Friday, September 30, 2016

Grimes Says Mickey Haddock is Dirty!


Did you hear the one about the tourism board member, two mayors, and an elephant walking into a bar? No? Well, you should just in case it’s true. We do know at least part of it is true.

Florence tourism board member David Abramson says outsiders shouldn’t campaign in Florence. So, David, does that mean that since none of our bloggers lives in Tuscumbia, we shouldn’t have endorsed Mr. Couch for city council? Tell us, David, isn’t that a First Amendment kind of thing? You might want to reconsider your thoughts on that issue.

In other words, David Abramson admits telling Waterloo mayor Mel Grimes that he shouldn’t endorse Steve Holt for mayor of Florence; what he denies is telling Grimes that Waterloo will lose money from the tourism board if he continues to do so.

Now Grimes has filed an ethics complaint against Haddock and council member Dick Jordan for playing dirty pool by instructing Abramson to call Grimes. Did they? Or did Abramson take it upon himself to do it, as he has claimed/admitted. Either way, Abramson has overstepped a lot of boundaries.

This is the second ethics complaint filed against Mayor Mickey Haddock and Councilman Dick Jordan in the past month. Neither complaint will be acted upon before the October 4th election.

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So District 1 council member Dave Smith wants to be a “facilitator?” He’s certainly proved how good he is at facilitating a new location for the animal shelter. No, Dave, the term “rabble rouser” comes to mind when one thinks of you.

And, Dave… You might also want to look up the definition of “boulevard.” If you really want to turn College Street into a boulevard, about 75% of those owning property on the street will lose land…maybe even their houses and businesses. Not exactly a win-win idea, is it? 



Those in District One have a choice. Vote Kaytrina P. Simmons on October 4th.


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Don’t forget the search tomorrow morning for Shawn Childers. If you can’t make it, you can pray for a good outcome.

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At some point earlier in the week, we hit three million page views since our inaugural blog in 2008. Thanks to all our readers!





Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Childers Info/Hammer Down Anniversary


While initial reports indicated Robert DeShawn Childers was last seen on Monday morning, September 19th, it’s currently being reported that his last definite sighting was on Saturday afternoon, September 17th. There was a possible sighting on September 22nd; a disheveled person resembling Mr. Childers was seen in the northern part of the county pushing a bicycle.

Shawn reportedly takes anti-psychotic drugs and will have now been without medication for over 12 days. He reportedly had little or no money when he last left home. Friends are worried that he may be disoriented or even in danger due to a property dispute in which he was involved.

Both tracking dogs and a mounted patrol have been involved in the search for Shawn, but have turned up no new information. If you have any information, no matter how small, please call the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at 256-760-5757 or 911.

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2 Years at the Hammer Down
By: Bobby V. Inman
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It doesn’t seem like it, but it has been 2 years since Hammer Down Gun & Pawn has opened in the Foodland Shopping Center located in Sheffield, Alabama. We started with a dream and it has come to fruit above and beyond our expectations. We have expanded twice in the 2 years to meet our customer’s needs.
It started with me. Now we have Martha Sue as well as our part time workers: Drew Sebelski, Anthony Davis and Steve Hauck.  We even have two part-part time workers: Tim and Tara Raper. Of course, the Poopiedog is still around as the Mascot. We are here to help you with your purchase of your first or next firearm.
So to show our appreciation on our 2 Year Sale we will be providing free hot dogs to our customers from 11:30 AM-1:30PM on Saturday October 1, 2016. Come by and see us and get you a dog for lunch.
We want to thank you for helping us grow and be here for 2 years. Hopefully we will be having hot dogs for everyone on our 3 year anniversary.
Thanks,
Bobby V. Inman
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It's almost October, and UNA should be settling down to something akin to normalcy. Anyone have any idea how many students are now enrolled in the College of Integrative Health Quackery?




Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sex Offender or Not?/Humble Apologies


Will Donald Tipper be required to register as a sex offender or not? Yesterday we stated he would be based on this document:


Now attorney Billy Underwood informs us that Tipper accepted what’s called a hybrid deal and will not have to register. We assume the error on the court order was the result of habit and will be changed. We’ll happily publish any more updates to this story.

