" is the location of several new fast-food restaurants and a grocery store, who have to pay the "District" a fee to even be there. That "fee" is 2 cents on the dollar for every sale they make - but YOU PAY as an extra 2 cent TAX on every purchase you make. Check your receipt next time you buy a hamburger - the TAX is 2 cent HIGHER within the "District" than anywhere else in Evergreen.

Now this "District" is floating another $4 MILLION bond issue for even more of our money. If you'll notice the Legal Announcement in the Evergreen Courant concerning this bond issue, the "District" is SUING THE PEOPLE OF EVERGREEN AND CONECUH COUNTY in order to get this money. Doesn't that make this $4 million OUR money? They are suing us for it aren't they?

A hearing, (YOUR COURT DATE) where you are being sued is scheduled for October 25 at 10 a.m. in the Courthouse. Maybe you should be there - I was last time this happened. I was the only "citizen" in the courtroom. A word of caution though, that courtroom may be difficult to find. If you show up, you'll probably have to ask where it is....

During Monday's Commission meeting I asked Commissioner Andrews why the people of this county are being sued?

His Homer Simpson answer was: "D'oh! I don't know! But I noticed that!"

The people of this county had better wake up and start paying attention to what's going on. And perhaps start paying more attention to every Committee and every Board Johnny Andrews sits on. If this is an example - who knows what they may be up to.

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9 October 16

Now this is funny! James Leon Windham ends a supposed rumor concerning Johnny Andrews.

http://www.conecuhcountynewsandviews.com/Dispelling-a-Rumor.html

#8 was mine.

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26 September 16

District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews at "Dr Dino's" Compound In Lenox
(Photo Courtesy Johnny Andrews/Kent Hovind)

Commission Lets Andrews Slide

It's been two weeks since the last Commission meeting when I presented the Board with a request for documentation supporting District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews' claim in a Youtube video with Mr. Kent Hovind that this newspaper supported the proposed landfill outside Repton, or provide me with an apology in local media commensurate with the number of people who have viewed the video; some 23,000+ at last count.

In the video, in an apparent effort to help rally the crowd and Hovind's followers against this newspaper, Andrews states that this newspaper endorsed a proposed landfill outside the town of Repton. He states that at that time he was Chairman of Citizens For A Clean Southwest Alabama (CCSA), who was against the landfill, and because of "my support for the landfill," we have been in a running feud since that time, that I have "targeted" him for bad publicity - and therefore "targeted" Hovind with an article I wrote last July in retaliation against Andrews, who takes credit for bringing Hovind to Conecuh County.

Talk about Conspiracy Theories...

I did not support the landfill. Up until now, there was no, “feud.” (Not necessarily the case now.)

I did not target Kent Hovind – he shoots his own-self in the foot often enough and doesn't need much help from me.

In fact, I exposed the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, the group in charge of making the recommendation to the Conecuh County Commission concerning the landfill, for holding secret meetings in violation of Alabama's Sunshine Law.

My actions forced the Committee to open their meetings to the public, and helped give CCSA grounds to file suit to stop the landfill.

In Commissioner Andrews' role as Chairman of CCSA, you would expect him to be fully aware of this fact, yet he chose to tell a fabrication in what seems an apparent attempt to cause me and my newspaper harm.

Commissioner Andrews made these statements in his official capacity as a Duly sworn Agent of Conecuh County, and representing himself as a member of the Conecuh County Board of Commissioners, not as John Q. Public.

That places the Conecuh County Commission itself as the obvious place where, "the buck stops here" in relation to Commissioner Andrews' actions and the statements he made in the video.

I requested proof of Andrews' claim – or an apology from the Conecuh County Commission.

As I fully expected, at today's Commission meeting, I got neither.

Instead I received yet another performance, this time the Sgt. Schultz routine off Hogan's Heroes.

When I asked if the Commission was going to take any action concerning my letter of request, all five Commissioners literally acted as if they didn't know what I was talking about.

“I know nothing!” “I saw nothing!” “What letter?”

After the Commissioners mumbled amongst themselves for a minute or so, I finally received an, “I guess not,” from the Chairman.

How did I know the Commission would take no action?

Number 1, there is no proof this newspaper endorsed the landfill project because it doesn't exist.

Number 2, if you know anything about politicians in Conecuh County, you know they all stick together – no matter what.

And it's not just the Commission. We've seen how the Good Ol' Boy system works around here. Many of our politicians are intertwined on various Boards and Committees, and their “business interests” are often... co-mingled. It's not difficult to see who's a member of the club.

And rather than bring an end to a situation with a simple solution: “Commissioner Andrews was wrong and we apologize,” our politicians have to cover things up, give their tacit approval to wrongdoing by ignoring that it ever happened, and potentially place the taxpayers of this county on the hook.

This Commission already gave away $175,000 of your tax dollars. It's like they don't care. It's not their money.

Thank you, District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews, for finally creating a set of circumstances where the hypocrisy of our leadership has become painfully obvious, and you made it available for everyone to see.

And not just here in Conecuh County. People from around the country are watching how all this unfolds. Again, thanks to Commissioner Andrews and Kent Hovind's video.

November can't get here soon enough.

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12 September 16

Commission Letter Of Request

Today I presented the Conecuh County Commission with this letter after reading it aloud in today's Open Meeting.

It's just short of a Demand Letter. Their next meeting is in two weeks. We'll see what happens then.

I also provided the letter to two other local media outlets who were at the meeting, Lee Peacock of the Evergreen Courant, and James Leon Windham who operates http://www.conecuhcountynewsandviews.com.

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Monday, September 12, 2016


Gentlemen,

On August 24, 2016 in his official capacity as a Duly sworn Agent of Conecuh County, and representing himself as a member of this Board, Commissioner Johnny Andrews participated in a Youtube video with Mr. Kent Hovind at his compound in Lenox, Alabama.

The video was a direct attempt by Commissioner Andrews and Mr. Hovind to damage my good name, question my character, and damage the credibility of my newspaper.

Commissioner Andrews began this video by stating that myself and my newspaper, The Monthly View, had publicly endorsed the former landfill project outside the town of Repton.

My request is a simple one: since Commissioner Andrews was acting as a Representative of this County and this Board when he participated in this video, I would like the Commission to please provide me with documentation that myself and my newspaper publicly endorsed the landfill as Commissioner Andrews claimed.

If no such documentation can be produced, a Public Apology in local media, commensurate with the number of people who have viewed the video, would be appropriate.

Thank you

Jim Allen
The Monthly View Newspaper

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