8 October 2017
Local Government Rips Cooperative District Board
Following our August
issue concerning the questionable actions of the Cooperative
District, both the Evergreen City Council and the Conecuh County
Commission have taken steps to bust up the Board of Directors
and obtain more oversight concerning it's
The County Commission
removed Commissioner Johnny Andrews and former Commissioner
David Cook and replaced them with Commissioners Wendell Byrd and
After a convoluted
stumble and start, the City Council have taken a series of
actions that would leave Mayor Pete Wolff and Councilman Luther
Upton on the Board of the Cooperative District, and increase the
number of members from four to seven.
Changes also include
an established meeting date for the Cooperative District - which
is open to the public.
Commissioners Wendell Byrd and Michael Riley, that date has been
set as the second Wednesday of each month at the Depot in
downtown Evergreen at 10 a.m.
For a bit of
background on what's happened so far, you can read Leon
Council reports at his blog
Conecuh County News And Views.
20 September 2017
City Council Starting To Ask Questions
Word I'm getting is
that the Evergreen City Council has stopped being a rubber stamp
for the Mayor's personal agenda and has started asking serious
questions concerning actions at City Hall and with the
It seems the Council
is starting to question the legality of member placement on the
Board of Directors of the Cooperative District, and whether any
of their actions since last November are even legal.
In Leon Windham's
write-up, according to the City's own attorney, it appears they
We'll see how it gets
reported by local media who cover the City Council meetings, but
if you live in the City, you may want to ask your Councilmember
just what's going on - and show your support to those brave
enough to buck the status quo.
You'll find more
information at Leon Windham's
Conecuh News And Views.
31 August 2017
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5 August 2017
Walking Tall For A Better Conecuh County
While moronic megalomaniacs continue to bash me and this
newspaper on the radio and on YouTube for properly informing the
people of this county of what takes place around here, they have
no idea just who’s watching from across this country - and
around the world.
Their sphere of influence may be limited to a few hundred square
miles or to their cult following, but their narrow-minded
thinking barely makes it across the parking lot.
Rather than making Evergreen and Conecuh County friendly, open,
and all-inclusive, they would rather squeeze out anyone they
perceive as a threat to the little Empires they’ve created using
every bully tactic they can come up with, and attempt to shut
down anyone who speaks out through public intimidation and
retaliation. I haven’t backed down - and neither should you. Not
if you want a decent place to live.
In the case of attacking me and this newspaper, they have no
clue just who’s watching - or what opportunities our county may
be missing out on based on their childish actions. Or who’s
attention they may have attracted.
Yes, this is a small, community newspaper intended solely for
the people of Conecuh County, but because of our website, we
have a world-wide audience.
And some very interesting groups, organizations, agencies, and
businesses have been watching what’s taking place.
Here’s a small listing of who’s been watching: State of Alabama
Unified Judicial System, State of Alabama Information Services
Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Georgia Department of
Education, U.S. House of Representatives, Northeastern
University, Auburn University, University of Alabama,
Universities Space Research Association, Daimler AG, Premiere
Inc, Amazon, USDA Office of Operations, Yale University,
Republic of South Korea, US Department of Defense, Navy Network
Information Center, US Department of Justice.
Frankly, I’m humbled by the influence and reach this newspaper
For an accurate
report on last Tuesday's City Council meeting check out
Leon Windham's Blog at
Conecuh County News And Views
10 July 2017
I don't usually post
articles from our print edition until it's had time to clear the
shelves, but I'm noticing a lot of traffic to our website, and I
suspect many of those visitors from out of town are looking for
the article that caused Luther Upton and WPPG to go absolutely
off the deep end.
Upton has certainly
used some fowl language and wild claims and, rather than forcing
people to take his word for actual reality, I thought it
necessary to go ahead and post the segment of my of July article
that has him flopping like a fish and dragging anyone he can -
including WPPG's advertisers - into the fray.
Read it for yourself
and see if I'm the monster he's trying to paint me as.
This county is not going to lure hordes of visitors generating
vast sums of revenue with a giant American flag, or the
embarrassing claim as Big Foot capitol of Alabama.
The Cooperative District seems to be playing “Squirrel!” trying
to get people to salute the flag instead of looking at all the
empty lots, and it's empty promises of greatness.
If all the promises had been kept, Exit 96 would look like
Branson, Missouri by now.
Now don't get me wrong. The activity at Exit 96 has been good
for Evergreen. The new restaurants offer variety for local
patrons and employment for our people. We should be thankful and
appreciative of the businesses that have chosen to locate there.
It's the organization and leadership behind the Exit 96 Project
that's questionable. Pete Wolff and company should get credit
for at least getting something going for Evergreen, but
it might have grown to the point the current leadership needs to
step aside and hire someone more accustom to managing these type
of projects. Keep in mind, none of the people on the Board of
the Cooperative District have ever managed a project of this
Since it's inception, all of the focus has been on Exit 96, and
downtown Evergreen where local, family-owned businesses choose
to locate, continues to dry up. Now that Exit 96 has started,
let someone – or something - else take over the Interstate
project and focus should move towards revitalizing downtown.
As it is, in it's initial stages of growth the Exit 96 Project
has been oversold to the public with almost weekly promises that
haven't been kept. And unfortunately, the project isn't living
up to expectation.
