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Jerry Johnson
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Attended McAdory High School Univeristy of Alabama
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On July 15, you and every other voter in Baldwin County – no matter where you live – can help decide the District 2 County Commission race.  I’m writing today as a private citizen to underscore the urgency of your going to the polls that day.  That’s because the outcome of this race will dramatically impact the future of education in our community.   
 
The simple fact is this – unless the County Commission is fully willing to lead on the issue of public education, rather than using it as an instrument for political advancement or divisiveness – we will never be able to realize our shared vision for creating world-class schools.
 
That’s why I’m personally supporting Chris Elliot in the July 15 runoff for Baldwin County Commission District 2. 
 
Reason #1: Chris sees public education as the #1 driver of economic development for Baldwin County.
 
Throughout this campaign, Chris has said that adequately-funded 21st century schools will be vital to maximizing the economic impact of Airbus and other emerging industry in Baldwin County. 
 
The capacity and continuing success of our public schools will have everything to do with the number of new businesses, new families and positive benefits to be gained from the coming boon.
 
Reason #2:  Chris listens.
 
Over the past year, Chris has sat with hundreds of citizens in living rooms, community centers, everyday settings and special events to learn about their concerns and expectations for Baldwin County.
 
I’ve been particularly impressed that he attended the majority of the school system’s 7 recent Community Meetings on Growth and School Facilities.  There he heard firsthand from school leaders, parents and residents about the critical need to address the problem of overcrowded classrooms and continuing, dramatic growth. (Bob James attended none of these important meetings.)
 
Reason #3:  Chris is committed to doing what’s best for every citizen in Baldwin County, especially children.
 
By seeking every kind of opportunity to hear from residents, Chris has formed or deepened hundreds of key relationships that will inform his decisions and guide his administration of the county’s business.
 
Chris knows that the job of the County Commission is to secure the best possible input in order to make prudent, visionary choices.  He has pledged to work strategically with all of the County’s vital partners and to address each issue on its own merit, never as a political ploy.  I believe Chris will “walk the walk” and not just pay lip service to the ideals of leadership, fairness and trust.
 
As a business owner and parent of an incoming kindergartner, Chris understands that being a champion for  public schools must be the hallmark of his service as a Baldwin County Commissioner. 
 
Please join me at the polls on July 15 to vote Chris Elliot for Baldwin County Commission, District 2.  Be sure your family and friends come out to support Chris, too, as turnout will mean everything that day.  Our votes can make THE difference in this critically important race. 
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Shelby Announces Legislation Affecting Red Snapper, Gulf Fisheries
Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill Passes Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC, Tuesday, June 03, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), today announced subcommittee passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 CJS appropriations bill, which contains critical provisions affecting fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.  Among other important provisions, the legislation includes language directing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to take into account the benefits of artificial reefs and offshore energy exploration infrastructure when conducting stock assessments for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico, including red snapper.  The legislation also requires NOAA to take into consideration any imbalance occurring in the ecosystem due to larger and more red snapper prior to making any changes to red snapper quotas for the Gulf of Mexico.

“The bill provides sufficient resources and direction to improve the management of our Nation’s fisheries, including new approaches to manage red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Shelby.  “These new approaches should provide a more equitable system for commercial fishermen and increase the number of fishing days for recreational anglers.”

The legislation further includes the following provisions affecting the Alabama Gulf Coast:


·         Disaster Response Center (DRC):  The report includes language providing $2.5 million for operations of the DRC in Mobile, of which up to $500,000 can be used for activities of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council established under the RESTORE Act.

The report includes language directing NOAA to work with the National Science Foundation to conduct a Vortex SE study focusing on the unique climate and topography of the southeast region.  This study is directed as a follow-on study to Vortex I and Vortex II which focused solely on the Midwest region.

·         Cooperative Research Aquatic Animal Health: Report language is included encouraging NOAA to participate in cooperative research with other relevant federal agencies and Sea Grant universities to pursue research in aquatic animal health.

·         Baseline Monitoring Gulf of Mexico:  Report language included directing NOAA to leverage existing resources to better understand the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including through a sentinel species program.

·          Yellowfin Tuna:  Report language encouraging NOAA to study the effects of offshore oil platforms on highly migratory pelagic species, including yellow fin tuna.

·         Oyster Aquaculture Research and Development:  Report language included encouraging NOAA to support off-bottom oyster aquaculture and research related to disease and reproduction that could be beneficial to commercial operations.  .

·         MRIP:  Report language expressing the Committee’s disappointment in the Marine Recreational Information Program and the mismanagement of the recreational reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico that has resulted in shorter seasons for recreational anglers.  The language directs NOAA to augment or replace MRIP data with data collected from electronic monitoring or reporting when feasible.

·         Lionfish:  Report language included acknowledging the threat posed by invasive lionfish and encouraging NOAA to partner with interested state, local, non-profit, and private entities to research ways to mitigate the negative impacts caused by this invasive species, including in the Gulf of Mexico where there are numerous artificial reefs.
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The Johnson Reunion will be Saturday June 28, 2014 in Shelby Alabama. We will be celebrating the 80th Birthday of Margie Johnson Payne. There will be music, wonderful food provided by everyone attending, story telling, and great conversation. Please make plans to attend. An official invitation will be forth coming soon.