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Earlier today, a reader left a comment consisting of only a link to a TD article on Tipper’s day in court. We inadvertently deleted it, but added the link ourselves. The TD article stated that Tipper admitted having sex with his accuser, albeit consensual sex. We’ve had several readers ask why we haven’t published the names of the seven women who were prepared to testify they had traded sex to Tipper for legal assistance.

We didn’t publish the names since we’re unsure of the legal status of the women. One woman is definitely in the system at this time and her name has been published—see yesterday’s blog. If and when the other six have a new scrape with the law, their names will indeed be fair game.

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Many years ago we met Ms. A. Jordan at a social function. While memories cloud over the years, AJ seemed charming, caring, and intelligent. When we heard a few years ago that she had married embattled City of Florence employee Steve Eason, we were genuinely shocked.

Now we’re offering A.J. our humble and sincere apologies. Why we were informed by misguided readers that she had married Eason, we don’t know. We do believe the individuals had been misled by someone else for whatever reason. We’ve recently learned that Eason’s current wife is an insurance saleswoman who is in no way related to Councilman Dick Jordan.

In other words, Jordan may have lobbied for Eason to be given a city job because of friendship, but not nepotism. While we don’t know if AJ even still lives in the Shoals, if she’s reading this, we hope she’s laughing. After all, SS was once married to Chip Dillard…




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Truth of the Donald Tipper Plea Deal


Judge Dennis Odell of Madison County heard motions for the Donald Tipper rape/sodomy case at the Lauderdale County Courthouse this morning. Tipper’s attorney, Billy Underwood, argued that allegations of Tipper’s previous contact with one client was not admissible as evidence. He also argued the victim had made allegations of a certain nature to her ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, and emergency room personnel at ECM Hospital which were vast contradictions from statements she made to Attorney General Investigator Chris McRae and Florence Detective Shannon Harris.

There was one other matter in the hearing that concerned a statement made on the victim’s Facebook, which stated “I love feeding on the weak-minded. There are too many inconsiderate a**holes out there trying to take advantage of those of us who know what the F is going on.”

After over an hour and a half of argument from Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingslea and Underwood, the Honorable Dennis Odell ruled that the State of Alabama could not say anything about Donald Tipper’s previous contact with a client, that Tipper (through his attorney) would be able to bring up an explicit statement made by the victim which contradicted what she told government investigators, and her Facebook hobbies in which she “loved feeding on the weak-minded” would be admissible to the jury to show her mental state.

Within five minutes of the court ruling, the parties spoke and the State of Alabama offered a misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge to Tipper. He received a 12-month suspended sentence and he walked out of the courthouse.

His attorney, Billy Underwood, stated “It was an extremely hard decision to make to plead to a misdemeanor.” Underwood felt that he was well-enough prepared to win the case with the testimony of over 20 individuals in the community and medical reports from ECM Hospital which pointed out glaring discrepancies in the victim’s statement made to governmental authorities. “It was with great regret that Tipper and I realized a plea deal would be the most conservative and safe action in this case. Up until the judge ruled, the State of Alabama had never offered any form of plea deal and the case was to be tried before the jury assembled Tuesday morning” said Underwood.

Underwood stated the punishment for rape and sodomy was ten years to life. “There is no way I, as an attorney, could guarantee Tipper one hundred percent that we could win. The most conservative and best route to take would be the plea deal and take the lumps where they landed. Tipper’s age would make a conviction of either one of the charges a death sentence.” Leigh Anne Landis, a new attorney in Tuscumbia, helped Underwood with the trial.

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The official sentencing order requires Mr. Tipper to register as a sex offender; therefore, he will not be able at this time to seek reinstatement of his law license.




Monday, September 26, 2016

Quietly Understanding Mayor Mickey Haddock


From Mayor Mickey Haddock:

Many times you only get ONE CHANCE to get it right. While some have chosen to publicly chastise the timeline, and am sure will continue to do so, many more have quietly understood how critical it was not to rush the process so that we and ultimately the animals would gain the most long-term benefit from our budget. So while this will still have a few design tweaks, here is a draft rendering of our Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter.

What some “quietly understand:”

* It’s taken three and one-half years to purchase the land…and construction has not yet begun.

