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! ..."


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. ..."


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. ..."


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. ..."

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. ..."


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. ..."


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 ..."


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


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 ..."


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. ..."


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? ..."


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. ..."


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Redstone Arsenal Controlled Munitions Disposal Explosions Shake Homes From Maysville to South Huntsville

‘Boom’ originating from Redstone Arsenal shakes Huntsville area

Article Excerpt: "...The store owner of Goody’s on south Parkway reported the boom shattered the window of his store. Chris Colster, Redstone Arsenal Spokesman, told WHNT News 19 it was a planned destruction of old munitions that had reached the end of their life cycle. He said this was not an accident and it was handled by Redstone teams. ..."


click here to find out how to file a claim for damages

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dream Home of the Week: Jennifer Lopez (J. LO) is selling her Hidden Hills estate

Dream Home of the Week: Jennifer Lopez (J. LO) is selling her Hidden Hills estate

Jennifer Lopez Home For Sale (Feb. 2015)
Credit: Photo From Zillow Listing
Article Excerpt: "...The entertainment wing includes a lounge/saloon with bar, 20 seat theater, recording studio, dance studio/gym, and au pair suite.Perched on the coveted Ashley Ridge section of Hidden Hills, the estate has views of city lights and the San Gabriel Mountains. ..."

More Reading On This Home:

  • 25067 Jim Bridger Road Hidden Hills, CA, United States $17,000,000
  • Jennifer Lopez Lists Estate in Kardashian Neighborhood
  • That's Freaky: Dog-Sized Jackrabbits invade a Fargo, North Dakota, neighborhood

    Dozens of Dog-Sized Jackrabbits Swarm Development in North Dakota

    Article Excerpt: "...More than 50 jackrabbits the size of small dogs have been hopping around backyards ..."


    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Sessions and Shelby Comment on Keystone XL Pipeline Bill They Favor

    Sessions and Shelby Comment on Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

    Article Excerpt: "...President Obama is expected to veto the popular pipeline project, which is opposed by environmental activists who claim that the jobs and economic activity produced by the pipeline are outweighed by the environmental costs. ..."


    More Reading: Five Years after Enbridge Oil Spill, Landowners Await Spring Landscaping of Repaired Line

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    Call for the BRAC in the president’s budget proposal

    What the president’s BRAC proposal means for Huntsville

    Article Excerpt: "...The call for the BRAC in the president’s budget proposal looks to lower the Department of Defense’s Major Headquarters’ Operating Budget by 20-percent, so some places could see huge cuts. ..."


    Northwest Huntsville waste treatment plant is creating a headache

    Taking Action: Neighboring businesses critical of foul smells coming from northwest Huntsville plant

    Article Excerpt: "...Right now in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Valicor site that processes the same fluids as in Huntsville, is under the legal microscope. ..."


    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Hey Y'all ...what does Wikipedia have to say about it?


    Article Excerpt: "...Y’all (/jɔːl/ yawl) (sometimes ya'll or yall) is a contraction of you and all (sometimes combined as you-all). It is used as a second-person pronoun. The exclusive usage of y'all as a plural pronoun is a subject of perennial discussion. Y'all is strongly associated with Southern American English, and appears in other English varieties, including South African Indian English. ..."


    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Contractor meets with Huntsville inspectors, gets 4-day pass to make things right on woman’s home repairs

    Contractor meets with Huntsville inspectors, gets 4-day pass to make things right on woman’s home repairs

    Article Excerpt: "...on unrelated criminal charges. He is scheduled to go to trial for theft by fraudulent leasing. Court records show Harris also has multiple drug charges dating back to 2007. In 2011, he was jailed for failing to register as a sex offender. ..."


    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Are you Legal? Concealed Carry Permit in Madison County is a Must!

    Instructions for completion of Pistol Permit Application

    Pistol Permit Instructions
    Article as Garnered from and is accurate as of 1/27/2015. Please go to link to verify that changes have not been made to the process or the referenced application.

  • Ensure all requested information is filled in COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY; failure to do so may result in delays or denial of the application.
  • All lines that request an address MUST have city, state and zip code to be considered complete.
  • The question regarding being charged or convicted of any crime DOES include traffic tickets. While it is not required for you to list each one separately, or to have specific years, failure to disclose this information may be grounds for denial of the application.
  • “OTHER NAMES” is intended for use for prior last names. Please include any LEGAL names you have used for identification.
  • The question “Has your license ever been revoked?” refers to a pistol license, not a driver’s license.

