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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 Cooperative District.
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 are not.
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.
12 September 2017
Possible Scam In This Month's Issue
In this month's issue I ran an advertisement for free thinking I was helping an individual who needed someone to sit with an elderly Alzheimer's patient.
Two days after publication I received an email from one of our readers who answered the advertisement informing me of the possibility the request may be fraudulent. Apparently the person who placed the advertisement was asking for banking account information so they could send a check to our reader who responded to the ad.
NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION unless you are absolutely positive about the individual or entity you are dealing with.
Regrettably, based on this information, I have to advise our readers not to respond to the advertisement.
I would like to thank the reader who contacted me and passed along this information. Their prompt action (and suspicion) may save others some grief.
All information relative to this matter has been reported to the proper authorities.
31 August 2017
15 August 2017
No Comment Necessary
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Jim - Unfortunately, the Mayor has instructed me to deny you permission to run any more City notices. I'm very sorry, but those are my instructions. Michael V. Hinson CPA Interim City Clerk/Treasurer
5 August 2017
Walking Tall For A Better Conecuh County
For an accurate
report on last Tuesday's City Council meeting check out
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.
7 July 2017
Lot Of Hot Air
2 July 2017
A New Livestock Arena
Mr. Tim Covin, who seems to be everywhere doing everything, has come before the County Commission to propose the creation of a new facility in Evergreen to hold livestock and equestrian events for 4-H youth and other participants.
Covin says he's obtained a commitment from the Conecuh County Board of Education for a parcel of land near Evergreen Elementary School off U.S. 31 on the south side of Evergreen.
He proposes that branches of local government and interested people work together to build the facility which he estimates would cost about $250,000.
Personally, I've never known much about livestock. I wasn't raised around them and never took much interest. About all I knew was I didn't want to stand downwind. But over the years I've come to understand just how important the raising of cattle, horses, and other livestock is to the culture and history of Conecuh County.
I remember the old stockyard near Sparta Academy, and the horse arena in Lyeffion. Places like that mean much more to “who we are” as a culture and a people than I ever understood in my youth.
We need a new facility such as the one Tim Covin is proposing – and we need it for more reasons than just “some place to generate revenue.” We need it because it represents a basic building block of heritage and tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. A heritage and tradition we are on the verge of losing if action isn't taken.
I don't have much, but I'm good for a $25 donation.
A meeting to discuss plans to build this new facility is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at 1 p.m., in the Commission meeting room at the courthouse. Representatives of local government will be there and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.
27 June 2017
Ignorance Is Bliss - Or Is It Just Ignorance?
There are times where what I see going on around me becomes overwhelming - and I just need time to get my... thoughts straight. What's taking place in our world is unprecedented in my lifetime.
If you don't know about something, then you won't be worried about it. But you also won't understand why you got ran over by a Mac truck - if you don't know what a Mac truck is.
What's taking place in our community, our state, or nation, and around the world today is beyond belief.
Corruption, collusion, greed for power and money, a general lack of civility, seems to have become the norm - and like sheep, we sit around and graze and act as if Rome isn't burning simply because it hasn't landed in our front yard... yet.
Things are so screwed up I can't find a place to start because the more I look, the deeper the Rabbit Hole goes.
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.
24 May 2017
DNC Staffer Story Gone Viral
The story about Seth Rich possibly being the source of the DNC email leaks has gone viral with the media establishment doing all it can to discredit and kill the story. Outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post have gone out of their way to discredit the story calling it a Conspiracy Theory and smear the credibility of anyone associated with it. Even prominent DNC staffers have tried to interfere with any media investigation into the death of Seth Rich.
Solving this case, no matter where it may lead, has become a matter of national security due to it's potential involvement with the leaked DNC emails. We can't trust the politics in Washington - and we can't trust the media to tell us the truth.
But there is one group out there that appears to want answers, and that group is known as Judicial Watch.
16 May 2017
Squirrel!! Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain
In case you haven't noticed, Mainstream Media is again attacking Trump with false accusations and attempting to steer Congress and Public Opinion towards the conclusion he's either incompetent - or a Master Spy for the Russians hell-bent on the destruction of the Universe.