* The first land choice was property owned by a man living in China who had stopped communicating with UNA; why did anyone think he would communicate with the City of Florence?

* The second land choice was opposed by District 1 Councilman Dave Smith—the only stand Smith has taken during his entire term.

* The third land choice, and the one ultimately purchased, was owned by the family of the Florence city attorney. Of course by now the citizens were so weary of it all they would have purchased a converted hotdog stand owned by Dick and Libby Jordan.

* The tweaking of shelter plans should be independent of the land purchase. If the land does demand changes in architectural basics of the shelter, any changes should be minor…at least if the architect was doing his job to start with.

* In the three and one-half years (and it’s actually somewhat longer) of Mayor Haddock’s first term, the city council has met roughly 91 times. 91 times, and we’re no farther along?

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Speaking of architectural plans… Obviously no one who blogs here is an architect, nor do we play one on stage, screen, or television. We do have a question concerning the plans for the new shelter:


It’s been announced that one money-saving change in the plans was to decrease the size of the shelter’s lobby area. Fine; that sounds logical if money is indeed tight. Yet Mayor Haddock has stated he wants to get it right for the long term (this from a man who stated the new hospital should last 30 years).

You’ll notice the shelter is extremely close to the street. That certainly has its pluses, but if one later wanted to enlarge the lobby to its original proportions, there would be no room. Just something to think about, since Mayor Haddock likes those given to a quiet understanding of events.

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Now, Mayor Haddock, any press releases about the promised new senior center?




Sunday, September 25, 2016

We're Bringing Neiman Marcus & Harrod's to Florence


Yes, we at Shoalanda are arranging for mega department stores Neiman Marcus and Harrod’s to come to Florence. How are we doing this? Simply because Florence deserves these stores; they should be ours. And if you vote for Shoalanda for Grand Poobah, we will make sure they locate here.

Did anyone reading the above think any of that made sense? No? Well, how about this: The new Publix should have been built in Tuscumbia rather than Muscle Shoals. Anyone out there think that’s something a Tuscumbia town councilperson could achieve?

For those who may not know, the Shoals’ latest Publix is located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Sixth Street. Well…it is close to Tuscumbia; however, does any thinking person believe Publix would have located in Tuscumbia if the Muscle Shoals property had not been available? Or do you think the grocery giant would have kept searching for available parcels in Muscle Shoals?

So what should you in Tuscumbia think of someone running for office who says: That should have been us. That’s exactly what District 3 candidate William Foster said. Did he elaborate on how he would have accomplished that if he had been in office? Sadly, no.

Foster faces longtime businessman David Couch in the October 4th runoff. It was a very close primary on August 23rd and should be similarly close in the runoff. Only one vote separated Foster and Couch, so your vote counts in the runoff.

David Couch has a degree in economics from UNA, has worked for AT&T for years, and has real plans for his district…not pie in the sky promises. He’s said it’s not all glamour as some citizens want, but actual work to prepare an infrastructure for new business.

Vote for logic; vote for a viable candidate; vote for David Couch on October 4th.


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Tomorrow morning, it will be one week since Robert DeShawn Childers was last seen; what are the odds he will be found? Most people think missing persons cases end at some point one way or the other, but do they?


Robert Gene Weems went missing from Florence 19 years ago. At this point, it’s a good guess he hitched a ride with someone and began a new life…or his life sadly ended due to making the wrong choice.

Let’s hope Shawn Childers will shortly be found alive and well.





Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dynasties?/Football!


Dynasties: good or bad? Obviously they can be either. Some time ago an article in the TimesDaily commented on the Heflin political dynasty in Alabama, as well as the Jordan political dynasty in Florence. Our opinion? Two generations in the same field don’t make a dynasty, so Dick Jordan’s family doesn’t count. 


Are all dynasties good? Unfortunately, no. A reader asked us about the Crowden family in Florence, a family with three generations of males known for their expertise in the field of burglary. No, not all dynasties are to be lauded. (We will probably do an extended article on these three at a later date for Shoals Crime.)

So what are you teaching your children?

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A reader reminded us that not only is Shawn Childers still missing, so is Chance Southern, a young man from Florence. No, we don’t think these two cases are related, but we hope both men are found safe very shortly.



Both have been missing for almost a week. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call the authorities.