Perhaps that's why there seems to be so much secrecy behind the
operations of the Cooperative District.
According to documentation the Cooperative District filed in
October of last year to float a $4 million bond issue, which
it sued the people of Conecuh County to do, by July 1st
there was supposed to be an Adams Drugs store, a Holiday Inn
Express, and a public amphitheater on the site all generating
revenue to help pay off the bond issue.
They aren't there. And neither is the Dreamland Barbeque we
heard about, the Pizza Hut that closed, but was supposed to be
rebuilt “on this side of the Interstate,” Subway has not moved
into a newly constructed building on the site, which has
remained empty for months now.
According to financial reports, the Coop owes the City of
Evergreen $2.1 million, has maxed out a $1 million line of
credit from the Bank of Evergreen, and had to float yet another
$375,000 loan from Cadence Bank.
A 2016 financial report shows an $888,664 negative balance on
it's books. Other reports show it in the red $558,447 in 2015,
and $463,575 in 2014.
These are negative balances, people. Not profit. They seem to be
going in the wrong direction. But then again, the members of
this Board are the same people who gave away, lost, frittered
away, $350,000 of taxpayer’s money when they pushed the
disastrous Evergreen Wood Products deal.
So salute the giant American flag as you drive by and know your
tax dollars are being well managed.
As for Big Foot... ya know it's something cute, odd, Podunk, and
Hee Haw. But to me, it's rather embarrassing. It's not something
I'd want to put on a resume if I were trying to get a major
manufacturer to locate in Conecuh County.
And to be honest, we already have too many out of state deer
7 July 2017
Lot Of Hot Air
I understand this month's issue generated a lot of hot air from
one of our local politicians this morning on the radio. I didn't
hear it, I don't listen to that station, but from what I've been
told Evergreen City Councilman (Cooperative District Board
Member) Luther Upton just about popped a cork.
Amazing how simply disagreeing with their decisions or their
opinions can send some politicians over the edge. Even to the
point of calling up people's dead relatives to try and push
their false narrative.
I was told this "gentleman" even stooped so low as to try to tie
the name of my dead father into the B.S. he's trying to sell to
the people of Conecuh County - and to the listeners within the
range of WPPG, Evergreen Mayor Pete Wolff's radio station.
Desperate people do desperate things.
My real regret is that Lee Peacock, a reporter for the Evergreen
Courant who apparently works part-time at the Mayor's radio
station, also participated in Upton's diatribe.
Would his working for the Mayor and being a City Councilman's
radio sidekick be a conflict of interest when covering City Hall
for the Courant? I would think so.
I think Lee is "good people" and a good reporter. I just wish he
wasn't being pulled down the wrong path.
Many people in Evergreen have been fooled - generally by those whom we
choose to elect to public office.
And that's unfortunate. But that's where we are in Conecuh
Later in the day someone provided me with a recording of Upton's
rant, and against my better judgment, I listened to it.
I've heard that kind of garbage before. Now I can understand why
he and disgraced Commissioner Johnny Andrews are such "close
associates." Put them on tape or in a video and they sound
just alike. (I'm starting to get a collection of these
Rather than stoop to their level, I'll just present one piece of
proof to some of what Upton had to lie about:
"The Cooperative District doesn't owe the City of Evergreen any
money, the City of Evergreen owes the Cooperative District."
That's a lie. The Cooperative District owes the City $2.399
million. Or is it $2.5? See below.
And a preview of what's coming next...
"There was no Adams Drugs, Holiday Inn Express, or amphitheater
supposed to be there."
That's a lie. The Adams Drugs was supposed to be there last
April, the amphitheater and the Holiday Inn Express by 1 July.
"Pizza Hut wasn't supposed to move across the Interstate."
That's a lie. It was, and supposed to open in 2017.
Upton asked his audience, "what has this little guy ever done
for this community besides complain?"
I've spent 30 years helping to protect the citizens of Conecuh
County by exposing lying politicians, illegal meetings, and bad
decisions - taken a lot of heat for it - and gained very little
for my effort. Myself and my family have sacrificed a lot for
this community and paid a heavy price. Mostly at the hands of
people like Upton and Andrews who we exposed for deceiving
the people of this county, and who have openly disparaged our
reputation within the community and no doubt damaged our ability
to obtain advertising.
So, here's some of the proof. I have more. By now you all know I
won't put something in the paper without it. Now do I get a
22 minute retraction and an apology from the Mayor and the City
I should, but I doubt I will. I didn't get one from the County
Commission or disgraced Commissioner Johnny Andrews when, in his
official capacity as a County Commissioner, he lied about me and
this newspaper - and neither did Leon Windham after Andrews
called him a bastard during a Commission meeting - and lied
about that too! That's the disgrace. Then add on a few drug
charges and an FBI investigation.
I would imagine the mayor and councilman may have some
explaining to do to the rest of the City Council, and their
constituents after next month's issue comes out.
I'll take the heat for what I write, but bringing my dead father
into this made this personal. That only goes to show how low
some people will go.
No, wait a minute, when you get exposed and you're absolutely
desperate - always call someone a racist.
The people of Evergreen voted this guy into office - and the
mayor puts him on his radio station and let's him get away with
That's just sad.