Their hysteria is comical - and purposely happening now to distract the public from two news stories that will devastate their false narrative and their endless vilification of our President.
The Russians Did Not Do It!
The first - and most important - is the Russians did not hack the Democratic National Committee then turn their emails over to WikiLeaks, which is the foundation of their narrative that the Russians are behind everything, including turning the neighbor's pool yellow.
In an article below, on 17 December 2016, I said that it wasn't the Russians that hacked the DNC emails, it was a Democratic operative who had turned them over to WikiLeaks.
His name was Seth Rich, a 27-year old who worked for the DNC. Shortly after turning over 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks he was found dead on a D.C. sidewalk at 4 a.m. - the alleged victim of a botched robbery - since nothing was apparently stolen.
Rich's family is in denial. What parent would want to learn their son was responsible for the "crime of the century" and murdered because of it? The family's "spokesman" is a DNC "crisis management" insider who spends a lot of time on CNN denying Seth Rich was the leak at DNC headquarters, and even suggested the Russians may have killed Seth Rich!
However, according to a FOX news report, a federal investigator claims Rich turned over 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments to WikiLeaks showing, among other things, the DNC had rigged the Primary Election to favor Hillary Clinton.
If You're A Democrat - Your Vote Doesn't Count!
Now, relating to the rigged Primary, the Democratic National Committee is presently in court being sued for running a rigged Primary - and no, not by Trump or any Conservative group - but on behalf of Bernie supporters.
So, what is the DNC putting up as a defense to the accusation? The Committee can pick who it wants as it's Presidential candidate and is not bound by law to conduct a fair and equal election among the Democratic Party's Primary candidates.
I kid you not! Their defense is they can choose whomever they want - and votes for other candidates don't count!
Neither of these stories are reaching Mainstream Media because they don't want you to know they're lying. They are hiding behind the 1st Amendment in an effort to overthrow the democratic (small D) process and denying the Public proper information relative to what's really going on in America.
Mainstream Media today is not real Journalism. It's Propaganda. It's goal is to overthrow our duly elected government.
10 May 2017
History Repeating Itself
I remember the 1960s and early 70s. The ant-war protests by the far-Left. The riots, the radicals, the Weather Underground, Patty Hurst and the SLA. Don't confuse the "hippie" movement with the far-Left. That was actually something much different, but used as camouflage by the radical Socialists. They were Socialists then - they're Socialists now - and still hiding amongst other groups in our world of Identity Politics.
Today they're called Progressives, Antifa (anti-fascists), The Resistance. These are the Socialist groups based in our larger cities and on college campus who riot to prevent opposing opinions and ideas from being heard. One of the very things that fascists do.
One of the anti-war tactics in the 60s was to camp out in airports and protest in the faces of returning veterans of Vietnam. The radicals chanted, held signs, spat on our soldiers and called them "baby killers."
Today we have social media and no need for the radicals to take the time to go to airports, when they can spread their cheer on Facebook.
By chance I ran across this video of a soldier who, at the time of this video, had recently returned from Iraq. This man had just returned from combat. He's under the stress of trying to return to "normal" life and he's a bit edgy - and quite passionate. This video is his response to being called a baby killer on social media.
My point is, we're coming full circle in this country. The Left wants to flood the United States with illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern "refugees" to achieve a "multi-cultural society." To support that goal, the Left is again calling our soldiers baby killers.
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.
9 March 2017
People Are Watching
I’ve been trying to
tell some of the Powers That Be around here that people from
outside Conecuh County are watching what’s happening here, but
for some reason they choose to ignore me.
2 March 2017
Conecuh County Center Of Contention
Opinion By: Jim Allen
11 February 17
History Repeating Itself
This guy is describing what I said more than two years ago. The Socialist/Communists want to destroy our country from within - at any cost. This is the exact same strategy the U.S. branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us) is promoting.
In watching the news coverage of the riots on college campuses, particularly UC Berkley, something came to mind. In the 60s, Berkley was one of the colleges where the Free Speech Movement started. Do you remember what that "Free Speech" was? Were you even alive to know? It was Free Speech to promote the Socialist agenda on college campuses and rebel against the establishment. In the 60s they protested to establish a Socialist agenda - now in 2017 they are rioting to keep that agenda and promoting violence against anyone who speaks against it.