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We’re going to assume 99.99% of our reading audience is happy tonight…at least in the football department!




Friday, September 23, 2016

It May Be the Age of Social Media, But the Old Adages Still Apply


From a reader:

"Don't Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater" I've heard that a lot in my lifetime. It's great advice. So is "Act in haste, repent at leisure." Often they go hand in hand. What sounds great at first has unintended consequences. It's better to think things over before reacting strongly.

This weekend I heard and read a lot of heated rhetoric promoting a boycott of the NFL due to the actions of Colin Kaepernick. Seems like a lot of people want the entire NFL held responsible and economically punished for the actions of Mr. Kaepernick and his supporters.

I'd encourage those people to check out the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh game this weekend (CBS). During the Anthem, watch the Steeler's #78. He's 6' 9" and north of 325lbs.He's kind of hard to miss. He'll have his hand over his heart and he will sing every word. See,# 78 is Alejandro Villanueva. Born on a military base in Meridian, Ms.to Spanish parents, his father was there with NATO so AV was born a US citizen. He grew to love his country. He graduated from West Point and served 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for rescuing wounded members of his squad. After fulfilling his military obligation, he looked to return to football. He'd played receiver, tight end, offensive tackle at West Point. The Eagles gave him a chance to play d line but cut him. Pittsburgh picked him up as an offensive tackle project. AV just wanted to play. Since 2014 he's moved from practice squad to back up to starting left tackle. He makes around $500k, extremely low for a starting tackle. It's less than 5% of what Kaepernick makes. Is it fair? Is life? AV will tell you that he lives in the greatest country on God's earth. And that he plays where the best of the best perform.

There are approximately 2000 young men playing in the NFL. Most are decent people. Don't believe me? Ask most any charity in any NFL city if the players contribute time and money. Check their web sites to see what causes they support. It might surprise you. What surprises me is the level of animosity directed at the entire NFL. I don't remember seeing or hearing calls to boycott college football when the Baylor scandal broke. So why the hatred for NFL? It makes no sense to me. Maybe someone can explain it to me. But anyone trying to throw AV out with the bathwater is probably going to end up with a hernia. 

John A. Nutbrown

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We have had two writers weigh in on Colin Kaepernick, so we'll offer our opinion. Kaepernick knows as much about the plight of black Americans as we at Shoalanda do. Can you say "tempest in a Gatorade bottle?" 

We're reminded of a blog from 2014; scroll down to #5 in the Gang Signs category:


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As we publish this, Robert DeShawn Childers has been missing for four and one-half days. Unless he's with someone. he has no food. We ask that our readers continue to look out for any sign of Shawn.

We had one reader who questioned our opinion of Leroy Darby. In case there is doubt...



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why is Robert DeShawn Childers Missing?


For those not aware of Robert DeShawn Childers’ story:


* Childers’ father purchased a house and land at a Lauderdale County tax auction around 20 years ago.

* The elder Childers failed to pay taxes, stating he thought he was exempt due to his age and a disability. In short, he dropped the ball.

* Approximately 10 years ago, Robert DeShawn Childers, a physically and emotionally disabled veteran, moved into the home and has resided there since that time.

* Due to unpaid taxes, the property was again sold and was purchased by Leroy Darby.

* Approximately two years ago, Leroy Darby upped his legal attempt to evict the Childerses from the property. A short time later, the senior Childers passed away.

* Approximately four to five months ago, Leroy Darby had Childers’ power permanently turned off; Shawn spent the summer without air conditioning.

* Approximately two to three months ago, Leroy Darby managed to have Shawn evicted in part. A court order stopped the proceedings, but Shawn’s possessions were discarded in a ditch.

* Earlier this week, Shawn Childers went missing.

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DeShawn Childers

What has happened to Robert DeShawn Childers? There are six possibilities:

* Shawn left his home for a walk and had a medical emergency, not being physically able to make it back.

* Shawn left for some secluded spot to think over his problems, not telling anyone where he was going.

* Shawn went for a walk and was picked up by someone with whom he decided to make a new life without telling anyone.

* Shawn went for a walk and was picked up by some lowlife who robbed him of what little money he had and discarded him in some manner.

* Shawn had grown so weary of life’s hardships that he no longer wished to continue.

