Monday, March 30, 2015

Panama City Beach Spring Break shooting injures three students from Alabama A&M University


Florida spring break violence comes after years of warnings


Article Excerpt: "...Three of the victims were students at Alabama A&M University, where a candlelight vigil was planned for the campus quad in Normal, Alabama, on Monday evening..."


Reference: www.cbsnews.com

Read more from our March 25, 2015 post: Don't come to Panama City Beach during Spring Break, it's too dangerous; "one beer bottle away from a riot"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Uber not happy with Huntsville ordinance


Uber "will not operate in Huntsville" under new ordinance


Article Excerpt: "...Despite Uber's discontent with the proposed ordinance, Huntsville Parking & Public transit director Tommy Brown says wants to see the city council pass this ordinance as written. "We've researched other ordinances. We put a lot of time into this," Brown says ..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Warriors To The Workforce Huntsville: American Freedom Foundation’s nationwide initiative to help veterans find jobs


Warriors To The Workforce Huntsville presented in association with Still Serving Veterans and in conjunction with 2015 AUSA ILW Global Force Symposium and Exposition


Warriors To The Workforce Huntsville
Warriors To The Workforce Huntsville
Article Excerpt: "...The American Freedom Foundation will host Warriors To The Workforce Huntsville presented in association with Still Serving Veterans and in conjunction with the 2015 AUSA ILW Global Force Symposium & Exposition on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. This one of a kind event is part of the American Freedom Foundation’s nationwide initiative to help veterans find jobs. The event will bring together major companies from throughout the country to profile their services and provide employment opportunities for our veterans. Attending veterans will have the chance to talk with employers and submit qualifications. In addition to the hiring event, Warriors To The Workforce will include workshops featuring some of the top speakers in the country. Workshops will provide resources and information for veterans, transitioning military service members and military spouses to help them better transition to civilian life. Presentations will include subjects such as mental readiness, confidence building, networking and presentation skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job searching, career planning through goal setting, translating military skills and training into civilian life and corporate experience, among others. ..."

Reference: americanfreedomfoundation.givezooks.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't come to Panama City Beach during Spring Break, it's too dangerous; "one beer bottle away from a riot"


Hannity 2015 Panama City FL Spring Break Exposed- Ainsley Interviews Sheriff On Drugs & Crime


Article Excerpt: "...This 2nd night special Ainsley interviews Josie Strange a Panama City Beach City Council Member who recommends to parents not to allow their kids to go to spring break but they could come any other time. She recommends that for their own safety..."


Reference: www.youtube.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

Panoply is a dynamic blend of music, visual art, dance performances and more


Panoply 2015 line up announced


Article Excerpt: "... “Panoply is a dynamic blend of music, visual art, dance performances and more,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Council executive director. “It is truly the Southeast’s premier arts weekend where Huntsville’s innovative spark shines as the community comes together to produce the Rocket City’s largest downtown event .” ..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Huntsville Police K-9 Unit honored for superb street success


Huntsville Police K-9 Unit honored for superb street success


Article Excerpt: "... “They also apprehended over 400 dangerous felons and they also got some great awards from their field trials last year; overall doing an outstanding job as far as I’m concerned,” says Unit Supervisor Sergeant Joe Jenkins proudly. His unit boasts 10 dogs covering all 3 shifts ..."


Reference: whnt.com

WhistleStop 2015 artists announced


WhistleStop artists announced

whistlestopweekend.com
Article Excerpt: "... Sister Hazel will be Friday night main act. “This year we are taking a slightly different approach to our entertainment. As WhistleStop has been primarily a country music event we are excited about introducing more variety,” said Bart Williams, Executive Director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. ..."

Reference: www.waaytv.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

Congratulations! The CyberSloths from Grissom H.S. win national CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition


The CyberSloths from Grissom H.S. win national CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition

www.uscyberpatriot.org
CyberSloths are winners!