That's called Fascism - not Free Speech. They ARE what they preach against.
10 January 2017
E-911 (And The Lake Committee) Are Dysfunctional Dinosaurs
Ok, we're three months and, relatively speaking, six “official” meetings into the term of the newly elected County Commission and it may be about time for it to face an important decision that affects our county as a whole.
That problem: E-911 and the operation thereof.
Although the County Commission and E-911 are technically two separate entities, the members of the Commission also constitute the Board of Directors for our E-911 system.
For some reason the operation of our E-911 system has been chaos from the beginning. What started out as “everything under one roof” turned into a disjointed mess where our emergency services all do their own thing.
For reasons no one seems to want to explain the operation of the E-911 system turned into turf wars and power plays that resulted in the abandoning of the E-911 system by the Evergreen Police Department, the Castleberry Police Department, and the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department.
The only operations dispatched through our E-911 Operations Center are the Volunteer Fire Departments, the Repton Police Department, and our ambulance service, Conecuh EMS.
By not participating, these law enforcement agencies are not paying what can best be described as a “user fee,” for the service, and the E-911 Operations Center is going broke.
Actually the E-911 Operations Center is financially broke - and functionally broken. It has been for a long time.
During last Monday's E-911 Board meeting it was disclosed the E-911 Operations Center is losing between $10,000 and $13,000 every month!
For December, the Center reportedly brought in $22,169.00 in revenue, and spent $34,915.00.
According to the Board (Commission), someone from the state is soon to arrive with what may be a solution in the form of a new consolidated E-911 system, but will require the participation of the agencies that have already abandoned E-911.
Based on past performance, chances of that happening seem slim to none.
So, to address the elephant in the room, isn't it in the best interests of the people of Conecuh County to abandon the concept of having a “stand-alone” E-911 Operations Center and disband it altogether?
Or in our infinite wisdom, will we keep paying for something that's hemorrhaging money, and something our law enforcement refuses to use?
E-911 operations should be moved under the umbrella of the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department and the “Center” should be located there. Once that's been done, how about a concentrated search among the many volunteer fire departments for members who are already somewhat familiar with 911 dispatching, and who would like to work part-time shifts, get paid, and possibly find a way for them to earn certifications for their service while doing so?
The point is, find a way to make it work.
Until all emergency services are locked in to one dispatch center for 911 calls, dispatching will remain chaotic and subject to misdirected or dropped calls.
The result; people die and houses burn.
It's time to put the politics aside and do what's best for the people of this county. It's time for our newly elected Commission to make a tough decision. The last Commission would not - and now most of them are gone. What's this one going to do?
2 January 17
We seem to have become quite popular. THANK YOU! We did run out of bandwidth. Maybe because Earthlink lost our website for half a day last month they decided to let us slide for a few extra megabytes and kept our website active.
There's no doubt our popularity upsets the apple cart with a few politicians and economic folks around here who like to "control the message" with their own propaganda and refuse to accept that this newspaper and this website have become a window into Conecuh County allowing the outside world to actually see what goes on around here. The more we grow - the more they hate it.
Kind of like how Trump tweets, and mainstream media can't stand it because our President bypasses them, goes directly to the people, and the media learns they aren't as important as they were yesterday.
Funny how things work out.
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)
22 November 16
Clinton's America Trump's America
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,
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12 August 16
I wrote my first article concerning the Lake Project in 1989 for the Mobile Press Register. At that time it had been "in the works" for more than a decade. Here we are - almost 30 years later - and it's still "in the works."
The current state of the "effort" to secure a lake for Conecuh County is a disgrace.
The entire Lake Committee should be fired - and IF the project is salvageable following this group's dismal failure - a new Committee appointed.
THIS IS THE COUNTY COMMISSION'S RESPONSIBILITY - yet it acts as impotent as the Lake Authority to move the project forward.
James Leon Windham has a good article on his Blog spot Conecuh County News And Views concerning the latest update on the Lake Committee. I'd suggest you go read it.