* Shawn was taken out of the picture by someone who would benefit from his removal.

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Public records tell us that Robert DeShawn Childers has had problems in his past, problems all related to substance abuse that are not uncommon in many veterans. Before readers bombard us with these issues, please remember that Shawn was not a drug trafficker, rapist, or baby snatcher. He was someone who had not, for whatever reason, gotten the help he needed.

What of Leroy Darby? Certainly he legally owned the property in which Shawn was residing, or at least had a good claim to it. Was Shawn in any way Leroy Darby’s legal responsibility? No.

Yet morally and ethically, Leroy Darby at least failed as a human being. At this point we don’t know the full story of Shawn’s disappearance. Let’s hope he will shortly be found safe and Leroy Darby has no new events for which to answer.




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Our National Anthem/Tuten to Defend Dillard?


National Anthem, The Panty Tree Again & Contacting the Rider
By: The Midnight Rider
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You may be wondering what the Rider is getting at with the above pictures. I want to remind people of the sacrifices that have been made to keep us free. As probably all of you know, recently there has been a NFL Player that refused to stand during the National Anthem. Is that his Right, yes? But it is DISRESPECTFUL!
He is free in this great country of ours to play football because of the people that have sacrificed. If he doesn’t like the National Anthem, hold a Press Conference, talk on the TV, or, here is an idea, write an editorial to Shoalanda Speaks.
Young children look up to “Sports Stars” wanting to be like them. Not standing for the National Anthem can cause a bad influence to a young mind. I think that all of his Sponsors should pull their money, see if he notices that. Where I come from, if he had not stood up during the National Anthem, my Team Players would have stood him up and then we would have had a “discussion” about it after the game.
This Country needs to stand together, not apart. The National Anthem should remind everyone of sacrifices.
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

The Panty Tree
It looks like the Rider has gotten something stirred up with my articles on the Panty Tree. This morning (9-14-16) on KIX-96, they had a lengthy discussion about the Panty Tree. They were asking people to call in if you had donated a pair of panties to the Panty Tree but they would not mention your name. RRIIGGHHTT!!
Contacting the Rider
Let’s try something new. If you have a question for the Midnight Rider or have a topic that I need to investigate, you can contact me via Shoalanda Speaks at shoalanda.speaks@gmail.com. They will forward it to me.
Until then……
I am and always will be, the midnight rider

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When Florence attorney Edward "Chip" Dillard was first arrested, we heard he had some help securing an Athens attorney to take his case. Now we hear he's being repped by Robert Tuten of Huntsville. We doubt that Mr. Tuten is defending Dillard out of the goodness of his heart.

If what a member of the extended Bray family told us several years ago is true, Tuten charged a fee of 400K to represent Christie Bray Scott at her murder trial. Good help obviously ain't cheap...





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Motivated Mickey Haddock to Sponsor the Fireworks Law?


The Anderson family of Florence contributes to many politicians and political causes. We haven’t checked to see if any Andersons have contributed to Steve Holt or Susan Goode, but it’s highly probable they have. We do know the Anderson family has given $7,500.00 to current Florence mayor Mickey Haddock during this year’s mayoral contest.

One of the Anderson family’s principal companies is TNT Fireworks located in the Florence Industrial Park. Is there big money in fireworks? We assume there is. Yet fireworks are legally sold in Florence only in July and December. There aren’t too many retail businesses that operate only 1/6 of the year.

Therefore we ask why rules are needed to govern such businesses? Obviously, there is a need for certain rules in order to maintain safety. Rules of taxation also are important to the running of city government. Anything else?

The City of Florence apparently thinks so. For a business to sell fireworks out of a permanent location, it must have had a wholesale business presence in Florence for the past five consecutive years…although the law actually reads “concurrent” for some unknown reason:


In short, the recently passed Florence law means that for the next five years, only permanent stores owned by TNT may legally sell fireworks in the city. Is there a point to this law other than to give TNT a monopoly? If there were five such businesses in the Shoals, we would still have to ask what the point of such a law is?

If a business is licensed, pays taxes, and abides by all safety regulations, what is the problem? The new law was dreamed up and sponsored by Mayor Mickey Haddock. He has yet to answer as to his motivation.