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Orange Beach Mayor and Council has declared a State of Emergency for flooding and road erosion from the 20 inches of rain received yesterday and last evening. Please call city hall, Orange Beach Police, or Orange Beach Fire Department if you need assistance during this unprecedented storm and flood water damage to our island.
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ORANGE BEACH, AL - The Steven W. Baker Sea, Sand, and Stars Science and Nature Center will be featured in Discovering Alabama’s upcoming coastal paradise series: a three-part series exploring the ecology, historical heritage, and educational assets of Alabama’s coastal region.
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The Baldwin County Young Republicans have partnered with Yellowhammer Politics to offer a candidate forum for Alabama’s First Congressional District of the United States House of Representatives. (Jo Bonner’s vacated position) Each of the nine candidates running will be attending to discuss their platforms and views. 

President of Yellowhammer, Cliff Sims, will be the moderating the forum that is to follow typical candidate debate structure.

The debate will be at the McCollough Institute at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores on Monday August 5 (tonight) at 6:00 p.m. Public is invited and seating is first come first serve.

FYI…hope to see you there.
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ORANGE BEACH Bell tolls in remembrance of fallen ‘Red Warriors’ 

Marc D. Anderson z manderson@al.com 

The bell tolled 285 times during a Memorial Day ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May, honoring 253 U.S. Army “Red Warriors” and 32 support personnel who died during the Vietnam War. 

That bell, borrowed from Orange Beach Fire-Rescue, was driven nearly 1,000 miles from Alabama’s coast to D.C. by a grateful U.S. Army (Retired) Lt. Col. Whitney Echols, who served in the 1st Battalion 12th Infantry “1/12th Red Warriors” in Vietnam and is now president of the Red Warriors Vietnam Association. 

The 12th Infantry is one of the Army’s oldest and most decorated regiments dating back to the Civil War. 

Echols’ bell story begins with a call to his friend Councilman Jeff Silvers, who directed the veteran to Fire Chief Shane Phillips and the fire department’s bell that’s used for various occasions, including funerals. The chief didn’t hesitate and lent the bell to Echols Echols, an Orange Beach resident, attended this week’s council meeting to return the bell and offer his gratitude to the city. 

The “Red Warriors” 2014 reunion and remembrance started on the morning of Saturday, May 24, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The afternoon wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. 

“That evening, a ceremony was conducted to honor the Red Warriors who were listed on the Vietnam Wall,” Echols said. “After each name was read, the Orange Beach Fire Department bell was rung. The bell was rung 285 times to honor the Red Warriors who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country — this contained names of Red Warriors from 43 states, Puerto Rico, Philippines and three of which who were from Alabama.” 

As company leaders began to read the names of the fallen, Echols said each one welled up and had to pause before finishing. 

“There was not a dry eye among the 225 people attending this ceremony,” he said. “I assure you this ceremony would not have been nearly as effective or honorable if a bell had not been used. ... The bonding effect it has on men when they serve in combat is like no other. I can’t tell you how many Red Warriors and their guests told me how honorable in meaning the ceremony was to them, especially the ringing of the bell.” 

He expressed his “sincere appreciation” to the city and presented a photo of the ceremony to Phillips. 

Mayor Tony Kennon countered by saying all the thanks should be received by Echols, fellow veterans and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

“When he called me the only one I could think of was Shane having that bell and I put them together and I heard nothing else from Whitney,” Silvers said. “Nothing else from Whitney until after he had gotten back worn out, tired and he told me about ringing that bell 285 times. That was awesome. 

“Shane Phillips, thank you because what you’ve done in allowing that bell to travel with that man — that man drove that bell, he didn’t fly, he drove it up there — means so much to that retired veteran. It really does and I appreciate what you did.
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VERY IMPORTANT MEETING! Providing academic and athletic excellence for our kids is the opportunity. Please attend and hear the complete story of how education can change Orange Beach forever.
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Child care will be provided at Orange Beach UMC Brooks Center by OBUMC youth ministry for a minimum donation of $10 a child. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Care will begin at 5 pm and end at 8 pm
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Sometimes you do not know how great an asset you have until it is seen from someone else's eyes. The Back Country Trail is pronominal  and is a destination for people of all ages from all over the country. Come on down to Orange Beach and enjoy life in the good lane.
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Outstanding Selection for Chairman of the Alabama State House Economic Development and Tourism Committee. Congratulations to the State of Alabama and to Representative Harper..
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CONGRATULATIONS Vince and the entire Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation Board. This is an outstanding award that was well earned and deserved. The state recognizes a great project that will impact tourism on the Gulf Coast of Alabama for years to come. Represent us well in Huntsville..
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  • City of Orange Beach
    City Council Place 3, 2012 - present
  • J Devine Company
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  • Alabama Power Company
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Bessemer, AL - Tuscaloosa, AL Fayette, AL Montevallo. AL Reform, AL Jasper, AL Birmingham, AL Hiawassee, GA
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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat
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I am from Bessemer, AL Attended Raimund Elemntary, Greenwood Junior High, and McAdory High School. I received a BSEE from the University of Alabama inTuscaloosa. My parents were James Franklin Johnson and Janie Maureen Elam from Heiberger, AL I am married to Yolana Devine from Bay Minette, AL. I have one son, Bradley. Bradley is married to Kimberlee Wettlaufer from Tennessee. They live in Birmingham. I live in Orange Beach, AL and Hiawassee, GA. I worked for Alabama Power for 32 years. Yolanda and I own J Devine Company.
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