Cybersloths: We are the Champions, as the song from Queen goes. The Rocket City team from Grissom High School took first place this week in the CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition. The competition was rigorous with a total of 2,100 registered teams competing, while only 28 teams earned the title "National Finalist. The finals Competition was held March 11-15, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The team members were James Brahm, Morgan Wagner, Jeramy Lochner, Matthew Rogers, Michelle Driessnack, and Christopher Lin, and were coached by Chris Sutton. Congratulations to the CyberSloths and to a future of protecting our country from future cyber-threats. We are proud of our students as well as the educators at Grissom High School.


Reference: Rocket-City.us

Friday, March 13, 2015

Build your resume with a "Pathway Intern Summer Hire Position" in beautiful Huntsville, Alabama


Student Trainee (Management Analyst) (Summer Hire)


Article Excerpt: "... Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work and get paid while exploring federal careers ..."


Reference: Federal Employment Tips

Monday, March 9, 2015

Attorney vows Alonzo McGhee murder case will not go away


Still no arrests after Lt. Col. Alonzo McGhee murdered two years ago


Article Excerpt: "... McDaniel wants to keep his story alive, and has a message for the person who pulled the trigger. "It's never going to be one of those cases that's put back in some file to go away. As long as there is a breath in our bodies here it will not go away," McDaniel said. ..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Second person indicted in police officer bribery scheme


Second person indicted in officer bribery scheme


Article Excerpt: "... A second person has been indicted in connection to a bribery case involving a former Huntsville police officer. ..."


Reference: www.wtvm.com

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMF Parkway Lanes in the Rocket City are reduced to rubble by fire


Parkway Lanes reduced to rubble after fire

AMF Parkway Lanes in Huntsville

Article Excerpt: "... AMF's district manager said the other Huntsville location, Pin Palace on 2006 Country Club Lane, remains open for bowling enthusiasts and those who wish to gather and, like Slade, remember the glory days of the now-former Parkway Lanes. ..."

Reference: www.myfoxal.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center


Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center®


Article Excerpt: "... The city is nicknamed "The Rocket City" for its close history with U.S. space missions. Huntsville has been important in developing space technology since the 1950s. ..."


Reference: www.huntsville.org

Sleet Day in Huntsville

Sleet Day in Huntsville


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Issued by NWS for: Huntsville AL

Local Area Emergency

ALC059-083-089-052100-

LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY

FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY RUSSELLVILLE AL
LIMESTONE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ATHENS AL
MADISON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY HUNTSVILLE AL
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
730 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

...LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY FOR FRANKLIN...LIMESTONE...AND MADISON COUNTIES...

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY...LIMESTONE COUNTY...AND MADISON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES:

ALL ROADS ACROSS THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NORTH ALABAMA ARE BECOMING TREACHEROUS AND IMPASSABLE DUE TO ICE AND SLEET:

FRANKLIN...LIMESTONE...AND MADISON

THESE COUNTIES DISCOURAGE ANY TRAVEL THROUGH TONIGHT...UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY.

$$

*Reference: http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=ALZ006&warncounty=ALC089&firewxzone=ALZ006&local_place1=Huntsville%20AL&product1=Local+Area+Emergency&lat=34.707&lon=-86.6277#.VPi6YOE8Yrs

  • *Local Area Emergency information accurate as found on weather.gov at 2:27pm (CST); 3/5/15
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Thank You Huntsville, Madison County and all Law Enforcement in North Alabama


    Thank You Huntsville, Madison County and all Law Enforcement in North Alabama


    From those of us at the Rocket City Blog, we would like to thank all of our local law enforcement officers. We want you to know that we appreciate your sacrifice, especially at a time when it seems everyone wants to criticize and judge you for a job that most would be in fear of doing. We feel you do a great job of not only policing our area but do a great job at policing your own. Thanks for taking care of us. Thanks for a job well done with too little pay and too little support. God bless you!

    Here is a great story about a young lady that has shown her appreciation for law enforcement.