Politicians are much like children. Tell a five year-old not to take more than two pieces of candy from the bowl, and he will take three. If no one calls his hand, the next day he will take four; the day after he will take five. Our mayor and city council are much like that child. They’ve performed many slights of hand the past few years. Now is the time to say “Enough!”

Ethics complaints take months to be processed through the system. By the time the Alabama Ethics Commission rules on the validity of the complaint against Haddock, etal. the election will be long over. Vote for a change on October 4th. Vote for Steve Holt and Kaytrina P. Simmons!





Monday, September 19, 2016

A Word from Steve Modas/Lucky to be Alive?


From Mr. Steve Modas in answer to a blog post by Rogersville Rose:

My name is Steve Modas; most people just call me Big Steve. I appreciate the chance Shoalanda Speaks has given me to respond to an article posted on here written by Rogersville Rose concerning my business (Big Steve's) donating money and items to schools. This practice of helping schools seems to irritate Rose. If selling alcohol eliminates us from helping schools then it would also eliminate Walmart, Food Land, Publix, Dollar General. Walgreens, CVS pharmacy, and most restaurants and gas stations. We wouldn't have many businesses left to help the schools. 

Times are hard for schools; government funding is constantly being cut even as government puts more mandates on them. Businesses and individuals including myself try to help by donating to worthy projects and programs. Rogersville Rose didn't like it that my name was put on a shirt. I've attached pictures of both sides of the shirt. No students were given these shirts and no where do they mention alcohol. 

I sponsored a big basketball tournament held around Christmas each year back when I was in business with my son at Lil' Steve's. Lil' Steve's has some liquor stores but mainly they are gas stations we had a banner hanging that said nothing more than 'Lil' Steve's an American family owned business' no mention of alcohol. We try to feed the home and visiting teams during playoff games it seems that them thanking me for doing that during the game also upset Rogersville Rose. Rogersville Rose has probably never helped the schools; most people that like to condemn those that do usually don't. 

I was condemned all over Facebook for wanting to set up a lunch fund at Brooks for anyone that didn't have lunch money for any reason. Those that condemned me for it at least did it on their Facebook using their name. Although I know who Rogersville Rose is and I know it's just a personal attack on me, most people don't know it. 

To Rose and anyone else that has a problem with schools being helped at least let everyone know who you are and don't hide your vindictiveness behind a beautiful flower. In closing Rose also says that I might be trying to attract future customers. That's just ridiculous; anyone that knows me knows I don't sell to minors and never will. I don't think anything I have done to help schools will cause a student to start drinking. I just want to help when I can and God willing I will continue helping. 

Thanks again for allowing me the opportunity to comment on what's been written about me on here.

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We're happy to publish the above from Mr. Modas. We will note that the name "Rogersville Rose" was given our reader by us and not one that she/he chose. We are also happy tp publish the attached photos. We had visualized only the name of a liquor store on the front and a bottle of booze on the back. Now we all have the real picture:



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We've had several readers contact us bout the Saturday night incident at Sidepockets Lounge. One faithful reader has informed us Nick Hoffman was extremely high on drugs and attempted to stab a third man, but was prevented from doing so by a woman who hit him over the head with a chair. Good for her!





Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amazon Tax/Submissions


In the “You Can’t Hide from the Taxman” department, beginning in 2017, your Amazon purchases will cost you more, as in 8% more if you live in Alabama. The new source of revenue is expected to generate at least 15 million for the general fund and 5 million for education in its first year.

This is a universal tax, meaning if you purchase a 1954 copy of your favorite novel in less than pristine condition, you’ll still be paying tax as if you purchased a new book at Books-a-Million. We don’t know if this tax will be charged on shipping or not (Amazon currently collects its pound of cyber-flesh from vendors on shipping as well as merchandise), but we do predict a very slight uptick in sales for e-Bay.

If you purchase e-books, you may wish to consider checking Smashwords or similar sites for the title in order to avoid the tax. Just remember, you didn’t hear that here.

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A clarification: We happily publish your submissions that abide by our guidelines. We can publish anonymously from “a reader” or if you’re a regular, we can give you a pen name. If you want your name used as the author of the submission, we’re also happy to publish your identity.