    1. You may return the application in one of two ways:
    2. Bring the application and your driver’s license to the Sheriff’s Office, Room 206 of the Madison County Courthouse. Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience but we are unable to issue permits after 4:30 p.m. We will scan your driver’s license for use as your picture for application purposes.
    3. Mail the completed application to the Sheriff’s Office:
          Madison County Sheriff’s Office
          Attn: Gun Permits
          100 Northside Sq., Rm 206
          Huntsville, AL 35801
  • When listing phone numbers, one of the blanks may be used for a cell phone number if that is the best way to reach the applicant.
  • **Do not STAPLE anything to the application**



    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Visits Huntsville, offers tips on cyber security

    Former CIA Director talks national security while in Huntsville

    Article Excerpt: "...But what can you, the average person do to at least try to protect yourself? He says it is really not that difficult. With firsthand knowledge of how these people work, Hayden says ..."


    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Text of Alabama Gov. Bentley’s inaugural speech

    Text of Alabama Gov. Bentley’s inaugural speech

    Article Excerpt: "...We made promises to the people of this state, and we have followed through. Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level since 2008. ..."


    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    How Alabama wooed Polaris: Barbecue, helicopter rides and $80 million

    How Alabama wooed Polaris: Barbecue, helicopter rides and $80 million

    Polaris is coming to the Rocket City
    Article Excerpt: "...Polaris (NYSE: PII) said it looked at 100 sites in more than a dozen states, picking Huntsville "due to its skilled workforce, history of technology and innovation, existing utility infrastructure, and strong local and state resources supporting economic development." ..."


    More Reading on Polaris: Polaris Packs Up Manufacturing and Moves to Mexico "move its production south of the border to Mexico. The move comes about as Polaris looks to increase production efficiency (i.e. lower production costs with cheaper labor)"; ; 05/21/2010 @ 6:21 am, by Jensen Beeler

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    Help Needed: Donation drive for Imperial Gardens fire victims

    Huntsville's Imperial Gardens Apartments holding donation drive for fire victims

    Article Excerpt: "... So far, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Manna House, Apartment Association of North Alabama and Regions Bank have already reached out to the victims, as have several individuals. ... Questions about specific sizes needed may be directed to Hunter or the Imperial Gardens office at 256-536-8491. ..."


    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    SpaceX Launch Delayed Again

    SpaceX postpones its mission to land a rocket on a barge at sea
    SpaceX CRS-5
    Article Excerpt: "... SpaceX has delayed its planned launch of an uncrewed Falcon 9 rocket on a barge out at sea, scheduled for 6:20AM ET today. The goal was to find out if SpaceX can safely conserve a rocket for future flights. The private space travel company explained its decision to postpone the launch on its mission liveblog. ..."


    Sunday, January 4, 2015

    HPD officer indicted on federal bribery charges

    Huntsville police officer indicted on federal bribery charges

    Article Excerpt: "... charged with conspiracy, bribery, obstruction of justice and making a false statement to investigators. Hall is accused of trying to fix cocaine trafficking charges. ..."


    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Innovators with a Huntsville connection: Nicolas Spiegelberg

    Here's How To Get A Job At Facebook

    Article Excerpt: "... Nicolas Spiegelberg earned a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006.

    After graduating with a 4.0 GPA, he worked for a telecommunications company in Alabama for a few years..."


    Sunday, December 28, 2014

    Own a little bit of history - Wernher von Braun's home (Home of the week)

    Own a little bit of history - Wernher von Braun's home (Home of the week)

    Article Excerpt: "... Own a little bit of history - Wernher von Braun's home in Blossomwood! Custom built home with lots of light and a beautiful treed lot. Hardwoods in the formals plus a study & library that open to a rear flagstone patio. Master bath and hall bath have been updated with white subway tile. Kitchen with vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained cabinetry. Family room with tile floors and fireplace. Large 2 car garage PLUS 2 car carport. Wonderful floorplan on private lot in convenient area! ..."