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Alabama leaders comment on Memorial Day

Brandon Moseley



Monday, a number of Alabama leaders made comments and statements expressing their gratitude to those who paid the ultimate price for this country in our many, many wars and armed conflicts.

Below are the comments by the leaders:

“Today on Memorial Day, we remember the courageous men & women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation. Freedom is a God-given right, but it’s protected by those who fight for it. To our military & their families, thank you & know that AL stands with you,” Gov. Kay Ivey.

“Today we honor and pay tribute to the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. Their courage and dedication to defend our great nation will never be forgotten,” U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama.

“This Memorial Day, let us not lose sight of why we observe this day. We pause to remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation,” U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama.

“Today we honor the men and women who have made the great sacrifice allowing you and I to live freely. May we always remember the fallen and their families. Wishing each of you a Happy Memorial Day!” Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia.

“I remember 1LT McRae, SPC Eyerly, SPC Linden, Fallen Baghdad 2004. I remember, and I will never ever forget,” State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City. Williams is a veteran himself.

“I appreciated the opportunity to join many patriotic members of our community in honoring the United States service members who gave their lives in defense of our nation at this morning’s Memorial Day event held at Roselawn Cemetery. The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have come at great cost, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice have our enduring gratitude,” Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.


“I hope that today you will take time to remember what Memorial Day is all about. While Veteran’s Day is set aside to remember all of those who have served our country in the Armed Forces, Memorial Day is specifically for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They gave their lives in foreign lands, in the middle of vast oceans or in the skies above enemy territory. They died far from home, far from their families and far from a land they loved so much, they gave their life to protect it,” Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haneyville.

“This Memorial Day, we pause to remember the men and women in our military who lost their lives in the line of duty. When our country called on them, these fallen heroes served bravely, sacrificed selflessly, and gave all they had to defend our country, our values, and our way of life,” Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Selma.

“Remembering today those brave men and women who have fought and died to protect our freedom,” Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover.

“From the American Revolution to the War on Terror, men and women of all backgrounds have answered the call of service and paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend the United States. These American heroes shall never be forgotten,” Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose.

“Freedom is NOT free! Happy Memorial Day!” Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

“It was a true privilege to be with the American Legion Post 70 in Troy for their Memorial Day service today. I am deeply grateful to each veteran I was able to speak with and to the families surrounding them for their service to this country. Thank you for inviting me to spend time with you today. I can’t think of a better way to have spent Memorial Day morning,” Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

“We should think about what each of us can do to take care of the heroes who live on: our veterans, our wounded warriors, our Gold Star families. God bless them all. The second thing is, we should really think about what each of us can do to rekindle and renew this beautiful American Idea—these principles of liberty and self-determination—so that we can pass it on to our children, just as we will pass on this great tradition itself. The third thing we can do is think about the service members from our communities who wear the uniform today. I have had no greater privilege on your behalf than spending time with them, wherever they are stationed in the world. They are truly the best of us,” Speaker of the U.S. House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.




Lt. Gov. Ainsworth calls on churches, citizens to ring bells on Easter Sunday

Bill Britt



Most churches in Alabama will not hold public services on Easter Sunday in compliance with the state’s stay-at-home order.

“Join us in ringing your church bell or a bell at home this Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus,” Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth posted on social media.

In remembrance of the holy day, Ainsworth began a social media movement #RingForTheResurrection asking churches and citizens across Alabama to ring bells at noon on Easter Sunday.

“Join me celebrating the hope, unity, and love shared among all Alabamians during this difficult time by ringing your church bell or a bell at your home this Easter Sunday at noon,” wrote Ainsworth on social media.

“We can stand together in unity – even as we’re staying apart,” he further wrote.

“Matthew 28:6 proclaims the hope that lives with the resurrection of Christ,” wrote Ainsworth. “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

Ainsworth’s message is trending under #RingForTheResurrection

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Ainsworth unveils website for small businesses seeking information during pandemic

Brandon Moseley



Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth unveiled a new web page Monday designed to provide small business owners with a one-stop information hub during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and forced economic shutdown.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is already providing small business owners with unprecedented challenges and frustrations, so they should not have to struggle to find the information necessary to survive in the current economic climate,” Ainsworth said. “As new small business programs are announced and revised health orders go into effect, the website will be updated in order to provide the most timely and accurate information possible.”

The website was created by the Alabama Small Business Commission, which Ainsworth chairs. The site provides information related to Small Business Administration loans and assistance, unemployment claims, tax relief programs, and other timely initiatives.

The website is intended to help small businesses remain in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. The website also provides links to every state, county, and municipal health order currently being enforced in Alabama.

The Legislature placed the Alabama Small Business Commission under the authority of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in 2019.

The 22-member commission is tasked with formulating “policies encouraging innovation of small businesses in the state” and advising the Department of Commerce in promoting small businesses within Alabama.

On March 12, the rapidly spreading coronavirus strain, SARS-CoV-2, led President Donald J. Trump (R) to order a forced economic shutdown on March 12. Those original orders have subsequently been strengthened by Gov. Kay Ivey (R), culminating in a statewide shelter in place order on Friday.