We will not publish names of non-public persons. This means if you write an article about the Zip City Metropolitan Opera and mention Mayor Cleophus Smuckpucker isn’t keeping the concert venue in good condition, we’ll leave the article unedited. If you mention that ticket clerk Alabaster Smuckpucker is stealing from the till, we will remove the name when we publish your article.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Guns & Liquor: How School Policies Differ


Liquor/Lottery, Chicago & the Puppy Dog
By: The Midnight Rider
Liquor & Lottery
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Sholanda Speaks recently ran an article about a Liquor Store advertising and/or endorsing a school. It got the Rider thinking. I understand this is the Bible Belt, but it is also 2016. Alabama doesn’t realize the money that it is losing with Alcohol Sales and the Lottery. If you City or County is not Wet (allows alcohol sales), then the citizens that want a drink are going to go to a city or town that is, for a drink.
People are going to partake of alcohol if they wish. The cities or towns that can’t see this are watching money floating into other cities or towns. If you don’t drink and you go into a restaurant that serves alcohol, don’t order any booze. It’s that simple. I like to eat, so that is why I am at a restaurant, not for the liquor.
It is the same with the Lottery. As most of you know, the Lottery Bill for Alabama got shot down again. Well that means that there will be a stream of cars going to Tennessee to get Lottery Tickets. How much money have Alabama Citizens spent in Tennessee for Lottery Tickets? Don’t know, but I do know that have better roads than Alabama.
I will conclude this section with endorsements. Schools are always going to local businesses looking for donations. I was talking to my friend Bobby Inman over at Hammer Down Gun & Pawn recently about this. He told me that “Sheffield Schools, Sheffield Ladies Softball, Sheffield Police Department, etc are always coming around wanting donations. He has always given something to them. However, he gave a customer and her daughter a Hammer Down Shirt. The daughter wore it to school and got in trouble about it. So where is the fairness in that? Hmm, I’m going to have to ponder on this one a little longer.


Chicago: Shooting and Homicide Capitol in 2016
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As most of you have seen on TV or read in the newspapers, In Chicago, people are shooting/killing each other left and right. The stats of today 9-13-16 are as follows:
Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 473
Shot & Wounded: 2,582
Total Shot: 3,055
Total Homicides: 527
Ok, the Rider is going to tell you how to fix this problem. “Get the Hell out of Chicago. Run!”.
The End
The Puppy Dog
This morning it was on Social Media as well as the News Media that someone threw a bag containing a puppy in it onto the side of the road. A motorist stopped when they saw the bag moving. A small puppy was found inside. Florence Police was called and the puppy was taking to the Animal Shelter for emergency help.
The suspect was driving a White Nissan Altima with Red Under Carriage Lights. If you know who this person may be, please contact the Florence Police Department.
Now, with that being said, a person that will do this to a small animal like that needs what we use to call a “Bunkhouse Attitude Adjustment.”
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For the person who did this, there is a special place in Hell for you.

I am and always will be, the midnight rider

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A few words on the Rider's comments:

M.R. mentioned Sheffield specifically concerning their dress code. We've had complaints about Sheffield's code, as well as Muscle Shoals' before. Our answer has always been to abide by the code; you or your children won't be in school forever.

Why can students at Lauderdle County High School, at least football players, wear shirts advertising a liquor store, but students at Sheffield High are not allowed to wear a shirt advertising a gun store? We have no firsthand knowledge of the circumstances, but the football players may wearing the shirts at pep rallies, etc., and not to class. We would be interested in more specifics of this advertising.

The puppy? We're now told there is more to the story than was first reported. Whoever did this to the little girl needs to be punished, but apparently there isn't enough evidence to do so.

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Regular readers know we give everyone a voice here as long as they can avoid vulgar language, libelous statements, etc. A few individuals have criticized Rogersville Rose and Rose's opinions. They have also attributed Rose's opinions to Shoalanda herself. This doesn't speak badly of SS, but of those who can't read or who intentionally try to mislead others with false information.

As for what has happened at Lauderdale County High School, we don't know. We welcome comments and any personal observations from those who are familiar with the situation. As we said, different schools have different policies, but we do wonder how many of our readers think advertising for a gun store is somehow less acceptable than advertising for a liquor store?