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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.
7 April 2018
Andrews’ Indictment And The Big Picture
Opinion By: Jim Allen
On April 20, 2017 A Major Battle
Between A Former Member
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
Seven Count Indictment Against Chris Jones
INFORMATION (DA CASE# 07F02468) OC
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:
TONY RACKAUCKAS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Deputy District Attorney
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
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.
I Present The Infamous District 3
Our Response To the Video In Our November 2016 Issue
Greetings From The Publisher
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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?
PS: Now they even have me getting snarky.
10 September 16
I've been a bit
preoccupied the past couple weeks.
I've always said God gave me this newspaper. But people from around here know that.
entertainment, check out these articles by Peter Reilly, a CPA
who writes for Forbes.com
and this one on Forbes.com
~~~~~~~~~~ Hovind & Andrews ~~~~~~~~~~
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.
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.
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.
6 April 2017
County Commissioner Johnny Andrews Arrested On Drug Charges
Opinion By: Jim Allen
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.
15 March 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
9 October 16
Now this is funny! James Leon Windham ends a supposed rumor concerning Johnny Andrews.
#8 was mine.
26 September 16
District 3 Commissioner Johnny Andrews at "Dr Dino's"
Compound In Lenox
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.
Talk about Conspiracy Theories...
not target Kent Hovind – he shoots his own-self in the foot often enough and
doesn't need much help from me.
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.
Monday, September 12,