Realizing that with most of their businesses shut down through at least April 30, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which provides low interest loans to hundreds of thousands of struggling small businesses. If the businesses use the money to make payroll and to pay other business overhead costs the loans will be forgiven.


Currently, there are 2,113 Alabamians with confirmed cases of COVID-19. 64 Alabamians have died and 271 are currently in the hospital. 20 Alabamians have recovered from their illness and been cleared by their doctors. The global pandemic has infected more than 1,441,589 people globally and killed 82,933, including 7,380 people just on Tuesday (1,970 of them were Americans). Gov. Ivey’s shelter in place order is in effect through April 30, but that is likely to be extended.

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Businesses applying for aid can receive proof of existence from secretary of state’s office

Brandon Moseley



Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Monday that federal resources have been made available to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic to assist with tax relief, employee protection and benefits, loans and grants, and many other challenges that business owners may encounter during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Merrill’s office explained that in order to be eligible for this federal aid, some corporations and businesses may be required to prove their existence as part of their application. Certificates of Existence can be obtained through visiting the Alabama Secretary of State’s website.

Business owners can apply online to receive their Certificate of Existence electronically for immediate processing. The non-subscriber fee is $28 and will allow a user to download their copy for up to 15 days.

If you are completing the request for a Certificate of Existence by paper, you may access the application here.

The form must be typed and will not be accepted via email.

Once completed, mail the application, along with the $25 filing fee, to:

Secretary of State’s Business Services Division
P.O. Box 5616,
Montgomery, Alabama 36103

Those who apply online will not receive a mailed copy. Rather, a copy can be downloaded online and then printed out.


Certificates of Existence are only available for businesses who have previously filed for formation with the Secretary of State’s Office. If you have not yet filed, you are still able to do so through the Secretary of State’s website

This documentation may also be required to process loan applications by lending institutions, banks, credit unions, farm credit, or public accountants.

For questions or more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division at (334) 242-7221 or (334) 242-5324.

Thousands of Alabama businesses have been forced to close by orders from the state as well as local health departments. Many businessmen and women are having to make the difficult decision on whether or not to continue to make payroll. The aid under the CARES Act is a lifeline to businesses that the federal government is offering during this unprecedented period of economic crisis.

The forced economic shutdown was deemed necessary by state and federal government authorities in consultation with public health experts in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus strain, SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19. The COVID-19 global pandemic has already killed 12,857 Americans and 82,993 people globally. 1,050,077 people around the globe are still struggling through active cases of the illness, including 395,981 Americans.

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Alabama League of Municipalities forms task force for stimulus funding





In response to Congress enacting the CARES Act, the Alabama League of Municipalities has created a 10-member Stimulus Task Force to determine the immediate economic impact of COVID-19 on Alabama’s cities and towns.

Under the CARES Act, the state of Alabama is slated to receive approximately $1.9 billion in direct funding for the state and local governments. Of that distribution, fifty-five percent will be allocated to the state. The remaining forty-five percent will also be allocated to the state for Governor Kay Ivey and her administration to determine the best use as it pertains to the needs of Alabama’s local governments.

League President Mayor Ronnie Marks of Athens stressed the importance of the League’s Stimulus Task Force. “Alabama is a state of mostly small and mid-size communities that rely on sales, use and lodgings taxes, as well as rental and motor fuel revenue streams, to provide critical quality of life services to our citizens,” he said. “The League represents all 463 incorporated cities and towns in our state, and by forming this Stimulus Task Force – with representation from throughout Alabama, we are making a concerted effort to identify immediate funding losses to provide a sound basis for Gov. Ivey to fairly distribute federal stimulus aid to our communities in an effort to keep them solvent during these challenging times.”

ALM’s Stimulus Task Force has been charged with reviewing the funding being allocated to the state and determining the best process for local governments to receive distributions should Governor Ivey provide those resources to cities and towns. Members of the task force are considering all streams of revenue where their communities are experiencing the greatest loss – particularly sales and use taxes, motor fuel taxes, lodgings taxes and rental taxes.

Serving on the 10-member task force are: Mayor Ronnie Marks, Athens and ALM President; Mayor Leigh Dollar, Guntersville and ALM Vice-President; Councilmember Adam Bourne, Chickasaw and Chair of ALM’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation; Mayor Gary Fuller, Opelika; Mayor Tony Haygood, Tuskegee; Mayor Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa; Mayor Mark Saliba, Dothan; Mayor Robert Craft, Gulf Shores; Councilmember Bridgett Jordan-Smith, Vincent; Mayor Hollie Cost, Montevallo.

“I’m honored to be a part of the League’s Stimulus Task Force,” said ALM Vice-President Mayor Leigh Dollar of Guntersville. “I appreciate the League being on the forefront of this issue that is so important to every city and town in Alabama. All cities and towns will be affected by the current economic situation. The task force is working on a fair and equitable way to recommend distribution of federal funding to help restore some of the economic loss throughout the state. It’s vital that we work together for the betterment of Alabama.”

For more information or if you have questions, please email Kayla Bass, ALM Public Affairs Associate, at[email protected].

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