    Reference: Rocket City

    Huntsville officials ‘ready’ for another round of winter weather


    Huntsville officials ‘ready’ for another round of winter weather


    Article Excerpt: "... Public Works officials say they’ll be more than prepared should we have more icy conditions by the end of the week. by the end of the day Monday, they’ll have more than 100,000 pounds of bags of salt. They also have 1,200 tons of gravel ready to spread on the roads. ..."


    Reference: whnt.com

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Huntsville is working with the community after cars temporarily abandoned after Wednesday weather event


    Huntsville Police say abandoned cars get a pass following severe weather


    Article Excerpt: "..."We are not going to move the cars. We are going to give the car owners plenty of time to get the cars off the road" says Captain JesHenry Malone of the Huntsville Police Department. ..."


    Reference: www.waaytv.com

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Feb. 25 (2015) Huntsville snow was the fourth (4th) highest snow total since records began


    The three snowiest days in Huntsville history


    Alabama Snow (2/25/2015)
    Alabama Snow (2/25/2015)
    Article Excerpt: "...February 25th, 2015, Huntsville picked up on 8.1" of snow, thus making it the 4TH HIGHEST SNOW TOTAL since records began! ..."

    Reference: www.waaytv.com

    Houseboat sinks at Ditto Landing


    Salvage crews to try to raise sunken houseboat in Huntsville


    Article Excerpt: "...Huntsville say a salvage crew will try to raise a sunken boat at Ditto Landing. ..."


    Reference: www.timesdaily.com

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    2/26/2015: Many Roads Still Closed, Some begin to open

    This information accurate as of Update on Feb 26, 2015 at 11:33 AM CST


    Roads begin to open up across N. Alabama; many still closed


    Article Excerpt: "...The National Weather Service predicted some snowfall records on Wednesday, and road conditions became dangerous as snow fell and accumulated on roadways across the Valley. There were up to 11 inches reported in some areas of north Alabama. While roads were closed throughout Wednesday evening, roads have begun opening back up as of late Thursday morning. All Huntsville roads opened up except for elevated portions of I-565, Memorial Parkway, and Chapman Mountain. ..."


    Reference: www.myfoxal.com

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Where can I buy snow sleds in Huntsville Alabama? Lewter’s Hardware


    Half of Huntsville waited in line at Lewter’s Hardware for sled delivery Wednesday


    Article Excerpt: "...We’re not sure how so many people got notice of the expected arrival time of the delivery truck with sleds and snow boogie boards in tow, but it’s certainly a study in the power of word-of-mouth. ..."


    Reference: whnt.com
    Lewter’s Hardware

    Kickstarter: Handcrafted Wood Pens made from Reclaimed Whiskey Barrels


    Handcrafted Wood Pens made from Reclaimed Whiskey Barrels


    Article Excerpt: "...Custom handmade wood turned pens made from authentic Jack Daniel's reclaimed whiskey barrels. The whiskey is aged in these barrels for 4 years. The used barrels are salvaged, the steel bands are removed, and the staves disassembled. Finally, the staves are cut into over-sized (7/8in. x 7/8in. x 5-1/4in. minimum) pen blanks. ..."


    Reference: www.kickstarter.com

    Redstone Arsenal will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, due to emerging severe weather conditions


    Redstone Arsenal will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, due to emerging severe weather conditions


    Article Excerpt: "...Due to emerging severe weather conditions in the Tennessee Valley, Redstone Arsenal will be closed on Wednesday. Gate 9 will remain open. Gate 8 will operate on weekend/holiday hours on Wednesday. Redstone Arsenal contractors should follow the guidance stated in contracts regarding closures. All employees should be in close contact with supervisors to ensure they have the latest information and instructions and should report their status to their supervisors on a regular basis for accountability. ..."


    Reference: www.facebook.com/teamredstone

    Ex-Huntsville police officer pleads guilty in bribery scheme


    Ex-Huntsville police officer pleads guilty in bribery scheme


    Article Excerpt: "...former Huntsville police officer has pleaded guilty to bribing a colleague to invalidate drug charges against a man who was found with cocaine during a vehicle search. Authorities say 45-year-old Lewis Bernard Hall of Meridianville ..."


    Reference: www.timesdaily.com

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    Winter Storm Pandora Punches Huntsville and Madison County in The Face With Icy Roads


    Winter Storm Pandora Punches Huntsville and Madison County in The Face With Icy Roads

    I-565 During Winter Storm Pandora
    I-565 During Winter Storm Pandora

    Article Excerpt: Winter storm Pandora impacted Huntsville and Madison County driving conditions severely on Friday and early Saturday morning. Snow and sleet quickly caused Interstate 565 to become a parking lot beginning around 2pm Friday with slip and slide accidents growing as the day slid toward evening. The wintry mix became a light misting of rain that turned to black ice. Early Saturday morning, starting just after midnight, the temperatures began to climb causing melting black ice to form a water layer over the ice making all roads with mild to steep grades impossible to climb. Ryland Pike, near Maysville and Gurley became an obstacle course temporarily with vehicles stranded in ditches and abandoned across the road. The city and county seemed to nearly abandon any idea of improving road conditions. Police and State Troopers roamed the streets assisting stranded motorists and tending to numerous accidents. The Postal Service Mail Processing Facility in Huntsville continued to receive and process mail from across North Alabama as trucks were seen entering the locked security gates with weary drivers struggling to deliver the mail. Although, one bystander mentioned that the Birmingham Mail Facility cancelled all its tractor trailer deliveries to and from Birmingham. - Winter Storm Pandora

    Reference: rocketcity-us.blogspot.com

    Friday, February 20, 2015

    ALERT! 800,000 Obamacare users provided incorrect 1095-A tax forms


    Already filed your taxes using the incorrect Form 1095-A? We encourage you to wait to file until you get your corrected Form 1095-A.

    Is your Form 1095-A correct?


    Article Excerpt: "...if we contact you because your Form 1095-A is incorrect, here's why. Some forms included the monthly premium amount of the second lowest cost Silver plan for 2015 instead of 2014, which needs to be corrected. The incorrect amount is listed in Part III, Column B of the Form 1095-A. We're working quickly to resolve this and any other issues with the 1095-A forms. This does not mean that your tax credit was incorrect; this is purely an error in what was printed on the form. If your form is affected by this issue, you’ll get a call and email from us in the next few days, and you will get a message in your Marketplace account here on HealthCare.gov. ..."

    Reference: www.healthcare.gov

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Huntsville Museum of Art: Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe


    Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe


    Article Excerpt: "...This exhibition features more than 70 major works by master painters from the renowned collection of The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. ..."


    Reference: hsvmuseum.org

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Difference in pay between Huntsville firefighters and police officers


    Difference in pay between Huntsville firefighters and police officers


    Article Excerpt: "..."Huntsville Fire and Huntsville Police, we both have the ultimate responsibility of protecting the citizens," said Huntsville Firefighters Association President, Steve Jones. So, if their jobs are similar, why is there a difference in pay? ..."


    Reference: www.waaytv.com

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Did you know they are trying to destroy our Postal Service? Danny Glover speaks to save it


    Danny Glover: Our Postal Service

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    In this superb two-minute video, actor- activist Danny Glover champions the need for a vibrant public Postal Service and asks the public to join with him in A Grand Alliance to save our Postal Service.


    Reference: YouTube

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Information About Huntsville Alabama


    The following site provides interesting statistical, real estate, crime, education and more demographic information on Huntsville.

    Huntsville, AL real estate and demographic information


    Article Excerpt: "... Huntsville is a relatively large city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 186,254 people and 54 constituent neighborhoods, Huntsville is the fourth largest community in Alabama. Huntsville real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Huntsville house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S. Unlike some cities, Huntsville isn’t mainly white-collar or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Huntsville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Huntsville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntsville who work in office and administrative support (12.81%), sales jobs (11.49%) and management occupations (9.33%). Also of interest is that Huntsville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. ..."


    Reference: www.neighborhoodscout.com